Highfield, Isle of Colonsay
House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 13
Highfield has wonderful panoramic views to the Atlantic Ocean and a garden of a third of an acre to enjoy.There are 5/6 bedrooms accommodating 2 to13 people as well as a modern fitted kitchen and two living rooms.
Colonsay was recently named in the top 10 “Under-The-Radar Islands of The World” It has glorious golden beaches (Kiloran Bay has been voted 2nd Best Beach in the UK!) It is also home to golden eagles, wild goats, colonies of seals and a huge range of flora and fauna. Amenities include a hotel, pub, café, bookshop and a local village shop. Many possible activities include walking, beachcombing, drinks at the pub, kayaking, fishing, golf, cycling, eating out at the hotel or café, fast boat trips and of course most importantly relaxing away from it all.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kiloran Bay 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Oban 70 km, Nearest railway: Oban 70 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
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||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
To maximise the 180 degree views to the Atlantic Ocean it is an "upside-down" house. The master bedroom with en suite bathroom, living room and large fitted kitchen are all upstairs which means the spectacular views out to sea and over the island can be enjoyed from these rooms and from two balconies attached to the living room and kitchen. Being an upside down house, one couple can comfortably rent the upstairs accommodation as a "studio" type home (at a discount outside of the summer high season) or if there are more in the group then we can open up the additional bedrooms needed downstairs and price according to the number of guests.
Downstairs there are a further 4 bedrooms plus an additional living room which is perfect for kids to relax in and play games. In total the house has three double bedrooms, one twin bedroom, and one bedroom with a single plus a bunk bed and there is also a sofa bed in the downstairs living room. There are a total of five bathrooms plus a porch and a utility room with washing machine.
The two living rooms seat 14 people between them. 10 upstairs and 4 downstairs. There is a washing machine and an additional fridge/freezer in the utility room and the kitchen has a double oven with 6 electric rings.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden extends to one third of an acre and looks over the community of Kilchattan to the Atlantic where you can watch the sun set over the Ocean. The garden is mainly grassed with guests children in mind and the next door neighbours are a field of Hebridean sheep! There is plenty of room for several cars to park and further views are over the crofts and hills that make up Kilchattan.
From June to the end of September the house is only bookable in multiples of 1 week and the changeover day is Sunday in June July & August as there is no ferry service on Saturdays. If you need to leave early there are ferries every other day apart from Tuesday. We can be flexible on changeover dates outside of June to August.
The Hebrides/Skye region
The island of Colonsay lies in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. To the north lies the island of Mull; the eastern and southern horizons are bounded by the islands of Jura and Islay; and to the south west, just visible from a high point on a clear day, is the coast of Donegal in Ireland. To the west lies the Atlantic, with only the Du Hirteach lighthouse standing between Colonsay and Canada.
Although there is never any guarantees of the Scottish weather, Colonsay's own local weather patterns provide it with a "mini-climate" that is in most respects a favourable one. Being relatively low lying (with no hills over 500 feet high), Colonsay rainfall figures are only around half of the Argyll region it lies in - and like nearby Tiree, which is often quoted as the sunniest place in Britain by the weathermen, Colonsay receives above average sunshine figures in the long summer days.
Isle of Colonsay
The Isle of Colonsay is a small island paradise off the beautiful west coast of Scotland which is virtually unknown to the majority of even the UK population. The island is not widely advertised as it has a very limited supply of holiday accommodation and during the peak periods they are often booked up a year or more in advance, particularly as so many people return time and again to enjoy the unique beauty and tranquillity on offer. Our house is new to the rental market in 2012, having previously been lived in by island residents since it was built 8 years ago.
Colonsay is 10 miles long and 2 miles wide and has many fantastic beaches. The island is also home to much wildlife, as mentioned at the top of this page, including thousand of sea birds perched on dramatic cliffs, colonies of seals and a range of 500 different flora and fauna. In addition there are 120 friendly islanders and lots of sheep!
Amenities include a lovely hotel, a cosy pub, a café, an excellent bookshop, a very well stocked local shop (although the newspapers can be up to 3 day behind!) with post office and there is also an island brewery.
Activities are too many to mention but include organised walks, days on the beach, pub quiz nights, weekend dances, eating out, having a picnic or BBQ on the beach, a few drinks down the pub, art exhibitions, wildlife spotting, fast boat trips round the island and much much more.
Colonsay has an equally beautiful neighbouring island called Oronsay which, as well as having yet more sandy beaches, also has the historic ruins of a 14th century priory. Oronsay can be reached by foot at low water when the tide exposes a mile of sand known as ‘The Strand’.
