By Mallaig, Inverness-shire
Knoydart House is a stunning luxury eco designed hideaway on the remote Knoydart Peninsula, with two private moorings and 'one of the best lochside hot tub views in the UK' voted by The Times in their Top 20 Luxury Scottish Boltholes. Boats and fast water taxis run daily to this stunning house. The house sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms and is accessible only by boat, offering a very unique island-like lifestyle. A true wilderness holiday on a highland estate for groups, families, artists, munro baggers, walking/climbing enthusiasts as well as for fishing, sea-kayaking, bird watching, red deer stalking and photography - or just relaxing in idyllic surroundings! Overlooking Loch Nevis and the Small Isles, Knoydart House is true remote luxury and a special escape as featured in Conde Nast Traveller and Homes and Interiors Scotland.
Newly built in August 2010, this stunning holiday house has floor to ceiling glass, uninterrupted views, Douglas Fir vaulted ceilings, open beams, oak fittings and Italian tiled underfloor heating, with drystone features, open plan kitchen, luxury brands throughout, and a woodburning stove. Designed with real attention to detail, monsoon style showers, high quality fittings, tailormade soft furnishings and special touches throughout from antique tables and chairs to Arran Aromatics hand soap and hand lotions in all the bathrooms.
Go island hopping on the fast water taxis to the Inner Hebridean isles of Rum, Canna, Muck, Eigg and Isle of Skye - boats sail daily. Knoydart is traditionally known as the 'Rough Bounds' and 'Britain's Last Wilderness' because of its remoteness; it is also a designated national scenic area. An excellent walkers' base to take in Knoydart's three munros; Ladhar Bheinn, Meall Budhie and Luinne Bheinn. Or sit on the quiet secluded beaches, enjoy beach barbeques, al fresco breakfasts or mackerel fishing for supper. Knoydart is a rare Treasure Island escape with no roads in, and made for children and adults on downtime. Take the Hogwarts Express 'Jacobite Steam train' (favoured by a certain little wizard!) on a return daytrip from Mallaig or visit the famous Camusdarach beach featured in Burt Lancaster's film Local Hero. Climb Brockets Monument, learn about the last Scottish land raid, see the cairn for the Seven Men of Knoydart or take one of many organised ranger guided walks. Try raft building, paddling in burns, shell collecting, climbing waterfalls, swim in the rivers, build forest dens, go crabbing and mussel picking or fungi foraging all from Knoydart House.
The multi-award winning local pub The Old Forge is the 'remotest pub in mainland Britain', recognised by Peter Irvine as one of the best in Scotland, commended for its seasonal seafood, real ale and impromptu folk music ceilidhs. Fresh creel langoustines, scallops and mussels are landed daily during the season on the pier - only a 5 minute walk away; a soporiphic companion to this stunning self catering house in Knoydart.
- Sleeps - 10 (main house sleeps 8, studio apartment sleeps 2)
- Bedrooms - 5 (1 fixed twin, 1 fixed king, 3 twins or superking size arranged by request)
- Bathrooms - 3 en-suite, separate additional 4th bathroom with bath
- Washing machine/dryer
- Oven, induction hob, grill
- American fridge/freezer with inbuilt ice machine
- Panasonic breadmaker, Gaggia coffee machine
- Bose soundock, Wifi
- Wood-burning stove
- Underfloor tiled heating
- Large hot tub
- Outdoor furniture
- Master bed memory foam mattress
- Professional running machine
- Cot and highchair available
- Floodlit decking
- Pets welcome
- Short breaks
- Situated in the village of Inverie (accessible only by boat!), 7 nautical miles from Mallaig and 45 minutes drive from Fort William
- Nearest airport Inverness - 108 miles
- Overnight sleeper direct access London to Mallaig
- Pub with fantastic seafood during season, 100 yds
- Walking routes - excellent from the door
- Hillwalking - Munros and Corbetts
- On edge of sea overlooking loch
- Wildlife and Fishing
- Red deer and stag stalking
- Photography courses
- Boat hire from pier
- Island hopping
- Musical instruments for guests use
- Nearest fish merchants/shops - Mallaig
- Steam train from Mallaig
- Post office in village
- 2 private moorings
- Landrover by private arrangement
Knoydart House is a very flexible stunning and luxurious holiday house on a private elevated sea loch location, built in 2010. The whole house can be rented for up to 10, or just the main accommodation for up to 8 and (in off season only) as a select apartment for 2. Eco designed, the house has underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and is powered by a thermal heat pump. There is also a wood burning stove set in a feature stone fireplace, hand-built from local Knoydart stone. The stunning west coast sunsets set this open-plan house alight and are enhanced by the feature ceiling to floor glass windows, high vaulted ceilings and open beam work.
