The Orchids Colbost - Nr Dunvegan - Isle of Skye
Skye & Lochalsh

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The Orchids - Skye & Lochalsh

Location: Colbost - Nr Dunvegan - Isle of Skye

Sleeps: 6

Price Range: £750 - £1045

Christmas: £995

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The Orchids, Colbost, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Sleeps 6

Visit Scotland - 4 Star Grading

The Orchids is an outstanding property, beautifully and stylishly presented, it makes a fabulous base for a family holiday or equally for a couple or a group of friends. Location wise the house is ideal for exploring the north-west corner of the island, however you may prefer just to sit and relax and enjoy the far reaching views across Dunvegan Bay to Dunvegan Castle and to the Cuillin mountains in the south.

Inside The Orchids has been equipped and furnished to an extremely high standard, the personal style of the owner being in evidence throughout. On the ground floor, on one side of the property the open plan kitchen and dining area has been designed to take full advantage of the magnificent views. The kitchen has all the usual appliances and a utility room is also located to the rear. The dining room has a large table and seating for six, and also offers direct access to the garden.

To the other side of the property the lounge can be found, furnished with a leather sofa and armchairs, this room also benefits from outstanding views. The property has three bedrooms, the first of which is located on this level. This room located to the rear of the property has a king size bed, and an adjacent shower room with a large walk in shower.

From the lounge the stairs lead to the upper level and the additional bedrooms. The bedrooms on this level have en-suites, the master bedroom has a super king, and an en-suite shower room, and the twin an en-suite bathroom. Both bedrooms are front facing and again benefit from having the views. The owner has provided quality bed linens and towels for all guests. Externally the property has a large enclosed garden, complete with an area of patio, and private parking. Please note a small stream does run through part of the garden. Just a short walk from The Orchids is the shoreline of Loch Dunvegan, ideal for all ages whether exploring for sealife or perhaps a spot of canoeing or kayaking on the loch.

The house itself is very much an eco build, and uses the latest green technology such as solar panels, under floor heating, and a core heating system, which is fitted throughout the house. This ensures that all the rooms are kept at an ambient level no matter what time of year you choose to visit.

Colbost itself is best known for the Three Chimneys Restaurant, which is located within walking distance from the property. Listed as one of the “World’s” Top 50 Restaurants, it is an ideal place for a special occasion. Dunvegan is situated just five miles from the property and has a small selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants, including the popular Old School Restaurant, and a tourist information centre. Whilst here a visit to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland and the ancestral home of the Chief of the Clan MacLeod, is highly recommended.  In the opposite direction Glendale has a small shop and the Red Roof Café, further on Neist Point with its lighthouse offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the island, and the opportunity to spot sea eagles, golden eagles, basking sharks and whales.

The island offers much for the visitor no matter what your outdoor pursuit, for walkers the twin peaks of the Macleod’s Tables are not far away, and the quiet country roads are ideal for the cyclist. For the lover of whisky the island has its own distillery, Talisker based at Carbost. A visitor centre is based here and tours are available. Throughout the island you will find many small shops and companies providing a wide range of locally produced goods such as art work and jewellery, ideal for picking up a reminder of your stay on this amazing island.

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  • Sitting room, leather sofa and armchairs, desk area, electric fire, Freesat TV, DVD, CD, radio.
  • Kitchen, electric oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and all the usual kitchen equipment.
  • Dining room with table and seating for six, french doors with access to the garden.
  • Utility room, washing machine, tumble dryer.
  • Bedroom with king size bed.
  • Shower room, large walk in shower, whb, wc, heated towel rail.


  • Master bedroom with super-king size bed, en-suite shower room, corner shower, whb, wc, heated towel rail.
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, bath, whb, wc, heated towel rail.

Included in the rent

  • Bed linen and towels.
  • All electricity and heating costs, underfloor heating downstairs, radiators in upper level.

Other Facilities

  • Ironing facilities.
  • Indoor and outdoor drying areas.
  • Hair dryer.
  • WiFi internet access, bring your own laptop.
  • Travel cot and highchair on request.
  • Enclosed garden, please note a small stream does run through part of the garden.
  • Off road parking.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £200.00 is required at the property.

Best Features

  • Beautiful property furnished and equipped to an extremely high standard.
  • Fantastic coastal location with magnificent views.
  • Just a short distance from the Three Chimneys Restaurant.


The Orchids Reviews

The lastest reviews of The Orchids...

Reviewed this property on 24/09/2016
And awarded it
The Orchids is a beautiful house with stunning views on to Loch Dunvegan where you can watch otters and seals fishing. We had a great time exploring Skye, very peaceful location in which to stay. Would recommend staying at the Orchids would love to return sometime.

Reviewed this property on 22/06/2016
And awarded it
We had an amazing time staying at the Orchids. It is a very very comfortable and well furnished house with lots of facilities for a wonderful self catering holiday. The kitchen is very well equipped for people who like cooking and there is local shell fish from Carbost and meat from Orbost farm , not to mention great bread from the Skye Bakery in Portree. The local shop in Dunvegan was great too. The views from the house are exceptional , perfect for photography, with seals and lots of birdlife, we loved the sheep too. The Loch was very busy with some very large yachts and ships appearing , including the 3rd largest yacht in the world, the EOS, and a ship called the Serenissima, which apparently does cruises around Scotland. The local area is stunning as is the rest of Skye, This was our first visit and we will be back and would happily stay in the Orchids again, assuming its not sold and still available to rent !!! Our only small issue was the lack of anything other than a small dustpan to sweep up from a large dining and kitchen area.

Reviewed this property on 20/04/2016
And awarded it
Great location and very well equipped house. We had a great stay. Even the little things were thought of. Would definitely recommend it for a chilled out holiday. The admin was quick and efficient too. Thanks

Reviewed this property on 12/09/2015
And awarded it
This property offers everything you could want or need for a holiday in Skye, the scenery is quite special and it is very peaceful. You wouldn't be disappointed. For us a it was a lovely place to spend our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Thank you Linda.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2015
And awarded it
The Orchids is a beautiful cottage set in an idyllic location. The cottage is spacious and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen containing modern appliances and high quality equipment. Overlooking Loch Dunvegan and only a short walk from the jetty, the cottage enjoys outstanding views of Dunvegan Castle and the Cuillin mountains in the distance. An ideal location to relax and unwind from the stresses of life, yet close to Dunevgan which has an array of shops and restaurants,

Reviewed this property on 08/09/2014
And awarded it
Lovely cottage/ holiday home. Nice views, clean and tastefully decorated. Would recommend.

Reviewed this property on 27/08/2014
And awarded it
Panoramic views, very comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen, met the landlady Linda very lovely lady and helpful, one bad point because the wind was blowing across the house from left to right there was an odour from the septic tank. Would love to stay there again much to explore on the Island. No information about "bin" day.

Wilderness Cottages Replied...

Dear Mrs Jones, thank you for your review, unfortunately the gardener had accidently damaged the top of the septic tank and there was a small crack in it, and the owner had not been made aware of this. This has now been replaced so this problem is now fixed.

Reviewed this property on 17/08/2014
And awarded it
Beautiful house! It's even better than the photos - exceptionally high standard, well equipped and clean. Rooms of quality hotel standard. The views are stunning! We were blessed with great weather but we think that this house would be amazing even on grey, wet days (bright, warm, lots of books/games/DVDs). Kids loved the burn running through the front garden. Amazing property - well thought out - plus vestibule for coats/shoes wellies and utility for washing/drying. Booking service v efficient.

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