Superbly presented bungalow in stunning location, set within 17 acres of private croft land with gated seashore frontage. 3 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, comfortable lounge, well-equipped kitchen and amazing conservatory with MAGNIFICENT views to The Outer Hebrides.Discover our wonderful waterfalls & enjoy the luxury of wandering down the croft, along the seashore to the Stein Inn or Lochbay Seafood restaurant for dinner!
Situated in the quiet rural peninsula of Waternish in the North-West of Skye, Lusta Cottage is an ideal base for exploring the region, or just relaxing. Enjoy just sitting and watching the weather change from the conservatory with its spectacular sea views. Take time to explore our wonderful croft - 17 acres of grassland including ruins of the old croft cottage and outbuildings, the steepsided gorge with the burn running down it, leading to numerous waterfalls. Walk through the gate at the bottom of the croft, and a short walk along the beach will bring you to the historic village of Stein, boasting the 18th century Stein Inn and the renowned Loch Bay Seafood restaurant.
A small selection of our amazing Guest Book Comments:
"Lusta Cottage has been a great, comfortable,handy base for an exploration of Northern Skye. Indeed the view is so fantastic that we have found it hard to get out on the road! ..............We have had a really good goliday. Skye is an amazing place - but I havn't seen anywhere I would prefer to have stayed. Lusta Cottage is the best!
Thank you Craig & Sue. We'll hope to return."
A, L & D Peters, Bath (aug 2012)
"This cottage is simply superb............." V.Jain Bombay,India (June 2012)
"Lovely cottage with the most amazing views - fabulous. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay on this beautiful island"
L & E Fulton, Scarborough (June 2012)
"First holiday on Skye! Amazing in every way! Lusta Cottage is a happy place"
V & D Walker, Scarborough (June 2012 )
“What a wonderful cottage. View to die for - best we've seen anywhere in the world!......comfy beds & well equipped kitchen – what more can one ask for? THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!”
"Lusta Cottage certainly has the "wow factor".........a delightful weeks holiday, Thank you."
".......a superbly presented cottage as usual. Once again we enjoyed Lusta Cottage...."
Josephine & Charles (Hampshire)
"Great to be back on Skye again. Been coming to Waternish for years. First time to Lusta Cottage though, and what a fantastic place. Views from conservatory superb and just finished breakfast while watching two Sea-Eagles....."
Steve & Jacqui (Aberdeen)
".........Lusta Cottage a great find!...."
Steve & Sue (Staffordshire)
"We have been coming to Skye for many years. Lusta Cottage has the best view from the conservatory of any place we have stayed before.........breakfast in the conservatory is a joy." Alison & Ian (Glasgow)
"Thank you for the use of your lovely cottage. It was very comfortable & warm & provided us with everything we needed and more. Fantastic luxury to be able to wander down your "garden" to Lochbay Sea Food Restaurant for dinner!"
Alison & Paul (Bedford)
"Our 5th year at Lusta. Lovely to be back again for a relaxing holiday.......Lusta cottage very welcoming and comfortable as always. Hope to be back again.....Many thanks"
Pam, John & Cathie (Bucks)
"A well equipped cottage , with an amazing conservatory that is a peaceful place to sit and watch the everchanging weather!......the children enjoyed walking down to the sea and playing in the freedom of lots of space. The views are just breathtaking we will return!"
Tim, Lisa & children (Lancashire)
"Perfect location for a few days relaxing! Everyone we have met has been so friendly & helpful ....The cottage is great - the right level of comfort & homeliness & everything you might need in kitchen & entertainment. See you again soon."
Chris & Steve (Renfrewshire)
"....We all thoroughly enjoyed our week and would definately return and recommend to friends. Everything we could have needed was provided -so thank you very much."
Emma, Rob & Amelia
"Waterfall, 'swimming pool' and sitting on rocks on beach at bottom of garden were all amazing."
Phil, Liam & Murnane (Tyne and Wear)
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lusta Beach 400 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 200 km, Nearest railway: Kyle of Lochalsh 90 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Lusta cottage is comfortably furnished and has been specially designed to give all rooms a view over Loch Bay and/or the Burn. It is designed to sleep 1-6 people easily - although there is the facility to sleep 8 if the double futon sofa bed is used in the lounge.
Bedrooms & Bath/Shower rooms
There is one double room with its own ensuite shower/toilet, one twin bedroom with family bathroom and a seperate, externally accessed twin room with private shower/toilet, tea making facilities and satellite TV. The beds will be freshly made up for your arrival. Towels are not provided so please bring your own - or they can be rented at a small additional charge of £5 per person.
Lounge & Conservatory
The lounge and attached conservatory offer a comfortable seating area including a Layzee Boy recliner, an old fashioned wooden rocking chair, and double sofa bed for occasional use as required.
There is a well-equipped kitchen including an electric cooker with extractor fan, microwave, fridge freezer and dishwasher. Most crockery, cutlery, wine glasses, mugs and kitchen utensils that you would expect to need are available. Fairy liquid, dishwasher tablets and kitchen cleaner are all supplied and will be found either by the sink or in the cupboard under the sink.
