Second visit to Varis and every bit as good as last year the new windows have improved the views so much. Accommodation is brilliant and the cottage is very clean with crisp white linen,very comfortable beds and the kitchen is very well appointed.
Wonderful weather so we really enjoyed the evening sun in the garden with pre dinner drinks and snacks
We visited the house for 1 week over my youngest daughter's 5th birthday as she loves fairies (and there are fairies on Skye hehe)
Booking the house was really easy and I was delighted that we could bring our doggy too....
On arrival the house was spotless, and a lovely welcome note including a few balloons, marshmallows and sticks (for burning on the fire) - a lovely touch for my daughter's birthday.
The fire was also stocked and there was a very good comprehensive welcome book with how everything worked etc.
Great comfortable beds and general lodgings with a lovely big sitting/ dining room, snug, good sized kitchen and those all important 2 bathrooms. The bedrooms were also well proportioned.
Needless to say the fire was a favourite as was the lovely garden grounds which lead to great forest trails. The views were also magnificent and an added touch was the eco friendly emphasis on the property.
Will definitely stay again...
I've been meaning to go back to this area for over twenty years - I definitely won't be leaving it so long again. Its a fair trek from our home (~600 miles), but well worth it. The location is perfect - we explored all of Skye and most of the surrounding mainland. We also managed to fit in a scenic route home via the Cairngorms! We are a family of five and this accommodation is a great size for us - we never felt squashed. I love the separate snug with a tv - sometimes the kids used this whilst we sat in the lounge enjoying the fire or the view. If you pushed me for a criticism, it would be that the electric shower isn't as powerful as the mains pressure water, but this wasn't an issue for us as we used the bath predominantly. I hope to return to this area soon and I'd be more than happy to use Varis again if its available.
In many years of holiday rentals I can safely say that this was one of the best furnished and equipped houses we have rented. Presentation was superb, including a welcoming tray of local produce and a bottle of wine. Staying here was a real pleasure - if only the weather had been more welcoming! A very comfortable house and thoroughly recommended.
Varis at Balmacara was ideal for us just set midway between the castle of Eilean Donan and Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye bridge with easy access to the mainland and Skye.
It is dawgie friendly with a large hill with deer directly behind and to the side of the property, wifi included and is spacious and comfortable, we'd certainly use the property again if visiting Skye.