Duisdale House Hotel
Isle Ornsay, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Highland, IV43 8QW
With stunning views over the sound of Sleat and mainland mountains beyond, Duisdale House Hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring the romantic Isle of Skye. Built as a hunting lodge for the Clan Macdonald family in the 1860s, Duisdale sits in its own grounds of 30 acres which include lush, sleepy gardens and extensive ancient woodlands. The hotel itself has recently been completely refurbished and is now a stylish, contemporary, retreat. Beyond its stone and slate exterior lie many original features; the original fireplaces, beautiful staircase and ornate ceiling cornices, which all blend perfectly with the hotels’ new dramatic, chic interior.
Luxurious, contemporary fabrics and wall coverings together with chic new furniture combine to create the perfect backdrop for the extensive a la carte menu, where each dish is creatively prepared mainly using fresh Island produce – all with a contemporary twist of course! Skye Seafood including Langoustines and Scallops, Lamb, Beef, organic vegetables and salad leaves are all skillfully prepared by the talented kitchen brigade.
Feature and Four Poster beds make up the eighteen, mainly double bedrooms, each one unique in design and layout. With the emphasis on romance and luxury, sensuous Arran Aromatic Toiletries, thick fluffy towels and crisp bedding all complete the luxurious package. Exclusive daily sailing trips are available from April to September on the hotels private yacht which is crewed by owners Anne and Ken. This is indeed a magical experience. Make sure you don’t miss out on the deliciously, dramatic Duisdale House Hotel.
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"Talisker – Duisdale House: Talisker, at the head of Loch Harport on the island of Skye, is one of the remotest distilleries in the world. In 1830 the MacAskill family built the Talisker Distillery despite protestations the Rev. Roderick Macleod, who declared this development "one of the greatest curses that... could befall it or any other place". Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island, commended Talisker in 1880 in his poem The Scotsman's Return from Abroad. "The king o'drinks as I conceive it, Talisker, Isla or Glenlivet". Apart from a disaster in 1960 when the still-room burned down, Talisker’s story has been a happy and productive one. This is a complex Island single malt of dried fruitiness and smokiness that is often drunk with smoked salmon, kipper fillets, grilled smoked mackerel and oysters on the half shell. Weaving 32 miles east along a number of Skye’s lochs brings you come to Dusidale House with its 30 acres of lush gardens and ancient woodlands. The hotel was built in the 1860s as a hunting lodge for the Clan Macdonald. Inside Duisdale has recently been refurbished to guarantee contemporary standards of comfort but it retains many of its original fireplaces, Victorian cornices and a beautiful main staircase. Ask for a glass of Talisker before settling down to the hotel’s excellent Skye seafood dishes."
"Country mansion: Duisdale House, Skye Three night New Year house party anyone? They always see in the New Year in style in Scotland but at Duisdale House, a former hunting lodge at the southernmost tip of the romantic Isle of Skye, they go for it big time. Book yourself in from December 30th and prepare for a Bucks Fizz reception, seven course Highland banquet and fireworks at midnight on the 31st. And for your brisk and refreshing walk on January 1, you’ve 35 acres of gardens and woodlands at your disposal with truly lovely views across the Sound of Sleet channels and mountains beyond. This place ticks all the country house boxes, from the grand but cosy lounge with roaring log fire to beautifully furnished warmly luxurious bedrooms with simply awesome views."
"Lush gardens, vistas of mountains and the sea make this once historic hunting lodge, the perfect haven to pop the question. A beautifully designed and refurbished boutique hotel, it has magnificent four poster rooms with stunning views and a fine dining restaurant that serves heaven on a plate. To give your proposal a unique touch, book a champagne picnic on the hotel’s private yacht."
"After a rousing chorus of ‘Over the sea to Skye’ on the ferry from the Scottish mainland, head to the tip of the island and you’ll discover this remote hideaway. A former hunting lodge built in the 1860s, it lies on the coast in 35 acres of gorgeous grounds and is the sort of place you expect to bump into Prince Charles in a kilt or Kate and Wills on a babymoon. Cuddle by the open fire in the conservatory after a hearty game supper in the two AA rosettes fine dining restaurant and be sure to book a room with a four-poster if you’re on a romantic mini. My top tip? Enjoy a day sailing around Skye on the hotels’ private luxury yacht (available to hire from April to September)."
Information on Duisdale House Hotel , Isle Ornsay , Sleat , Isle of Skye
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: Twin/Double, Four Poster
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children over 5 welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permittted
Romantic Details: romantic packages, four-poster beds, log fires, beautiful coastline, rugged hills, panoramic views, beautiful island
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 4 Stars, AA 2 Rosettes, STB 4 Stars
Flat screen TV, Radio alarm, direct dial telephone, Satellite channels, Four poster beds available, Hairdryer, Luxury toiletries, Tea & coffee making facilities
Gardens, terrace dining, Private garden hot tub, Award-winning Conservatory restaurant, Comfortable lounge with open fire, Chart Room Bar, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, Free Wi-Fi internet access
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Private yacht, sailing
Castles, gardens, Whisky Distillery, Museum, Art Studios and local events, Climbing, Cycling, Fishing, Horse riding, Walking
|Local directions:||Drive to Kyle of Lochalsh, across the free Skye Bridge and at the turning marked A851 turn towards Armadale (left coming from the Bridge). Follow the road to Duidale and the Hotel is 7 miles up on your right (again if you are coming from the Bridge). Coming via the Mallaig - Armadale ferry proceed from there to Duisdale for 7 miles (direction Skye Bridge). The hotel is up on your left.|
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Nearest major airport:
Inverness (100 miles) (2 hours)
Inverness (100 miles) (2 hours)
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