Selkie House ref: CC511426

Helmsdale, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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Sleeps
6
Sleeps
bedrooms
3
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
2
Bathrooms
Pets
2
Pets allowed
Changover day
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Changeover day
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Sea View 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Stairgate 
  • Wifi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Green Scheme 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Shower Cubicle 

Description

Overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour in the historic village of Helmsdale, Selkie House was built in the 19th century at the height of the herring industry. With high ceilings and large windows that drink in the ever-changing sea views, this traditional house has been modernised, yet it still keeps some original features. It offers attractive and welcoming accommodation for families and groups. Miles of shoreline walks are accessed directly from the property; fossils are regularly found along this particular stretch of coast. Fishermen still fish for lobster, crabs and clams along this coast and visitors can often purchase fresh local shellfish direct from the boats. Helmsdale has a good selection of local restaurants and small shops, as well as a fascinating museum detailing the unusual history of the area, including the 19th century gold rush. There is also a 9-hole golf course within walking distance. This region is renowned for its unspoilt beaches, wild and rugged coastline and traditional villages. Travel north to visit the Castle of Mey, John O’ Groats and the Orkney Isles. Golf, fishing, cycling, hill walking, surfing, kayaking and pony trekking are all local pastimes. Try panning for gold in the Helmsdale River and visit the fairytale castle of Dunrobin. The local area is also renowned for its wildlife. Beach walks often afford sightings of otters and seals, and wild deer, golden eagles and red kites are seen in the nearby hills.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
Kitchen/dining room: With 32" Freesat TV, electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Wet room: With shower, facilities for the disabled and WC.

First floor

Lounge: Large with electric coal-effect fire and sea views.
Kitchenette: With small electric cooker.
Bedroom 3: With double bed and en-suite with shower.
Cloakroom: With WC.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Telephone. Welcome pack.

Miscellaneous

Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. On street parking.
Please note: There are two steps to the garden and the property is within close proximity to the sea.
  • Nearest town
    Helmsdale
  • Shops
    100 yards
  • Distance
    Central
  • Restaurant
    100 yards
  • Nearest railway station
    Helmsdale
  • Pub
    100 yards
  • Railway station distance
    200 yards
  • Lake
    100 yards (beach)

About the local area

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression, from the remote rock-hewn wilderness of far north west Sutherland to the green rolling coastal lands by the Cromarty Firth. Wherever you travel you're surrounded by some of the most outstanding remote natural beauty in Scotland.

The Highlands is not only blessed with wonderful countryside, there are also miles of dramatic coastline, with quiet pristine sandy beaches, picturesque sea lochs and a scattering of pretty coastal villages close to clear turquoise waters. This is a place to really enjoy `The Great Outdoors', with plenty of activities from mountain climbing and white water rafting to gentle family walks and mountain biking for all abilities.

This part of the British Isles is also a great place to see wildlife; unsurprisingly wildlife flourishes in this great wilderness and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on land and sea - take one of the many boat trips on offer for close encounters with seals, whales and dolphins or simply get out into the glens, hills and forests to see eagles, deer and maybe even the elusive pine martin to name but a few.

For a holiday at a more leisurely pace visit the region's many historical sites, ancient castles, stately homes and fascinating museums, learn about the Highlands rich history and culture, its clans and conflicts, the tragedy of the Highland Clearances and its role in the Jacobite risings.

Summer visitors to the Highlands (mostly July and August) may not want to miss the annual Highland Games, which are held across the Highlands and are a unique spectacle of athletic, dancing and piping events which should not be missed!

Things to do nearby

Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194

Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park
Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park

Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656

Loch Ewe Distillery

Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242

Dingwall Museum

Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366

Brora Heritage Centre

Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606

Boats N Paddles

Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dating back to 1400 this castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver and family portraits. Informative falconry displays available every Monday and Saturday. Tel: 01408 633177

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Explore the nature reserve just one mile from Inverness! Take a walk, watch the herons fishing, birdlife on the mudflats and even Roe Deers or the Moray Firth Dolphins!? Tel: 07795 253 727

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Over 600 hectares of reserve home to a whole range of internationally important habitats and animal species.

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Saturday 16 December 2017 7 nights £ 302.00
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Thursday 21 December 2017 7 nights £ 538.00
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Saturday 23 December 2017 7 nights £ 538.00
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Thursday 28 December 2017 7 nights £ 551.00
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Saturday 30 December 2017 7 nights £ 551.00
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