Cabin FAQ

Is there electricity at the Cabin?

No, the Cabin is completely off-grid. There are candles and battery powered LED torches / lamps.

Can I charge my phone? Is there mobile reception? Is there wi-fi?

We encourage our visitors to take a break from modern technology for a complete escape. However, you are welcome to charge your phones up at the house if you need. Mobile reception is variable. Vodafone is very good, O2 and EE are OK and 3 is quite poor. There’s no wi-fi at the Cabin but if you need you can come and sit in our garden and we’ll give you the password for the wi-fi at the  house.

How big is the lake?

It’s big enough for a quick dip and also to canoe around the island, but it is a very small, peaceful lake. Our Scottish friends call it the “wee lochen”. It’s full of wildlife though and completely idyllic.  Our other lake which is close by is deeper and bigger and better for swimming. There’s even a wee jetty for a run and jump!

Can I fish in the lake?

You could try, but we’re pretty sure there aren’t any fish. We did have trout once but were visited by a hungry otter who ate all the fish!

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, but we are unable to accept dogs or any other pets at the Cabin on the lake.

Can I bring my child?

The Cabin on the lake is the perfect romantic retreat for two, also the proximity of the water would make it pretty stressful (for you and us!). Although we love children, we have created a lovely peaceful space here so, sorry – no kids! The campsite is also for adults only.

I’m pregnant!

Congratulations! The Cabin will be a lovely place to relax before the baby is born. However, you will absolutely need to talk to your doctor about whether or not to use the hot tub.

Can I book for one night only?

Unfortunately, this doesn’t really work at the Cabin on the Lake. Firstly, we think it wouldn’t do the holiday justice, arriving at 4pm one evening and leaving at 10am the next morning isn’t enough time to relax, settle in and have the perfect, romantic experience. Additionally, single night bookings aren’t practical for us; the changeover is a massive amount of work, everything is taken back to the house, thoroughly cleaned then taken back to the Cabin and also cleaning and refilling the hot tub takes many hours. We wouldn’t get anything else done! 

How much firewood is provided?

We supply two bags of wood per night for your stay in the Cabin. Nearly all of our guests find this amount to be enough. We do, however, offer extra bags at £5 each which you might need if you choose to have multiple fires going at the same time, there’s the campfire, the cabin stove and the hot tub.

I want do organise something extra special for my partner. Can you help with…?

Of course, give us a ring to discuss your ideas. We’re really happy to help with setting up extra special ideas and surprises you may have mind. We can offer therapeutic massage here at the house as Amy’s mum is a fully trained (and extremely good!) masseuse.

What will it be like in winter?

It might be chilly, but the fires will roar and the hot tub will be as hot as you’d like.  The turf roof does provide some insulation, but the Cabin will get cold when the fire goes out so you may have to keep stocking it up with wood to stay warm.  We supply a thick down duvet, hot water bottles and extra blankets but suggest you bring lots of warm clothes too. The kitchen and toilet facilities are all outdoors although they are covered from the rain. We think the Cabin in winter is a wonderful experience, but it is still an outdoors experience so be prepared and pack the thermals! You can read a blog from some of our winter guests to give you good idea of what it’s really like.

What about snow?

We don’t often get snowed in at Gwalia but it is a possibility. It happens maybe once every 3 years or so. If it is looking likely we’ll give you a ring to discuss the options which are likely to include – i) leaving your car in the village, we’ll come and meet you with sledges to help bring your stuff up the hill  ii) offering alternative dates  iii) offering a refund