We were struck by the friendliness and prompt, reassuring replies to our emails by the owner. Upon arriving, we were enchanted by the coziness of the living room with an expansive view of the bay. The beds were full size, clean and comfortable. The house can sleep 6, with full beds in 2 rooms, and a third room with 2 single beds. There is a washing machine but no dryer. The kitchen is small, with an electric kettle for tea, a French press for coffee, and a great toaster for delicious locally baked bread. We usually ate at home, but local cafes and restaurants are plentiful. The area abounds in varied terrains for daily hikes. The single bathroom was equipped with a long tub and efficient shower. We never ran out of hot water. We enjoyed a great seafood meal at the Myrtle Bank hotel, got to know the local butcher, and found ample supplies, including cheeses and smoked salmon at the local store. The location of the house was ideal as a base for short drives to hikes in the Torridon and Loch Maree areas, and a visit to the gorgeous gardens at Inverewe. Local hikes to the Flowerdale waterfall, as well as the great rocky and sand beaches in Gairloch were pleasant. I also went for a cruise on a glass bottom boat and learnt a lot from the skipper Richard about sea life. We drove (2.5 hr) on a very clear day to the island of Skye. On very windy and rainy days we had the luxury of reading a book, watching TV, or Skyping with friends - Wi-Fi is good but only towards the window in dining room area. We were very happy with our stay at Quirang.
We enjoyed our stay in this well positioned house. Facilities were good except the heating which was less than adequate for the time of year. Storage heating in living room was sufficient but the only two other storage heaters, in hall and kitchen, did not come close to providing enough warmth to the rest of the house. We lit the log fire each evening which provided no more than a faint warmth via the back boiler to the radiators. Thank goodness there were electric blankets and warm duvets. In all except the coldest month's of the year, I'm sure this house would be perfectly comfortable. We were also under the impression from the Holiday Lettings website that there was a freezer but this is merely an ice box in the fridge.
Quirang is ideally located with local shops, chemist, hotels, gift shops, etc all within easy walking distance, as is a stony beach only 100 yards away. The main beach in Gairloch - Golf Course Beach is superb and is also within walking distance. There is another smaller beach nearer the cottage (just opposite Gairloch Hotel) which is good, but not a patch on the main one.
The cottage is spacious and bright, with a lovely garden to sit in when the weather is fine. Off road parking for two cars is also a benefit. The interior is fairly basic and dated, but more than adequate. The views from the front rooms are superb, helped by the telescope but slightly spoiled by some double glazing units needing replaced - the seals have gone resulting in condensation/marks. There is an open fire in the main room for use with coal and/or wood, as well as storage/convector heating and radiators (although we couldn't figure out how the radiators worked). The TV reception and picture quality was excellent, the wi-fi a bit variable. The beds were comfortable and the towels were new. The en-suite comprises a shower and wash hand basin, but no toilet. Only other down side was the terrible noise for almost three minutes after the toilet was flushed - the water pipes vibrate and could be heard throughout the cottage! We were advised that a plumber had been asked to fix the problem. Instructions for the washing machine would be helpful and a guestbook for comments, recommendations, etc would be worth having.
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amazing location and views from house.all services snd needs very close by. shop,butchers ,cafe,chip shop,pub/hotel.house very nice and great for sitting out side front. tv reception needs updated. booster box would fix it. the views from lounge are amazing looking over the bay to torridon. over all great. thanks.