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Studio Hoose

Your Hoose in The North West Highlands

Charming and bespoke, The Studio Hoose is a newly completed two bedroom self-catered accommodation, built to the highest quality on an elevated position overlooking Loch Broom, making it the perfect place to enjoy a holiday in this beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. With tremendous views of Beinn Dearg, the majestic landscape of north-west Scotland unfolds before you.

The Studio Hoose is a perfect place for a peaceful retreat set in a stunning woodland location overlooking Loch Broom, just 15 minutes drive from the picturesque fishing port of Ullapool, with its restaurants and cafes, shops, swimming pool, museum and gallery. The Studio Hoose sits midway up our hillside croft - a natural unspoilt play area for children who are encouraged to explore the woods and create their own dens. With panoramic views over the loch and the mountains beyond, The Studio Hoose is an ideal base from which to explore Wester Ross and the Highlands of Scotland. For anyone wanting a shorter stay with the same view, why not book in for B&B at Taigh a Chnuic, our home just a little further down the hill.

The Hoose

The Studio Hoose has been designed to be a reflective, restorative and peaceful space. Its contemporary architecture, high quality natural materials and comfortable furnishings create a warm ambience and induce feelings of wellbeing. Warmed by an air sourced heat pump and underfloor heating, a wood burning stove adds an extra layer of comfort and quality. A fully fitted galley kitchen sits at the side of an open plan living room with large floor to ceiling windows which provide constant access to the landscape. Two well-appointed double bedrooms provide comfortable space for sleeping and a sofa bed in the generously sized living room increases sleeping capacity. An eclectic collection of art works and objects adorn all the walls and a library of books about the natural world, history and art will enrich your stay.

On Arrival

A complimentary freshly baked loaf of bread and a jar of home baked shortbread or cookies will welcome you on arrival. Some day to day essentials such as tea, coffee, milk, butter, sugar, salt and pepper are also available. Kitchen roll, kitchen cloths, sponge and washing up liquid, toilet rolls and cleaning products are included. An initial basket of logs and firelighters for the wood burner is provided and we will refill this at a cost of £8.00.

The Experience

Immerse yourself in nature, experience the peace this landscape can offer, absorb its tranquillity and experience the stunning views across Loch Broom and the hills beyond. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get closer to some of the wildest and most remote mountain scenery Scotland has to offer.

The Studio Hoose was designed to become part of the continuing evolution of this dramatic and breath-taking landscape, offering an experience with many dimensions. We want the hoose to feel as if it has always been there – its contemporary shapes and construction, completely in harmony and sympathy with the landscape around it. The settled history of this place dates back thousands of years, reflected in the many castles and ancient remains of settlements scattered throughout the land. The local geology is also important. In developing the lower part of our site, we excavated to create the access road, reusing the schist to create a dry stone wall – a new feature in the landscape but built from its most ancient raw material.

About Us

We are Michael and Anne-Marie. We moved from our home in the English Lake District, following a long distance love affair with the landscape of the North West of Scotland, and in particular Assynt. We both love the poetry of Norman MacCaig, a Scottish poet whose words vividly evoke the experience of this landscape and we have always been drawn to this special place. Michael’s passion for fell running has taken him high into this wild and remote region, while Anne-Marie’s love of the landscape inspires her work as an artist. Whilst in Cumbria, we extensively refurbished our stone and timber clad Lakeland home to accommodate a private studio for Anne-Marie’s mixed media art work, and a home office for Michael’s project management consultancy. We have created an inspiring living and work space in our new home Taigh a Chnuic (House on the Hill) pictured below. We have now brought the same energy and attention to detail to our new venture: The Studio Hoose, a beautiful self-contained living space nestled a little further up our croft.

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The Project

We saw this project as a collaboration of complimentary skillsets, core of which was the relationship between Michael’s project management and design experience and Bernard Planterose , a local ecologist, designer and builder and the force behind North Woods Construction. Discovering this former croft with its social history and ecological importance became part of an ongoing project to regenerate the four acre mature native woodland in the community of Letters, overlooking Loch Broom. The objective is to create a beautiful and renewed relationship between human habitation and landscape. The site is part of a formerly abandoned strip where a detailed form of agroforestry has been replaced with a laissez faire form of informal sheep grazing, coupled with unsustainable numbers of deer. We intend to reverse this decline – re-establish a lightly wooded character with grassland and wild flower habitat on the lower, more developed part of the croft while bringing the neglected coppice wood higher up the hill into management. Coppicing in rotation over a longer time period and some re-planting will restore the woodland to its former health.

Across the loch and further afield

Directly east across Loch Broom from The Studio Hoose, the foothills rise gently to reveal the drama of Beinn Dearg and Easter Ross. This area is easily accessible off the A 835 with a myriad of walks that could bag you four Munros, or simply head up out of the forest and discover small lochans surrounded by panoramic views of the cliffs and peaks.

Heading away from Ullapool, back towards Inverness and only a few miles along the A 835, The Corrieshalloch Gorge is a must. Translating as Ugly Hollow in Gaelic, this stunning environment is a tremendous opportunity to see and feel the force of the River Broom as it drops over 60 metres before flowing into Loch Broom.

Further afield, the area north of Ullapool is Coigach and Assynt, a truly unique and awe inspiring landscape of spectacular mountains and lochs –wild, remote, isolated, atmospheric – memorable in so many ways.

