Christmas and Hogmanay escapes
If you fancy leaving the stress and hassle behind to escape this Christmas and Hogmanay … how about a few days in a cottage in the Highlands? Or why not grab some mates and book your own Hogmanay house party?
Cool Cottages Scotland website and iPhone app is a totally independent guide to some of the best holiday cottages in Scotland. They’ve done the hard work … so how about these for inspiration …
The Cow Shed – A luxury hideaway for couples, with panoramic views across Highland Perthshire. This stylish one-bedroom conversion of a former cow byre has fantastic state-of-the-art facilities and fantastic views. Although intended for two, it’s generous in size with a large open plan kitchen/living room/dining space designed to make the most of the outlook across the Perthshire hills. The owners have an eye for interior design borne out by the upmarket furnishings and lighting, including Harris tweed curtains and cushions. The décor throughout is top notch with the colour schemes reflecting the muted greens and browns of the local landscape. It feels like the suite of a five-star hotel.
Natural Retreats John O’ Groats – New luxury eco-lodges with five-star facilities and amazing sea views across to Orkney. The luxury residences are all about open-plan living with huge glass windows. Built using locally sourced materials such as Caithness stone and Scottish Larch timber, the retreats offer a luxury experience set in a dramatic landscape. From the superb welcome pack of local bread, cheeses and jams to the luxury bedding and rain showers, this place oozes class. The sea view from the huge glass windows and decking is breathtaking. Underfloor heating and a wood burning stove ensure it’s always cosy, the perfect place to relax.
Blue Cabin by the Sea – Only accessible on foot through a smugglers’ tunnel and across the beach, the Blue Cabin is a truly magical place! A unique and cosy cabin that comfortably sleeps four, the picture-perfect Cove Harbour is on your doorstep. Owned by an architect and an artist, it’s packed full of artworks and features, and everything seems to tell a story. The atmosphere is pure get-away from it all – although there is a flatscreen TV and WIFI if you want to keep in touch with the modern world! Kids will love the Blue Cabin and the adventure of carrying your kit (or using the complementary wheelbarrow) through the smugglers tunnel by torchlight – straight out of The Famous Five.
The Laggan Drey – This award-winning house on stilts is remarkable. It’s your chance to see things from a red squirrel’s perspective with dramatic mountain views. A fantastic en-suite wetroom, woodburning stove and underfloor heating make this a great place for a family winter break in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. A superb location for a huge range of outdoor activities, including snowsports of course …
No.8 Victoria Rd North Berwick – An amazing home by the sea with ocean-themed bedrooms, a huge glass and oak extension, and a secret garden, complete with sauna cabin. This is an exceptional holiday house, located in the charming seaside town of North Berwick two minutes from the beach. It sleeps up to nine, and is ideal for families and large groups. From the outside, this 200-year-old house looks like a typical North Berwick cottage. But wait a minute … once inside, you can see all the way through the house, right though the light-flooded oak and glass extension and into the 100ft-long back garden.
The Village Hall Kintyre – A superb and stylish conversion of a former village Hall on the beautiful Kintyre Peninsula.With amazing natural light from the huge windows, open-plan living here is a delight. Vast white walls, with interesting artwork (including a stag’s head), a soaring wooden ceiling and wooden floors make the Village Hall an unusual, contemporary and comfortable holiday house. Sleeps six in comfort.
* For full Christmas and Hogmanay reviews and more inspiration see coolcottagesscotland.com or download the app from iTunes.
Main pic – Laggan Drey and below, Blue Cabin, Cow Shed, Natural Retreats, No.8 & Village Hall.