Taigh Granaidh @ 43 Breasclete
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Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
One of the most stunning locations for a rural break could find you relaxing at Taigh Granaidh (Granny's House), a recently refurbished property situated on a working croft in the village of Breasclete on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Sleeping up to 6, the house has two double bedrooms and one twin bedded room. There is a large kitchen / dinette, bathroom with shower and a comfortable sitting room with spectacular views over Loch Roag.
Beside Taigh Granaidh is the croft "loom shed" where guests can learn a bit more about traditional Harris Tweed weaving and even try weaving some of this unique cloth.
Trout fishing can be tried on one of the many nearby lochs and you have your choice of a myriad of unspoilt beaches within easy reach.
The area is rich in archaeology. Callanish Standing Stones, reported to be older than Stonehenge, is 5 minutes away by car. Travel north to visit the ancient fortress of Doune Broch in Carloway, explore Garenin Blackhouse Village in Carloway, the Norse Mill in Shawbost and the Blackhouse in Arnol. All within 15 miles of Granny's.
A short walk from the croft is Sgianault, a rocky beach, where you can catch the low tide and explore the rock pools and you may just find a scallop on the sandy shore. Birdlife is also in abundance with meadow pipits and wagtails, buzzards, oystercatchers, lapwings, redshanks, dunlin, cormorant, black headed and common gulls and more to be seen on the route.
Dalmore and Dalbeg are the closest beaches. Swept by the westerly winds straight off the Atlantic Ocean, Dalmore is a popular surfing destination. We would also recommend visiting Bosta on Great Bernera where there is a reconstruction of an Iron Age house open during the summer. Reef and Ardroil Sands in Uig are also well worth a visit but that's just scratching the surface. Bosta, Reef and Ardroil are all safe for swimmers.
Sunday is a special day here where most folk enjoy a day off from work and consequently most shops are closed. There are some hotels and restaurants open in town and out in the country and of course the beaches and countryside are there for you to explore.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dalmore, Carloway 10 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||20 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stornoway 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||King Beds (1), Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
About this location
The Hebrides region
Within 10 minutes by car from Taigh Granaidh visitors can see spectacular beaches, spot golden eagles, try to sneak up on an otter on the loch, cast a fly for trout or salmon, visit an iron age broch, examine the workings of a Norse Mill, embark on a walk across some of the last real wilderness remaining in Europe, take advantage of the dark skies to watch for a display of Northern Lights, or just sit with a dram in hand watching the sun set over Loch Roag.
For many visitors the highlight of any visit to Lewis is always the chance to see the world famous standing stones at Callanish, the neighbouring village to Breasclete. Over 5000 years old, there are several stone circles in the area with the main site in the form of a cross with centre circle around a burial chamber. Travel north for more sites of interest to the ancient fortress of Doune Broch in Carloway, explore Garenin Blackhouse Village in Carloway, the Norse Mill in Shawbost and the Blackhouse in Arnol. All within 15 miles of Granny's.
Within easy reach of the Taigh Granaidh are several beautiful beaches. Dalmore and Dalbeg are the closest, swept by the westerly winds straight off the Atlantic Ocean, Dalmore is a regular surfing destination. We would also recommend visiting Bosta on Great Bernera where there is a reconstruction of an Iron Age house open during the summer. Reef and Ardroil Sands in Uig are also well worth a visit but that's just scratching the surface. Bosta, Reef and Ardroil are all safe for swimmers.
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22 Sep 2014
"A very warm welcome to an excellently situated property"
Caroline's welcome pack was very well received, and Kenny was very helpful and most interesting on the weaving in the islands. Mary is herself a hand weaver with a floor loom and so there was a… More
Lovely to meet you both.
2 Sep 2014
"Lovely house in a beautiful place"
We had one of the best family holidays ever here. The house itself was well equipped and had plenty of space for us. There is a good collection of books, CDs and even toys and games for the children. … More
31 Aug 2014
"Home from Home"
What a wonderful week we spent at "Granny's House". Such a warm and welcoming house with all the home comforts to make a stay perfect! Kenny and Caroline are so friendly and the welcome… More
11 Aug 2014
"Well and truly our 'Home' for the week"
This was the first time we have stayed in this property despite holidaying in Lewis several times previously. I can safely say that it was a real pleasure staying here. It is extremely clean and ve… More
Thank you very much Gwen, it was a pleasure to meet you all.
13 Jun 2014
"Excellent facilities and great view; helpful and friendly owners"
I highly recommend this house which is very clean, comfortable and homely.An added bonus is the opportunity to see Kenny weaving Harris Tweed in the old house next door. Caroline also provided a welco… More
Lovely to meet you, hope you make it back another time. X
7 May 2014
"Perfect venue on Lewis"
My husband, I & two friends spent a week in the cottage. It spacious, very comfortable and great situation to explore Lewis & Harris. I was drawn to the Hebrides by Peter May's trilogy and fell i… More
Thank you, lovely to meet you all.
6 May 2014
"Great cottage, friendly, helpful owners."
Very comfortable and well apportioned cottage, situated in an ideal spot for touring Lewis and Harris. It is very close to most of the main sites of historical interest and it is centrally situated to… More
25 Jul 2013
"Lovely Cottage, Fabulous Views"
We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage was as described and a clean, spacious and comfortable home from home which has been a home and so has all that you need to enjoy the house, even cook books and a wonderful library of reference books. The garden was super and for us stone circle enthusiasts the location was perfect for exploring Callanish and all the associated sites, the main site and visitor centre being only about a mile away. Kenny's loom producing Harris Tweed in the old house next door is a fascinating extra facet to staying here, he is very happy to demonstrate the weaving process, a great insight to local life.
Thank you for taking the time to review.
25 Jul 2013
"Brilliant - very welcoming and comfortable"
Brilliant. The owners were so helpful in every way. Everything you could possibly want was provided.
Thank you for taking the time to review Jane.
24 Jun 2013
"Good house, great location and fantastic hosts"
The house was spacious with a home from home feel to it where you feel immediately comfortable. Great views from the main rooms including sunsets from the lounge and a well maintained garden to relax … More
Thanks Steve. Lovely to meet you all.
Caroline & Kenny