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Vernon's review of Lochinver View
self catering Highlands


Lochinver View

Luxury self catering spa lodge with stunning views over Loch Inver and the Assynt mountains beyond, outdoor hot tub and 6 person steam room. Sleeps 6

Peace, luxury, an outstanding view - we hoped for all three and in all three our hopes have been surpassed. Our luxury Scottish lodge sits high up above the pretty fishing village of Lochinver which edges the loch below a backdrop of tree-clad hills and beyond, the Assynt mountain range characterised by stunningly shaped Suilven and Canisp.

Beautifully paved in local stone and featuring a large and luxurious hot tub, the outdoor area gives a very postive first impression as we approach the lodge and promises some decadent, outdoor relaxation. A huge Caithness slab table holds a firepit and makes a fabulous focal point for an evening spent cooking on the stone barbecue. Late evening is the ideal time to enjoy the contrast of cool air and warm bubbling water enhanced with a glass or two of bubbly and good company, while the mountains darken, the blue of the sky deepens and the lights in the distance twinkle on along the waterline.

When the time comes to go back indoors we step onto heated floors and settle for a while by the wood stove, cocooned in warmth and cosiness as the sky finally turns black through the huge windows. Upstairs, our master suite is superbly comfortable and the bed just perfect for a good night's sleep; in the morning a waterfall shower thoroughly spoils us and we open the curtains to more of the wonderful view from the windows and balcony.

Like everywhere else in this luxury lodge, the kitchen is beautifully designed and decorated (pale blue and white, blond wood, solid granite work top) and has only the best quality gadgets. We slide open the wide glass doors, instantly transforming the kitchen into a garden room and bringing the outside in - great for brunch (or anytime) on a sunny day.

I'm torn between whether to spend all our time here at home, enjoying the peace and quiet, the luxury and the view, or to tear ourselves away and do some exploring...The area is outstandingly beautiful; there couldn't be anywhere better to enjoy coastal or hill walking and I have a vague notion of climbing one of those fascinatingly shaped peaks that I've been admiring from my window...

In the end we start small, following the river through the woods before crossing a stretch of moorland to admire the mountains from a distance on one day, venturing across to the coast and enjoying the clear water and white dunes of Clachtoll and a view of the mountains from a different angle, on another. Then comes the time to bite the bullet and make a decision. We'll leave the twelve mile hike to the top of Suilven for the next time in favour of the shorter seven mile trek up and down Canisp.

Good weather and a map and compass were essential and it was hard going but the amazing view of Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh and Suilven took our breath away and rewarded our efforts. Of course, there's nothing like another long, hot, bubbly soak at our luxury holiday lodge to soothe our well-used limbs.

luxury cottage Highlands

holiday cottage with view

self catering with hot tub

Further details about this accommodation

Large, comfortable living room with woodburning stove and huge windows looking out over the stunning view, Sky and Apple TV and first class stereo system.
Spacious, well-equipped kitchen dining room with all state of the art appliances and huge granite worktop.
One double and one twin ensuite bedroom with walk in wardrobes.

Master bedroom with waterfall shower, separate bath, walk in wardrobe, balcony and 42" Sky TV.

Private driveway and parking for six cars.
Attractive, stone paved area with outdoor seating, large ornamental pond, romantic lighting and heated outdoor hot tub with a wonderful view.

The lodge has been been fitted with a geothermal heating system which provides substantial warmth with a low carbon emission rate. To complement this there is under floor heating throughout the lodge and a wood burning stove in the living room
One of the highlights of the property is the outdoor heated hot tub with amazing views of the bay and magnificent Assynt mountain range and the added detail of outdoor speakers connecting to the stereo system.

**From December 2014 there will be a fantastic 6 person steam room**

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at this excellent self catering property
hotel There are delightful short walks through nearby Culag Woods, with lovely views, sculptures and surprises to find along the way. The five mile Glencanisp circuit follows the River Inver through woodland and crosses open moorland to a lovely loch with mountain views. A more strenuous twelve mile hike with a short, final scramble will take you to the summit of the uniquely shaped Suilven and reward you with superlative views.
hotel Sutherland's west coast boasts many often deserted, white sandy beaches edged by grassy dunes and clear turquoise sea. Clachtoll, Clashnessie and Stoer are all lovely, close by and easily accessible.
self catering This is a great area for canoeing and kayaking on river, loch or sea. Norwest Sea Kayaking based in Lochinver, does half day and day trips and courses in the Achiltibuie-Summer Isles, Ullapool and Lochinver area.
hotel The Lochinver area is home to a huge variety of interesting flora and fauna including black-throated loons, greenshanks, puffins, Arctic skuas,ptarmigan, golden plovers and golden eagle, mountain hares, pine martens, otters and red deer, grey seals, porpoises, dolphins, minke and killer whales, rare helleborines, yellow mountain saxifrage, viviparous bistort and mountain avens.
hotel The cafe in the former Fisherman's Mission does good, wholesome food and has a table license. For fine dining,
the restaurant at Inver Lodge has lovely views of the loch and sumptuous menus featuring freshly landed fish (take your own), lobster, langoustine, wild salmon, Highland lamb and Scottish beef while the Albannach might serve a warm tartlet of local Lochinver crab with vine tomato chutney or seared, hand-dived Lochinver scallops and roasted monkfish tails on saffron and seaweed rice or in season, wood pigeon with spiced red cabbage with guinea fowl ravioli and game chocolate sauce or roast saddle of wild venison with port sauce.