Testimonials

 

‘Ceannabeinne as ever. Dramatic weather, lovely scenery – a place to ‘be’ rather than ‘do. As we leave even the sheep are hiding from the hurricane. We love it here, a special place”. P.J 07.09.19

‘Our first time here and hopefully not the last despite the challenging weather and having an open topped car. Cottage very homely especially the Aga and fantastic drive around Loch Eriboll especially in the long evenings. Seafood great at the Smoo Hotel and the cask ale too! N.L.  31.09.19

‘Another fantastic week in Durness. The first staying in this amazing cottage and I’m not sure we could have better views. This place is paradise, and we will be back 100%” N and N 26.08.19

‘What a wonderful week! Daphne had such fun playing in the sea and P proposed to B ( after 10 years) on the beach and the weather was great. Couldn’t ask for more, such a lovely cosy cottage.” P and B 22.06.19

‘The wives drove up with the dogs whilst the husbands cycled up via Tongue and arrived on 21st. Wild weather, but still managed to walk on Ceannabeinne beach among other places. Back in 2020!” C.L 15.06.19

“Spent a fortnight here, walking, but sadly the weather was very unsettled but there were two or three good days. Superb day on Ben Loyal and also on Ben Stack. Cottage well equipped and marvellous views.” A.C 07.06.19

“Great weather first week, not so great second week but still sorry to leave. Much busier now than 20 years ago, but still love it and plan to stay again before we’ve even left.” J and P 11.05.19

“Another wonderful week here ( we think it’s our seventh?) Wild and windy, with rain and hail but brilliant for walking in.” J,T 16.03.19

“A breezy and peaceful week. Black throated divers, guillemots and a stoat in his white winter ermine are some of the more unusual things seen on our walks near Ceannabeinne, the Kyle and Balnakeil beach.” R and J 16.02.19

“Great time had by all especially the dog! He loves the beach!” J and J 26.01.19

“We had a wonderful week here, weather suprisingly good and perfect cottage and great welcome. Looking forward to coming back next June.” R and B 23.12.18

“Yet another fabulous week here, much warmer than last year. Did our favourite walks and the ‘secret beach’. We head home de=streessed, windblown and the boys with super soft fur. Many thanks and see you next year!”  M and A. 17.11.18

“Second visit after a 24 year break. Beautiful then, and beautiful now” J.H. 07.04.18

“Another wonderful week in this beautiful cottage” E.S. 24.03.18

“Lovely stay yet again! So relaxing. Shame to go home. Grand weather for February. Thank you very much” J.J. 10.02.18

“Lost count of our visits here (8 or 9?). Sorry to leave and look forward to our next visit!” F.F. 03.02.18

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“Thanks again Richard for letting us share this little bit of paradise. Cottage cosy and warm as usual, which was needed in some very snowy conditions. Lots of cooking on the AGA, which we love Hopefully back soon!” R.P. 26.01.18

“Our 21st visit – and still always will be amazing. A wonderful relaxing time!” C.L. 29.07.17
“We love it! So lovely and warm The cottage is well looked after and loved by all those who have stayed in it. I have named the AGA ‘Big Blue’ and look forward to cooking on him again!” S.J 09.12.17

“Such a wonderful cottage and stunning location. Thank you for allowing Alfie to stay… the first cat at Ceannabeinne! Cosy by the AGA watching the storms go by. Absolutely loved this place!” S.A . 02.12.17

“Our fourth stay in this wonderful cottage. Thank you for the opportunity to say here . Hopefully back next year” M.A. 25.11.17

“A wonderful stay. Such a cosy house and such fabulous views  A really excellent holiday” L.G. 28.10.17.

