West Coast, Scottish Highlands
Restored coastal cottage, contemporary living by the Atlantic Ocean in the Scottish Highlands.
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 7 nights
This stylishly restored traditional crofters cottage offers contemporary living in a spacious light-filled Highland escape. Soak up the vintage and contemporary style that gives a unique Caledonian cool vibe and revive, relax and restore whilst enjoying the soundtrack of the ocean.
The large contemporary, spacious kitchen has a panoramic dining space, whilst Siemens, Smeg, Dualit & Sage appliances all star to make life fun and easy for the cook. This is the perfect place to tuck into breakfast whilst gazing out over the loch. There’s also a coffee station for the inner barista, with those dreamy views for that first morning coffee hit. Large sliding glass doors open out onto a generous wrap-around larch deck, where you can enjoy alfresco dining at a solid larch dining table. This is the perfect outdoor social space in which to relax and recline whilst watching dramatic sunsets out over the loch.
Next door is a super comfy living space with Bronte moon fabrics and leather lounge pugs for the kids. The space has a log burner for crackling hypnotic fires, whilst sheepskins and wool throws make for a real Coorie feeling - this is the Scots’ version of Hygee, which is all about being snug and cosy. There is a plentiful wood store so logs and kindling are available on demand. You can play endless board games or enjoy the ultimate movie night on the smart TV, with Freesat, Amazon Prime and Netflix. Glass doors open out into the bothy garden, where wild flowers, rocket and fresh herbs grow. These provide the wildlife with a natural haven and also yield a favourite hidden relaxation corner for you to discover.
The three bedrooms all face east, meaning guests can wake to a spectacular sunrise and far reaching views out over the loch and the Torridon mountains. Everyone gets a cool vibe in their room and there is one king, one double and a twin, with super comfy beds, crisp white sheets, and wool throws.
There are two bathrooms. The first is an indulgent glamorous art deco space with bright uplifting colours, fun art on the walls and a walk in rain shower. Whilst upstairs sits a big double ended roll top bath for that ultimate soak in the tub. Guests are also supplied with big fluffy towels for that added touch of luxury.
The garden gate gives you direct access out onto the pebble beach where the water is cool, clear and teaming with sea life. The is the ideal venue for some early morning otter spotting, fossil/quartz hunting, or paddle boarding. Swim towels, buckets and spades are all at Loulou for you. There is also a handy laundry/boot room which is ideal for beach stuff and an outdoor wash down area for bikes, wetsuits and sandy children. If you have a small boat, RIB or kayak, there is a handy slipway super close with public access.
You may wish to spend your time out by the water’s edge, but many guests will love simply relaxing together by the fire pit watching the sunsets unfold over the loch and listening to the sounds of the wildlife that inhabit the shore. There’s no light pollution here, so you can enjoy the northern constellations and enjoy some excellent star gazing. You may even get a glimpse of the spectacular Northern Lights!
The small vibrant crofting community of Aultbea is located on the incredible North Coast 500 driving route, which offers 500 miles of driving heaven, exploring the outer reaches of the North Highlands. For an overview of the wartime history a visit to the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum is engaging and a totally inspiring curation of the huge part Aultbea played in WW2. The Perfume Studio and Aroma Cafe is a delight with outside dining and breathtaking views out over the Atlantic and makes a good easy walk destination from Loulou with the added bonus of cake once you arrive. They produce handmade fragrances, skincare and soaps from local botanicals and even offer photography workshops.
Aultbea Stores is foodie heaven and offers you your own version of a Highland Waitrose, you can pre order and they will kindly deliver for your arrival. They offer all the essentials plus a deli/bakery, fresh fish, seafood, charcuterie, cheeses, and a vast range of artisan Gins and Scottish whisky, and of course those stunning views.
For the outdoor adventure junkies there are guided kayaking options available locally by Conor of Ewe Canoe or Charlie of Climb Ride Explore, which offer adventures for all ages and levels of experience as well as SUP, coasteering and canyoning.
Whale and dolphin watching trips with Gairloch Marine Wildlife go from the pier in Gairloch village just 12 miles away. There are plenty of maps and walk books available for the keen hill walkers or mountain bikers. Nearby is The Fisherfield Forest - also known as the Great Wilderness - containing the most remote Munros in the whole of Scotland.
Prices from £1,650 - £1,950
Minimum stay is 1 week, rentals begin on Fridays.
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