Raasay is a purpose built, warm and comfortable holiday home. Located just 80 yards from the sea, and with private access to the beach, the house is located within a four acre croft in the quiet crofting community of Melvaig, some nine miles from Gairloch
The house overlooks the sea, offering stunning sunsets and views of the Isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis. The Beinn Eighe Mountain Reserve and the Torridon Mountains are both just a short distance away. Even closer are the numerous sandy beaches and bays located around Melvaig, Gairloch and Red Point
The area's local attractions include: whale watching and marine trips, including visits to the puffin colonies on the Shiant islands, salmon, sea trout, brown trout, pike and sea fishing. Also found locally are bird watching, falconry, pony trekking, and a golf course at Gairloch.
Further activities include boat trips on Loch Maree to view Viking graves, cycle and car hire, deer stalking and a deer museum, guided hill walks and climbing, sea kayaking trips, Inverewe Gardens and Poolewe swimming pool
The coastline around Melvaig and out to Rua Reidh Lighthouse (approx 4 miles) is rugged, and a haven for nesting birds, whales, seals and otters
The cottage has been used by the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society as a base for undertaking surveys of whales, dolphins and other marine life. Wester Ross is part of Western Europe's largest area of Dark skies - on a clear night the sky will be ablaze with starlight, and in winter it is sometimes possible to see the Northern Lights
Facilities and Accommodation
The cottage has two bedrooms - one double, and one twin. Both bedrooms have ample storage within fitted wardrobes, and include black out blinds for those light mornings. It's okay to sleep in, you are on holiday!
The bathroom has a bath, separate fully enclosed shower cubicle with power shower, sink, WC and shaver adaptor, along with a large heated towel rail to ensure your towels are always ready for use
The lounge diner is L-shaped, and has magnificent picture windows to three aspects, giving superb views over the garden to the sea and out to Skye, Harris and Lewis. There is a 50" HD television with Freeview Plus television reception and sound bar, DVD player, a hi-fi radio system including DAB, FM and internet radio, two comfortable sofas, a dining table with four chairs and a telephone which can receive incoming calls and allows outgoing emergency calls. The log burning stove makes the lounge feel very cosy on cooler evenings. The stove will be made up on arrival with enough fuel for your first night (additional supplies can be obtained from the farm shop in Gairloch)
The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven and hob, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, microwave oven, large fridge/freezer, cafetière plus a range of cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery etc.plus a toasted sandwich/panini maker and a Nescafe Dolce Gusto pod coffee machine. Bring your own pods! There is a further porch which has a washing machine, tumble dryer and space for hanging outdoor clothes
The gardens are laid to lawn and gravel, and are secured by fencing along all sides, which was renewed in late 2021. There's a large washing line, so you can dry your laundry outside. There is also a picnic bench and a pair of Adirondack chairs and side table for lazing in the evening sunshine, drinking in the view along with a glass of wine!
NEW for 2022: New double and single beds, you're bound to sleep well on a new Slumberland mattress
Up to two medium sized and well behaved dogs are accepted, at a supplement of £15 per week per dog. Dogs are not allowed on the furniture or beds, and must not be left unattended in the house
Ground floor accommodation throughout with wooden or tiled floors
Ramp access and wide doorways permit access for wheelchairs
Double glazed throughout
Heated by oil fired central heating
Wood burner - an initial supply of logs and kindling sufficient for one evening is supplied (Please note: no fire guard is supplied, please do not use the log burner with small children present and never ever leave children unattended. The outside of the log burner gets extremely hot. You use the log burner at your own risk)
High Speed internet access is included in the cost of your rental along with all bed linens, towels, tea towels and shower mat
Electricity is included in the cost of rental, and is 100% renewable - supplied by bulb energy www.bulb.co.uk
A small supply of essential holiday consumables is supplied for your arrival. This includes dishwasher tablets, laundry capsules and fabric softener (non bio), toilet tissue, kitchen roll, cleaning products, tin foil and cling film, pepper, salt and vinegar
We have a veritable selection of entertainments for your pleasure, besides the TV, DVD player (bring your own discs) and a global radio unit featuring FM, DAB+ and internet radio - we have a deck of cards, the card game Uno, Dominoes, Guess Who?, Monopoly, Chess, Snakes & Ladders, Ludo, Risk and Jenga. Plus many, many books. And not forgetting the magnificent views from the windows!