Hotels, Scotland, Wellness

HÄSTENS and Vanessa Branson give you the keys to the Sail Loft on the fairytale island of Eilean Shona

A magical escape from everyday life: Vanessa Branson and Hästens give you the keys to the Sail Loft on the island of Eilean Shona

For over 171 years, Hästens has been committed to creating a better world, filled with joy and love through extraordinary sleep experiences, and by crafting high quality beds for all those who seek to become the best version of themselves. Driven by this lifelong passion, the brand is now collaborating with Vanessa Branson and Eilean Shona, an iconic retreat nestled on a loch on Scotland’s spectacular west coast. To make her stays unique, her Sail Loft is now home to the drēmər bed by Hästens.

Swedish sleep expert Hästens is now embarking on a magical collaboration with Eilean Shona and its owner Vanessa Branson, inviting guests to escape the hectic pace of everyday life and forget about themselves. With this delightful retreat on this idyllic island off the west coast of Scotland, Vanessa Branson and her team invite guests to escape reality in a calm and enchanting setting, away from traffic and noise, to delight the senses. Beyond its incredible beauty, the island seems like something out of a fairytale, like the timeless story of Peter Pan and J.M. Barrie’s aptly named Neverland.
Nestled in the heart of nature, Eilean Shona stands apart from the usual luxury retreats, offering the perfect space for relaxation and pleasure. Set against the pristine and disarming backdrop of the Caledonian coniferous forest, the retreat combines Vanessa’s love of nature, art and wellbeing to create an unforgettable experience. With her determination and quality-focused approach, Vanessa Branson echoes the Hästens mission: to make the world a better, happier and more peaceful place through love, restful sleep and extraordinary craftsmanship.

“As you can imagine, building on a isolated Scottish island was not without its difficulties. Materials could only be delivered at high tide, and teams of workers, technicians and craftsmen had to commute by boat every day come rain or shine. However, instead of demoralising me, these obstacles channelled me. I put all my love and attention into recreating life on the island. We’ve focused on high quality standards, from my grandfather’s teak desk to the copper bathtub created in the souks of Marrakech. The sublime Hästens bed, overlooking the loch and its ruined castle, completes this image of elegant, made-to-measure luxury. I defy anyone to find a more beautiful place to spend the best night of their life. Vanessa Branson, owner of Eilean Shona.”

To accompany works carefully selected by her, art expert Vanessa Branson therefore sought a bed capable of embodying and combining exceptional aesthetics with extraordinary comfort while blending into the seductive atmosphere of the retreat. Guests can now enjoy their best night’s sleep in a handcrafted Hästens drēmər bed created in collaboration with world-renowned designer Ferris Rafauli. At the foot of the bed is the motto “drēmər – The Day Is Yours”, a motto that becomes reality when you embark on the fairytale that is Eilean Shona.
“The drēmər bed, known for its unrivalled quality and comfort, fits perfectly into the dreamlike atmosphere of Eilean Shona, and offers guests a moment of relaxation in an enchanting setting,” says Jan Ryde, owner and CEO of Hästens, from the fifth generation of the family and author of the international bestseller When Business Is Love.

The Sail Loft is available to book on from £3,000 per week.


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