|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Recently built traditional stone house with stunning interiors in a wonderful location overlooking Loch Shieldaig with views towards the Outer Hebrides. With the backdrop of the Torridon mountains, wonderful walking from the house, serious climbing & mountaineering, public tennis court, kayaking, sea trips, fresh fish available to order, live music in the pub most weekends, award- winning restaurants nearby and friendly locals, a stay in Shieldaig will not disappoint.
Relax in front of a roaring log fire with a wee single malt; take a steam in the granite steam room; watch a film from the extensive DVD selection or read one of the many books at the house. Watch the weather patterns weave across the loch from the comfort of the house. Relax in style.
The house manager will greet you on arrival and show you around. Light mid-week clean and towel change for 7 night stays. Welcome tea tray and plate of smoked salmon & other local goodies. Complimentary Arran Aromatics toiletries. Free broadband and UK calls.
There are a great choice of cafes and restaurants in the area but if you can't drag yourself away from the view and prefer to dine at home a local chef can be arranged to cook for you at the house or cook to order and deliver. Cakes can also be made to order for special occasions. For Christmas and New Year bookings the house comes complete with a large beautifully decorated tree, a side of smoked salmon and home-made mince pies.
We have a high percentage of repeat bookings and recommendations.
With a long background in travel and tourism, with particular focus on quality, and a hands-on director of a small hotel in Kensington for six years, before changing tack and doing an interior design course, building and furnishing our house in Scotland was a challenging labour of love!
Still connected with the travel industry as a travel writer and reviewer I also undertake interior design projects in Scotland and the London area.
But when time allows, I love to escape to our Scottish home to unwind, recharge and spend time with family and friends.
Chrissy Nason-Smith purchased this house in 2010
With ancestry in this lovely conservation village it was always our dream to build a family home in this spectacular spot. Building on the West Highland coast was very challenging but we are thrilled with the result.
My husband holidayed in Shieldaig every year as a child and first brought me here when I was 20. I loved it and still do! Later we brought our children: building dens in the woods, climbing, skimming stones, seal spotting: every holiday an adventure. Now grown up, our children love to come with their friends for hiking, kayaking and serious downtime in this totally unspoilt spot.
In a secluded, elevated, position, built into the hillside overlooking the sea loch, An Cos (Gaelic for the hollow) is only 5 minutes walk to the village shop, pub, bistro and smoke-house.
Based in London, we usually fly to Inverness or catch the sleeper train from Euston and drive the 80 miles west through stunning scenery. With flights from most UK airports to Inverness (as well as Amsterdam & Geneva) access is relatively easy.
Described as the last wilderness of Europe, the area is stunning: single track roads, pretty villages, the majestic Torridon mountains, friendly locals, amazing wildlife. Fabulous walking direct from the house, sea trips, great cafes and restaurants in the area.
Traditionally built in local stone with all the benefits of underfloor heating and double glazing An Cos is stylishly furnished as our home. With roaring log fires in the lounge and master bedroom, a steam room, exceptionally well equipped kitchen and dining room views most top restaurants can only dream of 'eating in' is a real pleasure.
This is a fabulous property which you don’t find often in Scotland. First class.
Mr Andy Brown, Singapore, Aug 2012
We spent a splendid – and warm and sunny – week in this wonderful and very comfortable house. It is a paradise for people who love silence, good taste, beautiful interiors, space and outstanding beds! This is a great place! Inglis-Cauchie, July 2013
Location, location, location! Set in one of the world's (let alone Scotland's) most beautiful spots. And then there's the house; quite simply raising the bar for holiday lets in Scotland. “Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” John Muir
Mark Anderson, 11-18 October 2013
Stunning views; clean, well furnished; 1st class accommodation; top top kitchen and bathroom facilities; one could live here all the time. We had a brilliant time and would recommend An Cos to anyone who asked.
An absolute delight! We were blown away by the location of this luxurious accommodation. The views are stunning and the walks and drives around the area are delightful. The house is brilliantly equipped, stylish, comfortable and everything is top quality. I can recommend staying here without hesitation.
