Useful Information

The Garden

The garden is yours too during your stay. Currently, we are undertaking reconfiguration of the layout and planting, so excuse any area that seems a bit wild! Feel free to wander around the garden or croft at any time… but watch out; don’t let the chickens or sheep into the garden or polytunnel area!  Take care on the paths and bridges that are uneven and can be slippery.  If weather permits, do make use of the seating area.  Midgies can be a nuisance between mid May and mid September; Our experience is that Smidge is the best brand of repellent that are recommended. Otherwise, we can lend you our midge jackets.

Television, Humax Freesat Box and DVD Player

There is a remote for the television and another for the humax freesat box to access TV and radio channels. The channel for the humax freesat box is HDMI1 and the DVD player is found on the Ext. channel. When the DVD is turned on it will override the humax freesat box.

WiFi

WiFi password for devolo-098: RKETKKRRBPVFBLCS

Heating

The central heating is generally set to “off” or “auto” depending on the weather. If you want an hour of heating at anytime, press the “+1HR” button on the top left of the panel. The “auto” setting is programmed to come on 7-9:30am and 7-8pm everyday. If you wish to select this, open the white lower panel and press the “SELECT” button on the programmer until “auto” is displayed on the display panel. Once finished with the auto setting, don’t forget to turn it back to “off” again.

Freezer and Washing Machine

Please ask if you require the use of a freezer or need a round of washing to be done. Both are available if you need.

Eggs

Your eggs on arrival are complimentary. If you require more eggs from our happy chickens, either while on holiday or to take home with you, please ask. A bargain at £1.50 a box!

Fresh herbs from the garden

There are herbs growing in the garden, in the boxes around the seating area and over by the sheds. Please help yourself if you wish to use them.

Outside lights

All the outside lights are operated simultaneously on the same system. There is a light immediately outside the front door, one by the garage as well one outside our frontdoor. The switches to turn all the lights on or off are in the lobby entrance and to the left of the garage. Once you have finished with them, please remember to turn these off at night.

Septic tank

This area is not on mains drainage and we have a septic tank. We need to be careful about what goes in to it to ensure it functions effectively. So please don’t flush sanitary towels, tampons, condoms, cotton wool buds or wipes down the loo – use the disposal bags provided and the pedal bin in the bathroom. Please also avoid washing fat, tea leaves and coffee grains down the sink as well as using biological washing powder or bleach. Be nice to the septic tank and it will be nice to you!

Waste and recycling

The following items (clean, dry and loose) can be recycled on Skye. Please put empties in blue bin on the driveway or the galvanised bin outside the let:

Cardboard

Food tins and drinks cans

Paper

Plastic bottles (for example, fizzy drink, milk, water or sauce bottles)

Plastic tubs, pots, trays and bottle lids, but not if they are black

Aerosol cans (empty)

Cardboard based food and drink cartons, for example, TetraPaks (plastic lids removed)

Envelopes (with plastic windows removed)

Tetra Pak

Glass bottles should be placed in the crate on the driveway.

All other rubbish emptied from the kitchen bin can be placed in the green bin on the driveway or in a bag next to the galvanised recycling bin.

Organic waste will go on the compost heap by the polytunnnel. Please use the small compost bin in the apartment and place next to the galvanised recycling bin when full. We will dispose of it for you.

Breakages

Please let us know of any breakages, bulbs that blow or appliances that don’t work. We can then replace them for you and the next guests.

Driveway and beyond

Feel free to park on the driveway if you wish. Any vehicles are parked at your own risk. If parking on the road, park tight to the hedgerow as the school bus needs to negotiate the road morning and evening.

Please keep the gates closed to keep the sheep out and dog in.

The road through Braes between Peinachorran and Portree runs through common grazings and there are many sheep about. Drive carefully – sheep are simple creatures and their behaviour can be very unpredictable.

Penny

Our Collie is 2 years old, still enthusiastic but very friendly creature and is usually excited to meet new people. After the initial hello, she should calm down and get used to you, but if you are not keen on dogs, let us know and we will keep her out of your way…

… but if you do like dogs, then she will gladly enjoy you throwing a ball for her in the garden!

Time of departure

We hope you have a relaxing stay at Braes Retreat. We ask that you vacate the apartment by 9am on your day of departure to enable us to prepare it for the next guests.

Please do leave a note in our guest book.