Holiday House Details
The Captain's House
(25 reviews)
From £450 per week
Sleeps 6
3 bedrooms
1 double, 2 twins

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 23 Jun 2018Fri 07 Sep 2018£720£220
Sat 08 Sep 2018Fri 21 Sep 2018£625£190
Sat 22 Sep 2018Fri 05 Oct 2018£545£165
Sat 06 Oct 2018Fri 26 Oct 2018£545£165
Sat 27 Oct 2018Fri 09 Nov 2018£495£150
Sat 10 Nov 2018Thu 20 Dec 2018£450£135
Fri 21 Dec 2018Thu 27 Dec 2018£800£240
Fri 28 Dec 2018Thu 03 Jan 2019£800£240
Fri 04 Jan 2019Fri 08 Feb 2019£450£135
Sat 09 Feb 2019Fri 05 Apr 2019£495£150
Sat 06 Apr 2019Fri 26 Apr 2019£545£165
Sat 27 Apr 2019Fri 24 May 2019£545£165
Sat 25 May 2019Fri 31 May 2019£625£190
Sat 01 Jun 2019Fri 21 Jun 2019£625£190
Sat 22 Jun 2019Fri 06 Sep 2019£720£220
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£625£190
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£545£165
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£545£165
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£495£150
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£450£135
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£800£240
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£800£240


Surrounded by an awe-inspiring, far reaching seascape with views over the dramatic Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands, Dunnet Head and the Castle of Mey, The Captain's House is a delightful and comfortable holiday cottage in the wonderful county of Caithness.

The property has been extensively refurbished and provides light, spacious comfortable holiday accommodation throughout with oil central heating. This holiday house is ideal for families or friends with a wonderful conservatory, which provides the perfect view point, and is a great place for reading, painting or simply soaking up this fantastic atmosphere and appreciating the breathtaking views.

For those who want to explore, The Captain's House is in an area perfect for walking, bird watching and fishing with cliff tops and sandy beaches all around. The property is six miles from John O’Groats and only a mile from Gills Bay where you can take a ferry to Orkney - an enchanting group of islands full of history.

The Captain's House is a great base from which to enjoy an all-round Scottish holiday experience.



Ground floor:

20ft conservatory with dining table and chairs and magnificent views to Pentland Firth. Sitting room, kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath, WHB, WC, separate shower in the same room, utility room.

First floor:

Double bedroom with WHB, twin bedroom with WHB, twin bedroom, WC with WHB.

EPC Rating - F


  • Shop/pubs and eateries: 2 miles
  • CD/radio
  • Cot available on request
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Electric fire
  • Electric hob
  • Electric oven
  • Electricity and heating included
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden furniture
  • Hair dryer
  • High chair available on request
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave
  • Off road parking
  • Telephone
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Washing machine/dryer
  • Reviews

