Sandholm Cottages

Sandholm Cottages

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Morar, Mallaig PH40 4PA Scotland
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archer61 wrote a review Aug 2011
england264 contributions151 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at th Sandholm Cottages three times in the last four years and I can , without any shame, say that I deliberately kept quiet because they are so good that I wanted to ensure that I got my holiday. I have been telling folk by word of mouth but now the big secret is out.
The properties consist of two very well equipped cottages and an annexe to the main house. We always stay in the cottages. They are in the heart of the village , up a short slope and some steps and to the front they look out upon the white sands of Morar, a beautiful bay that changes colour with each tide and with each passing hour with the islands of Syke, amd Eigg in the distance. This is the best view possible in this part of the world. To the rear, runs the very quiet railway line from Fort William to Mallaig , a couple of trains a day and they are usually the Jacobite steam trains- perfection.
The cottages are comfy, clean , well equipped and very well run by the owners Jim and Audrey.
This is a great base for visiting this part of the world, the white sanded beach at Morar is the best, the fishing village of Mallaig is a couple of miles down the road, boats can be caught for Syke, the small Isles and Knoydart, Glefinnian is a short drive away and Fort William slightly longer. The whole area is full of magnificent vistas, hidden castles, battlefields, wild life, craft centres, Ben Nevis, Waymarked walks and so much more and when you get home to the cottage you can turn off the telly and look at the best view in the world.
Morar and Mallaig are great holiday destinations and these cottages really are gems that sparkle.
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Date of stay: August 2011
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Leezab wrote a review Aug 2012
Preston, United Kingdom17 contributions18 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I stayed at one of the Sandholm cottages in August 2012 and we cannot fault these immaculate properties. From the moment we arrived we were met with a very warm welcome by the owners Audrey and Jim who were very helpful. The cottage was very well equipped with all necessary items and very clean. We were very comfortable for our week and enjoyed a couple of little BBQ's in the small garden area looking out over the esturary. I was very surprised at how much space there was with plenty of room for 2 kids! The view from the lounge window is gorgeous with the Islands of Eigg and Rum in the distance. Morar estuary tides ebb and flow throughout the day giving you chance to visit one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. The walk to the nearest beach takes about half an hour but is worth it! There are also other beaches nearby too, all with silver sand and Loch Morar is about half a mile away.
Mallaig is a couple of miles to stock up on essentials and fish and chips and take Ferries to Skye and the other small Isles. At Fort William (before you take the Road to the Isles) is a Morrisons and other large suppermarkets too. At Arisaig (4 miles away) there is an Island boat cruiser which can take you to the small isles of Rum ,Eigg or Muck and you might get to see seals and dolphins ! We did!
We were warned about the scottish midgies which start to appear about 7pm'ish but made sure we were in the cottage by then ( we had kids!! ) and if we went out then the Avon skin so soft dry oil spray was a godsend!
I would definately reccomend these cottages and hopefully will return to explore more of this beautiful and magical area of Scotland.
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Date of stay: August 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Eliza_Mc wrote a review Nov 2015
Hunmanby, United Kingdom5 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I had a wonderfully relaxing week in Morar, the bungalow was cosy, warm and all we needed for a well needed break from reality. The views are stunning and we saw lots of wildlife nearby, stags, eagles, seals etc.
In the village there is an amazing Thai takeaway and a friendly hotel where we enjoyed a lovely evening listening to a trio of local young fiddle players.
Thank you and we will defiantly return.
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Date of stay: October 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from SandholmCottages, Owner at Sandholm Cottages
Responded Nov 7, 2015
Jim and I am glad that you enjoyed your holiday so much. The weather was quite kind and the cottage would have been lovely and warm. The option to use open fire makes such a difference on colder evenings. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Argyll65 wrote a review Feb 2014
Scotland4 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked 2 weeks in the Apartment on the recommendation of friends who stayed in the cottage. The apartment is spacious and reasonably equipped if a little tired but be warned, this really is part of the main house, separated only by a flimsy door. We were after a couple of weeks of peace and quiet but you can hear almost everything from the owners house and we had to coordinate our bedtime with theirs! Unfortunately for us, this tended to be fairly late and we were treated to sing songs on more than one occasion. I am not a light sleeper and wear a hearing aid but I found the situation to be intolerable.
We spoke to our hosts about the situation but were made to feel that we were making it up and the situation did not improve. We left after one week and received a refund for the second week although the attitude of our hosts was disappointing.
Overall I would recommend Morar for a holiday but would suggest the cottages are a better bet than the Apartment as it really is part of someone's house and we felt rather like unwelcome guests.
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Date of stay: August 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: A new house was under construction across the road, so the view is not quite as stunning as the...