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25 Jun 2014
Amazing house with loads of space. Lovely and clean when we arrived and freshly made bread waiting in the kitchen for us. We had a few issues with the hot water - but I think this was because the wea… More
29 Mar 2014
"One of the best self catering houses we have stayed in"
Highfield was exactly what we were looking for - peaceful, comfortable, and well located. There were only two of us so we only used the upstairs areas, but the house is perfect for larger groups. Every evening we could watch the sunset over the sea from the living room.
In terms of mod cons, Highfield was very well equipped, with good heating, good size fridge and freezer and laundry facilities. The fact that the house was dog friendly was the most important factor for us, and the enclosed garden was a bonus. We would definitely stay here again.
9 Jan 2014
"Really, really, ridiculously good."
Beautiful house and island. Super spacious, cosy, comfy and clean. Also featuring an impressive array of kitchen utensils. Excellent bath.… More
26 Nov 2013
"Perfect for a family celebration"
A quality property on a beautiful island. The house is exactly as described and the layout works very well for large groups. Beds are comfortable, bathrooms are stylish, and the house was spotless when we arrived. The owners were very helpful, and we have always found the local residents friendly.
Our grandchildren had a wonderful time on the lovely beaches and their parents relaxed.
I enjoyed an unforgettable 70th birthday in one of my favourite places.
25 Nov 2013
"Fourite isalnd - favourite house"
This is our favourite Scottish island - and believe me we've been to almost them all. And this is also by far our favourite house - just perfect for three families.
So comfy - a home from home - socialable lay-out, lovely views and a great spot. Ideal that dogs are welcome, and very well equipped. Gutted that it was already booked for next year!
10 Jun 2013
"Lovely, bright & warm spacious house"
Colonsay is a lovely island to visit & we have been several times. This is the best house which we have stayed in on the island. The house was spacious, bright & well equipped. Lovely sunsets to watch at night from the sitting room on the first floor. It was ideal having an extra sitting room for teenagers to hang out or study in.
Owners were very helpful when we got stuck on the island for an extra night due to high winds.
18 Mar 2013
"Great place to totally relax."
Fabulous house. Went for a long weekend in February, 7 adults and 2 dogs. Great place to totally relax. Landed lucky with the weather, so had long walks on the beautiful beaches with the dogs. If you want to chill out and spend time with family this is the place to do it.
31 Jan 2013
"Superb, highly recommended!"
We stayed over New year 10 adults and a 8 month old baby.. House was very beautiful and good value for money. It was really clean and very well set out for a holiday let - lots of bathrooms and good laundry and kitchen facilities. Everything seemed new and fresh and it was a pleasure to be there.
Owners were highly efficient beforehand with communication and were more than happy to accommodate our requests for a travel cot, stair gate and highchair to be supplied.
Lots of books and games around which was a lovely touch - as well as the ipod dock and the wi-fi and the piano! Really well thought through.
Island itself is beautiful. Weather in December as you would expect was wet and windy. Most of the group still ventured outside and had a great time. Mother and baby stayed inside a lot but the house was so lovely to relax in that we didn't mind staying in especially as lots of jigsaws were provided! If we came back again with older children then we would come in the summer.
Thoroughly recommend this property :-)
20 Jan 2013
"A Colonsay New Year !"
Ten friends and I enjoyed a fantastic week over the new year staying in Highfield on the little known island of Colonsay. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and could easily take a few more people. It was a very modern house which was well insulated (needed to be for the weather we experienced!) and it was very well kitted out. Most bedrooms were on the ground floor with the main living area and open plan kitchen upstairs - to take advantage on the view of the Atlantic! The only minor criticism was with the heating as at times it got too warm and the thermostats seemed slow to modify the temperature. Apart from that the place was faultless.
You certainly need a car or bike at the house as it is approximately three miles from the shop, post office, hotel and ferry port. The island is very remote and rugged. It is ideal if you enjoy walking and beautiful scenery.
All eleven of us would certainly want to visit Highfield again.
17 Nov 2012
"An amazing island and property"
Colonsay and Highfield were both an unforgettable experience. The island is simply stunning with a great pace of life - you felt yourself relaxing the moment you stepped off the ferry. And the property is great - it's finished to a very high standard and is really spacious. We were 4 adults and 6 kids and had plenty of space.
Overall a great holiday and one I would recommend to anyone. We'll definitely be going back.
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