The Longhouse at Tokavaig is a stunning architect-designed home with one of the finest views on the whole of Skye. Set in native woodland on the west coast of the Sleat Peninsula, known as the 'Garden of Skye' for its flora and fauna, the Longhouse is a place to escape to and relax in isolation, or bring your family and friends and entertain.
The spacious open-plan kitchen has underfloor heating and a hand-crafted elm dining table at its centre, capable of seating 12 comfortably. Soak up the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows to the islands of Canna, Rhum and on a clear day, even Barra in the Outer Hebrides .Or retire to the wood-burning stove in the lounge, where the window looks west to the entire Cuillin mountain range, the most challenging peaks in Britain. The sunsets over their distinctive summits have to be seen to be believed.
This is a substantial and luxurious house with four good-sized double bedrooms, two bathrooms with powerful showers and even a constant supply of pure spring water on tap from its own borehole.
The house has four double bedrooms. Two of them have king-size beds, one is a double and the other room has twin beds.
One of the bedrooms is en-suite, with a bath and a power shower and a large Velux window looking out across the land and sea. There is a second bathroom downstairs, also with both bath and power shower. The kitchen dining room is a cook's and entertainer's delight - well stocked, with plenty of counter space, a gas hob and electric oven, fridge and a dishwasher to make the tidying up a little easier. The floor to ceiling sliding glass doors allow constant views of Canna, Rhum and, on a clear day, Barra.
The huge open-plan kitchen has a hand-crafted elm dining table at its centre, capable of seating 12 comfortably, from which you can gaze out through the floor-to-ceiling windows at the islands of Canna, Rhum and, on a clear day, even Barra in the Outer Hebrides. Or retire to the wood-burning stove in the lounge, where the window looks west onto the entire range of the Cuillin mountains, the most challenging peaks in Britain.
The Longhouse also has a private water supply from its own borehole, providing clean, pure spring water on tap. The living room is raised a couple of steps to capitalise on the uninterrupted views west over the Cuillins. It has wood flooring, a wood-burning stove, a television with video and DVD and a CD player.
The entrance hall has a bench seat to sit and take your boots off, and plenty hanging and storage space for outdoor gear. There is also a washing machine in the hall cupboard.
The house comes with a supply of firewood. Sheets, duvets and towels are all included, as are electricity charges. There is a phone which you may use for local calls.
Outside, the sliding glass door opens out onto a large deck, perfect for relaxing on Skye's sunny days or for stargazing at night. The garden is fenced off, allowing a safe enclosed area for toddlers to roam. Beyond the gate, it's a short stroll to the shore and the ruins of the mysterious Dunsgaith Castle.
3x Double bedrooms (1 en-suite & 2 with King-size beds).
1x Twin bedded room.
1x Bathroom (downstairs with bath and power shower).
1x Spacious Kitchen.
1X Decked Area at rear.
No smoking indoors. Unfortunately, we do not allow dogs or any other pets in the house.
February 3rd - March 17th £800
March 24th - May 26th £900
June 2nd - October 6th £1,000
October 27th - December 15th £800
December 22nd - 29th December £1,200
The Longhouse is let for holiday purposes only and only to the persons named on the booking form. Short term lets of 3 or 4 days may be possible outwith the high season months, and subject to availability.
Open all year round.
To get there via the Skye Bridge, cross the bridge and turn right at the roundabout. Travel north on the A87 towards Broadford for about 7 miles. At the junction with the A851 turn left for Armadale. After around 11 miles turn right on the unnumbered road signposted for Ord, Tokavaig & Tarskavaig. Follow that road to Ord and then on to Tokavaig. The Longhouse is on the left hand side of the road as you drive downhill towards the bay, the first house on the left after the cattle grid and the sign for Tokavaig. Look out for the white gable. There is a short approach road.
If you come via the Mallaig-Armadale ferry, travel up the A851 towards Broadford. As you reach the Gaelic college Sabhal Mor Ostaig, turn left (signposted for Tarskavaig, Tokavaig and Ord). Follow that road to Tarskavaig and on to Tokavaig. The Longhouse is on the right hand side of the road as you drive uphill away from Gauscavaig bay. If you cross the cattle grid, you've gone too far.
From Easter to October you can take a small car ferry from Glenelg on the mainland to Kylerhea on Skye. It might not be the quickest route, but the drive over to Glenelg is sensational, and the ferry crossing is worth the detour.
Whether you travel from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, or from Fort William to Mallaig, you will experience a fantastic train journey. The Jacobite Steam Train runs to Mallaig from May to October, a thrill for steam enthusiasts and Harry Potter fans alike (the train puffs over the Glenfinnan viaduct, used in the Harry Potter movies).
The nearest airport to Skye is at Inverness, about a two and a half hour drive away. Inverness is served by carriers from all over the UK, and car rental is available at the airport.
There are several local car rental firms, which can pick you up at either Kyleakin or Armadale.
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