**Looking for a swap/points/non sequential in Paris around beginning of April**
**Looking for a swap/points/non sequential in Rome around beginning of August**
Our home, built circa 1860, is a magical boutique style/furnished home, we love it! An old schoolhouse on the stunning and world famous Isle of Skye. The schoolhouse has original features whilst being fully modernised with all mod cons. Lots of quirky features and brimming with character.
Bespoke oak and plank furniture, quality carpets (including a made to order, luxurious wool and silk, deep pile carpet in the master bedroom) with an eclectic mix of antiques, curio's and art that add to the boutique design.
LCD Smart TV with Sky Q (with movies & box sets), also watch Netflix, Amazon Prime, or even just surf the net on a 37' LCD HD screen, We have high speed broadband too! iPod/iPad/iPhone docking system. We also have a PC you can use too! Log & Coal fire (with free logs and coal) and also electric central heating throughout.
Master bedroom full of character, with stone wall feature and original old iglenook fireplace, now no longer used but a lovely wee feature full of candles. LCD TV with satellite channels (Sky Q). Black out curtains and shutters. King Size bed, with luxury Hungarian Goose down bedding, pillows & high quality sprung and memory foam mattress with feather topper for a truly luxurious and deep sleep.
Second double bedroom with double bed with same bedding and mattress as master bedroom with sea and garden views, another stunning stone feature wall and original inglenook fireplace feature.
3rd bedroom with 'small double' mattress bespoke cabin style bed with secret den underneath!
Our Kitchen has just undergone a complete and major renovation and is a totally bespoke design with bespoke designed wooden units all made to order. Original features, antique kitchenalia and some lovely some quirky touches. Hand-cast iron switches and sockets add a retro vintage industrial twist. All mod cons including a dishwasher, a beautiful retro 50's style Gorenje fridge freezer and Smeg appliances add to the quality and underfloor heating provides a lovely even heat. Stunning wood effect porcelain floor tiles and subway metro wall tiles and old stone walls give the kitchen a superb olde world feel. Kitchen also features a double Belfast sink with garden view, an AGA range master with gas hob and 2 ovens and dual grill is big enough to feed the family with ease. A made to order oak stable door leads from the kitchen into the garden! The kitchen also has a breakfast bar and this is now where we spend most of our time. The Kitchen also has a small TV should you not want to miss you favourite program.
Our Bathroom too has just been refitted in a boutique style. Dark grey walls and two toned chalk painted ceiling. A beautiful Slipper bath with freestanding taps looking up to the double void with two lighting options, - a collection of squirrel lamps to aid a soothing 'candle lit' soak or use the stunning concrete directional spot lamps for more light. A separate drench shower tiled with subway/metro tiles. Underfloor heating beneath porcelain wood effect plank tiles and views out over Loch Snizort. A stone wall feature also graces this room.
Our home is a great place to chill out and or discover all Skye has to offer. Sit by the fire & chill out on the comfy leather sofa’s, watch TV, DVD‘s, read, look out at the garden or out to sea, sit in the garden listening to the beautiful birdsong and chimes that hang from trees and 'sing' in the the breeze., come to Skye, to the Old Schoolhouse, take some time out to reflect………..
We have a tree house in the garden (where you can sleep if you desire) or use to write paint or draw, chill or read, a gazebo with sea and mountain views. We also have a wee Gypsy caravan, genuine, built by gypsies and has been to Appleby Fair....only 3/4 size and is used as child's play house
Superb location with lovely sea views across Loch Eyre, garden and hills. Garden with beautiful trees and hedgerows. You can lay watching Eagles and buzzards soar overhead. There are numerous benches and tables so you can breakfast/dine in the garden and listen to constant birdsong in the trees, shrubs and hedges.
Excellent walks within minutes of the house, chambered cairns, standing stones and walks along the shore up country lanes just literally on the doorstep and world class walks and climbs just a short distance away. There is an old road nearby where you can safely cycle or walk and beautiful views all the way. Wildlife is everywhere and otters can be seen from the house with the binoculars and telescope we have in the house and gazebo! From the living room window, I watched an otter chasing sheep a couple of weeks ago....not a sight you see very often!!
