May 26, 2022

Eilean Shona, the private Scottish island that inspired JM Barrie’s Neverland and where Kate Winslet celebrated her 40th birthday, is starring in the second Channel 4 Six Part series of Extraordinary Escapes, the UK’s most expensive and unusual. Holidays that are full of complexity are neither fun nor comfortable. The 9pm episode featuring author, comedian and presenter Sandy Tox Veg and Psychotherapist and author Philippe Perry’s Journey to the Destination in Loch Miedart is airing March 24.

“As Sandy stays on the houseboat for a while, she’s used to being submerged in water, and she was definitely seen here at home on the island, as was her traveling companion Philip. It really was. It was a fun weekend: we were very busy but we also laughed a lot, “says Sarah Watt, co-manager of Elaine Shona. The crew filmed in April last year and we were incredibly lucky with the weather. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes.

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The two settled on an island property – a two-bedroom old school house, where prices start at £ 2,000 per week, on the island’s north coast. It was once a community school, but was abandoned until owner Vanessa Branson converted it into a two-bedroom retreat. In addition to an open plan living and sitting room, its features now include a Victorian roll top bath, with sea views, and an outdoor shower.

Old school house

The series will be accompanied by a book, Extraordinary Escapes – Unique & Wild Getaways Across the UK by Gemma Bowes (20Quadrille will publish on February 17. “Complete loneliness and distance with a touch of glamor and a wink of fun.”

As part of the filming, Tux Weig and Perry explored the 1300 acres of Moreland, as well as the Wildland, which is classified as part of the Scottish Rain Forest Belt, and the rest of the island, which is red. Home to squirrels, red deer, sea eagles. And Pine Martines. They also discovered the former hunting lodge, the Alien Shona House, designed by Scottish head architect Robert Lorimer, which houses prints of Philippa’s husband, Grayson Perry, in the snooker room.

To coincide with the launch of the series, three craft cottages on the island have been upgraded.

“Some of our beautiful cottages, Red Cottage, South Shore Cottage and Teurum Cottage, have a wonderful face,” says Branson. “After seeing many rented cottages elsewhere in Scotland that came in a variety of shades of gray and gray, I chose my new color palette to bring fun, warmth and character to the properties, and I’m delighted. They are now ready for our new reception, the guests of the season in April.

Vanessa Branson

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Extraordinary escape team at Alien Shona House

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