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Sheileagh or Reiner Luyken

Speaks German, English
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Sheileagh or Reiner Luyken

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HOUSE GILLE BUIDHE'S BROCH: 2 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 5

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Achiltibiue - The Brochs of Coigach

Two luxury eco houses designed by an award-winning architect

The Brochs of Coigach have been awarded 5 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board and also the top gold level by the Green Tourism Business Scheme which is regarded as the World’s most credible sustainable tourism programme. The Brochs are works of art as much as the most luxurious holiday houses you can think of. Scàl's Broch is the perfect hide-away for two, though quite big in itself. The dining and sitting area is 8 metres long and 6 metres wide. The kitchen is slightly offset from this room. The bedroom measures 4 by 5 metres and the bathroom 3 by 6 metres.

Gille Buidhe's Broch accommodates within 143 square metres a huge open plan drawing room and dining area, a large kitchen, a further sitting room, 2 bedrooms, a large bathroom with bath, sauna and shower, and a second toilet. The largest room is 11 metres long and measures 10 metres across. Each window frames stunning views of the coastline. Original works by artists such as Edvard Munch and Tracey Emin adorn the walls.

The Brochs of Coigach have been shortlisted by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) for the 2011 Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award which is one of the most significant architecture awards in the world. We are silver members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and we are Scottish finalist of the Civic Trust Awards 2013, an international recognition given to projects of the highest quality design but only if they are judged to have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.

Red Magazine featured The Brochs of Coigach as Best in Britain for a Wilderness Getaway. Scottish Field described The Brochs as 'a modernist wonder echoing the Iron Age'. The leading German travel magazine MERIAN lists The Brochs as one of the 100 Best Dream Destinations for Two in the world.

AN IDEAL PLACE FOR AN AUTUMN OR WINTER BREAK: The Brochs of Coigach are especially suited for an autumn or winter break. Quite often, the winter light and the low northern sun shows the Scottish landscape at its best. The optical phenomena of nature are stunning. The panoramic windows of The Brochs of Coigach give you the feeling of being outdoors, though you are sitting in the utmost comfort of the observation and living room.

In autumn and wintertime, you can rent one or the other Brochs of Coigach on a daily basis like a hotel. This gives you a flexibility that you don't have with conventional holiday lets. The Brochs lend themselves for an extraordinary luxurious short break, for instance to celebrate a birthday, a wedding anniversary or another special occasion.

Kitchen and bathroom: The kitchens are built by Duncans of Grantown-on-Spey to a very high specification, with Siemens touch control hob and oven, 'whispering' AAA dishwasher, fridge freezer and Nova De-luxe Drawer Systems in Morello red cabinets.

The extremely spacious bathrooms are truly rooms in their own right, carefully designed so that their use is a pleasure in itself.

All linen and towels are provided. There are soap dispensers in the bathrooms.

You can buy from us eggs from our freely foraging rare breed hens and lamb from ancient breeds that we raise on our own fields - meat with a natural flavour that you wouldn't get anywhere else.

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Details for holiday home Gille Buidhe's Broch, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

A 120 square metre house with a large kitchen and dining area, drawing and observation room, and a very large bath and sauna. In the back, there is a large utility and storage space. There is a breakfeast patio opening up to the morning sun and a patio to the southwest to capture the evening sun. The building grows, as it were, out of a hillside and is encased in natural dry stone walls. Large panoramic windows bring about a feeling of being right in the middle of nature, though the inside provides the utmost luxury with underfloor heating, free wi-fi internet access and a Bose sound system. The view goes right across islands, the sea and into the mountains, uninterrupted by any other human habitation. The location warrants absolute privacy. There is an elegant Morso wood burning stove to watch the flames of a fire in the evenings. Original works by some of the best contemporary Scottish artists hang on the walls. There are also unusual antique displays in glass cabinets.
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
This has been amazing, we came here to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Our first reaction on entering was WOW - the view is stunning. Many hours have been spent sitting on the cushions reading, sewing, listening to music, watching the birds and horses and the ever changing scenery.

We have enjoyed the walks to Fox Point & Old Dornie, along the beach, the waterfalls and many more.

The peace and quiet with no TV - absolute bliss. Lost in our own little world. Losing all track of time and the days. The day to leave has come too soon!! It has truly been a magical week and one to look back on for many years to come.

