About the property
- House1560 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House overlooking Loch Dunvegan, Skinidin, near Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Architect designed warm and airy, underfloor heating, comfy beds, wood burning stove & all mod cons
The house is designed by local award winning architects to comfortably accommodate four, in light, spacious accommodation. It’s a modern wooden construction which blends more and more into its loch side location as time and weather turn the larch cladding to silver. The deck opens the living areas out to make the most of the sea air from sunrise to sunset.
With modern living in mind the furnishings and equipment are to an exceptionally high standard. The influence of a Danish, chiropractic owner is most definitely evident in the overall interior design and quality of all things to sit or lie on - you won't be able to blame us for any bad backs and are more likely to want to know where you can buy things because they're just so comfortable!
On a practical note:
Changeovers are on a SATURDAY therefore the first and last day of your stay must be a Saturday. Minimum 1 week stay (Sat to Sat).
You may be able to bring your small/medium well behaved dog subject to prior agreement :) - see below for details.
Downstairs you’ll find a vaulted open plan space incorporating the living room, dining area and kitchen. The living area combines a designer blend of old and new to provide maximum comfort and enjoyment of the views. Hand selected pieces of Danish teak, funkily re-upholstered furniture and a smattering of new sit happily side by side and enable you to sit comfortably watching TV, the weather or someone else doing the cooking!
The modern kitchen is equipped to the highest standard with NEFF appliances – oven, microwave/oven, induction hob, large fridge and freezer plus a dishwasher so there’s no time wasted washing up. As “foodies” we love to cook so this is a home-from-home kitchen with everything you’ll need to prepare and serve a simple or gourmet meal. From personal experience, our largest pan will easily take 2 of the largest crabs or lobsters if you get your timing right to meet one of the boats landing at Dunvegan Pier! If it’s fresh oysters you’ve bought at The Oyster Shed, then feel free to “shuck” away (we just hope you don’t need to use the first aid kit!).
The large dining table seats four with ease and for hours as you enjoy the Varier chairs which everyone falls in love with.
Also downstairs you’ll find a shower room, storage and hanging space, utility area with washer/dryer and a double bedroom - the bright green Varier Peel Chair is a focal point and if it’s a quiet reading or snoozing spot you want, this is it!
Upstairs will take you to the larger of the bedrooms which is typically a super-king or can be made in to twin beds on request at booking.
The large bathroom houses a rain and wall shower, double sinks and a freestanding deep fill bath. Enjoy a long hot soak but keep your wine bottle cold in the ice bucket standing within arms’ reach.
The Sealy mattresses were chosen by Mette in a professional capacity to ensure you have a great sleep. The lack of light pollution and just nature’s sounds mean you’ll be well rested. If it’s the long summer daylight hours you’re enjoying during your stay, the blackout blinds will be welcomed. At a different time of year, you may just want to leave the blinds up and watch the light show of the Aurora Borealis.
Communication with the outside world!
We have WIFI throughout. Given the rural location, at times it may possibly be slower than what you are used to. It is however the absolute best you can get on a remote Scottish island ;).
FreeSat TV means you can keep up with what’s going on in the news or with your favourite programmes. Access to catch up streaming channels also enables you to go back and watch some of those you missed.
There’s a good selection of DVD’s spanning a range of genres and ages including recent releases.
The Sony speaker system means you can Bluetooth or plug in any devices to play downloaded music or access your preferred subscription live streaming services.
Environmental and Allergen friendly.
The Backrest has been built to incorporate the latest Eco-technology - heating and hot water is provided by an air source heat pump powering the underfloor heating. The log burning stove can be used for back up heating or to create a cosy atmosphere - 'Hygge' as we say in Denmark :)
Non-allergenic washing and cleaning products are used throughout. The ground floor is tiled and upstairs a combination of tiles and oak flooring is used.
Options on bedding also ensure we take every care to cater for guests with allergies (if you are allergic to down/feather and require a synthetic duvet please make us aware when you book).
Completed in December 2014, our location is respectful of the local environment. We've taken great care to preserve the remains and integrity of those who lived here before us out of respect for the Glendale crofters whose efforts helped persuade Prime Minister William Gladstone to establish a commission that would transform the lives of thousands of people working the land.
The plot is fenced, gated and been left to its natural vegetation so a combination of grass and the hardy wildflowers that withstand the Skye weather. Just a couple of metres away from the house are the remaining walls of the original "winter croft", now covered in foliage and inhabited by our resident rabbits.
The visible life on the shore loch always brings a smile - seals are common place to see. Otters also inhabit the loch but our spaniels mean we're unlikely to see them but hopefully you'll have more luck. The bird life is just prolific and quite a few of our guests have been lucky enough to spot an eagle from the armchair!
Sheep have open grazing by the loch and feast on the shore line. Occasionally the grass looks greener on our side of the fence so we ask guests to open the gate and practice their shepherding skills which can be a real talking point for many on their return home.
