Sunday, 29 January 2012

Leckmelm Holiday Cottages and farm produce

 

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Contact Us


For any general or specific query, don't hesitate to contact us. Our details:
Lucy Beattie or Danielle Douglas
Leckmelm Holiday Cottages
Leckmelm Estate
Loch Broom
By Ullapool
Wester Ross
SCOTLAND
Tel/Fax: 01854 612 471
email: info@leckmelmholidays.co.uk

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Leckmelm is a traditionally run Highland Farm fifty-five miles North of Inverness, on the shores of Loch Broom. Ullapool, a thriving West Coast village is three miles away: it boasts a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes. A holiday at Leckmelm can be tailored to suit your needs, couples, families with children, groups, climbing clubs and pets we can accommodate you. The cottages are open all year. For those who enjoy the challenge of the outdoors there are numerous Munros and Mountains nearby as well as other activities such as pony trekking, sailing and nature watching. In Ullapool there is a leisure centre with 25m pool, sauna, climbing wall and kid's bouncy castle.
We have let cottages for holidays since 1962 which are quality assured by the Scottish Tourist Board and the Green Tourism Business Scheme.  Many guests come back year after year - we aim to make you feel welcome and treat Leckmelm as your second home.
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January OFFERS 2012
£50 off Lochside Cottages per week in January 2012. Short breaks at £35/cottage/night please phone to book

Veg Box Scheme


All veg are grown bio-dynamically with the only additions being seaweed from the shore and composted animal manure from our farm.
Veg boxes are produced in the season.  A typical £15 box will feed a family of four and contain a variety of produce available in season.
Beetroot, salad leaves, spinach, tatties, courgette, peas, parsnip, cauliflour, carrot, broad beans, cucumber, sweetcorn, rhubarb, gooseberries, raspberries, swiss chard.
None of the veg is bought in, it all comes from the farm.
In 2007 we have suppied a local NHS funded Veg Box on Prescription Scheme which subsidises boxes to families with health problems.
Currently our main garden is run by Simon Calder of the Lochbroom and Ullapool Growers Group (a community initiative) and much of their produce is for sale at the weekly Ullapool Market which is outside the Seaforth Pub on a Saturday in the more clement weather.  He can also leave veg boxes for collection on arrival at Leckmelm please call 01854 613265 for more details from Simon.

About the Area


Welcome to Wester Ross
All our cottages are inspected annually by the Scottish Tourist Board and have been awarded two stars for quality assurance. Leckmelm is an ideal base for enjoying the beauty of Northern Scotland, the whole of which is within a day's visit by car. At Leckmelm there is a network of paths which are suitable for all forms of recreation. There is also a sheltered bay from which you can launch light craft and canoes.
Leckmelm is located three miles South of Ullapool, an attractive eighteenth century fishing village which boasts a variety of cafes, restaurants and shops. There is scope for activities both indoors and out. Ullapool has a thriving music and arts scene, fantastic leisure centre and an indoor climbing wall and swimming pool.
The music of Clanjamfree at the Seaforth in Ullapool
Beyond Ullapool you may wish to experience Scottish culture at its best: from the historic sights of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye to Ardvreck Castle, Munros and mountains or even a ferry to the Isles of Lewis and Harris, all is within easy reach of Leckmelm.
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  • Lochside Cottages


