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North Winds – Home 1298879 Bungalow

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Bungalow / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Pet friendly

Description from owner

Description

Sleeps Two Adults and Two Children

North Winds was newly built in 2007 and is situated in quiet countryside with views overlooking the Pentland Firth, Stroma and the Orkney Islands.

The two bedroom modern bungalow contains a double room and twin room (with bunk beds) and is ideal for a couple or small families as it can sleep a maximum off two adults and two children.

The rural area of Gills situated on the far north coast of Scotland is the ideal base for exploring the county of Caithness or arranging day trips to the Orkney Isles. The globally famous John o'Groats (the end of the road) is only a five minutes drive away and the historic Castle of Mey (Queen Mother's former residence) is also around five minutes away and we are literally only a few minutes away from the Gills Bay Car and Passenger Ferry. Also John o'Groats Ferries offer day tours to Orkney for passengers only and wildlife cruises.

The property operates a non-smoking policy

Sleeps Two Adults and Two Children

North Winds was newly built in 2007 and is situated in quiet countryside with views overlooking the Pentland Firth, Stroma and the Orkney Islands.

The two bedroom modern bungalow contains a double room and twin room (with bunk beds) and is ideal for a couple or small families as it can sleep a maximum off two adults and two children.

The rural area of Gills situated on the far north coast of Scotland is the ideal base for exploring the county of Caithness or arranging day trips to the Orkney Isles. The globally famous John o'Groats (the end of the road) is only a five minutes drive away and the historic Castle of Mey (Queen Mother's former residence) is also around five minutes away and we are literally only a few minutes away from the Gills Bay Car and Passenger Ferry. Also John o'Groats Ferries offer day tours to Orkney for passengers only and wildlife cruises.

The property operates a non-smoking policy at all times and pets (small well behaved dogs) may be considered.

Location description from owner

The Caithness and Sutherland region

Caithness is the most northerly county in mainland Britain, well knows for its rugged natural beauty and often described as the lowlands beyounds the Higlands (the world famous Flow Country). The first impression here is a sense of openness with wide skies, dramatic seascapes and rolling moors merging westwards into rugged peaks.

John O'Groats

The rural area of Gills situated on the far north coast of Scotland is the ideal base for exploring the county of Caithness or arranging day trips to the Orkney Isles. The globally famous John o'Groats (the end of the road) is only a 5 minutes drive away and the historic Castle of Mey (Queen Mother's former residence) is also around 5 minutes drive away and we are literally only a few minutes away from the Gills Bay Car and Passenger Ferry.

The Castle of Mey holiday home to the late Queen Mother is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area and is situated only 3 miles west of Gills. Visitors can take a tour around the castle, enjoy the beautiful gardens, the new Animal Centre along with the Castle Shop and Tearooms.

To the east of Gills is the globally famous John o'Groats (the end of the road) where you can visit local craft shops, have lunch in the cafés, take wildlife cruises or just simply explore the shore line and take in the breath taking scenery. Duncansby Head is where the Atlantic meets the North Sea with its lighthouse and views southwards to the Stacks of Duncansby and the area provides beautiful walks.

West of Gills is Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland, an area of strategic importance to the Navy in both world wars. Just to the west of the headland is the fantastic Dunnet Beach and sand-dunes. This is a mecca for surfers as is the nearby Thurso East beach – although the water is a little on the chilly side! Behind Dunnet is the forest with its walks and abundant wildlife and provides shelter on particularly windy and rainy days.

The nearest main towns are Wick and Thurso, both located around the same distance from Gills Bay (approximately 18 miles) or 20 minutes by car. Both towns have decent shopping facilities with Wick having a major Tescos store, petrol station and retail park. Both towns also have the choice of other supermarkets including Lidl and Co-operative along with various other unique shops.

Further west heading out of Thurso you can take excellent day trips as the north west coast road takes in some increasingly spectacular scenery with some fantastic beaches at Melvich, Strathy, Bettyhill, Armadale, The Kyle of Tongue and Durness.

The Orkney Islands are another major attraction to the area as Orkney provides many historic sites and places of interest including the famous Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, Scapa Flow, the Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel.

Our recommendation and the easiest option for getting too Orkney would be a day trip / tour from John o'Groats. John o'Groats Ferries operate a passenger ferry (only a 40 minute crossing) from John o'Groats to South Ronaldsay where a coach picks you up and takes you to all the places of interest on the Orkney mainland.