    (25 reviews)
    The Captain's House reviews
    We loved our time @ the Captains House in Mey. Beautiful scenery, quiet, nice weather and a cosy accommodation. The house was perfect for four adults. Mostly, we enjoyed the conservatory on the back of the home with beautiful views and sunsets (when it sets). Most enjoyable week. The kitchen needed a new frying pan so we purchased one and donated it to the house along with a large stock pot. However, they do need a new iron.
    Ms Schoepf - July 2018
    This property is in a stunning location, with views from the conservatory and obe of the bedrooms, over the Pentland Firth, to the Orkney Island of Hoy and the Castle of Mey, across the fields, from the living room and two of the bedrooms. Very spacious, well euipped and nicely furnished, property. Very clean on arrival. It was just as described on line. We had a fantastic week there, exploring the local area, or just sitting in the conservatory, watching the world go by. Local people very friendly and helpful. Only minor grumbles, the outside of the property could do with some tender loving care and more could be made of the garden. Bigger bath towels would also be appreciated but overall a lovely property and location. We had a very enjoyable holiday there with lots of happy memeories to take home.
    Mr Pass - May 2018
    A very comfortable house with stunning views across to the Orkney Islands. We were there in very wintry weather but were warm throughout.
    Mrs Bright - March 2018
    We are a family of 4 visiting from Australia. We rented the Captains House based on the Queen Mothers local connection. We visited in January so knew the weather could be rough. The home itself had every ammenity that a family would need. Very large and comfortable. Unfortunately we booked thinking we had wifi ( advertised as such ) as we required it for schooling purposes and about a week before we arrive a weather event took out the wifi connection. 2 weeks later it still wasnt repaired. However it was made clear to us that at its very best wifi is patchy and mobile reception is non existent. The upstairs heating did not work with the exception of the South bedroom. The bathroom has a serious silverfish issue. There’s clear evidence of mice accessing the inside of the property including one decomposed mouse in a trap. We also lost tv reception. We will concede that the winds were unbelievable. Having said all of that we really did enjoy our stay. The home is a great stepping stone to explore John O Groats and the Orkney Isle. With a few tweaks and more attention to detail we’d highly recommend this home.
    Owners Response: "Thank you for your review and I am sorry you have had issues with our property, these will be addressed. As you said, the gale force winds were particularly bad during your visit and unfortunately as we discussed, the telephone line fault was not within the property but further down the line and out with our control. We were in constant touch with BT to ensure it was a high priority for them. As the Castle of Mey was closed for the season you had contacted us in advance to enquire whether you might be able to visit the gardens and grounds, which I was happy to agree to. During our conversation regarding wifi I did offer for you to come to the Castle and use the wifi any time you needed to until the telephone line was reinstated, not ideal I know, but was a short term solution. During this visit you said the radiators upstairs were hot at the bottom and cool at the top, thank you for your feedback regarding this, they have now been bled. I can only apologise regarding a mouse in the trap – Captain’s House is cleaned thoroughly the morning of any rental visit and am very surprised that a ‘decomposed’ mouse would be present.Thank you so much for your kind comments regarding the facilities and the location. It was a pleasure to give your family a private tour of the Castle- I wish you well on the rest of your journey."
    Mrs West - January 2018
    We fell in love at first glance. My husband and I are senior citizens from Texas USA and spent a week in August 2017 at the Captain's House and I cried when we left. The peace and beauty out each window is amazing. I can't even count the number of pictures that I took each day. Can't wait to see them all when we get home. We are already planning to be back next August 2018.
    Mr Wilson - August 2017
    A long drive but worth every mile. So peaceful and quiet. Very comfortable house with so much space and only sheep and cattle for near neighbours. We miss it greatly.
    Mr Macaulay - July 2017
    The Captains House has stunning views of the Pentland Firth and amazing sunsets from the huge conservatory. The house is extremely well equipped with everything you could possibly need right down to a dishwasher and dryer in the utility room. The furnishings are high quality and well chosen. The gentle walk down to the deserted beach every evening added to the relaxing holiday. The week we had there was magical.
    Mr Clark - June 2017
    It was perfect. The place was in perfect condition when we arrived. Beautiful location and tasteful furniture. Even for a vegan couple without a car like us, everything was manageable, from grocery shopping to the nearby towns to the visits (if your not affraid of walking !). Will most definitely come back !