The washing machine and tumble drier are housed in a small utility area by the back bedroom.
The cottage is kept warm by electric storage heating and has radiators in each room that can be individually switched on or off.
Each of the three bathrooms has fan heaters and extractor fans. The two larger bathrooms have heated towel rails operated by pulling the ceiling cord nearest the towel rail.
The lounge also has an integrated electric fire and a fan heater is kept in the conservatory for occasional use.
An immersion heater located in the main bathroom provides hot water and a 2-hour booster switch is found in the kitchen on the right hand side of the fridge.
A coin payphone is provided for your use and is found in the lounge of the cottage. Alternatively a public phone box can be found approximately 100 metres from cottage. Most mobile signals are either very weak or non existent inside the cottage but stronger signals can be found at various points around the croft and curiously enough a particularly strong signal is usually found just outside the Stein Pub!
A small flat screen TV with an integrated/DVD player is provided in the lounge. The satellite freeview box provides excellent reception for all of the usual channels, as well as access to more rubbish than you would ever wish to see!
There is also a small flat screen TV in the back twin bedroom with a satellite Sky freeview box.
There is a small collection of DVDs for your entertainment.
There is a bookshelf full of books for your perusal including a guidebook of walks around Skye. If you find yourself half way through a novel at the end of your stay please feel free to take it with you. On the same note we also welcome any additions to our mini library!
A CD/Tape/Radio player is provided in the lounge together with a collection of CDs.
There is a small selection of children and adult board games stored in the hollow cube shaped table in the lounge.
In case of power failure a supply of tea lights is kept in the kitchen drawers for emergency use
|Further details outdoors|
Ample parking is available with a garage that can provide shelter for motorcycles or pedal cycles if requested in advance.
There is an inner gated garden of approximately quarter of an acre to enjoy. The 17 acres of privately owned croft land is also there to be enjoyed and can be accessed from gates on either side of the garden. Each access provides a unique way to enter and explore the croft. Either go through the righthand side gate looking out over Stein and down along the slope next to the neighbouring highland cattle, or through the lefthand gate, carefully accross the top of burn, past the ruins and down the farside, crossing the burn once again in the middle - over the top of the waterfall - or down the croft by the meandering burn ...your choice! Whichever you choose, whatever the weather, you will have an amazing experience which will vary every time you do it! If you are feeling bold you could even try clambering down under the waterfall and paddle in the pool! But please be careful - and supervise children near the steep sides of the gorge/waterfall.
You can enter Lusta seashore from the gate at the far bottom right and side of the croft. The shore is rocky so take care.
Please turn off radiators/towel rails when not required – electricity on Skye is very expensive but we would like to maintain our policy of not charging separately for heating to keep the letting process as free from admin as possible for you
Well-behaved dogs (maximum of two) are welcome by prior arrangement at a charge of £25 per week per dog.
No other pets allowed without prior permission.
Please do not let your dog on any furniture/chairs/beds and provide your own dog bedding. A dog stainless steel water bowl is stored under the sink in the kitchen.
Dogs must not be left in the property unsupervised as this can result in considerable damage to the property and distress to the pet.
The inner garden (approx. 0.25 acre) is sheep fenced and with all three gates shut is safe for most dogs. However, the actual croft land (approx. 17 acres) outside the garden fence ususally supports a herd of rare Hebridean sheep. You are welcome to walk your dogs here but please keep them on leads well away from the sheep.
Please ensure you pick up any dog mess from the inner garden and dispose of it in plastic bags in the dustbin.
Please do not smoke in any part of the house or conservatory. (Obviously if you do smoke outside please dispose of any butts safely in the dustbin.)
The Isle of Skye (“The Misty Isle”) is an island of outstanding natural beauty situated of the west coast of mainland Scotland and is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides.
The Cuillin Hills, The Old Man of Storr and the Quirang have long been favourites with climbers and walkers alike. The fascinating indented coastline also means you are never far from the sea. Naturally, both mountains and sea provide a haven for wildlife which abounds on the Island. There are frequent sightings of seals, porpoise, dolphin by the ever near shores, with rarer sights of otters, basking sharks and whales. Whilst Sea Eagles are plentiful and even magnificent Golden Eagles have been spotted with some regularity.
The native language is Scottish Gaelic, although 99% of the spoken word heard is English.
Ferries to the Outer Isle (Lewis, Harris & North Uist) run regularly from Uig, just a 30 minute drive from Lusta cottage and guests often continue their holiday by taking in a trip to another beautiful Scottish island.
Portree, the capital of Skye is approx. 20 miles (25 minutes by car) and here you will find shops, a busy harbour, numerous cafes and restaurants and a modern library with internet access and an excellent swimming pool located in the High School and open to the public. Annually in August the Skye Highland Games are held in Portree when the town becomes alive with the sound of the bagpipes! This is a great day out and well worth a visit.
