Tuesday, 19 April 2011

New Luxury Cottages Ideal for Honeymoon and Romantic Breaks




Locholly Lodge and Stac Polly Cottage are the newest additions to www.selfcatering-scotland.net “It took a couple of years for us to find the perfect site that makes the most of this areas stunning scenery and then a further 4 years from buying the land, to get it de-crofted, to getting them ready for April 2011” says Mark Scott partner of the Holiday property group. “We wanted to build cottages that would make people want to stay and relax as much as possible. We tried to think of as many different aspects as we could, hot tubs, wood burning stoves, saunas, fantastic entertainment systems. Having people look forward to coming back to the cottage after a day out exploring this amazing part of Scotland was our main focus.”

The cottages are located on the North West coast of Scotland beside Achiltiebuie about 20 Miles North West of Ullapool with views overlooking the beautiful Summer Isles, “I think the hot tubs have to be up there in the top 10 for best hot tub views in Britain.” The houses sleep 8 people but are designed in a way to accommodate couples who are maybe looking for a romantic break or on a honeymoon. “We designed the house so the upstairs has the lounge, master bedroom and sauna with views out over the sea. ”

Facilities include a private hot tub, infrared sauna, wood burning stove, fully equipped kitchen and dining room, lounge and gallery, master bedroom with en-suite, a further 3 bedrooms down stairs, washer & dryer, 7 acre site. The area is absolutely stunning and is part of the Geopark It starts at The Summer Isles in Wester Ross and continues northwards through west Sutherland to the north coast. You can see photos of the properties and a video on the website. Group Luxury Holiday Cottages Scotland
The cottages are discounted this year to encourage people to try them out, Windyhill cottage which is another cottage owned by Holiday Property Group is almost fully booked all year round.

Monday, 18 April 2011

ASSC I almost joined until I realised I still had to get Visit Scotland involved

I was just about to join ASSC but stopped again when I was told I needed to have Visit Scotland rate my properties. I have no problem with the quality of my self catering cottages

I would have thought by now the ASSC would have either created an automated system to rate cottages which is something I started a few years ago or done it themselves with their own staff. I don't want to give Visit Scotland any more weight and certainly no more money.

Reviews are the way forward, they are better than any other scheme, sure they are up for abuse if not vetted correctly but the customer feedback is quite often better than any quality assurance. So hey I might not have a hair dryer in every room but I do have a award winning view etc.

So i won't join ASSC until they stop their association with Visit Scotland. I also see they have lots of links to the Visit Scotland website, there are better sites out their with good information.

They have over 600 members which probably also means there is a lot of competition now on their own Embrace Scotland website.