House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Mayar Bhan is an architect designed eco home built in 2005, and finished to a very high standard. The house has been simply but tastefully decorated with double glazing and underfloor heated wooden & tiled floors throughout, supplemented by a cozy wood burning stove for the winter. It is fitted with a high quality kitchen, and all 3 bedrooms have en-suite facilities. The conservatory area provides additional space for relaxation.
The house sits in a private, fully enclosed garden with decks accessed from the patio doors in the living area providing stunning views over Gruinard Bay, which can also be enjoyed from the upstairs bedroom balconies.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Laide 1 km|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness (Flights from all UK main airports) 140 km, Nearest railway: Inverness (Linking bus service to Laide) 120 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Facilities are for 6 people, but a travel cot and high chair are also provided.
The accommodation includes 2 en-suite double bedrooms and 1 en-suite twin bedroom, kitchen, living area, conservatory (with dining area), WC and utility room. All the en-suites have a shower and the downstairs bedroom also has a bath. The downstairs WC and bedroom is wheelchair accessible. The utility room provides storage for coats, shoes etc.
An ipod player, digital radio and tumble drier are also provided in addition to facilities detailed above.
|Further details outdoors|
The property sits in approximately 1 acre of private fully enclosed garden laid mainly in grass with decking on both sides of the house. Outdoor wooden furniture and BBQ are provided. Ample off road parking is available within the property boundary. A large lockable shed is provided for storage of bikes and outdoor equipment.
The Scottish Highlands region
The Scottish highlands have a huge variety of stunning mountain, valley, and beach scenery all steeped in hundreds of years of history. Whether you are looking for an activity packed holiday or relaxing break, the highlands has something for everyone throughout the year.
To keep the kids entertained, there is Laide, Gruinard and Mellon Udrigle beaches nearby plus many more in the area; a public swimming pool in Poolewe and leisure centre, horse riding and pitch 'n' putt in Gairloch. If you are interested in wildlife, there are Sea Eagles on Gruinard Island, Whale & Dolphin Watching at Mellon Udrigle, wildlife cruises from Gairloch, and lots of deer and birdlife. If you are looking for outdoor activities there is mountain biking; some great hills, mountains and beaches to walk, and sea fishing. If you are interested in the flora and fauna, there is Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe (National Trust) and the Beinn Eagh nature reserve.
In addition, there is a wide variety of cafes and restaurants in the area such as the Old Inn, Mountain cafe and The Sheiling in Gairloch; the Badachro Inn; the Bridge coffee shop in Poolewe, and the Drumchork and Aultbea hotels in Aultbea.
The garage in Laide (1 km) has a good selection of groceries; Aultbea (5 km) has a grocer and butcher, and Gairloch (22 km) has a further selection of shops for groceries and provisions.
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22 Nov 2013
Mayar Bhan is a modern "Grand Design" style house maintained to a VERY high standard with all the utilities and a panoramic view to die for, Owner could not be more helpful. A great experience overall.
1 Oct 2013
"Stunning property set in a stunning location"
For once I am left almost speechless. However, I will manage to say that Mayar Bhan is a beautiful property situated in a stunning location over looking Gruinard Bay. The house has huge floor to ceiling windows in the lounge over looking the bay and a large conservatory hall/dining area to the front the combination of both floods the building with light during the day. Equally if you're eating dinner and its dark you can see up to the stars in the conservatory. The kitchen is well equipped, the lounge has a log burning stove, the bedrooms with en suites were spotlessly clean and there's plenty of bedding, towels etc. There is also a utility area with sink, fridge, freezer, w/machine & tumble dryer.
Another thing I really liked about the house is that it's very simply decorated and with simple minimal furnishings, this added to the whole feel of space and calm in the buliding and it all works very well
5 Sep 2013
"Amazing Property, in fantastic setting"
We stayed here for a week in August 2013. The house was immaculate and had everything you could wish for. The views overlooking the bay were spectacular and great for watching ships come and go as wel… More
24 Jul 2013
"The best holiday rental I have ever experienced."
Neil was most helpful with information about the house and the area before I booked. The house is spotless and very well equipped and although there is TV etc there, we thought the view over Gruinard Bay much better viewing. We fell in love with Mayar Bhan the minute we opened the door. There is so much space and light and our abiding memory is the sense of tranquility we all felt. Mayar Bhan is a beautiful house in a beautiful part of Scotland, a perfect combination.
5 Jul 2013
"5 star quality - cannot be faulted"
We usually use self-catering accommodation as we find it more flexible with small children and Mayar Bhan is one of the best places we have ever stayed. It really is a home from home - lots of living … More
19 Jun 2013
This is a truly superb modern, spacious and airy property situated amongst the most beautiful coastline scenery in Scotland.
