Sheileagh or Reiner Luyken

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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SCÀL'S BROCH

Achiltibiue House Rental Photos and Description

Two luxury eco houses designed by an award-winning architect

The Brochs of Coigach have been awarded 5 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board and also the top gold level by the Green Tourism Business Scheme which is regarded as the World’s most credible sustainable tourism programme. The Brochs are works of art as much as the most luxurious holiday houses you can think of. Scàl's Broch is the perfect hide-away for two, though quite big in itself. The dining and sitting area is 8 metres long and 6 metres wide. The kitchen is slightly offset from this room. The bedroom measures 4 by 5 metres and the bathroom 3 by 6 metres.

Gille Buidhe's Broch accommodates within 143 square metres a huge open plan drawing room and dining area, a large kitchen, a further sitting room, 2 bedrooms, a large bathroom with bath, sauna and shower, and a second toilet. The largest room is 11 metres long and measures 10 metres across. Each window frames stunning views of the coastline. Original works by artists such as Edvard Munch and Tracey Emin adorn the walls.

The Brochs of Coigach have been shortlisted by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) for the 2011 Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award which is one of the most significant architecture awards in the world. We are silver members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and we are Scottish finalist of the Civic Trust Awards 2013, an international recognition given to projects of the highest quality design but only if they are judged to have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.

Red Magazine featured The Brochs of Coigach as Best in Britain for a Wilderness Getaway. Scottish Field described The Brochs as 'a modernist wonder echoing the Iron Age'. The leading German travel magazine MERIAN lists The Brochs as one of the 100 Best Dream Destinations for Two in the world.

AN IDEAL PLACE FOR AN AUTUMN OR WINTER BREAK: The Brochs of Coigach are especially suited for an autumn or winter break. Quite often, the winter light and the low northern sun shows the Scottish landscape at its best. The optical phenomena of nature are stunning. The panoramic windows of The Brochs of Coigach give you the feeling of being outdoors, though you are sitting in the utmost comfort of the observation and living room.

In autumn and wintertime, you can rent one or the other Brochs of Coigach on a daily basis like a hotel. This gives you a flexibility that you don't have with conventional holiday lets. The Brochs lend themselves for an extraordinary luxurious short break, for instance to celebrate a birthday, a wedding anniversary or another special occasion.

Kitchen and bathroom: The kitchens are built by Duncans of Grantown-on-Spey to a very high specification, with Siemens touch control hob and oven, 'whispering' AAA dishwasher, fridge freezer and Nova De-luxe Drawer Systems in Morello red cabinets.

The extremely spacious bathrooms are truly rooms in their own right, carefully designed so that their use is a pleasure in itself.

All linen and towels are provided. There are soap dispensers in the bathrooms.

You can buy from us eggs from our freely foraging rare breed hens and lamb from ancient breeds that we raise on our own fields - meat with a natural flavour that you wouldn't get anywhere else.

More Details

Details for Scàl's Broch 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

A one bedroom hide-away with a large kitchen and dining area, sitting and observation room, and a very large bath and sauna. In the back, there is a large utility and storage space. The building grows, as it were, out of a hillside and is encased in natural dry stone walls. Large panoramic windows bring about a feeling of being right in the middle of nature, though the inside provides the utmost luxury with underfloor heating, free wi-fi internet access and a Bose sound system. The view goes right across islands, the sea and into the mountains, uninterrupted by any other human habitation. The location warrants absolute privacy. There is an elegant Morso wood burning stove to watch the flames of a fire in the evenings. Original works by some of the best contemporary Scottish artists hang on the walls. There are also unusual antique displays in glass cabinets.
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets considered
  • Low Allergen Environment
Guestbook comments from the owner
Excellent place to stay, and what a stupendous view! So many mountains! The Enard Bay walk (No 5 in the Achiltibuie booklet) is excellent though a bit rough in places.

Also enjoyed a lovely walk up to the Falls of Kirkaig - splendid open hillsides with excellent views of the main peaks - go past the path down to the falls for a great view of Suilven from close up.

It's a steep climb up to Stac Pollaidh but the path is very good and it's worth the effort.

we enjoyed the wonderful scallops and prawns too!!
Aug 2013
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Sheileagh or Reiner Luyken

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My wife Sheileagh and I live on the Coigach peninsula since 1980, Sheileagh's family is from here. We raised four children and have four grandchildren, two of whom live not far away in another small Highland village. Sheileagh is an itinerant art teacher in various west coast primary schools, I am an feature writer, correspondent and columnist with the German weekly paper DIE ZEIT

We built The Brochs between 2008 and 2011 after two years of planning. We've owned the land since thirty years, it was a beautiful site but it was extremely boggy and overgrown with brambles and bracken. Only in 2006 did we have an idea what to do with it. We built two houses that are really our personal dream houses. Nowhere else would you find houses right above the sea that are built like iron-age roundhouses. Externally, they are enveloped in drystone walls with a turf roof falling from the hillside over craggy outcrops to the ground below. Internally, The Brochs are not just modern and homely but also little museums featuring masterpieces of Scottish and Northern European artists. You will be surrounded on the outside by Scotland's greatest landscape and inside by some of Scotland's greatest art.

Just the other day a couple staying in one of the houses observed a sea eagle for two and a half hours hunting just a hundred yards away. Other guests watched a big pod of dolphins play in the sea while they had breakfast. Where else in the world can you get that?

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Scàl's Broch
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BEAUTIFUL REMOTE LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
This property is extremely well fitted out - very high specification. It has all amenities and a bonus is a Sauna and stove.

The view changes every day with the weather and is surrounded by striking landscape.

