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Wallis
Scourie
(23 reviews)
From £520 per week
Sleeps 7
4 bedrooms
2 doubles, 1 single, 1 twin
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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 06 Apr 2019Fri 26 Apr 2019£695£210
Sat 27 Apr 2019Fri 24 May 2019£695£210
Sat 25 May 2019Fri 31 May 2019£775£235
Sat 01 Jun 2019Fri 21 Jun 2019£775£235
Sat 22 Jun 2019Fri 06 Sep 2019£885£270
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£775£235
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£695£210
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£695£210
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£580£175
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£520£160
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£975£295
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£1,000£300
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 07 Feb 2020£520£160
Sat 08 Feb 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£580£175
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£695£210
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£695£210
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£775£235
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£775£235
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£885£270
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 25 Sep 2020£775£235
Sat 26 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£695£210
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£695£210
Sat 24 Oct 2020Fri 06 Nov 2020£580£175
Sat 07 Nov 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£520£160
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£975£295
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£1,000£300

Description

Enjoying a magnificent position overlooking Scourie Bay and Handa Island and inland to the peaks of Ben Stack, Arkle and Foinaven, Wallis is a much loved family holiday home on the far North West corner of Scotland. The views from the house are breathtaking and photographers, fishermen, climbers, geologists, authors and birdwatchers will all appreciate the superb remoteness and wonderful scenery.

Below the cottage is a beautiful sandy beach and just across the bay grow the most northerly palm trees in Britain, testament to the mild climate enjoyed as a result of the Gulf Stream. Fishing is available locally and there are both coastal and hill walks to be enjoyed. Wallis enjoys an ideal location; with both the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, and the hub of the highland road network and breathtaking scottish scenery close by making it excellent to explore the wider area that Sutherland has to offer.

PROPERTY CODE: N079

Layout

Ground floor:

Open plan sitting room/dining room with open fire, kitchen, twin bedroom with WHB, shower room including WHB, washing machine and dryer. Separate WC with WHB.

First floor:

Two bedrooms with double beds (unzip to make twins) one with WHB, single bedroom. Bathroom with bath, WHB, WC.

Telephone

EC Rating - F

Facilities

  • Shops/pub: 1 mile
  • 2 Fridges
  • Chest freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Electric cooker
  • Enclosed garden
  • Freezer
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave
  • Oil central heating and electricity included
  • Open fire
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-fi - limited connection
  • Reviews

