eco pod scotland

Roam+Board :: Ecopod Boutique Retreat

[trip style = glamping]

{Editor’s Note :: I read about this dome hotel a few months ago in House & Home, ripped the page out and vowed I'd a) feature it, and b) stay here one day. Check out Scotland's hippest trip style = glamping spot.}

What Europe is all about pods---coffee pods, sightseeing pods, and now, hotel pods. Neither the accommodations nor the experience at the Ecopod Boutique Retreat is your average, flimsy nylon tent-take on camping---quite the opposite. Draped in geometric yellow, beige and army green camo print, these stylish, open-plan, 229 sf geodesic domes boast circular skylights, retro Guzzini lighting and original Charles Eames recliners to gaze at Scotland's rugged West coast terrain.

At check-in you're handed a complimentary hamper stocked with local specialties like dived scallops, handmade chocolates and a decanter filled with the best Scottish malt whiskey {<- seriously, best welcome amenities ever!}. With all this foodie love, you might not even feel like using your dapper dome's custom Danish kitchen or soaking in its outdoor Japanese cedar hot tub---never mind, there's always time for a cedar-tub soak under the stars.

Where Appin, Argyll, Scotland is within 140-190 km of most major airports; Glasgow International, Prestwick, Inverness and Edinburgh. Via train, Scotrail runs a three-times daily, 3.5-hour service from Glasgow Central station to Oban. From Oban, Citylink and West Coast Motors run a bus service to Appin.

When In winter and fall, each earth-friendly pod's wood-burning stoves make it cozy with sustainable wood pellets from local forests. In spring and summer, explore the area via hikes in every direction.

Who/Why You feel at home in two worlds; the city and the country. Slight snag: your country self appreciates the city's style, amenities and pampering. If all these stars align, you're a regular girl/boy scout sporting designer digs under your muddy boots and disheveled hair.

Cost Pods sleep two and can be booked for three- to seven-night stays. Note, it's tricky to find three-night slots online, so you'll have to call. Approx $800 for three nights or $1750 for a week. Wifi included.

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[photos via ecopod boutique resort]