Caberfeidh , Helmsdale, in the Scottish Highlands
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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|Theme||Golf, Romantic, Wilderness, Away from it all, River, Village|
Description from the owner
Caberfeidh (pronounced Cabber-fay) is our charming three bedroomed house situated in the heart of the coastal village of Helmsdale in the Scottish Highlands.
Recently renovated to a high standard, including double glazing and oil fired central heating, the accommodation consists of:
Lounge with wide screen tv, freeview box, DVD player, music player, multi-fuel stove, pine floor and French doors leading to the patio area and garden.
Bathroom with electric shower, bath, hand basin and WC.
Kitchen Diner equipped with electric cooker with extractor, fridge, washer/drier, microwave and toaster.
Caberfeidh , Helmsdale, in the Scottish Highlands
Helmsdale, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Scotland
Additional Location Information
Nestling below Creag Bunillidh the traditional Highland fishing village of Helmsdale is the ideal base from which to explore Sutherland. Situated at the mouth of the River Helmsdale (from which it takes its name) it has a lot to offer .
The village was planned at the time of the Highland Clearances in the early 19th century, on the site of an ancient settlement. Located as it is on the shores of the Moray Firth, it is natural that many of the local community make their living from the sea. The herring industry (the silver darlings) brought prosperity to the village until the beginning of the last century and, although the boom is now over, the visitor can still stand at the picturesque harbour and watch fishing boats prepare to reap today's harvest of lobster, crab and white fish.
Using Helmsdale as your base, John o'Groats and the Orkney Islands are within easy reach and the whole of Sutherland is at your doorstep. For the visitor from the city, for whom driving has ceased to be a pleasure, the quiet roads of the country will bring joy back to motoring and you can explore the unspoilt loveliness of the area. Or simply park your car and enjoy what the village and surrounding countryside have to offer.
Sit by the harbour and watch the boats come and go, explore the beaches for gemstones, play tennis or golf, squash or carpet bowls, go bird watching or hill walking. Fish for salmon or sea trout on the association water, or visit one of the many lochs in the area for brown trout fishing. Visit some of the many ancient brochs and cairns or spend an afternoon at nearby Dunrobin Castle. When night eventually falls, call into one of the hotels for a friendly chat, or have a good meal of local venison, salmon lobster or crab.
One of the highlights during the summer is the Helmsdale highland Games where the top Scottish athletes, pipers and dancers compete. The river Helmsdale tumbles and winds its way down the beautiful Strath of Kildonan and is one area which no visitor should miss from his itinerary, as there is so much to see. The Strath abounds with wildlife and history, including the historic church at Kildonan and Baile an Or and Suisgill, sites of the great Sutherland Gold Rush of 1869. Many men from all over Britain came in search of gold and there is still gold today. You can still pan for gold, details can be obtained from Strath Ullie Crafts .
East Sutherland is one of the lowest rainfall areas in Scotland, and here in the north, we can boast the longest summer days.
Helmsdale has two restaurants the La Mirage where stars of television, film and literature are among the many visitors, the Green Stag restaurant it is open seven days a week pays homage to Scotland’s best produce. Three hotels the Bridge hotel, the Belgrave with its Bel-Grill Restaurant and the Navidale House Hotel. One pub the Bannockburn all serve excellent meals.
Location Type Away from it all, River, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$98||$98||$454 - $718||$0||3 nights|
|May. 13 2012 - Jun. 8 2012||-||-||$582||-||3 nights|
|Jun. 9 2012 - Jun. 29 2012||-||-||$605||-||3 nights|
|Jun. 30 2012 - Jul. 20 2012||-||-||$681||-||3 nights|
|Jul. 21 2012 - Aug. 31 2012||-||-||$718||-||3 nights|
|Sep. 1 2012 - Sep. 15 2012||-||-||$643||-||3 nights|
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|Sep. 15 2012 - Sep. 22 2012||-||-||$605||-||3 nights|
|Sep. 22 2012 - Oct. 19 2012||-||-||$567||-||3 nights|
|Oct. 20 2012 - Nov. 30 2012||-||-||$454||-||3 nights|
|All Other Dates||$98||$98||$582||-||3 nights|
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Last minute luxury... otherwise it was camping for us!!!
Fantastic effort by Janet (proprietor) to accomomdate us at very short notice. House is spacious, well equipped and reasonably priced. Located in the lovely village of Helmsdale amenities are nearby with good access to the sublime landscapes of North and North West Scotland. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others!
Great location, very comfortable and well-appointed holiday hou
This year for our annual father/son/grandson fishing trip we decided to go to Helmsdale. Having done some research and spoken to the owner of the (excellent) local fishing tackle shop - Caberfeidh seemed perfect for us. Arranging the booking was made easy as Janet was friendly, informative and nothing was a problem.
On arrival we collected the keys from the local restaurant - and on our first evening sampled the amazing battered haddock at La Mirage.
