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Clachtoll Cottage

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View of cottage from boat slipway and shore. The wall on the left enclosed a small walled garden.
Cottage is located only yards from the sea on the north side of Clachtoll Bay.
Beautiful view from the 'Breakfast bar' on the cliff at the edge of the garden.
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Overview
3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
The artistic owners have created a house of considerable charm filled with an extensive collection of books, paintings and unusual objects of considerable interest. The interior is extraordinarily comfortable. The house is situated in a stunning location just yards from the beach at Clachtoll with magnificent views fromt the picture window to in the fore-ground, the dramatic shape of Split Rock and beyond, the mountains of Stac Pollaidh, Coigach, and Wester Ross. Assynt is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a World Heritage site in terms of Geology and an area rich in wildlife and history. The reality of Clachtoll Cottage always exceeds expectations.
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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Meet the host
William S
Hosting since November 2013
Response Rate: 5%
Response Time: Within a few hours
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Reviews (16)
Chris F
Chris F
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom1 contribution
Clachtoll Cottage is not your average holiday let but something altogether. The cottage itself is incredibly charming and homely, full of personality and character. The location is unbelievable with unrivalled views out over Clachtoll bay to the Assynt ranges and islands of the west coast as well as gates giving direct access down to a secluded cove to one side of the main bay. The thing that tops it all is the hospitality, wisdom, storytelling and unbridled energy of Bill the host, and quite literally, the creator of the cottage and surrounding Croft.
Visited August 2021
Written September 4, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sam B
Sam B
What an amazing place. The house is beautiful, and the surroundings are stunning. What a way to unwind.
Visited May 2021
Written May 31, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Claire G
Claire G
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom1 contribution
Myself , husband and 2 children speant an amazing Easter break here in April 2018. The cottage it's self is wonderfully warm and inviting , very well equipped and a tranquil place to spend time in. The views from the cottage are really indescribable, in fact the drive up from Inverness is breathtaking and just gets better once you hit clachtoll . The owner of the cottage was extremely helpful and accommodating, we will definitely be heading back as soon as we can !
Visited April 2018
Written May 10, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

julesnfamily
julesnfamily
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We stayed at Clachtoll Cottage for Easter week 2018 for my husband's 50th. He spent his holidays in Assynt as a child and wanted to show our kids the area in all its glory. This was the perfect base. The cottage is comfortable, cosy, very well equiped and has the all important (if you have teenagers) WIFI connection. Beds are comfy, showers good and the kitchen is well equiped with everything you'd need. The house is full of and eclectic mix of ornaments, art and books that make it feel more like a home from home than a holiday cottage. Some of it you'll love, some you won't, all of it adds to the charm and cosiness of the place. The upstairs mezzanine is ideal if you have older kids that like their own space. The views from the cottage lounge and main bedroom are to die for, you dont need the television just sit and watch the tide, seals and waves. Magic. The gardens are fab, large, there really is a football pitch (with goals)! It was freezing when we were there so when we were out we kept moving (!) but theres loads of places to sit and chill and enjoy the views.We loved a walk along the coast line to the beach at the other end of Clachtoll to listen to the waves on the stones and practice our stone throwing skills. The beaches in Clachtoll at the cottage end are sandy and gorgeous, world class. Theres loads of canoes etc. in the property for when its warmer than we had it. Theres a little bay that would make it safe to enjoy those with kids. Out and about theres so many places to go, we went to Achmelvich Beach and walked up the coast line to find the Hermits Castle, Drumbeg to walk the Peat Road into the hills, we had amazing cake at the Secret Tea Garden (also sells gorgeous home made candles) in Drumbeg, we went on a great walk in the forest behind Lochinver, lunch at the pie shop in Lochinver. All recommended for when you need a break from pottering about your gorgeous sea front cottage. We would love to return in the summer one year, to enjoy the outside facilities more but as it was we had an amazing week and would recomend highly.
Visited April 2018
Written April 30, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Roam363062
Roam363062
1 contribution
Clachtoll cottage has it all! It's location is amazing - carribean blue sea, lovely beaches and lovely landscapes, including the split rock. All of this can be viewed right from the windows of the cosy cottage. We were even given the opportunity to use the canoes, which we did! We could launch them right from the property and we were escorted around the bay by the resident seal. Absolutely wonderful!
Visited July 2017
Written November 21, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

2lynchurnxalfie2
2lynchurnxalfie2
Elgin, IL1 contribution
We booked this because we both had birthdays during the weeks stay. Sadly my partner was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year , so, we wanted an escape from reality. However, sometimes life throws curveballs all at once and in the middle of the week I slipped and hurt my back rather badly. We had to abort in the middle of the week to get me some medical attention. Okay, having said all of that our first thought now that I am recovering is to try and book for next year. I believe that says it all in respect of the cottage.
Visited November 2017
Written November 21, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

