The Cottage

The New Extension

  • In 2011 a bay was built on the front of the house to give stunning, 180 degree views over Sandaig Bay from the dining room table (see image on first page), perfect for watching wildlife.  This important addition makes the front of the house more attractive and looks as though it has always been there.
  • Extension to the house's original back porch brings a new shower room and second WC, plus more storage and a second fridge. 



History

Torr na h'Innse Cottage was re-built by us between 1991 and 1993. 

Uninhabited since the 1950s, the fank (sheep fold) and remnants of fence lines remain visible in the fields confirms that this was a shepherd's house within Knoydart estate.

It is thought that the house dates from about 1840. Before the highland clearances, there was an earlier croft close to the location of the present house and this would have been one of many crofts in the bay and along the slopes above Doune and Samadalen.  The former Sandaig Chapel (now Sandaig House) had seats for 400 souls and this must therefore have been the centre of community on Loch Nevis, before Mallaig became developed as a fishing port and later a railhead.

Accommodation

The cottage was mostly rebuilt within the stone walls of a traditional shepherd's cottage. It is well insulated from the elements. The accommodation includes:
  • A large open plan Kitchen / DIning / Living room with an efficient Woodwarm stove (logs are supplied). Table to seat up to 10
  • Oil-fired Rayburn Cooker. Gas-fired 4 burner hob
  • 3 Double Rooms on ground floor all with direct sea views
  • On ground floor a bathroom with WC and a separate shower room with WC
  • A bedroom with 2 Singles Beds in the attic with Velux windows 
  • A further large open plan area in the attic with 3 futons
  • Separate boatshed, logshed, generator shed and workroom


Torr na h'Innse's Layout

Torr na h'Innse and Sandaig Burn
  • Sandaig Cottage (Locally named Torr na h'Innse) sits on the shore of Sandaig Bay overlooking Loch Nevis and the mountains of Knoydart. It is reached by private track which fords Sandaig Burn. The house is surrounded by its own land consisting of 400 acres, a lake, burn, waterfalls, 2 islets and over a mile of coastline. 
  • All the rooms have views over the sea-loch to the front. The sitting room and attic bedroom also have views over the the fields and moor to the rear.
  • The large open plan kitchen/living room is heated by (1) the oil fired Rayburn  range cooker, (2) two radiators that receive excess power from the hydro system and, (3) when you need it, a new efficient wood burning stove (logs provided). An inbuilt 4 ring gas hob is also available for cooking. 
  • Comfortable accommodation in 4 bedrooms, three downstairs each with a double bed and the fourth one upstairs with two single beds.
    The view from out from the living room.
  • There are also 3  futons in a further open-plan attic bedroom that stretches halfway along the length of the house. From here, light, elevated views over the bay are provided through two large Velux windows. This area has always provided a brilliant space for children and a great "Den".
  • The large porch has plenty of space for hanging coats and outdoor gear and provides a draft barrier between the house and the elements. 
  • We now have Wifi!  We were ambivalent about accepting it but have to admit is is very useful for checking emails. Speeds are normally good. Mobile phone signal at the house is weak to non-existent but you can drive up the road in the direction of Airor and get a signal, if you are desperate. Better to use our house land line if it is working (prone to cuts in line)   
  • Quite a good quality amplifier and CD player with Quad speakers. A selection of Scottish and Irish CDs. Bring your own CDs and, if you have it, Ipod with Spotify if you like
  • The new extension to the kitchen, at the front of the house provides unobstructed 180 degree views out onto the bay when dining. The extension to the rear will provide additional dry storage and a brand new shower room + WC.
  • The hydroelectric system now produces a pretty reliable power supply. There is a back-up 7 kW diesel generator with its 600 gallon tank of diesel
  • We have used the best materials and equipment, including Amtico flooring, hardwood double glazed windows and a modern internal skin within the original stone shell, to provide good insulation. This is all aimed at providing a practical, hard wearing, low energy demanding house which is protected against cold, wind, damp and time.
The 3 ground floor bedrooms have fitted cupboards, radiators and window seats. Duvets and pillows are provided but towels are not. Bedlinen may be provided on request and at an additional cost. A washer dryer and an airing cupboard are available. The cupboard contains the hot water tank which is heated by the Rayburn stove. .




Vehicles:

Included in the rental of the house is a long wheelbase 110 diesel Landrover Defender and the 9 ft dinghy, Nutkin with oars and a sail.

Larger open sailing day boats, a Drascombe Lugger (18 ft) and a Cornish Cobble (16ft)may be available to experienced sailors on request and for a donation. Disclaimer: Be careful!! Nobody will be watching you from the club house, there isn't one. In truth, no one will be watching at all.

Power and Water:

The Micro hydro system, described on this link, now provides free, renewable, clean, storable and silent power generation. This has allowed for amenities, taken for granted normally such as continuous lighting and a fridge. 

Until recently a 7kW diesel generator was the sole power supply for the cottage. The diesel generator and oil fired Rayburn each run off separate 600 gallon tanks. These have being hidden from view behind the boat shed; a 30 foot long store for the boats, tools, outboard engines and other miscellaneous products of beach coaming. 

Fresh water is sourced from Sandaig Burn. A water pipe leads down to the house from a weir at the waterfall.

Eating Out and Post:

In Inverie (Knoydart's only village), there is a post office, a pub (The old forge: "the remotest pub on mainland Britain"-Guinness Book of Records) which serves good local food including vension from the hill and seafood platters from the Loch. A restaurant is also available around the coast at Doune although this does require a sea voyage or a walk down from the road.

Food:

Since there are no food shops on Knoydart, supplies have to be shipped over. 

Thus before arriving there are two options;
  • At Fort William there is a large Morrisons supermarket by the railway station, which is very useful for large scale stocking up prior to arrival.
  • Groceries and meat may also be bought at the Co-op or Spar in Mallaig before you take the ferry. After arriving you may telephone the Co-op, using the telephone in our house. They are efficient at sending your orders over by ferry for you to collect at Inverie.

If you require any more information regarding any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us.