    Ms Mousseau - August 2016
    An isolated large cottage but within easy travelling distance of spectacular coastal scenery and historic buildings. The view from the very large conservatory is little short of spectacular. Fully fitted throughout , including wifi (but Broadband is very slow) My only criticisms are that the building looks a little tired and could do with repainting on the outside and the bathrooms also need some attention. Whilst there we had one very minor plumbing problem (toilet overflow was running) but after a telephone call to the Mey Estate Office, a plumber turned up and replaced a washer, immediately.
    Mr Hoare - May 2016
    This was our seventh stay. It's a lovely house with wonderful beaches and woodland nearby for children and dogs to play on. The house has Been much improved - but sadly dogs are no longer welcome. Thus the secure garden wasn't secure ( front gates missing - with direct access to road). To secure we had to go to Wick to buy our own fencing. The garden is therefore not secure for young children. Initial problems with lack of heating and hot water were quickly resolved by a really helpful person from the castle of Mey. This is such a fabulous place to stay Sadly the change of rules regarding dogs means our eight visit won't be possible. So sad.
    Owners Response: "RESPONSE FROM COTTAGES & CASTLES: We have contacted the Manager and confirm there is an enclosed garden within the main large open garden. The gates are no longer there making this easier for access to the house. There has been a refurbishment done in the house making this a very desirable holiday property along with being situated in this most wonderful part of Scotland."
    Mr Batten - July 2015
    Good points - Spacious, warm, recently decorated house with new carpets, wonderful view of Pentland firth and great sunsets, walking distance to House of Mey, cleanest house ever stayed in Poor points - no greeting, bathroom downstairs, some windows in conservatory need replacing, lacks a few pictures but maybe that is because it has been redecorated. Recommend Duncansby Head for a walk, Castle of Mey tour
    Mrs Lawton - May 2015
    A lovely house accommodating 6 in comfort. Well equipped with all mod cons. Comfortable beds (but the double a little small) It could have benefitted from some dining recommendations and a bit more about the location / history of the house (The Queen Mother used to go there for her picnic lunches so I believe etc.)
    Mr Axel-berg - August 2014
    The setting and views are spectacular. Like many before us we lived in the conservatory The house itself is rather old fashioned and needs updating including the kitchen. The house is warm with central heating and the bedrooms are very comfortable Easy access to the Castle of Mey and the coast A great place from which to explore the North East Coast
    Dr Allan - September 2013
    A stunning house, so peaceful and quiet with excellent views of the sea, castle and surrounding area. A lovely area to explore with many interesting places just between Thurso and Wick. Did not need to go too far to find something of interest. Weather perfect and cool during a heatwave in England.
    Mrs Macaulay - July 2013
    What a fantastic setting! The Captain's House is a grand old house with stunning views. The very peaceful 4* setting couldn't be better.We had a fantastic holiday in this lovely holiday location. The layout of the house is very good with an excellent little boot room & laundry. Beds were extremely comfortable and the house was clean and functional.The master bedroom was an excellent size, however, the room was spoilt by a threadbare carpet. the two other bedroms felt cramped with two single beds in each. Bunk beds in the room next to the master amy be a better idea. What lets this house down is the detail. The kitchen and bathroom need serious updating with the 1970s mirror above the sink showing signs of deterioration. The cooker was adequate but such a lovely big kitchen deserves a range style cooker with a proper grill. There was aslo a need for a greater range of casserole dishes and pans. A few opf the cups and plates were chipped and there was a distinct feel of make-do and mend. Please if nothing else - get decent sized mugs!!!! We were lucky to have excellent weather but again, the excellent laundry facilities were let down by a rotary drier which was missing line and falling to bits. Please spend some money on this garnd old lady, she really deserves it. There were also a lot of woodlice kept appearing in the tv lounge- this may need checked out. Would recommend this for anyone without mobility issues. However, anyone with young children should be aware of the outbuildings.
    Mrs Archibald - June 2013
    Very comfortable and spacious house in lovely surroundings. quite well equiped. Garden very large and secure for the dog which was needed as all the fields around had sheep and lambs in. The Tea Cosy Cafe at the end of the road did good fresh snacks and teas, very friendly. Overall a lovely holiday, we would return.
    Mrs Stubbs - May 2013
