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Cool stay of the week: two rustic cottages in the Isle of Skye


If it’s not already, the Isle of Skye should be on any Brit’s bucket list. With its stunning scenery, delicious seafood and friendly locals, it’s the ultimate British break.

This week’s Cool Stay of the Week is just one more reason to head north. Mint Croft consists of two rustic and cosy cottages: The Blackhouse and The Croft House. Both traditional Hebridean buildings, each has been renovated to provide two luxurious and relaxing retreats on a six acre Highland croft.

The Blackhouse has a distinct turf roof and one metre thick stone walls, meaning it will be warm and cosy even in the deepest Scottish winter. Floor to ceiling windows frame the views over Loch Snizort to the islands of Harris and Lewis.

The open plan living space has a fully equipped Devol kitchen and there is also a Fired Earth designer bathroom with large tub and rainforest shower on this level. Upstairs the elevated bedroom with super king size bed and second sitting room make for the ultimate place to unwind.

The Croft House also sleeps two guests and was built in 1934 by local craftsman in village stone. Its views over Loch Snizort look out towards the Ascribe Islands and the sitting room and library have stone walls, oak floor boards and a wood burning stove.

The spacious kitchen and dining area has also been hand crafted by Devol and boasts a slate floor with a large kitchen table. Upstairs is the super king size bedroom with vaulted ceiling, plus an accompanying bathroom with rainforest shower and a separate dressing room.

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On arrival, guests here are treated to a Mint Croft artisan breakfast hamper filled with local, seasonal and – where possible – organic items. It features McSweens haggis, Highland organic milk and eggs, Findhorn bread, smoked mackerel from Taynuilt, Orkney butter, Fine Loose tea and Organic coffee beans. For those who want to eat out, Skye is a hub for foodies with world class restaurants, and traditional pubs serving fine local produce.

Where? Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Sleeps: four (two in each cottage).

Price: £1,850 to £2,270 per week.

To book: coolstays.com/mint-croft



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