Every year my mother, my cousin and I go away for a week together somewhere in the UK and stay in a holiday let cottage. This year it’s been a particularly interesting experience for me, because Mum booked a 4* cottage through the agency I’m going to be using – Dove Cottage in Nairn.
I have to say, it’s gorgeous. A period cottage in Nairn’s Fishertown, a short walk from the beach, and not expensive. The living room has given me serious fireplace envy:
And the kitchen looks very familiar – I spy another Howdens afficionado!
The bedrooms are set up as two doubles and a twin, with one of the doubles being downstairs off the living room.
The bathrooms are neutral with a big walk-in shower upstairs and a bath downstairs. (I need to try and track down those loo roll holders!)
And outside there’s a small courtyard space.
A few points that I need to learn from:
- Although the cottage takes dogs, and judging by the visitors’ book many guests do bring them, you wouldn’t have known. It was spotlessly clean.
- One small grumble in the visitors’ book about the beds being too soft. We’ve found them softer than we’re all used to, but absolutely fine. However, I think I’ll go for mattresses in the medium-firm range.
- The Belfast sink in the kitchen is beautiful, but there’s no draining board for things we’re washing up by hand and as that’s a real wood worktop, we don’t want to put wet stuff on it and leave rings.
- I need to think about mirror placement in relation to power sockets – I don’t ever use a hairdryer, but Mum does and though she chose the twin room as it’s nearest the bathroom, she’s been using mine to dry her hair in as it’s got a big mirror near a plug.
One bonus of being a tourist so close to my home patch is that we went to the big sheep sale at Lairg on Tuesday and I bumped into David, who was selling there. I got a little confused, but I think he’ll be back either next week or the week after to get the jobs list finished. Can’t wait to get back to work down the road and get it finished now!