The Croft Sarclet Village
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Hoping to see the Northern Lights or just. looking to get away from it all? This charming two bed detached cottage has outstanding views over the North Sea. There are excellent walks, bird watching and fishing to be had locally. Just 20 miles south of John O'Groats you really can't get much further north and remain on the mainland. With the town of Wick just 5 miles away you're never far from shops or excellent restaurants. The price shown includes Linen, towels and heating with no further charges.
The Croft is an extended original crofters home built around the early 18th century with two foot thick stone walls in the original parts which now provide the bedrooms. There is a fully fitted kitchen with appliances, lounge/diner and modern bathroom. It has been in my family for many generations and is still used as a family holiday home.
Sarclet was a small but very important fishing harbour originally engineered by Thomas Telford which was destroyed by a terrible storm. The natural harbour still exists with some original features remaining offering a natural refuge for seals and their pups. The Croft enjoys fantastic views over the North Sea with cliff top walks a plenty. There are outstanding beaches and many interesting days out nearby. For fishing off the shore The Haven is ideal, whilst Loch Sarclet offers fresh water fishing (permit required)
The northern lights are at their best on an eleven year cycle which peaks this winter, why risk spending a fortune flying away for a weekend, when you can book this cottage from just £250 per week, or £150 the weekend. Your on the similar latitude as Stockholm and closer to Norway that London. Listed on Google as one of the best places to see the lights there isn't any light pollution to disturb your view, Wick is just a warm glow in the distance. I can't guarantee that you will see them but with modern technology like Apps to alert you to the best time to look out there certainly isn't anywhere more likely to give you such a good chance without the expensive outlay of flying. Check out AuroraWatchUK for tweets of viewing potential
The Castle of Mey is the Queen Mothers castle which she renovated on the death of her husband King George VI. The castle is a popular tourist destination and is preserved as if the Queen Mother is still there. The castle which is small and intimate is still used by Prince Charles as a holiday retreat annually and is an opportunity for him to preside over the Cannisby Highland games. Please do google this interesting and exciting destination.
The distillery at Poultney Town on the outskirts of Wick is a welcome opportunity to see the distilling process and of course to sample the popular malt that the most northerly mainland distillery has to offer.
Bird watchers will enjoy the opportunity to see many different seabirds including the comical Puffin.
The nearby town of Thurso is now a popular surfing destination which hosts the Scottish Surf Championships
Families with well behaved pets are welcome. Available for longer lets for those looking to write that book within the outstanding views are bound to inspire, please enquire about long term rates.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||The Haven 100 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Wick 10 km, Nearest railway: Wick 10 km|
|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||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Scottish Highlands region
Situated in the far north of Scotland, just 20 miles south of John O'Groats this is a secluded but not inaccessible part of Scotland. With outstanding beaches and cliff top walks There are many historical sites of interest and The Castle Mey which was the Queen Mothers home and offers an intimate insight of her life to visitors. For Golfers there are many famous courses, including Wick Golf Club which is one of the oldest in the highlands. The area really is ideal for bird watchers with many rare sea birds to be seen including the comical Puffin. Seals can be seen from many points often with their pups.
Wick itself has both mainline station and airport with daily flights from Edinburgh. More frequent flights are available from various airports into Inverness, where a car can be hired locally. The journey North from Inverness is around 100 miles, but the roads are excellent and this take around two hours. Airlines flying to and from Inverness include Easy Jet
This makes an ideal point to explore further North to the Orkneys and Shetland Isles either by air or ferry.
Wick is the principal town of Caithness with many shops, restaurants and bars offering visitors lots to see, whilst the museum of wick and the Poultney Town distillery offer welcome diversions.The harbour at Wick is still a vital part of the economy and now has a busy marina as well.
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20 Oct 2014
"A get away from it all heaven."
The Croft was clean, tidy, cosy, and exceptionally warm I wish the shower at home worked as well as this one does, and the kitchen is spacious and well set out and has all you need to practise your cu… More
16 Oct 2014
"We spent a great week at the Croft."
Comfortably furnished with everything you need. Quiet area and relaxing walks. But still close to the next bigger village.… More
3 Oct 2014
"Visit To The Croft"
Excellent cottage and location,well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. A home from home.Spotless and a good size bedroom with a double size bed. A slightly smaller bedroom with … More
13 Aug 2014
"very clean and peaceful stay"
The cottage was clean and had everything required for a family stay. We were visiting friends and family within the area and it was a good base for us. It felt cosy and like a home from home, much bet… More
6 Jul 2014
"Far away from it all."
A beautiful, peaceful spot and unpretentious, spotless accommodation. Nearest town, Wick, is sad in its decline, but there are signs of hope in the harbour, the Heritage Centre and the Memorial Garden… More
27 Feb 2014
"Spacious cottage, lovely location"
Loads of room in the cottage which was nice and bright with huge windows. Loads of little extras too like binoculars to borrow etc.The location is very pretty with a lovely cove just a few minutes awa… More
23 Feb 2014
"Stunning views, peaceful and incredibly comfortable"
This region of Britain is absolutely stunning with bright beautiful skies.... even in winter. On this little corner of the coast they seem to miss the really cold stuff. There are plenty of tourist … More
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