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Birch Holiday Cottage, Helmsdale - North Scotland Cottage

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Cottage / 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Description from owner

Description

Located in the heart of the historic coastal village of Helmsdale, overlooking the mouth of the River Helmsdale, our traditional three storey stone cottage is the ideal location from which to base your holiday in the north of the Scottish Highlands with its wonderful scenery and amazing history.

We have two twin rooms on the top floor, with a small quiet area in between where children can play or if the house is busy you can sit and read or write your post cards. On the middle floor there is the sittingroom - with TV, DVD player and wood burning stove, with lots of sitting space for everything - family bathroom, with shower over the bath, and double bedroom. The front door, opening to Dunrobin Street is also on this level, as is the guest cupboard with all our local tourist information and a selection of games.

The bottom floor has an en-suite double bedroom and the kitchen. The family kitchen has a large table so you can all sit and enjoy your meals together. It also has

Located in the heart of the historic coastal village of Helmsdale, overlooking the mouth of the River Helmsdale, our traditional three storey stone cottage is the ideal location from which to base your holiday in the north of the Scottish Highlands with its wonderful scenery and amazing history.

We have two twin rooms on the top floor, with a small quiet area in between where children can play or if the house is busy you can sit and read or write your post cards. On the middle floor there is the sittingroom - with TV, DVD player and wood burning stove, with lots of sitting space for everything - family bathroom, with shower over the bath, and double bedroom. The front door, opening to Dunrobin Street is also on this level, as is the guest cupboard with all our local tourist information and a selection of games.

The bottom floor has an en-suite double bedroom and the kitchen. The family kitchen has a large table so you can all sit and enjoy your meals together. It also has a dishwasher, microwave and fridge-freezer. This floor opens out to our walled back garden which is a great safe place to play - or have a glass of wine.

As outlined above our cottage is set over three floors and as a result it would not be suitable for those who have difficulty with stairs. On request we can provide stair-guards, a travel cot and high chair.

Location description from owner

The Caithness and Sutherland region

The Scottish Highlands, the most northernly part of the United Kingdom, is an area of outstanding natural beauty and interesting historic culture.

