As anyone who has stayed with us will know, our dining/breakfast room was, …dinky! Compact, bijou … well, down right small in fact. Well. No more!!
Last summer we finally launched our project for an extension to this bijou dining area, that would make it tremendous! For those that have been following us on Facebook you will be familiar with our album logging our progress, as this audacious if not absolutely necessary addition to our house emerged from its concrete foundations.
The months past, the extension grew… albeit slowly but surely out of the ground, until finally it was finished! Oh and what a fabulous room it has turned out to be and worth every hard earned penny! From the large windows facing South and East, it has views to die for; views of the Red Cuillin at sunrise and the magnificent Black Cuillin too (previously only available to those who sat facing the dining room door i.e. one person). It also benefits from a vaulted ceiling thus providing a feeling of warm spaciousness.
We have adopted a concept that had previously been successful when two tables were pushed together – everyone seated around one big table! It encourages and triggers conversation, even friendships but at the very least shared views and experiences of the beautiful Isle of Skye. No more hiding behind an I-Pad or smart phone for our guests, oh no, there’s no escape now from gentle conversation and almost certainly, lengthy periods of staring out at the views.
There’s a big new screen on the wall with photo’s of this glorious Island as well as soft, often gaelic music stream setting the mood, inspiring guests for their day. There’s even a telescope so if we are blessed with a beautiful clear night sky during your stay, Stuart will happily assist so you can view the stars above. Stuart just loves his ‘toys’.
What has happened to the previous dining area? Well our old dining area, that bijou space of somewhat cozy proportions, has been revamped. Discrete spot lights illuminate this room and it has become the area where our guests can pour coffee, select speciality teas, help themselves to cereals, fruit or yoghurts. It’s also where I display my homemade jam and marmalades for sale. So no more shuffling around squeezing past each other in order to get that extra cup of coffee.
The large wall maps are still in the old dining area but at least now they are more accessible for guests wishing to plan their day out. It’s all so much more, well…. airy and spacious!
So here we go in photo’s – our newly completed dining area. We do hope our guests will like it, not just for its space but also for the stunning views that can be enjoyed whilst breaking their fast.
Of course they’ll have to prize me out of there first, it’s my favourite room in the house now.