Ms Mckay, December 2019
This was our second visit, the first 7yrs ago when it was in its first year of being let.. So pleased to see many improvements, such as the comfy settee and easy chair, folding dining table and TV & DVD player on the lower side table (not the wall); all were a big improvement. The equipment had also expanded and was excellent in the kitchen with a large range of saucepans, roasting pans/trays, bowels & cooking utensils, plus cafetière. Some items had not been listed, such as the toaster and hairdryer, so I wished I’d asked before taking these with us. We also took a fan heater for the kitchen - see below.
The only drawback to the cottage is the lack of heating in the kitchen. The night-storage heaters in the hall & living room give out an enormous amount of heat during the night (with a boost in the middle of the day). Tip: leave the living room, kitchen & bathroom doors open at night for the heat to circulate everywhere, this will ensure all is warm for the morning. Unfortunately this heat is not sufficient to keep the kitchen warm during the day and even with the wood burner lit in the living room and door open, is still very chilly. A convector heater, such as that in the bedroom, or a fan heater, is very much needed in the kitchen. The bathroom would also benefit from having a wall fan heater installed as the heated towel rail which keeps it cosy while the off-peak heating is on, goes off at 7am and in winter cools down very quickly. Taking a shower later can be a chilly business (particularly as the water pressure is low resulting in the shower not being very good). A wall mounted fan heater, to be used while taking a shower would make it more comfortable.
The first time we came I was impressed with the memory foam mattress which was very comfy. I’m afraid that it either needs turning frequently or (7yrs later) possibly replacing now as one side has a definite hollow, which if it fits your stature may not be a problem. It is passable but is something that should be kept in mind for replacement.
We love the position of the cottage, right on the side of the loch. Having many health issues it is not possibly for me to walk the mountains, or any distance in search of seeing the wildlife as my husband does. Sitting at the window with its wonderful view of the water provided me with an excellent viewing point for the otters, dolphins, an eagle and a large range of bird life (plus migrants) which I saw. My husband actually saw ptarmigan twice on his mountain walks - very envious!