”Tim Moore, FT Eilean Shona exudes an air of ageless fantasy
”The Telegraph Memory-making and magical – and the blueprint for Peter Pan’s adventures
”FT Weekend A story-book island of simple, timeless pleasure and happy endings
”I News A natural and artistic playground for guests of all ages
”JM Barrie A wild, rocky, romantic island it is too. It almost taketh the breath away
”Conde Nast Traveller Preposterously gorgeous
Estate & House Management Team(L to R) Alistair Gardiner, Boe Holder, Niamh Kelleher and Jack Cakebread
Island GuardiansVanessa Branson, Noah Devereux, Florence Devereux, Louis Devereux and Ivo Devereux
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News & reviews
Most recently Eilean Shona has been featured in The Times, The Telegraph, The Financial Times Magazine How To Spend it, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Elle Decor and Tatler Magazine to name a few.
The Times called it a hit with the A-list in 2023, the Telegraph named Eilean Shona as one of the best island breaks you can have without leaving the country in 2021 and Conde Nast named it as Britain’s most romantic island hideaway in 2019 and one of their 20 loveliest British islands in 2020. Eilean Shona also featured in Channel 4’s television Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig in March 2022.
A selection of our press features:
A perfect adventure island
Every adventure within one hour's walk or kayak from the main house. And in the main house – to wallow in a monster bath, and then to sink into a sofa with a glass of fino and ponder the morrow: With muffled oar and binoculars ready, to stalk the seal or sea eagle. To climb Beinn a' Bhàillidh and from on high to shout the names of the Western isles from South to North - Muck, Eigg, Rhum and the mighty Cuillins of Skye. To walk the paths until you come to Shoe Bay, the most idyllic spot surely in all the West, as the sun sinks gently down and the tide creeps in across the golden sand. And then back to the house for that bath again, and then dinner and then…..ponder the morrow before honest, natural lassitude overwhelms you.
Something for everybody
This island surely has something for everybody. Whether in search of peace and solitude, inspiration or relaxation It is here waiting for you. We found an endless array of beautiful walks, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches to picnic on. We saw deer and otters, sea eagles and woodpeckers. We ate delicious locally sourced food and were completely spoiled by Paul and Kate. We will definitely return to this secret paradise.
Nurture the creative soul
Gauguin might have had to go to Tahiti to find inspiration but take it from me you will find everything you need to nurture the creative soul on Shona. The fantastic northern light, beautiful white sandy beach and sparkling turquoise sea will give you a palette of colours and moods the like of which you've never seen before. Better than any boutique hotel, fabulous for any party or romantic get away. The island suits everybody and is perfect to share with friends, for families looking for Swallows and Amazons, teenagers, toddlers, foodies, yoga fanatics, just anybody looking for a good time in a beautiful unique magical mysterious place! The only downside is like Gauguin you might find it hard to leave!
Site Photography : N Abel Smith, A Bailey, A Baxter, T Bean, J Bedford, J Benson, S Birdsall, V Branson, J Brockway, The Caryls, B Cox, A Cross, L Devereux, L Dorman, B Holder, L Jones, The Kitcheners, M Klever, R Langlands Pearse, G Lees, P Markel, A Mellor, J Merrell, J Nash, J Pike, M Rafferty, M Vari, J Watt, Weddings by Anna, C Weiss, A Williams
Website : Larry Smith
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