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Here are some extracts from the guest books in The Stonehouses:

“We are so thankful – it has been like the most beautiful fairy tale. Ullapool, the Stonehouses, the Highlands – a dream – we do not want to wake up! Thanks for making us so welcomed at this gorgeous place.”

Andeas and Karen, Switzerland

“2nd visit – amazing weather – 3 beach days! Houses are a credit to your imagination and attention to detail. Yoga on the wall was a delight. Back to reality now – no more comfort at every turn – but relaxed to the core after a week here.”

The Stills, Edinburgh

“The house is absolutely wonderful – everything we hoped for and more – shower and bath particularly superb and the langoustines were the best we’ve ever tasted – thanks so much for taking the trouble to get them for us. We also appreciated the hi-fi and gave it a good workout.”

Julian and Jill, Helensburgh

“Thank you so much for looking after us in this superb setting and building. Stonehouse/Treetop is fantastic and the views are wonderful. We have had a great week walking, running, cycling and mountaineering. The Langoustines (lively straight off the boat were delicious)”

Gillian and Ian Knowles, Edinburgh

“We arrived in desperate need of complete rest and relaxation – at Treetop we found our sanctuary!. The most beautiful house in a spectacular location. Rachel and Gavin, we cannot thank you enough. We are already planning and counting the days until we can return again”

Karen and Pam, Broughty Ferry

“We both loved our stay in this fabulous accommodation and it was the perfect place to spend our honeymoon. We will always keep very fond memories of our time in the Stonehouses and we now have the perfect place for anniversary holidays!”

Heather and Kaveh, Edinburgh 

“A stunning house in a stunning area. Rachel and Gavin make the house feel like a home! Such a variety of areas to visit but the Geo Park area is magnificent. We return home fully revitalised”

John and Helen, Cheshire

“We have both loved our stay in this beautiful house and in the most perfect location. The house is so well appointed – a pleasure to be in, look in, sleep in and look out of.”

Simon and Lucy Everett, Windsor 

“Wonderful views, beautiful house- who could ask for any more”

Ann and Elaine Watson, Western Australia 

“Great geology, great scenery, great walking, superb food and drink with special friends in such a splendid house. Harrah for the Stonehouses”

Barbara K

“There is little we can add to the many expressions of delight, praise and appreciation made by earlier contributors to this book. We have found the Stonehouses to be a most beautiful place in which ‘to be’. We find ourselves wanting to share this place with our friends and family and hope to return. Ullapool is a great location. We have travelled North and South of here experiencing the dramatic landscapes of the NW Highlands of Scotland”

Anne and Margaret, Milton Keynes

“Thank you for your vision and persistence in creating such a wonderful place to spend a few days enjoying Scottish hospitality and wondrous surroundings!”

Karen Powers and Joe Lobko, Toronto 

“What a perfect hideaway and wonderful place for a honeymoon”

Mr and Mrs Gillies, Glasgow

“Treetop House is breathtaking. Beautifully designed, stunning location and you guys have been fantastic hosts. We have had an amazing time and look forward to returning one day.”

Zoe and Duncan, St Albans

“Congratulations! You have created an idyllic contemporary home from home. We have loved every minute.”

Steve and Julie, Wiltshire

“Wow! Pretty ,much sums up this beautiful house. We have had a wonderful tranquil time here. You have thought of everything from the warm welcome, to the much appreciated welcome basket. This was a true 5 star experience”

Anson, Sarah, Erin and Findlay

“You have created 2 wonderful retreats that will be enjoyed for years to come. The weather has been wild at times (we could only see but not hear it!) and it has provided many dramatic and ever changing views. It has been one of the most enjoyable properties on our many visits around the Highlands”

Alison, Michael and Ellie, Oxenhope

“ We have had a fantastic weekend. I would say it has been one of the most relaxed and memorable weekends of our lives. The Stonehouses and views speak for themselves, but your hospitality and kindness will be remembered.”

Grant and Lynne, Edinburgh

“We have had the most wonderful honeymoon here in the Stonehouses, Ullapool. It has been the perfect place to relax and unwind after our wedding and we feel privileged to have enjoyed the surrounding areas and amazing, ever-changing weather. The house is beautiful and exceeded our expectations.”

