“I think we will most miss the journey from the road down the lane to the house!” Duncan and Emma.
The Lyndale estate was an important part of the Macleod clan lands from the thirteenth century until its sale in the late eighteenth century to a Macdonald. It lies in a fertile sheltered valley that produced the flax which gave the estate its name.
The house and woodland was sold off from the farmland at the end of the twentieth century and today the farm is again farmed by a Macleod. Access to the whole estate is assured to those who treat it with care and a delight to all who visit.
Leading 1/2 mile down from the Gate Lodge through mature woodland is a lovely driveway abounding with birds, flowers and other wild life, gently followed by a burn with ferns and mosses on its bank. This passes the other two cottages and the house along the sea avenue to Camus Mor (big shore).
The shore abounds with wildlife, in particular sea birds and seals, and if you are lucky perhaps you will catch sight of an otter or dolphin. The views stretch out across Loch Snizort towards the Outer Hebrides and the all enveloping sky is ever changing. Here you can drop a line in the water or simply enjoy a sunset. It is a space which will live long in the memory.
The cruciform walled garden lies behind the house. Sheltered by the ancient walls Marcus has worked hard, using organic and bio-dynamic growing methods, to restore it from brambles and docks to somewhere near its former glory. Along with formal pathways, wide borders and rose walk there is an ancient orchard with some of the old trees still bearing fruit and a south facing vegetable garden. It has a peaceful atmosphere which reflects the love and care that has been put into it.
The woodland, meadow, garden and land within the curtilage of the house are all registered with the Soil Association as an organic holding.