An Cos (The Hollow)
Torridon Highlands, United Kingdom
An Cos (The Hollow)
An Cos (Gaelic for The Hollow) sits in a commanding position overlooking a wooded island and the conservation village of Shieldaig with far reaching views out to sea towards the Isle of Lewis. Offering five bedrooms and sitting on 3440 square feet, this home offers a stunning natural retreat.
Recently built in traditional style in local Torridon sandstone, the house is warm and cozy with under-floor heating throughout, oak flooring and Caithness stone, antique and contemporary furnishings and artwork from established local artists adorn the walls and shelves.
All of the main rooms offer fantastic views and benefit from the semi-open plan living area so the roaring log fire can be seen from both the dining room and the kitchen!
The lounge has comfortable sofas, armchairs, open log fire, satellite TV - including Netflix and a DVD player with a large selection of films, board games, and books. The perfect place to enjoy a cozy evening together.
The kitchen with its own window seat overlooks the loch, is exceptionally well equipped with space for several chefs and makes cooking a real pleasure. The dining room has views even the best restaurants can only dream of with a seating area that is the most popular place to watch the weather patterns weave across the loch and a great place for viewing sea eagles, seals and other local wildlife from the comfort of your armchair!
The study has a desk and sleigh sofa day-bed with a hidden bed underneath which converts into two single beds and can be used as an extra bedroom if needed - particularly suitable for guests who cannot manage stairs, or perfect for children.
A granite steam room/bathroom with power rainwater shower, toilet and sink is the perfect place to relax after a long walk or for anyone staying in the study bedroom who need to sit whilst showering.
There is a boot room and toilet by the house entrance for all your outside clothing and footwear and a separate utility room with washer and dryer.
Outside there is a barbecue area, large table, and chairs for outdoor dining as well as other seating.
The first floor contains a gorgeous master-bedroom with stunning views, super-king size bed, an open log fire, walk-in dressing room, en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate power shower, bidet, sink, and toilet.
A second en-suite bedroom with power shower, toilet, and sink, has a super king-size bed (or twins) and stunning views over the loch and the village.
The rear bedroom features a king-size bed and a seating area with two oak framed sofas - which can be converted into a bed for a small child or infant, making this an ideal family room. An external door and steps lead up to a small patio and seating area at the back of the house with magnificent loch views.
The middle bedroom has a super king-size bed (or twins) and views over the garden and village. This room and the rear bedroom share a fantastic family bathroom with extra long bath and overhead power shower, toilet and a sink.
The beautiful Aird path is directly behind the house so you don’t need to walk far to experience peace and breath-taking beauty. The village all-weather tennis court is a few minutes walk from the house and open to all with ball and racquet hire for a small fee.
Shieldaig, Torridon, and the Applecross Peninsula offer dramatic scenery, single track roads, an amazing array of wildlife with astounding views from every angle. If you are lucky you can see red deer, sea eagles, otters, seals, the occasional dolphin and the Northern Lights.
There are serious outdoor pursuits for the very active, and plenty of activities for the kids including den-building in the woods, beach-combing, kayaking, cycling, boat trips, fishing, stalking, tennis and glorious walking for all.
And, if the weather is disappointing, curl up in front of a roaring log fire with a single malt in hand, read or catch up on some films and simply enjoy the experience of staying in this very special part of The Highlands.
Single Family Home with 2 levels
5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3440 square feet
King, King, King, King, and 2x Twin
10 guests maximum
Inverness Airport - INV
1 hour and 30 minutes by car
Majestic mountain views, and view of Loch Shieldaig.
Activities of Interest
- Torridon Sea Tours - Take a luxurious cruise through breathtaking scenes of nature.
- Lochcarron and Gairloch Golf - both within an easy reach and well worth a visit.
- Fishing and Boat Trips - The outdoorsmen will love the many local opportunities to get out on the water!
- Shieldaig Outdoor Adventures - This company provides a range of outdoor activities, from hiking to canoeing!
Places of Interest
- Glen Torridon - Visit this quaint, cozy village surrounded by stunning scenery.
- Applecross Photographic Gallery - This gallery offers a striking exhibition of images from Scotland's Northwest Coast.
- Nanny's - Try some of the best desserts and pastries in all of Scotland!
- Eilean Donan - Visit one of Scotland's most famous castles!
- Inverewe Gardens - Magical Highland garden complete with tropical plants & trees
Stunning Highland Home
Lovely relaxing stay at this gorgeous family owned house - the location is magical with the most breath-taking sunsets. An Cos is just a few minutes’ walk outside the lovely village of Shieldaig and located right at the water’s edge with the most wonderful views across the Loch. The layout of the house is great: it's very well presented, well equipped and is clearly a much loved family home - just as all the best THIRDHOME are. Fiona the housekeeper is a star too - available, helpful but unobtrusive. We ventured to The Isle of Skye and to Gairloch (off-shore whale watching) but to be honest you don't need to go anywhere at all - the village has a great pub, smokehouse, cafe plus there are wonderful walks right from your door. You do need to be organised though as it is a significant drive to anywhere so arrange a grocery delivery, a delivery from the local butcher (a two hour round trip), bring some decent wine and just enjoy …. We’d love to come back – thank you Chrissy and Fiona. ”
Amazing place in the Highlands
We had a wonderful week at An Cos. The house is extremely well located at Shieldaig, very comfortable and well equipped. The steam room is a plus, specially after a long day in the Highlands. Chrissy was extremely helpful with different aspects of our trip including: catering, groceries delivery, transportation and local activities. Unforgettable memoirs!”
An Cos in April
We stayed a week at An Cos with our grown up children, their partners and baby grandson. The house is even more gorgeous than it appears in the photos, spacious, warm and comfortable, with a gratifyingly well equipped kitchen. The views are incredible, walking from the house and round about is wonderful and the village with its great fish restaurant, friendly bar, little shop and cafe serving locally caught langoustines just enough of a brisk short walk away to justify indulging in all these delicacies. Very highly recommended”
- 40"+ TV
- DVD Player
- Espresso Machine
- High Speed Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- iPod Dock Stereo