Carskiey, a private estate rental, including the Mull of Kintyre, lies on the west coast of Scotland and comprises of Carskiey House and Shore Cottage.
How would you describe the Lodge in a nutshell?
The Lodge is a design lover’s oasis that is immersed in the Highland countryside while being just 600 metres from the restaurants and pubs of Aberfeldy.
What is the story behind the Lodge, what was your inspiration to create it?
The Lodge is a new addition to the Highland Lodge, with the main house sleeping up to 18 guests in nine rooms while The Lodge can sleep eight. They can be used exclusively by a single group or rented out separately, with private entrances to each.
From the top floor of the main house, you can just see the roof of The Lodge, which is positioned behind a mature beech hedge. A gap in the hedge leads from the car parking area to The Lodge, which is on a slightly lower level than the main house. It has a private garden and its outlook faces away from the main house.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of the Lodge?
We spent a huge amount of time on the design specifications of The Lodge and there is such a level of comfort throughout the whole property. Everything is just so well designed, which creates a nice feeling when you’re there.
There’s a lovely fireplace with a glass screen that lifts up and disappears behind the wall. We imported it from Austria and it’s particularly nice to have on in the wintertime.
The bathrooms are also quite special. We worked with an award-winning Dutch company and managed to convince them to sell us a multi-coloured sink that they did as a one-off for an exhibition.
In designing The Lodge, we wanted to bring the outside in and create that feeling of being immersed in the countryside. So the windows are very slimline with a matte gold/bronze border that makes them look almost frameless.
The entire building is clad in a rich cedar that gives it a lovely warm feeling and smell, especially in the entrance porch area. It appeals to all of your senses, not just visually.
To you personally, what is so special about the Lodge?
I like the fact that The Lodge has a really nice deck and terrace area with a large overhang, so no matter what the weather is like, you can sit out and enjoy uninterrupted views across the valley towards the River Tay. No matter which window you look out of, there are fantastic views!
It’s also special because of its accessibility. While you get that feeling that you’re in the countryside, in the highlands, the property is just 600 metres from the centre of town. In the summertime, you can also go swimming in the River Tay.