Juliette's -- peaceful hut on a croft, Wester Ross

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Shepherd’s hut hosted by Duncan

3 guests, 1 bedroom, 3 beds, 1 bath
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Unique, quiet, shepherd's hut at Croft 16 Daffodils, on Loch Ewe's western shore. Juliette's sleeps up to 3: a comfy double bed, with single bunk above. Michael's sleeps 2: please see separate listing. Shower-room, kitchenette, dining and lounge areas in nearby Hub. Set in Wester Ross National Scenic Area and Unesco Biosphere, 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Poolewe and NC500 route. Uninterrupted views over loch to An Teallach; Sutherland mountains and Beinn Eighe. Not suitable for children or pets.

The space
THE CROFT We specialise in growing historical daffodil varieties, maintaining Plant Heritage's National Plant Collection of pre-1930 daffodils. April on the croft is ablaze with white, gold and orange; in summer the bulb plots glitter bright yellow with cat's ear. We don't keep livestock, but this is a three-and-a-half-acre working croft, and during the summer we're working flat-out lifting, cleaning, and preparing on-line daffodil bulb orders for despatch. We're constantly chasing our tails, and don't deny the croft looks messy -- especially after summer rain -- but this creates a haven for beetles, bees and birds. We simply try to do too much, and there is always "work in progress" and a new project underway. The peaty, rough grazing, between the house and road, is studded with statuesque wild angelica, followed in late summer by dusty blue buttons of devil's bit scabious, but the inbye, sloping down to the foreshore, supports tiny bulb plots framed by escallonia hedges in exuberant pinks and red, set among rippling grasses and glistening buttercup. The pasture is kept long deliberately until birds have had their fill of seedheads (and to attract corncrake, which, sadly, haven't found us yet), with paths mown through it.

We are genuinely sorry that in these covid-beleaguered times we consider it unsafe to come into close contact with guests. The welcome is undimmed, but at arm's length, wearing masks. Sadly, many homely touches have been scaled back: scatter cushions (supplanted by washable throws) and ornaments have been stowed away, and time spent home-baking is now devoted to extra cleaning.
We no longer leave out oil, condiments, coffee maker, hair dryer, midge nets, midge repellent, wellies, disposable menstrual products, first aid kit, arnica, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, needle and thread, nor even a button or three. Due to thefts, we don't leave out tick twisters, boot dryers and binoculars, but do please ask for any of the above, or, indeed, for items we have overlooked, and we shall do our best to supply them.
Please don't get stuck -- indeed, if you have any questions at all -- as we're here to help and to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

All towels and bedlinen are provided.

IF YOU ARE BOOKING JULIETTE'S ONLY, showering and cooking facilities are in the HUB.
IF YOU ARE BOOKING BOTH SHEPHERD'S HUTS, the shower room in the HUB EXTENSION and extra cooking facilities and seating in the LEAN-TO will be available too. Notes on these areas follow those on the Hub.
We are truly sorry that guests see considerably inflated figures to those we set.

JULIETTE'S To keep you cosy, there is an electric panel heater in the hut, and fleecy throws to spread over the duvets. Inside the hut there are two benches; outside, at the gable end, with views over the loch to Beinn Airigh Charr (mountain of the rough shieling), a plat provides seating beside a table over the towing gear -- cushions are stowed beneath the hut. Between the door and a sheltering dwarf mountain pine, there is a large, round table beside a bench and a chair: please ask for the less-waterproof cushions for these. Smoking anywhere indoors is strictly forbidden and please don't burn candles, tea lights, incense cones and sticks, or the equivalent, inside Juliette's -- it's simply too risky in a wooden hut. A sealed-battery, tamper-proof smoke alarm has been fitted.
Heeding advice, it would be lovely if you would remove top pillowcases from the pillows, the duvet cover from the duvet and the sheet from the bed, and stuff these items into the laundry bag in Juliette's, and open the window (if it isn't raining). Thank you. I'll remove the pillow and mattress protectors later.

THE HUB

The LOUNGE area has a corner window seat, a comfy sofa, and a television with DVD slot and FreeSat box. A JVC radio plays tapes and CDs. We decided to retain the bookcase (a life without books is barely an existence), but have halved the selection: one portion is shelved in the Hub, the other squirreled away. Please put any books you handle in the basket on top of the bookshelf, as these will be quarantined, and be replaced on the bookshelf by similar titles from the “reserve” collection.
The KITCHENETTE has a toaster, kettle, induction hob, microwave, counter-top dishwasher and mini 'fridge (plus a colder, full-sized, 'fridge in the Inverter shed), and all the cooking utensils, crockery, cafetière, cutlery and glasses you might need to rustle up a meal. Please ask if you would like to use a filter coffee-maker, or for an item we've forgotten.
Fresh teabags, coffee, milk and sugar are put out for your sole use. Please don't hesitate to ask for replenishments and for different items, such as Earl Grey and fruit teas, oil, herbs, and salt and pepper grinders.
The DINING area seats five guests comfortably when the table is fully extended.
SHOWER ROOM with lavatory and wash hand basin. A heated towel rail is just outside the door in the vestibule. Apart from providing hand sanitiser and complimentary soap, we are sorry that we no longer leave out other toiletries and first aid items: please just ask for anything you need.
There is no mains sewerage here -- just a private septic tank -- so please flush only human waste and lavatory paper down the loo. Please put everything else, including hair (which doesn't rot down), wipes, cotton buds, disposable menstrual products and dental floss in the bins provided. Thank you.
The basket in the shower room is for used towels and kitchen linen.

