New for 2022, a recently renovated traditional stone-built croft house next to the beach.
From £600 - £1,150 Weekly
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 - louvre doored cupboard housing air source heating boiler, vacuum cleaner, brush and dust pan, mop and bucket and clothes horse.
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.
Steep original croft house staircase to the first floor.
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 are available in low season. Please contact to enquire.
Unfortunately due to the traditional design of the house and the steep staircase to the first floor it is not accessible to people with mobility challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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Based on 18 review(s)
23 Oct 2023
Had a great stay at Kentra. Lynda made sure we had all the information we needed before arrival. The house was very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. It's in a great location and a stone's throw from the beach.
Will definitely be back!
Property manager response (24 Oct 2023)
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for being excellent guests and leaving the house in very good order. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to hosting you again next October. BW. Lynda
03 Oct 2023
We had a lovely time and a very comfortable stay in this property, when we visited the island for the first time. We took our 3 dogs who were also welcome at the property. Kentra is a well maintained, clean and very comfortable property no more than 2 mins from the fabulous and extensive beach. The host was easily contactable, provided helpful information and was keen to ensure we had what we needed. We are planning to return again soon.
Property manager response (04 Oct 2023)
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay. It was very much appreciated that you left the house in immaculate condition. There was no evidence whatsoever of your three dogs having been there. We would be delighted to host you again in the future. Best wishes Lynda
02 Sep 2023
We had a wonderful stay at Kentra on the beautiful sunshine isle! Excellent location, only a minute walk from a stunning beach. Very well equipped with lovely sea views from front bedrooms. Comfortable lounge & two nice bathrooms. Lynda was extremely helpful and pleasant to deal with. Only consideration would be that it does have steep stairs. Would love to go back someday
Property manager response (10 Sep 2023)
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was much appreciated that you left the house in very good order. We do make it clear in our advert that we have the original croft house staircase which is steep and difficult to alter in any way. We hope that potential guests take this into consideration prior to booking should this be an issue. As previously discussed, we apologise for the oven being overlooked during the housekeeping. We are glad to hear that the house was otherwise cleaned to our usual high standard. Thank you for booking with us.
27 Aug 2023 Northumberland
We have just returned from a fantastic week in beautiful Tiree staying at Kentra, which is in a perfect location with beach access on the doorstep.
The house was clean, well kept and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need, even board games and use of bucket, spades etc for the kids.
Great family kitchen, the Living room is cosy with ample seating. The bedrooms were very comfortable and the downstairs shower room is a real plus.
Communication with Lynda, the host, was excellent before arriving and kept in touch during our stay, very friendly and helpful.
I would definitely recommend Kentra and look forward to staying with you again in the future.
Thank you x
Property manager response (27 Aug 2023)
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Also for being fantastic guests and leaving the house in excellent order. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to hosting you again at some point in the future. Best wishes Lynda
17 Jul 2023
We have just returned from a 2 week holiday on Tiree. Staying at Kentra which is situated in one of the best locations on the Island.
Access to the beautiful beaches is just outside your door.
The house is comfortable , clean and well equipped with all you need whilst on holiday.
Lynda the owner communicates well with you before and during your stay.
I would definitely recommend Kentra for a holiday and hope to return in the future.
Property manager response (18 Jul 2023)
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for being excellent guests and for going above and beyond in making the changeover much easier for us. Your efforts in leaving the house in immaculate condition were very much appreciated. Really hope that you return in the future. BW. Lynda
30 May 2023 East Lothian
Kentra is a great house for a family holiday in a superb location with a beautiful beach just a stone’s throw away. The house is very clean and well-equipped, with everything you could possibly require; plenty of kitchen equipment, books and games, tv and wi-fi if the weather isn’t so good and outdoor furniture and toys for the better weather. The bedrooms are lovely and comfortable, even the wee one which my 6 foot tall brother slept in! Lynda, the owner, is very easy to communicate with and keeps in touch throughout the stay. We would definitely recommend Kentra for a holiday on the beautiful Isle of Tiree.
Property manager response (31 May 2023)
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you see you return in the future. Best wishes. Lynda
08 May 2023 Fife
Fantastic house, beach on your doorstep, views spectacular. What more could you ask for. Owners very attentive stayed in touch throughout our stay, very friendly and helpful. My girls did horse riding on the beach, what a fantastic experience. From the moment we arrived an overwhelming calmness came over me, a calm relaxed way of living, just a shame we need to go back home to the hustle and bustle and stress of life. Our dog loved the beaches, and I've never seen so many hares in my life, lots of different birds if you like to bird watch, along with cows, sheep and horses. Villagers friendly also. Would definitely recommend a stay at kentra House in tiree xx
Property manager response (10 May 2023)
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciated Tiree the way that we do. We are also very grateful to you for leaving the house in pristine condition. Thank you for booking with us and we hope to see you return in the future. Very best wishes. Lynda
24 Apr 2023
Kentra is a beautiful and warm house in a stunning location. We especially loved the downstair shower room. Lynda is a marvellous host, friendly and very communicative. She also arranged the best weather for our stay! We can highly recommend Kentra and Lynda.
Property manager response (24 Apr 2023)
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks also for looking after the house and leaving it such good order. Hope to see you return in the future. BW Lynda
04 Oct 2022
The house was very clean and tidy and everything you could need was provided. Great location as it is right opposite Soroby beach, very quiet and peaceful. The house is very spacious and having more than one shower facility was very useful.
Only small issue was the steepness of the staircase, not overly suitable for anyone with slight mobility issues.
The host was very very friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful.
Will definitely come back :)
Property manager response (06 Oct 2022)
Hi Eilidh Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for being excellent guests and leaving the house in a very clean and tidy condition. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I will make reference to the steep stairs in our advert. It is the original croft house staircase so difficult to alter in any way but thank you for highlighting this. Hope you return in the future. Best wishes Lynda
04 Oct 2022
Very well equipped and well presented house in a fabulous location opposite the path to Balinoe Beach and a convenient central location for accessing everything on the island.
We are a group of 6 adults and fitted nicely in the house. Kitchen very well equipped, lounge very comfortable and a good shower - essential for post beach excursions!
Owners very helpful and communicative throughout, too.
Very pleased with Kentra for our stay and will look to stay there agin on future island visits.
Property manager response (06 Oct 2022)
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Your group were excellent guests and left the house in a very clean and tidy condition. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you return in the future.
30 Aug 2022
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
25 Jul 2022 Dumfries and Galloway
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
14 Jul 2022
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.
11 Jul 2022
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
28 Jun 2022
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
28 Jun 2022 Lancashire
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
06 Jun 2022
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
19 Apr 2022
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