Situated in the small village of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye Taigh A’Pheantair (Painter’s Cottage) is a bit of a surprise. It may appear quite unassuming from the outside, tucked into a small site just off a single track road, but once inside you will find an illusion of light and space. The downstairs boasts two good sized double bedrooms, both en-suite, a large kitchen / dining area, a small vestibule for all those jackets and boots and a wc. There is also a small bunk bedded room for the children.
Upstairs you will find an L shaped living area which, although open plan, offers a choice of seating areas. In one end a comfy sofa with tv/dvd player, and a selection of dvds or books, and in the other another comfortable sofa, chair and coffee table where you can sit enjoying the peace and quiet and just relax or enjoy a family evening of Scrabble, Monopoly and jigsaws.
Flooring throughout is oak with underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs for those chillier evenings.
For those balmy summer evenings, there is a small garden to the side of the cottage with a small stream running around the perimeter. Ideal for enjoying a wee pre dinner Talisker from the local distillery.
Dunvegan itself has an abundance of things to see and do, from walking up MacLeod’s Tables, known in Gaelic as Healabhal Mhor and Healabhal Bheag (Mhor meaning big and Bheag meaning small), visiting the historic Dunvegan Castle, visiting the many art studios in the area to just enjoying some of the fantastic food on offer in local restaurants.
Be aware though of two most surprising things about Skye. Firstly the almost perpetual light in the summer months and the Skye air which makes the most insomniac of us sleep like babies.
For anyone intending to holiday in Scotland, the Isle of Skye is a “must do” and Dunvegan a good base from which to explore the rest of the island.
- Address: Mill Rd, Isle of Skye, Highland IV56 8WZ, UK
- GPS: 57.431236436694064,-6.573883447143544
- Phone: 01470 521226
- Website: http://www.dunveganholidaycottages.co.uk/taighapheantair1.asp