    (23 reviews)
    Wallis reviews
    Some cottages are just a bed where one sleeps at the end of the day and if a rauny day comes along then it is not a happy place. Wallis is far more than that with its wonderful panoramic view which can be seen from every room. Second time round was even better than the first.
    Mr Simey - May 2018
    We have stayed at Wallis in Scourie on several previous occasions, always in winter. On this occasion we were blessed with a fair bit of sunshine during the week and hardly any rain/snow/hail. At times the view from Wallis of Scourie Bay with the turquoise sea covering the bright sand looked positively tropical. Stepping outside Wallis's cosy shelter into the barely above freezing gales soon dispelled that notion though! Wallis is as homely as ever, not pristine but has everything you need to be very comfortable and Mrs MacDonald, the caretaker, is always helpful. There is lots to do in the local area - the gales kept us off the hills but there are plenty of low-level walks and beaches to visit in the area. The new (to us) EU funded (!) path to the hill overlooking Scourie makes a good short local walk.
    Mr Thomas - March 2018
    Wallis Cottage sits in a great location overlooking a beautiful bay and with stunning views from all the main rooms. The house was cosy, even in a storm, and the welcome from Mrs MacDonald was fantastic. It is well equipped with lots of living space and good facilities. We were late in getting there but at both ends of the stay, the owner could not have been more accommodating. I highly recommend it!
    Ms Strong - September 2017
    I say home because that is what it felt immediately from first sight. And what a view! Wallis lived up to its advert and the setting was beautiful. All creature comforts were on hand. There were two small factors which are not complaints just observations. I only used one bed and that was the room above the kitchen and i found the mattress uneven but that might just be me as i prefer a reasonably hard one due to my Parkinsons. I suspect the wifi router suffers the same complaint as my similar one did and is past it's sell by date. I found i had to switch it off for a while and on restart it was fine for a few hours. Neither of these factors were an issue and i hope, if allowed, to return to Wallis in the near future as there is 'unfinished business' for me in that area. I compliment and thank the owners for letting me share what felt like a cherished home.
    Mr Simey - September 2015
    The cottage facilities were very good and the situation was excellent - great views. People in the area were very friendly. We have been holidaying in Scotland for over sixty years and this cottage would rate very near the top. One improvement would be the provision of toilet rolls - to my memory never had to provide these for a luxury cottage!
    Mr Connacher - June 2015
    Wallis was a comfortable homely base which suited our group very well. We found the caretaker, Mrs Macdonald, very friendly and helpful. When it was thick mist with about 50 metre visibility in Scourie she even managed to inform us correctly that there was no mist in Durness so we headed off there that day and found much better weather. Her source of information had been a phonecall to her cousin in Durness.
    Mrs Hendry - June 2014
    Great cottage.
    Mr Petr - April 2014
    Much of the property was of five star standard. Particularly the location, and the lovely downstairs living and dining area, and the washing and drying facilities, dishwasher and fridge and freezer space. However, there are two things which we found did not match up with the quality that we would expect given the prices charged for the property. There is too much junk (I assume from the owners) in nearly every cupboard and drawer in the property. We occupied the smaller double room (left at top of the stairs). Among other things in the cupboard were two mattresses, which meant that there was no proper hanging space, and on the top shelf old pots of paint. Given that we paid approx £900 for the week, this is not acceptable. In the kitchen there was very little space to store food for the two of us, so we imagine with the full capacity of 7, this would be even more of a problem. There are more than enough of everything (e.g. around 4 nutcrackers!) This makes me query the level of scrutiny that Cottages and Castles pays to their properties. The other complaint is that on both double beds there were single duvets, which affected quality of sleep, as they kept falling off at night. There was an overcover provided, however given that the duvets kept falling off, this means no doubt that numerous other people have made contact with this overcover, which isn't very hygenic. The above complaints did not take away from the enjoyment of the holiday, and our opinion that the property is a lovely place to stay. The duvet issue is easily fixed, and we strongly recommend that the owners undertake a clear out of cupboards and drawers, and a rationalisation of kitchen equipment. Decent kitchen knives would also be appreciated. If these issues were addressed, then the quality of the property would match with the prices charged. I have read similar comments on storage space on Trip Advisor reviews, so this is not a new issue.
    Dr Jones - December 2013
    We made our third winter visit to Wallis for Christmas 2013, after previous stays in 2009 and 2011. The location of Wallis and the views from the open-plan living area across Scourie Bay mean that even in wild weather it’s a great place to be. We were blessed with periods most days when it wasn’t raining/hailing/snowing and we made the most of these with some great low-level and sea-shore walks. On 27 Dec we were in the eye of the low-pressure system battering the rest of the UK and had a lovely peaceful walk from Kylestrome along the north shore of Loch Glendhu. The accommodation is little changed from our previous visits, being comfortable, rather than pristine. Although the kitchen has seen better days, everything works. The downstairs shower is brilliant. The washing machine and tumble dryer are newish and very useful. Once again the extensive hanging/drying space in the entrance hallway proved valuable and we appreciated the highly effective heating. The views from the headland to the south of Scourie Bay, just a short walk beyond the end of the road past Wallis are stunning; it’s also worth a trip round to Upper Badcall where again great views to the Inverpolly mountains across Badcall Bay are to be had. We have had epic road journeys to/from Wallis from our home in England in the past – on this occasion we travelled as far as Inverness on the Caledonian Sleeper train (we caught it at Crewe) and hired a 4x4 in Inverness. The train was simply brilliant – highly recommended. So, our third Christmas at Wallis – we still love it!
    Mr Thomas - December 2013
    Wallis is a great house - comfortable, well-equipped, well looked after, with good heating, and superb views. It is one of the best houses we have stayed in out of dozens - strongly recommended. The surrounding area is ruggedly beautiful and it is possible to walk directly from the house to explore the coast.
    Mr Heath - April 2013
    My third visit to Wallis was everything I had expected. Great views from a comfortable, warm and spacious house. It is my favourite cottage in Scotland.
    Ms Koers - March 2013
