A contemporary retreat built on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

There are all kinds of ways you can make the most of a weekend away or a vacation, but if you want to disconnect from the pace of urban living completely and recharge your batteries, nothing beats taking a break in a cabin nestled in a quiet, natural setting. Black h is a great example. This high-end retreat rises from a piece of rural land known locally as a croft on west coast of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Designed by Glasgow-based architecture firm Dualchas, the volume has a distinctly contemporary aesthetic but looks at home in this gorgeous coastal landscape. The house boasts clean lines and a simple rectangular form that gives a subtle nod to vernacular architecture. The studio used black wood claddifng and positioned the volume with care – to both maximize the views and to minimize the impact of the retreat on the site.

Spaces that immerse guests into the island’s breathtaking landscape.

Floor-to-ceiling windows immerse the inhabitants into the setting. The generous glazing offers access to spectacular views of Loch Bracadale, the Macleod Tables, and the Cuillin mountains. The private retreat sleeps two; it features elegant interiors with an open-plan design and a split level layout. Apart from a black and white walls, the house also features warm oak furniture and minimalist lighting and accessories. The large, well-equipped kitchen allows guests to prepare their own meals and enjoy them while admiring the landscape. In the lounge area, a large sofa overlooks the dramatic setting. Nearby, a wood-burning stove creates a warm and cozy atmosphere. Another volume contains the private spaces: a bedroom with a king-size bed and a master bathroom with a walk-in shower.

While most travelers coming here probably prefer to switch off completely, the owners offer a range of amenities that include Wi-Fi, satellite TV, DAB radio with Bluetooth, and more. Two terraces at the front and rear of the property offer a great way to admire the sunrise and sunset. Whether nestled inside or hiking around the area, guests can spot local wildlife, including otters and dolphins. However, a car is required to experience all the area has to offer; from the Dunvegan Castle and village to the Michelin-starred Loch Bay restaurant or the Talisker whiskey distillery. You can book a stay at Black h through the Harlosh official site. Photographs© Felix Mooneram, Richard Gaston.

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