Escape: The Bosville

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A refurb that mixes contemporary design with local touches has transformed this hotel into the new must-visit destination on Skye

We arrived to the worst weather you could have for an island getaway, in the midst of a worthy-of-a-name kind of storm. The wind was howling, the sky was ominously grey, and the rain was battering off the windscreen. Despite this, the Isle of Skye showed its true colours – literally. The sea magically remained an almost turquoise blue, and the main town of Portree, with its row of multicoloured houses, looked picture-postcard perfect. We felt as if we’d truly escaped already, and we weren’t even at the hotel yet.
Our destination was the Bosville Hotel, overlooking the harbour at Portree, the town jokingly referred to by the hotel’s director of operations, Angela Finlay, as “the Las Vegas of Skye” for its array of bright lights. It has been formed from what were once three separate buildings and converted to include 19 bedrooms, a bar and a restaurant.
Taken over in 2013, the hotel had been scheduled for a transformation, which was completed in March this year. The result is a cool mix of the contemporary and the traditional, with a continuity of design throughout. The bedrooms are decorated in a palette of greys, with simple but well-crafted furnishings, completed with wooden elements and brown leather touches for warmth. Roca fixtures kit out the en-suite bathrooms. A good deal of thought has clearly gone into the design, both of the aesthetics and the practicalities, to enhance the guest experience, and it works. There are Scandinavian-inspired elements to the pared-back style, but it is more than that. It doesn’t feel stereotypically Scottish (there’s no tartan to be seen) yet the island itself is its main theme.

This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more stunning photography on pages 260-263, issue 107.

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Photography Rosie and Andrew Woodhouse
Words Caitlin Clements