It's easy to spend a relaxing day in the house whatever the weather - watching the wild life and the clouds come and go through the panoramic windows.
For any artist it's a great spot from which to put brush to canvas or for photographers to capture the stunning views.
The ground level is without steps and offers everything needed to be self-sufficient so it is accessible for guests with mobility impairment. Whilst we don't offer grab rails, with prior agreement we're happy for you to bring temporary ones and use on tiled surfaces.
We've left lots of "local knowledge" details in the house to help you. The Backrest is perfectly placed to explore the island and there's plenty of space to dry out those walking boots and waterproofs if needed. Four out of the five peninsulas on Skye are within just a 20 minute drive (Minginish, Warternish, Trotternish and we're in Duirinish). The furthest away is Sleat (approx. an hour) in the south of Skye but we recommend to make it a day trip or combine it with taking the ferry to Mallaig on your way home.
Our proximity to Uig also means that Harris with its world famous tweed and the very beautiful Luskenytre Beach (in the world's Top 10 beaches) are a possibility if you want to venture further afield. However with access to great walks (for all abilities), biking (on and off road) stunning views, sea life, flora and fauna of all descriptions, wild life, fishing, golf, natural and man-made historic sites, great food, Skye beer and Talisker whisky on the door step, it's hard to see why you would!
Walking on Skye doesn't have to be in the challenging Black Cuillins. There are plenty of walks for all ages and paw sizes - Frida and Floyd (our 2 cocker spaniels) have left you details of their favourites and so have we.
If being on the water is more your thing, the many jetties including our nearest at Colbost mean you can launch anything from a kayak to a small dinghy. Alternatively, if it's just watching the water that you're in to, we suggest taking one of the many boat trips on offer to enjoy the frequent sightings of seals, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks.
There’s plenty of great sea and inland loch fishing. Permits for Portree Angling Society waters are readily available and you can fish with or without supervision from a ghillie. Boat trips will take the sea anglers to the best spots. The largest recorded catch in the UK was made off Skye - please don't bring back a 208lb skate to gut on the dining table!
The outdoors also inspires much of the arts and crafts produced locally and there are well routed tours on each of the peninsulas so you can stop off at the galleries and enjoy the art with coffee and homemade cake.
Eating in or out.
After a great day out we think you need the option of a great night in and whilst there are many fabby places to eat very close by, notably The Three Chimneys just a walk away, we've kitted out the kitchen so you can prepare your own feast. There are lots of places to either catch or buy your own seafood (including John the fishmonger who visits the house pretty much every Wednesday at 08.30 – his kippers come highly recommended particularly served with a local organic egg picked up from one of the many honesty boxes you’ll see when driving around).
Bringing your dog.
We know that a four legged friend is part of the family. Subject to notification at time of BOOKING and our agreement BEFORE your stay, one small/medium well behaved dog will be allowed. Please advise us on your booking enquiry if you want to bring your furry friend because house rules do apply which need your sign off. We charge an additional £50 as a pet fee.
On a personal note …
It's a pleasure to share our Skye home with you and we're sure you'll all fall in love with The Backrest and have a holiday to remember. It's a great location from which to explore the many outdoor activities that Skye has to offer, the art and craft trails, or indeed a place to relax, unwind and simply watch from a comfy chair the ebb and flow of the loch shore.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, Danish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About Mette Stopa
A chiropractor and a management consultant we are based in Glasgow with our dogs, Frida and Floyd, having originated in Denmark and the Midlands respectively via various places on the way!
Mette Stopa purchased this House in 2013
Why Mette Stopa chose Isle of Skye
Our first visit to Skye was en route to Harris for just one night. Despite a half completed Quirang walk because of bad weather we instantly fell in love with the island which just looked stunning in the mist and rain. We looked at building on islands nearer to our home in Glasgow but kept being drawn back to Skye. Bizarrely whilst on holiday in Rio we saw the Skinidin plot for sale and the weekend after our return found ourselves walking on it and a few other for good measure. We hadn't agreed any criteria for selection so when our only dog at the time, Frida, went absolutely nuts, doing mad happy dog sprints it quite simply sealed the deal. Thanks to Frida, The Backrest is here today.
What makes this House unique
All the joys of modern life in the most rural of settings but yet civilisation is just a short walk away in the form of The Three Chimneys. Modern life is brought to you in back friendly comfort combined with that spacious, clean Nordic look thanks to a Danish owner who's a chiropractor.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A perfect place
We enjoyed a wonderful week at The Backrest. The property is well laid out, extremely comfortable and equipped with everything you could possibly need. We enjoyed the fabulous walking and wildlife wrapped up in our waterproofs before returning to luxuriate in the large bath and settle down in front of the wood burner. Much time was also spent gazing at the spectacular views out of the living room windows. A perfect holiday. We will return.
