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Eco and back friendly modern house, amazing views from all rooms, by Dunvegan

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

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

Whether it's a great location from which to explore the many outdoor activities that Skye has to offer or the more genteel 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, 'The Backrest' is the house for you.

(And you may be able to bring your small/medium well behaved dog subject to prior agreement :) - see below).

Please note that we do the change over on a SATURDAY therefore the first and last day of your stay must be a Saturday.

The Backrest has been built to incorporate the latest Eco-technology and is modern living through its furnishings and equipment to an exceptionally high standard. The influence of a Danish, chiropratic 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!

To the front of the house, the visible life on the shore loch always brings a smile - seals are commonplace to see although we sometimes wish they'd get the ball and hoops out to give more of a show! Otters also inhabit the loch but our spaniels mean we're unlikely to see them but hopefully you'll have more luck, and the bird life is prolific. Sheep have open grazing by the loch and feast on the shore line. It's easy to spend a relaxing day in the house whatever the weather - although a warm house, you can always light the wood burner and watch from inside. For any artist it's a great spot from which to put brush to canvas or for photographers to capture the stunning views.

Alternatively we are 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 20minute drive (Minginish, Warternish, Trotternish and we're in Duirinish). The furthest away is Sleat in the south of Skye but we recommend to make it a day trip and possibly combine it with taking the ferry to Mallaig on your way home but we are only talking c 45mins away!

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 but 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 and Skye beer or 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 the sightings of dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks are seen frequently around the island. 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.

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 and we've left lots of "local knowledge" details in the house to help you. 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!

After a busy or relaxed day a great night's sleep is guaranteed. The combi of comfy beds, no light pollution and just nature's sounds will mean you are well rested unless of course it's the light show of the Aurora Borealis keeping you awake.

Completed in December 2014, our location combines the old and the new - just a few metres from the eco and back friendly modern take on the traditional croft buildings are the walls of the original "winter croft". We've taken great care to preserve the remains and integrity of those who lived there 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.

It's a pleasure to share our Hebridean home with you and subject to notification and our agreement BEFORE your stay, one small/medium well behaved dog. 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 refundable deposit if we agree to your dog staying at The Backrest.

We're sure you'll all fall in love with The Backrest and have a holiday to remember.

More Details

Owner
Mette Stopa
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Danish
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2017

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 Scottish Highlands & Islands

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Isle of Skye in Highland

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • lake
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , great view from both the bath and the shower cubicle
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Great view of The Maccleods Tables from the Shower Cubicle
  • Downstairs shower room: sink, wc, heated towel rail and large walk-in shower with views towards the 'Macleod's Tables'. Upstairs Bathroom: Double sink, wc, heated towel rail, large shower cubicle (with views of hills) and large bath (Loch views)
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Super king size bed or can be made into two single beds.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , double bed, funky chair and stunning views
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs bedroom has a Super King Size bed or two single beds should it be required (zip and link). Very good quality mattress (back friendly). Downstairs bedroom has a Double Bed again fitted with a very good back friendly orthopaedic mattress.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: One well behaved small dog considered (by prior agreement only). We do the change over on a SATURDAY. We are strictly a NO smoking house. Due to the location of the property mobile signal may be limited and at times even unavailable. Outside: Plenty of parking is available at the back of the house. The garden is private and all fenced in to keep the sheep out but you do get occasional woolly visitors so open teh gate and give them a friendly "shoo" out! Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Inside and outside drying areas. Hair dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: You will arrive to a clean house, fresh Egyptian cotton duvet covers/sheets, fluffy towels, rubber ducks (!!) and tea towels. Beds will be made up using luxury feather/down duvets. If you require microfibre duvets please state at the time of booking.

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Eco and back friendly modern house, amazing views from all rooms, by Dunvegan
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Perfektes Haus in wunderschöner Natur

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben eine Woche im "backrest" verbracht. Räumlichkeiten, Sauberkeit und Ausstattung lassen keine Wünsche offen. Erstklassige technische Austattung. Höhepunkt des Hauses ist der tolle Ausblick aus den Panoramafenstern im Wohn-und Essbereich. Einfach entspannen und geniessen....

Mette war jederzeit hilfsbereit und erreichbar.

