Homes by the Sea
Homes by the Sea, the popular More 4 TV programme returns with a bang this Tuesday with a whole episode devoted to one of the most spectacular coastal properties in the UK – Oran na Mara. Since completion last year the house has already featured on the cover of Coast magazine and The Times Travel Supplement, so what exactly has sparked such phenomenal interest?
Firstly, the location overlooking Scarista, one of the most photogenic white sandy beaches on the Hebrides, with views across to Toe Head. This surely delivers on anyone’s mental image of the perfect island getaway. A short stroll to the inviting azure waters of the Atlantic, an enormous beach that never gets busy, hillwalking, nature and culture right on your doorstep.
The second major factor in the success of Oran na Mara is the building itself. The architect has designed a luxurious and modern retreat that still pays homage to traditional island homes. In the shape of a wave, to reflect the proximity to the shoreline, the iconic structure blends effortlessly into its surroundings with marram grass thatching and stone walling. The wave design is not only aesthetic it also works to maximise space inside with curved floor to ceiling windows in the main living area, giving incredible panoramic views. Bright and airy during the day but also cosy during the winter months due to triple glazing and underfloor heating.
The coastal theme is evident throughout the decoration of the interior. Everything has been designed to work together and furnished to an incredibly high standard. The table is made of glass, mimicking the sea and the bathroom floor constructed from beach pebbles to bring the impression of the outside inside. A bath has been constructed in the shape of a boat with the shower screen as its sail while the custom made furniture curves gently like a yacht and Harris Tweed finishing touches ensure the entire house is warm and homely. The elemental attraction of a peat fire contrasts with all the latest technology and gadgets you would ever need for your stay.
All these elements blend together seamlessly, the upcycled driftwood and the chandeliers made from glass found on the beach sit comfortably with the bespoke furniture and silk sheets. Call now to book your stay and experience the magic of Oran na Mara for yourself.
Unsurprisingly, Oran na Mara has proved to be incredibly popular with summer 2017 full up already and 2018 booking coming in fast too. For those attracted to the idea of a holiday by the sea LHH have a number of other properties each with their own special take on coastal living.
On the isle of Luing, one of the most accessible on the west coast of Scotland, Ardlarach Lodge offers spectacular views westward towards the islands of Scarba and Lunga. The lush green pastures here and the abundance of wildlife make this a dream location for nature lovers. In spring the island is carpeted with primroses, bluebells and later on in the year wild iris. Boat trips from the island are a fantastic way to explore some of the more rugged parts of this coastline with the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, whale spotting and Garvallach Islands just some of the main attractions.
Big Sand in Gairloch has panoramic views over the sea and Torridon mountains. A large telescope situated in the lounge allows whale watching from the comfort of the sitting room which is triple glazed on three sides to really give you that feeling of being immersed in your surroundings. In the winter a wood burning stove makes the whole place so cosy and in the summer step outside and relax on one of the sun loungers. It’s just a short walk to the shoreline which is never busy or crowded, perfect for a spot of wild swimming or a moonlight skinny dip if you are feeling brave.
Sitting outside in the hot tub at Meall mo Chridhe just south of Applecross it feels like you are a part of this awesome landscape rather than just observing it. The hot tub comes with an integrated TV but with views so all-encompassing most people don’t feel the need to turn it on. The bay here is ideal for kayaking and fishing. If you have been lucky then there is a barbecue for you to prepare your catch, if not then a trip to the renowned seafood restaurant at the Applecross Inn comes highly recommended. Here you can sit outside and watch otters on the shoreline just in front of you as you tuck into a hearty plate of prawns. You could easily spend your entire holiday without ever losing sight of the sea.
Rosevear on the south west coast of England is a complete contrast. Just a mile from Land’s End and 9 miles from the thriving town of Penzance this is one of the most perfectly positioned cottages on the Cornish coast. High above the white sand of Sennen Cove beach, but accessed by a steep path, the three huge picture windows which open on to a patio really bring the feel of the coast and the ocean right into the house. There are renowned coastal walks along the cliffs in either direction from here and the beach below is a top surfing spot.