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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

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:
20 May, 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 Scotland

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(60 traveller reviews)

5

Fabulous

  • 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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5

Amazing property in a stunning setting!

  • 5 of 5

A perfect holiday retreat, such an amazing property with peaceful picturesque views and all the facilities you could possibly ask for. We had a wonderful week, sometimes experiencing all seasons in one day but that did not deter the many walks we had planned; Neist Point, Fairy Pools, Old Man of Storr and the Coral Beach to name a few.

We also dined at the Three Chimneys and indulged in the 'Skye, Land and Sea' taster menu at the Kitchen table! Highly recommended for a special occasion and only a few minutes from the property. We also had a lovely window table at Loch Bay Restaurant, Stein (a great village for viewing evening sunsets) and visited the The Oyster Shed at Carbost several times for fresh seafood.

As an Architect I admired the design of the property which maximises views in every room, particularly the large windows on the ground floor which provide a close connection with the wildlife and landscape beyond!

Once again many thanks for the holiday experience, we will be definitely recommending The Backrest to family, friends and work colleagues.

We hope to visit again in the near future

best wishes

The Milner Family

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write this. Appreciated. Reading your review makes me hungry...You managed to go to some great places for some tasty local produce :) Looking forward to having you back.
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5

Perfect stay on the most beautiful place of Scotland

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Backrest half April for our honeymoon. The location of the house is very good. The view is stunning, looking over the bay and the hills. The sheeps around the house and watching the seals in the "frontyard" was very entertaining.

The Backrest was provided with everything needed give us a splended week. It was clean, very nice decorated and very comfortable.

From the Backrest we were able to visit all the highlights of Skye, all within a reasonable driving distance. The Old Man of Storr, Neistpoint, the Talisker distillery, the Fairy Pools or one of the many other beautiful places, it was great to visit them all.

Overall we would recommend the Backrest for a holliday on Skye. Not the least for the simple reason that the ower Mette is providing great information and tips before and during the stay. Thanks Mette for the great week!

Frederik & Elfriede

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really pleased you enjoyed your stay and that the information folder and tips came in handy :)
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5

Great house and view

  • 5 of 5

The house itself promotes relaxation with large windows letting lots of natural light in, clean minimalistic style and a spacious joint kitchen/dining/living room with wood fire. There is a lot to do in the area but we found ourselves spending more time than expected at the house taking in the views and watching the seals in the bay.

A highlight was taking our kayak and paddling over to the island seen from the house, we were followed by around 14 seals with lots more sleeping on the beach near by.

Wish we could spend more time there, a week wasn't enough.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes the seals are great fun and so curious.....You have given us an idea - Kayaking sounds just fab! Pleased you had a great time.If one week wasn't enough you will just need to come for longer next time ;)
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5

peaceful beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We had an extremely relaxing break in this very well appointed cottage. Everything thing about the house was perfect. We have stayed in many cottages in the western isles,and thought that this was one of the best that we have stayed in. I can't recommend this cottage highly enough,and the perfect place to get away from all the stresses of work.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. Hope to see you back for another relaxing break ;)
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5

Excellent house in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week at the Backrest along with our dog. The house is very modern, spotlessly clean, warm, and filled with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. We particularly enjoyed how much natural light there was courtesy of all the big windows which were perfect for taking in those breathtaking views. The cosy fire is also a great touch. Would definitely come stay again, thanks guys!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really pleased you enjoyed the house and with the views. Thank you for looking after our place so well. You are more than welcome to come for another stay ;)
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2017/5
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£990
for 7 nights
£990
 
 
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
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.

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