Clashmore, Lochinver, Sutherland - vacations on the Stoer Peninsula
Achard Holiday Lets - self-catering accommodation in Assynt
Here are some extracts from the Visitors Book and correspondence:
“I’ve had a great week at Achard ... a lovely cottage. So much to see in Assynt and so little time” - IW, Northumberland, December 2017.
“My research didn’t prepare me for how breathtaking the scenery is up here. The house was spacious and cosy, despite the weather” - T, Falkirk, November 2017.
“Thanks for a lovely stay - recharged our batteries nicely. Enjoyed the experience very much. Breathtaking panoramas and light shows provided by the skies” - J&L, Troon, September 2017.
“Thank you, Aileen, for another wonderful stay - it’s the highlight of our year” - the M family, Sheffield, August 2017.
“Lovely to be back again. We enjoyed our usual walks ...” - KP & BH, Leicester, June 2017.
“Wish we didn’t have to leave! Such a comfortable and practical house. We never tired of gazing at the view, different every day” - J, B, M and E, Shrewsbury and Manchester, June 2017.
“Great base to explore the area. Lots of birdlife and plenty of whales and dolphins at the lighthouse”. - P, J, S and C, Northumberland, May 2017.
“The best way to spend a BIG birthday! Such a lovely house - warm and welcoming - with everything you could possibly need. And that view!!! - CW&Co, Milnathort, Scotland, November 2016.
“We’ve enjoyed our stay in this comfortable bungalow. So much so that we hope to return next year for 3 weeks” - KP and BH, Leicester, September 2016.
“We had a wonderful relaxing time here in Achard. The cottage is so comfortable - we loved the open fire and the views are marvellous” - J&D, Anglesey, September 2016.
“We had a wonderful time in your cottage. We were blessed with some really fantastic weather and managed to do a lot of hiking in the area - the R family, Berlin and Jena, Germany, August 2016.
“Another lovely holiday ... we love this place and the comfy cottage, wonderful welcome. We shall return” - the M family, Sheffield, August 2016.
“It was great to be back! Our week here gave us all plenty of chances to enjoy the coast, beaches and wildlife. Wi-fi went down well, too!” - the F family, Grasmere, Cumbria, July 2016.
“We’ve had a lovely 3 weeks, as usual, despite one or two cooler and wet days” - K and B, Leicester, June 2016.
“The cottage is well-equipped. The peace and quiet is palpable, just the sound of wind in the grass and the ever-present skylarks. We’ll carry the feel of it with us wherever we are” - K&AB, Dorset, June 2016.
“We really like Achard Cottage as it has everything we need for when we are fishing and hillwalking. We have really enjoyed our stay here once again” - R, G and P, Falkirk, Scotland, May 2016.
“This place is exactly what we were looking for to escape everyday life stress. The calmness of the whole area brought us down and helped us to relax - to be honest, watching sheep had a great part to play in this too :) We count ourselves the extreme lucky ones enjoying a few perfect summer days with plenty of sun here in the north-west Highlands. This was ideal for our hiking trips” - KM, SM and FA, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, Germany, May 2016.
“Thanks so much for a lovely stay at your home. We had a great time regardless of the weather. We will definitely be back again” - SR, CA, EA, RA, MP and TA, Oban, Argyll, March 2016.
“Great bungalow, lovely location and views. Lovely to sit back in front of the open fire” - The K family, Newtown, mid-Wales, October 2015.
“Star gazing has been brilliant. We especially remember a most wonderful sunset as we returned via the Oykel road, when the Assynt mountains were beautifully outlined” - K&B, Leicester, September 2015.
“Thank you, Aileen, for a very comfortable stay. We had everything we needed, and more” - H&D, September 2015.
“We have enjoyed everything as always - the views, the storms, the sun, the quiet ...” - the M family, Sheffield, August 2015.
“Cottage had everything we needed for our week in the wilderness!! Was perfect for the 1˝ year-old and 5 year old - lots of space for them to play! Views are just breathtaking and the weather was kind also. Great base for all our exploring” - family M Perth and family S, Blairgowrie, July 2015.
“Thank you so much for the cosy house, well equipped and homely. Achard is the perfect place to relax and unwind. It’s remote and beautiful. Local beaches are stunning, sandy and rocky. Loved the orchids in the garden, the birds, stunning views everywhere and around every corner ... and the deer!” - the K family, Sussex and Glasgow, June 2015.
“Lovely welcome, lovely view, wonderful to eat off Highland Stoneware every day!” - D&T, Sheffield, June 2015.
“Wonderful place, cottage is like a Tardis, enjoyed the walks, hills! Yoga and Handa Island, beautiful part of the world. As city dwellers we have well and truly been turned into rural folk for the week” - H family, Rochdale, Bristol, Huddersfield, May 2015.
“Had a lovely week - climbed Quinag, walked to the Old Man, on the beach at Clashnessie and Altnabradan” - G,H,H and L, Kent, April 2015.
“Thank you for a lovely week in our favourite place on earth” - M&J, Bromham, September 2014.
“We loved every moment of our stay here” - K&S, Germany, September 2014.
