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A Highlands Cottage With Expansive Views
When the London-based policy and human rights expert Mumtaz Lalani first visited the Scottish Highlands on a work trip in 2015, she fell in love with the light. “In spring and summer, the skies never seem to fully darken but merely dip into an inky blue over the lochs,” she says. “In winter, the days are short but the light is beautifully soft.” It led her to launch 57 Nord, a croft house-inspired couples’ retreat on the shores of West Scotland’s Loch Duich. Last summer, some three years after the brand’s debut, she added a second outpost with families in mind. The two-bedroom Hill House, named for its perch on a slope above the original retreat, is a modern interpretation of a shieling, a traditional Scottish dwelling with a rectangular floor plan and a gabled roof. Its large windows, positioned to capture the changing light from dawn to dusk, frame panoramic views over three lochs, the Kintail mountains and the meticulously reconstructed Eilean Donan Castle. For the airy interiors, Suzi Lee of Suffolk’s Outside In Studio fused Scandinavian designs, such as Carl Hansen & Søn chairs, with Scottish crafts, including soft-toned ceramics by the Edinburgh-based Spanish ceramist Borja Moronta and hand-cured sheepskin rugs from rare seaweed-eating sheep native to northern Scotland’s Orkney archipelago. Other materials, such as timber, wool and travertine, reflect the surroundings and further blur the lines between the exterior and interior spaces. Even the amenities draw on local bounty: The welcome hamper is filled with cheeses and charcuterie, and a private chef is on call to prepare a dinner with creel-caught langoustines sourced just down the street. “We wanted to foster a deep connection between our guests and the elemental beauty of the landscape to offer an antidote to hectic, modern living,” says Lalani. From around $1,410 for three nights; 57nord.co.uk.
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