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queenie8011 wrote a review Oct 2014
bradford19 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here in July with my missus and 4 year old,the website does not do this place justice,just a short walk to the excellent beach with crystal clear seas.the cottage was immaculate and bigger then it looks,the surrounding area is stunning and the owners were very nice,highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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davepeds55 wrote a review Sep 2014
Barnstaple, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A modern, well equipped bungalow with a fabulous view across Morar's bay to the renowned "silver sands". Hard to fault the property and the owners, who live only yards away, are friendly and helpful. Bear in mind, though, that you have to climb steps from the car park to the front door.
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Travelled with family
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JohnHols wrote a review Jun 2019
Suffolk14 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Like many of the reviewers I have stayed in the cottages several times and also this time the appartment. What keeps drawing us back again and again? Morar and the nearby area is a very special place, with such breathtaking beauty it is hard to describe and stays with you forever. The myriad of quiet white sandy beaches against ever changing Atlantic waters and skies, with the islands of Eigg, Rum, and Skye in the background each with their distinctive mountains, and so many islets and little bays..
are inspirational. There are also many local walks across hills and coast. Audrey and Jim always provide a warm welcome and offer generous sized, clean and v comfortable accommodation that you can relax into straight away. A lovely touch is always finding ready made up wood and coal for the fireplace (optional of course, there is central heating!). This is my first time in the apartment and it was much more than I expected. I love the large bay windows overlooking the hills and also part of the estuary, and the lovely light kitchen with so many windows and the same view is so pleasant to cook in. Make sure you do reserve at least a day to walk the beaches. Park at nearby Glenancross (it's easy to miss, down a track with just a small sign"to the beach" and the car park is to left). Take either the footpath to the closest beach and walk for miles across beach after beach towards Arisaig. Or take the track to the right past a couple of houses to find two more stunning beaches. Or simply walk from Sandholm up the north or the south shore of the Morar river. Already looking forward to next time! ...
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Aaron C wrote a review Oct 2018
North Shields, United Kingdom53 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely place to stay very piece full had amazing views out living room window the cottage was a lot bigger inside than we thought very spacious had a lovely fire would definitely recommend it to anyone
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ian S wrote a review Sep 2015
Wakefield, United Kingdom28 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having read the other reviews, we can only concur what has already been said about these wonderful cottages and their location.
We stayed w/c 5th Sept and were blessed with a week of superb weather with our stay in one of the cottages. It has already been said in previous reviews to take along your camera and binos, which is something we always do and is a must here.
The cottage made a fine base for us, it was immaculately kept, very spacious and equipped to the highest standards to meet with every possible need.
It has ease of accessbility to other areas, i.e. Mallaig (the nearby fishing port and also for picking up further provisions), Loch Morar and its surrounding area, Glennfinnan/Loch Shiel, also the wonderful sleepy coastal village of Arisaig. Do take a walk, or drive along the 'Rhu Road' from the village right to the end point and take in the beautiful scenery, wildlife and coastline, especially on a calm evening for the magical sunsets.
Also a must for anyone staying here is a coastal drive from Morar to Arisaig which is simply stunning; calling at the many beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters along the way . . . the 'Silver Sands' beach is a definite stop, parking up in the small car park and walking a tiny path to what is best described as a stunning white sand beach, where you would think you were in the somewhere like the Maldives ! We believe the movies, 'The Highlander' and 'Lost Hero' were filmed on this beach as well as other locations in the area.
We also took to a wildlife cruise on the 'Sheerwater' from Arisaig to the Isle of Rum, again, a must for any naturalist wishing to view the various bird and marine life. If you are lucky enough, as we were, in having a Minke Whale alongside our boat on the return to Arisaig !! Don't forget the camera and bins !
Both our hosts Audrey and Jim made us feel welcome and were very informative about the area. We would defintely recommend a stay here and would not hesitate to return in the future.
Many thanks.
Ian and Jackie
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from SandholmCottages, Owner at Sandholm Cottages
Responded Sep 22, 2015
Thank you for all the lovely things you have said about Sandholm Cottages and the beautiful area we are privileged to live in. We could say these things, but it means so much more coming from our visitors.
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PollyAyrshire wrote a review Jul 2015
Ayrshire5 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have holidayed on the stunning Antrim and Northumberland coasts in recent years and appreciated the views from our holiday homes there but the view from Sandholm cottages in Morar really cannot be surpassed! We are in the area for a couple of weeks and stayed at Morar for only a week but we really regret not remaining in Morar for the whole fortnight's duration of our holiday.

