£93 / night£650 / week
About the home
Fully appointed to suit the modern lifestyle. The cottage has two fireplaces with a traditional Rayburn stove in one and a stove with a coal burning fire in the other.
The Gatehouse is a unique one bedroomed cottage fully appointed for the modern lifestyle. The house is on two levels with the bedroom on the first floor and all other rooms on the ground floor.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Northton, 10km|
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
The Hebrides / Skye / Outer Hebrides region
The main islands form an archipelago of which the major islands include Lewis and Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, and Barra. Lewis and Harris has an area of 217,898 hectares (841 sq mi) and is the largest island in Scotland and the third largest in the British Isles, after Great Britain and Ireland. It incorporates Lewis in the north and Harris in the south, both of which are frequently referred to as individual islands, although they are joined by a land border.
There are also more than 7,500 freshwater lochs in the Western Isles, about 24% of the total for the whole of Scotland. North and South Uist and Lewis in particular have landscapes with a high percentage of freshwater and a maze and complexity of loch shapes. Harris has fewer large bodies of water but innumerable small lochans.
Much of the western coastline of the islands is machair, a fertile low-lying dune pastureland. Lewis is comparatively flat, and largely consists of treeless moors of blanket peat. The highest eminence is Mealisval at 574 m (1,883 ft) in the south west. Most of Harris is mountainous, with large areas of exposed rock and Clisham, the archipelago's only Corbett, reaches 799 m (2,621 ft) in height. There is an array of sandy beaches runinng from the South to South west of the island.
The Isle of Harris / Rodel area
The Isle of Harris' activities are many from spectacular scenery,wildlife, golfing, fishing, walking, cycling, to visiting small bits of history from St Clements Church, the Gearannin village and Standing Stones. there is also a strong artist and crafts community across the island which can be seen in the many galleries across Harris.
St. Clements Church, Rodel - One of the must-sees of Harris only 1 mile from the cottage. The church dates back to the 16th century and is open daily to the public. It was built by the eighth Chief of the McLeods of Dunvegan, Alisdair Crotach and also has three unusual tombs carved in black gneiss depicting knights.
Callanish Stones -There are a number of pre-historic sites such as the Doune Broch and the impressive standing stones at Callanish in the Isle of Lewis
Gearrannan black house village- An amazingly preserved village allowing you to step back in time to see how the islanders lived and worked centuries ago.
Beaches- The nearest long sandy beach is only 10 minutes away in the village of Northton. Rodel itself has a picturesque harbour and rocky shore looking towards the Uists. From Northton the amazing coastal run of truly outstanding beaches begins with sands as white and waters as turquoise blue as the carribean.
St Kilda - It is only a short boat trip away from Leverburgh harbour to the island of St Kilda . The Seallum Centre in Northton has an exhibition showing the history of the island right up to the present day.
Art Galleries- The island's artistic community can be found represented in galleries, shops and workshops. You will find a folder full of shops and galleries to visit in the cottage from artists, weavers, potters, photographers to fabric designers and quilters.
Harris Tweed is truly special fabric with its world wide recognisable orb branding. There are many places where you can see the fabric being woven and also buy it in many forms from clothes to coffee pot warmers. The array of colours are displayed well at the Harris tweed warehouse in Tarbert.
How to get there
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There are three ferry services all provided by Caledonian MacBrayne www.calmac.co.uk
Tarbert,Isle of Harris from Uig (Isle of Skye-accessed by bridge from mainland Scotland). The ferry crossing is 1 hour 40 with a journey of 30 minutes to the cottage by car
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (joined to the Isle of Harris) Ullapool (mainland Scotland). The ferry is 2 hours and 45 minutes and the journey to the cottage is 1 hour 30 minutes by car.
Leverburgh, Isle of Harris from the Uists. The ferry crossing is about an hour Leverburgh is 5 minutes to the cottage
Please note that ferries during the summer season should always be booked in advance as should the return trip to guarantee a place on the day you wish to travel.
www.britishairways.com (From London & Glasgow Airports)
www.easternairways.com (From Edinburgh Airport)
www.flybe.com (From Inverness and Glasgow International Airport)
www.highlandairways.co.uk (from Inverness Airport)
Stornoway Airport is about 1 hour and 40 minutes from the cottage. There are flights daily from Glasgow International Airport. You can reach the cottage by car hire or bus service or we can also arrange for you to be picked up from the airport for a small cost.
