Help crowdfund this Skye holiday home - and get a bargain stay in return

The view from the planned site of Paul and Michele Bartholomew's shepherd's hut
The view from the planned site of Paul and Michele Bartholomew's shepherd's hut
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An English couple have relocated to Glendale on the Isle of Skye - and the pair want to share the beautiful views of the incomparable island with visitors.

Paul and Michele Bartholomew from Draycott in Derbyshire are currently looking to raise £30,000 to build a Shepherd's Hut looking over Loch Pooltiel in the northern reaches of the island.

A CAD design of the couple's dream holiday home

A CAD design of the couple's dream holiday home

Pledgers who donate £40 towards the couple's cause will be rewarded with a night's stay at the cosy and distinctive stay - a £60 discount on the typical rate - while an £80 pledge will earn donators a two night stay.

Alternatviely donors can contribute just £10 and receive a breakfast hamper for three guests to enjoy when they pay the hut a visit.

Or if you feel passionate enough about the couple's cause, you can donate £200 to the project and receive four nights stay for three people in return - a 50% discount.

Stunning setting

The hut itself - named Wilbur after Michele's son - will be made up of recyclable materials by Planksbridge Shepherd's Huts. The interior will consist of a bathroom, a double bed and kitchenette, as well as a wood burning stove. The furnishings in Wilbur will be crafted using locally sourced material, including Skye Weavers fabrics.

The compact accomodation is situated on four acres of sprawling Skye countryside, only a short distance from the tranquil River Hamara.

Nearby attractions include Neist's Point, a lighthouse stunningly situated on the precipice of sea cliffs, and Dunvegan Castle.

The island's famed Fairy Pools and Cuillin Ridge are under an hour's drive from the stay, as is Portree, the island's largest settlement.

Plans to build a market garden

Writing on their Kickstarter page, the couple revealed ambitious plans for their Accomodation.

"We are hoping to develop a market garden to enable us to offer our guests home grown fresh produce. This will obviously take time to establish so initially we will need to source fresh produce from our productive neighbours," they said. "Similarly we plan to subtly landscape the plot in a sympathetic manner to increase biodiversity, reintroducing indigenous trees, planting living willow structures and shelters and growing our own coppice fuel, all of which will take time to establish."

The couple have so far raised £1700 of their prospective target, £28,300 of their overall goal.

If interested in contributing