Browse the wide variety of holiday homes on EmbraceScotland and you’ll find a host of beautiful buildings with their own unique story to tell, from traditional crofts to historic apartments to inspiring Grand Designs style lodges with spectacular sea views. And isn’t that one of the joys of a self-catering holiday? Your home-from-home could be steeped in history or offer stunning vistas or even have an oak tree at its centre (yes, really – read on) and it is all yours to enjoy for the duration of your holiday.
To celebrate this Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 we have hand-picked a selection of architecturally interesting places to stay during a self-catering holiday in Scotland (from the many beautifully restored, converted and architect-designed holiday homes on EmbraceScotland). Take a look at these gems and tell us which is your favourite!
Kinlochlaich Appin Tree House
How about an eco tree house for an original holiday experience? Kinlochlaich Tree House is ideal for that special break for two, located in tranquil surroundings between Oban and Fort William. Situated in an old apple orchard overlooking a burn in the 18th century grounds of Kinlochlaich House and Gardens, this unique, octagonal tree house has an oak tree at its centre. Enjoy the views of the private garden and canopy of trees from the deck.
Corran Lighthouse Lodge
Corran Lighthouse Lodge is converted from the original Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages, offering a unique holiday experience at a working lighthouse – built in 1870 by the famous Stevenson family. Nestled into the shores of Loch Linnhe, a tidal sea loch near Fort William in the West Highlands, Corran Lighthouse Lodge sleeps up to 10 guests in five double or twin en-suite rooms. There is also a private walled garden with direct access to the beach – perfect for family getaways.
Coillabus Luxury Guest Dwelling
The architect-designed, turf-roofed self-catering lodges at Coillabus on the Hebridean Isle of Islay are beautiful examples of eco-luxury accommodation. With bespoke furnishings, heated flagstone flooring, saunas and hot tubs, these distinctive eco lodges sleep 2-4 guests in supreme style and comfort. The two lodges offer stunning views from their secluded locations on the Oa penisula, overlooking the RSPB Oa Reserve.
This ground floor, three bedroom apartment in Torrisdale Castle used to form the servants’ quarters and is a fascinating base for a holiday on the Argyll coast. The castle was built in the early 19th century, designed by one of Scotland’s most famous architects, James Gillespie Graham, who was known for his Scottish Gothic style. Guests have their own private access to the castle lawns (the rest of the castle is lived in by family, with separate entrances) as well as use of the ‘riverside spa’ – a wood fired hot tub and barrel sauna. And – like any good castle – there is a secret room waiting to be discovered!
Abbotsford, the Hope Scott Wing
Abbotsford House, the 19th century home of novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott, is described as ‘a key site in the history of European Romanticism’. Situated on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford became a modal for Scottish Baronial architecture. You can enjoy the beauty of the building and its surroundings during a stay at this iconic house. The spacious and comfortable Hope Scott Wing offers luxury accommodation for groups up to 15, with two kitchens, three reception rooms, a dining room and games room. Guests can also enjoy exclusive use of the grounds at certain times and every day from 5pm.