Rental of the week: A remote cabin retreat on the Isle of Skye

Somewhere to escape reality

Fancy getting away from the world? Us too, and we’ve found the perfect hiding place. Fiskavaig Studio is a contemporary cabin retreat bedded into the landscape of the Isle of Skye – the most desirable place to live in Britain, according to a Rightmove survey.

Echoing the shape of a fragmented boulder, the single-storey holiday home by Rural Design Architects sits unobtrusively in a shallow drumlin beside Loch Bracadale. Its pitched-roof form features corrugated siding, while the interior dominated by different textures of wood.

Photography by David Barbour.
Photography by David Barbour.

Simplicity was at the very heart of the design, built by the owners Nicholas Middleton and Kate Prentice themselves at minimal expense.

‘The materials are simple, ready to hand, robust and cheap. As buildings have to be strong to withstand the West Coast gales, many of the materials are used on farms, crofts, or industrial sheds,’ they say.

Fiskavaig Studio is just 30 sq m big, but it packs everything it needs with a kitchen and living room – complete with wood-burning stove – and separate bedroom. Its sloping roof adds extra volume, while glass doors and windows help bring in the light.

‘Rather than shrink a typical house, the studio starts from the premise of being small and therefore is designed to maximise the available space much as a boat or yacht,’ says Middleton.

The cabin has wifi but for those in search of a digital detox, the surrounding hills offer stunning walks and climbing and Skye has a wealth of wildlife – including red deer, dolphins, otters and golden eagles.

If Fiskavaig Studio is booked up, you can always stay at the couple’s other Rural Design bolthole on the island, the Hen House. Be warned, you’ll probably want to stay for good…

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