(The Painter's House)
Isle of Skye
This highly individual architect-designed house is situated on the edge of the village of Dunvegan, one of the most popular corners of that most popular Scottish island, Skye.
Within easy walking distance of the village shops and hotels and Loch Dunvegan itself, its position is nevertheless a peaceful one. There is parking at the door and a pleasant garden with a stream running round the perimeter to the side of the house. From the upstairs living area there are views over the fields at the back and down to the village at the front.
The house is quite unique and specifically designed to be as light and bright as possible a far cry from Eoghainn A'Pheantair's wee cottage which originally occupied this site! The bedrooms, two king-size doubles and a small bunk bedded room are all downstairs and the two doubles both have en suite facilities. The dining kitchen is also on this level and is spacious and well-designed. Upstairs is a very large and airy L-shaped living area with a TV-viewing end and, at the other, a comfortable space to chat, read, play a game of Scrabble, perhaps, or just relax.
The cottage is furnished and finished to a very high standard. There is fine oak flooring throughout and the heating is under floor downstairs and by radiators on the upper level.
Dunvegan is such a good centre for exploring this magical island. Dunvegan Castle, the ancient seat of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod, with its wonderful gardens and boat trips, is just up the road, with the magnificent Coral Beaches only a mile or two further. In the other direction are the strange, flat-topped hills known as MacLeod's Tables. These make for an excellent walk, rather less challenging than the mighty Cuillins further south.
Dunvegan village has shops - a bakery, a cake and chocolate shop, a well-stocked mini-mart and a fruit and veg shop, as well as hotels/restaurants, while the world-renowned Three Chimneys restaurant is within a short drive for that very special occasion.
The Waternish and Trotternish peninsulae in the north of Skye are full of interest and well worth exploring. The miniscule port of Uig (which just means 'Bay') is where you can take ship for the Outer Hebrides while at the tip of Trotternish is ruined Duntulm Castle and Flodigarry, home of Flora Macdonald, who assisted the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after Culloden. At Staffin, you can look for dinosaur footprints (one was found on the shore here) and fossils, visit the Kilt Rock and marvel at the grotesque rock formations of The Quiraing. A walk up to the rock needle, The Old Man of Storr, is another must for energetic guests on a good day. And keep an eye out for the sea eagles, which have now been reintroduced here.
Portree, the island 'capital', is about a half hour drive and from there you can take boat trips, visit the Aros cultural centre, and do your major shopping. There is a golf course at Sconser, a bit further down the coast, which is where you can take the ferry over to Raasay for another unique island experience.
Bed linen, towels, oil-CH and electricity are all included. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the cottage. The cottage is not suitable for children under the age of five.
Accommodation (sleeps 4/6):
- Kitchen/Dining room with electric cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave etc
- Double bedroom (king-size) with en suite bath/shower, WC and wash basin
- Double bedroom (king-size) with en suite bath/shower and wash basin only
- Bunk bedroom (full size bunks)
- WC and wash basin
- Sitting room with TV/DVD