About Lochbroom and Ullapool

Lochbroom, translated as ‘loch of rain showers’ in Gaelic, is a sea loch located in Wester Ross on the North West coast of Scotland and the small picturesque fishing village and port of Ullapool sits on its Eastern shore. Ullapool’s wide range of facilities and eclectic year round series of cultural activities make it an unforgettable place to visit. There is always energy in the air and something to delight all visitors. Ullapool offers restaurants, shops, cafes, bars, live entertainment, an art gallery, arts studios, a museum, library, sea fishing, loch fishing, deer stalking, car and cycle hire, a ferry to the Outer Hebrides. Alternatively, enjoy quiet moments simply sitting by the quay side and watching the harbour activity, the fishing boats and the comings and goings of the Stornoway ferry. And do take time to look down the loch, back towards Letters and marvel at the ancient rocks and the magic mists. Ullapool enchants, and will become a place you will want to return to!

Availability Calendar – B&B at Taigh a Chnuic

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Rates

Loch View Room with King Size bed plus ensuite – £100 per night

Burn View Room with Double Bed plus ensuite – £80 per night

– Please Contact us to verify availability
– A deposit of 25% is payable to secure a booking
– Payments can be made by bank transfer, debit or credit card via telephone or by cheque.
– Sorry we have a no pets policy at Taigh a Chnuic

Rooms

We have two first floor luxury double bedrooms each with their own en-suite shower room and use of sauna in separate communal bathroom.

Each room has stunning views of Loch Broom and is beautifully appointed meeting all our guests needs.

To book your stay call 07999 424973

Availability Calendar – Studio Hoose Self Catering

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Rates

LOW SEASON
Jan 6th – April 7th and October 27th – December 22nd 2018

No. of nights Price
2 nights minimum at 145 per night £290
3 nights £420
4 nights £520
5-6 nights £575
1 week £650

MID SEASON

April 7th – June 30th 2018 and 1st Sep – 27th Oct 2018

No. of nights Price
2 nights minimum at £150 per night £300
3 nights £440
4 nights £580
5-6 nights £690
1 week £800

HIGH SEASON

June 30th – 1st Sep 2018

No. of nights Price
2 nights minimum at £160 per night £320
3 nights £480
4 nights £610
5-6 nights £735
1 week £850

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR 2017

High season weekly or nightly rate applies

CHRISTMAS 2018 Saturday Dec 22nd – Saturday Dec 29th 2018 £850
NEW YEAR 2018 Saturday Dec 29th 2018 – Saturday 5th Jan 2019 £850

ALL PRICES ARE BASED ON UP TO 4 PEOPLE SHARING. A sofa bed can accommodate an extra two people. An additional charge will be applied to cover costs of laundry and hot water.

– Please Contact us to verify availability

– A deposit of 25% is payable to secure a booking
– Full payment is due eight weeks before arrival
– Payments can be made by bank transfer, debit or credit card via telephone or by cheque.
– Weekly bookings are Saturday-Saturday unless noted otherwise
– Sorry we have a no pets policy at Studio Hoose

To book your stay call 07999 424973

Getting Here

Travelling By Car

Letters is situated approximately 9 miles away out of Ullapool about 3 miles off the A835. Drive from Inverness to Ullapool on the A835 (approximately 45 miles) and about 6 miles before Ullapool, look out for the road sign and turn left to Letters and Loggie. Drive a few hundred metres along a tree lined lane. Take the first right turn heading for Letters and Loggie and drive along a beautiful single track road for approximately 3 miles. It’s a stunning drive, with spectacular views of Loch Broom to your right, but do watch out for the very relaxed and slow moving sheep grazing at the roadside! Once in Letters, drive for another 500 metres, looking out for the lovely dry stone wall with the burn trickling through on the left. You have arrived! The Studio Hoose is clearly signposted. Drive up the track, with Taigh a Chnuic on the left, and the Studio Hoose is just a little further up the hill.

Travelling by Air and Rail

Inverness, an hour away from Letters, is well connected to the rest of the UK, with main line rail links and an airport. Regular train services from Edinburgh and Glasgow run to Inverness daily. For something extra special, the overnight Caledonian sleeper runs from London Euston to Inverness. There are regular flights from London Luton, London Gatwick, Amsterdam, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and many other European destinations into Inverness, just under an hour’s drive away from Letters.

Experience all that the area can offer in memorable and life enhancing ways

Experiences and Delights

A visit to Studio Hoose is one that will last with you forever, a moment in your life where you have felt relaxed and at home whilst absorbing breathtaking views and wonderful experiences.

Google Reviews

Studio Hoose
Reviewed from Google

5 out of 5 stars

Kris. F.
Kris. F.

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our stay at Studio Hoose in October 2017. The accommodations are superb. The kitchen is fully equipped to cook a full meal; the entire house meets every need and want possible to properly visit the Scottish Highlands. The shortbread cookies are delicious! The hosts are so very helpful, informative, pleasant, and available if/when needed. My husband and I will plan to visit again on our next trip to Scotland! Thank you Anne-Marie and Michael!

Jonathan Woodgett
Jonathan Woodgett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

We only stayed one night but wish we'd had time for more. The room, the views, the setting were all amazing and Michael and Anne-Marie were wonderful hosts who really went the extra mile to look after us. Although it is early days yet it is already clear that they are creating a unique experience that will really do justice to the location. The style is modern and boutique but also completely in keeping with the beauty of the surroundings. We can't recommend highly enough and will certainly be returning for a week or two in the self-catering accommodation when we have the chance.

Jennie Penkul
Jennie Penkul

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Anne-Marie and Michael made us feel so welcomed into their lovely home. Taigh a Chnuic is luxurious, warm and inviting; a home from home with lovely views, great breakfasts, and zero light pollution for star watching from a comfortable bed.
Anne-Marie and Michael took time to show us their new build, Studio Hoose, which is going to be a private holiday retreat in their garden. It will be as perfect as their house.
With their recommendation we visited two beautiful white beaches, an art gallery and drove through some stunning scenery.
We left feeling we'd made some good friends and we highly recommend a stay with them.

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