Toravaig House is an unimposing, plain white building nestled in Skye's Sleat peninsula. The smooth lines, silky fabrics and twinkling lights inside are a sharp contrast to what's out: craggy cliffs, an often boiling sea and the said-to-be-haunted ruin of Knock Castle.
Some of the rooms are considerably smaller than others, and not all face the sea, but each is individually designed - in a style you'd expect to find in a smooth, city-slicker hotel rather than in one reached by ferry. Huge, chequered headboards, spotty cushions and bold colours are found throughout, as are satellite TV and wi-fi: the decoration here is thoroughly and unexpectedly modern. That said, one room does feature a magnificent wooden sleigh-bed and the sitting room, warmed by an open log fire, is filled with squishy orange sofas.
One of the main draws of Toravaig is undoubtedly the food: a constant comment from guests is how much they've enjoyed eating here. Chef Chris Brayshay's innovative menus have racked up a host of awards. His menus are strictly seasonal and ingredients are locally sourced - langoustines and lobsters from local waters and home-grown leaves and herbs. The restaurant itself - The Islay - benefits from great views over the gardens and mountains beyond.
Service is described as extremely warm and welcoming: owners Captain Ken Gunn and Anne Gracie 'make the place seem like home,' and even offer daily sailing trips around Skye on Solus na Mara, their 42-ft yacht.