For those that wish to do their own tours can take the car ferry crossing from Gills Bay to St Margaret's hope which offers you a more convenient alternative than driving to Scrabster for the NorthLink Ferries service to Stromnes. Pentland Ferries is the operator from Gills Bay who operate the catarmaran MV Pentalina which you will see on a daily basis when viewing out The Dining Sun Room window at North Winds.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

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.
Payment
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
Cancellation policy
View Policy

House rules

Pets may be considered at additional small cost but customer must ask on initial enquiry and we will decide if pet is suitable for the house.

Property is suitable for families of two small kids, one older child and one younger. Please enquire further if you are staying with two older kids or teenagers.

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About the owner

Ethel G
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Calendar updated::
09 Feb 2017
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Languages spoken: English


This Bungalow has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 06 Jan 2014. Located in Caithness and Sutherland, it has 13 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £365 to £435.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 09 Feb 2017.

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“North Winds, John O'Groats is a lovely cozy home from home”

Reviewed 4 Oct 2015

North Winds is a cozy home from home central to the area with amazing views. Edith's welcome basket is a great idea and a lovely touch making for a really friendly atmosphere . Stocked with everything you could possibly need North Winds will leave you wishing you had booked a longer stay. ☺

Thanks for your kind comments, glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

“Self catering haven almost off the edge of Scotland!”

Reviewed 11 Jul 2015

Would highly recommend North Winds self catering cottage. The owners, Ethel and David, are very friendly and helpful owners, nothing too much trouble. Suggest that food shopping is done en route before you arrive at the cottage, either at Tesco in Wick or Thurso, both good shops. Even though we had very disappointing weather for June it did not stop us from getting around and sightseeing. Highly recommend Mey Castle, five minutes by car, Dunnet Head for views and birds. Area is excellent for serious walking. We took a two day trip by the ferry at Gills to Orkney which proved to be wonderful, had better weather there as well! On a clearer day you can see the Orkneys from North Winds, so take binoculars. Lots of bird life in the area. Go on, book a few days at North Winds and you won't be disappointed.

Thank you very much for your lovely and kind comments!

“beautiful relaxing high standard accommodation”

Reviewed 18 Aug 2014

Beautiful house in a lovely setting. Looking out across to the Orkney Islands from the sun room was very relaxing. The whole house is finished to a very high standard, the kitchen had all the equipment you could need, even children's plates, cups and cutlery were provided. The owner is very welcoming and friendly, and more than happy to help with anything. I cannot find a fault at all with the accommodation - it is the best self catering accommodation I have stayed in! Thank you Ethel x

Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comments. So glad that you enjoyed your stay at North Winds!

“Views splendid, comfortable and very well equiped”

Reviewed 10 Jun 2014

Had a lovely stay in February with my partner and nephew. The views from the dining room window were superb, The property had everything you would need for a perfect stay, and within easy reach of some beautiful beaches and walks.

Enjoyed having you stay with us and thanks for the recipes!

“The best surprise in self-catering accommodation thoughtfully and warmly welcoming”

Reviewed 28 Apr 2014

I revisited each room of this beautiful home to see what I missed or could not see the night before because darkness had descended or weariness had dulled my senses. The view is into fields of sheep and out to sea. The rooms are so beautifully appointed. Poppies are the major motif and reds and blacks are themed. Birds are soaring overhead. Lapwings, gulls, cowbirds. All amenities are provided and all that could be imagined. Very modern kitchen. The sunroom is a stunning feature with vaulted ceiling. Northwinds (well named) is perhaps one kilometer from Gills Bay that eventually becomes the Pentland Firth into the North Sea. Seabirds soar over. We can see Stroma on a clear day. Things to do and see in the area are the Caithness Smokehouse, Dunnet Beach, Dunnet Head (the most northerly point in Scotland where a variety of sea birds soar over precipitous cliffs), the Castle Mey (if there in May or later), Thurso and Scrabster are within 20 minutes. Scrabster has a sensational tea shop called "Cups". Walks to the west of Thurso along the shore are stunning. Ferries leave to Orkney from Scrabster.

Thank you so much for your kind comments and so glad you enjoyed your stay at North Winds. Glad you managed to relax after the long trip you had to reach us!

“Highland retreat”

Reviewed 21 Apr 2014

We had an excellent stay at Northwinds we were greeted on arrival by the owner who showed us around the property and gave us a welcome basket of goodies including local biscuits and cheese which is a nice touch. The property is very modern and very clean with everything you would want or expect. The house is located only 5 mins drive to John O groats ten mins from Dunnet head and its beautiful beach,The castle of Mey is about 8 mins away. Whenever I have been on holiday I always ask myself would I return and yes I would defiantly return to Northwinds. Many thanks to David and Ethel for letting us stay in your lovely home.

Thank you very much for the kind comments and you will be made most welcome on your return!

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