Skylight Apartment sits on the top floor of Frachadil House, providing stunning views in every direction and standing a mile from the white sands of Calgary Bay. Dating from the 1600s, the house is full of character and steeped in history, from having borne witness to raids from the Argyll Campbells in 1674 to being the holiday home of the prominent British politician Rab Butler in the 1960s and 70s.
Set at the end of a long driveway with lawns rolling away to the front that frame sea views towards Ardamurchan Lighthouse, the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna and on a clear day Skye, the property has a secluded setting. The surrounding moorland and woodland offer outstanding walks from the front door. There is ample parking at the end of the gravel driveway beside the porch, where coats and boots can be stowed.
From the porch, cross the tiled hallway and take the stairs up to Skylight Apartment on the top floor of the house. The second flight winds round to provide privacy from the rest of the house and separate Skylight Apartment from the one bedroomed apartment below. The open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas and bathroom lead off to the left, with the two bedrooms tucked beneath the coombed ceilings to the right.
The kitchen is small but perfectly formed, with an electric oven and hob, undercounter fridge with freezer compartment, kettle, toaster, microwave, cafetière and excellent range of cups and plates that enhance the apartment’s artisanal feel. A breakfast bar offers space to socialise while also enjoying the views out to the walled garden, with dual aspect views reaching across to the hills too on the other side of the room. The dining table, to seat four, is ideal for more formal meals.
After a day’s exploration, the comfortable sofa and armchair beckon for a cosy evening, with a TV and good selection of DVDs to keep you entertained. Nature themed artworks and maps line the walls creating subtle nods to the coastal location.
The family bathroom is another charming space with an exposed stone feature wall, benefitting from a bath, W.C., basin and separate shower cubicle, as well as a heated towel rail.
Returning to the hallway, the two bedrooms are reached. Taller guests may want to duck as they venture through the doorway to the bedrooms because of the coombed ceilings, before the master bedroom opens out and the ceiling height increases. A king-sized bed and cosily furnished window seat make this a beautiful space, with a dressing table, full length mirror and built in wardrobe with hanging space. Two windows offer lovely views over the hills, making this a bright and airy space, casting the exposed stone walls in natural light.
The master bedroom leads onto the twin bedroom through another door, again located at the edge of the room beneath the coomb. A spacious room, a fireplace adds character while the choice between a double and a single bed offer flexible sleeping arrangements as a twin or double room. Drawers are provided for storage while coats can be hung from the eye-catching hooks in the apartment’s hallway. Beautiful artworks are a running theme throughout the apartment.
But the accommodation does not end there, as guests are also invited to enjoy shared spaces on the property's ground floor. Descend to the hallway and make your way to the bright and airy sun room, laden with grapes vines. An excellent sun trap at the start of the day, this is a calm space from which to wake up with a morning coffee while surveying the hill views.
Just next door lies the shared guest sitting room. Complete with exposed stone walls, a log burning fire ready to be set alight and character red shutters framing views out to sea, this is an inviting space. Put your feet up and enjoy the slower pace of life, perhaps while reading about the house’s history, leafing through nature books or browsing one of the many other books available. Opposite the sun room there is a utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and drying rack available for use.
On a sunny day, the gardens and grounds are a real treat. Take a seat and relax, looking out towards the sea and lighthouse at Ardumurchan, watching the ferries pass by on their way to Coll and Tiree.
With both Calgary and Langamull beaches within easy reach, Skylight Apartment is perfectly placed for you to make the most of the island’s beautiful coast. Go for a swim in the sheltered waters of Calgary Bay or stretch your legs along the beach following the footpath around the coast.
There are also excellent walks from the front door at Skylight Apartment, with a path meandering down the side of the walled garden at Frachadil House before following the bend of the burn, crossing the other side (wellington boots required!), and exploring the hills beyond, where you can enjoy outstanding views down to Calgary Bay to the west and the Small Isles to the north.
Open Plan Kitchen, Dining and Living Room:Open plan kitchen, living and dining area at Skylight Apartment, including a comfortable sofa and armchair, television with freeview channels, DVD player, selection of books and board games. Dining table to seat four. Well-equipped kitchen area with an electric oven and hob, an under-counter fridge with freezer compartment, kettle, toaster, cafetiere, microwave, hand blender, good set of pots and pans and store cupboard basics, like salt and pepper.
Bedrooms: King-sized bed in the master bedroom, double bed and single bed in the twin bedroom. Hair dryer provided.
Bathroom: Bath, shower unit, W.C. and basin in the family bathroom.
Communal Areas: Guests staying at Skylight Apartment also enjoy access on the ground floor to a cosy living room complete with a log burning stove with lovely sea views to the front of the house, as well as a sun room, a lovely sun trap filled with grape vines. These spaces are shared with guests staying in the first floor double bedroomed apartment. Iron, ironing board and clothes rack available in the communal utility room, as well as a washing machine and tumble dryer with laundry detergent provided.
Garden:Frachadil House sits in its own grounds, including a large lawned area to the front, woods and a walled garden. Most of the grounds are enclosed by fencing or walls with a small burn bordering the grounds to the east of the house. There are several seating areas, all offering excellent views, with those to the front providing stunning views over the sea towards the Ardnamurchan lighthouse and the Small Isles. Follow the path besides the walled garden, cross the burn and explore the hills behind Calgary Bay.
Heating:Electric heating with heated towel rail.
Wood Burning Stove:There is a wood burning stove in the communal living room, with logs provided for your use.
Bed Linen and Towels:Bed linen, bath towels and beach towels are provided.
More at this Property:Most mobile networks receive a signal in the apartment or within the house's grounds. Wifi is a slow connection, suitable for checking emails and general browsing but not for streaming.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.