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Elemental | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Loch Rannoch, Scotland

Sublimely remote and meticulously designed down to the placement of the last herringbone tile, this intriguing modernist home sits on the shores of Loch Rannoch in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, with two private beaches. The house was first fashioned for a Danish family, taking inspiration from Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, one of the pioneers of modern architecture. Clean lines and Scandinavian simplicity work in perfect contrast to the rolling rocky mountains and wild glens of the West Highland landscape.

Introduction

If it's off the beaten track you're after, then this listed lochside retreat in ancient Viking woodland is the spot. A nature-lover's paradise, Elemental has two of its own beaches and an acre of garden brimming with wildlife. The owners (an architect-designer duo) have breathed new life into their stylish sixties home, overhauling the one-story build with natural finishes nodding to the environment. There are solid wood floors, poured concrete counters and comfortable seating arranged around huge panes of glass, tempting visitors to strip off and dive straight into the tranquil loch waters below – no matter what the season.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

Elemental has four bedrooms for six guests to choose between: a king-size with glass floor-to-ceiling wall, a twin and two small doubles (one of which has no curtains for those who like to rise with the sun). The cosy sleeping areas are neatly tucked away from the main living area, with miscellaneous views of the loch, garden or scudding clouds. Whether lounging in the master four-poster or tucked cosily into the twin, bare toes are kept toasty by underfloor heating on frosty mornings. There is one family bathroom with an overhead rainfall shower and WC, plus a shower room that features a WC and walk-in shower; both are monochrome with an industrial edge, in line with the overarching modish design.

Outside

With big open skies and fresh water all around, there is much here to set families at one with the elements. Solace is the watchword of this once-Viking settlement, and there's plenty for adventurers to explore too. Ancient woodland is tracked through with hidden pathways, opening up to the sapphire blue waters of Loch ­Rannoch that dive down to a depth of 130m. The cottage's two lochside beaches are separated by a small headland. Alternate between both from morning to afternoon, or simply pull a chair onto the deck and keep an eye out for local wildlife, such as the baby deer that have been known to frequent the acre of garden.

For relaxation

In summer, take a dip while your fish supper is frying away on the barbecue, or spend wintry weekends warming up by the crackling log fire in the living room. Those packing a good pair of binoculars can search for views of sandpipers and dippers from the comfort of the big squishy couch, or curl up with the Collins Bird Guide – a favourite from the owners' well-stocked bookshelf. After appetisers are prepared and sundowners poured, line up the music system and dance in the beams of sunset that pour through the living areas, celebrating a time well spent.

Practicalities

The house has parking for up to four cars on the drive. Due to its windswept location, there is no permanent outdoor seating but chairs can be taken outside and placed on the deck whenever needed. The entrance path can be slippery when wet, and uneven access to the beach and a garden on several levels mean the ground is less suitable for those with limited mobility. The water here is beautifully pure and perfectly safe to drink, but is often orange in colour due to its natural peat content. 

THE DETAILS

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,650 per week, £1,195 per short break
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 2 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesYour home stay includes linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: One king-size double bed and two standard doublesTwins: One twin bedroom with standard singles
  • BathroomsFamily bathroom with a bath with an overhead shower and a separate shower room, both with basins and WCs
  • FamilyChildren: Babe-in-arms and children over the age of 12 are welcomeCots: One travel cot is available
  • BBQA gas BBQ is provided between May and September
  • FeaturesFour kayaks for the loch
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Mod ConsSmart TV with Sky, Netflix and Amazon Prime, Nespresso machine and Sandstrom music playerInternet & Communications: Wi-Fi internet is availableMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: Arrival is at 4pmDeparture Time: Departure is at 10am
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsRecommend to a friend
AROUND THE PROPERTY

Style: Wooden details and earthy tones work to soften the poured concrete counters and industrial edge, creating a stylish modern retreat thatīs all about the views

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Our Take

Property Owner Seamus says

Elemental is less about the house and more about the actual site itself – the architecture of the house just captures that. This is a home where you can connect with the natural environment and spend hours watching the Loch in its ever changing state. It is good for the soul.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Pitlochry, Scotland to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Rugged terrain Outlander fans will know this area all too well, as much of the film was set in and around its majestic mountains, high passes, green hills and flora-filled moorland: the perfect setting for a daily heroic hike. If biking is the sport of choice, the loch's 35-km round circuit is ideal for a scenic pedal-push.

Clan hikes Channel your inner Jacobite on a clan trail round the loch, keeping an eye out for various storyboards detailing the area's legends of Bonnie Prince Charlie: daring deeds, battle and romance. Along the way there are woody glens, little hamlets, ancient burial grounds, standing stones and those endless blue loch views.

Stunning Schiehallion Hop in the car for the short drive east to this iconic mountain, a 'fairy hill' stuffed full of yet more myth and legend. The walk to the summit is a nature-lover's treat of a day out: look out for the limestone thread running across the terrain, as well as heather dotting the crags and pathways.

Rannoch Moor Not far to the west, Rannoch is the place for biking, four-wheel-drive tours, loch angling and even a spot of archery. Pick up some treats at Rannoch Station Tearoom for your long walk: call ahead to order a tasty packed lunch. Steam trains run through here during peak season, and there's a visitor centre for historical browsing.

FOOD AND DRINK

Home-cooked

The Country Store at Kinloch Rannoch, 12km away, is the nearest shop and very well-stocked with all those essential kitchen staples such as bread, pastries and local meats, as well as stamps for postcards and much more.

In-house catering 

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal you and your loved-ones in the comfort of your home-from-home (on prior request and subject to an additional cost).  

Eating out

Despite the unique remote location, local restaurants are easily reachable but a scenic drive away from Elemental. Some 12km to the east in Kinloch Rannoch, the Riverbank Café puts on an indulgent array of cakes and bakes for afternoon tea. Slightly further afield in Blair Atholl, near Pitlochry, The Loft Restaurant is the place to go for a Sunday roast or hearty dinner with all the trimmings.

 

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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