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

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
10 more

At a glance

  • Traditional lovingly restored Shetland croft house with stunning panoramic sea views over the bay
  • Situated on the island Unst, the most beautiful northerly Island of the Shetland Isles 
  • The island has many beautiful beaches which are perfect for idyllic coastal walks
  • Perfect base for walking, fishing or wildlife spotting birds, otters, seals, dolphins and whales
  • An ideal spot to relax and enjoy wonderful sunsets and the Northern Lights
  • Join in to celebrate the Viking festival, Up Helly Aa, held each year in Uyeasound and Norwick
  • Do not miss Unst Fest, the most northerly festival held over 9 days between 11th – 19th July 2020
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.

  • 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
  • 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.

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 2 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
5
Overall equipment
3.5
Overall comfort
4.5
Overall location
5

Reviewed by Rachel 20th September 2019

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.

Reviewed by James 20th August 2019

Renting a Croft cottage provides you with an authentic experience of island life and is a must for Unst although you will have to duck your head to get in! This Croft had the most stunning views and was beautifully decorated inside. A lot of effort had gone into insulating the property so once you get the solid fuel stove going you are toasty and wRead morearm. We would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to get away from it all. Hide

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
Perfect location with stunning surrounding scenery
Extra little touches
Lovely views from the property
Make sure you bring your bubbles!
Prepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchen
Show 5 moreEnjoy a romantic meal in the spacious kitchen/diner

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.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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