Palm Tree Cottage has two double rooms and a cosy living room. The beach is about ten minutes walk away. The sea view from the cottage is beautiful. Dogs are welcome. It is a fairly basic crofting cottage which is perfect for a retreat or as a base for tourists. It is minutes from the famous North Coast 500 route. It is quiet and peaceful. Nearby you can fish and play golf. There are geese and ducks nearby which children love. I tend to stay in an annex, but I leave you undisturbed.
The cottage is fairly rustic. People love the view to the sea that you get from the cottage and enjoy retreating to a basic crofting cottage. However if you are looking for Claridges, this is not for you. Inside the cottage is quite rustic, with a little damp patch on the wall beside the stairs. There are two proper bedrooms, each containing a double bed. There are also two little chair beds which can be used to accommodate extra guests either in the living room or with the extension room downstairs used as a third bedroom. To be honest the chair beds are small so I would recommend using them only for children.
The cottage is ideally placed for fishing, golf, writing, cycling, walking and sight seeing of Dunrobin Castle and local beaches. It is also an ideal place to retreat from the busy world. It is close to Helmsdale in Sutherland half way between Inverness and Thurso (near Brora and Dornoch) in a quiet crofting village a stone throw away from the sea. You can walk from the cottage to the beach in about 8 minutes and the walk along the shore is stunning.
Guests will have full use of the cottage including the kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, electric cooker, solid fuel range cooker and living room with wood burning stove. The central heating runs from a solid fuel range cooker so you need to light the fire for central heating although there are some electric facilities. There are two bedrooms each with a double bed. the upstairs bedroom has a little en suite toilet. There is a shower room downstairs with a power shower installed in April 2014. It is the best shower in the house. There is also a bathroom with a wonkier shower above a bath. There is also a room where bikes and other equipment can be stored or which could be used for arts or crafts. Mens right-handed golf clubs are possibly available as is one fishing rod.
Interaction with guests
I do not live in the cottage so you will be there on your own. I do have a cleaner though so the place will be immaculate. It is a lovely relaxing place retreat into nature.
Other things to note
Pets are welcome! Please clear up after them. Our blue recycling wheelie bin does not accept glass. Bottles and jars should be kept separately. If you have time, it would be great if you could take them to the bottle bank in Helmsdale. If not, please leave them in the shed.
Towels and bed linen are provided. At the end of your stay, please strip the bed linen from your beds and put it in the laundry basket in front of the washing machine along with your towels (or you may wish to put it in the washing machine). If you use the washing machine, I recommend setting 9, which is a 15 minute daily wash.
I am quirky and laid back and enjoy meeting people. I have an active social life in Cambridge and would be happy to share it with you. Sometimes I am away at conferences etc. Until December 2017 my friend Markulf is also living in the house. We enjoy meditation, art, yoga, salsa, travelling and meeting people.
Lorna works in cultural studies and Markulf is an IT researcher.
We each have a property. We have a little cat called Miffy that moved into Markulf's house. She is kind of a rescue cat (although she rescued herself) and quite shy with other people.
Everyone will receive a warm welcome here and we hope you will totally make yourself at home in our place and will consider it your home from home.
If you are staying for a while and would like to have someone else visit you for part of the time, that might be possible too.