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Kentra

Kentra, Balinoe

New for 2022, a recently renovated traditional stone-built croft house next to the beach.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedroom(s)
  • Bathroom(s) 2
  • Whole house
  • Wifi

From £500 - £1,100 Weekly

About the property

New for 2022, a recently renovated traditional stone-built croft house next to the beach.

Kentra is a recently renovated, well equipped, traditional stone-built croft house with spectacular views of the beach from the upper floor. Situated in the township of Balinoe, we are fortunate to have an excellent location directly across from the sandy track to the beautiful Soroby (or Balinoe) beach. On clear days there are stunning views of the isles of Mull, Jura and Rhum and even Ben Nevis in the distance. The sunrises are amazing if you are up early enough to see them. Kentra in Gaelic is Ceann Traigh, meaning “head of the beach”.

Accommodation – Ground floor
Entrance porch - with coat hooks and washing machine.
Hall - under stair cupboard housing vacuum cleaner, brush and dustpan, mop and bucket and clothes horse. Louvre doored cupboard housing air source heating boiler.
Sitting room - corner sofa, 47” freesat television, feature fireplace with fairy lights.
Kitchen – electric ceramic four ring hob and extractor hood, electric fan oven, microwave, slow cooker, toaster, electric kettle, integrated dishwasher, fridge/freezer and a large dining table that seats 8.
Shower room – WC, basin and quadrant walk-in shower with both rainfall and standard heads. Mirror with sensor LED lights.

Accommodation - First floor
Family room - king size bed with memory foam mattress and a single bed, bedside drawers, wardrobe and tallboy with drawers. Views of the beach.
Double room - compact double room with bedside drawers and mirrored wardrobe with drawers. Views of the beach.
Bunk room - compact room with bedside drawers and wardrobe. Views over open countryside to Ben Hynish.
The wee room - a small single room with a continental single bed. Full length (6’ 3”) but slightly narrower than a standard single at 2’ 6”. Ideally suited to a child (although adults have slept here too). Chest of drawers and door hooks. This was previously the bathroom, but the view of the beach is too good to waste on an opaque window!
Bathroom - WC, basin and short bath with overhead electric shower. Mirror with LED sensor lights.
Spacious landing - bookcase containing a variety of books, games, playing cards and dominoes.

Facilities and services
Heating and hot water are supplied by renewable energy via an air source heat pump which is included in the price. Radiators have thermostatic valves which can be adjusted as required.

Garden to the front with patio areas, a picnic table seating 8 and a fire pit. There is an outside tap for rinsing wetsuits and beach gear. Rear garden laid to grass with retractable clothes lines. This is west facing and benefits from the sun from around lunchtime until it sets. The garden is surrounded by a stockproof fence. There is a shed where deck chairs are stored. Guests can store their bikes, surf boards etc here. There are a selection of buckets and spades available if required. There is parking outside the house.

Short breaks may be available in low season. Please contact to enquire.

Facilities
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Cooking hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Bedding provided
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron / Ironing board
  • Washing machine
  • Dining area
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Radio
  • CD player
  • TV
  • Freeview / Freesat TV
  • Board games / puzzles
  • Internet access
  • Free Wifi
  • Main door / Private entrance
  • BBQ
  • Private garden
  • Patio / Decking
  • Garden dining furniture
  • 24h check-in available
  • Central heating
  • Pets allowed (fees may apply)
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Free parking (outdoor)
  • Horse riding [½ mile]
  • Swimming (Outdoor) [¼ mile]
  • Cycle hire [¾ mile]
  • Golf [7.5 miles]
  • Hiking
  • Fishing [¼ mile]
  • Surfing [2 miles]
  • Snorkeling [¼ mile]
  • Windsurfing [¼ mile]
  • Shops [2 miles]
  • Supermarket
  • Bar / Pub [5.5 miles]
  • Restaurants [3 miles]
  • Café [½ mile]
  • Car hire [2.5 miles]
  • Beach [¼ mile]
  • Ocean [¼ mile]
  • Adventure
  • Beach holidays
  • Countryside
  • Family
  • Secluded
  • No smoking
Accessibility

Unfortunately due to the traditional design of the house, it is not accessible to people with mobility challenges.

    Sleeping details

    Family room with a king size bed and a single bed. Double bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Small single room ideally suited to a child. To ensure a comfortable stay for our guests, we recommend a maximum of six adults plus two children.

    Check-in / Check-out
    • Check-in from 15:00.
    • Check-out by 10:00
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    Location

    Directions and Parking

    From the ferry terminal, turn left at the first T-junction. Pass the RBS and Co-op and continue on this road for approximately five miles, passing Buth a’ Bhaile and An Talla. Continue until the next T-junction, then turn left (signposted Balemartine, Mannal, Hynish). Continue almost one mile, passing the signpost for Balinoe. Kentra is the second house on the right beyond the signpost, directly to the right of the ruin.

    Parking directly outside property.

    • Free parking (outdoor)

    Local area

    Tiree Trekking Centre is a five minute walk from the house. Tiree Glass is approximately one mile away. Skerryvore lighthouse museum is approximately two miles from the house. The Tyree Gin distillery shop and visitor centre is around two-and-a half miles away. The Farmhouse Café is a five minute walk from the house and does nice lunches.

