David and I fell in love with Waterside Cottage and its location when we came to the Isle of Skye in 2011. So much so that we sold our house, made a few changes at work and moved north. After many pleasurable hours spent sourcing great quality furniture, linens and some more original items to go with our own treasured possessions collected over the years, we opened the house to guests in May 2012. Since that time we have welcomed friends, families and couples from all over the world. And although our work commitments mean we don’t often get the chance to meet in person, the many conversations we have by phone or email before guests arrive and the feedback they give us once they leave means we really feel we know them well.
This year we are delighted to welcome back three families for their second time at Waterside. Indeed we hope that everyone who stays takes away happy memories with them and to that end we always try our best to accommodate any special requests and we always listen to feedback and to suggestions for improvement.
So, what else do you need to know?
Well the cottage, which was built in 1857, sits on Broadford Bay, one of the best birdwatching areas in the island. It has lots of character and its layout means it is as welcoming for 2 people as it is for 8. In the words of one guest ‘the house just wraps itself around you’. We also think it’s in a great location, close to all amenities, central to visit the whole of Skye and Lochalsh yet when the tide is out you just need to head down the garden to discover wonderful birdlife, rockpools, beaches, and islands which you’ll usually have to yourself. At high tide the water comes within a few feet of the garden’s edge – ideal for launching that canoe. It’s a great area for kids and adults alike – wellie boots advised for splashing around on the shore – and if you have dogs a perfect place to let them run. If you’re lucky you may discover a fossil or two for which this part of the coast is renowned.
And for relaxing on those sunny days you’ll find a BBQ and plenty of tables and seating in the garden where you can gaze out over the bay and to the mountains beyond. Watch out for the herons which are resident at the water’s edge, and the ducks which usually parade through the grounds from spring to summer.
Visit in autumn and winter and you’ll find the multifuel stove made up ready for your arrival and dressing gowns and hot water bottles in the bedrooms to keep you extra toasty.
So whether you are a couple, a group of friends, colleagues or a family, we welcome you to Waterside Cottage. We are sure you’ll have a lovely time.
David, Fiona and Ben the dog.