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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Equipped to an exceptionally high standard with all modern conveniences, a peaceful and relaxing holiday is assured, with the additional advantage of many amenities closeby. Once thing is certain, irrespective of how active or relaxing a holiday is sought - all requirements can be met in Sleat with the reassurance of returning to stay in a comfortable, cosy home from home at Mountview.
Mountview and garden nestle into the hillside of the crofting village of Caligarry, on the fringe of the delightful village of Ardvasar in the district of Sleat. Sited in a stunning, secluded location, it enjoys outstanding and expansive views across the beautiful Sound of Sleat to the mainland mountains of Knoydart, Moidart and Glenelg.
The Sleat Peninsula forms the south western corner of the Island of Skye. Popularly know as the 'Garden of Skye', its magnificent, natural, mixed woodland bears testimony to this reputation. Steeped in history, Sleat has much to offer all ages, interests and abilities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness, Nearest railway: Kyle of Lochalsh|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The Hebrides/Skye region
Superb sea and mountain views. The Sound of Sleat is a popular location for sailing yachts, particularly during 'West Highland Week'. Numerous coastal vessels and ferries pass through the 'Sound'. (These include the 'Hebridean Princess' the Queen's preferred cruise ship since Brittania was decommissioned.)
Throughout most of the year, the hillsides are cloaked in colour - primroses in early spring, followed by exquisitely scented Scottish bluebell mixed with the white, starlike flowers of wild garlic. In July the bee-laden bell heather blooms followed by ling heather in September. Amongst those native species, another colour covers the hillside for much of the summer - the deep pink of rosebay willow herb. Walk through the woodlands and on to the hill and moorlandis where you will see red deer, roe deer, hares, along with typical moorland/mountain birds...eagle, buzzard, hawk and occasionally golden eagles.
The Isle of Skye has 9 official 'Dark Skies' sites. Four of these can be found in the district of Sleat. Gatherings for amateur astronomers are held from time to time.
A wealth of interests and experiences are to be found in this exquisite area of Skye. A stroll along the shoreline will reveal herons, numerous wading birds... and if you are very lucky, notoriously shy otters (there is an otter hide at Kylerhea a short drive away) and seals. Further out to sea, dolphins and porpoises are frequently spotted. There are numerous woodland walks, however, the gardens and woodland at the Clan Donald Centre are hard to beat. This was the historical seat of the Chiefs of Clan Donald (MacDonald) Lords of the Isles. The ruined castle can be seen in the grounds. The former stables now house a restaurant, a cafe and a shop. Various activities are available here - including a playground for children and archery, a stroll through the acres of beautifully landscaped, cultivated gardens, while a ranger is on hand to advise and lead walks through the vast grounds. It was here that Flora MacDonald was living when she journeyed to the Island of South Uist to help her sister-in-law care for her newborn baby. While in the Outer Isles, Flora was instrumental in securing the escape of the hunted Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) who was hiding there post the distastrous defeat at the battle of Culloden. Near what remains of the castle Flora MacDonald was married in 1749. Within the Clan Donald Centre there is an outstanding library and archive.
The district is a haven for artists and photographers and, as a result, numerous galleries and artists' studios can be found along with a variety of craft shops.
River, loch and sea fishing are all available nearby. Woodland paths are excellent for enthusiastic mountain bikers.
There is a small marina at Armadale and yacht hire is available in the village of Ardvasar. Kayaking is also a popular pastime.
Sleat is home to some of the finest dining to be found in Scotland with one Michelin starred restaurant - Kinloch Lodge (home of Lord and Lady MacDonald) where Claire MacDonald runs her popular cookery schools. Additionally there are AA triple rosettes restaurants - at the Duisdale Hotel, Tokavaig Hotel while the restaurant at the Isle Ornsay Hotel is said to be amongst the most romantic to be found.
Every week throughout the year events take place at Sabhal mor Ostaig - a department of the University of the Highland and Islands and home of education and promotion of Gaelic language and culture. Events are varied with traditional music and dance, while the National Theatre of Scotland perform plays and musical evening feature quartets/quintets drawn from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Performers from Ireland, Canada and America are frequent visitors. There are also weekly film nights. Details are posted on the village notice board.
Essential amenities such as the village store, hairdresser, restaurant and pub are all within 150 metres of Mountview. Approximately half a mile away at Armadale, you will find a petrol station, garage, Tourist Information and an ATM. Supermarkets, bank and pubs can be found in the main village of Broadford.
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26 Jun 2014
"Pleasant property but some issues"
The agent gave us completely wrong direction to the house, so make sure you print the directions from the website. The house was cold and damp when we arrived., so were the bath towels. It was early … More
Thank you for your comments and im very sorry that you were not happy with the house. I would just like to respond to some of your comments though. Directions are given at the time of booking although i tell guests to just phone me if there are any problems. However, being a remote area the phone signal isnt the best which was the case when you phoned me. We got cut off a few times, so you possibly didnt hear me very clearly as i would never give guests wrong directions. The previous guests had just left the house that morning and never mentioned about the house being cold, or damp. The cleaner was also in and would have noticed any issues. She also brings in all the laundry and towels, so it would have been fresh. The house has storage heaters, panel heaters and a wood burning stove, which we provide logs for your use. We leave it up to guests as to how they want to heat the place....we are aware that everyone is different, some like a roasting house, some like it kept cool. Your bill for 3 nights for 4 adults came to only £8 which i feel was very reasonable. Previous guests who stayed for a full week were approx £20, again very reasonable. The website states that guests are free to take their own meter readings though. You will have noticed from the Guest Book in the house, and also the reviews on here, that not one guest has mentioned the water pressure, or any other issues. So this is not something that myself or the owner are aware of, but i will certainly have it checked out, just incase it has only recently become an issue. Once again, im very sorry that you were not happy with the house....if you had phoned me on arrival to bring this to my attention, i would have had any issues rectified. But i heard nothing from you until i made contact after your departure about the electricity charges.I have cancelled these charges though, as a sign of goodwill. Our aim is to provide a peaceful and comfortable holiday retreat which guests will enjoy, which i hope we do. Many thanks.
22 Jun 2014
Excellent place, very well equipped. Fantastic views. Great location just round the corner from the ferry.… More
Thank you for taking the time to review Mountview. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and hope that you get the chance to come back some day.
13 Jun 2014
"Beautiful property in a fantastic location"
I spent a week at Mountview with my girlfriend and I can honestly say that it was the best self-catering property I've ever stayed in. The entire house is so beautifully furnished and it is clear… More
Thank you so much for your kind words and delighted to hear that you enjoyed your break. You are very welcome to return at any time! We hope that you do. Many thanks.
12 May 2014
"Elegant and tasteful haven"
We stayed in this tasteful home recently and felt most at home in the elegant surroundings. The owner has clearly went to great lengths to add little details and a personal touch to ensure it does not… More
23 Apr 2014
"Delightful home from home in the Garden of Skye"
My husband and I spent a wonderful long weekend in this very comfortable home in idyllic surroundings.All appliances and furnishings were of the highest quality and we really enjoyed the cosy comfort… More
Thank you so much for your kind words...and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. And even more delighted to hear that you hope to return to Mountview....you are more than welcome any time!
22 Apr 2014
"We'll be back!"
Wonderful stay in a wonderful house. We've now spent two New Years in a row in Mountview, and can't wait to get back.The house is wonderfully appointed, with great views. The village, while … More
Thank you for taking the time to review the house. Its always lovely to hear that guests have enjoyed their time, both in the area and at the house itself. And we certainly look forward to welcoming you back at any time!
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