I am both delighted and relieved to announce that Taigh na Cùil is complete, and taking bookings via Airbnb. Clive has worked his socks off to get our bothy ready for this season and we are really pleased with the results.
It’s certainly quirky looking, with it’s huge chimney, but inside it has a lovely feel, is light, bright, incredibly warm and cosy. There are lashings of hot water and we have both a both and shower to suit everyone after a day’s walking and exploring. With the weather in mind we have an extra towel rail to dry coats and socks etc and the open wardrobe has a radiator in the back for the same reason.
We have started to receive bookings and there has been a lot of interest shown, although, understandably, a lack of pictures has put people off. The pictures are there now, so folk can see what we are offering.
The work continues with Clive working all hours to be ready for our first guests. We have bookings from the end of April from brave folk who are prepared to book without seeing the final product.
This week we take down what has been our workshop and storage facility… thankfully, as it is probably one of the ugliest things on this part of Skye! A big skip is due to arrive tomorrow and wrecking takes place on Thursday with help from friends. Then we can fence in the garden area and clad the back end of the bothy.
Inside the kitchen is done, the skirting boards are on, the bed frame is in situ and the furniture is slowly starting to appear. The TV is on the wall and working. It’s like Christmas every day with parcels full of kitchen implements and all manner of ‘stuff’ arriving two or three times a day.
Trees have been planted and lawn seed sown… it’s happening!
We have started to advertise on Airbnb so that we don’t miss out on summer booking. The press last year had a field day with stories about the island being full during the summer and therefore people may not try booking late. The decorating is done and we are in the process of laying the floor, finishing off the plumbing and electrics, and then we will be putting the furnishings in. The next really big job is the building on the back of the bothy will need to be taken down… it’s really ugly and leaks!
The landscaping is coming along. Grass still needs to be planted but the fencing has arrived, ready to be erected. It’s all go but it’s looking good!
We have taken our first booking despite not being finished. The bonus is that it’s from customer for Penny’s photography business!
In other news all the ‘stuff’ for the bothy decor has started to arrive, the wood burner is in and decoration is starting. The plumbing is almost finished too.
It’s starting to feel cosy with the fire on and we can really envisage how it might look now.
We are still building like crazy and aiming to be ready to accept guests from mid April 2018… watch this space!