Groves-Raines Architects

Kyle House

Residential

Located at the southern tip of the Kyle of Tongue, Kyle House sits elevated in the wild landscape and is the only inhabited building to enjoy uninterrupted views along the length of the sea loch to The North. On approach, it reads as a simple, symmetrical, two-storey classical stone-house, facing east towards Ben Loyal, the ‘Queen of Scottish Mountains’.

It is believed that the house was built using stone from the 2000-year-old Dun Mhaigh Broch, an iron-age building whose remains still sit on the hill above the cottage.

Previously derelict, the exterior has been faithfully restored using traditional materials: stone, lime mortar, lead and slate. New openings were neatly cut into the rear elevation and gables ends to let light in, providing dramatic views out to the landscape.
With almost nothing remaining of the original interior, the classical plan was reinterpreted to form a series of equally proportioned living spaces, pared back to almost monastic simplicity. These spaces are conceived as a series of finely detailed oak boxes, defining the areas within and around them. Doors can be discretely tucked into pockets, allowing the building to be experienced as a seamless whole.

Only the necessary objects are placed in each space. The detail and finish of every piece painstakingly considered, reduced to their essential form, all constructed from a simple palette of stone, timber, metal and glass.

The kitchen and living space are located on the ground floor each with a large, deep-set window lined in oak, allowing immersive views of the wild landscape. The living room window, which commands uninterrupted views down the Kyle of Tongue, is flanked by an open fire, burning wood sustainably grown on the estate. The ground floor is constructed of locally-quarried, polished stone, connecting it with the surrounding landscape, and is gently heated to be warm underfoot. The kitchen itself is exquisitely crafted in the same oak used throughout the house, a narrow ribbon window at eye level providing panoramic views outside.

The generously sized bathroom, allows space to enjoy the rainfall shower or extended bathing, relaxing in the window-side bath looking out to Ben Loyal. The bedroom is the simplest of spaces, containing select pieces of furniture and a bed designed and built specifically for the room. The three windows within each have dramatically different views: east to Ben Loyal, north to the Kyle of Tongue and west to Dun Mhaigh Broch.

Kyle House is part of Wildland Ltd. For more information or to book your stay please visit www.kyle.scot.

Photo credit: Alexander MacLeod and Martin Kaufmann

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