Dolphins, whales, seals, sharks all here to see on the numerous boat trips available and we would be delighted to show you all the best places. We have seen, geese, owls, buzzards and herons in the last week (May) in the garden. Dolphin pods were spotted in the loch this week also and many hundreds around the island with minke whales also spotted this week.
The Isle of Skye, deservedly, has the reputation of being the Jewel of the Scottish highlands and once here, you will understand why everyone falls in love with the island. From the Majestic Cuillin Mountains (the finest climbing and walks in the UK), Out door ‘wild swimming’ locations such as the fairy pools, bizarre rock formations featured in so many Skye photos and feature films, gentle walks , outdoor pursuits and culture Skye has something fro everyone. Boatrips from Elgol will take you right into the heart of the Cuillin Hills for a days exploring, the scenery here is breathtaking and this is a must do day out, other boat trips from here will take you to Eigg, Rum, Canna and Muck. Boat trips are around the island to see just about every part.
We are just minutes drive from the picturesque and bustling fishing port of Portree, capital of Skye, with quality restaurants all shops and banks etc. Here you will find boat trips to see seals, dolphins, puffins and Britain's rarest bird of prey, The White tailed Sea Eagle. Gift shops selling crafts form near and far. Sheepskin rugs to Harris Tweed.
Skye was voted 4th best Island destination (in the world) by National Geographic Magazine. An ideal destination for all outdoor types, nature lovers or anyone just wanting a romantic place to chill out.
Skye wins accolade after accolade for scenery, romance and culture its ferry journeys and arrival by train. Skye is now also a big hit with ‘foodies‘. We have some of the worlds best restaurants with the award winning 3 Chimneys restaurant, Lady Claire’s, Michelin Starred Kinloch Lodge and our personal favourite, The Duisdale. Quality fresh seafood is everywhere, served however you like, mussels, langoustines, lobster, all varieties of local fish, its food heaven…..
Wildlife is in abundance Eagles, seals, dolphins, whales, basking sharks, puffins, sea eagles , all fairly common. Standing stones and chambered cairns just as said, minutes walk away from property. Castles, distilleries, art galleries abound everywhere. Rich flora, fauna and scenery regularly attract Hollywood’s largest directors and actors (Ridley Scot last month filming Prometheus). Previous Movies filmed on Skye recently, Harry Potter, Stardust, Made of Honour. Even Harry Styles lastest music video was filmed on Skye recently.
Outdoor pursuits include, Kayaking, Mountain climbing (we can arrange experienced guides to take you, even if you have no experience) Walking, Sailing, Boatrips, Windsurfing, Mountain Biking, Skye is getting a name for great bike tracks and the Track at Sligachan is award winning. Danny MacAskill (inspired bicycles) hails from Skye. Fishing (Skye has fabulous trout and salmon fishing many just minutes away and you can charter boats to take right out to sea and maybe even catch a shark!) There are great out door centres with loads more activities.
Castles & culture, Dunvegan Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Armadale, Moil, Duntulm, Dunsgaith, There are dozens, from ruins to still inhabited, there are a host you can visit. Art galleries, museums, centres, crofting, the way of life is just a pleasure to watch and become involved in. Writers and artists flock here for inspiration from Sir Walter Scott, Boswell and Johnson to modern day script writers.
Despite what you may think Skye is relatively easy to access by car, plane, or train, we can help with any advice or even recommended places to stop over on the way here.
You have a choice and its completely up to you, as to whether you want to look after our lovely chickens (no chickens at the moment), most do and it seems to be one of the highlights, this is simply a case of topping up their food and water every other day, they are completely free range and put themselves to bed etc, if you opt for looking after them the good news is you get fresh free range eggs every day and they are delicious!
We are always looking for a long weekend or a few days, in Scotland and the rest of the UK, Edinburgh is a favourite place of ours but so is Perthshire, we love both city breaks rural retreats. So please get in touch or if you are interested we are always open to ideas, please let us know, our swaps do not always have to be sequential. We also have an apartment in the Isle of Lewis (see listing) that we can swap also.