Fazit : Absolut empfehlenswert !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Google translator, Andre said: We spent a week in the "backrest". Rooms, cleanliness and facilities leave nothing to be desired. First-class technical equipment. The highlight of the house is the great view from the panoramic windows in the living and dining area. Simply relax and enjoy .... Mette was always helpful and accessible. Conclusion: Absolutely recommended! Our response: thank you so much for the nice words. Had to use 'google translator' as my German didn't seem to be up to scratch - ha ha!
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5

Stunning house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at The Backrest, the house is modern, very comfortable, quirky and in a lovely location. We visited with our 5 year old son and found plenty to do in Skye to keep him occupied - climbed the Quarraig, walked to Neist Point, Coral beach, Fairy Pools, Aqua Explore boat at Elgol was great fun. There's also a nice local walk/cycle at Orbost. We enjoyed going back to the comfort of The Backrest each day, it's was so relaxing with the beautiful views. Would recommend The Backrest to anyone. The last time we stayed in Skye we were based in Sleat and felt that being near Dunvegan was a much better location for places to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow you really did fit a lot into your stay. Fantastic! I have just looked up the AquaXplore boat trips and I just can't wait to try them for myself. Sounds fun. Thanks for the recommendation:)
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5

A slightly biased owners week!

  • 5 of 5

A great "owners week" and very jealous of those following us who will enjoy the fruits of our labours that keep The Backrest at the high standard we set ourselves. Enjoy :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Week

  • 5 of 5

Another fantastic break at the Backrest. Perfect house; perfect location.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 😁
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5

Superb holiday home

  • 5 of 5

The Backrest is an incredibly comfortable, warm, and extremely well equipped place to spend a wet and windy week on Skye. It feels like a real home. I could spend hours sitting at the huge windows just watching the ever changing view, and the bird life at the loch edge below. That included the disconcerting sight of a huge black-backed gull swooping down to take a duckling off the water, and the subsequent concerted efforts of a group of ducks coming together to protect the remaining brood.

Weather notwithstanding, but with rather less sexy raincoats than Billy Connolly, we managed to explore a lot of the island, and seek out quiet corners. If you want to avoid the mass of walkers heading up to the Fairy Pools just keep going to the end of the road down Glen Brittle, for a beach with no-one else there, and a choice of paths to access the surrounding countryside. I would only make one small point--Mette's email reminded us not to leave unwashed dishes in the dishwasher when leaving, but only five tablets were left in the house; two more would probably solve what appears to have been a problem!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow - it sounds like you saw the full circle of natural life from The Backrest. We're enjoying the same view right now and can report that ducklings are growing up under the watching gaze of their parents on Loch Dunvegan. We're sorry you felt under-provided with dishwasher tablets - as indicated in the booking details, we provide enough of the basics (toilet rolls etc) to ensure guests are covered for a few days on arrival but then self sufficiency takes over - in many instances guests don't use all of the 5 we leave. We continuously strive to find a reasonable balance that reflects staying in self-catering accommodation :-)
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5

Fabulous property in a stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

We returned for our third visit, and the property, although enjoyed by many in the two years it has been open, was as pristine and as comfortable as it was in the early days. The housecleaning team keep it shipshape and the property benefits from the occasional "Owners weeks" when the owners and their dogs live in the property and see it from a customer's viewpoint. This personal touch and the ongoing attention to detail make this property the finest in a truly amazing location. Thank you Mette et al. Looking forward to 2018!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Looking forward to having you back again next year :)
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Location

Nearest Airport
133 Miles
Inverness
Nearest Barpub
3.3 Miles
Old School Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Armadale
Nearest Golf
28 Miles
Isle of Skye Golf Course
Nearest Train
48 Miles
Kyle of Lochalsh
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Three Chimneys
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Coral Beach
Car: necessary

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!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Isle of Skye, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2017/6
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
2017/7
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£920
for 7 nights
£920
 
 
2017/8
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£835
for 7 nights
£835
 
 
2017/9
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£630
for 7 nights
£630
 
 
2017/10
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
2018/1
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
2018/2
24 Feb 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
2018/3
10 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£810
for 7 nights
£810
 
 
2018/4
24 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£830
for 7 nights
£830
 
 
2018/5
28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
2018/6
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 7 nights
£1,050
 
 
2018/7
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
2018/8
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
2018/9
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
2018/10
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £75

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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