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“A Fantastic Cottage on a Beautiful Isle”
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Hillside Cottage with moorland views
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48 reviews
Hillside Cottage with moorland views
Entrance to Hillside.
Cosy living room, relax and chill after a days exploring
light, spacious living room
View from the living room
Well equipped kitchen.
American fridge freezer/washing machine/tumble dryer/dishwasher
Light and airy double room.
Moorland views
Twin bed room
Drench shower and normal shower head...bliss
Bridge at river Roskhill
River Roskhill,
Heather moorland by river Roskhill
Moon behind the Cuillin Mountains, taken from Roskhill
Cuillin Mountains
Cuillins
Cloud below the Cuillin Mountains
Deer feeding on the lowlands on the road to the Isles
picnic bench
Private road up to Hillside Cottage.
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland

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William J
Mariana Islands
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“A Fantastic Cottage on a Beautiful Isle”
Reviewed 21 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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My wife and I had the privilege of staying in the Hillside Cottage for 4 nights in August of 2015 while we were on our honeymoon. We decided that the content and destination of the honeymoon would be a surprise for her, and so the planning and organizing of our trip fell to me. After exploring different places to stay on Skye via TripAdvisor, I decided to reach out to Gail and Spencer. I couldn't have been happier with my choice.

I primarily interacted with Gail during the booking process and our stay, but that was in no way a problem. She was extremely prompt in her response to my inquiry and very professional. I was quite impressed. After booking, I asked for any tips on places to see or eat around Skye and on the journey there from Fort William. In her advice, Gail went above and beyond any of my expectations. She provided a highly extensive list of anything we may have needed to know in getting to the cottage and traveling around Skye. She also made knowledgeable and useful recommendations for sights to see, things to do, and places to eat on the isle.

Not only was our time on Skye greatly improved by Gail's recommendations, our stay on the isle was made much more comfortable by the amenities at Hillside. With soft beds, a very nice bathroom, cozy couches in the living room facing the television (and a fireplace!), a washer and dryer (as well as a clothes line), and a complete kitchen, we found everything we needed right at our fingertips. There were a few minor things missing from the kitchen/laundry area, such as detergent for the washing machine, but that may have been something that we were expected to bring ourselves (in case of allergies, etc). Luckily, most items we needed were available in Dunvegan (just 5 minutes away).

All in all, I would highly recommend Hillside Cottage to anyone looking for a vacation rental on Skye. The location is a perfect "home base" for any excursions you may be interested in taking. The central location makes travel to most parts of the island quick and easy; and as the cottage is not located in a high traffic area, relaxing at the end of a day is even easier. Gail and Spencer are gracious and thoughtful hosts, and their cottage is a very enjoyable place to spend evenings. Our only complaint was that we weren't able to spend more time with them. We will definitely be back again.

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Liked best: The centralized location of the cottage.
Liked least: That we only had 4 nights avalaible to stay at Hillside.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed 13 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

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Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Melanie M
Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
“Beautiful Vacation Rental”
Reviewed 3 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Of all the places my husband and I stayed while in Scotland for two weeks, this vacation rental was my favorite. The house was extremely clean, well designed, and full of thoughtful details throughout. Gail and Spencer have filled the vacation rental with everything you might need while on vacation, from practical things like pots, pans, tupperware, tin foil, etc - to extra special details like games, movies, detailed information about hikes on Skye, local artists, restaurants, etc. There is also a wood burning stove in the living room and it was nice and cozy to come home every night to a warm fire (even in June!).

It was our first time visiting Scotland and Skye, and when initially booking this rental I was worried the location might be too remote and difficult to drive to other parts of the island, because we are used to driving on the other side of the road/had never driven on single track roads. We found this rental in an ideal location, although on a more remote part of the island, but still easy to get around (not that many single track roads, and easy to manage when there were). The cottage is located close to lots of interesting hikes (especially coral beach), Dunvegan castle, dining at Three Chimneys, SkyeSkyns, Edinbane Pottery, etc. It did not take much effort to drive to the East side of the island either. I found the Waternish part of the island the most charming/relaxing, and I am not sure we would have explored it as much if we had not stayed at the Hillside Cottage. My only regret is that we did not stay longer.

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1300807
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“Home from home”
Reviewed 14 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We stayed at Hillside cottage for 3 nights and wished we could have stayed longer.

The cottage was extremely clean and very comfortable, everything you could think of was there, really appreciated the up to date dvd's like American Sniper and the Theory of Everything to watch in the evenings.
Maps and books are provided and the information that I received before arrival really helped us plan our short break.
The beds were so comfortable, great shower, fast wifi, well equipped kitchen, the location is ideal for exploring the Island and it is so nice to come back to a lovely home. Plenty of hot water and the house is very warm, we didn't even put the log fire on!

Can't wait to book this cottage again and explore more of the Wonderful island, will definitely recommend to family and friends and will stay for at least a week next time:)

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Loader365
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12 reviews
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“Great Cottage”
Reviewed 10 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Very comfortable, warm cottage. We stayed for week in May and loved it. Everything was spot on, from the decor and furniture to the kitchen equipment. Nice to have a supply of maps to help explore the island. Well placed just outside Dunvegan and ideal for getting everywhere.

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Liked best: Little touches like fresh flowers in the house when we arrived.
Liked least: That we had to leave....
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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