Isle of Skye

Storr Lodge

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Built by the McDonald clan in 1900 as a fishing lodge with many a colourful character passing through its doors, today Storr Lodge has been lovingly restored into a delightful retreat for six lucky people. With deeply patinated bespoke wooden furniture, richly hued soft furnishings and hand-picked Scottish art and pottery, this retreat is true to its heritage and sumptuously luxurious, whilst the unique light that reflects and shimmers off the water makes this a deeply magical, meditative escape. With breath-taking views from every room, it's not uncommon to spot otters and eagles, whilst heron fish from the garden and the occasional swan will swim past. If the wilderness inspires you, join in with complimentary trout fishing (during the fishing season) and wild swimming from the private jetty at the front of the house - what could be more idyllic? Set in the north of the island, this area of Skye has a magnificent number of things to do, especially if you love the great outdoors. From incredible walks and breath-taking boat trips to ancient settlements and Michelin-starred restaurants, you'll not lack for memorable days out.


Living

The cosy, light-filled sitting room is just lovely with dual aspect windows, overlooking the loch and the Old Man of Storr. Two two-seater sofas nestle around the flickering open fire, whilst two Harris Tweed upholstered chairs are perfectly positioned to gaze out over the water but can be easily turned around if need be. When the sun goes down and night draws in, and the view disappears into the velvet darkness, there's a Smart TV with Sky TV plus an Alexa, a radio and a wide range of board games to keep you entertained.


Eating

Cooking is a dream in the handmade wooden kitchen with beautiful thick solid oak worktops. Contrasting beautifully with white tiles and inky blue paintwork, the kitchen comes fully equipped with everything you'll need to rustle up a Scottish feast, from the double Belfast sink, electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, two under-counter fridge-freezers and all the other essentials including a cafetiere for that all-important wake-me-up-coffee. In addition, there's a washing machine and tumble dryer, plus underfloor heating to keep things nice and cosy and a hatch that opens out next to the dining table.

In the sitting room you'll find the antique, rustic farmhouse dining table towards the back, with exquisite views over the loch and the Old Man of Storr. The table comfortably seats six.


Sleeping

There are three stunning bedrooms to choose from.

On the ground floor, you'll discover the charming twin bedroom with dual aspect windows, one of which faces south-west over the loch and gardens. With two sturdy wooden beds, a gorgeous trunk as a bedside table, a dressing table and storage, this is an excellent room for little ones or friends travelling together.

Take the stairs to the first floor where two more beautiful bedrooms lie. One is a gorgeous en suite with dual aspect windows looking north-east with breath-taking views over the loch and the Old Man of Storr. This room is beautifully decorated with an incredibly comfy solid handmade wooden king-sized bed, dressing table, chest of drawers, hanging space and gorgeous leather chair artfully positioned to make the most of the stunning views.

The second bedroom also comes with a bespoke made wooden king-sized bed, dressing table, chest of drawers and hanging space, with a south facing view over the loch and gardens. What could be better than settling down with breakfast in bed, gazing out over the water, or falling asleep to an inky black sky, dotted with stars and the gentle lapping of waves of the loch below? Bliss!

All beds come beautifully made with sumptuous linens, and all duvets and pillows are made of Hungarian goose down.


Bathing

The extraordinary family bathroom can be found on the ground floor, and comes with a stunning slipper bath, perfectly positioned to gaze out of the window over the loch, with shower overhead. Upstairs, the en suite boasts a fabulous walk-in shower which juxtaposes beautifully against the original stone wall, plus a heated rail to keep towels warm and fluffy. In addition, there's a separate loo. All three rooms come with underfloor heating to keep toes cosy and warm.


Outdoor space

Outside, the garden stretches along the shoreline of Loch Fada for 100 metres, and slopes right down into the loch. There's a picnic bench for meals alfresco overlooking the water, and a barbeque can be provided on request. In addition, there's an otter viewpoint, private jetty, and from April 2022, swings and a climbing wall.


Trout fishing

Enjoy complimentary trout fishing at Storr Loch Lodge, off of your own private jetty - what could be more unique than catching your own dinner? You'll need to bring your own fishing equipment with you.


Parking

There is off-road parking available next to the property for up to two cars.


Babies and children

Babies and children are most welcome at Storr Lodge. A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request. Please note, due to the proximity and easy access to the loch from the garden, babies and children should always be supervised.


Dogs

This is one of our pet-free properties.


In the Area

Whether you're a keen walker, a foodie or a wildlife lover (or a mixture of all three!), there's so much to see and do whilst staying at Storr Lodge. From the retreat there are plenty of walks (though not well signposted, you'll need a map), plus a spot of wild swimming in the loch is extremely invigorating! If you love to explore on foot, make sure to bring your walking boots and experience the iconic Old Man of Storr, gaze in delight at The Quiraing (bring your camera!) whilst the more adventurous and experienced can climb the Cullin. Other walks nearby include the Trotternish Ridge, Armishader (an old settlement), or you can walk with the dinosaurs (their footprints, that is) at Staffin Slip and Brothers Point - the Trotternish Peninsular is one of the most significant places in the world for dinosaur fossils, including the Storr Loch Monster (the most complete skeleton of a sea-living reptile from the dinosaur era that has ever been found in Scotland). If you're more of a salty sea dog, there are plentiful boat trips, whether it's spotting white-tailed sea eagles, whale and dolphin watching or fishing, whilst a swim in the sea is a must. Other places of note are Duntulm Castle, Neist Point Lighthouse, the Fairy Glen, the Fairy Pools (take a dip if you dare!) and Dunvegan Castle. As you would expect, there's a host of amazing restaurants to try, including Three Chimneys - considered to be one of the best in the world - whilst whisky lovers should visit the three distilleries: Talisker, Torabhaig and Raasay (which is a 25-minute ferry ride away).


With The Old Man of Storr as its backdrop and the lapping of the loch beneath the windows, this is an idyllic Scottish homestay in one of Skye's most sought-after locations.

At a glance

From £1,891 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 6 + cot | 3 Bedrooms | Regret no pets

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Babies welcome (to 12 months)

Boutique Hideaway

Historic location

Loch views

Lochside setting

Pet-free property

Rolling countryside

Superb creek and water views

Underfloor heating downstairs

Unique Hideaway

WiFi

Open Fires

Perfect For Couples

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.

Payments:

  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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