We came to learn and Mike aided this with his encyclopaedic knowledge and enthusiasm. Clear sky’s and we learnt & saw planets, stars, nebulae & galaxies a plenty using a variety of telescopes and binoculars. Mikes explanation on astrophotography was awesome. All this supported by super breakfast made by Helen to perfection each morning. Brilliant 3 days highly recommended.
We came to learn about Astronomy and found an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and likeable expert in Mike. The weather did not allow telescope observations but it made no difference as Mike went through a full repertoire of all things astronomical. We soaked it all up. We also enjoyed the hospitality of Helen who produced excellent food at breakfast and evening meals. Our room was very comfortable and we enjoyed the experience of sharing the house with Mike and Helen. As a bonus the surrounding villages, coast and walking was magnificent. We had a fabulous time! Just need to organise another visit to get a look through the telescopes.
Mike and Helen are very welcoming. The accommodation was very clean and extremely comfortable. The food was excellent. Alas the skies remained cloudy both nights I was there, but I will return ! We made up for the lack of observing by enjoyable and interesting conversation. Overall excellent value for money and a most enjoyable time in spite of the weather.
If you're interested in Astronomy, in my opinion ignore the Dark Sky Park to the north and come here instead - for these reasons:- 1. It feels darker here than the Dark Sky Park itself, you have the sea on three sides and the nearest town is about 20 miles away. 2. You have a place where you can comfortably and safely put up your own scope, or you can use the owner's own equipment 3. You've got a warm place to sleep once you're done observing, which I can't rate highly enough after visiting the area last year and sleeping in a freezing tent. I was very pleasantly surprised to be allowed to drive the 16 inch scope myself so I could hop between objects at my own pace and Mike is outside with you to ask questions and get help from when needed. Mike's knowledge of the sky is impressive and he showed this as he then took us on a galaxy hopping marathon. I think I saw more objects in the one night than I have ever before in total! Regarding prices, I found these to be very reasonable. For a start there is no single occupancy surcharge, which is great when visiting on my own and the rent of the telescope at £7 per hour is really great especially considering you're also getting Mike's time and expertise. There's also no pressure to finish early, you drive how long you want the session to be yourself. A very pleasurable experience and one I will definitely look to repeat in the future. Thanks for a memorable evening.…
I cannot rave enough about this place. My family from the States were visiting, and we chose to spend two nights here. Comfortable accommodation, lovely meals that accommodate all dietary needs, and exceptional astronomical knowledge. We were shown planets, stars, galaxies, the international space station, saw shooting stars, on what is the 2nd largest publicly accessible telescope in Scotland. My son's dad died recently, and we had a star named in memorandum. Mike made sure my son was able to look at his daddy's star which made him happy, and had no problems doing so. My son is also autistic, and they accommodated for every single one of his needs. Highly, highly recommend. We have already made plans to come back later in the year.