We were delighted with the accommodation at Caberfeidh. The bedrooms were very comfortable and it was a bonus to have bathrooms both upstairs and downstairs. The kitchen and dining areas were spacious - and where we spent most of our time in between fishing trips. The only potential drawback for fishing folk was a lack of freezer space for any fish caught - however this was easily overcome as La Mirage very kindly kept our 2 salmon in their freezer.
The village had everything we needed, with a shop near to the house, and was ideally situated for fishing the River Helmsdale.
All in all, the friendly hosts, helpful local people, excellent accommodation and some good days on the river made this a great trip for us all.
Jersey, United Kingdom
More than home from home
Fantastic property which makes you feel relaxed as soon as you walk through the door. Spacious rooms with two bathrooms and a large eat-in kitchen with a lovely large back garden. If you stay here you must visit the quirky La Mirage restaurant which is a 2 minute walk. Helmsdale is a beautiful part of Scotland and a good base to venture further afield - we will definitely be back.
Me and my sisters stayed at the Caberfeidh last year when we visited Helmsdale for my cousin's wedding and we had a fantastic time. My mother is from Helmsdale and we visit regularly so didn't do any touristy activities but the house is beautifully decorated and very well equipped for either a long or short stay. The kitchen is particularly great as we had a few family members round for dinner and there is lots of space. The garden is also lovely - perfect for a barbeque! The house is located in the heart of the village and is next door to a local shop which is always handy. We loved the house so much that we've booked another stay for the family this year - I really couldn't recommend this house more highly :)
The rental was exactly what we wanted and we plan to stay there
The service was very good. A couple of snags with the house have been reported and will be rectified.
There were 4 of us and we all liked the home. It was well appointed, comfortable, warm and convenient for shops and places to eat.
We were gold panning so the location was ideal for us. However Helmsdale is a small town in the very north of Scotland and it takes a long time to get to from other parts of Britain. There are shops and places to eat. The area is very beautiful with many scenic views. It is ideal if you want to get away from it all. There are good opportunities for walking and a lot of history to discover.
We liked all of it very much. The downside can be the unpredictable weather, and during Summer, the midges!!
very comfortable and well equipped home
Caberfeidh is a very good base for a holiday in the north of Scotland.The house is very comfortable,clean and well equipped and has a big sunny garden.There are local shops nearby and the best fish and chips anywhere from La Mirage.We enjoy walking and visiting historic houses and gardens and their are many places to see and visit well within a comfortable travelling distance from Helmsdale.We would recommend this house as an excellent base for a holiday and are looking forward to returning soon.
peter and rose
Stoke on Trent
fantastic place to stay, so much to see and do --or just chill o
Caberfeidh is a very clean well appointed place to stay with everything on hand, simply no need to take anything but your clothing and personel items. You could invite new found friends around for a dinner party all cooked in the spacias kitchen-dinning room or pop round to la mirage a very good local restaurant. After a day out and about its nice to sit in the garden with a glass of wine and a book or watch the wild birds who visit you may even be visited by stephen the seagull (parden the pun)or even catch up with your tv progams.There is so much to see and do around Helmsdale one stay will not be enough in this very well looked after holiday home its a credit to the owners.
Bob and Liz Smith
Pleasure of staying in a well equipped and well modernised villa
We've stayed here 4 times now. Have a particular reason for coming to Helmsdale in that my wife's mother and brother live here, but have no room for us to stay. So we happily ensconce to Caberfeidh. This is a nice, clean and spacious house with a big kitchen/diner where we have easily catered for 9 or 10 people - ourselves, relatives and friends. Unlike most people in holiday homes, we like to cook, and can manage this well here as there is a good range of pots and other kitchen essentials. Also like the garden - great to sit out when weather allows.
We took 2 bikes up this last stay and did some fine riding up Strath Kildonan to Forsinard bird sanctuary (recommended - has good visitor centre).
Only complaints are that we needed at least 2 front door keys as we split up most days with 2 of us going off to surf the North coast and the others biking or visiting locally. Also, still haven't sussed the hot water and heating timer controls, so we just put on manually when needed in morning or evening.
But, all in all, have no hesitation in highly recommending Caberfeidh for a comfortable stay in Sutherland.
Really lovely house. Secure parking for the car. Helmsdale is absolutely beautiful with lovely walks and drives. Great golf at Golspie. Lots of lovely beaches and places to visit. Thanks for a lovely holiday.
Had a really relaxing and enjoyable stay at Caberfeidh during october 2010.
The accommodation was second to none, very high class and we loved the log burner.
We visited La Mirage the restaurant around the corner where the food and staff were wonderful.
Thank you for the use of your cottage we will definately be back x
Stoke on Trent
Perfect place to sit back and relax or wonder around the wonderf
Deceptively spacious property in the village of Helmsdale where you can have a drink the one of the nearby pubs or taste the best fish and chips ever! It's perfectly placed to get out and about by car, cycle or simply stroll around the surrounding area or along the coast.
The cottage is comfortable and modern with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large garden to soak up the Scottish sun (if you're lucky), making it perfect for families or friends.
we thought the house was lovely plenty room and space but the double bed was so uncomfortable it was unsleepable,other than that the house was very good indeed,and very clean