Waternish is a fabulous place to use either as your base for exploring Skye or simply for enjoying the local amenities and relaxing in the peace and tranquility of the area. It is the central of the most prominent peninsulas to project north west into the Minch. It is an extremely pretty area with much croftland and forestry overlooking stunning sea views at every turn.
There are several places within a few miles of Lusta Cottage that are worth a visit. These include "Fairy Bridge" dating from the early 1800's and apparently named because it was believed to be the haunt of fairies ......we always say "Hello" to them as we pass the bridge anyway........rumour has it that the Chief MacLeod was given the famous "Fairy Flag" by his fairy wife (before she left him returning to her own people) to be waved only three times if the MacLeod Clan were in danger. The flag has been waved on two occasions and is now kept in Dunvegan Castle.
At nearby Trumpan (5 minute drive from Lusta Cottage) you will find the remains of Trumpan Church where almost the entire Waternish population were massacred in the church in 1578 as a result of clan warfare between the MacLeods and the MacDonalds from the neighbouring island of Uist in the Outer Hebrides. There is a fantastic viewing area opposite here where you can enjoy superb sunsets. The churchyard itself has to be one of the most spectacular places to be buried in the world!
Nearby you will find the path leading to the Waternish lighthouse for those of you who enjoy walking.
Leaving Waternish, it is only a short 15 minute drive to the village of Dunvegan where you will find the magnificent Dunvegan Castle, home to the MacLeod Clan. The Castle and its beautiful gardens are open to the public and well worth a visit. There are also small seal boat trips that can be taken from here (one of our annual favourites!) and fishing trips that can also be organised from here. Parts of the castle can also be hired for social events and weddings. It is also possible to drive from here along the banks of Loch Dunvegan and then walk a reasonably short distance by foot until you come to the beautiful Coral Sands beach.
The social focal point of Waternish is easily the Stein Inn, just a short walk down the Lusta cottage croft. There are also local Ceildhs (Scotttish Dancing and live music) held several times during the year at Waternish Village Hall.
We are very fortunate to have both the Stein Inn and the Loch Bay Sea food restaurant within walking distance from the cottage (approx. 0.75 mile by road or a 10minute walk down the croft). The Stein serves excellent food in their splendid bar area as well as in their non- smoking restaurant. The Loch Bay Sea food restaurant is a family business run by David & Alison and is renowned on the island for its sea food specialities. Reservations are recommended for both. The Stein also has a very pleasant pub garden which fronts the loch – perfect for watching sunsets over the bay.
Our good friends Ian and Gill Williams at Braefasach, Waternish have also just opened a small café within their art gallery serving tea, coffee and homemade cake!
There are no food shops, or indeed any shops at Waternish except for art and craft shops/galleries (see below)
Sunday Papers can be ordered in advance from the Stein Inn!
Portree has the recently opened CoOp slightly out of town on the Dunvegan road. This is the largest supermarket on the island and sells pretty much everything you need. In Portree town itself there is a butchers, small supermarket, newsagents and toy shop, pet shop, hardware shop, Boots chemist, camera shop, florist, chocolate shop and various other sports and tourist shops together with some great coffee shops (our favourite is Café Ariba). Jans Vans is also out on the Dunvegan Road and is a huge hardware/garden store that sells all sorts of useful things!
Dunvegan has a small general store, two bakers with coffee shops, a chippy, a health food shop,and a fishing tackle and gun shop together with a few restaurants/hotels and tourist shops.
There is a Royal Mail post box approximately 100 metres from the cottage where mail is usually collected at least once a day.
Local Art and Craft shops and Galleries
Brae Fasach Gallery
Ian Williams runs the splendid Brae Fasach Gallery in which he creates, exhibits and sells his original ceramics and paintings. There is also a selection of framed photography of Skye by Ray Reader and the unique collection of fine art and ceramic highland ponies for sale by Gill Williams.
Ian also runs pottery/painting workshops by prior arrangement.
All the paintings/photos in Lusta are kindly provided by Ian and Ray.
Next door to Brae Fasach is Skye Skyns, a 5* tourist board award exhibition tannery run by Clive and Lydia. It is a fascinating place to visit and they are happy to provide a guided tour of the tannery downstairs. Upstairs their shop sells wonderful sheepskin rugs, waistcoats, slippers etc and various wool related products.
Dandelion Designs is another delightful gallery and gift shop down by the waterfront run by Pat and Cathy.
The following activities are a few of the many pursuits readily available on Skye – more details are found in the lever arch file in the lounge or the notice board in the kitchen. There is also a great Tourist information office in Portree which will be able to provide all the up to date information you need.
Walking/Climbing (Everywhere - see guidebook!)
Fishing (Enquire at Fishing tackle & Gun Shop, Dunvegan or Dunvegan castle)
Diving (Waternish Dive centre)
Seal watching (by Dunvegan Castle - Highly recommended!)
Swimming/Gym/Bike Hire (Portree)
Spinning (indoor cycling!) Waternish Village Hall
Scottish and Indian Dancing (Waternish Village Hall)
Remotecontrolled minature Helicopter Flying -yes really!! (Waternish Village Hall)