    There are three Lochside Cottages which are situated on the edge of Lochbroom adjacent to Leckmelm Farm. The cottages were completely rebuilt in 2004 to provide the ultimate comfort from which you can enjoy armchair nature watching over the elemental waters of Loch Broom. Otters, porpoises, seals, dolphins, sheep and pigs are regularly spotted by visitors. The three cottages are terraced with private, secluded entrances, an access ramp for those with limited mobility and are on a single storey. Each cottage has excellent views over the Loch, No 3 looks towards the Fannichs, No 2 across the Loch to Loggie and No 1 westwards to Ullapool and the Summer Isles beyond.
    Beds: There are two bedrooms in each cottage, one with a double bed and the other with twin beds. In Lochside Number 2, there is a further twin bedded room.
    Bathrooms: Nos 1 and 3 have a fully tiled bathroom with power shower over bath and WC. No 2 has a bathroom and an en suite shower room and WC in the double room.  All bathrooms have heated towel rails.
    Living Rooms: The open plan kitchen/diner and living room has a twin aspect view and takes in the best of the views and the sun. Kitchens are fully equipped with a compact dishwasher in nos 1 and 3 and family size dishwasher in No 2.  The TVs all have Sky TV and have a scart attachment should you wish to bring your own DVD player or games console.
    The cottages have solid chestnut wooden flooring throughout and have zone controlled underfloor heating which means that even in the deep mid winter snow you will feel warmth beneath your feet. Of course there is an open fire to provide a focal point to the sitting room and extra warmth if required.
    The cottages are equipped to a three star standard throughout  including a washer/dryer, sofas, armchairs, TV and books to read. There is a dining table with chairs in each cottage as well as outdoor garden furniture for eating in the summer months.
    Outdoors: Adjacent to the cottages is the old walled garden of Leckmelm House an area for children to play on the toy tractors or in the tipi. The sea shore walks from the door of your cottage are enjoyed by dogs and humans alike and can take you directly to Leckmelm Gardens. Especially suitable for children who like to beachcomb and visit the farm yard animals. If you have your own boat or canoe it is possible to launch it from the Seventeenth Century pier at Leckmelm Bay.
    If you are looking for somewhere to get away from it all and a place to enjoy the elemental landscape of the hills winter or summer these are the cottages for you. The only sounds you will hear are those of the waves lapping at the shore.

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Eating Out and Having Fun

The Arch Inn
- amazing dining experience and a chance to produce Leckmelm Farm produce upstairs the seafood restaurant with amazing views of the Loch and contemporary, fresh dining experience or in the bar for gourmet pub food at a good price
The Ceilidh Place - eating, drinking, meeting, music playing and reading at their bookshop which houses Scottish Interest, Gaelic and children's books as well as their fantastic cafe famed for it's veggie food and soups
The Argyll Hotel - Monday night music session is a must for all budding musicians who can join in too as well as their eclectic live music sessions
The Frigate - Bistro and Pizzas
The Seaforth - does great crab claws and pub food
Also the FBI, Morefield Hotel and Seefresh Chippy
Culture, History & Entertainment Shopping
Tescos, a butchers, travelling fish van, costcutters and a Saturday market in the season as well as private sales of Leckmelm Farm veg from West Highland Organics and Leckmelm Farm Larder.

North West Outdoors
: locally owned shop run by John and Lawrence who have a great passion and knowledge of our local area for outdoor activities and climbing
Numerous shops in Ullapool where you can buy fishing tackle and permits, clothes for all occasions, toys, household goods, arts and crafts, leather and fair trade goods.
Children
For wet weather days there is a bouncy castle (subject to opening hours) for children and a smaller one for toddlers in Lochbroom leisure, there is also a 25m pool, sauna and tennis courts.
Playparks and swings opposite the Primary School, behind Morefield Motel and at the Campsite.

Culag woods
- child friendly paths and ranger led events near Lochinver

Whin Park
- Inverness, vast play area, mini railway and boating lake close access to Inverness Aquadome
Businesses
  • Plexus Media - developers of this site
  • Boots n Paddles - a fantastic company that offers outdoor activities ranging from kayaking to gorge walking.  They can offer set activities or bring the activity to you at your cottage and organise for example a family day canoeing or half a day archery.
  • Contact Us


    For any general or specific query, don't hesitate to contact us. Our details:
    Lucy Beattie or Danielle Douglas
    Leckmelm Holiday Cottages
    Leckmelm Estate
    Loch Broom
    By Ullapool
    Wester Ross
    SCOTLAND
    Tel/Fax: 01854 612 471
    email: info@leckmelmholidays.co.uk

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