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Luxury Highland House, Spectacular Highland Location:Stunning sea/mountain views

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Shieldaig, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Secluded Position, But Not Remote, Overlooking The Loch, Near Conservation Village Pub & Shop

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.

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Chrissy Nason-Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Chrissy Nason-Smith

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

Why Chrissy Nason-Smith chose Northern Scottish Highlands

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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
Nov 2013
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Shieldaig House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
  • Master bedroom ensuite: Roll-top bath, separate power shower, w.c., sink, bidet Bed 1 ensuite: power shower, sink, w.c. Family bathroom: Bath with overhead power shower, sink, w.c. Steam room with seating: overhead power shower, sink, w.c. w.c. + sink
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Masterbed: super-king bed, ensuite bathroom;Bed 2:super-king or twin beds, ensuite shower room; Bed 3:super-king or twin beds; Bed 4: Family room, king + sofa bed for child/infant; Study/bed 5: day sofa-bed with pull-out under bed for 1 adult or 2 children
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The house is incredibly warm and cosy with under-flooring heating throughout, oak flooring and Caithness stone. The views from all the main rooms and bedrooms are stunning. The downstairs is semi-open plan so you can view the roaring log fire from the kitchen window seat, or if you prefer, close off the lounge with the large double doors. The granite steam room is perfect after a long walk or just for relaxation. With wonderful light in the Highlands and a south-west position the sunsets and pink skies are beautiful. There is no mobile reception in the house itself, but a short walk down the lane or outside the pub there is a great signal. Free broadband and UK calls The House Manager will be at the house to greet you and show you around. Welcome tea tray and plate of smoked salmon and other local goodies. Complimentary Arran Aromatics toiletries Outside: There are grassy areas at the front and side of the house for sitting/sunbathing, as well as a rear patio and seating area built into the hill and approached by steps at the back of the house. There is a seat (with cushions) as well as a dining table with sun umbrella and seating for 8 at the front of the house. Utility Room: Washing machine Drying machine Butler sink Overhead drying rack Laundry baskets Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxurious Egyptian bed-linen and fluffy white towels - one large bath towel, hand towel and face-cloth provided per person. The house is cleaned before and after each let. For 7 day bookings there is a light mid-week clean and towel change. Other: The dining room has a cosy seating area and the best views in the house. The dining table extends to seat 10.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Luxury Highland House, Spectacular Highland Location:Stunning sea/mountain views
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

An. Cos our beautiful family home for a week

  • 5 of 5

We knew that it was going to be special ,I have to say An Cos exceeded all our expectitations the quality and home comforts added to the ambience of this fabulous family home . We were met by Fiona on our arrival Fiona was very welcoming gave us the grand tour of the house and left us to enjoy the wonderful seafood platter locally sourced from the village smoke house fowelled by scone /tea loaf all home made what a welcome As we settled in it was the sheer comfort of quality and attention to detail that we knew we were going to have a fabulous holiday ,the kit he was a dream to be in (so much so that we only dined out twice) it was so well equipped with everything you needed,it was a real pleasure to work in we had a mid week change of towels lots to do great walks stunning scenery we had a boat trip across to the Island to see the magnificent Sea Eagle we were not dissapointed wonderful Seals Sea Otter just wonderful lots to do in this great location magnificent sun sets . We will return as we have come away with some great memories of a wonderful family holiday can't wait to return top holiday destination 5out of 5 from the Harrison Family. Geraldine ALbert (York)

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great House and location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An Cos is deservedly a 5* plus luxury home.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Shieldaig bar in village
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
74 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Coastal kitchen in village
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: recommended

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.

Further Details:

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.


Rates & Availability

Shieldaig House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 3
Mar 3 2017 - Jun 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 9
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 10
Sep 15 2017 - Nov 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 4
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 5
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year week
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $646.81

Booking Notes:
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.
For full T&C and Booking Form please visit our website

Changeover Day:
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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