Luxury self-catering in Scotland has developed by leaps and bounds over the years. Find out just how luxurious a Scottish self catering holiday can be.
WRITTEN BY LINDA JACKSON
Talk about leaps and bounds… self-catering in Scotland has now reached heights of luxury one could only dream about a decade or so ago. No need for dreams these days though, reality – in one big luxurious bundle – has arrived. Hankering after freedom, space you want to call your own, but don’t want to scrimp on luxury? Then just take a look at Luxury Scotland’s impressive luxurious bundle of self-catering five star holiday rentals.
Choose from chic designer apartments in the centre of Edinburgh, comfortable private luxury lodges near famous golf courses, and indulgent apartments in an iconic 19th century castle in the Outer Hebrides.
Consider the elegant suites in a magnificent Glencoe mansion house, stylish hilltop reserves in Argyll with incredible views over Loch Creran, a cosy boat house hideaway in the Scottish Highlands, or a beachside cottage in Dumfries and Galloway with far reaching sea views over to Ireland.
Which Scottish luxury holiday rentals to choose? Where to go for the best self-catering apartments and lodges in Scotland? To help you decide, here’s a brief intro to luxury self-catering vacation rentals in Scotland…
The Chester Residence in Edinburgh is ideal for: weekend city breaks, business trips, romantic getaways, mini-moons
Chic individually designed suites, acclaimed personalised concierge service, great interior décor, and the latest technology are just some features of the one- and two-bedroom luxury serviced apartments at The Chester Residence, a gem located in the stylish West End of bustling Edinburgh. For the best of the best of these multi-award-winning exclusive townhouse apartments opt for the Owner’s Residence apartment. Think Louis Vuitton and Armani Casa designer furnishings, a private cinema, low mood lighting and an indulgent Jacuzzi.
The Colonel’s House at Greywalls is ideal for: family get-togethers, golfing groups and exploring East Lothian’s Golf Coast
Just 30 minutes out of Edinburgh, let’s quick march you to the Colonel’s House at Greywalls, a self-catering lodge in Muirfield, East Lothian, which sleeps eight. Owned by, and located within minutes of, Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant, and situated within a 20-minute drive of a dozen excellent golf courses, this Muirfield self-catering lodge could be the answer to many a golfer’s holiday prayers. The Colonel’s House has its own private garden and terrace but the amenities at Greywalls – an elegant Edwardian Lutyens-designed country house with its Gertrude Jekyll-designed walled gardens – can also be enjoyed.
Great golf courses are synonymous with Scotland, and renowned Gleneagles and Trump Turnberry also flag up great locations for luxury self-catering golf holiday rentals in Scotland. The self-catering rentals attached to these Scotland hotels, together with the activities available at each, are way above par.
Glenmor Holiday Homes at Gleneagles are ideal for: golf breaks, family holidays, corporate entertaining, golfing groups, business trips, leisure breaks, spa getaways, active breaks
Try these luxury lodges at Gleneagles for size. Home to three championship golf courses – some of the best golf courses in Scotland – Gleneagles is also home to 53 luxury two, three and four-bedroom Glenmore Holiday Homes available for holiday lets. With such a location there’s plenty of activities to keep all the family as busy as bees. These luxury lodges (interiors designed by internationally renowned designer Amanda Rosa) are modern, luxurious and cosy; have generously sized terraces and enjoy all the leisure, dining, golf and spa facilities available to hotel guests – plus complimentary golf for one person throughout your stay.
Trump Turnberry’s self-catering apartments are ideal for: family holidays, groups, golfing groups, corporate entertaining, indulgent spa breaks, outdoor pursuits
With ocean views, and overlooking the links golf courses, Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland (home to the iconic Open Championship Ailsa course, and winner of Golf Hotel at Scottish Hotel Awards 2018 ), offers self-catering luxury two-bedroom apartments which accommodate up to six people – available for both weekday and weekend breaks – together with a variety of dining options. Access to the championship golf courses and unlimited use of the spa facilities are included.
The Boat House Private Cottage at The Torridon is ideal for: privacy and comfort, peace and quiet, exclusive luxury breaks, whisky connoisseurs, outdoor escapes, active holidays, mountain biking, kayaking, gourmet experiences, driving holidays/North Coast 500 (Scotland’s own Route 66), walking
Enough of leisurely golf in Scotland… if you’re up for an adventure you can go quite wild in Scotland – way up in the Highlands. Head for The Torridon, set in one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in Scotland, Wester Ross, and opt to stay in the Torridon’s two-bedroom Boat House. It’s gorgeous, it’s tranquil, it’s secluded and cosy. With uninterrupted views across the loch through the huge windows you might see eagles, pine martens, otters and a huge variety of sea birds. If being a recluse is not in your holiday plan, no worries, just stroll down to the fantastic classy Torridon Hotel or the casual Torridon Inn for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can enjoy a gourmet experience in the 1887 Restaurant, and a tipple extravaganza in the Whisky Bar which offers more than 365 different malt whiskies and 100 premium gins.
