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People from all over the world – including celebrities – come to eat at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant on the north west of the Isle of Skye. Whilst this restaurant – which is regularly voted as being in the top 5 in the world - is amazing, it's really the awe-inspiring views that draw people from across the globe. So just imagine the delight of our guests at 'Rhundunan' who arrive to realise that the views from this stylish house (built by the previous owners of the Three Chimneys) are even more delicious, nestling as it does on the hillside just above its celebrated neighbour.
Whilst this three bedroom property (sleeping 6) blends with the crofting architecture of the area, the interior is a beautiful blend of the traditional and contemporary. Rhundunan features a double height va...People from all over the world – including celebrities – come to eat at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant on the north west of the Isle of Skye. Whilst this restaurant – which is regularly voted as being in the top 5 in the world - is amazing, it's really the awe-inspiring views that draw people from across the globe. So just imagine the delight of our guests at 'Rhundunan' who arrive to realise that the views from this stylish house (built by the previous owners of the Three Chimneys) are even more delicious, nestling as it does on the hillside just above its celebrated neighbour.
Whilst this three bedroom property (sleeping 6) blends with the crofting architecture of the area, the interior is a beautiful blend of the traditional and contemporary. Rhundunan features a double height vaulted ceiling with balcony area in the lounge, large cathedral style windows, a well equipped kitchen, a master bedroom with king-size bed (which guests have described as “like sleeping on a cloud”) with an en-suite bathroom, two additional bedrooms, family bathroom, a dining kitchen and utility room.
It's a rarity to find such a stylish holiday home in such a rugged landscape. Rhundunan, with its two double bedrooms and a twin/bunk room, has everything you need for a family holiday, a friends get-together or maybe just a romantic, get-away-from-it-all trip for two.
The property is equipped and furnished to an extremely high standard. The kitchen features granite worktops (all mod cons including a dishwasher) and a big oak table which seats up to 6 people for convivial dining.
The living room is a cosy retreat with stylish furniture, luxury fabrics (including tartan named after the island) and a colour palette which takes its inspiration from the surrounding romantic moorland. It is a boutique but super-comfortable space, with views from every angle…though you may also choose to close the curtains on the world and curl up in front of the fire.
The main bedroom (with en-suite), is accessed via the upper balcony, and will guarantee a heavenly night's sleep. The bright downstairs double bedroom is freshly decorated in neutral and coastal tones designed to connect you with the outdoors, whilst the twin, bunk-bedded room is fun at any age!
Whilst it would be tempting to stay and enjoy the luxuries indoors, the scenery is such that it would be hard not to be tempted out into the great outdoors.
From its elevated position, there are panoramic views from windows throughout the house, over to the peaks of Harris and North Uist, Loch Dunvegan with its many islands, and uninterrupted views to the Cuillin mountains. There are also views over the easier-walking, flat top peaks of 'Macleod's Tables'. In other words, there are literally too many stunning views to drink in at once. Perhaps this is why there is an illicit still, where islanders would brew their own whisky at the side of the house, next to the Colbost Croft Museum! Nowadays, the island has its own distillery – Talisker – one of the best known and best regarded Scottish whiskies.
There's certainly no better way to relax and enjoy the 'water of life' than in front of the cosy, living flame gas fire of the lounge at Rhundunan, with views dramatically framed by the cathedral style windows. From here, you can pick up the binoculars and watch the seals basking on the islands or bobbing about in the loch; the prolific birdlife, including sea eagles and golden eagles; or, if you're lucky, the dolphins playing in the bay or even a basking shark or whale. Or you can just check out which hills to tackle the next day.
If a more relaxing day is on the cards, a large, sheltered garden is accessed via the French doors from the lounge (with picnic table for al fresco dining) or take the picnic rug and stroll down to the shoreline to enjoy a bottle of wine as the sun sets. If you wind your way up the path behind the house, you will be rewarded with a bench to sit and enjoy yet another perspective of the panoramic views for miles around.
Whatever activities you decide to indulge in, Rhundunan – which enjoys the most commanding position in the crofting settlement of Colbost (which runs along the side of Loch Dunvegan) - is the ideal base for exploring the stunning Isle of Skye. One of the best spots on the coastline is Neist Point complete with its lighthouse, the views from here are spectacular and on a clear day the islands of the Outer Hebrides are clearly visible. Dunvegan Castle and Gardens are just a few miles away where you can also take a boat trip and visit the seal islands. You will be naturally lured to walk along the wonderful white coral beaches, just north of Dunvegan, as soon as you glimpse them from the windows of Rhundunan.
The main population town on the island of Portree, 25 miles away, has a good range of cafés, restaurants and shops selling locally made clothing, crafts and jewellery, together with larger supermarkets for all your holiday needs. Portree is also home to the Aros Centre with its cinema and restaurant. But the more local village of Dunvegan, 2 miles away, also has everything you could need including another popular restaurant, The Old School, two pubs and a local supermarket, bakery and cafés.
Had a really lovely stay here as a family of five . The views were stunning in all directions, very comfortable , clean and well equipped and we felt relaxed and at home very quickly. Great access to the island for canoeing and walks. Will...More
Rhundunan is the perfect house to stay on Skye. Plenty of room with good facilities - utility with washer and dryer which comes in very handy on a wet day, well equipped kitchen, spacious sitting room and very comfortable beds. The views keep you mesmerised...More
Rhundunan is a lovely and well appointed. The views are stunning and there is lots to do in the area as long you like being outside. Great place to take the kids (and Granny) and the Three Chimneys restaurant below the house is exquisite.
We had an amazing week at Rhundunan- the house was even better than we imagined, and far better equipped than any other self catering place we've ever stayed in. It has a really welcoming feel from the moment you arrive, and aside from all the...More
Stayed here last weekend where we had the most beautiful weather, even if it had been raining I don't think this would have affected the fabulous time that we had at this amazing house. Everything was perfect, from booking to communication to the wonderful sight...More
Date of stay: February 2017
Nicola68129, VR Owner at Rhundunan, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017
Thanks Alana - very glad you had a good time. Best wishes
Great house, fantastic views, lovely spot....what more can I say!!! House is well kitted out and cosy. We really lucked out with the weather but it would be fab even when cold a wet. Can't recommend enough, especially those who want to get away from...More
We visited Skye in September 2015 for our honeymoon and couldn't have picked a nicer place to stay.
The view over the loch was stunning and we saw seals most days. Like other reviewers we enjoyed a visit to the 3 chimneys and only had...More
Date of stay: September 2015
Nicola68129, VR Owner at Rhundunan, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2015
Thank you very much for the review. So glad you picked Rhundunan for your honeymoon and glad it met expectations.
Just returned from a week at this wonderful cottage. The spec of the place is first class, with nothing missing for a week of lounging around or a week of outdoor activities.
Great location for the Three Chimneys - a minutes walk away and some...More
Rhundunan is in a great location - 200m away is the Three Chimneys restaurant that has won a host of accolades and has previously been voted in the top 50 of the world’s best restaurants. The Colbost Croft Museum - a restored blackhouse, shows how the islanders would have lived in the 1800s.
Four miles away is Dunvegan, a small village in the northwest of the Isle of Skye, with many small shops - general food store, bakery, post office, cakes and crafts. There are several tea shops and restaurants in the area.
The Dunvegan Castle & Gardens is about 5 miles away, where you can get a boat trip to see seals and view the lovely castle and grounds.
The area to the west of Rhundunan is mainly wild and sparsely populated - an ideal spot to visit for wildlife enthusiasts and hill walkers of...