A HOLIDAY home owner in the Highlands has been crowned the winner in a search to find Britain’s Best Holiday Let.

The awards, which were arranged by Sykes Holiday Cottages, saw holiday home owners from across the UK competing to be the winner of Britain’s Best Holiday Let and walk away with a £10,000 prize.

Martin Matheson started renting out The Sheiling earlier this year, located near to the popular village of Plockton in the Scottish Highlands.

Despite only being up and running for six months, the two-bedroom holiday let beat off competition to be recognised as Britain’s Best Holiday Let, as well as winning the top spot in the Best View category.

The Sheiling is a luxury wooden lodge in a secluded location on the edge of its own loch. It has been carefully designed to seamlessly fit into its surroundings, with a circular grass-topped roof a and a modern contemporary theme throughout.

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The luxury holiday let is close to the village of Plockton, and boasts a lochside hot tub, a large wrap-around deck, and a private pier, where guests have access to a small rowing boat.

Matheson, who also owns a building company, purchased Loch Lundie in 2017 alongside his wife Mairi. Spotting the opportunity to build a holiday let in this idyllic spot, the pair went on to design, build and decorate the property over a four-year period with the help of local craftsmen, finally opening its doors to holidaymakers in May of this year.

As well as Britain’s Best Holiday Let, smaller cash prizes were up for grabs for categories including Best Renovation, Best Quirky Holiday Let, Best Sustainable Holiday Let and Best Interior Design.

Winners of the other categories included a four-bedroom eco-property in Perthshire, Scotland which took home the award for Best Sustainable Holiday Let.

The expert judging panel included deputy property editor of The Times and Sunday Times Carol Lewis, The Holiday Let Success podcaster Elaine Watt and Sykes’ chief executive officer Graham Donoghue.

Properties were judged on customer reviews, location and facilities on offer.