The Rock House

Nestled within a garden of ancient stone and heather, The Rock House is an intimate dwelling with an aspect overlooking Borve beach.

The aim of the design was to blend the house into the existing natural rock terraces. Standing stones and massive iconic rocks comprise the walls, the heaviest being 9.5 tons. A turf roof is contiguous with the peaty hillside, and raw unfinished boards of weather-worn larch have been crafted to form the external woodwork.

Inside, a simple minimalist design approach has been employed, with raw furniture made from driftwood and natural fabrics throughout. Grey tiles and wooden floorboards are heated underneath. Dark slate married with sparkling Gneiss rocks makes up shelves: the mason warned that these may start to sag in 20,000 years. The fireplace sits on a Gneiss rock of significance, and it looks as if the house has been built around it. Beams from an old wharf make the fireplace mantel, and many of the furniture and fittings have been crafted from driftwood. Whatever the weather, the Rock House is the perfect place to watch the Atlantic waves roll in through the floor to ceiling panoramic windows. And if you feel like snuggling down and settling in, just draw the Harris tweed curtains.

The bathroom has ‘his and hers’ sinks anchored on slate slabs, and woodwork has been shaped from driftwood that we found washed up on Borve beach, originating from where, we do not know. A standalone deep bath is ready for those who like a good long soak. A spacious wet space behind glass provides for anyone who prefers a power shower. Hot water throughout the house comes from an air source heat pump.

Amenities

Sky Satellite TV systemWireless InternetFully maintained as a self-catering residence, with high-end kitchenWasher and dryerUnder-floor heating provided by air-source heat pumpFireplace with wood fuelAll necessary sporting equipment listed under Activities is supplied by the Estate according to specific arrangement

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