With superb views across the Inner Sound to the Inner Hebridean Islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye, this 19th-century holiday cottage has been architecturally renovated to a high standard, and has its own landscaped garden with decking leading down to the seashore.
Set amidst some of Scotland’s most dramatic and rugged scenery, Applecross nestles between mountains and sea and is approached over Britain’s highest road pass. Wester Ross has long been considered one of the more remote corners of the British mainland – and is still known as a haven of enormous beauty and tranquillity; Applecross was declared a sanctuary in 673 AD by the Irish monk Maelrubha. The region is home to the golden eagle and pine marten – and the last remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest. To the north is the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (Torridon mountains) where the NTS Countryside Centre provides opportunity to explore the flora, fauna and history of this sheltered fertile area amidst some of the oldest geological formations in Britain. Also north of the Applecross Peninsula are the world-famous sub-tropical Inverewe Gardens, and to the south the picturesque NTS village of Plockton and the Isle of Skye.
The area provides excellent coastal walks and abundant wildlife – seals are frequently seen in the indented coastline, and stags roam the heather-clad hillsides of the Applecross Peninsula. More occasionally porpoises and even the mysterious profile of a submarine lurks in the Inner Sound. Rockpools left behind by the tide provide a great variety of creatures for children to discover. Beautiful sandy bay within 5 miles (see bottom photograph). Mountaineering, kayaking and landrover trips can be arranged locally. The award winning Applecross Inn, renowned for its locally caught seafood and convivial hospitality, is just 10-minutes walk away. Shop 1 mile.
Spacious panelled and beamed living/dining room with open fire and rugs on wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen. Utility/drying room. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. First floor: Three bedrooms with sloping ceilings, two with beamed ceilings; two double, each with en-suite bathroom and toilet, and one twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.
- Open fire – initial fuel inc, thereafter avail locally
- Elec, full oil CH, bed linen and towels inc
- Satellite TV
- Broadband connection
- Patio garden to rear; front garden with decked terrace and furniture
- No smoking
- NB: Garden leading to shore
Customer Reviews of Sanctuary Cottage, nr Applecross, sleeps 8
1st comment: We are regular visitors to this property and we appreciate that things are continually being replaced and upgraded as necessary. It shows that the owner cares about this holiday home. Sept 2011.
2nd comment: A fantastic location. House was really well equipped for two families. We did not want for anything. Even the weather was great. Food and atmosphere at near by Applecross Inn was brilliant. July 2011.
3rd comment: A big and very cosy house with very nice fire place. Feb 2011.
4th comment: Just amazing, everything was fantastic. Oct 2010.
5th comment: Wonderful situation. Well equipped. Good facilities. Aug 2010.
6th comment: We have used your service for many years, this was the best prepared cottage we have used. July 2010.
7th comment: Wonderful position and very well equipped. June 2010.
8th comment: All the facilities we wanted were there. It was a quiet location yet close to the Applecross pub (five minute walk), and close enough to the shop and to the part-time manned petrol station, that you don’t have to make a long journey out of the peninsula to get essentials. May 2010.
9th comment: It is a fantastic property in a good location. April 2010.
10th comment: First class cottage with great views and superbly equipped. Sept 2009.
11th Comment A family home from home. Equipped to a high standard, clean and well kept. Superb views. Aug 2009.
12th Comment Property is in an excellent location, is very comfortable and very well equipped, all added up to making it the best holiday for a few years and hope to revisit. May 2009.
13th Comment Beautiful and idyllic! Oct 2008.
14th Comment The accommodation was even better than we had originally thought. We’ll definitely be back! May 2008.
15th Comment Beautiful, well equipped and well presented cottage. Second time we’ve stayed there and will definitely stay again in the future. Oct 2008.
16th Comment The best cottage and the best location we have ever stayed at. Sept 2008.
17th Comment Nicest rented cottage we have stayed in. Lots of little touches very much appreciated. Liked fact all bedrooms en-suite. Oct 2007.
18th Comment It was lovely to return to this comfortable, extremely well equipped cottage each evening.It was an idyllic holiday and we carried the peace and tranquility of the place back home with us. Sept 2007.
19th Comment We absolutely fell in love with the cottage. It had EVERYTHING you could ever need and was so well presented. Definitely reccomend this place to anyone. Applecross was amazingly beautiful. April 2006.