“Thanks for the days of light” - DK, Germany, September 2014.
“We had a nice walking week. We enjoyed the comfortable house” - B, K&L, Netherlands, August 2014.
“We have really enjoyed our holiday despite having some very mixed weather. Your cottage is very comfortable and warm, and the views from all sides are beautiful. We have managed to do some walking and birdwatching in between the showers, and visited some lovely beaches both locally and further north. Hope to come back in the future” - D&A, Wigan, August 2014.
“Really enjoyed our holiday - fabulous views from the cottage, which were especially good for helping us decide whether to go on the hills or not! Thoroughly enjoyed the beaches and coastal waves, Inchnadamph caves plus the restored kirk and all the excellent waterfalls” - the W family, Cumbria, August 2014
“We had another wonderful holiday! None of us want to leave!” - M family, Sheffield, August 2014.
“Beautiful place in great nature! We enjoyed our stay in this nice house! Thank you Aileen for a warm welcome.” - H&CB and H&RB, Germany, June 2014.
“Back in our beloved Assynt. Changeable weather, but Assynt is always beautiful. We enjoyed staying in such a comfortable well equipped and spacious house—and we especially enjoyed the views from the bench in the garden. Thank you Aileen, for making us so welcome. We’re already looking forward to returning to this hardworking crafting area and its special people” - SF&SH, Reading, June 2014.
“Thank you Aileen for your kindness and nice chats. We enjoyed our stay in your house very much and had a wonderful time. Hugs from both of us!” - I&WR, Austria, May 2014.
“Wild, wet, windy, wonderful; sunshine a bonus!” - M&J, Wirral, April 2014.
“Thank you Aileen for a cosy, clean and comfortable cottage—peaceful and quiet—just what we needed” - JD&L, Forres, February 2014.
“Absolutely fantastic time we had here. Thank you so much for the hospitality and the warm comfy cottage. Views out of the windows are unbelievable and the surrounding area was perfect for walks. We’ll be back in the future with the whole family! 6 days just wasn’t enough!” - J&L, Hamburg, February 2014.
“Thank you for your warm welcome, too bad the weather wasn’t as such! However, it was worth every raindrop - magnificent landscapes, beautiful beaches, and the colours of the fall are absolutely gorgeous. We’re happy to report that the local wildlife is as welcoming as you, we saw stags and deer by the dozen” - families B&D, France, November 2013.
“What a great stay at Achard! A very warm welcoming. We enjoyed every minute in Assynt, where we found a real warm home: Achard! We’re not yet finished walking round here, so … we’ll be back ..!” - J&R, Netherlands, October 2013.
“Peaceful, relaxing a wee gem of a cottage” - M&P, Doncaster, September 2013.
“Really enjoyed this cosy cottage” - The C family, Cheshire, August 2013.
“Another wonderful stay here! Can’t believe 2 weeks can pass so quickly. Thank you Aileen for your warm welcome, see you soon …” - the M family, Sheffield, August 2013.
“I really liked the cottage - quiet, well-equipped, clean - everything we could have hoped for. Thanks again for very much enhancing a wonderful vacation” - SH, Texas, July 2013.
“The house is very clean and well equipped, with everything we needed. Thanks Aileen for preparing everything perfect!” - the M family, Italy, July 2013.
“Enjoyed our week at your lovely comfy home. Beautiful, rugged countryside with great walks and wildlife. Amazed at how many fancy restaurants (in the area). Thanks for your hospitality” - C&F, Northumberland, July 2013.
“We have had a good stay in this nice house on this beautiful spot. We enjoyed the quiet and the wide views to all sides, and of course the evenings by the open fire in the living room” - J&F, The Netherlands, June 2013
“We have been blessed with 2 weeks of wonderful weather that has helped us on our coastal walk from Ullapool to Cape Wrath. The varying conditions have highlighted the beauty of the landscape in all shades” - D&S, Kent, June 2013.
“We have really enjoyed our stay at the cottage - we instantly felt at home. The house is very well equipped, and the children loved playing with the games and puzzles” - S, J-P, R, T, T and Y, Holland, May 2013.
“What an excellent week! A superb cottage and a very warm welcome. Don’t want to go home” - C&Y, Leeds/France, March 2013.
“Had a comfortable holiday and I want to come again - everybody is really friendly” - The R and G family, Leicester/Stockport, October 2012.
“Our third visit to Achard and the cottage is as comfortable and Aileen as friendly as we remember. We had a wonderful week here” - F&G M, Glenrothes - October 2012.
“Thank you Aileen and Martin for a wonderful stay in Achard. We enjoyed the cottage very much. We had a great time exploring the area” - F&D, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, October 2012.
“The house is fabulous - so much bigger and warmer than we thought. Thank you so much for a lovely relaxing retreat, even if it WAS over far too soon” - FK, H, A and JN, Yorkshire, August 2012.
“This is a truly wondrous place, tranquil and at peace with Mother Nature” - K&PL, Cottingham, August 2012.
“Thank you Aileen for the warm welcome … we had a great week in this cottage. We had everything we needed in this well-equipped kitchen. We loved the wonderful view and the quietness. We will recommend this lovely cottage” - LW and AS, Germany, August 2012.
