Hi - welcome to our site!  A little extra information may prove useful, so with this in mind, here goes:

We completed our first full year of self-catering in 2005, and have been kept busy ever since. We've been delighted to welcome visitors back for a fourth, fifth and even and sixth visit.

Our guests' comments have all been positive and encouraging, ranging from "the cottage is a jewel - exquisite" to three-year-old Ailsa renaming it "the shiny house." We think that had something to do with the flagstone floor, or perhaps it could be the view from the windows of the sun shining on the sea!

For us, the Ayre is a labour of love - when we inherited and refurbished the cottage, we decided to make it as welcoming as possible, and thought of all the things we look for ourselves in self-catering accommodation - warmth, comfort, cleanliness, privacy and peaceful surroundings.

We want you to enjoy your stay in Orkney - it's a wonderful place and, although we can't guarantee the weather, we will do our best to make sure you have a great time at the Ayre. The house isn't large - it is, after all, a traditional crofter's cottage - but it sleeps four comfortably.

The grounds are spacious  - the Ayre sits in an acre of land - and the setting is special.  If it's a relaxing holiday you're after, then the Ayre will provide that. Simply watching the tide go in and out each day from the doorstep is enough to lower the blood pressure! The shore is just four metres from the garden gate, so why not wander down to the sea with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, and relax on the sea wall as the water laps at your feet? 

   If you're interested in renting the cottage, please email or phone, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Early booking and confirmation is advised, as the summer months especially are very popular and are sometimes booked more than a year in advance.

We regret that during the months of May, June, July and August 2017 we are only able to accept booking for periods of a fortnight or longer.

   A £100 deposit (per week booked) will secure the booking.

   Cheques should be made payable to "Chris Nicolson" and sent to:

Mrs Chris Nicolson
By Castletown
KW14 8TB

   The balance is due six weeks before the start of your holiday.

   In the event of a cancellation within three months of your holiday, regrettably the deposit will not be refunded, unless we are able to re-let the cottage for the same period. We would strongly advise guests to have holiday insurance.

   The changeover day is a Saturday and to allow us ample time to prepare the cottage between guests, arrivals should be no earlier than 4 p.m.

   Please vacate the cottage by 10 a.m. on the day of departure. Where no guests are due in behind you - or have been in before you - we are happy to be flexible whenever possible.

   We regret That we are unable to have pets at the cottage.

Please feel free to ask anything you'd like to know about the house, Orkney, or how to get there, and we'll do our best to help.

                   ~ Chris & Andy Nicolson

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