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Written by homes journalist Emily Brooks, this blog is dedicated to seeking out UK holiday rentals that are all about great design

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Timber House, Isle of Skye

Simple on the outside, Scandi on the inside – come for fresh air and gorgeous views, but stay for impeccable design credentials

“If you fancy a weekend in the wilds of Scotland but you can’t abide the prospect of the clashing tartan carpets that prevail in many self-catering properties, you could escape to our holiday home on the Isle of Skye.” So says the website of Edinburgh interiors store Moleta Munro. Run by husband and wife team Justin Baddon and Juliet Moleta, the shop deals in contemporary brands such as Hay and Design House Stockholm – many of which have crept their way in to their west-coast bolt-hole, which is available to rent.

Designed by Dualchas – the go-to firm for understated contemporary homes in rural Scotland (see also Skye Shed) – it has that signature low profile and echo of traditional local longhouses. This isn’t minimalism as fanciful aesthetic choice: the weather here can be biblically fearsome and the wind would probably rip off any exterior detail. And it is perfectly correct that the architecture doesn’t shout out loud when it can never compete with the breathtaking surroundings of Loch Dunvegan.

The Scandinavian slant to Moleta Munro’s stock is faithfully reproduced in the house, with a cosy Morsø woodburning stove in a sunken living room, white walls with lots of built in shelving, and flashes of colour from Hay’s Hee yellow dining chairs and felt-ball Pinocchio rug. The ground floor is all open plan, with the two upstairs bedrooms sandwiched between a bathroom.

Timber House is obvious magazine-fodder and has featured in several glossies – if you want the full low-down on the build and the interiors, Dualchas has helpfully posted its feature in Grand Designs magazine here.

Nearby: Outdoorsy things – walking, climbing, kayaking, swimming, boat trips. The revered Three Chimneys restaurant is a walk away.

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