“Had another lovely, relaxing week in Ceannabeinne. cannot get over the breathtaking views here. We saw the Northern Lights twice  What a show!” M.A 14.10.17

“What a wonderful time I had in Ceannabeinne last week. The cottage is even more stunning than I had expected – such a perfect location and cosy retreat from everything. The weather was cold and wild, and it was wonderful to watch the storm passing by while sitting at the kitchen table by the AGA” A.J 23.09.17

” Thanks for a great week. What a truly special place! We certainly plan to return soon” S.B 26.09.17

“A wonderful relaxing week. We never got board of looking out of the kitchen window. The view and colours continuously changing. Lucky enough to spot porpoises!. The cottage is beautifully set up with everything we needed and the AGA was the icing on the cake!”” C.L. 29.07.17

“I had the best sleep I have had in years. Do you know the make of the mattress! (Silentnight Mirapocket 1200 Memory Mattress)” C.W. 08.09.17

“Our 21st visit – and still always will be amazing. A wonderful relaxing time!” C.L. 29.07.17

“Our 8th visit – and still magical. The views, the skies, the sea, the peace. Thank you!” N.M. 01.07.17

“Fabulous cottage, fabulous weather – best ever!” T.G. 23.06.17

“Another great week for our 9th stay at the cottage. Thanks Richard and Mary Anne, the cottage is well looked after. We are already planning our next visit!” C.P. 17.06.17

“We always look forward to coming back before we have even left! Great cottage as always. Love sitting outside on the bench enjoying the view. Recommend the Whale Tale in the craft village if you like seafood!” P.T. 03.06.17

“What a glorious week in this idyllic spot! Ceannabeinne certainly lived up to our expectations, and some!! Already planning our return trip. As the owner said, ‘definitely the jewel in the crown’. We will miss you Ceannabeinne – from the cosy AGA heated kitchen to the relaxing lounge and the woodburner, to one of the most comfy beds we have ever slept in!” J.G. 27.05.17

“A wonderful week. Great cottage with a great view. I can recommend the Smoo Cave Hotel for a meal!” S.F. 21.04.17

“Its been a wonderful, restful week. Cottage was ideal, so very warm and comfortable!” A.G. 07.04.17

“Wonderful week, wonderful cottage. Loved the cosy kitchen, the AGA, the amazing views!” H.R. 04.03.17

“Our first winter visit! Roast beef in the AGA is superb!” J.S. 04.02.17

“We have stayed in many cottages over the years and have now found our favourite. A wonderful relaxing and peaceful week with lovely weather, glorious walks and good food at the Smoo Cave Hotel. The cottage is a very special place and can’t wait to come back. We have loved every minute. Aurora seen on 26th Jan!” S.C. 28.01.17

“Thank you for the most amazing holiday in this wonderful cottage!” L.D. 21.01.17

“Thank you Richard for another lovely week. A great start to the New Year!” L.T. 14.01.17

“Another wonderful holiday. Can’t wait for our next visit in the Summer. Thank you Richard!” S.R. 02.01.17

“I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our week at Ceannabeinne. The kitchen was the cosiest place imaginable and had the most wonderful view of the surf on the beach, and of the surfers too! We love the area anyway but having such a lovely place to stay made it even better!” H.M. 03.12.16

“Fantastic as always, looking forward to May already. Thank you Richard!” J.P. 19.11.16

“Another fantastic week here at Ceannabeinne. Thank you again Richard. We love the chance to stay in such a fabulous place!” M.A. 05.11.16

“Well worth the 10 hours drive! Beautiful weather, amazing scenery and a fabulous cottage to boot! We have loved everything about this beautiful part of Scotland, which has been made perfect by having this extremely comfortable cottage to return home to each day. We look forward to returning sometime soon.” C.B. 07.10.16

“Wonderful week here and just enjoyed every day. Thank you so much for our time at this blissful spot!” C.B. 24.09.16

“This is the most magical place. Slept like logs in the wonderful comfy beds Will be back!” S.C. 17.09.16

“You can even forget the date here! The constant change of light and colour is always magical. Could sit here for hours watching the tide and the sea!” N.M. 10.09.16

“Our first trip to the Scottish Highlands and it won’t be the last What a fantastic place!” K.M.06.08.16

“Another fantastic stay in this lovely cottage. Love the new curtains, crockery and lamps. Great week and can’t wait for our next visit!” M.A. 16.07.16

“Our twelfth visit. A few new changes since our last visit, bathroom, curtains, furnishings, lights, in case its possible to improve on perfection! Another lovely week.” J.B. 24.06.16

