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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
People from all over the world – including celebrities – come to eat at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant on the north west of the Isle of Skye. Whilst this restaurant – which is regularly voted as being in the top 5 in the world - is amazing, it's really the awe-inspiring views that draw people from across the globe. So just imagine the delight of our guests at 'Rhundunan' who arrive to realise that the views from this stylish house (built by the previous owners of the Three Chimneys) are even more delicious, nestling as it does on the hillside just above its celebrated neighbour.
Whilst this three bedroom property (sleeping 6) blends with the crofting architecture of the area, the interior is contemporary, stylish and super-comfortable. Rhundunan features a double height vaulted ceiling with balcony area in the lounge, large cathedral style windows, a well equipped kitchen, a master bedroom with king-size bed (which guests have described as “like sleeping on a cloud”) with an en-suite bathroom, two additional bedrooms, family bathroom, a dining kitchen and utility room.
It's a rarity to find such a stylish holiday home in such a rugged landscape. Rhundunan, with its two double bedrooms and a twin room, has everything you need for a family holiday, a friends get-together or maybe just a romantic, get-away-from-it-all trip for two. The property is equipped and furnished to an extremely high standard. The kitchen features granite worktops, all mod cons and a big oak table which seats up to 6 people for convivial dining. The living room is a cosy recluse with stylish furniture, with views from every angle, though you may also choose to close the curtains on the world and curl up in front of the fire. The main bedroom (with en-suite), is accessed via the upper balcony, and will guarantee a heavenly night's sleep. The bright downstairs double bedroom is freshly decorated in neutral tones so as to not detract from the views, whilst the twin, bunk-bedded room is fun at any age!
Whilst it would be tempting to stay and enjoy the luxuries indoors – including a fully reclining leather sofa on which to unwind and watch the large screen TV – the scenery is such that it would be hard not to be tempted out into the great outdoors.
From its elevated position, there are panoramic views from windows throughout the house, over to the peaks of Harris and North Uist, Loch Dunvegan with its many islands, and uninterrupted views to the Cuillin mountains. There are also views over the easier-walking, flat top peaks of 'Macleod's Tables'. In other words, there are literally too many stunning views to drink in at once. Perhaps this is why there is an illicit still, where islanders would brew their own whisky at the side of the house, next to the Colbost Croft Museum! Nowadays, the island has its own distillery – Talisker – one of the best known and best regarded Scottish whiskies.
There's certainly no better way to relax and enjoy the 'water of life' than in front of the cosy, living flame gas fire of the lounge at Rhundunan, either enjoying the DVDs and board games provided, or just taking in more of the views, dramatically framed by the cathedral style windows. From here, you can pick up the binoculars and watch the seals basking on the islands or bobbing about in the loch; the prolific birdlife, including sea eagles and golden eagles; or, if you're lucky, the dolphins playing in the bay or even a basking shark or whale. Or you can just check out which hills to tackle the next day.
If a more relaxing day is on the cards, a large, sheltered garden is accessed via the French doors from the lounge (with picnic table for al fresco dining) or take the picnic rug and stroll down to the shoreline to enjoy a bottle of wine as the sun sets. If you wind your way up the path behind the house, you will be rewarded with a bench to sit and enjoy yet another perspective of the panoramic views for miles around.
Whatever activities you decide to indulge in, Rhundunan – which enjoys the most commanding position in the crofting settlement of Colbost (which runs along the side of Loch Dunvegan) - is the ideal base for exploring the stunning Isle of Skye. One of the best spots on the coastline is Neist Point complete with its lighthouse, the views from here are spectacular and on a clear day the islands of the Outer Hebrides are clearly visible. Dunvegan Castle and Gardens are just a few miles away where you can also take a boat trip and visit the seal islands. You will be naturally lured to walk along the wonderful white coral beaches, just north of Dunvegan, as soon as you glimpse them from the windows of Rhundunan.
