scottish rural modern

Cliff Cottage

location location location. the more remote, the better. craftsman/builder daniel mccowan and artist/designer tery clement’s cottage in lonbain, applecross, scotland, tests the elements in exchange for a rarefied view of the isles of skye, eigg and raasay.

dormer window

stone steps

rebuilt from the foundation up, cliff cottage is a work in progress combining traditional scottish workmanship with modern details and amenities. the mix of rough white stucco and batten board wood siding with the dark shingled roof is in keeping with the traditional farm houses in the region (the property is a historical listing and can’t change its footprint or style).

front door


i love the drywall return (there must be a better name for it) on the windows with the frames painted in scottish blue for the kitchen and hunter green for the dining room. the kitchen is contemporary and cozy featuring retro elements such as the smeg fridge and the ubiquitous british plate rack. tery created the whimsical deer print window shade for the kitchen (Clement Designs).





view of skye and raasay (and sheep)

coast view

the neighbors

old stone wall

stone wall detail


the road to cliff cottage.