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Laid Croft House

SuperhostClashnessie, Scotland, United Kingdom
Farm stay hosted by Vanessa
6 guests2 bedrooms3 beds2.5 baths

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Former croft house on the coast 8 miles from Lochinver, with spectacular views, renovated to a high standard with underfloor heating. Downstairs is an open plan kitchen/dining/living room, a utility/boot room and a toilet. In the living area, which can be curtained off, is a king-size sofa bed. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one double with ensuite, one twin and a bathroom with a shower over the bath. A comfortable home for 4-6 people on a working croft with the owners' house adjacent.

The space
Beyond the end of a very minor road, with views across Clashnessie Bay to the spectacular Sutherland hills of Quinag, Ben Stack, Arkle and Foinaven, you will find Laid Croft House.

It is a traditional two-storey stone cottage, renovated sympathetically and to a high standard. The rooms are warm and cosy, with underfloor heating under natural slate tiles downstairs and pine flooring upstairs. Walls downstairs are well-insulated except for two, adjacent to other rooms, of natural stone. Upstairs they are of well-insulated wood panelling, some of which is original.

There is a wood-burning stove in the living-room.
There is free wifi and a television which receives Freesat channels.

At the side entrance is a good-sized utility/boot room where the fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine are kept. Off this room is a small downstairs toilet.

The house is set on a working croft, with rare breed Hebridean sheep, pigs and hens, and Highland cattle on the neighbouring croft. Produce from the croft may be available to purchase, depending on the time of year you visit.

Laid Croft House provides a peaceful escape from the pace of modern living, without compromising on comfort, and is an ideal base for exploring the magical landscape of Assynt and the Northwest Highlands.

Guest access
Outside the house is a small semi-private paved area with a picnic table, and two benches at the front overlooking the bay. We are developing a private grassed area, where you can sit and admire the views, but receive some shelter from the breeze. You are welcome to walk or sit anywhere on the croft, although we ask guests to stay out of the lambing fields between mid-April and mid-May and occasionally at other times if we are gathering or moving sheep.

There is parking for 2 cars and a rotary washing line for sole use of Bothy guests. There are also good drying facilities indoors. There is no tumble drier.

There are a few times each year, such as shearing, when it is "all hands on deck" and you will be welcome to join in, but only if you want to. Similarly children (or adults) are welcome to help out with some aspects of animal care.

Other things to note
This is one of 2 letting properties on site. The other, Laid Bothy, is a one-bedroomed property suitable for a couple, and is situated 30m downhill from the Croft House.

We have a dog and a cat, both part working, part pet. They are never allowed in the guests' houses and we ask all our guests to respect this, for the sake of future guests looking for a pet-free environment. We regret but we cannot take guests' dogs because of the sheep.
Former croft house on the coast 8 miles from Lochinver, with spectacular views, renovated to a high standard with underfloor heating. Downstairs is an open plan kitchen/dining/living room, a utility/boot room and a toilet. In the living area, which can be curtained off, is a king-size sofa bed. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one double with ensuite, one twin and a bathroom with a shower over the bath. A comfortable…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

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Wifi
Indoor fireplace
Iron
Washer
Hair dryer
TV
Heating
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Clashnessie, Scotland, United Kingdom

Vanessa’s home is located in Clashnessie, 8 miles from Lochinver, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Clashnessie Bay, with its large sweep of sand and gently sloping beach, is a short walk away (1 km round the coast or 1.5km along the road) and has a car park if you want to transport equipment there. There is also a small stony beach at the bottom of our croft where we launch our kayaks. The main beach is very safe, although we recommend wetsuits if you are going to be in the water for long!

There are other excellent beaches nearby, at Clachtoll and Achmelvich, walks to suit all ages and levels, from the All Abilities Path near Loch Assynt, to the Munros of Ben More Assynt and Conival, not forgetting iconic Suilven, Quinag, which you can see from the Croft House, and the other beautiful hills of the Northwest Geopark.

This is a mecca for geologists, with a visitor centre at Knockan Crag and a cafe and exhibition at Rockstop in Unapool.

Those interested in historic buildings can visit the ruins of Calda House and Ardvreck Castle near Loch Assynt, the old kirk at Inchnadampf and the newly excavated broch at Clachtoll.

You can go on boat trips from Lochinver and Kylesku or visit Handa Island, an RSPB reserve where puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and kittiwakes nest in the cliffs, not forgetting the skuas who may dive bomb you as you walk across the island!

There are small but well-stocked licensed grocery shops in Clachtoll, Drumbeg and Lochinver and a Tesco in Ullapool. Drumbeg Stores provides a delivery service for advance orders.

Lochinver is also famous for its pottery, where you can see articles being hand-painted, and its pie shop, and there are many places to eat there at all price levels.
Vanessa’s home is located in Clashnessie, 8 miles from Lochinver, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Clashnessie Bay, with its large sweep of sand and gently sloping beach, is a short walk away (1 km round th…

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Joined in January 2014
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I am a retired teacher, running a croft with my husband, David, a retired GP, in the northern highlands of Scotland. We have Hebridean sheep and hens and a border collie called Shep. I like hill-walking, sea-kayaking, travelling and people. I have used AirBnB to stay in many different parts of the world and now am able to offer accommodation to guests wanting to visit our beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. I think I am a considerate guest and always try to leave somewhere as clean as I found it, as I hope people do when they stay with me.
I am a retired teacher, running a croft with my husband, David, a retired GP, in the northern highlands of Scotland. We have Hebridean sheep and hens and a border collie called She…
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We live in a modern house immediately adjacent to the Croft House. While they appear attached, they are completely independent structures, with an 18" gap between the 2 buildings, so there is no sound transference at all. While you may be aware of our presence coming and going, and we are available for advice, to sort out problems or just for a chat at any time, we will respect your privacy if you don't want to be disturbed
We live in a modern house immediately adjacent to the Croft House. While they appear attached, they are completely independent structures, with an 18" gap between the 2 building…
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