Posted by: tireecottage | March 6, 2018

Faster Broadband Installed

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Well, this is a article we’ve been waiting for about 6 months to post! Last Summer we received a letter from Tiree Community Broadband saying Struthan Cottage was due to be upgraded with faster broadband, a welcome announcement for us, and for all our guests.

With the new receiver now installed on the porch wall, and new router installed, Struthan Cottage wi-fi is now 10 TIMES FASTER! Running on a speed test between 14-18 Mb/s, indeed, as I write this, its faster than home on the mainland!

There are two channels on the router too, meaning you can join another “struan” network, if the rest of your family is on the other one. This broadband upgrade has been much awaited and given “Whats the wifi like?” is one of the most common questions guests ask us when booking, we can safely say, its excellent for gaming, retrieving your emails, streaming Youtube videos, Netflix and of course surfing the web without frustration.

Given the remoteness of Tiree and logistics of getting broadband to the cottage, Tiree Community Broadband has come a long way in the last 10 years and we for one, certainly appreciate this vital service.

Wi-fi at Struthan Cottage is free for all our holiday guests.

 

Posted by: tireecottage | March 4, 2018

Escaping “Beast from the East”

SO, Winter Maintenance week has arrived! That annual time of year when we pop across from our home on the mainland, to Struthan Cottage on Tiree, to check everything has been ok for Winter and of course to open up for a busy season.

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As the whole of the country was gripped in some of the worst snow in decades, we decided to outrun the “Beast from the East” and packed up anyways intending to get to Tiree. As you can see, the snowy scene before we left would make anybody think twice before driving through mountains and glens to get to Oban.

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Then the ferry was cancelled! On Saturday morning, the alert came through that the situation was quickly fixed and it would sail at 12.30…..so it was a speedy journey up to Oban, already prepacked with things to take to the cottage. Arriving at the pier with 25 minutes to go before sail, WAS cutting it closer than we’ve ever done. (I would advise leaving plenty of time for the ferry!)

The further West we drove, the less snow there was. Bitterly cold though, Oban had no snow, which was the case even as we made our sail across to Tiree on the Lord of the Isles. Being back on LOTI was like a return to older decades. A ferry we hadn’t been on for quite some time, but we were still thankful Calmac put it on to get to Tiree on the day we planned.

I think possibly the Western Islands was the only place in the UK with no snow. None at all. Not even a single snowflake falling or on the ground!

Arriving at the rather late hour or 4.30pm on Saturday, it was near dark by the time we’d settled and unpacked. Of course this isn’t a holiday for us. Its a working break! There’s always things to do, and we’ll be posting about them over the next few days.

Thats things to make YOU more comfortable and to enhance your enjoyment when you’re staying with us this year. Stay tuned.

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Posted by: tireecottage | February 20, 2018

Summer 2018 Availability

Announcing new Summer 2018 Availability. We now have week commencing Saturday 25th August 2018 available to let at Struthan Cottage!

Be quick, this is a popular summer week, still within the English School holidays. Available on a first come, first served basis.

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Posted by: tireecottage | January 28, 2018

New Summer Availability

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Great news! Week commencing Saturday 4th August 2018 has become available. This primetime summer week, in the middle of the Scottish and English Summer holidays offers the PERFECT summer getaway with all the family.

The island is lively during August with plenty to do and see and warm sunshine usually making Tiree’s beautiful beaches the place to be. Whether you’re an outdoors person or simply look forward to a beautiful cottage to relax in, give us a call.  This is a week which will go FAST!

 

Posted by: tireecottage | January 13, 2018

2018 Limited Availability remaining

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Summer 2018 is filling up fast! There’s only a couple of weeks available for your summer getaway, on a first come first served basis! Book NOW to avoid disappointment.

Our remaining 2018 holiday dates available includes Weeks Commencing Saturdays:

17th March
14th April
21st April
28th April
25th August
1st September

With another record year for bookings, we’re now also open for 2019 reservations. Give us a call at http://www.struthancottages.co.uk

Posted by: tireecottage | January 1, 2018

2019 Bookings now Open!

openIt’s 2018, which means 2019 Bookings are NOW OPEN!

The popularity of Struthan Cottage in recent years has seen customers often book over a year in advance. Reserving is simple and free and deposits are not needed until 12 months before your holiday, the balance just 6 weeks before.

