We fell in love with the remains of Osdale about three years ago. The first hurdle was to create a half mile track up to the cottage, then the fun began! The roof came off, all the slates were saved for reuse and the rafters were reused as the free standing kitchen units (made by an innovative craftsman at The Old Byre near Ardesier), the floor had to be romoved and underneath the old concrete we found an old silver fork, relicts of a bygone age. There were only two sash windoes in the original house with skylights, these were retained but recreated using hardwood frames and double glazing to keep out the extremes of weather. The original range was still in place, a little boiler on one side and an oven on the other, you could almost smell the peat smoke which must have wafted around most of the days, peat is still dug and stacked locally although we use wood for the stove as it seams easier to use for the inexperienced.
We then turned our attention to the more mundain things, a bathroom and utility room had to be created so we added an extension to the rear and fitted a really long bath to wallow in after a long days walk on the hills, space to get dirty clothing off and peruse the charts for local rock hopping or fishing expeditions...you can always dream of the one that got away!
The woodwork in the house is our pride and joy, all made locally on site from great trunks of ash and larch creating a really warm and cosy feel to the place coupled with rugs made by Pam on a big foot loom at home (available to comission as are all wall hangings).
Outside has been left largely to the wildflowers, sheep, cows and birds but there is a barbeque and benches so that you can benefit from the long summer evenings and glorious views over the loch to Dunvegan or further afield to the Cuillins. Sometimes you are lucky enough to see Sea Eagles, these are huge birds which nest over at Orbost just around the corner from us. If you wander that way drop in to see Keith and Rachael at the steading with their piglets which are wild boar cross, or the Soay sheep and any number of feathered friends which wander around fearlessly.
We hope you enjoy your stay at our home and come back soon. It's a very special place to experience.
Pam and Hughie