Looking for the luxury and design of top quality hotels but the freedom and comforts of a home? Sometimes self-catered accommodation is the ideal solution to your vacationing (or stay-cationing) problems! Trading in on a 5-star hotel doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on style or facilities and luxury holiday rentals often offer locations and outlooks that no hotel ever could. We have scoured the country and selected some of our favourite luxury lodges and cottages across Scotland which offer escapism and freedom without scrimping on life’s little luxuries.
Eagle Brae, Beauly, Inverness-shire
Eagle Brae is a luxurious log cabin village tucked away in a beautiful hillside setting amongst gorgeous glens and dramatic Munros in Inverness-shire. At Eagle Brae you feel at one with nature because of the incredible location but are able to enjoy all the comforts of home plus some delightful luxury extras in their uber-luxe cabins. Each cabin is truly a work of art – the rustic theme runs from outside in with cedar wood fixtures, hand-woven textiles and intricately carved balconies. The décor is combination of traditional Scottish with a hint of Himalayan charm giving each cabin a one-of-a-kind feel. Even better, each of the cabins are sustainable. All the giant red cedar logs used are sustainably sourced from British Colombia, whilst the cabins boast grass insulated roofs and eco-friendly wood burners. Modern appliances, complimentary Wi-Fi, family areas and a dedicated office space ensure guests still enjoy all the contemporary conveniences they could need.
The Old Mill on the Spey, Boat of Garten
This fascinating property was once an 18th century mill and is located right on the banks of the River Spey. Originally built as a corn mill in 1720 the property has been lovingly modernized to create a contemporary luxury lodging for up to 14 people right in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. Original features of the building’s former life are still present throughout combining with a boutique interior – you can even see the inner workings of the water wheel from a screened area in the master bedroom! The property is resplendent with a hot tub, perfect for enjoying the dramatic surrounding landscapes, whilst the outdoor decking area means you will spend as much time outside as in. Décor throughout is alpine-chic with plenty of social areas and space for the whole gang! The icing on the cake is definitely the Fisherman’s bothy overlooking the Spey and complete with wood burning stove – the ideal spot for a cozy dram or two before bed!
Lewis Longhouse, Lewis
For a true getaway escape to the idyllic island of Lewis and where better than in your own contemporary longhouse, a low-impact take on the traditional island houses. The Lewis Longhouse is in fact stood on the spot of a family croft which has been in the owner’s family for generations. The Lewis Longhouse blends seamlessly with the dramatic natural beauty of the island giving off modern Scandinavian vibes. The stylish Nordic design continues inside with plenty of warm woods and a neutral colour palette, peppered with cosy textiles. A minimal wood burning stove will keep you toasty when the west coast winds pick up, whilst the home is filled with energy-conscious technology to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The two bedrooms face south to make the most of the stunning views and the master bedroom boasts a wet-room style en-suite. With plenty of glass, open-plan spaces and a wraparound deck, soaking up the incredible views (in three directions!) couldn’t be easier. Wash away everyday stresses in a relaxing break on this stunning island of tranquility and untamed natural beauty.
Ardmair Bay House, Ullapool
Ullapool has long been a destination for those looking for wow-factor surroundings in Scotland and this property takes full advantage of it’s incredible outlook. This modern, purpose-built home is ideal for those looking for the luxuries of a boutique hotel but with the relaxation and flexibility of a holiday home. The property sleeps up to 8 meaning the whole gang can come along, with 4 gorgeous bedrooms and 4 equally lovely bathrooms. Downstairs, the large lounge area enjoys a wood burning stove and floor to ceiling windows to showcase the stunning view. The home also has a super equipped modern kitchen a games room, a utility room and a wet/room, so plenty of space for all! The impressive master bedroom boasts views over the bay and beyond and apparently ‘the best balcony in the Highlands’. There is also an outdoor hot tub and lovely outdoor decking/seating area for those warmer days! Sophisticated, modern and slick, this property ticks all the luxury boxes.
The White Tower, Kenmore, Perthshire
This property allows you the chance to stay in an ivory tower and we don’t mean a metaphorical one! The White Tower of Taymouth Castle is a charming tower located on the Taymouth Castle estate in a romantic setting near Loch Tay. Easily reachable and yet private, the tower is located near Kenmore in Perthshire, an area full of lochs, rivers, trees, hills and glens – ideal for the outdoors enthusiasts! The building itself is ancient and shrouded in history but is fitted out with modern comforts offering a lovely slice of Scottish luxury. The property is somewhat unique in its set up and whilst isn’t the most accessible of properties, its uniqueness adds to the charm! The master suite for instance is across two floors and has its own en-suite bathroom and stairs to a romantic roof terrace complete with a hot tub and breathtaking views of Loch Tay and the castle! Other features include a utility area (perfect for after outdoor pursuits) a sauna and a lounge with a lovely wood burning stove. The property sleeps up to four although we would recommend for a special romantic break for two!
Skye Eyrie, Isle of Skye
Tucked beneath Trotternish Ridge, Skye Eyrie sleeps up to four people in a charming contemporary cottage which is at home in the wild beauty that is the Isle of Skye landscape. A fantastic spot to enjoy the rugged Skye coastline, Skye Eyrie offers guests the ultimate in luxury seclusion. From the R.House team, known for their cutting edge designs, timber framed homes and eco values, the cottage will appeal to those with a green conscience as well as those appreciative of beautiful modern design. The property has two king-sized bedrooms and a sleek open-plan living and dining space with huge picture windows to take full advantage of the stunning surroundings. The cottage is also thoughtfully stocked with books, binoculars, board games and a docking station for total chill out time, although we guarantee you will mostly be engrossed in the vistas!