The Longhouse was designed by award-winning Skye-based architects Dualchas, who believe in building traditional style homes which are appropriate to their surroundings, but which are modern both in terms of their interior design and in their use of energy-harnessing technology. The Longhouse is slotted into the hillside in Tokavaig, which cuts down on heat loss due to the wind. Its position exploits the views to both south and west, and tracks the passage of the sun throughout the day and year. Underfloor heating keeps the house cosy regardless of conditions outside, and the reinforced windows are capable of keeping the worst of the winds out.
The house has four double bedrooms. Two of them have kingsize beds, one is a double and the other is a twin.
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 huge 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 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, an open fire, an LCD television with satellite 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.