In May this year Harsgeir View cottage was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor - "for having consistently earned outstanding feedback from Trip Advisor travellers".
Harsgier View is a modernised stand alone cottage in the Village of Hacklete on Great Bernera (once home of my wife's ancestors) it sleeps four people it has one double room - one twin room and is in an ideal "get away from it all" location for a relaxing holiday. This cottage is run as a small family island based business. We are associated to a local business that offers boat tours and exploration of the island of Little Bernera
The cottage has oil central heating, double glazing and is fully fitted for self -catering. Dishwasher, Microwave, Home laundry, Phone line and WiFi access. Wooden flooring throughout, leather sofas and yes we accept well behaved pets.
The cottage is on one of the highest areas of Bernera which gives it a wide panoramic view of an area which is known for it's outstanding natural beauty. It is close to beaches and coastal and inland walks many of which have been sign posted out by the community. Harsgeir View is so named because of its view from the kitchen window to the tiny island of Harsgeir in the mouth of West Loch Roag which surrounds Bernera and Uig. It is fully serviced each week and a welcome pack of local produce will greet you.
Leave the cottage, walk over the bridge at Valasay, up the side of the Toab Loch and over to the fantastic beach at Bosta were the reconstructed Iron Age house ( open summer months) sits on the original archaeological site which was discovered in the 1990's. The finds of this dig can been seen at the community run museum which serves tea and coffee during the summer. Bird watchers and wildlife lovers are regular visitors to the cottage, Seals, Buzzards and even Otters are known to inhabit the immediate location. You are welcome to use the fishing rods in the cottage if you fancy a spot of rock fishing and the cottage is well stocked with books and games if you fancy a stay in day.
We have been letting this cottage for some 8 years now and we boast all our feedback has been positive. No oil or electric charges. Contact us and we will post you out our very useful and comprehensive tourist/visitor pack of maps and information leaflets so that you can start planning your holiday even before you arrive.
Travel around Lewis visit - Stornoway ( 40 min drive ) Callanish Stones, The Broch Carloway, The Viking Mill at Sahwbost, The Whale bone Arch - Barvas The black houses at Arnol and Gearnan Village, Dal Beg and Dal More Beaches, Rodel Church in Harris and the Water Weel and Woodlands Centre in the Castle grounds Stornoway.
If you are tempted to try a taste of the Hebrides we can source the best of local produce inc. sea food such as lobster, clams, salmon, crab, Hebridean lamb and venison. On occasions our neighbours might call - but only to deliver lovely free range eggs. !! The local village community hall does great lunches during summer months. Very friendly island community.
We are more than happy to accept well behaved pets and can supply dog beds/ pet towel's and bedding by arrangement.
Change over days during high season ( April - Oct ) are Sat - Sat During Low season - this is flexible
If you are still not sure if this is the cottage for you - read our reviews.
Visit Scotland reported a 30% increase in tourism to the Western Isles last year so Lewis and Harris are becoming very popular holiday destinations.
Any items left by our guests are posted on by us at no cost.
If you would prefer a town location look on this site for our other house - Barony Square.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow - Edinburgh to Stornoway, Nearest railway: Inverness|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with long walks over moor and coastline. Wildlife and birds are abundant. The Cottage is on a 10 acre croft on the Island of Great Bernera which is connected to mainland Lewis by a bridge. The village of Hacklete is a rural crofting community the island has shop, postoffice and a very well supported community center which has a tea room providing food and teas throughout the day in the summer season. There are plenty sites of interest - Bosta Beach with its Iron Age house, the Viking Mill, The Dunn Fort on Loch Varravat and the standing stones at the bridge.
The village of Hacklete is one of many small villages on Bernera which make up this unique rural enviroment where the people are friendly and welcoming.
The cottage is centred in a district steeped in Norse history. Village names resound like a role call from Viking Valhalla Valtos, Kneep, Reef, Uigen, Mangersta , Hacklete, Valsay and Croir the origin of the name Bernera ( Bjarnarey) thought to be Bjorn's Island. Bernera is the site of the Land Riots of 1874 a direct response to the Highland Clearances history was made when the result was a new Act of Parliament which gave crofters protection from eviction.