We enjoyed every day - well worth the trip.
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Achiltibiue Northern Scottish Highlands
5

THE BEST THE HIGHLANDS HAS TO OFFER FOR A COUPLE

  • 5 of 5
If you are a couple and for your scottish holiday you are seeking a spectacular setting and hinterland/ remote yet with the amenities nearby when you want them/ high specification accomodation of a top boutique hotel standard and style/ loads of natural light and great views whilst relaxing inside / large rooms / owners who clearly care for it with a passion - then you will not get any better.
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Achiltibiue Northern Scottish Highlands
5

FABULOUS PLACE TO STAY

  • 5 of 5
What an absolutely fabulous place to stay, if only we could be here longer. Congratulations to Reiner and Sheileagh for making such an unusual idea work so well.

The property is as good as it looks in the photos and was spotlessly clean when we arrived. The owners had provided some thoughtful touches such as fresh wild flowers and some lovely handmade soap in the bathroom. The fixtures and furnishings were all of high quality and the large bed was extremely comfortable.

Even though we stayed in July it was still cool in the evenings so on a couple of occasions we lit the wood burning stove (a supply of wood and firelights were provided), which along with the underfloor heating made the cottage lovely and cosy. It was absolute bliss just sitting in the peace and quiet looking at the wonderful view across the bay.

We spent most of our time touring around the area, the highlights being the road to Lochinver, the beautiful beaches at Durness and (although a long way) the Applecross Inn and the road back over the mountains to Lochcarron. We also took the boat trip to the Summer Isles from Achiltibuie which did not disappoint us.

We would thoroughly recommend this property and hope to return again sometime.
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Achiltibiue Northern Scottish Highlands
5

FANTASTIC VIEW AND VERY QUIET

  • 5 of 5
We spent a wonderful time looking through the window at the sea - different clouds, different lights, so wonderful. We can recommend the pies at the Riverside Cafe in Lochinver and the seafood platter at the Kylesku Hotel. The boat trip to the Summer Isles is very interesting, especially the seals.
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Scàl's Broch
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Achiltibiue Northern Scottish Highlands
5

SUMPTUOUS SOLITUDE

  • 5 of 5
What a privilege it was to be the first guests in this wonderful accommodation. Everything was pristine, the facilities top-of-the-range, and the setting inspirational. We had a glorious time and could never tire of the constantly changing views across the bay: so many shades of grey (and dazzling blue on the last two days) fishing boats, soaring seabirds and always the promise of seals. There was excellent food at the Summer Isles Hotel--almost preferable to the more formal restaurant, however, was the more relaxed and reasonably-priced bar next door. We highly recommend boat trips to the Summer Isles and to the falls near Kylesku. Beaches north of Lochinver are stunning and almost empty . But a highlight was on our doorstep: a visit to the Coigach Tea Shop in Polbain, run by a delightful lady who is as generous with her knowledge of local lore as with her home made cakes.
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Inverness
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Ullapool
Nearest Train
81 Miles
Inverness
Nearest Motorway
183 Miles
Perth
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Achnahaird
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Achiltibuie and Altandhu
Nearest Ski
109 Miles
Aviemore
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Ullapool
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Achiltibuie and Altandhu
Car: necessary

Polbain by Achiltibuie is one of a number of small hamlets on a peninsula that abuts from the mountainous Northwest cost of the Highlands into the Minch, a broad waterway between the Scottish mainland and the Outer Hebrides. It forms part of the Assynt and Coiogach National Scenic Area. The revered Scottish poet Norman MacCaig called this landscape 'masterless and intractable in any terms that are human.' It is one of the most unspoiled and outstandingly beautiful areas of Europe. One might observe a sea eagle hunting for fish. Porpoises and minke come this way. Occasionally, pods of bottle nose dolphins pass by, jumping in and out of the water as if for pure joy. Seals are always around. Despite its remote location, there is a Michelin star restaurant in the vicinity. There are opportunities for hill walking, climbing, sea kajaking, sailing and motor cuises. The Brochs of Coigach are located within four acres at the end of a private farm track.

Other Activities: sea kayaking

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Achiltibiue House Rental Rates

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Mar 29 2014 - Oct 24 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,040
 

Notes

  • THERE ARE NO HIDDEN EXTRA COSTS. Prices include Wi-Fi broadband, sauna and electricity. Please enquire about special weekend rates and availability during the off season.

    A deposit of 30 percent secures your booking, the balance becomes due 6 weeks prior to arrival. If you have to cancel for unforeseen reasons, we will do our utmost to re-let your week. If a re-let can be arranged, your deposit will be returned minus any extra charges that we may incur. We advise, however, that you take out a cancellation insurance so that you are covered for any eventuality. Please remember that you are still obliged to pay the full rent if a re-let cannot be arranged even if you cancel before the balance becomes due.

    FROM THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER UNTIL THE 21ST OF DECEMBER 2012 AND FROM THE 6TH OF JANUARY UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY 2013 WE OFFER A SPECIAL '3 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 2' DEAL, SO IF YOU STAY THREE NIGHTS YOU GET ONE NIGHT FOR FREE!

Amenities

Achiltibiue House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 94 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Tiled Stove
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The bathroom is 6 metres long and 3.5 metres wide. The sauna is accessible from within the large bathroom. The bath is extra large. The shower is in a large wetroom. High qualty soaps provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The bedroom has two large windows each with a different view. The ceiling raises up to four metres in height. A cot for a baby can be provided on request, but the property isn't suitable for a child over two years of age.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
Outside:
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • pets considered
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf privileges optional
Notes:
Smoking only outside of the building to comply with Scottish law

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