The Sail Loft on Eilean Shona is a luxurious cabin with loch views and a backstory

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Tucked away simply off the west coast of Scotland (and a three-hour drive from Glasgow), it’s no shock that tidal island Eilean Shona is a tranquil gem. To match its serene environment, the island’s proprietor, Vanessa Branson, has partnered with Swedish bedmaker Hästens to welcome company to a brand new property, the Sail Loft, an enthralling cabin with elevated consolation.

The Sail Loft on Eilean Shona

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The island itself – purchased and offered quite a few occasions because the nineteenth century, with its eponymous Eilean Shona Home remodelled by architect Robert Lorimer – was visited by JB Barrie within the Twenties and is claimed to have impressed Neverland for the 1924 movie adaptation of Peter Pan.

At the moment, it’s owned by Vanessa Branson, who purchased it in 1995. Though it’s fairly a unique location to brother Richard’s Necker Island, the gallerist and pageant organiser has step by step constructed up an array of self-catering properties, together with the Sail Loft.

Eilean Shona Sail Loft

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The cabin actually evokes a storybook narrative. After a fast boat journey into Loch Moldoch, a purple pitched roof emerges from the encompassing forest and a small jetty welcomes you ashore. The daring color selection enhances the cabin’s barn-like aesthetic and harmonises with the forest.

Eilean Shona Sail Loft

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The Sail Loft sleeps 4, with a twin bed room at one finish of the cabin, whereas a main suite with a hand-beaten copper tub and secluded balcony runs on from the open-plan kitchen and front room. To make stays much more comfy, the posh retreat is now residence to the Hästens ‘drēmər’ mattress. Costing round £70,000, it affords distinctive consolation and high quality (and hopefully a great night time’s sleep) and is very crafted to mark the model’s one hundred and seventieth anniversary.

Eilean Shona Sail Loft

(Picture credit score: Alexander Baxter)

Though the cabin supplies a peaceable setting freed from site visitors and concrete noise, constructing on a distant Scottish island wasn’t all easy crusing, as Branson explains: ‘It got here with its personal set of challenges. The supplies might solely be delivered on the very best of tides, the workforce of builders, technicians and craftsmen needed to boat throughout the waters day by day come rain or shine.

Eilean Shona Sail Loft

(Picture credit score: Alexander Baxter)

‘Nevertheless, these hurdles, moderately than demoralising me, have been focusing. I poured all my love and a focus into the rebuilding of life on the island. We’ve ensured that all the pieces is of the very best high quality, from my grandfather’s teak desk to the copper bathtub made within the souks of Marrakech. The fantastic Hästens mattress, overlooking the loch in the direction of the ruined fort completes the image of bespoke elegant luxurious. I defy anybody to discover a extra wonderful location to have the perfect night time’s sleep attainable.’

The Sail Loft is on the market to e-book at https://eileanshona.com/ from £3,000 per week

Eilean Shona Sail Loft

(Picture credit score: Alexander Baxter)

Eilean Shona Sail Loft

(Picture credit score: Alexander Baxter)

Eilean Shona Sail Loft

(Picture credit score: Alexander Baxter)

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