Two adults and 3 Siamese cats have had a very relaxing week in the delightful, cosy cottage that is Red Chimneys. We will miss the ever changing views up and down Loch Dunvegan, whereas the Siamese will undoubtedly miss the underfloor heating ! We've had a mixed bag of weather, lots of snow, torrential rain and sunshine, but this hasn't deterred us from going out and about exploring. There are lots of guide books & leaflets in the cottage.
Beware if you arrive in the dark as we did - SatNav guidance runs out about half a mile away from the cottage. Continue along the track and Look out for a sign to Glendale next to a post box (left hand side) the gate is opposite set back from the road (on the right) just after a line of blue and green dustbins.
We used the Fasgadh General Stores in Dunvegan for postcards, provisions we'd forgotten and to replace the logs we used (£4 a bag). The staff were very friendly & helpful and the store is well stocked and inexpensive.
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Arrived at the cottage just as it was going dark so our first impressions included a sensational sunset so we really got the Wow factor. Really lovely & secluded spot away from the towns, but close enough not to feel isolated. We loved the whole place. We have stayed at quite a few rentals over the years & this one stands out because of the attention to detail it has been given. Furnished to a high standard & all the little touches were much appreciated-plenty of towels, all basic kitchen needs, nice soap in the bathrooms & even Christmas decorations. Under floor heating & wood provided for the wood heater meant that even though the weather wasn't great, we were nice & toasty all the time. Highly recommended
We have stayed at quite few rental cottages both in the UK and abroad but this one stands head and shoulders above them all.
Sitting on the fairly steep side of Loch Dunvegan the front of the cottage gives you a panoramic view from the Waternish peninsula on the left across to the Cuillins on the right, with Dunvegan Castle and Macleods table thrown in. With the nearest neighbour out of sight ( and certainly for us out of sound ), and the nearest in view, the very friendly crofter away down the embankment to the right about 100 metres away, there is a real sense of solitude here. That is not to say you are totally out of touch with the World, the nearest shop ( a tiny but very well stocked Post Office) is at Glendale about 3 miles away across the hill behind ,an hours good walk or ten minutes by car,with a great view of the Hebrides from the top of the hill. try the G.I. Wastle multi grain loaf a delight for £1.25.
The cottage itself shines with quality and comfort. You can tell that this is no side line money spinner , but a much loved holiday home used by the owners. No rickety second hand furniture and equipment here, instead, all top quality, from bathrooms to bedding through cutlery to crockery, everything has been chosen with an eye for detail and for quality ( there is that word again) everything is provided even down to matches and a lighter for the wood burner ( our only disappointment , if you can call it that, was that the weather was far too warm to have a cosy night by the fire), you can see the owners personality shining through the décor and ornaments. If you are a frustrated troubadour like me there is a guitar ( and thankfully for me a tuner) hanging on the wall so I could practice my ham fisted 'noodling'.
As I said we were blessed with good weather, and spotted a large pod of Dolphins in the loch ( again two pairs of binoculars on hand helped with the viewing), but even if the weather had been really bad I know that we would have been well sorted at Red Chimneys , with books , games , DVD's and that wood burner to keep us occupied.
A completely relaxing week, in a home from home. Get in soon because I predict this place is going to be the sort people re-book as soon as they get home.