A lovely cottage in a perfect location.
One of the best holidays we have ever had! The cottage was clean, spacious and had everything we needed. Once our day exploring Skye was done, we found the cottage a home from home and very relaxing. The views were awe inspiring, with the Quirang to the front and an amazing view to the hills at the rear. We found Staffin an ideal place to stay as there were a couple of small shops for our essentials and only a 25 minute drive to Portree for excellent eateries and larger stores. Both of us can't wait to go back!
This was my first time going to Scotland, let alone anywhere as rural as Skye, but I had a wonderful experience! Amber's Cottage was clean and tidy and had everything needed to accommodate myself, my friends and our dog. There is little signal on the island and at the cottage for your mobile phone and television; but this is not at all a reflection on the cottage, it was in fact a surprisingly welcome break from social media and the internet (and I?m speaking as a 26-year-old woman)! Plus, this enabled some quality time to spent with friends, distraction-free. There were a plethora of games supplied at the cottage for evening entertainment.
My favourite part of this experience was standing outside in the garden, at night, with a pair on binoculars (which were already at the cottage) and looking up at the stars; I was in awe. The air is so clean and fresh, the beaches magnificent, Portree was a wonderfully quirky village within only a few miles of the cottage and close to the Old Man of Storr; we went finishing in Uig, travelled to the fairy pools and had a warm and cosy cottage to return to after a day well spent exploring. The cottage was spacious enough to accommodate 5 adults with its x2 bedrooms and a large living area, well-sized bathroom and large kitchen.
I can?t wait to return and explore even more of this magical island. I will definitely be staying at Amber's Cottage again.
Welcoming cottage in beautiful surroundings.
As new visitors to Skye, we were a little apprehensive about what to expect. No need! The cottage is a lovely little home from home, very private and comfortable. All the amenities you would expect, including comfortable beds and well equipped kitchen. Small shop nearby and supermarket at Portree. The most amazing thing was the wildlife , we actually watched a golden eagle settle on a garden fencepost at the back of the cottage.
Skye itself is awesome: very,very beautiful. Sea and mountain views make you feel alive, even at this time of year.
Peace and quiet perfection
Not our first visit, have been many times. Cottage is lovely and clean, centrally heated so warm and toasty in winter, dog friendly, well equipped with everything you need, the silence is amazing, absolutely loved the peace and quiet, beautiful walks for the dog, local facilities are good although opening times are restrictive but if you want 24 hour supermarkets, pub crawls and nightclubs go to a big city!!!!!! This is an urban escape cottage, close to volcanic beach and Quarang, will definitely be back again.
Deceptive description and photography, would never book again, and won?t use Sykes
The photography is deceptive, and old looking at the size of the bushes in the front garden. At time of booking, there was no mention of the very steep track going to the cottage, which is very, very badly maintained, full of pot holes and very bad to drive on. This would be very dangerous in bad weather. The path to the front of the cottage is very steep and is not good for negotiating if you have any sort of mobility problems. My sister fell over and luckily fell into one of the overgrown bushes, otherwise apart from a few cuts and bruises, it could have been a very different story. The garden is not well maintained, the boundary is very ramshackle. This is advertised as an enclosed garden, but if you have an adventurous dog, or a small dog, do not book (small dogs could get through the bushes).
The kitchen utensils and white goods are very, very old (washing machine 2004, and the detergent drawer is very dirty), the seal on the fridge is broken, one of the knobs on the hob is burnt, the hobs will not light with the ignition, and the lighter provided does not work. Take matches. The vacuum is very reluctant to pick up anything. The sharp knives will only cut butter. There is no dishwasher.
The TV reception is appalling, with constant re-tuning necessary. Even then, do not walk in front of the TV as you could lose the signal again.
The description of the location is very deceptive. The walk to the slipway (no beach, could find no evidence of a beach at all), is about a 10 minute drive, NOT WALK.
There is no pub within walking distance.
The only positive thing I have to say about this cottage is that it is quite cosy and warm.
This is the second cottage that I have been disappointed with though Sykes, with totally deceptive descriptions and photography. I would be very, very reluctant to book with Sykes again.