You Can Buy a Whole Village on Scotland's Isle of Skye

Strutt & Parker
Strutt & Parker

Have you ever fantasized about moving to Scotland and living in a rustic cottage by the sea? Now, there’s an opportunity to have an entire village all to yourself. As The Scotsman reports, Mary’s Cottages, a collection of four thatched stone holiday houses, is up for sale on the Isle of Skye.

Each structure features an oil stove, a vaulted ceiling, heated slate flooring, and a built-in king bed with a twin bed in the loft. Two of the cottages were restored from ruins, and the other two were constructed more recently. All four are meant to embody the Scottish blackhouse style that’s typical of the Hebrides islands.

In addition to the four cottages, a purchase of the village includes the current owner’s five-bedroom home. The inside of that house has more of a 21st-century feel, but from the outside its pitched tile-covered roof makes it a seamless part of the rest of the village.

The cottages are a short walk from Elgol Harbor, where residents can find fishermen, marine life, and spectacular views of the Cuillin mountain range. At £1.25 million (about $1.6 million) for the whole package, agents Strutt & Parker are framing the listing as a “lifestyle business” [PDF]—though if you’re not interested in renting it out year-round, it could also make for a one-of-kind summer destination for you and your closest friends.

Strutt & Parker

Strutt & Parker

[h/t The Scotsman]

Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Computer Monitors, Plant-Based Protein Powder, and Blu-ray Sets

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Amazon
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This All-in-One Storage Solution Can Be Used at Home or Carried on the Go

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Whether you're looking for a durable storage solution for your garage or a roomy pack for a long camping trip, the collapsible RUX carrier can help keep your stuff safe and secure without taking up much room in your closet when you're done. And until December 10, you can support the project on Indiegogo.

The main idea of the RUX is to serve multiple purposes at once. You can carry it around like a backpack or duffle bag during a weekend trip outdoors, or you can use it as a stationary storage bin for your car or home. Despite being strong enough to hold your bulkiest gear, it only weighs around four pounds and is designed to be collapsible, so you can fold it up and slip it away afterwards. (Unfolded, the RUX comes in at 15.7 by 19.5 by 13.8 inches.)

And if you're looking to use it during more serious outdoor adventures, you can rest assured that its weatherproof construction will keep your stuff dry in the rain. There's even a window that allows you to double-check that your items are safe and sound.

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The RUX was created with sustainability and longevity in mind. Not only does the RUX have a lifetime warranty, but each component can also come off and be replaced easily so you can continue using the product no matter the problem. RUX is a member of 1% For The Planet, which is a group that gives back 1 percent of sales to environmental causes, even if they are not profitable.

There is still time to back the RUX campaign and reap the rewards. If you back $196, you’ll get your first RUX along with it. However, if you back $265, you’ll get one RUX, two divider totes, an EDC pouch, and two utility straps. If you back $449, you’ll get all the same things from the second level along with an extra RUX. If you want to back $515 or $725, you’ll get double or triple everything, respectively, from the second level.

The RUX campaign ends on December 10, so there is still time to back this product through Indiegogo. Shipments of RUX will hopefully start by June 2021.

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