Thank you so much Reiner & Sheileagh for creating this unique, wonderful house.
Jul 2013
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Sheileagh or Reiner Luyken

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2010
Speaks German, English
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My wife Sheileagh and I live on the Coigach peninsula since 1980, Sheileagh's family is from here. We raised four children and have four grandchildren, two of whom live not far away in another small Highland village. Sheileagh is an itinerant art teacher in various west coast primary schools, I am an feature writer, correspondent and columnist with the German weekly paper DIE ZEIT

We built The Brochs between 2008 and 2011 after two years of planning. We've owned the land since thirty years, it was a beautiful site but it was extremely boggy and overgrown with brambles and bracken. Only in 2006 did we have an idea what to do with it. We built two houses that are really our personal dream houses. Nowhere else would you find houses right above the sea that are built like iron-age roundhouses. Externally, they are enveloped in drystone walls with a turf roof falling from the hillside over craggy outcrops to the ground below. Internally, The Brochs are not just modern and homely but also little museums featuring masterpieces of Scottish and Northern European artists. You will be surrounded on the outside by Scotland's greatest landscape and inside by some of Scotland's greatest art.

Just the other day a couple staying in one of the houses observed a sea eagle for two and a half hours hunting just a hundred yards away. Other guests watched a big pod of dolphins play in the sea while they had breakfast. Where else in the world can you get that?

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

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Gille Buidhe's Broch
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews
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Gille Buidhe's Broch
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496236?uni_id=1130224
+44 01854622368
Achiltibiue Northern Scottish Highlands
5

A wonderful retreat

  • 5 out of 5
Stunning views - even better than expected. A full moon over the water on our first night. And very private, even with the other broch just up the track.

Arriving to our food order from Achiltibuie Stores and some superb free brownies made it instantly homely. Comfortable beds and loads of hot water.

Spotlessly clean with plenty of storage space at the back for bikes, wetsuits etc - although a few more hanging places to dry towels etc inside would have been useful, and perhaps a small shoe rack in the porch.

Great service from Reiner - on hand to help, but never intrusive. We found the stove quite hard to light and keep going. When it worked, it was brilliant, but some handy instructions would have helped a lot. Same goes for sauna, which was a lovely luxury but just took a few moments to work out.

The children soon got used to the lack of television! They loved climbing up to the roof (even if it made their dad a bit nervous!).

All in all a wonderful retreat.
  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the positive comments and the helpful hints which we will fully take into account for the 2012 season!
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Gille Buidhe's Broch
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496236?uni_id=1130224
+44 01854622368
Achiltibiue Northern Scottish Highlands
5

Wonderfully peaceful retreat

  • 5 out of 5
We loved the house and its location, fabulous weather was a bonus. Had the best sleep I've had in ages, we will be back. The property has a well equiped kitchen and high quality furniture and finishings throughout.
  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Gille Buidhe's Broch
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496236?uni_id=1130224
+44 01854622368
Achiltibiue Northern Scottish Highlands
5

Fabulous - Extraordinary - True Satisfaction

  • 5 out of 5
This place has been one of the best ever to spend our summer holidays:
- A higky recommendable, well equipped accomodation with every single comfort and luxury for relaxing and enjoyable days
- An outstanding environment within a landscape of true nature, tranquility, peace and freedom
- Spectacular panoramic views into the landscape of the brochs of coigach
- Local arts
- An exceptional host
  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Gille Buidhe's Broch
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p496236?uni_id=1130224
+44 01854622368
Achiltibiue Northern Scottish Highlands
3

Potentially Excellent But Left A Tad Disappointed

  • 3 out of 5
The accommodation is brand new and is architecturally very interesting. It is finished to a high standard and comes with 6MB broadband and even a sauna. It offers a great view as can be seen in the photos and is truly very peaceful. The nearby Achnahaird beach is also excellent.

Unfortunately as might be expected with a property new to the holiday rentals market there were a few issues. We were surprised given its premium nature that there was no TV as we had read “satellite or cable” in the “Entertainment” section detailing the facilities and assumed there was. Along similar lines it also said it had a “hair dryer” and “coffee grinder” but didn’t. A washing machine and microwave would also be useful additions for people staying a longer period of time.

Other disappointments were that the location meant you had to add the best part of an hour onto to any journey you wanted to make if using Polbain as a base for exploring the highlands. As this was how long it took to navigate the 15 mile single track road that connected you with the A835 for North/South/East.

We were also surprised that it was not possible to adjust the central heating in the house. Instead you have to ask the owner who will dutifully come down and make the alteration for you.