The Hub has fan heaters in both the main room and the shower-room.

HUB EXTENSION and LEAN-TO

The Hub extension comprises a vestibule with a mini-dishwasher (which is out of commission until a long-awaited plumber checks the hose fittings); an heated towel rail, and a socket for a boot dryer (for which please ask). The shower room has a generously sized cubicle; fan-heater, bench, towel rail and hooks, and a basket for used towels and kitchen linen.
The lavatory and wash hand basin is in a separate cubicle beside it.
There is no mains sewerage here -- just a private septic tank -- so please flush only human waste and lavatory paper down the loo. Please put everything else, including hair (which doesn't rot down), wipes, cotton buds, disposable menstrual products and dental floss in the bins provided. Thank you.
The LEAN-TO is a wee glasshouse on the southern elevation of the Hub, facing Michael's. It has a work-station with a combination microwave, kettle, knives, chopping boards, microwave dishes, crockery, glasses, utensils and cutlery.
Fresh teabags, coffee, milk (kept cool in a flask), sugar, and water (for the kettle and microwave steamer) are put out for your sole use. Please don't hesitate to ask for replenishments and for different items, such as Earl Grey and fruit teas, herbs, and salt and pepper grinders. Feel free to store foodstuffs in the Inverter shed 'fridge.
There is also a large table to dine and work at; two teak chairs, and two low, small tables.
As this is a glasshouse, the furnishings are more resilient than in the Hub.

Smoking is forbidden anywhere indoors.

CHECK-IN is from 17:00 hrs. Please arrive before 21.00 hrs.
Please CHECK OUT by 10:30 a.m.

NOTES ABOUT COVID-19 To endeavour to keep everyone safe, we have, reluctantly, had to adjust our approach to hosting due to the covid-19 pandemic. We shall keep the measures below in place for the foreseeable future.

Protocols concerning how to reduce the risk of contracting and/or spreading this coronavirus, appear under OTHER DETAILS TO NOTE.

Juliette’s will be quarantined for two days before and after bookings. All areas will be aired and cleaned thoroughly with an EN14476-compliant virucidal fluid, with special attention paid to frequently-used touch-points such as switches, taps, door handles, television and freesat remotes, and buttons on the radio. The towels and linens bagged by guests on their departure, plus pillow protectors and all throws covering seat cushions and the sofa, will be laundered, dried outside (if possible) and ironed. Lastly, use of an handheld fogging machine, tanked up with virucidal fluid, should neutralize any lingering, potential traces of covid-19, including those on soft furnishings, such as curtains, blinds, cushions, pillows, mattress topper, mattress and rugs.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 double bed, 1 bunk bed

What this place offers

Bay view
Public or shared beach access – Beachfront
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
TV with Standard cable
Backyard
Luggage drop-off allowed
Hair dryer
Located in Inverter shed -- please ask. refrigerator
Microwave

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Midtown, Scotland, United Kingdom

The croft is an ideal base for outdoor activities: walking, (energetic) cycling, birdwatching, botanising, kayaking, swimming (wild or tame), climbing and photography. Sandy Firemore beach lies a couple of miles north of us, and further along the peninsula is the tiny, working harbour of Cove. At the end of the road there are dilapidated WWII gun emplacements, and the Sasan, which commemorates the brave Royal Navy and merchant seamen who perished undertaking Arctic convoys -- "the worst journey in the world" (Churchill). If you'd like to know more about the role Loch Ewe played in WWII, the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, beside the main road at Aultbea (10 miles/16 km away), has reopened for pre-booked visits.
To witness how this challenging environment has been tamed horticulturally, visit Inverewe Garden, a mile northeast of Poolewe, en route to Aultbea.
There are post offices and grocery stores in Poolewe, Aultbea and Laide -- the latter sells petrol and diesel too. Please be prepared to queue outside; wear a mask and respect social distancing protocols in these narrow-aisled, local shops -- it's not easy to make them covid-safe.
As it's tricky to keep abreast of what activities are accessible just now, and when and where you can eat out, we'll leave a (quarantined) recent copy of the local paper, which publishes details of everything available, in the Hub for you.

Hosted by Duncan

  1. Joined in June 2018
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During your stay

Naturally, we think it's important to meet you in person on arrival, but, due to covid-19, the welcome has to be more muted; at two metres distant and wearing a mask. At the moment interaction is, sadly, minimal. Helpful(?) advice notes are provided, but if you're stuck, or need something, please track us down -- we're usually somewhere on the croft. If you can't find us, a hearty tug on the ship's bell, beside the "back" door, will bring one of us, and, of course, the spaniel, over.
Naturally, we think it's important to meet you in person on arrival, but, due to covid-19, the welcome has to be more muted; at two metres distant and wearing a mask. At the moment…

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House rules

Check-in: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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