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Modern luxury, exceptional design and views to die for await at The Stonehouses - two truly unique holiday homes in the magnificent North West Highlands of Scotland.

The Stonehouses - otherwise known as Curved Stone House and Treetop House - are a pair of 5-star holiday retreats just ten minutes walk from the centre of Ullapool.  Sculpted from stone, turf and grass, each one offers a luxurious base from which to explore this wonderful area.  Boasting unbeatable views across Loch Broom, and with the added indulgence of a sauna in each, they're sure to make your holiday unforgettable.

Designed by Hebridean architect Stuart Bagshaw, and built by owners Gavin and Rachel and their team of local craftspeople, the Stonehouses reflect a love and care which is clear from first sight.  The natural materials used in their construction blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment, and the latest green technology means each house has outstanding eco-credentials.

Curved Stone House sleeps four in modern, spacious surroundings.  The large living area, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, is the perfect place to soak up those beautiful views, while a private outdoor terrace means you can make the most of them in fine weather.  The spacious double bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom with a luxurious, free-standing bath, while the second bedroom, which can be made up as a twin or double, has its own shower/WC and direct access to the large family bathroom.

For smaller groups, Treetop House sleeps three between a double room and single room, but offers the same spacious luxury and indulgent touches of Curved Stone House.  So called for its location on the edge of a gorge, Treetop House is where you can enjoy almost 360-degree views of the mountain, stream, sea and the Summer Isles.  Take it all in as you gaze across the top of the forest, where a tangle of rowan, ash and birch trees make for a magnificent sight in autumn. 

Regardless of which house you choose, enjoy the luxury of your own private sauna - yet another element that sets the Stonehouses apart from the rest.  And even when you're not in the steam, you'll notice both houses are kept beautifully warm regardless of the weather, thanks to under-floor heating and wood-burning stoves.  Eco-friendly solar power heats the hot water, while an LPG backup ensures there's always enough for an indulgent soak in the tub.

And you'll need that soak after a day in the Highlands!  With the Ullapool Hill Path network on your doorstep, you're perfectly placed for long, secluded walks in the mountain above Loch Broom.  Gaze across to the mountains of Assynt and Coigach, or hire a guide to show you all the best spots in this gorgeous setting.  The area is also perfect for sea kayaking (where you could spot seals, otters, even whales and dolphins), as well as fishing.  Bring your camera too - this is a landscape you'll want to look back on for a lifetime!

Located just a ten-minute walk from the centre of Ullapool, the Stonehouses offer that perfect blend of peaceful wilderness and village conveniences.  Enjoy local produce from the butcher and fishmonger, pick up a souvenir in one of the gift shops, and sample some good hospitality at the local pubs, cafes and restaurants.  Ullapool is famed for its music, arts and culture, and be sure to sample some whisky at the Ceilidh Place.

This friendly village and superb location offer an outstanding immersion in Highland life, but there's plenty to experience further afield too.  A number of secluded, sandy beaches are within easy distance, while enigmatic moorlands and mystical lochs wait to be explored.

In all, an escape to the beautiful wilds of Scotland deserves a home that befits the setting - and that's exactly what's on offer at The Stonehouses. 

Things to note

Minimum stay 7 nights and Saturday- Saturday rotations between April-October, shorter stays of minimum 3 nights possible at other times (November to March excluding Xmas and New Year), children of all ages accepted, no smoking, no pets.

Tried and tested

"This was our second stay in this beautiful house. The location with the stunning view and such an amazing house was the perfect holiday for us. Gavin and Rachael have thought of everything to make this place so special and there's not 1 thing we would change. The location is perfect for touring around the beautiful beaches etc and if you just want a relaxing day reading a book and enjoying the view then this is the place to be. We have booked up for our next stay already and we can't wait." (September 2016)

"The Curved Stone house is by far the best of the many holiday cottages we have ever stayed in. It is perfectly located in the hill above Ullapool but in easy walking distance. It blends beautifully into the landscape and is a stunning design. Every detail has been thought of and it is equipped to the highest possible quality from the bedding to the crockery. With perfect hosts Rachel and Gavin this is an outstanding place to stay." (June 2016)

"Gavin & Rachel at Stonehouses have ensured every little detail has been considered and catered for at Treetop House. It is exceptional accommodation that surpasses 5 star. The Scottish Highlands is truly a spiritual place, and Treetop connects so beautifully with the majesty of the land and the abode truly nurtures the soul. Will be recommending your little part of paradise to all who will listen, and look forward to coming back for another visit." (April 2016)

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The basics

Region: Ullapool, Wester Ross
Cost (from): £175 per night
Sleeps: 3-4 per property
Bedrooms: 2 per property
Bathrooms: 2 per property
Minimum stay: 3 nights off peak
Property ref: 189

Facilities

Curved Stone House sleeps up to 4, double bedroom, bedding & towels, ensuite bathroom, egg-shaped bathtub, double/twin room (also with shower room), sauna, large open-plan kitchen/lounge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, log burner, TV, books, WiFi.

Treetop House sleeps up to 3, double bedroom, bedding & towels, ensuite bathroom, egg-shaped bathtub, single room (also with shower room/WC), sauna, large open-plan kitchen/lounge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, log burner, TV, WiFi.

Local Activities

Kayaking, boat trips, island excursions, fishing, coastal walks, beaches, climbing, mountain biking, angling, wildlife spotting cruises, waterfalls, artist galleries/studios, geopark, festivals.

At a glance

  • Two luxury, 5-star self-catering retreats near Ullapool, in Scotland's West Highlands
  • Curved Stone House sleeps 4 (1 en-suite double; 1 twin), Treetop House sleeps 3 (1 en-suite double; 1 single)
  • Eco-friendly accommodation with stunning views
  • Added luxury of a private sauna in each
  • Ideally located for exploring Scottish Highlands
  • 10-min walk to centre of vibrant Ullapool; 70 mins from Inverness
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