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“Wonderful setting”
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Flying in? There's Ackergill Haven in the bay beyond Ackergill Tower
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Flying in? There's Ackergill Haven in the bay beyond Ackergill Tower
Only two miles out of Wick and Tesco and it looks like we're driving straight into the sea.
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Flying in? There's Ackergill Haven in the bay beyond Ackergill Tower
Only two miles out of Wick and Tesco and it looks like we're driving straight into the sea.
Past the re-built Sea Shore Cottage to Sea Otter's Front Door
Go in and turn left for the small living room.
New stove but new mantle shelf unaffordable so far.
But then look out through those french doors - and catch your breath!
When the tide's in - Hope I don't feel too seasick,!
Such amazing sunsets over the castle next door. At high tide every ripple in pink.
But maybe the tide's out when you arrive
Tide out.Never mind - the tide clock will tell when you will next see the waves up close.
What a view from the kitchen window, with a millionaire's restored castle next door
Gather around the table for breakfast
Downstairs Bathroom. Big bath. High quality shower
Just inside the front door. Turn right instead of left and see the cosy downstairs double bedroom.
Stairs a bit steep - So steep they would never be allowed under new building regulations.
But worth the climb - Is that an Oyster Catcher? Where's that sea bird book?
Top of the stairs on the right. That double bed looks welcoming.
Top of the stairs turn left - for the room with two single beds and the same spectacular views
Beautiful, rugged shoreline with lots of rock pools for children
Fancy having virtually our own private beach. Want a free holiday in return for a painting job?
No time to watch TV - watching the waves is so much more relaxing
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Wick, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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koala16
Perth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Non-smokers beware”
Reviewed 27 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Wonderful location on coast. Cottage is well-equipped although insufficent seating in sitting room for more than 4; the condition of the cottage is in need of some further attention. I think it should be pointed out that the stairs are extremely steep. Sadly although stated to be a non-smoking establishment I found that it smelt of cigarette smoke - for me this spoilt the holiday.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Smell of cigarettes
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
30 Sep 2013
Sadly these guests were preceded by the worst guest out of the 150 guests we have had over the past 7 years! Not only did he, despite all the notices, smoke heavily, but having claimed that he had two parrots which would be kept in cages, he allowed them mess all over the room and in his two days the coal bunker was mysteriously completely emptied. For many years we used to ask for a deposit which we returned but never had to keep itt and had finally decided that deposits were not worth the effort. We may now have think again. The final straw was a note from him to complain about the smell of smoke - which had in fact not been there when the house was cleaned before he arrived. Regarding the other comments these have not previously been a source of any complaints but we have now added a comment to the website concerning the steepness of the stairs and the relatively small size of the living room (not usually a problem in summer as most guests prefer to sit on the outside decking)
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ScottLond...
London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Wonderful setting”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Sea Otter cottage has a truly wonderful view over Sinclair Bay...the setting is perfect, being 5 yards from the seashore. The sunsets were lovely. It is well situated for trips to the Orkney Isles (40 mins to Scrabster) and John O'Groats (25 mins). There is a Tesco 5 mins away as is the airport.

The cottage does however need some work done on it and I suspect this is the owner's plan (incidentally the owner couldn't have been more helpful in arranging the rental; he was great) given the next door cottage is being renovated currently (also owned by the owner). There are two upstairs bedrooms (double and a twin) up a VERY steep staircase and one downstairs (double). We used the cottage as a base for our trips and spent some down time playing down on the beach.
Ackergill Tower is a few hundred yards away and worth a phone call to arrange a meal or afternoon tea. The cottage's kitchen is well equipped but was missing a few things (couldn't unearth the frying pan or a decent sharp knife) but small issues really.

Overall a very good cottage in terms of location and setting. Could be truly unbeatable with a little money spent on it.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Felt damp in certain rooms
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
20 Aug 2013
Heartily agree "that Sea Otter needs some work on it". If only the Sea Otter annexe had been properly renovated in the past. Three years ago it was starting to collapse completely into a potential ruin. Matters were so bad that it has taken 3 times as long and cost three times as planned to make it habitable. However once it had been gutted right down to bare thick stone walls it has proved possible to totally re-build and re-equip what used to be the pokey one bedroom annexe with tiny windows into a very high standard new holiday cottage at the same fantastic location (Totally new floors and roof, bigger windows everywhere, roof height raised, two bedrooms, new kitchen, new shower & toilet, superb insulation etc) Once the re-mortgage is through funds will at last start to become available to bring Sea Otter up to the high standard the location requires. Watch this space. I promise you it will indeed "be unbeatable" again in the near future.
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Susansusa...
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Stunning location”
Reviewed 29 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Stunning location but cottage could do with some TLC especially on the outside seating area. Bathroom window didn't open and no extractor fan in there. Not enough towels for 3 people let alone 7 as was advertised. Also I think the advertisement should make it clear the property is semi detatched and the drive is shared, not private as stated.

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Liked best: Location
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
20 Aug 2013
Now that we have, at last, finished totally re-building the shabby, dark annexe - which never had proper sea views through it high small windows - into a totally separate high quality holiday cottage, funds can at last be released to bring Sea Otter up to the standard it deserves.

We have taken note of the need to make it clear on the website that Sea Shore and Sea Otter are technically "semi-detached” - although those who have stayed there know that, due to the layout and the thickness of the stone walls, guests in one dwelling are virtually never aware that there is anyone next door.

I also agree that it might need to be made clearer that both dwellings share a single surrounding fence and main gate with a place for cars along the side of the building just outside Sea Otter’s front door, and with plenty of space for three more cars in the main area in front of Sea Shore’s front door.

Watch this space.

Sea Otter will again very soon be up to a standard that fully matches it's unforgettable location.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 May 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
20 Aug 2013
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013
3
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Liked best: lovely and warm inside - great views without leaving your chair
Liked least: wish I could have stayed longer!
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Aug 2013
No owners response needed
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 January 2013 for a stay in October 2012
4
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Liked best: location on shores of Sinclair Bay
Liked least: stairs to first floor are a little steep
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
20 Aug 2013
No owners response needed!
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lisabetta...
Pescia, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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