Harsgeir Holiday Cottage WiFi
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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 partner 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. The views span from Achmore, Uig and old Hill in Bosta. 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. The cottage 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 10 years now and we boast all our feedback so far 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. Once you book via holiday lettings they will pass you our phone number if you want to contact us direct.
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)|
|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|
Features and Facilities
|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|
About this location
The Hebrides region
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.
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6 Jan 2015
"Cosy, well-equipped cottage in supurb location"
We stayed here over the new year for a few days, and despite the wild and windy weather, found the cottage to be extremely cosy and comfortable, with everything that we needed. The location is great f… More
25 Sep 2014
"Perfect cottage in perfect location"
We spent a week here and were so sad to leave. The cottage was beautifully furnished and well equipped, and in a great location for travelling round Uist, Harris and Lewis. The scenery and tranquility… More
11 Aug 2014
"Charming in every sense."
A frequently returning customer, I'm always impressed with the immaculate presentation of the cottage. Equipped to satisfy all needs, the cottage feels like a home as soon as one crosses the thre… More
8 Aug 2014
"very nice place to stay"
A very nice place to stay very homely and a nice surprise whith the goodies that where lft for use to enjoy after a long journey ie bread biscuits and cakes views outstanding and neighbours very nice … More
18 Jul 2014
"Beautiful scenery and fantastically cosy wee cottage"
We had a wonderful time here at Harsgeir view cottage. It was fully equipped with nice little extras like a welcome basket of goodies which were very tasty! The cottage was clean and extremely cosy al… More
1 Jul 2014
It was a very welcoming place, great views, friendly neighbours. Luckily we had good weather which always helps. Welcome pack was delicious. Comfy beds and fully equiped kitchen. Beautiful sunsets and… More
19 Jun 2014
"Lovely island, lovely people, lovely cottage!"
We and our mad spaniels loved our week here. There was loads to do on the island. Lots of lovely walks on beaches & inland, lots of ancient 'monuments' to visit and discover. The local commu… More
22 May 2014
"A wonderful holiday cottage"
We stayed in Harsgeir cottage for a week over Easter and had an excellent time. The cottage itself is well appointed and very cozy (...the place warmed up very quickly after arriving late at night wit… More
12 May 2014
"Beautiful cottage, outstanding scenery."
Just returned from a wonderful weeks holiday staying at Harsgeir cottage on Great Bernera. The cottage was perfect and a great base for us to explore the island. The accomodation is excellent and situated in a beautiful area. If its peace and quiet you want this is perfect, skylarks and cuckoo's to wake you in the morning and excellent beaches for long walks with the dogs. The cottage is well appointed and has everything you will need for your stay, the welcome basket was a lovely touch and the neighbours brought round some fresh eggs !! We thoroughly recomend Hargeir view cottage.
5 Mar 2014
"An Island Paradise"
We arrived as dusk was falling after a drive up from Dumbarton that morning. Calum, the Proprietor, had already contacted us to let us know the cottage was ready for us, and where we would find the key. The drive across to Bernera is breathtaking, and once on the island the last few miles of road slow you down to an ideal pace for life at Harsgeir View Cottage.
We found the cottage straight away - look for the post box at the roadend. We were a bit worried that it would be difficult to warm the place up on that windy eve, but with a swift scan of the central heating instructions/directions and the flick of a switch, the place was toasty before the car was even unloaded. As well as the electric stove in the living room, the cottage has full central heating with a radiator in each room. The level of insulation must be really high, as it is harder to keep it cool enough than to keep it warm enough. The cottage is fully double glazed, and there was never a hint of draught once the hatches were battened. The cottage is fully modernised - the kitchen has twin oven and cooker hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer and dishwasher. There is also a cupboard full of gadgets and implements, and more pans than you would ever need. The cottage is clean and well decorated - there is plenty of cupboard and wardrobe space in the bedrooms, and the bathroom is clean and modern. As well as a digital TV/DVD, there is also free Wifi, which also supports UMA so that you can text and make mobile phone calls if your mobile signal is poor. There is also a landline phone in the cottage.
Harsgeir View is well positioned to explore the small island of Great Bernera - the neighbours are friendly, and brought us fresh duck eggs on the eve of our arrival. There are wonderful sea views from virtually every window in the house, and there is a clear view to the north for when the Aurora are dancing. Stornoway is a drive of forty minutes away, and provisions/groceries can be found five minutes down the road at Hacklete.
We stayed for three nights, and could have happily gone no further than the bridge back over to Lewis. We did take a couple of excursions to see a few friends and some of the many sights that Lewis has to offer, but if all you want is a break then you could quite easily fill a weekend at Harsgeir View Cottage. There is a lovely coastal walk up to Tobson with its small cove, and a further overland pathway to Bostadh, its beautiful beach with views out to Little Bernera Island and The Atlantic beyond.
We found the cottage clean and tidy, and a lovely place to be. There is everything you need there - remember to take soap powder and dishwasher tabs, although there were some in the cupboard for us. The best part (bearing in mind it was still winter), was being able to get it warm and cosy quite quickly, and having the facilities to wash and dry our clothes in time for the next day. The worst bit was having to leave and come home.
I will definitely return...