Sea Otter Cottage
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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6 Home 254334
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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6
Looking out north across sheltered Sinclair Bay towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse, this fully equipped, self-catering, semi-detached foreshore cottage has unforgettable sea views. As the tide comes in across the sheltered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of the ocean surf. It might seem far north but is still south of all of Norway and is well worth the two hours scenic seaside journey on the road from lnverness. Orcas are regularly visible, seabirds and seals abound and guests even sometimes see our shy sea otter.
Two things which need to be noted. a) the main sitting room is small and only has easy room for 4 people (although more have been happy to squeeze in, and in summer most love to sit out on the decking anyway) and b) the two bedrooms with fantastic views of the sea can only be accessed up some very steep stairs.
Also occasionally during a severe winter storm the sea has been so noisy that guests have decided in the middle of the night to shift downstairs. Once sufficient guests have booked new wind-tight windows in Sea Otter are a priority expense and this should not be such a problem.
For those who enjoy eating out there are in Wick several excellent local hotels and even a gourmet French Restaurant & Italian restaurant. Don't miss the Guinness book of records "Shortest street in the world" at Mackays friendly hotel.
Further afield in Scrabster (20 miles) both the Upper Deck and the distinctively ethical Captain's Galley ("Which" Best Fish Restaurant in the UK: 2008) are highly recommended - The Castle of Mey and Gringoe / Sinclair castle ruins are well worth visits, while the hinterland is a major bird sanctuary. Thurso has a world class surfing beach. Wick has a regular sea boat/harbour festivals and sometimes even fly-ins for light aircraft. lf you love the sea and tranquillity this is the place for you to go for carefree and carfree shoreline walks, or relax while reading by an open fire. At high tide, with only the sea and the surf visible through the French doors; you could even be at sea without the seasickness. Being on the East coast, midges are virtually never a problem; yet, facing west, the view from the living room of the sun setting over the castle with every wave at high tide being tinged with pink has to be seen to be believed. If despite all this beauty you still need the Internet, there is free WiFi.
On the beautiful shoreline of Ackergill, only 5 minutes drive from Wick town centre, and even less from a Tesco superstore (Britain's largest eco-friendly store) So close to the high tide that you easily can toss a pebble into the sea.
We appreciate how difficult it is for renal patients to find a holiday destination: if you are on dialysis, please contact us as we might be able to help put you in touch with suitable facilities.
Check out should be no later than 10AM. Check in should be after 4PM and door can be left unlocked for late arrivals.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||A Pebble Throw Away 10 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Wick 2.6 km, Nearest railway: Wick 3.2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Caithness and Sutherland region
Ackergill is a small village 2 miles north of Wick with stunning sunsets and a beautiful location for star gazers thanks to the very low light pollution.
The place to visit.. Breathtaking views.
Ideal stopover for travellers to or from Orkney
Fantastic place to unwind after Cycling Land's End to John o'Groats!
Places of interest Include The Castle of Mey, Camster Cairns, Waligoe Steps, Wick's refurbished Harbour, Hill of Many Stones, Old Pulteney Whisky Distillery, Sinclair Girnigoe Castle
Activities include Horse Riding, Archery, Target Shooting, Fishing, Paintball, Off-roading Experiences, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Sea Angling, Bird watching, Rambling + More
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15 May 2013
"Amazing weekend retreat, beautiful place and fantastic, quaint cottage we didn't want to leave!!! Cant wait to go back!!"
This place was totally worth the long drive!! The cottage had everything we needed after stocking up on food and drink supplies from Tesco down the road, we basically did'nt need to leave the cottage!! The fire is grand but use logs rather than coal as it blackens the glass. The owner is always on hand and is very helpful and friendly!! We were made to feel very welcome indeed. Sunsets from the balcony are amazing and the tide literally comes up the balcony wall at high tide!! We saw the northern lights from the balcony as the cottage apparently is in a prime spot away from town lights etc. We done the wild life cruise in wick which is highly recommended we saw loads of sea birds and even Puffins and seals!! There are some great castles and sights to be seen and there are also great fishing spots!! We hope to visit again very soon!!! Thanks again!!
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21 Jan 2013
"Sea Otter Cottage is Ackergill Heaven"
I flew from Birmingham to Wick, leaving 9am and arriving 12 midday. Sea Otter Cottage is just a few minutes' drive from Wick airport and there's a local car rental place. Plenty of room for parking at the Cottage. Lovely and warm inside - you really wouldn't mind if there were a howling gale or thick snow. Just nice to enjoy a quiet break. The kitchen is spacious; the view through the window across to Ackergill Tower makes washing up a pleasure rather than a chore! There's a clock on the living room wall that shows the times of the high and low tide - though the tides can clearly be seen while sitting on the sofa anyway. I made one excursion to Thurso and then visited Dunnet Head to see the most northerly point of the British mainland (I think John O'Groats is all hype and just a big car park with nothing to recommend it at all). Most of the rest of my 3-day stay I just wandered around the beach and surroundings of the Cottage taking photographs. It was all very relaxing. Sea views were even more spectacular in real life than in any of the publicity. While much of the English Midlands was gripped in a freeze with snow, etc., I had the most glorious sunny weather throughout the majority of my stay. Even when it did get cloudy, it was romantic and atmospheric, rather than dull and miserable. Like something out of a movie. Shopping etc. - Tesco is a mile or so away. There's also a remarkably good Lidl on the other side of Wick. I didn't get a chance to visit the Old Pulteney Distillery, but on another visit (and I plan to come back with friends) will definitely go there. The Alexander Bain (Wetherspoons) in Wick town centre has a good selection of real ales at cheap prices, including one from Orkney that was rather nice.
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10 Jan 2013
"Breathtaking views across Sinclair Bay, cosy, comfortable cottage in quiet location."
Sea Otter Cottage is located on the shore of Sinclair Bay with breathtaking views. It is in a quiet, peaceful, secluded location about 2 miles from Wick where there is aTesco superstore, good pubs and restaurants, coffee bars and shops. We were a family of four with two teenage children and found the cottage to be well equipped and comfortable and was an excellent base to explore Caithness and Orkney. We particularly liked that we could walk down a few steps from the garden onto the secluded beach. The children particularly liked having wi-fi so they could keep in touch with their friends. We enjoyed it so much that we stayed twice in 2012 and have booked again for 2013.
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