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Perfect location with stunning surrounding scenery
The perfect spot for al fresco dining with a view
View towards the homely property
Relax after a day out in the comfy lounge
The wood burner is perfect for those cosy evenings in
Enjoy the roaring woodburner in the kitchen/dining area
Enjoy the spectacular coastline views from the lounge
Get a good night's rest in the double bedroom
Extra little touches
Lovely views from the property
Make sure you bring your bubbles!
Prepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchen
Enjoy a romantic meal in the spacious kitchen/diner
You may even get a chance to spot a rainbow
View towards the cottage
Say hello to the shetland ponies
Bobby's famous bus shelter
1 / 19  Perfect location with stunning surrounding scenery
2 / 19  The perfect spot for al fresco dining with a view
3 / 19  View towards the homely property
4 / 19  Relax after a day out in the comfy lounge
5 / 19  The wood burner is perfect for those cosy evenings in
6 / 19  Enjoy the roaring woodburner in the kitchen/dining area
7 / 19  Enjoy the spectacular coastline views from the lounge
8 / 19  Get a good night's rest in the double bedroom
9 / 19  Extra little touches
10 / 19  Lovely views from the property
11 / 19  Make sure you bring your bubbles!
12 / 19  Prepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchen
13 / 19  Enjoy a romantic meal in the spacious kitchen/diner
14 / 19  You may even get a chance to spot a rainbow
15 / 19  View towards the cottage
16 / 19  Say hello to the shetland ponies
17 / 19  Bobby's famous bus shelter
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Marrats Houl

Unst, Shetland
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Quirky
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Perfect rural get-away with stunning panoramic sea views over the bay
  • Situated on the island Unst, the most beautiful northerly Island of the Shetland Isles 
  • Relax by the cosy wood burner and enjoy wonderful sunsets and the Northern Lights
Property code: 75417

Unst is a magical place to stay, offering peace and tranquillity for those wishing for the perfect get away from it all location, with the opportunity to explore an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This delightful croft house on the northernmost of the Shetland Isles is an idyllic retreat for two. Carefully restored and tastefully furnished, the house is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful wild countryside and there are stunning views towards the sea, making it the perfect place to get away from it all.

 Inside, this charming cottage combines traditional features with contemporary comforts. The soothing soft blue and grey colour scheme echoes the coastal location and creates a relaxing ambience.

Entering this single-storey cottage, you come into the smart kitchen/diner, with contemporary black and white units, and it is well-equipped for rustling up breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy an intimate meal for two at the adjacent dining table. From the kitchen, a low doorway leads to a hallway, utility room and a wardrobe for your clothes. After eating, wander into the cosy lounge and sink back into the comfortable sofa. Relax in front of a film and enjoy the warm glow of the wood burner, set in the characterful stone fireplace. At the end of the day, the lovely double bedroom is prettily decorated with beautiful furnishings in muted colours, ensuring a blissful night’s sleep. There is also an additional double pull-out bed available in the lounge. In the morning, stroll into the bathroom for a refreshing shower or a relaxing bath and ponder your day ahead before breakfast.

 Outside, the property has a small gravelled patio with a bistro chair and table – the perfect spot for a drink with a glorious view across the lush grass to the sparkling sea dotted with islands in the distance. There is an off-road parking space directly next to the cottage.

Please check the Ferries to the Islands are operating before booking.

 

  • 1 bedroom - double
  • 1 bathroom
  • Electric oven and induction hob, dishwasher, fridge and microwave
  • Utility area with washing machine and freezer
  • Wood burner
  • Electric and electric heating included
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Very low level access to bedroom - mind your head
  • There are two farm gates which you need to go through to get to the property - these need to be left as found
  • Shop 8 miles and pebble beach within walking distance
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Sleeps 2+2 (double pull out bed in lounge)

For essential supplies, head to Baltasound (6 miles) where there are a couple of food stores, and a Post Office.

Budding geologists will enjoy learning about the island's significant rock formations, now designated a protected UNESCO Geopark. From impressive sea stacks to ancient lava flows, the island's geological past is fascinating.

