Whilst a Caribbean Island might seem like an enticing Honeymoon destination, its most definetely worth considering getting back to nature, and savouring some of our outstanding homegrown Honeymoon destinations and landscapes.
Honeymoon’s are about togetherness and enjoying each others company, and what better place to enjoy that than a gorgeous wee stone clad cottage that sits in harmony with a romantic and secluded setting, high on the rugged Oa peninsula at the south of Hebridean island, Islay.
The first of two luxury turf roofed Guest Dwellings at Coillabus on the Scottish Island recently welcomed its first Honeymoon couple, and I am thrilled to share this wee bit of Paradise…
The stylishly furnished dwelling is designed with eco-chic luxury, and romance in mind and is set in a private space with ever changing long views over Islay and beyond.
Ensuites have double ended baths and walk in showers with hand-made toiletries from local soap maker Spirited Soaps.
The king size Hypnos bed is made up with organic fair trade linen, thick and fluffy organic towels and fine spun wool duvets.
When the dwelling is occupied by couples the second bedroom provides a spa space for a relaxing massage or reflexology treatment from the visiting therapist : the perfect start to a stress beating honeymoon.
A sauna with a view adds to the personal spa experience and at the end of the day the cedar hot tub filled with spring water has to be the best place to enjoy both the long sunset views over Glenastle Lochs, and the clear night skies.
‘I’ve had honeymoons in mind since the planning stage for Coillabus,’ said owner Hester Ross. ‘You really feel you are in a magical world of your own up here and yet it’s minutes away from all that Islay has to offer.’
The Caithness slab floors are heated by air source technology and in the winter months guests can draw down the Islay tweed blinds and curl up on the comfy bespoke curved sofa in front of a wood burning stove.
Islay is famed for sandy beaches, bird and wild life, (Coillabus borders an RSPB reserve) distillery tours, crafts, and excellent pubs and restaurants including gems such as The Islay a ten minute drive away, and the cafe at Ardbeg distillery a couple of miles further up the road.
The area has excellent easy as well as challenging low level and cliff top walks, and the lodge has its own fly fishing permit which allows the use of the local angling club’s boats on the nearby trout lochs.
The newly opened Coillabus guest dwelling on Islay has last minute availability at discounted introductory rates throughout August including high season short breaks rarely available for this type of accommodation.
Full weeks in August with flexible start dates are available for £1400 for couples, or £1600 for parties of 3-4, and 3 night short breaks in August for £750, for couples or £900 for parties of 3-4.
Such a lovely alternative, and an amazing destination for those wanting something a wee bit different than a jaunt abroad.
To Contact Hester Ross at Coillabus
Phone: 07824 567 435