Blue Reef Cottage
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Blue Reef Cottages is the ideal retreat for anyone who likes their island life isolation cushioned with a touch of comfort and civilisation. These 5 star graded luxury cottages offer the kind of understated luxury usually reserved for the smarter urban hotels. When it comes to quality and comfort, no corners have been cut. With private saunas and Jacuzzi baths and spectacular views of the local beaches and Caribbean-blue seas, this is an idyllic hideaway.
Set in the remote crofting village of Scarista on the Isle of Harris, overlooking one of the island's most spectacular bays, Blue Reef Cottages (5 star STB graded) is made up of two separate cottages about 150 metres apart, each sheltered from the other's view. The look is modern-traditional with natural materials and state of the art technology combined in stylish sophistication. The cottages are only a short walk from the local beaches and the owners, Neil and Rhoda, feel it is important that they are on hand to welcome and ensure your stay is a memorable one. They can source local produce such as scallops, langoustines and lobster. They can advise on the best walks and best places to eat. Rhoda is a fluent Gaelic speaker and happy to converse with you in the native tongue should you so wish. .This is five star luxury in a world class location with a personal touch.
The whole of Harris is designated as a National Scenic Area and is administered by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). It is ideal for observing some of the British Isles' rarer species, such as otters, seals and eagles. There are many walking and cycling routes to enjoy, and the island's beaches offer unforgettable views. The Isle of Harris golf course is just a 2 minute walk from the cottage and there are many art galleries on Harris showcasing local art and pottery.
So why not slip away for a quiet romantic 5-star luxury break in the beautiful Hebrides at these unique grass-roofed cottages on the enchanting island of Harris. Relax by the cosy log/peat burning stove and experience genuine hospitality and quality service.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stornoway|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Enormous larch pillars support a wooded ceiling and a stone wall holds a wonderful stove that will burn the local peat and wood, adding a touch of authenticity to the proceedings. The slate floor is heated from beneath, ensuring the cottage never feels cold and despite being set into the hill, the place is filled with natural light from the spectacular observation window that looks over the bay. What makes this place so special is the fine attention to detail - the towels are thick and fluffy, the china and cutlery gleaming and the bathroom pristine. Although the cottages have been designed à deux, there is not a hint of schmaltz. This is a stylish and very adult space that won't feel confining if the weather keeps you in. Each cottage has a comfortable open-plan living space for you to relax in to your heart's content.
The Outer Hebrides environment is recognised internationally as being of global importance and for good reason – it is one of the last great wildernesses in Europe, right here on your doorstep. Although wonderful to come in the summer months, it's also a spectacular place to come out of high season. Autumn mornings are a great time to chance upon a family of otters feeding where the tide meets freshwater streams arriving on the shore. Common seals are also plentiful in the Outer Hebrides, best time to see adults and fur-coated pups is during the autumn months where they can be seen lazing in shallow waters around the coasts and hauled up on rocks. During the winter months there is still an abundance of wildlife to see such as Long-tailed duck, Surf and Common Scooters and Slovenian Grebes. Whooper Swans, Barnacle Geese, White-fronted, Pink Footed Geese, Greylag Geese can be also seen at the beginning of the winter months. Although the pace of life is never very fast on Harris, in the winter it becomes a little more sedate. the beach in the winter are every bit as spectacular as during the spring and summer months. Gaze in wonder at the spectacular night sky with occasional displays of the 'northern lights' watch the ever changing colours & moods of the Atlantic Ocean from the large panoramic windows in the cottage.
|Further details outdoors|
Partly set into the gentle slope of the hill, the cottages are constructed from reclaimed local stone and their turf-roofs blend perfectly into the surrounding area. A green roof can absorb up to 75% of the rainwater that falls on it, and this reduces the amount of rainwater that ends up in the drainage system helping to offset some of the runoff from the impermeable surfaces around the property. They also help to regulate the temperature inside the dwelling during extremes of weather.
