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Dwelling of Dreams / Aros nan Aisling

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Excellent 5/5 3 reviews

A hiker's paradise - Assynt mountains just a few miles away

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Sleeping up to 8 (+ cot) this new, unique holiday home is spacious, airy and cosy, with some lovely individual features.There are stunning views of the sea, Outer Hebrides, and the mountains of NW Scotland.

This holiday home is ideal for families and groups of couples who are looking for the great outdoors but want a cosy and comfortable base to come back to in the evenings. Wonderful for young and old alike

There is a large natural fenced garden with the ruins of a bygone age. Go through the front gate to walk down the single track road to the lighthouse, or take the track to the beach and costal path. Go through the back gate and climb to the 'top of the world' with magnificent views to Cape Wrath, the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the unique mountains of the west coast of Scotland, then choose your way back.

Crofters' sheep and cows wander up and down the road and there is always the chance of seeing red deer. Skeins of migrating geese pass over on their long hazardous journey back to Greenland and beyond to the Arctic north. As the spring gives way to summer, cuckoos cuckoo and swallows swoop. Whilst the yellow and white of bog asphodel and cotton grass give way to the purple heather there is always the ever changing sea and sky

The wildlife viewing potential of the area is amazing. Whales, basking sharks, dolphins, seals, otters, sea & golden eagles, puffins are just part of the rich fauna & flora. If you are lucky you may even experience the Northern Lights, but as with the wildlife, you have to be in the right place at the right time.

Leave through the front gate to follow the single track road to Stoer Lighthouse or down the track to the beach and coastal path. Leave by the back gate, climb to the ' top of the world' with amazing views up the coast to the puffin island of Handa and Cape Wrath, the Outer Hebrides, Skype and the unique and accessible mountains of Sutherland.

The Stoer Peninsular is situated in Assynt, Sutherland, a stunning remote wilderness and part of Europe's first GeoPark. Walking, mountain climbing, fishing, deerstalking, canoeing, boat trips, star gazing, fossil hunting, rock pooling, cycling, good eating, cultural events, art & pottery or just exploring the beautiful landscape in a car are all on offer.

It is a unique and historic landscape, and a natural diverse playground for young and old alike.

The Freedom to roam or just ' stand and stare'

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Clachtol 5.7 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 14 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Inverness 160 km, Nearest railway: Garve 120 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, 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 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

The Scottish Highlands region

The area of Assynt is an unspoiled wilderness of majestic mountains, wooded valleys, wind-swept moors, rushing rivers, countless lochs, babbling streams, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and remnants of times long since passed.

With the freedom to explore on foot, by cycle, car, or even by lama trekking, there is little to keep you exploring as much of the area as you wish, and you'll perhaps feel like the first person ever to set foot on this rugged landscape.

Its geological and archaeological significance is recognised wordwide, and is once of Europe's first geoparks.

Activities and attractions include: hiking, climbing, fishing (fly/sea) cycling, dolphin/whale watching, swimming, rock-pooling, canoeing, caving/spelunking, and bird watching, to name but a few. Alternatively, you can simply sit and look out to sea from the comfort of the living room.

Lochinver

This holiday home is situated on the Stoer peninsula in Assynt, Sutherland, a dramatic and rugged headland consisting of craggy hills, windswept lochs, sandy beaches and a diverse and unique flora and fauna including otters, golden eagles, whales and dolphins to name just a few.

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Review 1-3 of 3

29 Jun 2014

5/5

"A great house in a beautiful place; a fantastic break from it all"

We could only spend six days based in Stoer in this fantastic, comfortable and well equipped house, using it a base from which to travel Assynt and around the North West of Scotland between Ullapool, … More

Many thanks for your kind review. We are so glad you had a good holiday and that the house and area were up to your expectations. It is a stunning area, but as you highlight in your review,the variable weather is part of the charm,but in order to make the most of it, you do need well prepares with sun hat as well as waterproofs and suitable footwear such as walking boots or willies. There is now both an electronic and paper guide to the area to help our guests find out quickly all the info there is about all the different activities there are to do, from fishing to deer stalking, the wildlife, the history, the geology, the eateries, shops and a little about the places themselves. We hope you are able to return to this unique and special area again and thank you again for your choosing Dwelling of Dreams

8 Jun 2014

5/5

"idyllic retreat"

"We spent four days here, and would have liked to stay longer. A fully - equipped house with a cosy fire, dramatic views out over the sea and a more comfortable bed than our own - we really could… More

Hi,

Many thanks for your kind review.We are glad you had a good break even though it was short and that the house and area came up to your expectations. It is a unique and stunning area and our aim with the house is to enhance your experience of it whatever the weather.

Kind regards,
Roy & Carol Champion

29 May 2014

5/5

"Beautiful house and surroundings. We will return."

My husband and I and our two children (aged 2 & 5 years) spent a week at “Aros nan Aisling”/ Dwelling of Dreams in April this year. The house was just as described on the website, modern, warm, comfortable, cosy and spacious and well- equipped. The views out over the sea to the Hebrides and the mountains to the south were spectacular especially as we were fortunate to have some stunning sunrise, sunsets and starry night skies.

The children loved both the indoor and outdoor spaces. The large garden is fenced so there was no danger of the children wandering onto the single track road leading to the light house (although traffic could never be said to be a problem here). Our five year loved having the freedom to exit the little back gate and scramble to the “Top of the world” on the hill behind. There are lovely sandy beaches close by to enjoy, rock pools to explore and the crabbing is good off the jetty at Culkein Stoer on the other side of the Stoer peninsular although child activities need to be supervised of course.
We also spent some magic hours in the Culag woods discovering all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

It is a stunning area with so much to do for a wide age range, the key is to come well prepared for all types of weather and "wellies" for children are essential. We did not encounter the Scottish “Midge” (It was too early in the year) but were told a gentle sea breeze often sees off this summer resident! We were all sad to leave but will return as we have only just managed to begin our exploration and there is so much more we all want to see and do.

A lovely base for an amazing area. We will be back.

Hi, Thank you so much for your review. We do appreciate you taking the time to write one. We are also glad that the house came up to your expectations and that you all had a good holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
Kind regards,
Carol & Roy Champion

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