'Ad Astra' is the name given to the house in 2010 by Donald and Cathy MacLeod. It means 'To the Stars'. You will be able to see on clear, moonless nights, the beauty of the Milky Way above the house... Occasionally, during the colder, darker months of the year we are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the 'Fir Chlis', the Aurora Borealis, or 'The Northern Lights'.
Ad Astra has been renovated to a very high standard, with all the modern comforts that we look for in our own holiday accommodation.
Unlimited hot water supplied by a combi-gas boiler, with a generously sized bath and separate walk-in shower means that everyone can shower or bathe without worrying about running out of hot water, at any time of day.
Hypnos mattresses and 400 Thread count cotton sheets make getting out of bed extremely challenging. The beds are a king-size in one bedroom, and either two singles or a super-king size bed in the second bedroom.
Black-out blinds ensure a good nights' sleep even on midsummer twilight nights, but on starry winter nights, we recommend sleeping with the Velux blinds open to watch the stars above.
The living room downstairs has a generous corner lounge which seats 4 adults comfortably, and the wood burner is wonderful on chilly nights.
Underfloor heating is controlled by you at a panel on the wall.
Entertainment options include a flat screen LED TV, with Blu-ray Disc player, Sky TV Family package, Soundbar with Bluetooth connectivity, and unlimited Broadband with Wifi.
A selection of books, DVDs, and board games have been provided.
A telephone is available, as a courtesy, for landline calls only.
The kitchen has been equipped with everything that an enthusiastic cook could hope for, including an induction hob, oven, Kitchenaid mixer, dishwasher, and microwave. A Nespresso Pixie coffee maker is available, an initial selection of coffee pods will be supplied, but do feel free to bring your own favourite pods. A Weber BBQ lives in the shed, please feel free to use it, but we would appreciate if it is left clean for the next guests.
While the house has been designed to be 'disabled friendly', the two bedrooms are upstairs, and therefore cannot be classified as wheel chair accessible.
The house was originally built around 1870, and was part of a much larger croft, split up and sold in smaller parcels of land as time has passed. The field across the road is still part of the original working 'croft'.
Donald and Cathy bought the house in 2010, and work to renovate began in 2013, completing in 2014. With Donalds' roots firmly placed in the Hebrides, we have kept the character of the house true to its island traditions. These 'Skye White Houses' were built for warmth, to be weather proof, and to provide safe shelter during the worst storms blowing in from the Atlantic. Ad Astra has weathered 140 years, and now with a new roof, new foundation, and a new timber skeleton, will weather many more to come.