Duisdale House Hotel, Isle of Skye, Inverness

Isle Ornsay, Sleat, Isle of Skye

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Reviewed by Helen
Duisdale House is a spectacular and impeccable boutqiue hotel, perfect for a romantic getaway.

Duisdale House Hotel is a wonderful, award winning luxury boutique hotel on Skye, off the northwest coast of Scotland.  Owned and managed by Anne Gracie and Ken Gunn, the team at Duisdale is passionate about making your stay here a most memorable one.  It is easily accessible over the (toll free) Skye bridge and is around 2 hours drive west from Inverness airport.

The hotel is to the south of the island set on a hillside amongst lush gardens and the Duisdale forest, overlooking the stunning views of the Sound of Sleat.  I arrived late on a warm summer's afternoon and after my warm welcome,  I took a lovely walk to the shore and it's pebble beach where there are also yacht moorings available for the use of hotel guests.  I then headed back to Duisdale to enjoy a lovely refreshing glass of wine out on the garden terrace, by the luxurious hydropool, and again admired the panoramic views of the coastline.  Inside,  the grand staircase leads up to the 17 guest rooms and suites which are all individually designed in keeping with the traditional features of this former Hunting Lodge,  but with added luxury and contemporary features that enable you to relax and indulge in a  lavish, romantic getaway.  If you wish to really treat yourself to a truly romantic hideaway, there is the romantic garden suite or the rooms with four poster beds. Here you can wake up to a champagne breakfast and plan your day ahead. 

Dining at Duisdale is a delectable and romantic pleasure.  The award winning restaurant in the contemporary conservatory looks out over the gardens and woodland, serving the finest of fresh seafood and locally reared meat produce and herbs and vegetables from the Chef's carefully tendered vegetable garden.  This is the perfect setting for your candlelit dinner for two. Next to this is a sumptuous lounge and a stylish, contemporary bar which is well stocked with Malt Whiskies,  perfect for a night cap after dinner.

There is plenty to do around Duisdale, whether it's a stroll to the near by pier, a woodland walk, fishing, or, for a unique experience you can book an exclusive sailing trip with Anne and  Skipper Ken on their private yacht Solus na Mara.  The Island of Skye is one of the most dramatically scenic landscapes in the UK, there are soft white sandy beaches, inlets, bays mountains, islands  dotted with tiny villages steeped in history and traditional Gaelic culture.

I hope to return to Duisdale in the spring, but this time with husband in tow,  to surely make the most of this fabulous romantic hideaway.  Your stay here will be an indulgent dreamy escape to remember.

Please check out the website for more  information, some great seasonal offers,  and the even more intimate sister hotel Torovaig House.

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