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Sea Otter Cottage - Unforgettable

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Overview
3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
3 nights minimum
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Looking out north across sheltered Sinclair Bay towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse, this fully equipped, self-catering, semi-detached foreshore cottage has unforgettable sea views. As the tide comes in across the sheltered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of the ocean surf. It might seem far north but is still south of all of Norway and is well worth the two hours scenic seaside journey on the road from lnverness. Orcas are regularly visible, seabirds and seals abound and guests even sometimes see our shy sea otter. Two things which need to be noted. a) the main sitting room is small and only has easy room for 4 people (although more have been happy to squeeze in, and in summer most love to sit out on the decking anyway) and b) the two bedrooms with fantas...Looking out north across sheltered Sinclair Bay towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse, this fully equipped, self-catering, semi-detached foreshore cottage has unforgettable sea views. As the tide comes in across the sheltered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of the ocean surf. It might seem far north but is still south of all of Norway and is well worth the two hours scenic seaside journey on the road from lnverness. Orcas are regularly visible, seabirds and seals abound and guests even sometimes see our shy sea otter. Two things which need to be noted. a) the main sitting room is small and only has easy room for 4 people (although more have been happy to squeeze in, and in summer most love to sit out on the decking anyway) and b) the two bedrooms with fantastic views of the sea can only be accessed up some very steep stairs. Also occasionally during a severe winter storm the sea has been so noisy that guests have decided in the middle of the night to shift downstairs. Once sufficient guests have booked new wind-tight windows in Sea Otter are a priority expense and this should not be such a problem. For those who enjoy eating out there are in Wick several excellent local hotels and even a gourmet French Restaurant & Italian restaurant. Don't miss the Guinness book of records 'Shortest street in the world' at Mackays friendly hotel. Further afield in Scrabster (20 miles) both the Upper Deck and the distinctively ethical Captain's Galley ('Which' Best Fish Restaurant in the UK: 2008) are highly recommended - The Castle of Mey and Gringoe / Sinclair castle ruins are well worth visits, while the hinterland is a major bird sanctuary. Thurso has a world class surfing beach. Wick has a regular sea boat/harbour festivals and sometimes even fly-ins for light aircraft. lf you love the sea and tranquillity this is the place for you to go for carefree and carfree shoreline walks, or relax while reading by an open fire. At high tide, with only the sea and the surf visible through the French doors; you could even be at sea without the seasickness. Being on the East coast, midges are virtually never a problem; yet, facing west, the view from the living room of the sun setting over the castle with every wave at high tide being tinged with pink has to be seen to be believed. Stop Press: Wi-Fi situation. We have had Wi-F in both Sea Shore and Sea Otter Cottages for many years and until recently it has been working reasonably well. Unfortunately we are now sorry to report that this BT service for which we continue to pay, has been getting steadily worse, presumably because more and more people in Ackergill are trying to use the Internet at the same time. We are promised that fast fibre optic cables “soon” but no definite dates so far. Hopefully you will find enough enjoyment of the location for this not to be too big a problem, and for some even an advantage. If messages are essential good Wi-Fi access is available in Weatherspoons in the centre of town, or in the foyer of McKays or the Norseman hotels. If needed, an ink-jet printer/photocopier/scanner can be rented at low cost. On the beautiful shoreline of Ackergill, only 5 minutes drive from Wick town centre, and even less from a Tesco superstore (Britain's largest eco-friendly store) So close to the high tide that you easily can toss a pebble into the sea. We appreciate how difficult it is for renal patients to find a holiday destination: if you are on dialysis, please contact us as we might be able to help put you in touch with suitable facilities. Check out should be no later than 10AM. Check in should be after 4PM and door can be left unlocked for late arrivals.More
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About the Owner
Rupert F
Languages spoken:German, Russian, English
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2012
Interaction with guests
We have 'retired' and live near London but we have an excellent local housekeeper who lives just round the corner. She has four children so has to fit in the cleaning and changing sheets between driving children to school etc. Because of this when you arrive you may sometimes find things still in the drier.
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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Just back from 4 days at sea otter cottage and could hardly bear to leave. The cottage is lovely but the location is spectacular. The cottage is right on the beach which is essentially your own private beach! The views are breathtaking and if you...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank taysideflats
Rupert F, VR Owner at Sea Otter Cottage - Unforgettable, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Delighted that you two and your children enjoyed Sea Otter Cottage so much. Each new booking, especially in the low season or for Christmas or New Year provides the essential funds needed to continue the steady improvements in the quality of both Sea Otter and...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018

2nd time staying here and would certainly come again. Accommodation has everything you need. Brilliant location just a few minutes drive to John o groats, castle of mey, dunet bay is the most amazing beach.

Date of stay: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Amazing cottage in a amazing landscape. Everything you need is already there. Very fast response after asking something.

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Malte H
Reviewed 20 June 2018

we enjoyed our stay at the cottage, it may need a bit of updating but was still enjoyable. with everything you need.. went to castle mey -lands end -dunnet head all very good and worthwile, the area is quite bleak scenery wise. otherwise

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank David S
Reviewed 24 March 2018

The views from the lounge, kitchen and upstairs bedrooms are just stunning. Magical to have the ocean and beach on your doorstep. As Rupert clearly states, the stairs up are very steep, so do take care. The decor is dated, but everything is functional, and...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank acp888
Rupert F, VR Owner at Sea Otter Cottage - Unforgettable, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

Sorry about the swivel/rocking chair. By chance it was, apart from beds, the only furniture I ever bought new, in this case as a treat to myself when the re-build of Sea Shore had been completed. Of necessity, due to the amount of essential re-build...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
Cycling Trips
TV
Corporate Bookings
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Dryer
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
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Would you recommend this holiday rental to someone on a surf trip?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
Places of interest Include The Castle of Mey, Camster Cairns, Waligoe Steps, Wick's refurbished Harbour, Hill of Many Stones, Old Pulteney Whisky Distillery, Sinclair Girnigoe Castle Activities include Horse Riding, Archery, Target Shooting, Fishing, Paintball, Off-roading Experiences, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Sea Angling, Bird watching, Rambling + More
Getting around
Car or good local taxi service. Alternatively a 1 mile walk up to the main John O'Groats road and then there are hourly buses. Alternatively another mile will take you to the huge Tesco just as you reach the outskirts of Wick.
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