Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Bolt Hole.....

Phewww...we have just finished a very busy week at Wild thyme.

We have been most fortunate to be part of some wonderful celebrations over the past few months. We certainly have no complaints, as it has been busy. However, whenever I start to feel really stressed and overworked, I try to relax and and think about all of the amazing places I will visit when time and circumstances allow. Very often, I just want to get out of Dodge, slow right down and just hide away in a lovely place for a week.

In Britain, they call it a "bolt hole". I love the term. Because that's exactly what you want to do....bolt and hide.

A few years ago I stumbled upon Callakille Cottage on the west coast of Scotland, via the internet.

The cottage is 50 yards from the beach and located on one of Scotland's most scenic stretches of coast, with views across to the Isle of Skye.

The interior is extremely charming, stylishly appointed and romantic.

I love the branches and the Roberts radio on the window sill. Ahh yes, music quietly playing or maybe I'd be catching up with The Archers on BBC radio 4.

The deerskin hide, the dark laquered floors and the simple bedding and pillows make the room feel inviting, rather than dowdy.

I would easily de-stress in this room. It's bright and simple. I can just picture myself with a cup of tea, some toast, comfie "jammies" and a few Persephone books to lose myself in. Love it !

Callakille cottage belongs to online entrepreneur Rosie Brown. Rosie has great taste and has an incredible eye and talent for sourcing the best of Scotland's artists and artisans. And no, it's not all shortbread and tartan kilts !

Oh, by the way, this is the bag I would have with me at Callakille Cottage. I find it rather chic and classic. Great for town visits.

So practical AND stylish !

For those long, long walks when one gets thirsty. Very tasteful.

And, oh my, we can't forget our wellies. Much needed in Scotland.

I love the idea of deer antlers on the mantle. Very hip and gorgeous.

Oooh, this blanket looks divine. Check it out on Papa Stour.

I'm totally into hot water bottles. This one would be perfect for Callakille Cottage !

The Welcoming Committee! Sweet!

By the way, if anyone has stayed here or is planning to visit, we'd love to hear from you as we're are thinking of booking for 2010 sometime.


  1. Hallo,

    I love your blog! I've discovered your blog by googling Axel Vervoordt.

    Greet from Belgian Pearls

  2. I have this cottage bookmarked and I sigh over it often. I have stayed fairly near to there,but not in the actual cottage. It looks simply wonderful, however. Of course, Scotland is my favourite place on the planet.

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  4. Sorry guys, I slipped up there and accidentally deleted....

    Hello Greet. Thank you so much for visiting. I've just been over to your blog and It is gorgeous! Isn't the world of blogging great ? A lot of creative juices and so many kind and supportive people.Look forward to catching up with you.

    Speaking of creative, kind and supportive...hello Pamela Terry. I just love this place and do hope to get there sometime in 2010.I can hear the silence. Also would love to visit Gargunnock House (which I learned of through Lisa over at A Bloomsbury Life - another great blog).I'm trying to organize a family reunion and I think it would be ideal.

  5. Hi

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon here in 2008 and return yearly. I stumbled across your blog whilst googling for images of Callakille during a stressful day at work as it soothes my heart in times of trouble to know that I can return to this beautiful tranquil place.

    I hope you get there,




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