We were two and a half families (10 people). The house was very well equipped both in the kitchen and with videos and games etc.. There was a very warm welcome with smoked salmon (smoked locally) and scones (from the local cafe). Indeed there were many useful local amenities with good expresso drinks and langoustines in `Nannies' , Kayaks etc. available from Shieldaig Adventures, and boat trips, all highly recommended (there are also other local restaurants in walking distance that we didnt try because the facilities for hone cooking were so good). Although the weather wasnt good enough for the amazing nearby big mountains, there was plenty to do. Overall, this was amongst the best highland homes that we have stayed in and we are planning to return next year.
Words sometimes don't portray what you see as a whole. The images that we now have firmly bedded in our minds of An Cos, Shieldaig, the beautiful loch, the sea eagles, the mountains will leave an impression for many, many years to come.
We hope in the near future to pay further visits to An Cos.
Immaculately clean with the most beautiful furnishings and decor, and the steam room! Exactly what was needed after our Munro climbs.
For a luxurious stay in the most stunning location, An Cos is a truly special house. Enjoy the warmth of heated wooden floors, roaring log fire and steam room; unwind in the comfortable lounge with a matchless view across the harbour and across to the islands; sleep deeply in luxury bed linen, and relax in beautifully appointed ensuite bathrooms. And if you can bear to leave, there's walking in the spectacular scenery, and an abundance of wildlife and flora to be enjoyed. For a very special stay, An Cos is a perfect choice - I can guarantee you will not want to leave!
As first time visitors to this part of Scotland, I can highly recommend a stay at An Cos. Superb design, high quality and a matchless view make this a very special house for any occasion. Enjoy the comfortable beds, carefully appointed bathrooms, log fire, steam room and state-of-the-art kitchen, as well as a dining area overlooking the harbour and across to the islands. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the house, there's fabulous walking to be enjoyed, and plenty going on in the local area with an abundance of wildlife and flowers. This is a place where we would like to return.
For outstanding nature, walking, climbing, fishing, and magical summer sunsets.
Coast and pebble beaches close to the house. Sandy beaches 30 minutes drive. For spectacular beaches Gairloch is approximately 1 hour's drive.
Inverness is the nearest large town and is 74 miles away, approximately 1.5 hours drive. From the airport, approximately 1.45 hours drive.
Use of a car is essential.
Village shop, pub, cafe and bistro 5 minutes walk.
Torridon - almost highest mountain range in the UK, for walking, climbing and excellent food at the Torridon Hotel, 15 mins
Applecross - drive the highest road in the UK with stunning views of Skye's Cuillin mountains for award-winning pub food, 45 mins
Plockton - picturesque harbour village with palm trees, good food, 1.15 mins
Eilean Donan Castle - legendary Scottish castle, 1.30 mins
Gairloch - stunning beaches, 1hr
Inverewe Gardens - Famous highland gardens with tropical trees and plants, 1.15 mins
Isle of Skye & Talisker Whisky Distillery tour, via the bridge, approx 1.45mins.
The nearest large supermarkets are in Inverness (1.5 hours away!) so we suggest you do a shop before arriving, or you can arrange for a Tesco delivery direct to the house once there. There is a local shop for basics in the village, as well as an excellent smoke-house for the best salmon you will have ever tasted. It's also possible to get fresh fish if ordered in the village and the butcher from Gairloch visits each week with his mobile shop. There is a very good Spar shop in Lochcarron,as well as a petrol station, bank, 30/40 minutes away. Tesco also do on-line deliveries
There is a tennis court in Shieldaig open to visitors, sea trips from the pier, mountain biking, guided walks, climbing, fishing, kayaking, can all be arranged locally.
There are a variety of award-winning places to eat in the area from small cafes, pubs, bistros to fine dining at the Torridon Hotel.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$616|
50% deposit required to secure the house, which is non-refundable unless we are able to re-let the house.
Balance payable 8 weeks before arrival date (Xmas/New Year 12 weeks)
£500 Good housekeeping deposit payable at the same time as the balance and returned within 7 days of departure providing no deductions to be made
PAYMENT: Once the completed Booking Form is received I will request payment direct into our account.
STRICTLY NO SMOKING AND NO PETS
For full T&C and Booking Form please visit our website www.AnCosShieldaig.co.uk
Change-over day is Friday for weekly bookings, though out-of-season this can be flexible.
Arrival time 4pm
Check-out time 10am
Notes on prices:
All weeks that include a bank holiday are sold at high season prices or for Christmas and New Year at the prices shown.