Woodland Eco Accommodation

The Tiny cabin in the Tiny woods! A timber, off grid, contemporary eco cabin in the woodlands of our 2.5 acre organic Permaculture garden and smallholding on the beautiful Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands ideal for eco conscious travellers!

The cosy hand built cabin is situated in a pleasant woodland glade, and sleeps up to 2 people in a double bed, with cooking facilities, a dining/seating area, and a compost toilet and bucket shower in a small en suite bathroom. The self contained cabin has a wood burner with firewood supplied from our own woodland. It has French doors opening onto an outside deck with a view across the wood and fields, ideal for relaxing after a day exploring the area, and maybe spotting the Red Kites swooping overhead!

The cabin is off grid so there is no mains electricity or Wifi to detract you, but it has solar powered lights and USB phone charger, and some rechargeable lanterns as well as a speaker to play music from your phone. There is a kitchenette in the cabin with a gas hob, sink and storage (note there is no fridge but a cooling bucket). All kitchen equipment is supplied. There is a foot pump for fresh (cold only) drinking water, and the water is heated on the gas hob or wood burner, which can be used to fill the bucket shower or basin in the bathroom. Guests will need to refill the water tank and log supply (on longer stays), so there is an element of ‘hands on’ campcraft required!

The Tiny Cabin in the Tiny Woods

 

A complimentary organic breakfast hamper is included, which has home made sourdough bread and jams, butter, tea/herb teas from the garden, coffee, milk and fresh eggs from our 6 hens (when available)! All bedding and towels are provided, with cosy blankets to snuggle into on those chilly nights while you watch the flames crackle in the wood burner. There are books and board games in the cabin too.

The cabin is built using locally milled larch for the beams, cladding and decks, and sustainable certified timber for the frames and sheet materials. They have UK sheep’s wool insulation, green sedum roofs, rainwater harvesting, eco friendly natural paints and finishes, organic towels, environmentally friendly bedlinen and recycled wool or plastic bottle mattresses, duvets and curtains. We have upcycled furniture and fittings and even used some of our own beechwood cut and milled from the trees around you.

The bothy is sited in our small woodland where you are welcome to walk on the meandering paths and relax on the benches provided. Please do try and keep to the marked pathways as we are encouraging plants and wildflowers to grow in lots of areas which we’re trying to avoid getting trampled. There is plenty of wildlife around, with Deer, Bats, Red Kites, a lively Rookery (note they can be quite noisy at times!), Owls, Tree sparrows, Wood pigeons, and many other animals, birds and insects visiting us.

The cabin would suit couples or individuals with an interest in sustainable living, eco tourism, organic food growing or Permaculture. We can arrange for bespoke workshops on many of the aspects of sustainable living which we have made part of our daily lives, such as sourdough bread making, fermented foods and drinks such as kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi, home-made wine, syrups and cordials, and preserving fruit and veg by making jams and chutnies. The house and gardens contain Permaculture designed kitchen gardens, meadows, and forest gardens which we can give a guided tour and talk on. All of these options can be booked before or during your stay.

We are situated in the small hamlet of Kilcoy, close to the Beauly Firth on the Black Isle. Surrounded by rolling farmland and forest, we are also close to Inverness and Dingwall for transport, eating out, nightlife, entertainment and activities. We are ideally located for travellers on the North Coast 500, but why not take some time to explore the Black Isle and its hidden treasures such as cycling, Dolphin watching, history, woodland walks and tranquil coastal villages such as Cromarty, Avoch and Rosemarkie, you can find out all about it here www.black-isle.info. There are some pleasant local walks from the cabin down to the waters edge at Redcastle overlooking the Beauly Firth, or to the ancient bog woodland of Monadh Mor. We are also close to Loch Ness and the attractions of the Great Glen, and only just over an hour from Ullapool and the West Coast. There is a farm shop at nearby Tore where you can get fresh local fruit and veg, cheese (https://www.connage.co.uk/), milk and yoghurt from Black Isle Dairy (http://www.blackisledairy.co.uk/), and a garage. Convenience shops and Supermarkets are also available at Muir of Ord, Dingwall, Conon Bridge and of course Inverness.

Getting Around

We are within 20 minutes walking distance of a bus stop with frequent services to Inverness and Dingwall, where train links and further bus and coach connections can be made. The property is only a few minutes drive from the A9 Tore interchange coming from North or South. We want to encourage sustainable tourism and visitors are easily able to get here by bus, coach, train or bike. We have cycles which can be used during your stay and can provide cycle maps and routes for exploring the Black Isle. We are close by to a minor single track road so there will at times be traffic and farm machinery to be aware of when walking or cycling.

Your hosts

We live in the house onsite and work from home and in the gardens. We’ll get you checked into your cabin and show you how everything works upon arrival. We will be available to assist you through your stay if needed, although you will probably see us working outside much of the time!

Other things to Note

Respect our and our neighbours right to peace and quiet, no parties, no smoking in the cabins! We are in an area of working farms and an estate, so there may be noise of rural machinery and traffic. We request guests keep to the woodland paths to avoid trampling wildflowers and plants. As part of our sustainable ethos we ask that you consider minimising waste and rubbish. Please put all waste and recycling in the designated place that we show you and we will take care of this afterwards. Please only use the compost toilets as per instructions or it will break the system!

Please get in touch hello@blackislepermacultureandarts.co.uk if you are interested in staying and we will keep you posted when they become available for booking.

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