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We think 'Auld Haa' is quite special but dont just take our word for it.  These are some of the guest reviews we have had since opening the property for holiday lettings in 2017...

"Just to let you know that I've arrived at Auld Haa and it is utterly wonderful - the house is perfect, it's beautifully presented, immaculately clean and the views are stunning . The internet is working as well! Thank you for everything and all the thoughtful treats too. I'm going to have a wonderful holiday here - and I may never move out! " (A.S. July 2017)


"This is just to say thank you again for such an amazing, peaceful and luxurious stay last week! The house is beautiful and immaculately done. As I said before it is my dream house. Every bit of it works wonderfully: the conservatory is perfect, the kitchen and bathroom luxurious. I actually took photos of your kitchen as it gave me so many good ideas for my own. And I had to force myself to get out of the shower! You’ve thought of every detail: from the lovely bed linen to the conservatory furniture, to the welly boots in the utility room, to the printer,  to the post it notes and pens and easel and tripod for when inspiration strikes. I have never stayed in such a thoughtfully well equipped house. The walks from the house are some of the best in Yell: I saw terns, oyster catchers and red throated divers along the shore, and lots of seals – and otters: one just at the bottom of the garden. In short – it was perfect ........ and  even though I want to keep the house to myself I think others deserve to know how wonderful it is".

('A' 29/07/2017)


Reviews added August 2018....

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"Just a short message to let you know we enjoyed our stay at your lovely cottage very much. Everything we needed was there, Jakoba did a great job. And what a great idea to add the sunny extension to the house.  Some extras we got from that were the otters we saw at the shore in front of your house and a sheepdog training!

Thanks again, we loved Yell ! Hope we'll be back someday".

('S&E' 06/08/2018)



Reviews added July 2019....

We had a most enjoyable stay at the Auld Haa. The house is beautifully situated and the equipment is very good.  The patio is a wonderful place to sit and watch the skyline, the gannets diving into the sea, the sheepdog training,... we couldn't get enough of it.  Thanks also for the gifts, we enjoyed that.

The walk around the peninsula is beautiful and a common seal was following us, but we didn't see any otters.

We also met Jacoba and we could chat in Dutch.

So with regret we had to leave the Auld Haa, but we stay still another week in the environment of Sandwick.

Kind regards

Els & Hugo

(via email 17/09/19)

We're having a lovely time at Auld Haa.

We had a quick visit from Jakoba not long after we arrived, checking everything was ok, we were really impressed by that, also by the quality of her cleaning, the house was spotless!


It's a fine place to be and we won't want to leave on Saturday to start our journey home. Really well equipped and thanks for the welcome items too, very much appreciated.

Best wishes


(via email 26/06/19)

Holiday 1st-22nd June 2019

Our stay at Auld Haa is coming to an end, we will be very sad and emotional on Saturday.  We have enjoyed our holiday albeit it wetter & colder than we have had in previous visits.  We love your home here, it is so comfortable.  Jakoba keeps it so clean & welcoming, she was here very promptly when there was a problem with the boiler. She even personally delivered a Father's Day card to my husband from his son.  Your new viewing room has been a real sanctuary on days when wind & rain has kept us in.  We have enjoyed walks & quiet moments on the shore line where we have seen mother otter with 3 cubs, mother otter with 2 cubs & a lone otter.

Thank you for allowing us this precious time on Yell.

With best wishes,

Brenda & Peter

(via email 20/06/19)

Hi Clare...we had a wonderful wild, windy two weeks in Auld Haa. Shetland is a fantastic place to be when the weather is so stormy. Storm Ali really was quite spectacular.  On the worst morning about 06:20 a male otter charged across the front of the house heading up the hill.  It looked as though it wasn't enjoying the gales and was heading for a more sheltered position.

My Spanish friends loved their first visit to Shetland.

We all enjoyed staying in the cottage very much.  It is a lovely holiday home and we hope to return next year.

Best wishes


(via email 05/10/18)

Holiday 1st-8th July 2023

I am writing to say thank you following my stay in Auld Haa, which was absolutely perfectly located, spotlessly clean and very well equipped.

The sun room was brilliant as was the small office area, which was great for working on the laptop when processing photos, doing email, etc and when the high-speed R100 broadband link is in, it will be even better (they were laying the fibre whilst I was there).

The walk through the fields down to the loch & shoreline was one I made most evenings and I got great views of a single otter on my first night and a pair of otters later in the week. Seeing the shepherd work his sheepdog was also great entertainment!

I would definitely recommend Auld Haa to anyone wanting an
away-from-it-all holiday in a very well equipped comfortable home with wildlife on the doorstep.



(via email 20/07/23)

Hello Clare


Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed my stay at Auld Haa. The weather was very mixed but I did have some bright sunny days when I was able to venture out to tour around Yell as well as make day trips to Fetlar and Unst.


I spent a lot of time watching the view from the sun lounge constantly changing, and a daily event was seeing a man up on the hill training his sheep dog, herding separating and herding again the seven sheep without lambs.


The house was very comfortable and had everything I needed.


Thank you.



(via email 24/05/23)

Just a note to thank you for another lovely stay at the Auld Haa. And we have been treated to the most amazing weather this week, with so many sunny days and high temperatures - we went to Unst on Thursday, it was 23C, I have never known temperatures like that in Shetland before!


The Auld Haa is as fine and comfortable as we remembered, and thank you too for the excellent welcome pack.

Best wishes,



(via email 17.06.23)

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