Jacqueline and Daniel McConnel

“You have just spoilt us for any future accommodation – including our own house. We have stayed in some amazing places but this surpasses them all! Design, colours, light and attention to detail second to none. Clearly so much thought, time and effort devoted to this project. A masterpiece of architecture, interior and exterior – natural materials just blend into the landscape and coupled with that comfort to the first degree.”

Mike and Val McLaren

“What a fantastic place for our honeymoon! Stunning place, stunning views and a fantastic welcome. Can’t wait to come back.”

Kevin and Lynne McDonald

“We have had a fantastic time enjoying the majesty of the Highlands coupled with the luxury of the Stonehouses. Gavin and Rachel have made us feel like old friends visiting.”

Nicci-jo and Stephen, Wales

“The house is beautiful. We particularly love the curved walls and the subtle colours. Everything in the house has clearly been carefully chosen and the end result is both stunning and relaxing.”

Margaret and Andy Wharton

“Have had the most wonderful few days in this wonderful refuge. Everything was perfect from the house with its views and the cosy chimney to the village and the unbelievable nature surrounding it. We loved to spend time in the house, cooking and watching the boats and the ferry coming into the harbour and seeing it disappear between the islands again.”

Hecker Family, Dusseldorf

“We both salute you for creating such fabulous, unique properties, you have thought of everything to make your guests comfortable. This part of the world is very special to us and is certainly enhanced by your creation”

David and Karine Butler, Aberdeen

“Awesome, excellent, superb – and every other word in the dictionary I could list but it won’t quite describe the superlative Curved Stone House. It is simply fantastic. We stayed here for our 14th wedding anniversary and we thoroughly enjoyed our break – from the champagne and welcome pack to the views and surrounding countryside. The website doesn’t quite do it justice (although my expectations were high after looking at it). It is a place you just have to book!”

Gill and Les Baker, West Lothian

“We thank you for the opportunity to stay at your wonderful Treetop Stonehouse. We have had the most amazing week here. It has been a dream. We love everything. We shall go back home with many unforgettable memories and so rested.”

Lin and Martin

“An AMAZING place. Was expecting something special but our holiday at the Stonehouses exceeded all our expectations. This place is a gem and very very special. Wonderful owners and a beautiful area to visit.”

Sawdays online feedback

“Spoilt by your wonderful hospitality here at the Stonehouses. So many details to love and enjoy here. Can only hope to return to this fabulous house and lovely Ullapool”

Dik, Cat and Eilidh

“The whole design is outstanding and so well thought out, interiors lovely, the colours in all rooms are so restful – want to go home and re-paint our house now! Ullapool hill walks from the house are superb and to be recommended. It’s a wonderful spot to explore and see many places. We have all loved our stay so much”

Helen, Kevin, Laura and Mel Thompson

“We have travelled all over Scotland staying in some remarkable properties. However, without any doubt, this is the best so far and the next one will have much to compare to your holiday accommodation. A spectacular piece of architecture, design and colour”

Graham and Sandra Wiseman, Fraserburgh

“What a stunning and romantic place: We loved everything. A house as beautiful as its surroundings. To find such stylish luxury in a truly amazing setting was beyond our dreams. The views are so incredible from every room, it’s hard to believe that you are inside. Never before have we felt so happy to spend time inside looking out. Thank you for building the Stonehouses”

Gillian Baldwin and Iain McRae, Manchester

“Your Stonehouse is so beautiful, we don’t want to leave! Every detail of your house is stunning even down to the local luxury bathroom products. Having the sauna was a perfect treat to come back to ‘ease these joints’ after a long walk”

Allison and Andy, Bristol

“Thank you so much for your fabulous hospitality which was so attentive and generous. The house is absolutely outstanding – truly inspiring and so beautifully executed in all respects: the vision, the stunning design, the tasteful and beautiful decor. It is so perfect! And then, after all these superlatives, there is the view – the panoramic vista that is utterly breathtaking We were mesmerised by the changing lights, weather patterns, sunsets, storms, blue skies, hail that scudded across the loch and town below us. This is a stunning area and we will be back to explore it further”

Liz and Bryn, Nottingham

“We have had the most relaxing few days in your wonderful house. Everything has been thought, of to make ones stay just perfect. To lie in bed with a cup of tea in the morning and watch the boats, and indeed the world pass by – pure luxury!! From the moment we arrived we knew the weekend was going to be special as the welcome we received from you both made us feel so at home – nothing is a bother to either of you and you genuinely want to make our stay so special. Alas all good things come to an end and we are very reluctant to lock the door and head home. We can’t wait to tell everyone about our stay and will most definitely come back.”

