This cosy bunkhouse is attached to our stone-built croft house which looks out from the hill, over the beautiful expanse of sea in front. Ideal for those one-stop sleepovers. Great when touring the NC500 or as a night’s stop-off on the way to or from Orkney. Its location means that you not only benefit from the amazing views over the Moray Firth and Helmsdale Village & Harbour but also from the relaxing and tranquil atmosphere of the surrounding countryside.
My self catering flat stands in my family’s Sutherland croft, on a hill approximately 153 metres above sea level. The property is compact and cosy, with electric central heating, and it is my priority that visitors have everything they need for a comfortable stay. The lounge/kitchen area is fully equipped with hob, oven, microwave, toaster, steamer, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, pots, crockery, cutlery, table and chairs, Sky TV, Wi-Fi being installed, comfortable sofa-bed and armchair. The bedroom has a kingsize bed, and ample wardrobe storage. For the shower and washbasin, I have provided Arran Aromatics lovely hand- and body-wash products to relax and soothe you. Because this is a highland home, I have kept a certain sense of tradition in the decor, with a variety of plaid fabrics, and some old photographs and objects which I hope you will enjoy looking at. You may browse a selection of books by a diversity of Scottish authors. The views are amazing. From the front windows, the Moray Firth in all its moods leads the eye south west to the distant Cairngorms, or the vast open horizon of the North Sea. On the other sides, the views are framed by some of the oldest hills in Europe. Once mighty Alps, the passage of time and ice ages have worn these to gentler slopes of fractured volcanic rock. Thinly coated in peat and heather, they are the very private habitat of such fauna as grouse, stoat, and hare, and the equally public domain of seasonally grazing sheep, cattle and growing numbers of red and roe deer. You might simply be a bird of passage, staying briefly here while travelling to or from the Northern isles of Orkney and Shetland, or experiencing the wonderful North Coast 500 route. On the other hand, you might want to make this your base for a while, as you explore the area known as the ‘Common Grazings’ - 1011 hectares of wild hillsides, which reach almost to my back door. With wildlife spotting, fishing for tasty little brown trout in a nearby burn, finding examples of iron age archaeology, or simply strolling through the glorious spaciousness, where you’ll rarely encounter another human being, you might not want to travel much further during your entire stay, than down to the village of Helmsdale for supplies, souvenirs or eating out. Being only about half a mile from the A9, it is also easy to base yourself here, and travel up the Strath of Kildonan to the North Coast, follow the East Coast to John O’ Groats, or take a day trip across to Ullapool and the West. Close to hand, Helmsdale village (3 minutes away by car, 20 on foot) has a heritage centre (Timespan) with a riverside cafe. On the main street visitors will further find two restaurants, a takeaway, two bars, a mini market, a gift shop and an old-fashioned ironmonger’s store. Helmsdale also offers golf, river and sea fishing opportunities. Visitors may travel here by car, bike, train, bus or, of course, on foot! I can arrange collection from the train station or bus stop. If you plan driving here in the winter months, I strongly recommend winter tyres. My driveway is rather rough, though everyone seems to manage, driving carefully. No matter when you plan to visit, remember this really IS the great outdoors, so bring weatherproof clothing and footwear, and midge/tick repellant in the summer. I am not a professional linguist, but I speak some French, Italian, German and Polish. I look forward to welcoming you to The Stroops!
“그런 사랑스러운 주인과 놀라운 집! 우리는 가장 완벽한 새해를 느긋하게 즐기고 화려한 전망을 보았습니다. 매우 아늑하고 집처럼 느꼈습니다. 우리는 확실히 돌아올 것입니다! 나는 단 하나의 잘못도 없었습니다. 그것은 완벽한 도주였습니다!”
This unique traditional fishermans cottage situated at the picturesque harbour in the seaside village of Helmsdale has been elegantly upgraded to create an idyllic Highland home placed on the A9 and tourist route NC500. Tarbat View is a well proportioned 2 double bedroom cottage with many original features and has high ceilings not usually seen in a cottage. Helmsdale is a picture postcard village on the north east coast of Sutherland on the A9 and along the NC500 route. The village has amenities such as grocery store, library, 9-hole golf course, Timespan museum and local history archive, pubs, restaurants and medical centre all within walking distance from the cottage. A friendly and active community, the area is renowned for its beautiful scenery, the quality of fishing and availability of fresh seafood and crabs from the local fishing boats makes Helmsdale a popular holiday location.