Call me Marie Antoinette…

It’s on record that whenever I go somewhere new – an obscure European town, a British seaside resort – I immediately want to buy a house and live there. Leaving aside the potential unhealthiness of this urge and what it says about me, I have to tell you that I have a new dream house. And this one has no water or electricity.

Highland Bothy

At the weekend I went to stay overnight in a bothie on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. Bothies are little stone buildings across Scotland, many of which are maintained by the Mountain Bothie Association. They are left empty and unlocked, and anyone who wishes can stay in one overnight. For free. No booking. And with whichever strangers have made the walk there too.

Bothy on the beach

I won’t say exactly where this one is, but it’s a good two hour hike from the road. And look at the location. You feel like the only living soul when you come down from the steep hills behind and see the little stone house overlooking this beautiful beach.

Bothy on the beach

The weather was amazing, and after our two-hour walk we threw off our back-packs and went for a swim in the clear – and surprisingly warm – sea. Dinner cooked on camping stoves was steak, seen here defrosting in the sun on the roof.

Bothy on the beach

Then fires were lit inside and out, and we sat up looking at the super moon. Inside the house was so beautiful – so basic, nothing but what it needed to be. With fires in the main cooking room and a little bedroom, wooden bunks downstairs and a wooden attic where we slept on the floor, it fulfilled all my Heidi-based fantasies about mountain living.

Bothy bedroom

bothy fire

bothy main room

Bothy bedroom

bothy window

Now, all I want is an open fire, an empty beach and a hard bench to sit on. I never liked cooking anyway. I’ll eat Super Noodles and read by candlelight. This is the home of my dreams.

5 Responses to “Call me Marie Antoinette…”

  1. Lynsey Alexander
    August 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Truly beautiful Ros, wish I could have made it along with you all, maybe next year. Although I think we should spend a couple of days next time. xxx

    • myfriendshouse
      August 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      Thanks Lynsey. We missed you. John and I are planning to go for a couple of nights after Country & Western! I’m hooked x

  2. Patsy
    August 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Loved your photos and comments on this. It does look idyllic. My husband has used these a good deal and says they are scattered all over the Highlands and remote parts. I can see the romance of your visit… especially with those steaks to look forward to after the swim. I’m a wimp and would probably have moaned about the discomfort of sleeping on the floor and lack of loo and bath!

  3. Nickie
    September 3, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    I know exactly what you mean about wanting a house in every place you visit! Dreaming of what a life there would be like and “fixing it up” to your taste to look like a Homes and Gardens feature. I am soo like this too (we have four houses now all over the world) although this place would be a little too rustic for me! Love your blog 🙂

    • myfriendshouse
      September 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      glad it’s not just me. I am also eyeing wrecked cow sheds on Corfu, so the rustic thing is obviously in my DNA. If only I had any actual building skills or practical ability… x

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