A rustic self-catering cottage in the Scottish Highlands sleeping up to 10 people.
The Cambs is very well situated, facing south on a shelf above the plain of the Shee Water (the word 'cambs' comes from the Gaelic for a raised beach).
The Cambs had been derelict for 30 years when we bought it nearly 20 years ago, although it had provided a cosy shed for the cattle in the meantime. All the original wood lining was carefully removed and cleaned and replaced over a new layer of insulation.
The design of the house is largely open plan - including the sleeping quarters - and is therefore suited to convivial gatherings rather than individual privacy. The main room, which stretches the length of the house, has the sitting area at one end and the kitchen-dining room at the other. Behind is a small lobby, leading to the shower-room, which has a sauna, and to the summer sitting-room, with west-facing French doors that catch the evening sun.
The cottage is warm and comfortable and has great character. It is furnished with old, country-style furniture and is full of interesting and decorative family possessions. There is a large open fireplace for log fires and central heating operated by a gas cooking range.
It is well-equipped with fridge, dishwasher, food processor, fondue and raclette equipment and plenty of china and cooking pans. Sorry, but there is no washing machine. It is also stocked with basic foodstuffs, such as sugar, flour, spices, etc, which you are welcome to use to save you bringing everything with you, but we would ask you to replenish these if they run out or are about to run out.
The sleeping arrangements are rather unusual, as it is more of a bunk-house arrangement instead of fixed bedrooms. Some of the single beds are 'box-beds' with their own curtains and two double beds have slightly more privacy.
There is a picnic table for eating outside and a high chair and travelling cot are available.