The main population town on the island of Portree, 25 miles away, has a good range of cafés, restaurants and shops selling, locally made clothing, crafts and jewellery, together with larger supermarkets for all your holiday needs. Portree is also home to the Aros Centre with its cinema and restaurant. But the more local village of Dunvegan, 2 miles away, also has everything you could need including another popular restaurant, The Old School, two pubs and a local supermarket, bakery and cafés.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 208 km, Nearest railway: Kyle of Lochalsh 82 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
3 lovely bedrooms, kingsize bed, double bed and 3rd bedroom has bunk beds.
Lounge is equipped with a real gas fire.
42" HD TV has FreeSAT.
Cot and highchair available if required.
|Further details outdoors|
Garden table and chairs and wooden bench for viewing the wonderful sunsets
The Hebrides region
Skye, the Island - Eilean a' Cheò.
An island of extremes - plummeting sea cliffs and imposing headlands sit beside white coral beaches and black sandy shores; where lochs are as deep as mountains high. Inlets, bays and islands create a complex lacework pattern with the sea. Tiny villages and historic keeps are familiar and fascinating. A place where time means nothing, and beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history.
Discover the compelling past, the vibrant future and, through the essence of this remarkable land, capture memories to live with you forever. Unforgettable...
Rhundunan is in a great location - 200m away is the Three Chimneys restaurant that has won a host of accolades and has previously been voted in the top 50 of the world’s best restaurants. The Colbost Croft Museum - a restored blackhouse, shows how the islanders would have lived in the 1800s.
Four miles away is Dunvegan, a small village in the northwest of the Isle of Skye, with many small shops - general food store, bakery, post office, cakes and crafts. There are several tea shops and restaurants in the area.
The Dunvegan Castle & Gardens is about 5 miles away, where you can get a boat trip to see seals and view the lovely castle and grounds.
The area to the west of Rhundunan is mainly wild and sparsely populated - an ideal spot to visit for wildlife enthusiasts and hill walkers of all levels, and a haven for bird watchers. The sea-loch coastline is an ideal spot to see sea eagles, basking sharks and whales. One of the best spots on the coastline is Neist Point complete with its lighthouse and amazing views of the outer isles.
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1 Nov 2014
"Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic"
Just returned from a week at this wonderful cottage. The spec of the place is first class, with nothing missing for a week of lounging around or a week of outdoor activities.Great location for the Th… More
14 Jul 2014
"It doesn't get much better..."
The only fault with staying at Rhundunan is that, eventually, you have to leave! Super house, modern, clean, comfortable, yet built in traditional style so somehow you don't feel like a 'tou… More
6 Jun 2014
We were here first week of June. Weather OK, with three wonderful days of sunshine. Our base was this magnificent, well-appointed house in Colbost, just above the Three Chimneys restaurant and the Col… More
26 May 2014
"A magic destination"
We were here for the first week in May and found it wonderful from the get-go. Rhundunan is built to very high standards. The windows are extremely well engineered and the house is well-insulated, mak… More
16 May 2014
"Lovely cottage, great location"
We stayed here in May 2014 and were very impressed. The cottage is very roomy and the double heigh living room with lots of windows is ideal for catching the expansive views.The cottage is just above … More
12 Jan 2014
"Beautiful rental property with it all."
This is the perfect way to enjoy a stay on the isle of Skye. Location and outlook fantastic. Facilities perfect. Good central spit for sightseeing. … More
2 Apr 2013
"A fabulous break in a breathtaking location and a gorgeous holiday home"
I'm already a huge fan of the Isle of Skye but this trip exceeded all my expectations because of two things: where we stayed and the fantastic weather ! Rhundunan is located at the top of a wee h… More
17 Oct 2012
"Stunning House and Location"
I cannot rate this house highly enough, without doubt the best we have ever stayed at. The attention to detail is fantastic and the property is furnished and finished to the highest standard througho… More
30 Sep 2012
"Talk about a room with a view - completely stunning!"
We stayed at this outstanding house mainly because we have always been meaning to eat in the renowned Three Chimneys Restaurant which is literally two minutes walk down the hilll. The meal was lovely … More
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