“Thanks so much for the use of your wonderful cottage. We love Ceannabeinne cottage and are sad to leave. Many thanks” E.W. 11.06.16

“It was so lovely to come back to this wonderful cottage. We first came 17 years ago! We loved our holiday!” M.W.11.06.16

“After many visits to Ceannabeinne, someone beat us to it this time, but we are so glad that we came here. Corrachbeag is such a lovely cottage, warm, cosy, comfortable and clean. Great to sit outside and enjoy the views. It was nice to be able to walk to the Old School restaurant, and close enough to the Spice Route for take-away. We will definitely stay here again. Many thanks” P.T. 25.05.16

“Whatever the weather throws at us, Ceannabeinne is still one of our top five places in the world!” P.J. 21.05.16

“We just wanted to say what an amazing time we had last week at Ceannabeinne. Such a wonderfully peaceful place. We are already talking and planning when we can come back!” A.G.. 05.05.16

“Such a lovely house, such a wonderful view! Such nice Scottish people. We had a great week!” H.D. 30.04.16

“Cottage is lovely and great to come back to after a long day!” R.L. 09.04.16

“A relaxing week. We have enjoyed the amazing view from the kitchen table!” J.P. 05.03.16

“Many thanks for a very enjoyable and relaxing week. Its always good to be here whatever the weather. We always visit the Spice Route for a take-away and The old School House and never miss Cocoa Mountain!. Thanks for another wonderful stay” L.T.. 05.12.15

“We had a fantastic week in Ceannabeinne, lucky to have great weather and waves right on our doorstep! I could happily look at this view for ever!” J.B. 31.10.15

“Home now, but we still feel the benefits of Ceannabeinne. Those waves have lovely sounds, and get into your subconscious. Thank you for having the vision and energy to create Norsehaven, without which Sutherland would not be such a second home to us. That is where our inner compass settles when we think of a holiday now!” G.L. 28.10.15

“What an amazing time we had at Ceannabeinne Cottage. I loved every second. Not only because the cottage was so comfortable, the chairs, the beds, simply everything, but what made it extra special was witnessing the aurora on three nights. Seriously, where credit is due, if all of your holiday cottages are of the same standard, which I am pretty sure they are, then hats off to you! We go to Scotland three times a year, and love trying different cottages. However, I feel we will be back to try Corrachbeag Cottage next year” E.N. 23.08.15

“We have had a WONDERFUL week at Ceannabeinne. It’s a lovely cottage in an incredible location.” H.Y. 17.07.15

“Just returned from your beautiful cottage and wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks. Cannot recommend the place highly enough! Superbly appointed and the views were beautiful. I posted a picture of the 4a.m sunrise on Scotland From The Roadside (Facebook Group) and got nearly 200 likes! We loved the AGA. Such a good idea up here. Continual steady heat. Once again thank you. We cannot recommend the place highly enough.” H.J. 6.06.15

“Comfortably ensconced and the sun is shining. Congratulations on a beautiful refurbishment. Ceannabeinne looks great!” N.M. 06.09.14

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“A wonderful holiday in a fantastic cottage with breath taking views. Weather was great. Lots of sunshine and lovely beaches. It was the perfect holiday, and our second visit. We will be back again!” B.R. 06.09.14

“A perfect relaxing holiday. The view is spectacular from the kitchen window. Cosy cottage, what more do you need! Everything was just perfect. Looking forward to a return visit. Thank you so much!” R.K. 30.08.14

“We are having a cracking time and enjoying the comfort of your wonderful croft at the beginning and end of each day!” E.C. 24.08.14

“Another wonderful holiday in this super cottage. Saw whales and porpoises in the bay below, and a golden eagle on our walk to Sandwood Bay. Lovely meal at the Ben Loyal Hotel, Tongue. Can’t wait until we are back in November, and already counting down the days!” E.S. 26.07.14

“We had another splendid time and our guests enjoyed their first visit to Ceannabeinne Cottage. perfect weather and lots of exploring!” M.F. 19.07.14

