The Crofter’s House

Portree, Isle of Skye

Classic crofter’s cottage with a minimalist chic makeover - soft colours, designer lighting - surrounded by peace; a romantic hideaway


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


A quiet bay, soft green hills, big skies, a single-track road… The views from this whitewashed 19th-century crofter’s cottage are as peaceful and calm as it gets. But that doesn’t mean it’s back-to-basics. Although traditional on the outside, inside the cottage is stylishly cool with a Scandi-design touch. White tongue-and-groove panelled walls and open-raftered ceilings create luminous, airy spaces. Step straight into a small but perfectly formed, bright and contemporary kitchen. Move up two steps into a wood-floored living space carefully set with Danish-style furniture, wood and peat-burning stove and designer lighting. Limited edition prints and shots of colour add warmth; the deepset window adds cosiness. The bedroom is beautifully uncluttered with soft grey colours and simple furnishings; the pretty bathroom crisp and shiny. There’s a useful outhouse (with washer and drier) for bike storage and clothes drying; this is Skye, remember. Come here to walk, cycle, take photos, wildlife-spot – there’s a small front garden, terrace and a meadow. Or explore Portree, 5 miles. Peace and tranquillity guaranteed.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Sorry, no children or pets.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £95
Weekly price
from £665
1 House for 2
From £951 bedroom


Lovely "real" cottage. Very cozy and well designed interior, love the scandinavian touch. The Crofter's House is fortunately one of the best cottage on Skye, highly recommended. The kitchen is well equipped. Spacious bedroom with very comfortable bed. The cottage is well supplied with electric heaters and wood-burner for colder days. Camastianavaig is a lovely base to explore Skye and only 10min drive from Portree. No sea view from the cottage but only a few steps down gives a wonderful view over Camastianavaig Bay and the Island Raasay in front. Can't wait to come back.

Steven, Gent

My fiancee and I had the most relaxing stay at The Crofter's House. Sarah has created such a cozy spot in the Highlands and our stay exceeded our expectations in every way! We enjoyed our home cooked meals (after a week of traveling), staying warm by the fire, and having a beautiful, clean place to return after our adventures! Sarah added so many personal touches to the space, which made us feel right at home. Easy access to great Isle of Skye travel guides made our adventures much easier to plan (and navigate). I would 100% recommend this home to all and even tell them to plan around it!

Anna, Washington, dc

Life got in the way of this review, which is a shame because we had the most wonderful, relaxing two weeks at Sarah‘s cottage. The location is perfect: quiet and close to nature but Portree is within easy reach and it’s a great base for exploring the island. The walk up the mountain is amazing and we spotted seals in the bay every day. The cottage itself is stylish and cosy. It really feels like home because Sarah has thought of all the little things that one might need and sometimes misses when renting a place: a little library, DVDs, but also plenty of tea towels, user manuals...

Andrea, Germany

Accommodation superb - very homely and cosy, with lots of very useful features. Location is perfect for exploring the island. A very peaceful and relaxing break.

Claire, Sheffield

When I arrived at the Crofter's house in November, I was very sick. This trip to Skye was the beginning of my recovery - and the crofter's cottage was a very big part of that. It's a gorgeous cottage, well positioned on Skye, but also so secluded and self contained. Well stocked with board games, DVDs, and netflix - you could stay comfortably and lock the outside world out with no problems for at least a week! The little bay down the road is perfect for seal spotting, and a quiet moment. Sarah is also a brilliant host. Will be back! B

Beth, Bridgend south wales

Very cosy cottage three miles from Portree in a lovely rural location. Although small the cottage has all you need for a comfortable stay. The local bay is good for seal and bird watching. Further afield Dunvegan Castle , Uig , Armadale are well worth a visit and easily reached. It is the spectacular scenery of Skye that is its chief attraction and this cottage is an ideal base from which to explore that.

Allan, Northwich

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sarah Chesworth

  • An original 1830's crofter's cottage updated for modern living. Above Camustianavaig Bay, at the foot of Ben Tianavaig, the house enjoys a rural location, yet is only five miles from Portree. The house is small and stylish, perfect for a hideaway for two.
  • The Crofter's House is the perfect size for a Highland retreat for two and has recently been completely renovated with minimal styling and calm spaces.
  • The living room has a wood/peat-burning stove, small sofa, table and chairs. There is a flat screen 32" TV, DVDs, BOSE bluetooth speaker and some recipe and design books. Outside, there is a shed with a wood store and washer/dryer appliances.
  • There is wireless internet in the house, but being on Skye, it's not very fast! You can get mobile reception but you need to be in the kitchen for calls. We don’t supply logs or peat but you can pick some up from Broadford or Portree.
  • Camustianavaig is quiet with a rural feel. The house is a two minute walk from the bay and wildlife includes seals, sea eagles, otters, basking sharks, dolphins - and local sheep. Restaurants, pubs and shops are five miles away in Portree.
  • There is a bus from Camustianavaig to Portree in the morning, and one that returns in the evening. Otherwise, you'll need a car or bike - there is room to park a car in the garden and shelter for two bikes in the shed.