MacKinnon self drive
Arnol Car Hire
There is a regular friendly bus service which goes right by the cottage gate from the airport.
Rodel is centrally situated in the Outer Hebrides chain.
Name on chart Rodel
Lat/Long 57º 44' N / 6º 59' W
OS Grid Reference NG 830 047
There are 3 free visitor mooring buoys in the outer harbour at Rodel
Blue, each with 15 tonne capacity
5 metres + depth
Maintained by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)
Uninsured - use at own risk
Very sheltered location in the lee of 3 small islands, Vallay, Flottay and Cor an Eilean.
Access to the moorings:through the tidal entrance from Loch Rodel on a half tide rising. The inner harbour has a slipway suitable for small boats. It is tidal and dries out at low tide.
Name of contact organization for visiting yachts: Donnie or Dena MacDonald, Rodel Hotel
Telephone (landline): 01859 520 210
Telephone (mobile): 07880 502 605
Activities near Isle of Harris
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
08 Apr 2013
My second stay at the Gatehouse. This time I booked for two weeks as one week wasn't enough, even out of season.
Everything was just as perfect as before - in fact more so with the addition... more
21 Aug 2012
The Gatehouse is just perfect - it is in a great location just outside Leverburgh, ideal for exploring Harris and close to the world's best beaches (Northton) and excellent eating places... but... more
15 Mar 2012
If you're looking for the perfect place to unwind, this is it. Absolutely gorgeous. And very comfortable.
A high quality of finish and of fixtures and fittings. Bed is very comfy. LOVED the fire and all fuel was included. Lots of lovely little touches, including making sure there was enough loo roll, providing laundry liquid, a wee dram of whiskey as a welcome pack, tea bags etc.
Wonderfully isolated location in a valley, nothing but the sound of the trickling streams.
There are no downsides at all. But maybe a couple of things to be aware of:
Headroom of course getting in and out of bed is limited.
Bedroom stairs are narrow
There's a cattle grid on the road outside. I thought I'd hear cars going over it when I was in bed, but I didn't. I think on Sunday I heard about 3 cars drive past during the whole day.
No mobile phone signal (hurrah!) but you can get o2 if you climb up the hill.
Nearest shop is about 2 miles away (uphill on the way back) but has everything you need - there's really no need to take food stuff with you
Off season, very little is open in the island so there was a distinct lack of 'cake opportunities' in March!
The temptation to lie and leave a poor review is strong as I want to keep this place all to myself, but the owners deserve it to be a success as they've definitely gone the extra mile to create a wonderful, relaxing, cosy, comfortable cottage. If you haven't already guessed, I absolutely love it.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Off Peak||5 Jan 13||30 Mar 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak||30 Mar 13||2 Nov 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
We are happy to be flexible with dates and accept shorter stays during the winter months please enquire. With all bookings we request a deposit of 30% to secure the booking and for the remaining amount to be paid 12 weeks before the date of your holiday. Please note there is a £100 housekeeping deposit which is refunded following your stay. We are happy to accept small well behaved dogs; there is an additional charge of £50 per week.
A warm welcome awaits you at the Gatehouse. The welcome basket is filled with an Island malt and shortbread to greet you. We have complimentary Highland Soap Company products for you to use; Organic Hebridean Seaweed Soap and Wild Nettle and Heather Bubble Bath . The cupboards are stocked with basic staple foods and we also provide general cleaning products. All linen and towels are provided. If you would like a welcome food package this can be arranged, just let us know and we will send you a request sheet for you to fill out. Most people arrive on the Saturday and you must remember that on Sunday, on the Islands, it is a day of complete rest and no shops are open. If you are celebrating a special occasion we can arrange to have wine or champagne waiting for you.Enquire now
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