Our biggest disappointment however was on departure with a 9.30am knock on the door and demand for cash for where our dog had scratched it. The contrast with a stay at a four star hotel near Edinburgh en route, where an expensive pot had been damaged in the car park and we had been told not to worry about it could not have been sharper. We realise that the two houses are very precious to the owners who apparently spent five years bringing them to fruition, but to confront someone in such a way is undesirable. Certainly our review would have been far, far more positive had this not occurred. We would recommend that until the houses are bedded-in pets are excluded. This would be fairer to both pet owners and the owners.

We also felt a little uncomfortable when the owner was around the property up until we left at what we had assumed [there was no leaving time mentioned] was an acceptable 10.45am. This lead to us feeling unwelcome and a little rushed as we packed up and cleaned.

Overall however we wish the owners the very best, and have no doubt that in time such issues will be ironed out. The house itself is excellent and will doubtless delight many people over the coming years.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hairdryer, coffee grinder, washing machine - valid points. All have long since been provided. The property is however not designed for TV addicts. It is meant for people who want to get away from it all, and who relish the stupendous views outside and the art inside. Our WiFi internet connection is excellent, but if someone really can't do without TV, this is probably the wrong property.

A quick look at the map would have shown the reviewer where we are. As for the heating, it is an environmentally sensitive system that doesn't like to be fiddled with. We ask our guests on arrival whether the temperature is suitable (it is set at different levels in bedrooms, living spaces and bathrooms). Once set, the temperature remains stable whatever the outside weather conditions are.

Since the reviewer stayed a year and a half ago, we had many guests with a dog, in one case even with three dogs. All were well behaved, there was never a problem. Their owners left the houses impeccably clean, as do 99 per cent of our guests! We will therefore continue our policy to admit pets and levy a surcharge only if animals were to make a nuisance of themselves.
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Inverness
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Ullapool
Nearest Train
81 Miles
Inverness
Nearest Motorway
183 Miles
Perth
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Achnahaird
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Achiltibuie and Altandhu
Nearest Ski
109 Miles
Aviemore
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Ullapool
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Achiltibuie and Altandhu
Car: necessary

Polbain by Achiltibuie is one of a number of small hamlets on a peninsula that abuts from the mountainous Northwest cost of the Highlands into the Minch, a broad waterway between the Scottish mainland and the Outer Hebrides. It forms part of the Assynt and Coiogach National Scenic Area. The revered Scottish poet Norman MacCaig called this landscape 'masterless and intractable in any terms that are human.' It is one of the most unspoiled and outstandingly beautiful areas of Europe. One might observe a sea eagle hunting for fish. Porpoises and minke come this way. Occasionally, pods of bottle nose dolphins pass by, jumping in and out of the water as if for pure joy. Seals are always around. Despite its remote location, there is a Michelin star restaurant in the vicinity. There are opportunities for hill walking, climbing, sea kajaking, sailing and motor cuises. The Brochs of Coigach are located within four acres at the end of a private farm track.

Other Activities: sea kayaking

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Achiltibiue, Northern Scottish Highlands

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Rate 1
29 Mar 2014 - 24 Oct 2014
2 night minimum stay
£480
for 2 nights
From
£240
£1,280
 
 
Off-season
25 Oct 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
2 night minimum stay
£400
for 2 nights
From
£200
£1,020
 
 
Christmas and New Year
20 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,340
for 7 nights
£1,340
 
 
Winter
4 Jan 2015 - 27 Mar 2015
2 night minimum stay
£400
for 2 nights
From
£200
£1,020
 
 
High season
28 Mar 2015 - 23 Oct 2015
2 night minimum stay
£500
for 2 nights
From
£250
£1,340
 

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes THERE ARE NO HIDDEN EXTRA COSTS. Prices include Wi-Fi broadband, sauna and electricity. A deposit of 30 percent secures your booking, the balance becomes due 6 weeks prior to arrival. DURING WINTER TIME, WE HAVE A 3 DAYS FOR THE PRICE 2 DAYS SPECIAL OFFER.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for Gille Buidhe's Brochin Achiltibiue in Northern Scottish Highlands

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 143 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Heating ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Internet
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Grill
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet - Toilet
  • Large bathroom with wetroom, bath and sauna
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Study room - 1 Child Bed
  • Accommodation for a small child in study room adjoining one of the bedrooms possible.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo ...
  • Games
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Veranda ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Binoculars
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf pass optional
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountaineering
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • diving
  • swimming
Notes:
Smoking only outside the building to comply with Scottish law.

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