In addition to all this they can also provide a good wildlife habitat especially when wild flowers and grasses are incorporated into the turf. Set in their own paved areas, the cottages offer lots of great spots to enjoy the view - there are countless nooks and crannies in which to curl up and read a book and ample space to eat al fresco when the weather allows.
Minimum Length of stay in Peak Season - 1 week. Low season - 2 nights. Deposit 25% payable on acceptance of booking. Balance payable 8 weeks prior to holiday. Prices include electricity, linen, towels and bath robes and mid-week service with towel change (only where requested). Telephone/internet calls up to £10p/w. Coal/logs for stove, welcome pack, pick up from airport and ferry terminal where appropriate. Bicycles, free golf/golf clubs and satellite TV including sports channels.
Optional extras (pay on arrival) include a grocery starter pack (charged at cost), a gourmet hamper (seasonal local produce) or a honeymoon pack. We recommend that you take out holiday insurance, as in the event of a cancellation, we will only be able to offer a refund if we are able to rebook.
The Hebrides/Skye region
The Outer Hebrides environment is recognised internationally as being of global importance and for good reason – it is one of the last great wildernesses in Europe, right here on your doorstep. Although wonderful to come in the summer months, it's also a spectacular place to come out of high season. Autumn mornings are a great time to chance upon a family of otters feeding where the tide meets freshwater streams arriving on the shore. Common seals are also plentiful in the Outer Hebrides, best time to see adults and fur-coated pups is during the autumn months where they can be seen lazing in shallow waters around the coasts and hauled up on rocks.
During the winter months there is still an abundance of wildlife to see such as Long-tailed duck, Surf and Common Scooters and Slovenian Grebes. Whooper Swans, Barnacle Geese, White-fronted, Pink Footed Geese, Greylag Geese can be also seen at the beginning of the winter months. Although the pace of life is never very fast on Harris, in the winter it becomes a little more sedate. the beach in the winter are every bit as spectacular as during the spring and summer months. Gaze in wonder at the spectacular night sky with occasional displays of the 'northern lights' watch the ever changing colours & moods of the Atlantic Ocean from the large panoramic windows in the cottage.
Isle of Harris
The Isle of Harris is joined to the Isle of Lewis and is the second island down the Outer Hebrides chain of islands. Magnificent beaches and scenery along with its famous Tweed and Art galleries are its hallmarks. Come and walk, relax, or take a boat trip to St Kilda.
The volcanic islands of St Kilda are one of the most remote parts of the British Isles and lies 41 miles west of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. It has the highest sea cliffs and probably the most dramatic scenery of anywhere else in the UK.
The island which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland has been declared a World Heritage Site and has the largest colony of guillemots in the world, the oldest and largest colony of fulmars, the biggest colony of puffins in Britain and over one million birds in total. In 1936 the last 36 inhabitants were evacuated from the island at their own request due to the harshness of conditions and crop failures.
The MoD base is part of the Hebrides missile tracking range based in Benbecula, where test firings and flights are carried out. The MoD leases St Kilda from the National Trust for Scotland for a nominal fee.
There are no permanent residents today, but the main island of Hirta is occupied all year round by a number of civilians working on the MoD base there. During the summer months these numbers are increased by volunteer work parties and employees of the Scottish National Trust.
Church of St. Clement at Rodel is situated at the southern tip of Harris, near Leverburgh.
The church was built in the 16th century by Alexander MacLeod of Harris and Dunvegan , otherwise known as Alasdair Crotach (humpback), due to a sword wound. The main features of interest are three tombs carved in black gneiss depicting knights, and the tomb of Alexander (picture to the right).
The church is open to the public and run by 'Historic Scotland'. The church is normally open and there is no entry charge. Good views from the tower, however, it must be pointed out that the steps are nearly vertical, and the staircase narrow.
