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Supernova | Luxury Self-Catering | Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands

Supernova

Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

For a far-flung romantic getaway or rejuvenating solo break, this extraordinary chapel conversion on the otherworldly Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands is a heavenly sanctuary. Complete with a sauna and bath for two which overlooks Loch Harport and the soaring mountains beyond, Supernova lets you experience island life with a splendiferous twist.

Introduction

The Isle of Skye takes its name from Skýey, meaning ‘Cloud Island’, coined by Vikings enraptured by the whirling mists over the Cuillin hills. Voted 4th best island in the world by National Geographic, this raw diamond offers 50 miles of wind-scoured moorland, jagged mountains and sparkling lochs. And, set on the serene shores of Loch Harport, Supernova is made all the more seductive. What better way to relax than with a brisk hike followed by a steamy affair in the sauna and soak in the bath? Let the bubbles soothe weary muscles and breath-taking panoramas lift your spirits.

Inside

In contrast to the vistas of raw wilderness outside, the interiors of this luxury cottage are striking and plush. Supernova's clean monochrome theme adds a contemporary twist, but original features and soft furs retain a traditional Highland charm. To add to its quirky appeal, this beautiful Skye retreat flaunts a reversed-level design, ensuring the living areas make the most of the awe-inspiring views. The king-size bedroom sits on the ground floor down the bespoke spiral staircase, complete with its own en suite. Also on this level is a sauna and double-ended bath; perfect to wash off a day's exploring.

Outside

The famous and formidable Cullin Mountains are a playground for valiant mountaineers and rock climbers who dare to hike its jagged peaks and rocky terrain. Of course adrenaline isn't for all, and the less venturesome may prefer to admire Skye's sci-fi film scenery by taking to four wheels. Or, perhaps a boat trip down the placid waters of Mallaig to Armadale past the iconic Glenfinnan Monument and white sands of Morar. The local village of Carbost is a traditional highland affair, with local shop, friendly inn and world-famous distillery. Don't forget to pick up some artisan whisky to savour by the fire on return to Supernova.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,395 per week, £995 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne ground floor double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite bathroom with walk-in shower and WC. Also on this level is a sauna and double-ended bath.
  • FeaturesSauna
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesSupernova has ample parking for two cars and is well-equipped with a fridge, freezer, electric oven, hob, Tassimo coffee machine, dishwasher and washer-dryer. There is a gas fire and underfloor heating.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Prosecco, luxury toiletries, candles, boardgames, Bose sound system with Bluetooth, Sky TV, DVD player, charcoal barbecue, WiFi internet, linen and towels.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Isle of Skye

Scotland’s Isle of Skye is a unique destination flaunting a 50-mile stretch of dramatic sea cliffs, glittering lochs, heather-cloaked moors and craggy mountains. As the second largest of Scotland’s islands, Skye offers endless exploratory opportunities to discover this wild landscape off the West Coast of Scotland.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The friendly village of Carbost is on the south shore of Loch Harport on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish highlands.
  • By Air Inverness City is the capital of the Highlands and has daily flights from Luton, Gatwick and Manchester (providers include Easyjet, British Airways, Eastern Airways or Highlands and Islands Airways Ltd.). Car hire is available at the airport and the city centre.
  • By Boat Guests can take the ferry from Glen Elg to Kylerhea, or Mallaig to Armadale with approximately a 20 minute crossing time and beautiful scenery.
  • By Car The chapel is a two and a half hour drive from Inverness and five hours from Glasgow.
  • By Train It is also possible to travel by train to Inverness and a sleeper service operates from Euston.

From the owner

“Perched on a highland hillside with stunning views across the loch, Supernova makes a great base to discover this peaceful, historic island. Whatever the weather, we think it is just the most perfect and peaceful place to be.”

From the owner

The chapel was originally built in the 1920s by the Church of Scotland to serve the parishioners in Carbost and the surrounding area. The house retains many of the original features including the two entrance doors and arched windows. After falling into disrepair the chapel came up for sale in 2003 and my husband's sister bought it, not only because she loved it, but because the chapel had been an integral part of MacAskill family life.

It was where her grandfather Donald MacAskill was at one time the bell ringer, her beloved Auntie Nina had taught Sunday School and her brother Iain married his wife, Kim. She had the family pew shortened (which now sits in the little vestibule) and worked with a local architect to sympathetically convert the building into an unique holiday retreat in 2006. The central staircase was a bespoke design made by a firm on the Isle of Arran and the stain glass window was specially designed by Claire Penman of Glasgow. 

My husband and I were thrilled to be able to purchase the chapel in March 2016, keeping the family connection and enabling us to return to a very special home that we have always loved to visit. 

Innes and Sandy

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Isle of Skye with an insider’s perspective.

The Old Schoolhouse, Dunvegan
To Eat

The Old Schoolhouse, Dunvegan

Relaxed dining in an informal atmosphere; you could be wearing a tuxedo here or a pair of shorts and feel equally at home. They serve great food using mainly highland produce and it is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

Rainy Days
To Do

Rainy Days

This beautiful island enjoys a varied climate. On wet days when you don’t fancy facing the elements, take a trip to the Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir. There are also several castles, crofting museums and indoor attractions.

Sci-Fi Scenery 
To See

Sci-Fi Scenery 

Rest weary feet and discover the stunning landscapes by taking to four wheels. Sci-Fi fans will love a drive through the Old Man of Storr, which famously featured in the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Prometheus.

The Cuillins 
To Do

The Cuillins 

The Cuillin Hills are the British Isles’ most formidable mountain range, a Mecca for experienced mountaineers and climbers looking to conquer its jagged peaks. For guidance, there are local outfits who offer expert instruction.

Guest Testimonials

An excellent venue for our engagement! Supernova provided great access to the whole of the island. Remote enough that you felt you had escaped the rest of the world but close enough to civilisation to get a delicious coffee and walk to the pub!

We had a wonderful honeymoon at Supernova! The property is stunning in every way from the location to the beautiful and luxurious style. We will be back to celebrate our anniversary for sure!

We have had a great time staying at Supernova. The property is stunning and in excellent condition. We were very impressed by the cleanliness of everything, and the numerous items for outdoor and indoor leisure activities. The welcome hamper was welcomed and enjoyed! Supernova is a well designed property and one we will choose to book again.

We love the property and location. It is very homely, roomy and comfortable. The sauna in particular is fantastic! We just loved looking out over the Loch and the surrounding scenery, and being welcomed home by the sheep each time we returned to Supernova. The remoteness was just what we were after. We´d love to stay again!

Supernova is a wonderfully relaxing place to stay while on Skye. The amenities are excellent, the little extra touches made us feel very welcome and the views are fantastic. We couldn´t have asked for a better place to stay and Brandy, our Scottie, had a great time too, especially in the garden. Outside offers a great place to sit and chill with a glass of wine or bottle of red. There is so much to see and do but make sure you have at least one meal at the Old Inn in Carbost and take a boat trip with Bella Jane!

We have returned home from Supernova and had a great break away. The chapel is lovely and certainly is in a beautiful location. Cannot wait to return in the future. Thank you!

This place is magical. Supernova was clearly put together with love, it felt so luxurious without ever losing the sense of being in the heart of the Highlands. We spent most of our time on the sofas upstairs, with the huge window overlooking Carbost. It is still our favourite holiday to date. I wish we could go back tomorrow.

My husband and I stayed at Supernova for our honeymoon. There is only one word for it - wonderful! There was nothing missing, if you needed something you just knew it would be there. We did not want to leave. Thank you so much.

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