Overpriced and Dirty
After paying over ?1600 for a week in this apparently premium property we have returned home less than impressed. On arrival we were greeted by a building whose render was falling off, path was crumbling and incredibly uneven, Windows sills were overgrown with moss (and had cigarette ends on them), guttering was falling off and spiderwebs covered every door, window and external light. Inside wasn't much better with cobwebs and spiders everywhere you looked, the stair carpet was covered in dog hair and had rips in it, the sofas and curtains were stained, there were broken shelves in the fridge and the pots and pans were hardly fit to use. The bathrooms were dirty with showergel on the tiles from previous occupants, a thick later of dust on the skirtings, the seals at the bottom of the shower screen were filthy, one bath mat had to be soaked in bleach as it was mouldy and another was covered in hair. The main attraction for us was the pool which came complete with a crack running from one side to the other and a note saying to keep the garden hose running so the water level remained constant as it was seeping out the crack. My 4 year old son suffered a nasty cut on his foot from the rough pool edges. I don't think the edges around the windows had ever been cleaned as they were think with dirt. Other issues included windows that wouldn't open, windows that don't actually close, terrible mattresses, water marks on several ceilings, and just generally being very tired and in need of a clean. When issues were raised with Mr Cox he was arrogant and rude and we were told to take it up with Skye Homes, he refused to take anything on board and told us we should have been in touch when we were there so he could have sorted things - we had no mobile coverage so couldn't phone till we were out of the area and also most of the issues aren't a quick fix, how on earth could he fix the pool or replace windows when we were there???? The location is beautiful and I do believe the house would have been impressive at one time but with no maintenance and minimal cleaning it's been totally ruined. I would tell anyone thinking to book here to think twice. We'll never be back.
Fanstastic place to stay!
This was a self catering holiday booked for myself, hubby and two boys aged 12 and 14. Location wise, it is a bit remote, but that was what we wanted. It's a lovely area for walking, running and relaxing.
We were a bit worried about having no wifi for the boys for a full week but there was so much to do they weren't bothered.
The house is really spacious and the layout really lends itself to two families sharing or an extended family (grandparents etc).
The pool is surprisingly big. We took a couple of inflatable rings and a beach ball and struggled to get the kids out of it!!! The sauna is perfect after a hike up Ben Nevis! The games room was ideal on the rainy evenings when we stayed in.
The kitchen has absolutely everything you could need including a huge oven!
Overall the house was really clean and honestly, everything we could have asked for. If we consider this area for a holiday in the future this would be the first place I would look up.
I'd definitely recommend this property to anyone!
Was a great place to get away. We loved having the pool to use after a long day sightseeing. Great for self-catering. The owner was very helpful when a problem came up. Would recommend to friends.
Fantastic House offering everything you require for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday
The property is extremely comfortable and large enough to accommodate 10 guests. The swimming pool was the main attraction for the children during our stay, although at the start of the holiday the water temperature was very cool, it only took a call to the owner for this issue - and a couple of other small problems we discovered - to be rectified within a few hours. The house is set in spectacular grounds which the children loved to explore.
It is however worth noting
*The private road leading to the property is very rough - we did the 0.4 miles in 1st gear most of the way to avoid the the pot holes...however although this is a nuisance it would not stop us booking again - in fact we did not want to leave.
*The nearest supermarket is in Fort William although there is a small village shop providing a few essential items.
*To access Fort William it is necessary to take the Ferry at Corran, otherwise it is a 35 mile drive around the Loch. The cost of the Ferry is ?8.20 each way, so as in our case it cost ?49.20 for 3 cars to travel to Fort William and back - we found out too late that we could have purchased a book of 30 tickets for ?74, a considerable saving.
There is a fabulous beach with white sands at Ardtoe and the views on the way are spectacular.
All in all a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday with plenty to do in the area and in the house, in fact booking again for next year.
Great place to get away from it all
If you are looking to get away from it all, this is the place. The rural setting is beautiful. You walk out the front door to a majestic mountain view. When you come downstairs in the morning for breakfast there are free range sheep and deer on the house grounds easily seen from the windows. There are great places for walks with eagles flying over head.
We were there from 26 February-4 March. It is a great time to visit the Highlands and major sites like the Highlands Wildlife Park and Oban Seal Sanctuary are open as are. It is not crowded like in summer and many of the best places to eat in Oban, Fort William and Ballachualish.
On bad weather days there is plenty to do in the house - games, jigsaws, pool table, indoor pool, etc.
Please be aware that the ferry crossing is ?8 each way. The only other alternative from the mainland is a 60-75 minute detour.