    The Captains House is well appointed and in a stunning location however we arrived end of April in appalling weather wind, hail, sleet etc and we were very cold. The heating was on but inadequate there was an electric fire in the lounge but we still needed blankets and hotties (thank goodness these were provided) The house could do with a log burner and/or a range cooker to take the chill of this old house. We left a day early to return to our warm home. We would recommend Brew Ha Ha a lovely tea shop in Scrabster and the Upper Deck for an excellent steak if a little pricey!
    Mr Bewley - April 2013
    A great place to stay with super views and fresh air. The property has original Victorian features and large rooms, space and facilities. Surrounded by farmland and new born lambs. Considering there was only one other property past the house the passing traffic could have been more considerate.
    Mr Fuzer - April 2013
    After over 20 years experience of self-catering cottages we can rate the Captain's House as being the finest both in terms of facilities and location. The house is grand and well-proportioned but at the same time comfortable and welcoming. The cooking and laundry facilities are excellent and the boot room ideal for our needs. The garden is spacious and enclosed so our dogs could have a sniff round first thing in the morning and last thing at night which was a real bonus. We particularly appreciated the feather duvet and pillows which contributed greatly to a good night's sleep. There is excellent storage in the bedrooms and spare blankets and cushions thoughtfully placed for our use. Best of all is the wonderful conservatory. Its really more of a spectacular glass room overlooking what must surely be one of the best views in the whole of Scotland - the Orkney Islands and Pentland Firth. Although there is lots to see and do in the area, just sitting in the conservatory and watching the gannets dive for fish from your armchair is hard to beat.
    Mrs Adlard - October 2012
    St Johns point remains one of our favourite locations to sit and enjoy the view, see the seals and watch the tidal flow.The Captains House provides all the history of the area and a visit to the Catle of Mey gives a great insight into the Queen Mother and what a fine, astute lady she was. The entire area provides an ideal place to completely relax and escape from the day to day roller coaster lives we lead and the opportuntity to see a great part of Scotland.
    Ms Fanshawe - June 2012
    Great location for a very relaxing break.
    Mr Swanson - April 2012
    We have stayed at this house before and we were keen to return. The views are magnificent! The house is spacious and well arranged and equipped. As 2 families with a teenager and a younger child all our needs were met. The children and the dogs love the freedom and the fun this area of Scotland brings. We visited the bay at Duncansby and watched the seals watching us..! We found a lovely tea shop just minutes from the house, The Tea Cosy, providing a warm welcome and delicious cream teas. A fab house and a fab location.
    Mrs Hill - March 2012
    The Captain's House is well appointed. The facilities and amenitiesare well kept. The views from the house are excellent. The local area has a lot to offer for those who love the countryside.
    Mrs Keatings - October 2011
    The Captain's House/Seaview offers a very well equipped accomodation for six persons. Our family exsisted out of 5 adults. we enjoyed every moment being together in de Conservatory with its beautiful views. Bedrooms, kitchen and TV room are of excellent standard. we were very lucky to have 6 days of sunshine! our visits to The Castle of Mey and the Orkney's were unforgettable. Many points of interest within a 30-minutes drive, including challenging 18-holes golf courses. we will be back in a few years! Cottages & Castles Co. did a excellent job preparing our stay. Perhaps it could be a good idea to indicate the East Mey sign together with the location of the "Captain's House" alias "Seaview" on the roadmap for orientation. we had a great week in Scotland!
    Mr Smalt - April 2011
    We are belgian people, and we do like Scotland: let us say way this time. Last year, after an other stay (a week) in Central Scotland, we were pleased to reach the "top" of Scotland : good weather (not easy to find, superb view all around from the living room, we first just stayed in the cottage looking at the sea, the sunsets, seals, ... and the royal castle of Mey at +/- 2 miles. Then we enjoyed the conform of the cottage : for us (parents + my daughter and her boyfriend + my 17 years old son), the lay-out of the rooms begun to look very well done. Quiet TV-room, pleasant "observatory" as livingroom, confortable sleeping rooms, good kitchen and cooking space. Nearby we visited lots of historical sites such as castles, churches, abbeys, birds on the "rocks", breathkeeping landscapes, old extraction sites, geological curiosities, ... All those souvenirs are also now on electronic files ... and in our hearts. Sure, we'll come back at "Captain's House" for an other stay !
    Mr Andre - July 2010

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    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

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