Waternish holiday house rental with internet access, TV and DVD

17 reviews

From the owner

  • House
  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
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Key information

  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking. See Policies & House Rules
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

From the owner

‘The Smiddy’ offers high-end quality self-catering accommodation on the Waternish peninsula, one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas on the Isle of Skye. Originally a blacksmith’s workshop, ‘The Smiddy’ has recently been converted into an open plan Studio with a mezzanine bedroom area to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation for two sharing adults. Fantastic sea views. Bright colours and attention to detail throughout. Fully equipped kitchen. Comprehensive library. Sorry, no pets.

‘The Smiddy’ is a detached unit situated on our property, offering all the privacy you wish for on your holiday. All windows face out towards the sea, away from the main house, taking in the morning light over picturesque Loch Bay, the stunning views across Loch Dunvegan towards Dunvegan Head and the Islands Isay, Mingay and Clett, and of course the beautiful Waternish sunsets looking across the Minch towards the Outer Isles.

‘The Smiddy’ offers ample off-road parking space. You can drive right up to the entrance door to unload your luggage.

A spacious tiled porch offers sheltered entrance, room for muddy boots and hooks for wet clothes, as well as a Belfast sink, Bosch washing machine and tumble-dryer.

You enter the main living area through a second door.

‘The Smiddy’ features an open-plan design with a comfortable and spacious lounge, dining area and kitchen and a separate bathroom on the ground floor. The mezzanine floor features a double bed, a large built-in wardrobe and a separate bathroom. ‘The Smiddy’ was designed to offer spacious quality accommodation for two people and will be a very comfortable ‘home from home’, ideal for couples.

The bright and spacious lounge features large patio doors to take in the views across Loch Dunvegan while relaxing comfortably on the sofa. Or step outside onto the patio to take in the full panorama of this beautiful part of the Isle of Skye. Extra warmth and atmosphere is provided by a log fire effect gas stove. Carmen has a very keen interest in Scottish history, literature and music and has chosen a quality selection of books, DVDs and music for your entertainment and for your information about Skye, the Highlands and Scotland in general. Walking guides, maps and leaflets are also available for you to plan your holiday.

The large kitchen area features solid oak worktops, gas stove and oven, dishwasher, microwave oven, large fridge / freezer unit and ample cupboard space for your own provisions. The kitchen is fully equipped with beautiful quality crockery as well as a large variety of colourful tools and utensils. You should find everything here that you would expect of a high-end quality self-catering holiday accommodation.

A beautiful solid oak stable style door leads to the spacious fully tiled main bathroom featuring a large walk-in shower with drench and hand-held shower head, a separate bath and heated towel rail.

Large patio doors lead from the lounge onto an outside seating area where you can experience the full panorama of the stunning view from ‘The Smiddy’ and take in the fresh sea air, surrounded by our wildlife friendly garden – weather and midges permitting. 

A flight of twelve stairs takes you up from the lounge area onto the mezzanine floor with its double bed, walk-in wardrobe featuring beautiful solid oak stable style doors and a south-east facing window to take in the sunrise over Loch Bay in the morning. A half-height wall provides privacy from the lounge area, without compromising the open plan design of ‘The Smiddy’. We provide bedding for a double bed with a choice of winter or summer duvet. Two single duvets can be provided should you prefer that.

A solid oak stable style door leads off the bedroom to a second bathroom, for your convenience and extra comfort.

Built by local builders and joiners, ‘The Smiddy’ features an oak laminate floor, solid oak worktops and solid oak stable style doors throughout. The black wrought iron latches, sheep-head coat hooks etc. reflect the building’s past as a working forge set within Waternish’s crofting community.

A lot of love and thought have gone into creating a comfortable and beautiful ‘home from home’. Solid oak and neutral colours provide a high-end quality calm backdrop, contrasted with splashes of bright and cheerful colours. Carmen has chosen soft furnishings and accessories in her favourite sky blue colour reflecting the sky and the sea and added some bright green and yellow, bringing blue sky and sunshine into the cottage whether it is sunny outside or not. 

We hope we have thought of everything you might wish for. Should there be anything else you require, please ask. 

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Toilet Only


  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed


  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Patio
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Interaction with guest

Carmen moved from Germany to Scotland in 2007. She is a keen traveller and enthusiastic tour guide with a particular love for all things Scottish: the land, the people, the language, the literature and the music. Carmen’s partner John has a lifelong love of wildlife, especially for birds and wild flowers. If he is not out and about birdwatching, he is looking after our wildlife friendly garden. We live on site, in the main house right behind you. If you should have any questions or problems during your stay, we will be happy to help. Unless you contact us, we will respect your privacy at all times.



Cancellation policy

Full refund

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

Partial refund

100% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least two weeks before check-in.

No refund

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

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Things to know

Check in: 16:00 Check out: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

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No smoking at this property

House rules

‘The Smiddy’ has been designed for one or two adults only. Please accept our apologies for not catering for children or additional guests during your stay.
Sorry, no pets.
Strictly no smoking.

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About the owner

Carmen M.
Calendar updated:
07 Jun 2021

Years listed:

Languages spoken: English, German
This House has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 2. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 20 Jun 2017. Located in Isle of Skye, it has 17 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £786.
The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 07 Jun 2021.


17 reviews
Very Good
East Midlands

Wonderful views from a tasteful property totally peaceful and in keeping with surroundings
Sep 2020

Everything had been thought of by the friendly hosts John and Carmen. One could sit looking at the ever changing views for ever. Definitely hope to be back again.

Reviewed 11 Sep 2020

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Perfect Skye location
Feb 2020

We were so impressed by all aspects of The Smiddy; clean, cosy (great fire), comfortable and so well equipped. In addition there were many nice and generous touches from our fabulous hosts. And Skye i… More 

Reviewed 15 Feb 2020


Aug 2019

We had a wonderful time in the Smiddy. The views are brilliant, the interiour of the cottage is very, very good and it is very well equipped. What a time we had -)

Reviewed 9 Sep 2019


WOW - Don't want others to know about it!!
Jun 2019

This is a fantastic place to stay, decorated and equipped to the highest standard. The kitchen has everything ...and I mean everything ...you could hope to use. The decor is fabulous and the location … More 

Reviewed 26 Jun 2019

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Simply...our best ever self-catering accommodation experience!
May 2019

'The Smiddy' is in a class of its own for location and high end quality, and offers both a perfect base for exploring Skye and Rassay and a cosy and tranquil retreat. The oak furnishings and… More 

Reviewed 19 May 2019

Owner's reply:
Dear Kevin and Ina, Thank you so very much for your kind and detailed review! It was lovely to meet you both and a pleasure to be your hosts. We hope to welcome you back to The Smiddy soon. All the best John and Carmen
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Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Carmen the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Carmen (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Why can't I call Carmen (the owner) before booking?

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If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

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In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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Go to Manage your holiday booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your holiday or cancel it if you need to.

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You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

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How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Carmen (the owner) a message.

If Carmen (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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