James S
James S
1 contribution
This is my second visit to Clachtoll Cottage.What an amazing and quirky house! It has a very personal touch,which makes you feel very at home. It is a fabulous place to unwind. My friend and I, were fortunate to have a lovely sunny week,so spent most of our time in garden,taking in the amazing views, we even had a bbq!! Words cannot describe the spectacular scenery in the surrounding area. Thank you Bill,for letting us share your lovely house.
Visited May 2017
Written November 2, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Frank T
Frank T
Scotland, United Kingdom3 contributions
Wonderful cottage with stunning views. Warm, comfortable cottage. Beds comfortable and well equipped.
Visited October 2016
Written November 2, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alison C
Alison C
2 contributions
Stayed here for a week for the first time with family, 2 friends and 1 dog. Browsing the website, the cottage looked excellent with lots of interesting features. It exceeded all our expectations. Looking out over the bay either from the lounge,towards the Split Rock, or better still from the garden, is one of the best views on the West Coast. A 2000 year old Broch is approx. 1 km away, well worth the stroll over the hill. You may be lucky enough, if Bill is around, to get a ride in his RIB. We saw a school of around 40 Dolphin swim across the Bay virtually every day. Lochinver the nearest town has plenty of places to eat or drink and a well stocked Mini-Market. Facilities include use of Canadian Canoes and other craft, Explored the local coastline with my wife and 4 year old grandson Charlie, neither had ever been in a canoe. We found the "secret" beach. In conclusion, for 30 years or more, my favourite area on the West Coast has been Torridon/Gairloch. It has been overtaken by Clachtoll.
Visited October 2017
Written November 2, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Anna G
Anna G
1 contribution
This cottage truly takes your breath away; I’ve stayed in cottages in Scotland every year for over 25 years and this really does beat the lot. Here’s my five top reasons why you should book this Cottage: The Location: Okay, it is about as far north and west as you can get so if you’re driving from England or even further afield, it’s a fair old trek, but boy is it worth it! You are on the edge of the Atlantic and it feels like it. Endlessly changing ocean vistas just mean you never want to take your eyes from the windows. It’s the only cottage I’ve stayed in where it doesn’t matter if it rains for the fortnight. And when the sun does shine, walk straight from the cottage to the stunning beaches at Achmelvich, explore Clachtoll’s Iron Age Broch or turn your hand to a spot of sea-fishing/canoeing/snorkelling. The Cottage Itself: This is NOT your average holiday cottage, indeed I’m pretty sure it’s like no other rental out there. Quirky doesn’t really cover it, as the cottage is just bursting with unique objects that Bill (the cottage owner) has collected from all over the world. This is complemented by an enormous library of books (I won’t bother taking the cheap holiday read next year!) covering an enormous range of subjects. A well-stocked kitchen, comfy beds and the log-burner really mean you consider not leaving the cottage. If it weren’t for.... The Wildlife and Landscape: Within an hour of arriving, we had a school of over 100 common dolphin leaping across the bay. We also saw otters on the shore in front of the cottage, as well as the usual deer, eagles, etc. The unique knochan and lochan landscape of the Assynt coupled with mountains that emerge from nothing are a continual surprise - although it is quintessentially Scottish, it is also like nowhere else in Scotland! There’s walking for everyone, whether you like a gentle ramble or a serious mountain climb. Local Facilities: If you’re hoping for a McDonalds, or even a Tescos, this probably isn’t the cottage for you; but you really do have everything you need for a fortnight’s stay within a short radius of the cottage. Lochinver’s shops are clearly kitted out to ensure the locals can survive the winter (make sure you find Lochinver Stores) including a good range of fresh veg, fresh meat and many cupboard ingredients you struggle to find in big cities! The local pub, The Caberfeidh, serves a cracking, well-kept pint of the local ale (an Teallach Ale Company) and the food is fantastic (hearty, but with a modern edge). There’s also posher (fine dining) restaurants available in Lochinver, although we didn’t get past the Caberfeidh. Make sure you check out Flossie’s Beach Store in Clachtoll too! Bill: We were lucky enough to meet Bill briefly on our last day. As a Polar Guide he has some amazing stories to tell, and he exudes the personality so manifest in the cottage. Despite his travels to the far-flung corners of the planet, when you meet him, you really appreciate his passion for continually returning to Scotland. I’m aware I’ve used a lot of superlatives and you may be wondering if this is a genuine review, but Clachtoll Cottage was so truly awesome that it should be shared. Which thankfully, was Bill’s answer, when we asked him why on Earth he doesn’t live there all year round!
Visited September 2017
Written November 2, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Boat Available
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Ocean Views
Parking
Private Garden
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighbourhood
Clachtoll faces west over the Bay of Clachtoll. The southern half of the head of the bay, south west from the car park, provides a truly glorious beach of white sand lapped by idyllic turquoise water. From the Clachtoll Cottage you gain stunning mountain views to the south. For many this would be enough in itself to make the journey worthwhile. North west from the car park is another inlet, where the house is situated, which in marked contrast to its neighbour comprises layers of sloping rock strata and stone. This, and the rocks of the headlands either side of the sandy beach, make Clachtoll a renowned spot for geologists. Apparently it shows evidence of an ancient land surface covered by later rocks, and guarantees that you are as likely to see visitors heading for the beach with helmet...
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Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Frequently Asked Questions about Clachtoll Cottage

Clachtoll Cottage is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

Clachtoll Cottage has one bathroom available. See all property details.

Clachtoll Cottage has 3 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at Clachtoll Cottage must last at least 7 nights. See all property details.