1st July 2020 IMPORTANT COVID 19 NOTICE: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic and the nature of our B&B offer of a private guest room within our own home with some shared spaces, we have decided not to take any new bookings for the season 2020. We will be evaluating the situation as it changes for a possible reopening in 2021 and we will update our listing page with all changes necessary to comply with Scottish and UK Government guidelines in due course. Thank you for your understanding. A modern house in an ancient landscape. In a country of beautiful landscape, Assynt in the far north west highlands stands out for its extraordinary geology, mountains, lochs and coastline. With some of the oldest rock in the world (3.5Bn years old), numerous remains of iron age settlements, abundant wild life, wild terrain and sporting activities, there is much to see and experience in this special corner of Scotland. It is remote yet accessible, being a 2 hour drive from Inverness through wonderful scenery and generally empty roads. So much so, that at certain times of the year, visitors are more likely to see red deer than other cars. The house is newly built, of solid (cross lateral) timber construction allowing for a very open and distinctive interior. With under floor heating from an air source heat pump and wood burning stove and high standards of insulation it is warm and welcoming throughout the year. The guest bedroom has its own door to the outside and ensuite shower and toilet. It is connected with the rest of the house by 10 steps from inside your room. Guests are free to use the upstairs ‘gallery’ sitting room with spectacular views of nearby sea and more distant mountains. This is where breakfast will be served as shown in one of the images. Please take note that the living room and kitchen area is also very much our own living space during the day and evening, so while it is absolutely fine if you want to sit at the table in the panorama window for a while, you will not be able to use this space as freely as if it was an area especially for guests to use. If you decide to have an evening meal with us (optional) it will be within the kitchen/living room. We are vegetarian so this is the food we serve, but we can assure you of its variety and freshness. We can provide a meal for our guests provided it fits in with other commitments we might have, so if you would like to join us for a meal on one of your evenings please enquire in advance what is possible at the time of your visit. We charge £18 pounds per person for a three course meal (not including wine or beer), you can bring what you like to drink or make a financial contribution to drinks we provide. Being a new house, the garden is in a state of development. There are always projects going on and some materials around, be it related to Nigel's artworks or generally to do with developing the garden. The house is accessed up a track through a surrounding field. There are several houses and crofts nearby, a beach with easy access to the sea and many places to walk and explore. Clashnessie has no shops, the nearest village is Lochinver (8 miles away) where there is a selection of shops, a petrol station, restaurants and other places to visit. Please click on "Location" to read our advice on eating out in Lochinver. It is possible to get to the house by public transport from Inverness, but this is likely to take a day’s travel. To explore the area and for ease of travel it is recommended guests come by car. Inverness is best reached by either train or plane, and we recommend if coming from the south of England, to use the Caledonian sleeper service that arrives in Inverness at 8.30 am. There is a Budget car rental depot five minutes from the station. We can provide further advice on routes etc if required. Assynt is often described as being in the ‘wild north west’. This is an apt description of the landscape and at times the weather. Strangely this part of Scotland often has drier weather than places further south. Being on the coast the weather is changeable with often dramatic skies and ever changing light. Highly photogenic and at times it is extraordinary to experience such variety in a short space of time. Finally, another advantage of being on the coast with wind (of varying force) there are few midges – a real bonus in the height of the summer.
“This was my first time using Airbnb and Andrea and Nigel provided an outstanding first experience. They thought of everything and the set up at their home was perfect for what we needed. Private yet homey and accommodating - with the extra advantage of an awesome Bruno who welcomed us each time we got back to the house. The place is beautifully and uniquely decorated mostly with their own art which just added to the beautiful landscapes surrounding their home. Friendly people, beautiful animal and lovely home: 10/10 from me!”
This stunning contemporary one bedroom retreat offers exceptional accommodation for couples or solo travellers looking for something special and provides a perfect base for exploring the north west Highlands of Scotland. The house is situated just three miles from the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool and offers uninterrupted views towards the Summer Isles from all rooms. Tigh na Mara is only available for weekly bookings from April to October but we do offer shorter stays in winter.
“This is simply an amazing space and will be stunning at any time of the year. The accommodation has everything you could want or need. We chose to spend as much time as possible at Tigh-na-Mara and utilised the well equipped kitchen to cook each night, looking at the spectacular view. We had combinations of wind, rain, sun, sleet, hail and rainbows, all of which we could watch from the cosy comfort of the living room, with the wood burning stove keeping us warm. I would highly recommend this place, the pictures are gorgeous, but don’t come close to the reality of just how lovely it is. We have stayed at many Airbnb’s - this is absolutely one of the best and will exceed your expectations. If you can get booked, just do it...”
Raven Cottage is a charming listed property in the outstanding Scottish highlands. It is in the Hamlet of Oldshoremore which is 2 miles from Kinlochbervie. It is a short 10 minute walk to Oldshoremore beach & is close to the Sandwood Bay carpark. It is ideally located for the North Coast 500. Dogs are welcome however will incur an additional cleaning surcharge. If you would like to keep up to date with the cottage you can follow @ravencottage on Instagram.
“Raven Cottage is an outstanding place to stay. The location is breathtaking and well worth the drive. Being only a few minutes walk from the beach but also so close to the mountains is so unique and felt very special. Raven Cottage has absolutely everything you need - the kitchen is very well equipped, we loved cooking there, and the decor in the rest of the cottage is beautiful. Thank you for a truly wonderful stay, it was hard to leave and we really can't wait to go back.”