Drop us an email to reserve the dates YOU want. We can hold reservations a short time until you decide. Whilst still some time off, you OWE it to yourself for that special holiday to look forward to and avoid any disappointment in securing the dates YOU want!

Congratulations on the O’Connell family for being the first family to book a 2019 holiday today, by messaging us just 2 minutes after the New Year Bells! Thats a family with some “get up and go!” Well done.

Photo: Pictured is Balevulin Beach, the nearest beautiful beach to the cottage, just a couple of minutes drive away.

Posted by: tireecottage | January 1, 2018

2018 Remaining Availability

limitedHappy New Year to you all! Hope you’ve had fun in the festive break!

As attentions turn towards holidays, you may be interested to know we still have some limited, remaining availability in 2018, including a few summer dates, in what’s certainly going to be our busiest year yet! The following weeks are still available in 2018, but you better be fast! We expect these remaining weeks for ‘Struthan Cottage’ will fill shortly.

17 March 2018
14 April 2018
21 April 2018
28 April 2018
14 July 2018
25 August 2018
01 September 2018
15 September 2018
22 September 2018

Availability and tariffs can be checked here https://struthancottages.co.uk/rates/
Give us a call, or drop us a message today! http://www.struthancottages.co.uk

Posted by: tireecottage | January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year to all our past, present and future customers! May 2018 be filled with peace, happiness and joy for you all.

Booking for 2019 open up later today. All the best!! Have fun during the remaining festive holidays.

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Posted by: tireecottage | November 10, 2017

2017 Season nearly over

23405972_1604936519566309_3246112892694905704_oWith exception of Christmas week, this week sees our final guests of 2017 complete our holiday season. What a busy year it’s been, solidly booked out since March! We were thrilled to have a record number of bookings from both new guests and repeat bookers alike and to see such wonderful comments in our guest book.

An eventful year too. We launched new brochures, which helped streamline efficiency within the business. Big thanks go out to our new cleaner Becky for her hard work in keeping Struthan Cottage spotless each Saturday morning. It is much appreciated.

Early Summer saw us install a brand-new boiler, something we were glad to do in summer, rather than colder, winter months. Opportunity was taken at that time to also install a simpler, secondary backup water heater. As always, several maintenance visits ensured the house was fresh, painted and well equipped.

Incredibly, 2018 at Struthan Cottage is filling up fast with only limited availability remaining in popular summer months. It is not unusual for us to be taking bookings over a year in advance. Reservations for 2019 open in several weeks’ time at the start of 2018! The remainder of this year, up to Christmas is still available on a hire per night basis from prices as low as £54 per evening!!

We have plans for 2018, especially around improvement of the garden and outbuildings. Stay tuned.

Meantime, thank you sincerely to all our guests during 2017. We hope you each had a fantastic time and hope to see you back soon.

Posted by: tireecottage | June 30, 2017

Late Summer 2017 Availability

tiree copyNeed a break on the lovely Isle of Tiree? Great news! We now have a week available in late Summer 2017.

Struthan Cottage is available week commencing Saturday 9th September 2017. A wonderful month in Tiree when warm sunshine is still plentiful and all the entertainment and activities of the tourist season, still on.

Normally priced at £399, we have discounted this by -£60 to just £339, which includes electricity, cleaning, and wifi. There are no other charges.

Better be quick, all other summer dates are already full, drop us a message at www.struthancottages.co.uk. Thanks.

Posted by: tireecottage | June 23, 2017

Sealants Summer fresh up

This week we conducted a little bit more maintenance in the Cottage, freshening up the white bathroom sealants, replacing the old with new. It looks clean, tidy and fresh, ready for peak season guests.

Posted by: tireecottage | June 23, 2017

A Tasty Lobster BBQ

Our holiday guests this week bought a fresh Tiree lobster and with the help of a disposable BBQ from the Co-op, cooked a tasty lobster dinner for all the family.

For those not confident enough to buy and cook a live lobster, you can always go to Tiree Crab and Lobster and buy a wonderful Seafood Platter. Look at this delicious lot, freshly caught the same day as eaten! More details here https://www.facebook.com/tireelobster/

You need to try Tiree’s Seafood! Just amazing!

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