The Knowes ref: UK5422

Reay, near Thurso, near Bettyhill, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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No pets
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  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Green Scheme 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Bath/Shower Seat 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 

Description

The Knowes is a delightful, semi-detached, stone cottage, which has been thoughtfully furnished by the owners who live next door, to offer the perfect home from home. The property is situated in the quiet village of Reay, on the spectacular north coast of Scotland, and is also on the designated and scenic North Coast 500 route. The cottage has a number of themed murals adorning the walls and ceiling which enhance its charm and ambience. The pretty living room, known as the Orchid Room, has a lovely orchid mural and deep feather-filled sofas. There is a large conservatory at the front of the cottage, which is a useful second living room.
The pretty village of Reay has a shop, a renowned links golf course and a superb sandy beach, which are all within easy walking distance. The nearby village of Melvich has further amenities, including a restaurant and café. The charming town of Thurso is just 10 miles away, where you will find shops, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets, as well as a fascinating museum and lovely riverside walks. The superb wide sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, small bays and variety of villages, all add to the magic of this unexplored part of Scotland.
The area is renowned for its bird and sea life, including puffins, great skua, otters, seals, dolphins and whales, which can all be spotted in and around the coast. There are plenty of historical sites and places of interest, such as the fairy tale Castle of Mey, which was beautifully restored by the late Queen Mother. Take a day trip to the Orkney Isles and explore Neolithic villages, standing stones, Scapa Flow and the amazing Italian chapel built by prisoners during the Second World War. There is the most Northernly Links 18th hole golf course within a quarter of a mile, also many excellent golf courses in the region, and also plenty of opportunities for horse riding, fishing, sailing, cycling and walking. Surrounded by open countryside and with some of the most beautiful sandy beaches, this pretty cottage is ideal for couples, small families and business personnel. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With 32" Freesat TV and DVD player.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and Bosch coffee machine.
Conservatory.
Utility room: With freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed (for 1).
Shower room: With Jacuzzi shower, shower seat, toilet and heated towel rail.
Steep, narrow stairs to...

First floor

Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
Bathroom: With Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.

Miscellaneous

Sitting-out area in attractive well groomed garden complete with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car; additional on road parking. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps in the garden. There is a pond in the owner’s unfenced garden.
  • Nearest town
    Thurso
  • Shops
    ¼ mile
  • Distance
    10 miles
  • Restaurant
    5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Thurso
  • Pub
    5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    10.0 miles
  • Lake
    ¼ mile (sea)

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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