    Wallis, on the hillside above the hamlet of Scourie, is a fabulous location and from the picture windows in the house one can comfortably look out at views out to sea and Handa Island, inland to the dramatic mountains and down over Scourie Bay to the continuously changing tide and waves. There is great walking in the area for example, Sandwood Bay, Inchnadamph caves, Kirkaig waterfall, around Lochinver and Kylesku (although you do need full waterproofs, and in some areas, good navigation skills). A highlight was coming across the ceramics studio of potter Fergus Stewart at Glencanisp Lodge (Assynt estate).
    Mrs Hetherington - September 2012
    Very comfortable well appointed family home with spacious accommodation and superlative views.
    Dr Davidson - June 2012
    Really enjoyed staying at Wallis, the house was more spacious than we had expected and very well equipped and appointed. The photos do not do justice to the fabulous views you have from every window! We were very comfortable and warm there in mixed weather, and it was a good house for both good and bad weather, as its elevated position mean that even bad weather added further drama to the scenic views. We have known and loved Scourie for many years and this was an excellent place to be based in.
    Mr Williams - April 2012
    We were grateful to the owners of Wallis and the CKDG staff for their flexibility in agreeing to let between dates to suit us of Christmas and New Year. This was our second visit to Wallis, the previous having been in the big freeze over Christmas of 2009. This time the weather was completely different, wet and windy throughout, but we still got out every day and enjoyed some great low-level walks. When the rain eased enough to allow cameras out we grabbed some spectacular seascapes. The location of Wallis could hardly be bettered, less than a mile off the main road with great views across Scourie Bay down to the village itself. The accommodation is comfortable, rather than pristine. We like the open plan living/dining area with arch through to the kitchen, which means that the "cook of the day" is not isolated from the rest of the group during meal preparation. Wallis is well equipped: plenty of hanging/drying space in the entrance hallway; two fridges and a freezer; good quality washing machine and tumble dryer. However, the kitchen units really are on their last legs; to justify fully Wallis's price bracket these, and some of the lounge furniture, need to be updated. The heating works well - important for winter visits! With the wind keeping us off the mountains our walking trips focused on the fantastic beaches in the area plus some loch-side and riverside expeditions. If you've never been to Sandwood Bay and are fit for a two-hour walk each way, then this is a must, but also the much more accessible beaches at Oldshoremore on the south-facing coast beyond Kinlochbervie are well worth a visit, or slightly further afield the beaches at Balnakeil Bay near Durness. We were surprised to find anything open at this time of year, but the Kinlochbervie Hotel was and we enjoyed lunch there a couple of times and also the cafe/bookshop at the Balnakeil "Craft Village", which was welcoming and pleasant inside although the "Village" of pre-fab trailer buildings is not itself pleasing to the eye! You need to enjoy the journey to get as far north as Scourie (we took two days each way from the Midlands), but once there, the location and surrounding area is second to none. Once again, despite the weather, we loved it!
    Mr Thomas - December 2011
    A folder containing information about the cottage and locality - heating system, wi-fi code, local shop opening times, local hotels, etc. - would have been appreciated. A helpful note from Mrs Macdonald was very useful in its stead. The cottage was very comfortable and warm, the views were spectacular and area was superb.
    Mr Dawe - October 2011
    Beautifully situated overlooking Scourie Bay gave wonderful opportunities of watching many types of sea-birds including the spectacular Gannet feeding in the bay. It was a pity we had such awful weather for which we cannot blame the property. We didn't even see a sunset! The shower was quite the best and easiest to use I have come across and the en suite and additional washing areas were a boon even though there was only three of us. My only complaint was that the cooker needed experience, as when using the grill, the element did not seem to react to the variable heat control. Despite the weather a fantastic place to stay. The caretaker Mrs MacDonald was very helpful and made us feel welcome.
    Mr Thorogood - May 2011
    The house itself was very adequate slightly let down by the bathroom although the shower downstairs was good. Also the old style electric cooker in the kitchen made cooking a bit of a task.
    Mr Weatherley - May 2011
    This is a lovely and relaxing house to stay in. Would hire again no problem.
    Miss Dennehy - May 2011
    Stunning setting overlooking Scourie bay - great watching weather of all sorts sweeping in over the Minch! House comfortable though, in October, recommend taking coal/wood for open fire (though one bag of coal is provided, at a cost). Kitchen equipment a bit tired and mismatched (like my own kitchen, so fine really!). Perfect location for visiting wonderful north west coasts, beautiful beaches, lovely walks over hills and by lily lochs, and Scourie village has a grand little shop, plus hotel and cafe for meals. Note, though, the hotel and cafe are closed, I think, from Oct to April.
    Mrs Schlicke - October 2010
    Wallis is in a wonderful position on a hillside overlooking the whole of Scourie Bay and the mountains beyond, and is a perfect viewpoint for following the ever-changing weather conditions through the many large windows. Well-heated and comfortably furnished, it is a great base for exploring the magnificent Sutherland hill country and coastline.
    Mrs Fryer - September 2010
    We had a wonderful week in Scourie. The weather was mixed but the cottage catered for all seasons! Beautiful view, very comfortable accomodation, fish van on a Wednesday(!), a perfect retreat away from a working life.
    Miss Campbell - August 2010
    This review is our personal opinion and may not reflect the opinions of others. We've stayed at many self catering cottages over the last 20 years and have had a mixed bag as the descriptions do not always show the negative bits and about 3/4 of those we've stayed in we would not rent again. HOWEVER, Wallis was not only as described but exceeded our expectations - in fact we plan to re-book for next year. The accommodation was very spacious, exceptionally clean and very comfortable and the views and sunsets were perfect. It's location affords privacy without being too far away from amenities (shop and bar) via an easy road and the kitchen is well equipped. Great strolls around the nearby headland and beach which you can see from the the lounge area. Just a couple of tiny quibbly things that stopped us giving it a full 5 star rating: The walk to the beach was down a long steep field, great for going down but harder on the way back - not a problem for the younger, fitter guests but difficult for me, and no seating in the garden, it would benefit from a patio table, etc.
    Mrs Jordan - May 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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