Rural Breaks with Modern Style

21st Century stays which emphasise modernity.

Scotland is well known for its rich tradition in hospitality, but this doesn’t mean that all hotels are cut from the same cloth. This collection of hotels and B&Bs combine modern design with rural charm for a truly unforgettable experience.

The Colonsay Hotel

There’s something to be said for a building that has stood since 1750, however it speaks to the bravery and confidence of its owners that such an old place has been decorated with such a light modern touch. Whilst the rustic charm of this eighteenth century building has no doubt been kept in tact, modern contemporary doors and cool colours have opened up the space and made it a formidably relaxing place to stay.

Where? Isle of Colonsay How much? Rooms from £75 per night (including breakfast)

Mhor 84 Motel

To call Mhor 84 a ‘motel’ is somehow do it a disservice, despite the fact that this definition is factually accurate and also adopted by the establishment itself. There’s nothing seedy (or cheap!) about this roadside collection of understated buildings which comprises a modern Scandi-style restaurant/bar and a number of super-chic rooms. Highlights are the legendary breakfasts and the spectacular views from the pristine wood panelled rooms.

Where? Balquhidder, Lochearnhead How much? Rooms from £90 per night


Built in 1906, this grand old house might well be steeped in history but that doesn’t mean you’ll be drowning in twee doilies. Owners John and Sylvia have done a great job of maintaining the striking Austrian carpentry which makes this place so unique, whilst placing their own modern stamp on the place with a number of modern touches that make this peaceful 6 room retreat really something to write home about.

Where? Walkerburn, Scottish Borders How much? Rooms from £200 per night

Mint Croft

There’s rarely a spot on the Isle of Skye that doesn’t afford a stunning view of the jaw-dropping surroundings, but the Mint Croft’s commanding view is truly one to savour. Shaz and Ali run this modern take on the crofting tradition and their food, when not dug from their own land, is sourced from trusted artisan food producers all across Scotland. The rugged charm of their suite are carefully balanced with an ultra modern aesthetic that is instantly impressive.

Where? Isle of Skye How much? £200 per night (including breakfast and afternoon tea)


The mettle of phone addicts and workaholics alike will be tested at this 17th-century farmhouse turned Scandi-retreat whose owners (Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife) have designed with the help of designer Ruth Kramer. A maximum of 8 people a night stay in this melting pot of Scottish hospitality and contemporary Scandi-design, there’s no Wi-Fi or TV and you’ll be forced to talk to other guests as all meals are served at a communal table.

Where? Cairngorms National Park How much? £240 per night (including breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner)


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