The cottages at The Airds Hotel & Restaurant are ideal for: walkers, cyclists, as a base for touring the west coast of Scotland (popular with car clubs)
In the picturesque West Coast Highlands hamlet of Port Appin, near Oban, are two luxury two-bedroom holiday cottages belonging to The Airds Hotel & Restaurant. Bramble Cottage is tucked away in its own garden in the grounds of the hotel and The Old Smithy Cottage is located in Port Appin village and enjoys stunning views across Loch Linnhe to Port Appin lighthouse, and the Morven Hills beyond.
Inverlochy Gate Lodge is ideal for: country pursuits, outdoor and watersports adventure holiday, fishing breaks, Nevis skiing
Nestling in another dramatic location, situated near Fort William and enjoying splendid views of Ben Nevis, is cute Inverlochy’s Gate Lodge a luxury two-bedroom self-catering cottage sitting at the entrance to the hotel, Inverlochy Castle – a favourite holiday location for Queen Victoria. Other than a microwave there are no cooking facilities in the cottage. Breakfast is served at the 19th century Castle, just a three-minute walk away, where you can dine in the restaurant ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle’.
Shingle Lodge at Knockinaam is perfect for: a quiet getaway by the sea, short breaks, gourmet breaks, special event weekends, active breaks (wide range of outdoor activities and adventures nearby)
Looking for a home-from-home cottage in a spectacular location? Then Shingle Lodge at the country house hotel Knockinaam Lodge in Dumfries and Galloway might fit the bill. With two luxurious bedrooms and wonderful sea views across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland, this self-catering cottage makes an excellent base if you want to explore the Ayrshire coast and Dumfries and Galloway. Of interest to foodies, Knockinaam Lodge Hotel organises cookery demonstrations, tutored wine tasting, and gourmet dinners.
Eriska Hilltop Reserves are ideal for: a getaway break from the city, peaceful breaks year-round, secluded getaways, romantic breaks, a memorable island experience
Unrivalled luxury supplemented by spectacular views of the 300-acre Isle of Eriska on the west coast of Scotland, are promised to guests who stay in the six Hilltop Reserves at The Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa. Just a short walk from the main hotel, and situated on a hilltop which overlooks Loch Linnhe, each individually-designed reserve (available on a B&B basis with breakfast at the hotel, as well as self-catering) boasts a private hot tub, balconies, and ample space for two. Just imagine how relaxing it could be, sitting in a bubbling hot tub and taking in the fantastic views over Loch Creran across to the island of Lismore and beyond. On the east side of the island there is also a three-bedroom self-catering house available for rental.
Lews Castle by Natural Retreats is ideal for: exclusive hire, private events, weddings, conferences, celebrations, family holidays, for those looking for an island getaway in a grand and historic setting
Featured on Channel 4’s ‘Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year’, Lews Castle on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides has been sympathetically stored by hoteliers ‘Natural Retreats’. Built in the mid-1800’s Lews Castle (an impressive gothic revival-style castle) overlooks Stornoway harbour. Its situation is lovely and Lews Castle’s self-contained apartments are spacious, really well equipped, and feature big bathrooms. Accommodation is available on a room-only basis as well as self-contained apartments – the décor of which is contemporary and minimalist. Lews Castle also boasts an impressive museum and lovely grounds to stroll in.
The Bell Tower Suites at Glencoe House: ideal for all occasions, privacy, DB&B short breaks, individuals who want to explore Glencoe, Highland touring, unique weddings, tranquil getaways, and an experience of a lifetime.
Last, but by no means least is Glencoe House offering luxury self-catering accommodation with a twist. The Bell Tower Suites at Glencoe House provides unprecedented flexibility for guests seeking stylish self catering accommodation in Scotland. The six one-bedroom suites comprise: a fully stocked kitchen with AGA oven and pre-prepared gourmet meals at supermarket prices, dishwasher and washing machine; sitting room with wood burning stove; a decadent bathroom with a Villeroy and Boch suite and a bedroom with emperor sized bed. Each suite also has the ultimate luxury of a private terrace and hot tub.
Guests at the The Bell Tower Suites at Glencoe House have no need to hit the shops before arriving. The fridge is fully stocked with breakfast delights such as Scottish smoked salmon, Scottish breakfast ingredients and continental alternatives, all included in the rate for the suite. There is no minimum length of stay so feel free to stay for one night, three nights or seven nights. And, should you change your mind about cooking then enjoy a 5-course dinner or a decadent breakfast in the Great Hall at Glencoe House just 50 metres away.