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Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye

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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
4 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Welcome to our spacious comfortable 3 bedroomed bungalow. The elevated position gives views over the Skye and the Glen Elg peninsula. The house was awarded 4 stars by VisitScotland in its first season and continues to impress guests. The large main room is comfortably furnished with a multi-fuel stove, sofas, chairs, TV and the large dining table. The main window looks out onto Lochalsh with views to Skye and Glen Elg. We have provided a telescope and binoculars. A smaller cosy sitting room has the satellite TV and the WiFi hub. There is a selection of books and games available. There are three bedrooms which can be configured as one double and two twins or two doubles and one twin. They all have oversized crisp white cotton linen for that touch of luxury, plenty of storage and...Welcome to our spacious comfortable 3 bedroomed bungalow. The elevated position gives views over the Skye and the Glen Elg peninsula. The house was awarded 4 stars by VisitScotland in its first season and continues to impress guests. The large main room is comfortably furnished with a multi-fuel stove, sofas, chairs, TV and the large dining table. The main window looks out onto Lochalsh with views to Skye and Glen Elg. We have provided a telescope and binoculars. A smaller cosy sitting room has the satellite TV and the WiFi hub. There is a selection of books and games available. There are three bedrooms which can be configured as one double and two twins or two doubles and one twin. They all have oversized crisp white cotton linen for that touch of luxury, plenty of storage and blackout blinds/curtains. The kitchen is very well equipped with good quality equipment to enable visitors to take full advantage of the wonderful local produce available. You'll find tea, coffee, sugar and some oil and spices in the cupboards. There is a shower room and a full bathroom. A utility room has a washing machine and tumble dryer and there is plenty of both indoor and outdoor drying space. A lockable garage is available to store outdoor equipment such a bicycles and kayaks and has extra drying space. An outdoor table and chairs are provided in the enclosed south facing garden so you can enjoy this secluded spot. There is plenty of space to park. Wifi, a cot, highchair, towels, linens and a modest stock of wood for the fire is available free of charge. We make an small charge for dogs who are welcome subject to a few rules (not permitted in bedrooms or on furniture). Assistance dogs are of course free of charge. Skye Bridge, Plockton and Eilean Donan Castle are all within 5 miles. Pets welcome (additional charge of £25/dog : we will accept 2 dogs and exceptionally three). No smoking inside the house please. Short breaks welcome off season but, sorry, Saturday to Saturady bookings April to October except for late availability. Weekly bookings only April to October with a changeover Saturday usually but do contact us for short stays out of peak season and we can discuss.More
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About the Manager
Debra Storr (Property Manager Debra Storr)
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2014
Interaction with guests
We are always just a phone call away in case of difficulties and are happy to suggest things to see/do in the area to supplement the extensive literature available in the house.
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Skipton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

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Date of stay: March 2018
VarisHolidayHouse, VR Owner at Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

I was predisposed to be impressed with Varis before we even arrived. Debra (the owner) sent me an email with very helpful information regarding where to purchase food locally and information for visiting Skye. The food info in particular was very welcome - often that...More

Date of stay: April 2017
Thank MHF1678
VarisHolidayHouse, VR Owner at Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thanks so much. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 18 May 2017

Second visit to Varis and every bit as good as last year the new windows have improved the views so much. Accommodation is brilliant and the cottage is very clean with crisp white linen,very comfortable beds and the kitchen is very well appointed. Wonderful weather...More

Date of stay: May 2017
Thank Babs J
VarisHolidayHouse, VR Owner at Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Thanks Barbara. Returning this year was itself a great endorsement and I'm glad you found everything in order. See you again soon, I hope.

Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

We visited the house for 1 week over my youngest daughter's 5th birthday as she loves fairies (and there are fairies on Skye hehe) Booking the house was really easy and I was delighted that we could bring our doggy too.... On arrival the house...More

Date of stay: February 2017
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VarisHolidayHouse, VR Owner at Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thanks Cat. It's great to be able to make children feel especially welcome.

Reviewed 17 April 2017

I've been meaning to go back to this area for over twenty years - I definitely won't be leaving it so long again. Its a fair trek from our home (~600 miles), but well worth it. The location is perfect - we explored all of...More

Date of stay: April 2017
Thank A1650LIjeremyd
VarisHolidayHouse, VR Owner at Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Thanks for that Jeremy. We have learnt that guests like the choices we give by having the giant sitting/dining room and the snug TV room - and by having the choice of a shower room and bathroom. We've plans to upgrade the shower room so...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Garage
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
The house is the last in a small cluster of houses elevated on the hill overlooking Kylerhea - the strait between Skye and mainland Scotland. Our guests love watching the every changing view and the boats navigating this highly tidal water. Paths lead direct from the house into an area of mixed forestry and an extensive network of paths across the Lochalsh penisula. Views from above the house reach to Torridon, Kintail, Knoydart, and the Skye Cullins. The National Trust for Scotland manage the adjacent Balmacara Estate and there are lovely woodland walks by the shore nearby for those who prefer gentler exercise (and for shelter when its windy).
Getting around
The house is just 500m above the A87, the main route to Skye so you can readily arrive by long distance bus from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness. But to be frank, public transport in the Highlands isn't great so we recommend your own transport. There is an extensive set of paths/mountain bike trails above the house.
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