The Old Church, Ardvasar

Self Catering

Ardvasar, Sleat, Isle Of Skye, Highlands, IV45 8RS

    The Old Church is a lovely character cottage sleeping 8/10 in the pretty village of Ardvasar, ideally situated on the Sleat Peninsula, "The Garden of Skye". Magnificent views over bay.

    The cottage is extremely well equipped, including Sky TV, Wi-Fi, DVD player etc. Local amenities, including shop, hotel & Post Office within walking distance. All utilities, bedding etc included. Pets welcome. The Old Church is a wonderful house bursting with character. It was built in 1895 and converted to a house in the early 1990's. Many of the walls have oak panelling, there is a magnificent picture window in the lounge overlooking the bay and a beautiful oak staircase. It is situated in the pretty village of Ardvasar on the Sleat Peninsula (The Garden of Skye) only a mile from the ferry terminal at Armadale. There is an excellent hotel within easy walking distance which has a restaurant and also serves bar meals. There is also a local shop which is very well stocked.

    Photographs & details about the house can be found by clicking on the "Images" link on the left hand side.

    In summary the house has:-

    4 bedrooms, 1 king size with en-suite (new in 2012), 2 king sized/twins, 1 bunk bedded room (downstairs)
    2 further bathrooms, one with shower over bath (downstairs) and one with shower (refurbished in 2012)
    "L" shaped kitchen with informal dining table, multi-fuel stove, lounge area and cooking area.
    Utility room with washing machine, tumble drier, dishwasher & large fridge/freezer.
    Large formal dining room with double sofa bed (a privacy screen is provided)
    "L" shaped lounge with magnificent window overlooking Sound of Sleat, Sky TV & ample seating
    WiFi, DVD player/recorder, iPod docking station, films, games and literally hundreds of books!
    Pretty "cottage style" garden which is fully enclosed.

    Skye is an incredibly popular destination for holidays - if you have been you will understand why. The scenery is unsurpassed and wildlife abounds. Otters are regularly seen along with seals and dolphins. Anyone who saw the 1000 strong pod of dolphins in July 2010 will surely never forget it. There are sea eagles and even golden eagles.

    The Sleat Peninsula on Skye is very different from other areas of the island - the land is very fertile so the landscape is much greener and luxuriant. The Old Church is only 22 miles from the Skye Bridge and 15 miles from Broadford. It also has the advantage of being close to the Ferry Terminal - it is well worth making the trip across to Mallaig to be able to explore the beautiful countryside around Arisaig and further inland - there are some fantastic beaches. The house is also in easy reach of the pretty village of Plockton and the nearby Eilean Donan castle. There are several excellent restaurants within hotels along the Sleat peninsula. The Ardvasar Hotel is a one minute walk from The Old Church where you can be certain of a warm welcome and good food from Richard and his staff.

    In late 2011 we took our courage in our hands and decided to undertake a major building project at the house so that we could add an en-suite bathroom. To do this we had to have the existing wood burning stove taken out with its associated flue that went up through the bedroom!! Shall we say having the flue in the bedroom did rather restrict where the bed could be positioned - i.e. one place only. So the old stove went and was replaced with a new (and highly efficient) one with the flue safely embedded in the metre thick walls. This meant that unused space above the utility room could be turned into an en-suite shower room. At the same time we decided to get the main upstairs bathroom completely refurbished. Unfortunately a damp wall dictated extra work and new windows in the kitchen along with a big bill. Finally - to re-create a little bit of history, we chose to disguise the flue for the new stove with a mock bell tower complete with silent bell! Many of our guests return year after year – let’s hope they like what they see! Photographs will be available late March 2012.

    3 Self Catering
    Walkers Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    The Old Church
    £670.00 per unit per week

    Short breaks may be considered at any time of the year

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Self Catering Holiday Short breaks may be available throughout the year. Contact the owner for details and tariffs.


    • Children Welcome
    • Cot Available A travel cot is provided within the property. PLEASE NOTE:- we do not provide bedding for the cot
    • Highchair Available A high chair is provided within the house as well as two stair gates for safety.