Like a previous reviewer, we are incredibly fussy in choosing holiday accommodation – it's got to be perfect on paper but it's still always a worry until you arrive and see it for real. This was our second stay in this fabulous house and we've already booked for next year so need we say more! It's worth every mile of the 700 mile journey from Surrey to stay in such a gorgeous home and beautiful location. If only we could win the lottery and prise it out of the owner's grasp!
Three of us stayed here with each of us in our own en-suite room. There are outstanding views over the sea and Summer Isles from both main bedrooms and the lounge area. Although there are plenty of beautiful places to visit, it's a place you'd be equally as happy to stay at home. It's excellently equipped and everything is spotlessly clean and really well cared for. The downstairs room is ideal for someone with disabilities (there is wheelchair access) or who is infirm and cannot manage the stairs. There is also a large, well-maintained garden with large area of lawn and decking, all overlooking that wonderful view.
There are all the usual facilities that many have come to expect of quality holiday homes such as a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer but there's also wifi access (hoorah!), FreeSat TV and a DVD so everything is catered for.
Neil, the owner, keeps in touch via email to ensure everything is fine, and is easily contactable should there be any problems (we didn't have any). It is obvious from the attention to detail and the way the house is presented that Mayar Bhan is not just regarded as a holiday house for rental income but rather that Neil and his family love it as a home too.
17 Jun 2013
"Breathtakingly fantastic with nobs on"
The house was fantastic and even better than described, the views were amazing and changed by the hour, Neil's communication with us was first class and the list of things to do was invaluable. You really wont get better than this no matter how long you look, pure 5 Star. Recommendations would be Mellon Udrigle beach, Sea trip from Gairloch, kayaking with Ewecanoe and a visit to a 2nd World War plane crash site not far from Mellon Udrigle, very moving. No need to leave the house to eat the kitchen is fantastic and has all the utensils you will ever need, garden is fantastic and great for running around, football, cricket etc etc. Didn't watch the TV once so might as well take it away far too much to do.
22 May 2013
"Try it - just try it!"
It may seem a long way away from where you stay but Inverness to Mayar Bhan is just over an hour by car, Edinburgh or Glasgow to Inverness is three hours and it's nice country to travel through. Or fly or take the train to any of those cities and hire a car. It really is worth the hassle, and the time it takes to get there.
The house is architecturally superb and is sited on a gentle hill overlooking Gruinard Bay and the islands in the bay. Sunrises to your right, ladies and gentlemen, sunsets to the left. The owner, Neil Watson, is meticulous; the house is very comprehensively equipped and everything works. On the rare occasions something goes wrong it is fixed very quickly (the area experienced a power surge on Bank Holiday Saturday, fuses blew and an electrician was there within an hour and a half to check things over)
If you are a fan of Portobello or Blackpool or Brighton, or cities, forget Mayar Bhan! This part of the world is for slowing down, talking to people, enjoying beautiful but quiet beaches, watching the sea, looking at mountains, looking at bird (34 different species of birds we recognised) and animal life, and enjoying (you have to be able to laugh and enjoy it!) up to four seasons of weather in a day.
Neil will inform you of current local events, and things to do (adults and kids), places to see, places to eat, how to get out on the water and you'll get ideas too, from what other residents have written in the guest book. There's even a Mayar Bhan personal Ordinance Survey map to use.
Yes, I'm biased, yes, I love it, and yes, my wife and I are going back...
13 May 2013
"Excellent holiday home in the most beautiful place in Scotland"
We love the area but this was our first stay at Mayar Bhan...like a previous reviewer I'm almost disinclined to rave about it in case we find it booked up all of 2014! The house itself is beautif… More
10 Apr 2013
"A Rare Blend of Luxury, Tranquillity and Scenic Grandeur"
Wester Ross is a picturesque spot with a coastline that contains many spectacular beaches, cliffs, and caves; inland there are lochs, glens and mountains. All of which provide appeal for walkers, climbers, photographers, ornithologists etc etc. Mayar Bhan is an ideal base to explore this remote area. The house is extremely well appointed with high quality furniture and appliances and has very effective insulation, such that additional heating is not really required. The views from the bedroom balconies and lounge are simply stunning.
Remember that Sunday is still observed as the Sabbath, and few shops or petrol stations will be open, except perhaps in Ullapool or Gairloch. There is an hotel, The Ocean View, with a bar that does food at the end of the little road. We stayed at Mayar Bhan the last week in March, and at that time of year the Ocean View was only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (I presume it is open 7 days a week in "Season"). However there is a large fridge and a small freezer in the house so one shopping trip for food lasted us all week.
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