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Sea Shore Cottage

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
2 nights minimum
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This fully equipped, semi-detached, foreshore cottage has unforgettably close sea views. All the main windows look across Sinclair Bay towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse and as the tide comes in across the sheltered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of ocean surf. Downstairs Sea Shore Cottage has an open plan living room and kitchen. Upstairs both bedrooms overlook the sea to the north with a view of the two mile long open access sandy beach at Reiss visible just beyond the restored castle owned by a millionaire. Just one field (sometimes with cows) between you. (See the Ackergill Tower website to see how the 1% live! At about £1,000 per night!) Stop Press: Wi-Fi situation. We have had Wi-F in both Sea Shore and Sea Otter Cottages for many years and un...This fully equipped, semi-detached, foreshore cottage has unforgettably close sea views. All the main windows look across Sinclair Bay towards Orkney and the Pentland Skerries lighthouse and as the tide comes in across the sheltered bay, you could be watching a living oil painting of ocean surf. Downstairs Sea Shore Cottage has an open plan living room and kitchen. Upstairs both bedrooms overlook the sea to the north with a view of the two mile long open access sandy beach at Reiss visible just beyond the restored castle owned by a millionaire. Just one field (sometimes with cows) between you. (See the Ackergill Tower website to see how the 1% live! At about £1,000 per night!) 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. We appreciate how difficult it is for renal patients to find a holiday destination: if you are on dialysis, please contact us as we are able to put you in touch with suitable facilities. Caithness might seem far north but is still south of all of Norway and is well worth the 100 miles, two hour scenic seaside journey up from Inverness. 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 of a high tide being tinged with pink has to be seen to be believed. lf you love the sea and tranquillity this is the place for you to sit and unwind or to go for car free and carefree shoreline walks. At high tide, with only the sea and the surf visible through the windows, you could even be at sea without the seasickness. Orcas are regularly visible, seabirds and seals abound. Guests even sometimes see our shy sea otters. If you have a dog who needs walking Ackergill Haven is ideal as it lies a the end of a mile long no through road down from the main A99 to the handful of houses and the small harbour. So there is no through traffic whatsoever. Walks along the coast in either direction are totally car free. For those who enjoy eating out there are in Wick several excellent local hotels and even a gourmet French Restaurant. Don't miss the Guinness book of records 'Shortest street in the world' at Mackays friendly hotel (Give my greeting to Murray). Wick regularly hosts a sea boat/harbour festival and sometimes has fly-ins for light aircraft. 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 the ruined Castle Sinclair Girnigoe are well worth visits, while the hinterland is a major bird sanctuary. Thurso has a world class surfing beach. Sea Shore Cottage is virtually a total re-build of what used to be the Boathouse Annexe of next-door Sea Otter Cottage (also available to rent), and is now a completely self-contained dwelling. We welcome you to come and enjoy our newly re-built cottage. We guarantee that you are unlikely to be disappointed. Several guests plan to return as soon as they can. Their comments can be seen on the website. 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 are 'retired' and live in Leighton Buzzard (Near Milton Keynes) but we have an excellent local lady who keeps the place clean and changes the sheets etc. She lives just around the corner in Tower Drive. Although we live so far away we regularly take the train from home to Wick (8.30 am -> 10 pm. Only At our age only £100 return in the off season. Or in Nov or Feb EasyJet flight from Luton to Inverness, from only £30 return! followed by the 4 hours relaxing on the Far North Railway (aged over 50, only £24 return)
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Date of stay: September 2018
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We did so much that we used the cottage basically for sleeping. Kids spent time on the beach when we were there. Cottage is fine for staying in in the bad weather or just as a base. Wifi worked so kids were happy at night....More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Ian W
Rupert F, VR Owner at Sea Shore Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thanks for letting me know about the windows rusting problem. I will try to get someone local to see what can be done. So very glad you enjoyed the location. How much can be afforded for maintenance and improvements mainly depends on how many guests...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Clean, tidy cottage with all amenities required and with great views from your window. Plannning on booking again later March. Owner very imformative of the the local and surrounding areas.More

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank GeorgeT3360
Rupert F, VR Owner at Sea Shore Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thanks. Every good review means more guests and more guests means a) jobs for Caithness people b) nearer to getting out of re-build debts and finally c) money to invest in the property e.g. a triple glazed extension outside Sea Shore so people year round...More

Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Sea Cottage in Ackergill is cosy and very comfortable, right on the edge of the sea on Sinclair's Bay.The views are dramatic with waves crashing in close to the cottage and there are amazing views. We would definitely recommend it and intend to return.

Date of stay: October 2017
Thank Annie014
Rupert F, VR Owner at Sea Shore Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

So very glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the TV problems. I have just seen a notice on BBC News explaining why Freeview depends so much on weather conditions. Hopefully you managed to find better things to do when the TV didn't work

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Date of stay: September 2017
Rupert F, VR Owner at Sea Shore Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
Cycling Trips
TV
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Water Views
Dryer
Freezer
Waterfront
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
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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: Wick Heritage Museum, The Castle of Mey, Mary Ann Cottage Museum, Camster Cairns, Waligoe Steps, Wick Harbour, Hill of Many Stones, Old Pulteney Distillery, Dunnet Head, (Check the map for this true northmost cliff top, and far more impressive than the John OGroats car park and tourist trap) Activities include Horse Riding, Archery, Target Shooting, Fishing, Paintball, Off-roading Experiences, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Sea Angling + More
How to get there
Sea Otter Cottage is situated in the small village of Ackergill Haven just 2 miles from Wick town centre. If driving you need to head north on the main A99 road towards John o'Groats. After leave Wick, drive past Tesco and the airfield, and about half a mile further on, just after a cafe and art shop on the left, you will see a signpost to Ackergill on your right. Follow the road straight on towards the sea. As you enter Ackergill there are some houses on the left - and after most of them, just opposite a pillar box on your right, you will see a sign on your left saying Sea Otter Cottage. Drive down an unmade road, through the gate, and start to unwind. The front door to Sea Shore Cottage is the first property you come to, adjoining Sea Otter Cottage (also available for rental), which is...
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