We received this lovely Shian Cottage review last night, from guests who departed yesterday morning. They told me they were going to write something about their stay, and I said I would put it on the website. Their visit coincided with the arrival of Storm Gertrude, which they sat out in Oban waiting for ferries. They managed to finally arrive 48 hours later before Storm Henry made his appearance! We were able to extend their stay by 2 nights to make up for the time they had lost in Oban, as we had no one coming in to Shian until the following weekend. Storm Imogen arrived on Sunday but gave us a beautifully calm Monday morning, which they were able to experience before they left!
“We got home safely after a lovely sunny drive down from Oban. We just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the thoroughly enjoyable break that both M and I enjoyed so much.
Despite the issues with the weather which delayed our arrival, all thoughts of that were literally “blown away” when we arrived at Shian cottage. It was really nice to meet both you and Somerset when we arrived, and to say that everything in the cottage and surroundings was just what we were looking for would be an understatement, we must also thank you for allowing us to extend our stay to make sure we did not lose out on arriving late due to the ferry cancellations.
The weather did play a big part on our sojourns on the Monday, the walk out to Haunn cottages and beyond out towards the cliff edge was extremely interesting in what felt like a force 10 gale, along with the accompanying snow, hail and rain, and as you know there is not much in the way of cover so it was a case of grin and bare it which we did. What I would say though, is that the return trip to Shian was done in much less time with the wind at the back of us. However, we did manage a return trip out to Haunn and we got right down onto the beach and the sea arch, and then back up the shorter route through the valley which brought us back up near West cottage.
The weather did play it’s part in ensuring that every day was different and interesting in it’s own way. It also gave us the chance to catch up with old friends on the Island which was also very pleasing.
It was with a heavy heart that we left today, but it would be remise of us not to write this and say how jealous we are of that wee slice of heaven you have at Treshnish. I accept that working the farm can be taxing as well as running a successful business with the cottages, but you certainly deserve all the credits and awards that you have gained through the use of green energy and carbon neutral savings.
The welcome tied in with the lovely items like eggs, biscuits, honey, Island soap, logs and kindling that were in the cottage again made our arrival and stay very pleasurable. M also enjoyed ensuring that nothing was wasted by feeding any leftover bread to the hens (who looked as though they enjoyed every scrap). We were delighted to see that you operate a comprehensive recycling policy and we were happy to make sure that everything was either recycled, or if it could be, burned in the lovely wood burner in the cottage.
Anyway, suffice it to say we will be back, and in fact we will endeavour to make it a twice a year pilgrimage when we’re not touring in our motorhome if we can.
We will be actively following how things are going through your blog which will let us see all the fantastic photos that you take. It will be just like being there.
Anyway, all the best for now, and wee look forward to our return and our next stay in Shian cottage”.
W and M – it was a pleasure having you to stay, and we look forward to your return!