Cruinn Leum Round House
Toscaig, Applecross, Wester RossGuest Rating
Certainly one of our more 'unique' properties, Cruinn-leum was conceived as an artists' retreat with a recording studio, but it is also offered as a wonderful holiday home.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Fri||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
Located in Toscaig, Applecross, the Round House was built to high 'eco' specifications, perching high above the narrow road leading down to the pier at Toscaig on the west coast of the Applecross peninsula. Opposite Breakish on the Isle of Skye and the Crowlin Islands, it is in a semi-wild location and yet with shopping, dining and a petrol station nearby.
Cruinn Leum makes good use of its elevated vantage point with the living accommodation upstairs offering a delightful open plan living and dining space with surround sound entertainment and a well-equipped modern kitchen. The design of the room offers exceptionally good natural light flooding in through the large windows, which also provide wonderful views looking up the loch to Crowlin and the Isle of Skye.
The impressive solid oak staircase follows the curve of the external wall as expected with the round house design and the attractive wood-burning stove in the entrance hallway works well at distributing heat throughout the property.
On the ground floor there is a good sized double bedroom with a door opening to an outdoor sitting area and a large 'studio console desk', doubling as a dressing table reflective of Cruin Leum's recording studio identity. Adding to the unique character, is an unusual yet luxurious cedar wood panelled room with slate floor and underfloor heating, housing a wet room shower, WC and wash basin.
Wester Ross in the North West Highlands of Scotland is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its stunning loch and mountain scenery, fantastic white beaches and abundant wildlife, with its remoteness and slower pace of life offering a peaceful sanctuary from the pressures of modern living.
Applecross and Toscaig are accessed by only two roads, one of which being the infamous 'Bealach na Ba' (Scottish Gaelic for 'Pass of the Cattle') due to it historically being used as an old drovers road to take cattle to market. At 2,054 feet with hairpin bends and gradients approaching 20%, it is more akin to the great mountain passes of the Alps and boasts the greatest ascent of any road in the UK. The adventurous few who take this option are however rewarded with the truly spectacular views across the Applecross hills, the world famous Cuillins of Skye and the sandy bay below.
For those preferring a gentler route, there is an alternative longer road in from Shieldaig along the rugged coastline, which whilst a less intense drive still provides panoramic views over the Torridon Mountains and Loch Torridon. The bonus of having such a limited route in is that Applecross has retained a simple unspoilt charm that is no longer evident in most parts of the Scottish Highlands these days.
There are a wide variety of activities on offer in the area including superb walking, climbing, cycling, sailing, fishing and kayaking, with the gulf stream warmed and calm waters making the latter activities even more appealing. The bay at Sand has a beautiful sandy beach with views over the Inner Sound to Raasay and Skye, with nearby Applecross Bay offering one of the largest sandy inlets in the Western Highlands, complete with aquamarine seas and 70 foot sand dunes providing the ideal opportunity to experience some sand sledging fun!
Local attractions include the beautiful walled garden of Applecross House with its Potting Shed restaurant and the Heritage Centre complete with spinning demonstrations and locally crafted gifts. The award-winning Applecross Inn with its 'best pub food in Britain' award, provides great meals as well as the Kishorn Seafood Bar or for locally famed pizza, visit the unusual Flower Tunnel surrounded by a wide variety of colourful plant life.
Boasting an amazing clear night sky with little light pollution, the milky way is clearly visible here and the Northern Lights can often been seen on clear crisp nights. For nature lovers, the area is teeming with wildlife including red deer, otters living near the pier (who can be seen going for early morning swims), buzzards and even golden eagles, including a nest on the cliffs in Toscaig. If you leave out jam sandwiches (especially strawberry), the rare pine martens will often come near to the door and eat them of an evening. There are also a wide variety of sea birds and seals can often be seen basking, as well as the occasional whale passing through the Inner Sound. Toscaig pier is locally known for great mackerel fishing in the summer, so have the BBQ ready!
Local Events and Attractions
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Entrance hallway with wood-burning stove
Double bedroom (king-size)
Shower/wetroom with WC and wash basin.
Open plan living/dining/kitchen with TV/3D DVD, Hi-Fi, iPod dock, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, etc
Outbuilding with washing machine and tumble dryer.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by underfloor electric heating, electric oil-filled radiators and wood-burning stove (logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
Changeover Day: Fri
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|06 Jan 2021 - 04 Feb 2021||£450.00|
|05 Feb 2021 - 01 Apr 2021||£550.00|
|02 Apr 2021 - 22 Apr 2021||£650.00|
|23 Apr 2021 - 06 May 2021||£550.00|
|07 May 2021 - 20 May 2021||£650.00|
|21 May 2021 - 03 Jun 2021||£750.00|
|04 Jun 2021 - 24 Jun 2021||£650.00|
|25 Jun 2021 - 26 Aug 2021||£750.00|
|27 Aug 2021 - 16 Sep 2021||£650.00|
|17 Sep 2021 - 07 Oct 2021||£550.00|
|08 Oct 2021 - 28 Oct 2021||£650.00|
|29 Oct 2021 - 16 Dec 2021||£450.00|
|17 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||£750.00|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||£750.00|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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The accommodation lived up to expectations, providing a high quality level of comfort in a fantastic setting. We wanted...Read More
The location was quite and tranquil. Great walks on the doorstep the local shop was a bonus and the locals were very fri...Read More
Lovely building and once heating was On we warmed up. Great sound system and Lots of books and dvds. However furniture D...
Thanks for your review. As Cruinn Leum is built to a high thermal efficiency it is very easy to warm up quickly. Mostly ...Read More
Beautiful cottage, amazing views! Perfect place to go if you need a relaxing holiday with the option to stay in or go on...Read More
Lovely cottage in very quiet secluded area. Free wi-fi , immaculate condition, with great views. The garden is lovely fo...Read More
'Fantastic home with great touches to make it a cosy and welcoming holiday retreat. Loved the views, walks and wildlife and perfect weather.'
'A lovely, lovely place. We love the house, the details, the warmth and the views.'
'A beautiful unique place to stay in wonderful surroundings. We feel relaxed and spoilt after staying here - one of the best cottages we've ever stayed in.'
'Such a wonderful break - great house in a great location. Have really enjoyed the fantastic views and lovely walks.'