Monday, November 18, 2019
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Plans have been submitted for a luxury ecological resort in Portree.

The site on Struan Road could be home to 27 pods surrounding a hub.  

Plans have been submitted by Mr Garton Jones and his wife, Miranda, who currently own Uig bunkhouse, The Cow Shed.

Mr Garton Jones told The Skye Times that the inspiration came from the resorts in the Caribbean and Thailand.  "Very often, you have one hub building for the reception area, restaurant and bar, and your room is a little thatched cottage.  That's the feel we're trying to create," he said.  Mr Garton Jones said it was likely the bar would be open to the public.  

The car park would be located opposite the West Highland College and have space to accommodate 50 cars.  

The challenge of getting luggage from the car park to the pods could be solved with the use of Shetland ponies.  Mr Garton Jones said the idea came from his wife.  He told The Skye Times: "The actual hub is elevated up the site for the nicer views, but people have to walk from the car park to reception.  People want the wilderness but not the walk with their luggage, so little Shetland ponies with panniers could get the luggage from the car to their room.  I think it's fun and nice!"

Mr Garton Jones said he hoped to start building the resort in the summer, subject to planning permission being granted by Highland Council.

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