“We will definitely miss this the spectacular views from the cottage, the peace and quiet, and the fantastic night sky! We spent a while looking at the Milky Way last night, watching shooting stars, and generally just being in awe … hope we can return soon” - the M family, Sheffield, August 2012
“I thoroughly appreciated the beautiful view which changes from hour to hour - also the freedom of being able to stroll from the cottage in order to gaze at the scenery all around to the north, especially in the evening light” - S&MT, Gauldry, July 2012.
“Very comfortable and well-equipped cottage, excellent library. So still and quiet here. Thanks for so many thoughtful and homely touches” - D&JB, Canonbie, July 2012.
“Thank you - for a home from home. It had absolutely everything we needed, and some that we didn’t know we needed. (I read all the books I’d brought, so really appreciated your library). A wonderful week away from “the grind”. So quiet that time stretched and it feels as though we’ve been here for ages” - H & J, Warrington, June 2012.
“Fantastic views, spacious well equipped cottage. Assynt is like paradise. Drove to Oldany and watched the local seal population there” - H & A, Munich, June 2012.
“We spent a great week in this cottage! Took plenty of photographs, walked a lot of miles … saw a hunting white owl in the garden” - S, F & M, Augsburg, June 2012.
“Wonderful scenery, beautiful weather. One of our best holidays in Scotland ever. We say deer, owls, seals, eagle, heron, and other local livestock. Hope to come this way again” - E, A and M, Aberystwyth, May 2012.
“What a great cottage, you have EVERYTHING here. Will absolutely recommend his place. So lovely to meet you too” - the M family, Edinburgh/Carrbridge, May 2012.
“This was one of the best holidays that I have ever had in Scotland, and thank you for letting us stay here. And one of the coolest things is that it looks small on the outside, but then when you get inside it’s big and the views are AMAZING! I loved watching the deer in the garden, and thanks for a great holiday” - the F family, Cumbria, April 2012.
“Another great stay at Achard. The wind and driving rain at the start of the week gave way to beautiful weather worthy of midsummer by the end of the week. The walk to the Old Man of Stoer, under blue skies, was glorious” - P & M, Troon, March 2012.
“Thank you for a great stay in Assynt. The best mountain view in Britain can be seen from the living-room window. We climbed Foinaven on Wednesday - the best day of the week. We have seen two eagles. We spent a lot of time looking through the binoculars. We will tell our friends about this cottage” - J & A, Peebles, October 2011.
“Thank you for a lovely holiday home. The house is very homely and has an amazing view. The house is fully equipped with everything we needed. Weather was great too” - K & A family, Angus, August 2011.
“A wonderful 4 days. Climbed Quinag, went to the ‘Old Man’. Had driving rain and glorious sunshine - Assynt in a nutshell. We’ll be back soon” - the W family, Glasgow, June 2011.
“A stunning location and a very comfortable and well-appointed cottage. We’ve had a wonderful time, the absolute highlight being several sightings of otters. Discovering the deer asleep in the garden in the middle of the night was also magical” - C&JH, Cambridge, June 2011.
“We’ve had a lovely holiday and your home being so cosy meant that having to stay in on Wednesday was a pleasant rest. It’s lovely to have all the mod cons in good working order and all the practical items such as cling film etc. We had deer in the garden again last evening - what a treat!” - F-M party, Macclesfield, France, Australia, June 2011.
“Lovely comfortable cottage. A great place to relax. Enjoyed the peace and quiet. Great bird colonies at Stoer lighthouse. Had deer in the garden on two occasions” - H&LP, Cumbria, May 2011.
“A very nice comfortable cottage, very quiet, perfect to re-balance. The weather was great! The area is blessed with awesome views” - T/DC, Belgium, August 2010.
“We enjoyed a restful, peaceful week in your lovely comfortable cottage. We accomplished everything we hoped to do and more! Thank you vey much for your care and attention, it is very much appreciated” - the B family.
“We had a great stay at Achard. We visited Cape Wrath, Cocoa Mountain, Smoo Cave, Balblair Distillery, Handa Island, Sandwood Beach, and Old Man of Stoer” - E&SL and family (from the Netherlands).
“I had the best time ever. Swam, dived, and swam again. It was great—thanks” - EM (aged 10).
“We had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful cottage. Could have happily sat on the bench outside the cottage and watched the birds and listened to the larks, lapwings and cuckoos all week. Lots of lovely views and walks everywhere round here. Watch for the deer who visit and the little flock of sheep around the cottage, they’ve amused us all week. Many thanks to Aileen for the friendly welcome” - F&GM.
“Great location and facilities. We all had a great time and will visit here again. Thanks to Aileen and Martin” - JD and friends.
“Such a haven, such a magical setting. Perfect place to unwind and rebalance. Look forward to another visit” - W&AL.
“Many thanks for a very comfortable stay at Achard. The bungalow had everything we needed – and more. We were blessed with good weather despite daily TV forecasts which weren’t too promising. Assynt must have its own micro-climate” – P&MC.
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