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

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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

Mette Stopa
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Danish
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 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.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • lake
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(65 traveller reviews)


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
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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
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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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The Backrest was all we had hoped for...and so much more. It was stunning!

  • 5 of 5

I could go on and on about the wonderful three weeks we spend on Skye, but the house in Skinidin became our home away from home. Mette created a welcoming and well organized introduction to the house and surrounding community. As advertised, the beds and chairs were comfortable and the aesthetic was clean and contemporary. On sunny, rainy or cloudy days the spectacular views from all of the windows overlooking Loch Dunvegan were endlessly engaging in their beauty. The somewhat remote location on Skye was absolutely what we were looking for. Except for occasional ewe sneaking into the yard and getting separated from their lambs, and chorus of birds in the morning, it was quiet and relaxing.

Unique highlights: Weekly fish monger, excellent restaurants, bakery nearby, old croft foundation and walls on the yard, exceptional hiking and exploring very near to the house.

Thank you Mette for creating this place and allowing us from far away the opportunity to enjoy it...if only for a little while.

Jennifer and David from Glencoe, Illinois

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great that you enjoyed the restaurants, the local walks and buying fresh seafood from our friendly fishmonger who comes to the door on a Wednesday. Really pleased that you take good memories with you back to America :)
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Quite simply a perfect house and a perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

Wow what a beautiful house and such an amazing island ! Absolutely everything is thought of at the Backrest but it's the views from the panoramic windows that capture your heart.

We are most fortunate in that we take several holidays a year and I can honestly say this is the best cottage and location we've been to in a long long time ! Usually on holiday we eat out most nights but we couldn't wait to get back to chill out and with such a super kitchen it was enjoyable to rustle up supper.

It's also a great location to tour the Island from and there is so much to do we had difficulty fitting it all in.

It's with a heavy heart that we left the Backrest today and I'd like to thank the owners for giving us a wonderful house to have such a memorable holiday in ! Needless to say we will be back very soon - the Horner family

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. So pleased you had a fab holiday and made the most of the views from the house. Looking forward to having you back;)
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at the Backrest a house which certainly lives up to its name, it has every comfort including a fabulously comfy bed. The views from the house are fantastic we had the most amazing week on Skye and were lucky enough to have been blessed with a week of wall to wall sunshine. The Backrest is a lovely house with easy access to most places on Skye, it’s a real treat!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you had a great week and enjoyed the comfy beds etc. We decided to put in ergonomic furniture as we know from experience how it can ruin the holiday if you wake up every morning with a sore back due to uncomfortable beds/chairs.
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Prices & Availability

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29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
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1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
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30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
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28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
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23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
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6 Jan 2018 - 23 Feb 2018
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24 Feb 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
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10 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
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24 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
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28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
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30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
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1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
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29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
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27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
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22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable 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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