“We had a very good week at the cottage which really does have the most spectacular location!” P.R. 07.07.14

“A wonderful two weeks, mostly dry and sunny. It never got dark with amazing skies at 3am! Love the new bathroom and oak doors etc. Will be back in 2015 for our 19th visit to the cottage! Thanks Richard as ever!” C.L. 28.06.14

“Peace, perfect peace and mostly good weather! One week was never long enough here, and neither is two! Can recommend the ‘Spice Route’ for a take-away, excellent food. We love it here – thank you.” P.T. 07.06.14

“Lovely relaxing and peaceful stay as ever!” L.T. 24.05.14

“Perfectly peaceful relaxation!” H.G. 10.05.14

“Gloroius weather for the Easter weekend. Aurora Borealis and shooting stars too!” E.L 26.04.14

“Our fourth stay at Ceannabeinne and, as usual, we are reluctant to leave. Can never get tired of the view from the kitchen window. Many thanks Richard” B.S. 19.04.14

“Great location for a peaceful holiday with superb beaches around here. Smoo Cave Hotel great for food. Cottage has a ‘cracking’ new bathroom and double bedroom and a warm cosy kitchen with great views to admire over breakfast!” M.L  15.03.14

“First time this far North. What beautiful scenery, moreover, what an amazing view from this lovely cottage. Thank you for a lovely week!.” R.S. 08.03.14

“5th visit! Appreciate the new bathroom and Wi-Fi.” S.M. 01.03.14

“Our fourth stay in this lovely cottage and, as ever, a real ‘home from home’. The new bathroom is a lovely addition and great to now have internet access.” R.P. 22.2.14

” A lovely welcoming cottage after our long journey. The Christmas decorations were a nice touch!. Thanks for a relaxing and enjoyable week in such beautiful surroundings. We would love to return here.” M.M. 21.12.13

“Interesting to see how all the ‘first timers’ in the visitor’s book say ‘we’ll be back’. Our first entry (26th August 1995) says ‘We’ve never been anywhere perfect before’. Nothing changes!. P.B 9.11.13

“Entirely beautiful place. Thanks” L.M. 28.09.13

Wow. Is there a better view from a kitchen window anywhere? What a delight! Cottage has everything you can possibly need and is so cozy to come home to after a day out in this magical place. Saw otter prints on the beach and red deer on the hills, and all around us mesmerizing natural beauty. This place will draw us back for sure!” T.D 21.09.13

“Our first stay in this cottage but certainly not our last! We will be back as this place id definitely good for the soul. Don’t think we’ll be able to stay away from our beach below for very long! K.C. 14.09.13

“Happy New Year! We’ve had a lovely week on our first visit to Durness. The views and beaches are breathtaking. It doesn’t get any better than getting cozy in front of the log fire. Can’t wait to come back”
S.M 29.12.12

“The cottage was the best Chrissy present ever!”. J.E. 22.12. 12

 

 

 

 

 

” Another wonderful week in our favourite place in the country! First visit in winter but really enjoyed the peace and quiet and changing scenery. Its hard to draw ourselves away from the kitchen table – what a view!. No wonder this cottage is booked all year…its fantastic. Thank you. P.T. 01.12.12

“Just love it here – cottage so cozy…can’t wait for another visit!” J.D. 06.10.12

” Feels like home, we’ll be back again…Durness and Ceannabeinne really are ‘chicken soup to our souls’. and it makes our hearts sing. We are going to miss it and the friendly locals that have made us feel so welcome”. N.C 22.09.12

” What a magical place”. K.R. 08.09.12

“We have just returned from a week at Ceannabeinne, magical and rejuvinating, thank you” G.L. 18.8.12

” Looking out of the window with the sun on the turquoise sea…can’t believe how stunning it is. Wouldn’t want to be anywhere else”. L.B. 26.07.12

” Thanks for the cottage. It had everything we could need with sublime views”. J.R. 23.06.12

” Thanks Richard for a little bit of heaven”. N.C 02.06.12

” Another week in our favourite place” L.R. 17.03.12

” we have seen a lot of cottages over the years, but this place tops the lot!”. M.D. 28.01.12

