Dwelling of Dreams / Aros nan Aisling
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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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|
|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|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
About this location
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.
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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22 Aug 2014
"Fantastic house in a Wonderful place!"
We were delighted to find the house bright, welcoming and comfortable. Like a Tardis it is much bigger in the inside and has the most wonderful spiral staircase & wet rooms, beautiful spacious bedrooms and all the comforts you could wish for. The main room has a beautiful view and on the few clear days we could see the Islands across the Minch and the beams from 3 lighthouses. The Hill behind the house, dubbed 'The Top of the World' by a previous young visitor, is a must - the 360 view is breathtaking! The Stoer lighthouse is 2 miles down the road and has great views, hot drinks and is the start point for coastal walks towards the Old Man of Stoer. Stewart Yates is a local guide and Fly fisherman -www.assyntflyfishing.com who took my husband out for a days exploring and fishing in some of the inner lochs - they had a fantastic time. We were also joined by our 2 grown up children & partners who loved the house, they used the upstairs rooms and found some great running routes! Tips for the local food: Lochinver Butchers have the very best black pudding we have ever eaten, the venison & redcurrent sausages were also amazing - in fact all the meat was wonderful! We also found the Riverside Bistro offered amazing pies, so good you can by them online (www.piesbypost.co.uk), we had a great lunch there. Carol & Roy provide really comprehensive information about the house & area, their caretaker Jane was very helpful and bakes great scones - this all goes to make for a great stress free holiday - truly a 'dwelling of dreams'!
Our most sincere thanks for such a positive review it is most gratifying to know that our dream has also made someone else happy. A warm, comfortable, and stress free holiday surrounded by unique highland attractions is what we wish for everyone who visits our "Dwelling of Dreams". Thanks again.
29 Jun 2014
"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
"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
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.
Roy & Carol Champion
29 May 2014
"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.
Carol & Roy Champion
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