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The Smiddy - high-end quality self-catering holiday home in Waternish
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‘The Smiddy’ offers high-end quality self-catering accommodation on the Waternish peninsula, one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas on the Isle of Skye. Originally a blacksmith’s workshop, ‘The Smiddy’ has recently been converted into an open plan Studio with a mezzanine bedroom area to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation for two sharing adults. Fantastic sea views. Bright colours and attention to detail throughout. Fully equipped kitchen. Comprehensive library. Sorry, no pets.
‘The Smiddy’ is a detached unit situated on our property, offering all the privacy you wish for on your holiday. All windows face out towards the sea, away from the main house, taking in the morning light over picturesque Loch Bay, the stunning views across Loch Dunvegan towards Dunvegan Head and the...‘The Smiddy’ offers high-end quality self-catering accommodation on the Waternish peninsula, one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas on the Isle of Skye. Originally a blacksmith’s workshop, ‘The Smiddy’ has recently been converted into an open plan Studio with a mezzanine bedroom area to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation for two sharing adults. Fantastic sea views. Bright colours and attention to detail throughout. Fully equipped kitchen. Comprehensive library. Sorry, no pets.
‘The Smiddy’ is a detached unit situated on our property, offering all the privacy you wish for on your holiday. All windows face out towards the sea, away from the main house, taking in the morning light over picturesque Loch Bay, the stunning views across Loch Dunvegan towards Dunvegan Head and the Islands Isay, Mingay and Clett, and of course the beautiful Waternish sunsets looking across the Minch towards the Outer Isles.
‘The Smiddy’ offers ample off-road parking space. You can drive right up to the entrance door to unload your luggage.
A spacious tiled porch offers sheltered entrance, room for muddy boots and hooks for wet clothes, as well as a Belfast sink, Bosch washing machine and tumble-dryer.
You enter the main living area through a second door.
‘The Smiddy’ features an open-plan design with a comfortable and spacious lounge, dining area and kitchen and a separate bathroom on the ground floor. The mezzanine floor features a double bed, a large built-in wardrobe and a separate bathroom. ‘The Smiddy’ was designed to offer spacious quality accommodation for two people and will be a very comfortable ‘home from home’, ideal for couples.
The bright and spacious lounge features large patio doors to take in the views across Loch Dunvegan while relaxing comfortably on the sofa. Or step outside onto the patio to take in the full panorama of this beautiful part of the Isle of Skye. Extra warmth and atmosphere is provided by a log fire effect gas stove. Carmen has a very keen interest in Scottish history, literature and music and has chosen a quality selection of books, DVDs and music for your entertainment and for your information about Skye, the Highlands and Scotland in general. Walking guides, maps and leaflets are also available for you to plan your holiday.
The large kitchen area features solid oak worktops, gas stove and oven, dishwasher, microwave oven, large fridge / freezer unit and ample cupboard space for your own provisions. The kitchen is fully equipped with beautiful quality crockery as well as a large variety of colourful tools and utensils. You should find everything here that you would expect of a high-end quality self-catering holiday accommodation.
A beautiful solid oak stable style door leads to the spacious fully tiled main bathroom featuring a large walk-in shower with drench and hand-held shower head, a separate bath and heated towel rail.
Large patio doors lead from the lounge onto an outside seating area where you can experience the full panorama of the stunning view from ‘The Smiddy’ and take in the fresh sea air, surrounded by our wildlife friendly garden – weather and midges permitting.
A flight of twelve stairs takes you up from the lounge area onto the mezzanine floor with its double bed, walk-in wardrobe featuring beautiful solid oak stable style doors and a south-east facing window to take in the sunrise over Loch Bay in the morning. A half-height wall provides privacy from the lounge area, without compromising the open plan design of ‘The Smiddy’. We provide bedding for a double bed with a choice of winter or summer duvet. Two single duvets can be provided should you prefer that.
A solid oak stable style door leads off the bedroom to a second bathroom, for your convenience and extra comfort.
