This house was an amazing find. It's an old crofter's cottage that's had an extension and it is a stunning example of how to mix heritage with modern amenities. It has a large dining kitchen with all mod-cons including a washing machine and dishwasher. The lounge is large with reclining sofas, a working fireplace, TV, Playstation and doors onto a lovely patio area. The bathroom is modern, with a deep bath and fabulous mains shower and a toasty-warm heated floor. The double bedroom is, again, quite large and features a desk and enough storage to spend the entire year.
The property features its own drive; big enough for a number of cars, and a pleasant garden.
It's located in Dunvegan on the western side of the island. It's a great location for some of the must-see sights including Dunvegan Castle, the Coral Beach, Neist Point Lighthouse and the Fairy Pools. Portree, the capital of the island, is about 18 miles away on a nice windy road.
The owners have put a huge amount of effort into making this house cosy and friendly and I will definitely be returning in the future. The views everywhere on the island are to die for and there is such an incredible amount to do.
I took the ferry from Mallaig to get there but used the bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh to come back - just the fact that you have the choice to use a half-hour crossing ferry as part of the holiday makes it magical.
There was a bottle of Prosecco, a couple of pints of milk, some teabags and chocolate biscuits to welcome me and I felt completely at home.
If you want to get away from it all - and I wanted to be away from the world for my 50th birthday - then this is the place to go. Great owners to deal with, superb standard of accommodation and glorious location - who could ask for more?