    • Internet Access Wi_Fi is available free of charge. The access codes etc are displayed at the house.
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Coastal Location
    • Island Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Dogs Welcome Guests are asked that their dogs do not go upstairs or on the furniture. Dog towels are provided.
    • Families The house is deceptively spacious and can easily accommodate two families.
    • Groups Welcome
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome


    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles The Ardvasar Hotel is a very short walk from the house.
    • Kiosk/ Shop Opening hours provided on booking.
    • Shop
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop Opening hours provided when booking
    • Tea & Coffee Available Tea, coffe, sugar & milk will be available in the cottage when guests arrive.


    • Bunk Beds The bunk beds are of a very high quality and are definitely suitable for adults.
    • Covered Drying Facilities Available
    • Dishwasher
    • Drying Facilities There is a rotary dryer outside, a tumble drier and a pulley operated clothes drying rack.
    • Electric Cooker
    • Electric Shaver Point All bathrooms have shaver sockets (some are integral in illuminated mirrors).
    • Freezer There is a large (2 metre high) fridge/freezer at the house which is split equally between chilling & freezing.
    • Fridge There is a large (2 metre high) fridge/freezer at the house which is split equally between chilling & freezing. There is also a slimline under counter fridge within the cooking area.
    • Hairdryer Available There are two hairdryers available at the house.
    • Heating Throughout Property The house has gas fired central heating, heated towel rails and a multi fuel stove.
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities An ironing board is available at the house.
    • Kitchen The kitchen is L shaped with a cooking area, an informal dining area and also a sofa and armchair adjacent to the multi fuel stove.
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Linen Provided All bedding and towels are provided.
    • Lounge
    • Microwave
    • Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove A multi fuel stove was installed in early 2012. Logs are available at the house which guests are respectfully requested to replenish.
    • Outdoor Drying Facility There is a rotary drying line at the house.
    • Private Bathroom There is a bathroom downstairs with shower over bath, one upstairs with an enclosed shower cubicle and an "en-suite" wet room.
    • Shower The house benefits from a "megaflow" water tank which gives fantastic water pressure in the showers.
    • Telephone There is a telephone at the house which will accept incoming calls, The number is provided on booking.
    • Towels Provided All bedding and towels are provided.
    • Tumble Dryer
    • WC EnSuite There is an en-suite wetroom attached to Arran.
    • Washing Machine Guests are requested to bring their own washing powder to avoid any issue with allergies etc.

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player There is stereo system in the main lounge with a CD changer and also alarm clock radios in the bedroom with integral CD players.
    • DVD Player A DVD player/recorder is in the main lounge.
    • Entertainment Available There is a selection of CDs and films available.
    • Garden The garden is fully enclosed with wooden tables and chairs. there is also a "midgebuster" in the garden.
    • Hi-Fi
    • Indoor Recreational Facilities
    • Radio There is an iPod docking system with an integral radio.
    • Satellite / Cable TV Sky TV.
    • Television There is a large TV in the main lounge with Sky.
    • WiFi Free WiFi available to guests.

    Payment Methods

    • Cash Possible but not preferred.
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card From May 2012
    • Maestro Card From May 2012
    • Switch Card From May 2012
    • VISA Card From May 2012


    • Cycle Hire Nearby Cycles can be hired in Broadford, approximately 20 miles away.
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking Up to three cars can be parked on site.
    • Public Parking Nearby

    Road Directions

    From the Kyle of Lochalsh, follow the A850 towards Broadford and turn left onto the A851 towards Armadale. Follow the road along the Sleat Peninsula (a total of 15 miles from the Kyle of Lochalsh). Approximately 1 mile before Armadale, just past the Castle, take a right turn to Ardvasar, opposite the Nigel Grounds Gallery. Go past the Ardvasar Stores on the right and The Old Church is on the left directly opposite the Community Hall. Turn left down a shared drive just past the house and then immediately left onto the block paved parking area.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Flights to Inverness give you easy access to the Isle of Skye. On arrival collect a hire car and travel west towards the Kyle of Lochalsh & then on over the Skye Bridge

    Getting there by ferry:- From Armadale on the Mallaig Ferry, go straight on & then turn left opposite the Nigel Grounds Gallery signposted to Ardvasar (after approximately half a mile). Go past the Ardvasar Stores on the right and The Old Church is on the left directly opposite the Community Hall. Turn left down a shared drive just past the house and then immediately left onto the block paved parking area.

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