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The Stonehouses - unique holiday cottages in Ullapool

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Vernon's review of The Stonehouses
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The Stonehouses - unique holiday cottages - sleep 2/3 & 4

stunning stone lodges with incredible views, cut into the hillside above the vibrant wee town of Ullapool in the north west Highlands


A rich, copper glow warms the greys, blues and gold of the dry stone walls as the sun makes its leisurely descent; from inside we watch the changing colours of the sky and loch and the gradual twinkling of lights coming on in the town below. We are on top of the world up here, sipping our glasses of champagne and luxuriating in our lovely hillside retreat. Here is the proof that good things are worth waiting for: five years of planning, persevering and perfecting have resulted in a truly wonderful and unique holiday home that guarantees a very special holiday, no matter what the weather may bring.

The Stonehouses are the realisation of Rachel and Gavin Anderson's vision to create two unique and unusual holiday homes in harmony with nature and the landscape. They have been ingenious in making the most of the elevated location and employed local, natural materials and local craftsmen, some of whom journeyed daily across the loch and up the hill to the site. We stayed in Curved Stone, the larger of the two abodes, but we have been privileged to have a sneak preview of Treetop, which is to open for bookngs in 2014 and promises to be just as fantastic as its forerunner.

One of the many striking things about the lodges is their shape: there is something especially relaxing and aesthetically pleasing about curves. The lovely golden wood, pale blue, grey and white Scandinavian-style decor and stunning views of the loch and islets all add to the general air of quiet calm which extends throughout the house, from the bedroom to the beautiful bathroom and sensational sauna. The sauna here bears no relation to the often claustrophobic wooden boxes I have been in before: like the rest of the house, it's curved, spacious and has a great view.

Curved Stone is the larger house, with plenty of room for four both inside and out - the lovely stone terrace is a perfect place to enjoy drinks, al fresco meals and the fantastic view. Treetop sits high above a rocky gorge whose stream turns to a cascading waterfall after rain and will be ideal for an intimate romantic holiday for two. Panoramic windows look out over the tops of birch, rowan and ash to the mountain, sea and islands. I have a plan in mind already for a special anniversary visit - I want to be one of the first to stay here!

As well as our unique holiday cottage, we became quite fond of our nearest town - Ullapool is a wee shining gem of a town, a vibrant hub of Highland culture where there is always a pipe or a fiddle playing and a song to be sung; after only a few days we felt as though we belonged. It really is a shame to go home.

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Further details about this accommodation

CURVED STONE HOUSE accommodates up to 4
A spacious 2 bedroom property with a double bedroom with en-suite and a second twin/double bedroom with a second shower room/WC. Features a luxury freestanding bath, sauna with double shower.
Curved Stone House has a spacious south westerly facing spill out area and panoramic windows, from which you can view the dramatic West Highland vistas.

TREETOP HOUSE accommodates 2-3 - opening 2014
This property will be opening in 2014 and is primarily aimed at couples. It includes a luxury en-suite double bedroom and a study that can be transformed into a single bedroom if required.
The house is perched on the edge of the gorge of a small stream which transforms into a cascade of waterfalls in wet weather. Its elevated position gives it its name, with panoramic views of mountain, sea and island vistas over the top of the indigenous forest of birch, rowan and ash.
With sauna, luxury freestanding bath and intimate and private spill out spaces this is a perfect retreat for couples.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at The Stonehouses
hotel Seldom a week goes by when there is not live music in the pubs and arts centres in Ullapool. Renowned Scottish musicians and up and coming national (and even international) talent make Ullapool a stop on Scottish tours. In summer season and at Christmas and New Year there will be numerous live bands to enjoy every week. The Macphail Centre is a venue for annual visits by Scottish Ballet, chamber orchestras and theatre companies.
Take leisurely strolls along the beach, perhaps picking up a few mussels for lunch as you go. Forage for free food - a great Ullapool pastime - whelks and razor clams or “spoots” as they are known locally are plentiful, as are wood sorrel and chanterelles. The very active can tackle some of the Munros in the area. 
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Seals and otters are frequently sighted along the coast and more occasionally dolphins and whales. Sea, moor and forest birdlife and numerous deer are to be seen around Ullapool. At Inverpolly National Nature Reserve you might be lucky enough to catch sight of pine martens, wildcats, buzzards or golden eagles.

hotel Within easy striking distance of Ullapool are plenty of secluded and scenic golden sand beaches including Gruinard Bay, Achnahaird, Achmelvich, Clachtoll and Clashnessie.

There are many good small restaurants and hotels in Ullapool, including The Arch Inn, which does great Sunday roasts, seafood and a good choice of vegetarian meals. I'm a great fan of fish and chips - where better to have it than in one of the best fish and chip shops in Scotland: Deli-Ca-Sea.