” This must be one of the best views in the world – we feel so privileged to have called this place home for a week. Talk about a room with a view!!” E.K. 12.11.11

“At home now, but just wanted to say that we had a great week at Ceannabeinne.  Glad you will keep the AGA, it is really good for cooking, I wish I had one at home. My boys really liked their week near the beach” C.T. 9.07.11

“Just to say ‘thank you’ for a lovely week in Ceannabeinne – we really enjoyed it with the snowy, wintry landscapes and the ever changing view of the sea towards the cliffs. We always enjoy cooking on and in the Aga – it really makes the kitchen cosy and warm, please don’t change it.”  L and M. T. 16.01.11

“Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed staying at the cottage, hopefully will be able to go back next year.” D.S. 09.11.10

“We had a lovely holiday – weather fantastic and house perfect. I had mentioned to you that we have had several holidays in Durness but haven’t quite managed to find the correct accommodation. Ceannabeinne was great – well equipped kitchen, comfortable and spacious. The boys loved sleeping in the sitting room!Ceannabeinne was, by far, the best house we have ever rented in the area – really pleased we have found you. Am sure we will be booking with you again. Many thanks.” J.W. 16.10.10

“Again, thanks for providing such a beautifully located and well fitted out cottage!” J.L. 05.08.10

“Ceannabeinne was all and more than we had hoped it would be, the perfect retreat for our honeymoon,as I’m sure is a comment you have heard from many folk. So thank you, and we would very much like to stay again in the future!” A.S. 09.07.10

“Had a fantastic week and the cottage is absolutely superb. My wife and I have been to quite a few self catering locations around the UK and Ceannabeinne is by far and away the finest we have visited. You should be proud of it! ” C.M. 22.05.10

“We thoroughly enjoyed our week. A very small number of places never change except for the better (e.g. the new super multi-fuel stove!) and Ceannabeinne is one of them!” P.J. 24.04.10

“Ceannabeinne was, as ever, fantastic and we had a great week!! Can’t think of a better way to start a New Year..” S.R. 10.01.10

“Really enjoyed our week, aga and open fire a luxury we wish we had at home, will recommend cottage to anyone we hear looking for a break.” S.A. 15.08.09

” We really enjoyed our stay last week. It’s even nicer second time around.”  J.O 19.06.09

” We had such a great time in March at Ceannabeinne that we would like to book a winter week.” S.M 18.06.09

“We had a really great time in Ceannabeinne. It is a wonderful cottage and we are very sad to be back home.” S.W 13.05.09

“I had a great time at the cottage last week. It is such a fantastic location and such a comfortable place. I will certainly recommend it to friends interested in an out of the way holiday.”  M.W. 12.03.09

“I would like to say that we had the most lovely time in your fabulous cottage. The location was just amazing.It was so lovely to read the comments from your previous guests. We have been spreading the word and sharing the photographs of our trips.” C.C 2.12.08

“We had a wonderful holiday. Ceannabeinne sits in such a wonderful spot and we are very happy to spend our days around the cottage and exploring the beaches. We very much hope to return.”  CT. 22. 5.08

“It’s that time of year when we start dreaming about the far North West again! I know Ceannabeinne gets booked up quickly and we may have missed our chance, but do you have any availability for April, May or June next year? Can’t go too long without our fix!” C.P. 21.10.07

“Hi Richard – Nice to hear from you too! Found it hard to resist staying in Durness again!”  Z.W. 10.5.08″ That has got to be the best week ever at Ceannabeinne, bright blue sky, sunshine and all those beaches to ourselves!!. and the people of Durness are so friendly” P&D 23.12.07

“Just arrived back at home from our holiday in Scotland. I just wanted to let you know that we’ve enjoyed ourstay and Ceannabeine is a really fantastic Cottage”. A.M. 10.3.08

“The holiday at the cottage was superb, the surrounding area, that wonderful view and the weather all made it ideal, the cottage is great. We do hope to visit Ceannabeinne in the not to distant future, just when, we are not sure of but it is top of our holiday list.” D.S. 23.7.08