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The Painter’s House (Taigh a’pheantair) at Dunvegan provided the perfect base from which to explore the very picturesque island of Skye.

The Painter's House (Taigh a'pheantair) at Dunvegan
The Painter’s House (Taigh a’pheantair) at Dunvegan

The house featured all the musts for a very comfortable stay. With a large kitchen, dining area and three bedrooms downstairs and a large living/sitting area upstairs it was very spacious.

While only small, the village of Dunvegan also had much to offer.  Facilities in the village include a few eating establishments, including Skye’s oldest bakery, a well-known restaurant, several shops selling the essentials and a couple of gift shops. The famous Dunvegan Castle was a short drive away from our accommodation.

The picturesque Loch Dunvegan
The picturesque Loch Dunvegan

Early morning and late afternoon walks around Loch Dunvegan was another highlight of our stay.

What: The Painter’s House Dunvegan

Who: Jenny Burns and Jenny Davis

When: June 24 to July 1 2017

How Did It Rate

The kitchen
The kitchen

The layout of the house. Downstairs a small entrance hall leads to a large combined kitchen and dining area. At opposite ends of the room are two double large bedrooms while a single bedroom is located off the dining area. One of the double bedrooms features an ensuite bathroom, the other has a large bath/shower and basin but no toilet. A toilet is located just outside the bedroom (which we assumed would also be used by visitors or anyone staying in the third bedroom). Upstairs there is a very large L shaped living area complete with large windows ensuring the house has a light and bright feel.

The general presentation of the house. It was exceptionally clean and had everything  needed for a week-long stay. The kitchen includes a large fridge, electric cooking facilities, dishwasher, washing machine and plenty of kitchen gadgets. The upstairs lounge/sitting area features plenty of books, games and DVDs.

The dining area

The wi fi which was fast, reliable and free.

There was plenty of very useful information about Skye and its tourism offerings. There was also information about the house, which was owned by a painter, and was then renovated by its current owners- local builders from Dunvegan.

As the owners of the house live close to the cottage they quickly remedied the one `technical’ problem we had during our stay- a minor TV malfunction.

One of two sitting areas upstairs.
One of two upstairs sitting areas

Early morning walks from the cottage down to the Loch and around the town were relaxing and very scenic. While Dunvegan Castle is one of Skye’s major attractions, the town always seemed very quiet and its rural setting was most appealing.  We could see plenty of sheep from our upstairs sitting area while early morning walks allowed us to get up close and personal with our woolly neighbours!

The cottage is located on a one lane road which led to a caravan park and a number of local houses. As a result it was very busy during our stay.  Despite both bedrooms facing the road neither of us heard any traffic noise. At times leaving the house was challenging as it was hard to see but motorists were both polite and careful.

The other upstairs sitting area.
The other upstairs sitting area.

The cottage features a garden area complete with a stream running around the perimeter which would have been a very pleasant area to sit in. However the grass was very long and given Scotland’s infamous midges (biting insects) spending time out here wasn’t an option.

While both double bedrooms were large and spacious the single bedroom was inevitably small. Furthermore anyone staying in this room would need to use one of the ensuite bathrooms.

One of the double bedrooms.
One of the two double bedrooms.

There were no views of the loch from the house however it was only a short stroll to a couple of very scenic points.

The Painter’s House features on several booking sites. We booked through Unique Cottages– which provided a very efficient and professional service.

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