Helmsdale

Helmsdale is the perfect location for your holiday in the Scottish Highlands as there are so many things to see and do in the village itself and the surrounding area. As Helmsdale is located at the junction of the A9 and A897 roads it is very easy to explore both the east and north coastline.In our cottage we have provided guests with detailed information suggesting how to make the most of your holiday in this beautiful part of Scotland. Below is just a taste of what this area has to offer. Dining outThere are a number of places to eat and drink within walking distance of the cottage including a couple of hotels and cafes. Historic buildings and cultureWhy not visit the outstandingly beautiful Dunrobin Castle transformed to its current form by Sir Charles Barry, architect to the Houses of Parliament. Alternatively, head north and make for the Queen Mother's former home (still owned by Prince Charles) the Castle of Mey. Unfortunately Helmsdale's own castle, built 1488, was demolished to make way for the new A9 road bridge, however there are still many ancient monuments in the immediate vicinity. Easy to visit is Dun Broch, right beside the A9 overlooking the Moray Firth. Even closer to Helmsdale are both Cinn Trolla Broch - again between the A9 and the coast - and then inland up Strath Kildonan, Kilphedir an iron age tower with stone circle. Further information on all these sites is available from The Megalithic Portal.Those interested in more recent history should make for the village's Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, or the Dunbeath Heritage Centre. Both specialise in the history of the highland clearances and contain a wealth of information for those who wish to investigate their ancestry. You may be interested to learn that every room in the cottage looks over onto Gerald Lang's "The Emigrants" statue which is located on the other side of the River.Enjoying the local scenery and natureWe have stunning scenery and an unpolluted environment and as a result there are lots of internationally protected nature sites, such as the National Nature Reserve of Loch Fleet which you can visit locally. Those interested in bird watching can make for the RSPB Nature Reserve at Forsinard in the Flow Country (the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe). In addition the Dornoch Firth, just below us is designated as a National Scenic Area.FishingBirch Holiday Cottage is situated above the estuary of the River Helmsdale, probably one of the best salmon rivers in the Scottish Highlands and is within five minutes walking distance of Helmsdale harbour. With numerous locations locally to also fish for wild brown trout, or coarse fish such as pike, this makes Birch Cottage the ideal location for your Scottish Highlands fishing holiday. As you will note from above we have provided a secure storage area for your fishing equipment and we provide a freezer so that you can store your catch ready to take home.Walking and cyclingThe Northern Highlands has some of the most beautiful coastline in Scotland. Helmsdale's sand-and-pebble shoreline is within five minutes walk from the house and nearly all the coastline from just below Helmsdale to Brora is made up of the most spectacularly scenic, clean and quiet beaches in the whole of Scotland.The north-east of the Highlands does not contain many of Scotland's high mountains. Our nearest Munro is Ben Kilbreck (Meall nan Con) some 45 miles away. Closer to hand are the Grahams of Beinn Dhorain and Scaraben and the enigmatic Morven. With Scotland's Outdoor Access Code you are able to explore all our surrounding hills and coastline, with some examples of local walks available from Walkhighlands and the Forestry Commission Scotland.The Highlands of Scotland is also now renowned for its mountain biking. One of the best courses in the country is just south of us at the Highland Wildcat Trails and much of the Forestry Commission's land includes well signposted cycling and walking paths, including the Kyles of Sutherland Mountain Bike Trails.GolfThe Highlands boast a number of high quality links courses, including the world famous Royal Dornoch course which is within easy driving distance. Helmsdale has its own golf course and other local courses include Brora and Golspie.Whisky distilleriesIf you're interested in learning more about Scotland's national drink - whisky - then Clynelish Distillery is approximately 10 minutes drive away. There are a number of other distilleries within easy driving distance such as Old Pultney and Dalmore.Water based activitiesBeing next to the coast we are also ideally located for water-based pursuits such as canoeing and kayaking, diving or snorkelling. The North of Scotland is also becoming renowned for its great surfing with international events being staged at Thurso, north of Helmsdale. As outlined above we have provided a secure shed where you could store any equipment. Fossils and rocksIf your interest lies in fossil hunting, then there are few locations better than Helmsdale where Jurassic fossils have been found in the Helmsdale boulder beds. More information can be found at UK Fossils Network. Another great place to visit is the Orcadian Stone Company in Golspie which has an extensive exhibition of rocks, minerals and fossils. It has very knowledgeable owners who love passing on their expertise.Gold panningJust up the glen from Helmsdale is Strath Kildonan, the location of Scotland's last gold rush. Panning for gold is a great fun activity for all the family with equipment available from the shops in the village.Local eventsIf you are visiting Sutherland in the summer why not go along to one of the local Highland Games. Helmsdale Highland Games are usually held in August and see the Scottish Highland Games Association website for details of others, including Halkirk and Tain. Another very enjoyable day out is the local agricultural shows with both the Sutherland Show and Caithness Show held in July each year.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 4: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Private garden
  • Sea view
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Susan H
Response rate:
95%
Calendar updated:
30 Jun 2016

Languages spoken: English


This Cottage has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 30 Apr 2013. Located in Caithness and Sutherland, it has 4 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £450 to £700.

The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 30 Jun 2016.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Birch Cottage is a well located , well kept and well appointed family home in the centre of the beautiful Highland town of Helmsdale. It’s an ideal place to stay for fishing or touring and at the end of a hard day doing either one can put up one’s feet in the spacious lounge and have a wee dram or a cuppa in comfort. Everything works well and we ate breakfast and dinner here although we did go out one night to Thyme and Plaice a few doors along Dunrobin Street , taking our own wine and eating their homely fare cooked from local product. The beds were comfortable , the bedrooms a decent size and the whole place was clean and tidy and all our needs seemed to have been anticipated

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