The ground floor offers a master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, ceiling to floor glass windows and an en-suite WC and corner shower. The furnishings are an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings, with a superking size empire bed (memory foam mattress), touch bedside lights, quality soft furnishings and crisp white linen. A second bedroom can be configured as a superking size bed or a twin bedded room interchangeable with five foot headboards antique and contemporary furnishings, touch lights and has large French doors onto its own decking. A third larger bedroom downstairs can be configured as a superking size or twin, also with large headboards, large French patio doors onto decking, contemporary and antique furnishings. This room although part of the main house, with adjoining doors has an additional separate entrance, en-suite WC and corner shower, bespoke mini-kitchen with oven, hob and fridge and can be let as a self contained studio apartment for two if desired. The ground floor of the main house also has a bathroom with bath.
The main kitchen is superbly equipped with oak wraparound work surfaces with induction hob, oven tower and microwave, dishwasher, large American fridge/freezer with built in ice machine, Gaggia coffee maker, Bodum coffee grinder, cookbooks, Panasonic breadmaker, Dualit Toaster, Denby Crockery, Brabantia and other quality kitchen accessories. In the laundry room there is a large American style washing machine and tumble dryer, Belfast sink and laundry shelving. There is also a purpose built generator shed, new (standby) generator (as Knoydart runs on a private hydro scheme) and woodstore. Knoydart house is strictly non smoking however there is a covered area outside with a designated smoking area and extinguishing bin so guests can enjoy their hamlet moment as well!
The living area has been designed as a large social space with a cozy area in front of the fire with two large three seater sofas, other eclectic furnishings, antique rugs etc. This room has high vaulted ceilings, oak open beam work and large French sliding patio doors that open onto a private deck overlooking the loch and the large hot tub. The open plan design of this room flows through into another open plan area opposite the kitchen where a large oval antique dining table and old elm church chairs seat 12 for dinner.
A solid Douglas Fir hand built staircase with glass banisters takes you up to a raised gallery that overlooks the loch and the downstairs social space. A pro running machine and comfy area makes for a great quiet spot or a place to go for a run in inclement weather! This leads up a few more stairs to a fourth bedroom, again a superking or twin configuration with 5 foot upholstered headboards and 4 large velux windows which bring a lot of light into this room. A large cheval mirror and dressing table vintage style chandelier, white linens and ensuite WC, corner shower and basin are in situ. Knoydart House also has a fifth small twin bedroom, ideal for children or overspill, which has two single beds with large 5 foot upholstered headboards and velux window.
Wi-fi is available throughout the house and the sitting room has a Bose sound dock II suitable for ipods/iphones. There is a telephone with an honesty box, a collection of books and games on Scottish and local interest and some instruments for your use, fiddle, guitar and cello! If you bring your laptop you can enjoy a selection of movies we have in the house. There is also a 32 inch panasonic TV with inbuilt freesat.
Knoydart House also makes an ideal base if you want to do some shooting or stalking. Knoydart and its neighbouring estate has some excellent red deer shooting available stalking or river fishing may be arranged. Please enquire for further details and the owner will be delighted to assist. You are welcome to bring well behaved pets to stay in the house by prior arrangement.
By Car: Follow the Road to the Isles A830 from Fort William. Best to allow 1 to 1 1/2 hours from Fort William to Mallaig. 3 1/2 to 4 hours if travelling from Glasgow to Fort William. You leave your car here and then take a boat - there are a number of boat operators who will take you across to Knoydart, they operate 7 days a week and the owners are happy to arrange this for you. Fast water taxi takes 15 minutes and the foot passenger ferry takes 45 minutes.
By Train: All trains to Fort William and Mallaig go via Glasgow train station. The train journey is spectacular and Wanderlust Travel Magazine in 2010 recently voted the line from the Fort to Mallaig as the best in the country beating off stiff competition from the Orient Express!
By Sleeper: Travelling from London is very easy on the overnight sleeper to Fort William, where you get a connection to Mallaig.
Electricity, heating and a starter pack of logs are included in the rental price. Further logs kept in the log shed can be purchased direct from owners as required.
All bed linen and towels are provided. All bathrooms have Arran Aromatics soaps and hand lotions.
A Landrover may be available by private arrangement.
Cost and availability:
Knoydart House is available for rent 365 days per year. Rental periods are generally by the week, Friday to Friday letting.
Short Breaks are welcome off season.
Check in time is 3pm and check out is 10am - unless agreed otherwise by prior arrangement.
Dogs are charged at £20 per dog.
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Knoydart House, Inverie, Knoydart, By Mallaig, Inverness-shire PH41 4PL Scotland