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Sealladh na Mara (pronounced Shall-ah nah Maa-rah and Gaelic for “View of the sea”) is a spacious, modern, detached house comfortably accommodating eight people. Close to the seashore and set in about an acre of wild, partly wooded garden, there are stunning views across Inverkirkaig Bay to the Assynt mountains and the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve.
There are four good-sized bedrooms: a king-size with balcony overlooking the sea, two twin-bedded upstairs and a double downstairs. The upstairs bathroom has a whirlpool bath and there is a shower room with shower downstairs. The well-equipped kitchen and adjoining dining room have polished hardwood floors, as do the sitting room and hall. Double doors lead from the dining room to a verandah overlooking the sea. There are freeview/freesat televisions in the sitting room and dining room and WiFi broadband is provided. The house is centrally heated and double glazed.
Inverkirkaig is a small community two and a half miles south of Lochinver, where there are many facilities including shops, restaurants, cafes, fuel, leisure centre, post office and health centre. Ullapool, fifty minutes’ drive to the south, is the ferry terminal for crossing to the Isle of Lewis and has a supermarket, leisure centre, swimming pool and golf course as well as post office, banks, shops and eating places. Highland Stoneware Pottery is based in Lochinver and Ullapool. Inverkirkaig itself has a good bookshop and tearoom, approached along a scenic lane beside the River Kirkaig.
The surrounding area is famed for its wildlife; otters, seals, red and roe deer, pine martens, golden eagles and divers may be seen. There is a wealth of plant life, including many arctic-alpine species and orchids. West Sutherland is popular with walkers, mountaineers, geologists and anglers. Mountain bikes and kayaks can be hired in Lochinver. Close by there are fine white sand beaches.
Sitting Room with windows on three sides, the front ones affording views across Inverkirkaig Bay to the mountains. Widescreen television with freesat / freeview, DVD/video, hi-fi, multi-fuel stove, ample seating.
Dining Room with double doors to verandah overlooking the bay. Television with freeview, radio/CD player.
Kitchen with oak fitted units. Built in double oven, ceramic hob. Microwave, dishwasher, fridge and separate freezer. Window overlooking the bay.
Utility Room with washing machine and tumble dryer, stainless steel sink, fitted cupboards. Stable door to side of house.
Downstairs Bedroom with double bed and fitted wardrobes.
Shower Room with shower, hand basin and WC.
Master Bedroom with king size bed and fitted wardrobes. Door onto balcony overlooking the sea.
Side Bedroom with twin beds and fitted wardrobes. View over woodland towards the sea.
Rear Bedroom with twin beds. View to hillside, where red deer are often seen.
Bathroom with whirlpool bath, hand basin and WC.
The house is well stocked with books, maps, toys, games and tourist information leaflets.
Cot with bedding, high chair and baby bath.
Ample garden furniture.
Level parking for up to four cars.
Storage for bicycles in large shed behind the house.
On arrival a small welcome pack of Scottish produce awaits visitors.
No smoking in the house, please.
Price includes central heating, electricity, initial supply of fuel for stove in winter, bed linen and towels.
Owner's website: www.sealladh.com