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Vernon's review of Sealoch House quirky self catering Scotland
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Sealoch House quirky self catering Scotland

Luxury modern lochside self catering accommodation with lovely views and access to beach - sleeps 6

A stunning drive along lochs, through forests and glens on the quiet, scenic route from Inverness into the depths of northern Scotland takes us to the bottom of Loch Broom, where we peel off onto a single track road leading along the southern side of the loch to the scattered hamlet of Loggie. We've been warned to take our time and not hurry up the track as sheep graze freely and are in no rush to move when they hear a car approach. Such is the pace of life here and I for one am not about to complain.

I've been on the look out for new and unusual properties and this holiday cottage is brand new and certainly unusual. As we turn off the road we are greeted by an eye-catching house on stilts - timber-clad, grass-roofed and very modern. Modules were designed and constructed before being transported and fitted together on site in a remarkably quick final build. The bulk of the work was in the design, which has ensured well-thought-out, bright, practical spaces which flow together well and make the most of the lovely views, all with a touch of luxury and originality.

I love the mixture of vibrant colours in the furniture and artwork, much of which has been made by Shirley, who together with her husband Terry has made this such a fantastic and unusual holiday house. In one corner of the living area is a wonderful red and gold cocktail cabinet, complete with glasses and shakers (bear this in mind when deciding what food and drink to bring) and above it, a gorgeous stained glass Frida Kahlo mirror. The kitchen is chic and sleek, while the bedrooms are comfortable and cosy, with smart freestanding bath and elegant decor.

Aside from the quirky character of this unique self catering holiday house, I'm drawn to this spot for its perfect combination of secluded peace on the quiet side of the loch and the proximity (just a perfect 10 mile drive) to Ullapool, one of my favourite places in Scotland, where there is so much happening in one small, beautiful, atmospheric place. Thomas Telford designed the village in 1788 for the British Fisheries Society as a herring port and now Ullapool is a thriving centre for tourism and culture.

There are festivals throughout the year, live music galore (try the Ceilidh Place and the Arch Inn), theatre, dance and art exhibitions and all in this lovely wee village by the side of the loch, surrounded by the most wonderful walking country. If all this isn't enough, we can always jump on the ferry to Stornaway for a great day out on the lovely Isle of Lewis.

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Further details about this accommodation
  • Sealoch House has an open plan and contemporary design developed in 2014 and its huge picture windows make the most of the amazing views and wonderful setting. The house sleeps six and careful thought has gone in to ensuring that everything necessary for a memorable and comfortable stay is available. The modern design and finishes deliver a unique and luxurious experience.

  • The lovely, natural slate tiled entance hall has plenty of space for hanging coats and storing shoes and wellies. The utility room is off the entrance hall and is fully equipped with washing machine, tumble dryer, vaccuum cleaner and everything else needed for cleaning and laundry.

  • The light, airy and open living space has distinct areas for cooking and dining, reading, relaxing, watching tv or for simply looking at the beautiful surroundings. Large doors open onto the timber raised deck overlooking Loch Broom.

  • The stylish, modern kitchen has plenty of storage and is equipped with top of the range appliances, including a Neff induction hob, two Bosch ovens, a Bosch dishwasher, a Sharp American style fridge/freezer, and a Samsung wine cooler.

  • The dining area has a custom made timber table which seats six comfortably and enjoys views down to the loch.

  • The sitting area has a 50” Samsung plasma tv and blu-ray player connected to a Canton 50 surround sound base. You can play iPods through the sound system or if you have vinyls that you have not played for years then bring them with you and play them (carefully please!) on the record deck provided.

  • A wood burner provides extra warmth and comfort when the temperatures go down, although the house remains wonderfully warm whatever the weather outside. Wall mounted air to air heaters provide both heating and cooling.

  • The house has three spacious bedrooms, all with high quality ensuite facilities:

  • The Loch View bedroom has stunning views over the loch and burn, which you can enjoy from the comfort of the super-king sized bed. After a long day exploring the surrounding countryside, relax in the bath, which is situated in the bedroom, and admire the amazing loch scenery. The room also has a separate toilet and shower room and direct access onto the rear deck.

  • The Burn View bedroom has two single beds that can be joined if required to form a large double. It enjoys views over the burn to the side and hills to the front. It has an ensuite bathroom with a slate lined high quality walk in shower, integrated toilet and basin.

  • The Hill View bedroom has two single beds and views over the surrounding hills and the sheep contentedly grazing them. The ensuite bathroom has a high quality shower cubicle and integrated toilet and basin. This bathroom is also accessed from the entrance hall and serves as the cloakroom/wc for the lounge area.

  • A large raised deck runs across the house and can be accessed from the lounge, dining room or Loch View bedroom.

  • There is a large, natural garden area with ample private parking and you can just wander down to the loch side through the garden.

  • Electricity is supplemented by the use of solar PV panels and you can connect to the internet via wi fi.

Please note that because there are sheep and hens roaming near the cottage, we are unable to accept dogs, even if they are well-behaved.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at this excellent self catering property
local watersports available Beach lovers wil be spoiled for choice with the wide expanses of sandy beaches, washed by clear blue seas. Beaches to be found nearby include Gruinard Bay, Achmelvich, Clachtoll, Achnahaird and Mellon Udrigle. Further afield, you can explore the beaches of Oldshoremore, Balnakeil, Dornoch or the remote and beautiful Sandwood Bay.
good area for walking and hiking

This is a wonderful location for walkers with Loch Broom sitting in the centre of the of the Fannichs with its range of 9 Munroes. Beinn Dearg and the magnificent An Teallach, perhaps the most magnificent mountain in Scotland, provide everything that the walker and lover of beautiful scenery could want. To the north of Ullapool are the beautiful areas of Assynt and Coigach.Walk in the forests of Lail and Leckmelm or explore the paths above Ullapool which offer fantastic views of the town and the Summer Isles.

good area for fishing

Ullapool and the Highlands attract many artists who love to come at different times of the year to be inspired by colours, moods and seasons. Sealoch House provides a wonderful setting for artists or groups who want to sit on the terrace or explore the surrounding areas for ideas. There are also numerous galleries, exhibitions and many artists' houses that you can visit, such as An Talla Solais. Shirley, one of the owners of the holiday house, is an artist and former art teacher so will be happy to help groups or other artists.


From Ullapool harbour, local boats such as Summer Queen make trips out to the Summer Isles to see the wonderful scenery and the wide variety of wildlife - seals, dolphins, porpoise, whales and very many species of bird. Further north, there are boat trips to see the stalactites and stalagmites at Smoo Cave. You can also visit the Wildlife Trust reserve at Handa Island, a ten minute ferry crossing which operates during the summer from Tarbert or charter a boat from Ullapool for scuba diving, sea fishing and scenic days out, with Creagard Charters.

hotel There are several good pubs and cafes in Ullapool so eating out is easy. Visit the quaint Tea by the Sea for delicious, well presented snacks and lunches. The Ferry Boat on Shore Street offers very good seafood and the award winning Ceilidh Place is renowned for its excellent food and great craic, with live music often on the menu.