Really pleased you had a good time. Just a shame your dad couldn't manage the journey. Hopefully he can join you next time.
Dejligt luksuriøs sommerhus, smukt beliggende og med fantastisk udsigt.
En rigtig dejlig uge i The Backrest er slut. Det er et skønt hus, med den smukkeste udsigt fra alle rum. Vi har været på mange gode og smukke vandreture, spist på The Three Chimneys (en gourmet restaurant) i nærheden og handlet med den lokale fiskemand som kommer helt op til huset i sin fiskebil, med frisk og lækker fisk.
Absolut et sted vi gerne anbefaler og gerne selv vil tilbage til.
Tak! Vi er glade for at I nød jeres ophold i huset og alle jeres vandreture:)
Backrest is a fantastic house, situated on a beautiful island. The house has a very nice view, is modern and has a beautiful decor. On the island you can make beautiful walks.
Food for the soul (but that’s an owners view!)
A great week with only a few “Owners jobs” to do because our guests are looking after the house for us during their visits.
Whatever the weather is doing you simply can’t help but smile when you walk into The Backrest - it’s stunning inside and looking outside.
Enjoy your stay and thanks in advance for looking after our Skye home.
It was our second stay at Backrest. We loved it even more than the first time. The house has all the amenities you need, and more ! The views to the loch were an unending delight with seals frolicking, a faithful heron, and rabbit-galore. Expect to get sheep in the garden as well, but you are not allowed to keep them, Mette is very clear on that (we got the knack of shooing them out, though we have not found their secret and sneaky way in). Though not apparently in a central situation on the isle, we find Skinidin a rewarding compromise between calm and ease of access. We had numerous hikes on Trotternish and Minginish without minding the drive. And with two one-star restaurants within short range, you can easily quench your gastronomy cravings. If we come back to Skye, we would certainly consider staying again at Backrest, for its comfort, the efficiency of the owners and the conveniency the place afforded to move around.
Great house, comfortable and stylish
Amazing house, well set up for holiday makers but also feels like a home
Incredible scenery and setting - amazing to be sat at the table having dinner and watching the seals playing in the bay
Highly recommend it as a base to explore Skye but also a lovely place to relax, sit by the fire and take in the views
Thank you very much. Please you had a great time and that the seals put on a performance!
Coast/Beach: Open the door, walk about 100 metres and you're on the shore line of Loch Dunvegan where you can cast your fishing rod or just mooch about and will most likely have seals for company. Coral beach is a must. just stunning with the vibrant blue water and black rocks against the white beach. Nice circular walk here. Tallisker beach with its grey sand looks fab agaist the dramatic cliffs. Visit at low tide or get here for amazing sunsets. Travel: Access to Skye is either via the bridge at the Kyle of Localsh or, via ferry from ferry from Mallaig to the south of the island. 'The Backrest' is approximately a 45minute drive from the bridge or a 1hr 20min drive from landing in Armadale. If it's your first visit to Skye we recommend arriving one way and leaving the other for a full Skye experience. Distances: Three Chimneys Restaurant - 1 mile Dunvegan (vlilage shops, bakery, post office, eating places, pub, petrol) - 2 miles Glendale (large village shop, eating places) - 4 miles Coral Beach - 5 miles Portree the island capital - 22 mlies Old Man of Storr - 30 miles The Cuillin Mountains - 28 miles Neist Point - 8 miles Tallisker Distillery - 25 miles The Oyester Shed, Tallisker (great for buying seafood) - 25miles Uig Ferry port - 32 miles Kilt Rock - 30 miles The Quiraing - 40 miles Further Details: Skye maybe an island but it's most definitely not short on access to all the usual stuff you expect to find on the mainland. Groceries are easily accessible either via the exceptionally well stocked local stores in Dunvegan or Glendale where some of the fresh selections we consider to be even better than the supermarkets. If it's bigger stores you want, the Co-op at Portree or Broadford (which you'll pass en-route to the house) stock all of the usual suspects and have long opening hours. You won't go hungry or thirsty - the local store in Dunvegan has an unrivalled range of Scottish bottled beers, we know!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Please write (or e-mail) clarification that you want to go ahead, then we'll send you bank details for payment plus our t's and c's. 50% of the rental cost is needed to secure booking. You'll get a booking confirmation and details of any balancing payment including the housekeeping deposit* which is due 6 weeks before your arrival. On final payment we'll forward details on how to access the house. Cancellation:+6wks = full refund,<6wks = no refund. We advise taking out hol insurance. Changeover Day: Saturday change over. Departure by 10am please and arrivals after 3pm. Notes on prices: *A housekeeping bond of £75 is required with your balancing payment, or £125 if we've agreed to you bringing your dog(1 well behaved dog by prior agreement only). Our t's and c's provide details of things we'll deduct for, if all's fine we'll return this within a week of your departure.