The Old Free Church Manse
About the home
The Manse is a lovely, elegant, comfortable and well-equipped family home. Set in its own large grounds and with fabulous views across to the Cuillins on Skye, it is the perfect base from which to explore the island of Raasay and beyond. Whatever the time of year, Raasay has great beaches, walks and cycle routes, breathtaking scenery and stunning wildlife.
The house has its own all-weather tennis court, well-equipped games room and huge treehouse, ideal for children of all ages. Or, if you want a more leisurely experience, you can enjoy the views from a comfy sofa by an open fire.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 13, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||North Bay, 1km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms|
|Furniture:||Single beds (7), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 13, Lounge seating for 13|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Tennis court on site, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
Further details indoors:
The Manse has 5 bedrooms: 3 double bedrooms, I family room with 3 single beds and another with 2 bunk beds and a single bed. One of the double rooms also has a single bed in it. There is a large sitting room with open fire, comfortable seating, DVD player and well stocked games cupboard. The main bathroom is huge with a beautiful roll top bath and there is also a downstairs bathroom with walk in shower and bath. There is a separate toilet upstairs.
The formal dining room can seat 14 people and also has an open fire and piano. The kitchen is well equipped with a 4 oven electric Aga, fridge, microwave and dishwasher and there is a separate utility room with washing machine and plenty of drying space. Cot and high chair available on request.
Further details outdoors:
There is a separate games room with log burning stove, table tennis and bar area. The tennis court is an all weather one. There is also a large garden with a tree-house, parking for several cars and a private drive. New for 2012 is a top of the range gas BBQ.
The Hebrides / Skye / Inner Hebrides region
Visitors come to the Inner Hebrides to experience the unique combination of mountains, water, space and light. If you want to get away from the pressures of urban life, this is the place for you. Wide open spaces, breathtaking views, wonderful wildlife and very few people. The Cuillins on Skye are easily accessible from Raasay as are all the other attractions of Skye including castles, distilleries, fairy pools, potteries and boat trips. There is even a golf course within 5 minutes walk of the ferry terminal at Sconser.
There are several highly rated restaurants on Skye which are well worth a visit, including the Michelin-starred Kinloch Lodge and The Three Chimneys. The Stein Inn and Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant in the north west of Skye are our particular favourites.
The Isle of Raasay area
Raasay is one of the most beautiful islands in the Inner Hebrides. Tucked between the Isle of Skye to the west and the Scottish mainland to the east, it is just 14 miles long and 4 miles wide.
The perfect destination for families with children of all ages. While many visitors choose to scale Dun Caan, the distinctive flat topped mountain where Dr Johnson and Boswell are reputed to have danced, there are inland and coastal walks to suit all tastes, forests and beaches to explore, historic sites to discover and a richness of geology, landscape, flora and fauna rarely found in the British Isles.
It is easy to cross to Skye on the ferry to climb the Cuillin ridge or stay on the island and go fishing, mountain biking or walking. The nearby Raasay House Hotel and Activities Centre offers a wide range of day activities including climbing, abseiling, kayaking, coasteering and mountain bike hire. Its licensed bar and restaurant is only a ten minute walk from the Manse.
There is a well-stocked and friendly shop and post office in the village which sells local meat and vegetables and the nearest Coop supermarkets are at Broadford or Portree on Skye.
How to get there
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Whatever route you choose, your journey to Raasay will take you through some spectacular scenery. Inverness is the closest airport but there are also budget flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The journey by road from Inverness to the Raasay ferry at Sconser (via the Skye bridge) is 2.5 hours; from Glasgow or Edinburgh 5 hours. Overnight sleeper trains from London go to Inverness and Fort William, with connections to Skye by two of the most scenic rail journeys in the world.
From there it is an easy bus or taxi ride to Sconser. The Raasay ferry, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, runs almost hourly in the summer, Monday to Saturday, with 2 ferries on a Sunday - a great way to arrive on the island. The crossing takes 20 minutes and from the new terminal below the Raasay House activities centre, it's 5 minutes to the Manse.
Activities near Isle of Raasay
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
21 Oct 2012
This house definitely lives up to expectations & has something for everyone. Our party was made-up of 2 families of 4 adults and 5 children ranging from 16 to 5. All of the adults agreed that it... more
26 May 2012
Our party traveled up to Raasay in May 2012 for a family birthday celebration, and we all loved the large, spacious, and beautiful house. It is a former manse that has been sympathetically restored... more
29 Jun 2011
The Old Manse is the perfect rural holiday retreat - seclusion, spectacular views and first class accommodation. Can't be faulted on any level and i would recommend it to anyone.
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|Prices for group size 13|
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|Mid||3 Apr 11||28 May 11||£ 1050||-||-||1 Week|
|High||28 May 11||4 Jun 11||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||4 Jun 11||2 Jul 11||£ 1050||-||-||1 Week|
|High||2 Jul 11||3 Sep 11||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||3 Sep 11||15 Oct 11||£ 1050||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||15 Oct 11||29 Oct 11||£ 1050||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||29 Oct 11||18 Dec 11||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|High||18 Dec 11||7 Jan 12||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||7 Jan 12||31 Mar 12||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||31 Mar 12||2 Jun 12||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|High||2 Jun 12||8 Sep 12||£ 1300||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||8 Sep 12||3 Nov 12||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||3 Nov 12||22 Dec 12||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|High||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 1500||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Dogs by arrangement: only allowed in tiled areas of house; £25 supplement per dog.Enquire now
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