June and Donald

“What a jaw dropping, amazing place this is to stay. It is so peaceful and quiet we had a very very relaxing time watching the ferries go by”

Susanne and James Morrison

“Amazing house inside and out. We loved everything – the design, colours, luxury etc. We had the most relaxing week and it was wonderful to come ‘home’ to such comfort every night. Rachel you are a wonderful ambassador for true Scottish hospitality. You have created a gem in the west”

Billy and Margo Young, Scottish Borders

“We have had a wonderful week in your beautiful gem of a house. We have loved the serene and luxurious space you have created and been unable to stop marvelling at the jaw dropping views. We’ve also really appreciated your warmth, friendliness and endless willingness to go out of your way to be helpful”

Sophie, James and Beth

“Wow – what an amazing place – fantastic views and facilities.”

Gill and Tim Caine, Southport 

“Wow!!! What an amazing vision you both have to create this amazing place. Your uncompromising attention to detail both through design and through finishing touches has produced a truly unique holiday experience. We loved the scenic views and particularly loved the views from the bedrooms”

Colin and Wendy, Edinburgh

“Reading through this book, it seems that everyone has felt the same way as we do about the Stonehouses. Without question, you have created the most perfect and unique holiday experience. This extraordinary house, set against such spectacular scenery has afforded us the opportunity to enjoy all that we love about Scotland”

The Wardens, Bearsden, Glasgow 

“Please look after these stone houses as we will return in the not so far future. What a gem you have created!”

Holly and Alan Bradley, USA 

“The house not only is the most beautiful one we have stayed in, you have also thought of every single need that might arise while staying in it – that is what we call true luxury.”

The Klee Family, Kronberg, Germany

“Best of all – sitting on the patio for breakfast and evening meals watching the boats come and go and just relaxing at the Stonehouses”

Jefrie and Ann Strang, North Yorkshire

“Elegant, beautiful and magical house”

Tully Family, Dundee

“Some things in life are very special, and this house, this view, this whole concept is fantastic, a hidden gem in a beautiful area of Scotland – it’s perfect! The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Beaches are wow!!”

James and Fiona Farish, Galashiels 

“Sorry all future guests, but we’re moving into The Stonehouses on a permanent basis …just loved it here. Coming back home in the evening was just fabulous. Sitting in the armchair by the window gazing at the harbour – a wonderful end to perfect days out.”

Bronwyn Dalley and Rob Farlang Wellington, New Zealand

“Only thoughts/plans of returning make departure bearable (only just).”

Jennifer and Martin Ozga, Worcester

“beyond our expectations – a peaceful, stylish retreat”

Peter and Yolande, Scotland

“We have loved this hillside lair – a truly amazing place with spectacular, ever changing views. In our opinion, the place would be lovely no matter what season or what the weather was doing outside”

Moireen and Alan Cary, Calgary, Canada

“Luxury tranquillity and spectacular views. We have had a wonderful few days enjoying the beautiful Stonehouses. Truly a fantastic place, made all the more memorable as it included a birthday and 9 Munros!”

Jeannette and Brian Montgomery, West Lothian

“We have stayed in many holiday homes, but have to say this one is the best. The building itself is very special and we have appreciated the concept, architecture and craftsmanship. However the warm welcome from Gavin, Rachel and their girls together with the fully five star finishing touches (toiletries, fluffy towels, bath robes, champagne, well equipped kitchen) have made this a wonderful place to stay”

Rob and Louise Stokoe, Sheffield

“This wonderful and outstanding home away from home has been much more than we’d expected. The design is amazing in every respect. We will miss the wonderful views and the breathtaking Highlands”

Gerhard and Elke, Bavaria, Germany

“wow, wow and wow again! A beautiful house – well designed and perfectly finished. A wonderful place to experience the ever changing skies above Ullapool. The views are fantastic and the welcome was warm and much appreciated.”

Sharon and Kevin Cullinane, Crieff

“the Stonehouses are simply stunning in every respect. We have loved every minute. We are so sorry to leave – but we will return”

Stuart and Gill Hall, Glasgow