    • Seaside
    • Bay
    • Beach
    • Countryside
    • Garden
    • Hillside
    • Panoramic

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    Overall rating

    5.0 stars

    Based on 8 review(s)

    • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
    • Value 5.0 stars
    • Location 5.0 stars

    We have just returned from a week on Tiree staying at Kentra. The house was perfect for our needs and was very well equipped especially the kitchen providing proper size pans to cater for all 8 of us. This is something overlooked by a lot of properties offering larger numbers.
    The number and range of games and books was really great and entertained the kids while we were able to sort kit out for the day.
    Providing beach toys along with BBQ, deck chairs etc was a nice touch although we did not use these.
    All communication from the owners has been clear and informative throughout the booking process and afterwards.
    Many thanks for having us, wish we could of had another week at least and will be back again for certain.

    Property manager response (31 Aug 2022)

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much for being perfect guests and leaving the house in excellent order. You are welcome back any time. Lynda

    Dumfries and Galloway

    • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
    • Value 5.0 stars
    • Location 5.0 stars

    We had two wonderful weeks in Kentra and absolutely loved it! The house has everything you might need and is in the most perfect location. Lynda is lovely and so helpful. We will definitely be back!

    Property manager response (01 Aug 2022)

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It was so kind of you to offer to do the changeover and give us a weekend off. Thanks also for being fabulous guests and leaving the house in immaculate condition. We look forward to your return in 2024. Lynda

    • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
    • Value 4.0 stars
    • Location 5.0 stars

    We stayed at Kentra for our first visit to Tiree. The house is lovely - it was spacious, comfortable and clean and a great location. It had everything we needed and it is so close to the beautiful beach - literally two minutes walk. Only five minutes walk to the tearoom too.

    We would definitely stay again

    Property manager response (23 Jul 2022)

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Also for leaving the house in such good order. We're glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you return in the future.

    • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
    • Value 5.0 stars
    • Location 5.0 stars

    We are a party of 4 (usually 5) women who regularly holiday together but this was our first time on Tiree and hopefully won’t be our last. The house was superb and there is nothing I would say to the detriment! There was plenty of room for all of us and having a bedroom each was a special bonus. To echo the other guests, the house was spotless and well-stocked and it was particularly useful to have cleaning products/bin bags provided which we usually forget to bring. Lynda was very friendly and accommodating and responded quickly with advice and helpful information - we felt very welcome and really appreciated the wine and chocolates on arrival. Location could not have been better too - the morning run/swim was encouraged by the short dash back to the warmth and having the whole beach and ocean practically to myself was a totally novel experience. Quiet, peaceful and genuinely relaxing - we would love to be back.

    Property manager response (12 Jul 2022)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Also for being perfect guests and for looking after the house leaving it in such good order. Really hope that you return in the future. Very best wishes Lynda

    • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
    • Value 5.0 stars
    • Location 5.0 stars

    Let's see if this works!!

    Great cottage, great location, really well done and super clean. The owners have done a great job renovating this property it made a super base, with fabulous views and location 11 out of 10.

    Property manager response (03 Jul 2022)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry that it took a few attempts for it to save. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for being great guests and for leaving the house in perfect condition. Hope you return in the future. Best wishes Lynda

    Lancashire

    • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
    • Value 5.0 stars
    • Location 5.0 stars

    We were a family of five including 3 x 21 year olds. We have been visiting Tiree for a number of years and stayed at different houses. The position of Kentra is fabulous, near the beach with fantastic views across the bay. The house is clean and warm with good WiFi and a great selection of books and games. The kitchen has everything for keen cooks. Lynda’s communication was excellent & she did everything she could to ensure we enjoyed our stay. We are looking forward to returning. Thank you.

    Property manager response (28 Jun 2022)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at Kentra. Thanks also for being perfect guests and for taking good care of the house and leaving it in an immaculate condition. Hope to see you back in the future. Lynda

    • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
    • Value 5.0 stars
    • Location 5.0 stars

    We had an amazing stay in Kentra. There were 5 of us, all adults; 1 couple and 3 others. We were able to comfortably fit in the house and it's well set up for relaxing inside and on the porch / in the garden. Incredible views on both sides of the house.
    The kitchen is well stocked with plenty of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans etc. all the bedrooms are comfy and as described. The sofas are super comfy, and there are plenty of games etc too.
    The location is amazing; 2 minute walk from the beach (our friends got married here!!), 10/ 15 minute drive to Scarinish (coop, pub, restaurants) and Balevullin (surf beach) and plenty of local walking options available from
    doorstep (it's around 45mins walk to another great beach, Balephuil).
    Safe to say, we had a great stay and would highly recommend!

    Property manager response (07 Jun 2022)

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you return in the future. Best wishes Lynda

    • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
    • Value 5.0 stars
    • Location 5.0 stars

    I gather we were the first visitors to use the house. It was nice and clean when we arrived and nicely decorated, plenty of kitchen equipment and a decent sized table in the kitchen. Good sized living room with comfy seating. My daughters (all in 20's) thought it was the best holiday cottage they had been to. Books and games for rainy days /evenings as well. Bedrooms were good with great views and good storage. The location is great - the path to the beach is just across the road. Every intention of booking again next time I can get most if not all kids in one place ! Would definitely recommend it if planning a trip to Tiree !

    Property manager response (07 Jun 2022)

    Thank you for leaving us a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you return in the future. Best wishes Lynda

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