The Old Smiddy ref: UK31178

Poolewe, near Gairloch, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering

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Sleeps
6
Sleeps
bedrooms
3
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
1
Bathrooms
Pets
2
Pets allowed
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  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 

Description

The Old Smiddy is a charming old blacksmith’s cottage, built in the late 19th century, around 1880. The owners have restored the property incredibly well and have created a wonderful holiday cottage, lovingly furnished with guests’ comfort in mind. This detached home’s situation beside the river is truly magical, and being only a short walk away from the coast (a couple of minutes at most), the property has the best of both worlds. River and sea are right on your doorstep, offering both adventure and relaxation depending on your preference.
Upon entering the property through the courtyard garden at the front, you are greeted by a large hallway with a spacious double bedroom off to the right, which boasts a river view and is the ideal choice for the less mobile. The family bathroom is at the back of the property and has a shower over the bath, great for a hot soak after a busy day. The kitchen/dining room is spacious and a great place to cook up hearty meals after long days exploring coast and country. Also leading off from the hallway is a small living room with an open fire, leading through to the main living room, with its vaulted ceiling and cosy wood burner with door leading into the garden. The large living room is a fantastic space for the family to gather and enjoy some downtime together. Upstairs are two further comfortable and spacious bedrooms, a double and a twin room, each boasting views out across the River Ewe.
Staying at The Old Smiddy you will immediately know you have made the right choice. It’s exactly what you want from a Scottish Highlands holiday cottage. You will find the National Trust Inverewe Gardens just a mile away, or if swimming is your choice of leisure, the swimming pool is only 600 yards away. Being based in Poolewe is a gift, it is such a wonderful area rich in flora and fauna, landscapes, history, and a warm and welcoming community. Beach 5 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room 1: With wood burner, 32" Freeview Smart TV, and door leading to garden.
Living room 2: With open fire.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, washing machine and tiled floor.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and tiled floor.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire and wood burner included. Highchair. Welcome pack.

Miscellaneous

Enclosed garden with courtyard and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Poolewe
  • Shops
    5 miles
  • Distance
    300 yards
  • Restaurant
    300 yards
  • Nearest railway station
    Achnasheen
  • Pub
    300 yards
  • Railway station distance
    35.0 miles
  • Lake
    2 miles

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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