Built by local builders and joiners, ‘The Smiddy’ features an oak laminate floor, solid oak worktops and solid oak stable style doors throughout. The black wrought iron latches, sheep-head coat hooks etc. reflect the building’s past as a working forge set within Waternish’s crofting community.
A lot of love and thought have gone into creating a comfortable and beautiful ‘home from home’. Solid oak and neutral colours provide a high-end quality calm backdrop, contrasted with splashes of bright and cheerful colours. Carmen has chosen soft furnishings and accessories in her favourite sky blue colour reflecting the sky and the sea and added some bright green and yellow, bringing blue sky and sunshine into the cottage whether it is sunny outside or not.
We hope we have thought of everything you might wish for. Should there be anything else you require, please ask.
We were so impressed by all aspects of The Smiddy; clean, cosy (great fire), comfortable and so well equipped. In addition there were many nice and generous touches from our fabulous hosts. And Skye is such a magical landscape, no matter the weather! If you...More
This is a fantastic place to stay, decorated and equipped to the highest standard. The kitchen has everything ...and I mean everything ...you could hope to use. The decor is fabulous and the location is very special.
Carmen and John are generous with what they...More
'The Smiddy' is in a class of its own for location and high end quality, and offers both a perfect base for exploring Skye and Rassay and a cosy and tranquil retreat. The oak furnishings and contemporary decoration is visually stunning with lots of lovely...More
Date of stay: May 2019
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Tour724489, VR Owner at The Smiddy - high-end quality self-catering holiday home in Waternish, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2019
Dear Kevin and Ina,
Thank you so very much for your kind and detailed review! It was lovely to meet you both and a pleasure to be your hosts. We hope to welcome you back to The Smiddy soon.
All the best
John and Carmen
We couldn't fault The Smiddy.
The location is perfect for a Skye break with stunning views from every vantage.
The cottage provided superb accommodation.
Carmen met us on arrival and her enthusiasm was infectious.
It is immaculate and beautifully curated.
Date of stay: April 2019
Tour724489, VR Owner at The Smiddy - high-end quality self-catering holiday home in Waternish, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2019
Thank you, Siobhan and Ray. It was lovely to meet you both and a pleasure to be your hosts. All the best John and Carmen
The Smiddy is the best place we have stayed at. Cosy, spotlessly clean, and everything you would need and more. Could not find one thing wrong. Has great views across Dunvegan Bay. Would not hesitate in recommending this property.
This is a beautiful place for a peaceful holiday. We stayed for five days in August and I have never been in a better holiday cottage. It is breathtakingly nice. The views over the outer Hebrides are great but the Smiddy is still a lovely...More
The Smiddy is an absolute gem. It offers breathtaking views, the most perfectly equipped and beautiful accommodation one can imagine and such lovely hosts. Simply cannot praise this cottage highly enough. Hope to return to this little piece of heaven in the future.
We spent a week at the Smiddy and would thoroughly recommend it. The house is in excellent condition and the location is perfect - giving privacy at all times, but handy to John and Carmen if you need anything.
The house is really well equipped...More
'The Smiddy' is situated on the Waternish peninsula, one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas on the Isle of Skye.
Waternish is a working crofting community with a long history of occupation dating back to Neolithic times. Explore the remains of three Iron Age Brochs or the beautiful Trumpan Churchyard, the scene of the Battle of the Spoiled Dyke in 1578.
Crofting past and present, is evident everywhere in old markings and lazy beds and the remains of old stone cottages.
Waternish is also an area of outstanding scenic beauty with stunning views across Loch Dunvegan to Dunvegan Head and MacLeod's Tables and across the Minch to the Outer Hebrides. Waternish sunsets are legendary. Waternish also features three Dark Skye Discovery Sites
Skye offers a network of public transport buses. There is a bus from Portree to Dunvegan that stops near Fairy Bridge at the Waternish junction. Unfortunately there is no public transport onto the peninsula and to 'The Smiddy'. We strongly recommend that you travel by car to make the most of your holiday on Skye. Many of the most beautiful spots and popular visitor attractions are not, or not easily, reached by public transport.
The nearest train station is in Kyle of Lochalsh.
The nearest airport is in Inverness.