Craigmor and Cranstackie
Craigmor was built as a croft cottage in the 1880’s from traditional stone, originally having a turf roof. Subsequently, two dormer bedrooms were added beneath a slate roof. During our renovations, many original features were discovered. We retained the lovely gently curving stairs and the original etched glass front door to the sitting room, and the original stone wall above the fireplace was revealed and re-pointed as a feature above the wood burning stove. Craigmor is popular with larger families and groups, but with its cottage atmosphere it is just as suited to couples who are looking for spacious accommodation.
Cranstackie was originally the village post office, which was a later addition to the original croft of Craigmor. However, when we acquired the building, the inside was completely derelict. Careful renovation enabled us to re-size the front windows and to retain many of the original features. Cranstackie has a unique open-plan layout and a cosy atmosphere of calm and serenity. As with Craigmor, Cranstackie is ideally located close to the village centre and within easy walking distance of the shops, the local pub and the local beach at Sango Bay.
Ceannabeinne is a little way out of Durness, near Respond is steeped in history, and is considered to be one of the best located cottages on the Scottish mainland, commanding a lofty position overlooking the beautiful and remote Ceannabeinne bay. In the 1840s, the women folk of Durness resisted the enforced clearances of the local people to make way for sheep farming. However the village of Ceannabeinne was cleared and abandoned. The ruins of this village can still be seen today. Ceannabeinne somehow survived, and became the local school and home to the headmaster and his family. Eventually abandoned and left derelict until the 1960s, the cottage was eventually renovated. We have been letting the cottage since 1987 and it has become a sought after holiday destination, and is an idylic romantic hideaway for couples and small families. Book early to avoid disappointment!