‘Wow factor’: Britain’s best holiday let named – ‘fantastic place’

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The best holiday let in Britain has been found. Sykes Holiday Cottages went on a nationwide search for the best place Britons can book for their holiday, and they’ve found a two-bedroom Highlands retreat that ticked all the right boxes.

The Sheiling was named the best British holiday let and the holiday let with the best view.

The circular two-bedroom luxury wooden lodge has only been up and running for six months.

On the edge of its own loch in a secluded location, the property is close to the village of Plockton and has a circular grass-topped roof, a hot tub, a wrap-around deck and a private pier with a small rowing boat.

Martin Matheson, owner of The Sheiling, said: “Taking on the project to purchase and build on Loch Lundie was a big decision, but we are so proud of what we’ve achieved.

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“The round design in particular took a lot of careful planning to get right, and executing those plans was a whole other challenge that took time and perseverance.

“We were booked out over the past summer and 2022 is already filling up fast – with the staycation boom helping to really make this investment pay off for us.

“Winning an award like this, alongside lovely feedback from our guests, also helps to make it all so worth it.”

Reviewers on Cottages.com only had good things to say about the holiday let.

Stevie wrote: “Amazing lodge to stay!! Stunning location with incredible views over the Loch! Furnished to a very high standard! Magic to have your own wee rowing boat! Spacious deck with hot tub and fire pit! Barbecue also! Fantastic place to relax and chill out!”

David wrote: “Fantastic place. If you’re a water lover, you effectively have your own private loch. Large outside deck with great bbq and hot tub. Would definitely go back.”

And Hillary said: “We booked our holiday before the property was completed and we weren’t disappointed.

“From the first view through the trees, the wonderful peace and clear air, the wow factor as we walked into the main room, through the quality of the build, the equipment, the hot tub (from which we stargazed), the rowing boat (a bit windy for rowing novices!) to its location which allowed easy visits to Skye, Plockton and other local places including wonderful walks from the front door, we could not have experienced a better holiday.”

The awards also included other categories, such as Best Renovation, Best Quirky Holiday Let, Best Sustainable Holiday Let and Best Interior Design.

Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “These awards don’t just showcase the very best of Britain’s holiday lets, they also highlight the hard work that goes into holiday letting across the UK to make Britain’s staycation market the success it is today.

“We’ve witnessed more holidaymakers than ever before opt for UK holidays over the past year – helped by the pandemic but also because Brits appear to have rediscovered their love of a Great British Staycation.”

Britain’s Best Holiday Let and Best View
The Sheiling, Loch Lundie – Scottish Highlands
Property details: two bedrooms, sleeps four

Best Interior Design
The Rookery, Roughlee – Lancashire
Property details: three bedrooms, sleeps six

Best Quirky Holiday Let
The Carriage at High Barn, Halsted – Essex
Property details: 1880’s railway carriage – one bedroom, sleeps two

Best Renovation
Tithe Barn, Malltraeth – Anglesey
Property details: rustic barn – four bedrooms, sleeps eight

Best Sustainable Holiday Let
Balvaig, Pitlochry – Perthshire
Property details: four bedrooms, sleeps seven

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