Wildlife flourishes on the island. Don't miss the impressive sight of the puffin colony at the Hermaness nature reserve (11 miles). Around 50,000 pairs of birds inhabit several miles of land, making it a truly breathtaking sight. Slightly further north lies the most northerly islets of the British Isles - Muckle Flugga and Out Stack – watch out for dolphins, killer whales, and porpoises in the water.

The island's Viking past is evident at Haroldswick (9 miles), where you can visit a reconstructed Viking Longhouse and a replica ship. Other longhouses have been excavated across the island, including at Hamar, Underhoull and Belmont. Self-guided trails are available for those who would like to learn more.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 9 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Henry 15th August 2021

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This cottage is a great place for exploring Unst and north Shetland. Its really well equipped for a couple or small family to stay in. Its got great views where you can see plenty of wildlife (we saw an otter in the bay) and within short driving distance of loads of interesting spots. Chriss cottage has some really nice touches to which make it feeRead morel very homely and lived in. Could not recommend staying here more highly!! Hide

Reviewed by Susan 6th August 2021

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Marrats Houl is in a stunning location - so peaceful and with wonderful views to sea. The cottage is very comfortable and well-equipped. It was spotlessly clean on our arrival and there was a welcome pack of local goodies- much appreciated. There was lots of useful information about the island - and the many wonderful places to explore on Unst. TheRead more wildlife is exceptional and we saw seals, otters, puffins , gannets...and so much more. Thank you for a providing such a great base for our holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Debbie 16th July 2021

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If you only want Sheep as neighbours then this delightful cottage is for you. We loved staying here & the peace & quiet it gave us. Some lovely walks from the cottage. Beautiful views of the sea & a short walk to a beach (very Stony but still lovely) the cottage is modern & well stocked & has a lovely homely feel. It was warm with the heating on buRead moret there is a fire too. Owner cares & communication is very good. Hide

Reviewed by Kevin 2nd July 2021

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Location was perfect as you're going to visit Shetland because you like peace and quiet, nature and wonderful views. All of this can be achieved by staying at this fantastic cottage that has everything you want inside and out. Nothing negative to say at all, perfect...

Reviewed by Deborah 25th June 2021

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Marrats Houl has been lovingly restored and the decor, furnishings and fittings are of a high standard. The area around the cottage is beautiful and we were lucky enough to have a few days where we could enjoy the view outside. Once the failed glazing in the windows is fixed that will be enjoyed from inside as well. Great care does need to be takenRead more with the very low top of the door which leads from the kitchen to the utility area, but certainly a very comfortable and romantic cottage to stay in. Hide

Reviewed by Sharon 18th June 2021

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A traditional crofters cottage which has been tastefully renovated inside. The cottage was beautifully clean, comfortable and warm with all mod cons. It's situation is perfect just above a shingle bay where the local wildlife can be seen regularly, we even spotted seals swimming about on one of the days. Due to covid there was no where to eat out bRead moreut as the cottage was so well equipped this was not a problem, we could cater for ourselves very easily. Would certainly return and recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Wendy 21st May 2021

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This is a charming, warm, quiet, wonderful house to stay in. The sea is just outside. There are birds, seals, hedgehogs, and at least one otter who live nearby. The bed is very comfortable. The bath towels are big and fluffy. There is everything you need in the kitchen to prepare meals. There aren't many places to eat out, so bring food and dine inRead more the lovely Marrats Houl. Chris is a friendly and helpful host. Hide

Reviewed by Katrina 7th May 2021

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The Croft is truly a hidden gem, and the facilities, attention to detail from the owner ensured we had an amazing holiday, thank you.

Reviewed by Rachel 20th September 2019

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Perfect holiday home from home , its been tastefully renovated & furnished. A cosy ambience & stunning sea views makes this an ideal base for exploring Shetlands dramatic scenery, fascinating history & many visitor experiences. This is a truly special location for a relaxing escape.

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Perfect location with stunning surrounding scenery
The perfect spot for al fresco dining with a view
View towards the homely property
Relax after a day out in the comfy lounge
The wood burner is perfect for those cosy evenings in
Enjoy the roaring woodburner in the kitchen/dining area
Enjoy the spectacular coastline views from the lounge
Get a good night's rest in the double bedroom
Extra little touches
Lovely views from the property
Make sure you bring your bubbles!
Show 7 morePrepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchen

Location

Map
Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

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