On the shore of Loch a Siar, stand the ruins of a whaling station. All that can be seen from the road is the large square brick Boiling Chimney. The station dates from the early 1900's and was set up by a Norwegian Family, who had contacts with the Norwegian Whaling Fleet. On the ground it is possible to view concrete foundations and floors of the old sheds and ancillary buildings. On the shoreline are the remains of the jetty and slips used for hauling out the whale meat. Once processed, the whale products were shipped off to Glasgow and the returning ships brought back fuel and supplies for the whaling ships.
Lord Leverhulme bought the Whaling Station from the Norwegians in the early 1920's and it remained in the Lever organisation until 1929, when it closed until re-opening again in the 1950's but only stayed open for a few of years.
The Isle of Taransay lies just off the west coast of South Harris, and was used to film the BBC programme, Castaway 2000.
It can be best viewed from the roadside parking place between Horgabost and Borve. Originally, the island supported three villages, Raa, Paibil and Horgabost. Uidh. By the mid 1800's they amalgamated into one farm based on Paibil. Only one family remained on the island until the 1970's and now the island is unoccupied apart from sheep and deer.
During the summer, boat trips go out to the island Boat trips depart from Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris, we provide a fast, comfortable day trip service to St Kilda, Hirta, Dun, Soay & Boreray.
Trips to the other remote outlying islands are available by request. Custom tours can be arranged for a maximum of twelve people.
The scenery you will encounter on board is second to none and the island is a haven for whales, sharks, dolphins, puffin, gannet, guillemot and also many different species of wild flowers and lichens.
Beaches are probably the feature of Harris that impress most visitors. The colour of the water, even on a dull day, and the purity of the sand are simply stunning. The beaches range from the huge expanses of Traigh Losgaintir (Luskentyre) and Traigh Sgarastaigh (Scarista) to little sheltered coves beside the road at Na Buirgh (Borve). Behind the beaches are the machairs – green grassy plains covered in a mass of wild flowers in the summer. The images probably don't do justice to the wonderful colours and sheer size of the beach area. Lewis and Harris have some of the finest Salmon and Trout fishing anywhere in Scotland.
The Hebrides have over 2000 fishable Lochs and a large number of rivers with access to the sea. Most Salmon catches are in the 7 to 10 lb mark and Brown trout catches are also of a good range. Species caught include sea trout, wild salmon, brown trout, Arctic char and ferox trout.
The best time for fishing wild salmon is between June and September and the best conditions are when the rivers are in speight after heavy rain, or, during spring tides
Is located at Scarista on the West side of South Harris on the way south to Northton. Described as one of the most picturesque 9-hole courses in the world,the Isle of Harris golf club was first set up in 1930 and through hard work and dedication it is now considered to be a first class links course.
For more details go to http://www.harrisgolf.com The Isle of Scalpay is located to the east of Tarbet and is accessed by a spectacular bridge. The island relied on fishing for its existance and there is still and active fleet of small boats. Scalpay has one of the earliest lighthouses in Scotland and a walk has been created to view both it, and also the magnificent scenery and marine views.
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20 Dec 2013
"Luxury on a wild and wonderful Atlantic shore"
This romantic 'hobbit house', set into a Hebridean hillside, provides everything you could wish for - including a bottle of Bollinger in the welcome hamper - that's a measure of the gen… More
20 Jun 2013
I booked the Blue Reef Cottage for my husbands 60th birthday.It did not disappoint, we both loved it. Although our weather was typically Scottish, the comfort of the cottage more than made up for that… More
10 Apr 2013
If you are looking for somewhere special, look no further.It's hard to think of anything to add to the previous reviews - the cottage is sublimely comfortable, the views incomparable, the owners … More
10 Mar 2013
Just got back from Blue Reef Cottages. Had a 4 night stay and loved it.The cottage is superb, with underfloor heating, office with computer and wi-fi and the bathroom has a large jacuzzi bath and saun… More
29 Jan 2013
"Excellent cottage in a fantastic location"
We have just returned from our second visit in 2 months to Scarista - it's been brilliant both times. The setting is gorgeous - the beaches are superb (and we've been to the Maldives a few t… More
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