Travelling in late October, I was lucky enough to get one of those days in the Highlands of Scotland, when everything is crisp and clear, and the horizon goes on for miles.
It is a joy to be on the A82 travelling through the glens of Glencoe on the way to what can only be described as the Ultimate Scottish Getaway. Nowadays this part of Scotland is synonymous with James Bond’s “Skyfall” film, due to a car chase on this road to Glenetive, and sure enough I passed a very fine car (though not an Aston Martin DB5) on this small B-road.
Image is everything and once you have an iconic image then it becomes an aspiration and Daniel Craig (and Judi Dench) created such an image on this very road to this holiday house in Scotland. A simple sharp Tom Ford suit and the legendary Aston Martin DB5 in a misty Highland glen – and people are recreating that image over and over again to be like James Bond. And why not – and here is your chance too.
A few miles down this amazing glen road and within its own private estate can be found the Ultimate Scottish Getaway, which is a traditional Victorian country house built in 1884, which in recent years has been renovated and refurbished to a luxury standard. Its look is remarkably similar to Skyfall Lodge (which was a movie set – that was ultimately blown up). Located within a private 50 acre enclosure, with a delightful walled garden and access to the river Etive, it is set in a larger 13,000 acre estate within an even larger mountainous background.
Inside there is a large welcoming hall with comfortable seating areas and an open fire, creating an informal area to gather. This is the hub of the house, as there are rooms to all sides, including the useful rooms like the drying room and the boot room, which are necessary after a day’s walking out on the hill or by the river. It is said that Ian Fleming used to enjoy holidaying on this estate as a child, so the link to James Bond may not be so far-fetched.
The drawing room is a more elegant and formal room, situated on the corner of the building with views to the east and south, meaning that this room gets a lot of light. With an open fire as the central feature of the room surrounded by sofas and beautiful fine art on the wall, regardless of all this comfort and style, you will be forever drawn to the windows to admire the views down the glen. A telescope is provided to watch the stags go by.
The dining room is similar, but on the west corner and is a large elegant room with a long dining table which can seat 14 people in comfort and style. As all bookings include the services of a housekeeper and the services of a professional cook for the duration of your stay, it means that even though this is a self-catering booking, that you have a cook to prepare your meals. Consultation in advance is required to discuss your requirements, with all food is charged at cost. It is the Ultimate Scottish Getaway after all.
When it comes to accommodation the emphasis is completely on comfort and each of the 7 bedrooms are immaculately presented, either with designated bathrooms or with an en-suite bathroom. 5 of the bedrooms are located on the first floor, with the other 2 on the second floor. Additionally at this level there is a large landing space which is ideal for youngsters to play games, with a further library/games room next door.
A special mention goes to all the bathrooms and shower rooms that are available to these bedrooms. Unlike other large old country houses, these are all top-of-the-range and modern. They are a joy to use and you are warm within them too. Not only that, most of them have amazing views onto the hills and glens.
And finally, when you come to this beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland, take time to smell the heather and enjoy the scenery. This Victorian country house has the under-floor heating, open fires, a cook preparing the meals and offers a warm welcome to you and all of your guests, so you have every chance to enjoy the countryside. Or you can think of it as your own “Skyfall Lodge” – and re-create that image of Daniel Craig by his Aston Martin! Furthermore a boatman is available as extra to take you out on a RIB onto Loch Etive for outings. With so much to see and do, this is a great location for family gatherings and special occasions. If you like the look of this – then please contact Scotts Castle Holidays to discuss this luxury holiday house in Scotland for up to 14 people in more detail and we look forward to assisting you further.