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"Built in 1871"
A magnificient stone holiday cottage set in the beautiful little coastal fishing village of Lybster and with just a short walk to the harbour and surrounded by local amenities this is a truly wonderful place to stay.
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"Stewart Buildings in Lybster"
Stewart Buldings Back Garden
"Accommodation"
"Living Room"
With open fire, 40" Freeview TV with Netflix and bluetooth stereo speakers.
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"Kitchen/Dining Room"
With gas range, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and French doors leading to garden.
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"1st Floor"
Bedroom 1
With kingsize bed and sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements), roll-top bath and toilet.
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"2nd Floor"
Bedroom 2
With double bed and single bed, roll-top bath and toilet.
Bedroom 3
With single bed.
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"The Property"
Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial coal for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.
Garden with sitting-out area and picnic bench. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.
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"Amenities"
Dishwasher
Garden / Patio
Highchair
Open Fire
Cot Available
Washing Machine
Entrance Ramp
Parking - on Site
WiFi
Sea Views
Pub with-in 1 mile
Coastal walks within 1 mile
Decorated at Christmas
Pets - Unfortunately not allowed
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"Local Area"
Situated in the popular fishing village of Lybster, this well-presented semi-detached stone property offers three bedrooms and has been renovated in 2020 by the owners. Stuart Buildings offers guests a very comfortable holiday home, comprising of a spacious open plan kitchen/dining room with a central island and a range cooker and French doors that lead to the garden which is large and offers great rural views. There is a large living room with an open fire and a quiet seating area. On the first floor there is the master bedroom and a spacious bathroom with a roll-top bath. On the second floor is the second bathroom, also with a roll-top bath and two further bedrooms.
The village has a local pub which is only 200 yards away, a shop and post office and there is a local hotel that has a bar and serves food. You can catch a ferry from the small harbour to Wick and hopefully see some of the stunning wildlife. This is an ideal base for exploring this stunning coastline, the near by town of Wick is perfect for a day out or why not explore the north coast of Scotland or even pop over to Orkney. Beach ¾ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.
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"A Little Bit of History"
Stewart buildings was built in 1871 and has seen many different professions over the years.
The original living quarters were on the upper floors and you can still see original features such as the beautiful woodwork in the first floor bedroom. The ground floor was originally a shop front and has been many things from a butchers shop to a beautician over the years. The extension to the rear was added and the living area was spread over all the floors. At the beginning of lock down we purchased the adjoined building and plan to renovate the property. It was originally a shoe shop with again the living quarters on the upper floors. The old stone walls at the bottom of the neighbouring garden was once a black smiths and were home to stage coach horses.
The village of Lybster was once one of the three largest herring fishing ports but over time and drop in fish stocks the harbour has become much quieter. The harbour still hosts fishing boats but on a much smaller scale and in 2019 the harbour featured in the popular series The Crown.
We highly recommend a visit to Lybster harbour for it is soaked in history and boasts stunning scenery.
The village also once was part of a light railway of which started from the Wick station and linked the small villages of the east coast of Caithness. The station house can still be seen and is located at the local golf course. Parts of the original route are visible periodically along the route to Wick, one of which stands out is the old station at Thrumster.
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"Here are some of our favourite places to eat to try while you are out and about"
The Portland Arms Hotel 10 minute walk . Forse of Nature 3.4 miles away . The Bay Dunbeath 7.6 miles away . The Smiddy Inn 9.6 miles away . Laidlay Tea Room 7 miles away . The River Bothy 13.5 miles away . The Pier Cafe 54.5 miles away . . Close
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"Please find below some of the local transport services"
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"Car Rental"
Car Rental
Wick 13.8 miles away
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"Trains"
Station 1
Wick 13.8 miles away
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"Buses"
Bus routes into Thurso and beyond
Bus 1
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"Ferries"
Sail to the Orkney and Shetland Islands
Ferry 1
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Orkney in only 1hr
Ferry 2
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Tour to the Orkney Islands
Ferry 3
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"If you fancy a day out exploring the local area, then why not try a few of our favourites"
"Off the Beaten Track"
Lybster Harbour 3.9 miles away . Latheronwheel 2.4 miles away . Dunbeath Harbour 4.1 miles away . Caithness Sea Coast 16.5 miles away . Old Pulteny Distillery 15.8 miles away . Girnigo Castle 20.4 miles away . John O' Groats 32.2 miles away . Close
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"For those who like to know a bit about the history of the area."
"Museums"
Laidhay Croft Museum 7 miles away . Dunbeath Heritage Centre 7.7 miles away . Wick Heritage Centre 13.5 miles away . Clan Gunn Museum 3.8 miles away . Close
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"Before you arrive."
"Arrival Information"
We look forward to your stay here with us at Stewart Buidings. On arrival you will find the key in the key safe located at the rear of the property, just past the gravel parking area, on the right side of the door of the patio. The code will be sent to your contact number given on day of arrival.
There is an open fire in the living room with initial wood and kindling provided. There is also a hair dryer provided and located in the first floor wardrobe.
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"Getting the essentials"
Shopping, there is a local shop across the street as well as a local post office. Larger super markets can be located in the counties two towns Thurso and Wick.
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"General"
· Check in time 4pm, no earlier to allow efficient cleaning time.
· Welcome basket is provided, please enjoy.
· If baby equipment is required please don’t hesitate to ask. High chairs and cots are available.
· We operate a no smoking policy.
· Please do not let children play on garden walls.
· Hand sanitiser is provided at both entrances.
· Guests must vacate the premises by 10am on day of departure.
· We operate a no dogs policy.
· Recycling bin is provided.
· Off road parking is provided.
· Bins are put out by ourselves on a Thursday night for early pick up Friday morning. Please contact us if this causes issue.
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"Towel and Linen policy"
· All bed linen and towels are provided.
· If staying longer than a week extra linen and towels are available on request.
· Due to covid19 we kindly ask you strip the beds and place linen in the black bags provided.
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"Entertainment"
· Tadblue sound table is located in the living room. Just connect via Bluetooth and enjoy listening to your favourite play list.
· Smart TV located in the living room with Netflix already signed in and set up.
· Picnic area in the garden and additional seating area.
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"Health and safety"
· Fire blanket and extinguisher located in the kitchen beside cooker.
· Secondary fire blanket located under tv in living room.
· First aid kit and torch located in top left corner of kitchen.
· Please mind the step into the living room.
· Steeps to rear of property.
· Please use fire guard if lighting fire.
· Smoke detectors located through out the building.
· Gas certificate can be found on wall in kitchen beside sink.
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"In any doubt?"
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in contact and we will do our best to help.
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"COVID-19 Symptoms"
If a guest is displaying signs of COVID19 while staying in overnight accommodation, they should inform the accommodation provider, immediately self-isolate where they are to minimise any risk of transmission and request a test. If they are confirmed to have COVID-19, they should return home if they reasonably can. They should use private transport but only drive themselves if they can do so safely.
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"Useful numbers"
Local doctors practice
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Local hospital
Caithness General Hospital
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NHS helpline
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Property owners
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Emergency services
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"NHS inform Helpline"
This helpline is currently dedicated to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
If you think you have coronavirus and would like to assess your symptoms, phone 0800 22 44 88. You will be asked to answer questions through an automated service.
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This helpline is open 24/7 during this time.
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"Book Direct"
Bookings can be made directly with the owners, simply click on the number below.
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