Previous reviews have really said it all - though I noticed one review saying the nearest beach was about 30 minutes walk away which is an over estimation. I am a lot slower walker than I once was but it took me around 10 minutes to get to one of the many splendid beaches.

We dined in most evenings and the cottage was very well equipped with particularly nice crockery. With such a stunning view from the dining table, why eat out. We bought fresh fish from Andy Race in Mallaig, had one lemon sole cooked fish supper also from Mallaig and a good Thai carry out meal from the Sunset in Morar. We are in Mallaig this week and will venture up to the Morar Hotel to try the Wimbledon special - a glass of fizz and fruit flan I think in the afternoons. We have also earmarked a couple of nice eating places in Arisaig to try this forthcoming week.

Ideal base for visiting the small isles as previously said by others. Cal Mac may be planning industrial action perhaps for a 24 hours spell but there are also sailings to three of the small isles by a small operator in Arisaig. Also ideal for ferry to Skye and water taxi to Knoydart. The National Trust for Scotland is now doing guided tours of the Glenfinnan Monument and the exhibition and viewpoints are recommended to catch sight of the Viaduct but the kids and Harry Potter fans of all ages will really appreciate a trip on the Jacobite steam train which passes the back of the cottages.

Other things our teenagers enjoyed were Treasures of the Earth in Corpach by Fort William as they both study Chemistry at school and it was interesting to read more about and see some metals and gem stones up close. We did a gondola ride at the Nevis Range and intended to have a McDonalds but had a burger instead in the café on top of the hills. We strolled round the grounds of Historic Scotland's Inverlochy Castle.

We were blessed with decent weather so sat out at the cottage and the geraniums and rhododendron were at their best so the wooden garden furniture was put to use as was the outdoor rotary dryer and washing lines for outdoor fresh dry laundry kind to the environment. We didn't have my bbq loving sister with us but she would have insisted on buying a disposable bbq. We liked having off street parking, a well stocked bookcase, coffee making machine and - looking at this week's accommodation down the road in Mallaig - realise how folk take all the little things host like Jim and Audrey provide very much for granted like locks on bathroom doors and colour in maintained gardens.
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from SandholmCottages, Owner at Sandholm Cottages
Responded Jul 6, 2015
Jim and I am glad you all enjoyed your stay at Sandholm so much.and we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon.
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Adventurer517776 asked a question Aug 2019
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Are they dog friendly
archer61 wrote a tip Aug 2015
england264 contributions151 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take your camera and bincolars as all the views are superb."
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graceArgyll wrote a tip Mar 2015
argyll3 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wifi was inconsistent"
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Argyll65 wrote a tip Feb 2014
Scotland4 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"A new house was under construction across the road, so the view is not quite as stunning as the pictures on the website."
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Susan B wrote a tip Sep 2013
Cheshire, UK63 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The cottages do have quite a few steps leading up to them. One of the cottages does not have a tumble drier although both cottages have washing lines and pegs."
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PRICE RANGE
C$223 - C$701 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsLochaberMallaigMorar
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sandholm Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Sandholm Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Camusdarach Beach (2.1 km), Morar Beach (1.1 km), and Land Sea and Islands Centre (6.7 km).
What are some restaurants close to Sandholm Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Cabin, The Bakehouse, and Chlachain Inn Restaurant.
Is Sandholm Cottages located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Morar.
Are there any historical sites close to Sandholm Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St. Cumin's RC Church (0.9 km).
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