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Dunmorag

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

THE ISLE OF LEWIS AND HARRIS

These last years Scotland is being 'discovered' by more and more visitors. It becomes more and more difficult to find beautiful parts of the country which remain truly peaceful and unspoiled. The Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris can be considered the last frontier.

Harris is a superb walking country and you will find the crowds of climbers that flock to the Cuillins and the Munros are absent here. There are both high level and low level walks aplenty, taking you either up or through the mountains where a.o. sea eagles can be seen.

LEVERBURGH

In Leverburgh, a little crofting township on the south coast of Harris, is Dunmorag, a typical wee whitewashed and detached cottage which overlooks Loch Ob (where otters may be seen) and the Sound of Harris.

Though far away from it all, it is not situated in the middle of nowhere. Leverburgh has shops (Coop), a Post Office, cafes and an outdoor center where a.o. mountain bikes can be rented. There are three good restaurants and two pubs within a four mile radius, one close to the harbour. From here a ferry sails to North Uist, through the Sound of Harris, one of the most tortuous channels in Scotland. The 60 minute trip provides a great opportunity for glimpsing whales, seals and dolphins. You can also book a one day's sailing to St. Kilda.

There is a lovely 9-hole golf course at Scarista (5m) and a tennis court at Bunabhainneader (25m), both right alongside the ocean. Free golf sets and rackets available in the cottage. Mountain bikes can be hired locally. Both loch and sea fishing are available locally. In Tarbert (18m) you'll find a beautiful indoor swimming pool with spa-pool and sauna.

All in all, this is a wonderful place to explore and you can be as active or indolent as you like.

THE COTTAGE

Dunmorag is a bright and sunny loch-side cottage, well equipped and tastefully decorated, which is double glazed, and efficiently by electric storage heaters. It has a cheerful open fire in the comfortable sitting room. From the living and kitchen/dinner you will enjoy lovely views over the loch and the Sound of Harris onto North Uist.

The cottage and the area are great all year round. It is a perfect romantic retreat. Outside there is a sheltered decking area with furniture which is great for sitting out for lunch or an evening drink.

The sitting room is well furnished with leather sofas and has a flat screen TV, DVD and CD player (incl. DVD's and CD's). Cosy sleeping room with double bed and electric open fire.

Fully equipped kitchen/diner incl. dishwasher, fridge / freezer, a combined microwave/fan oven/grill and a washer / dryer.

The bathroom has a bath, shower, toilet and sink.

HOW TO GET THERE:

By car from Stornoway or Tarbert: follow the A859 to Leverburgh. In Leverburgh after the first side street it is the second house on your left . There is a sign “DUNMORAG” above the front door.

Easy to reach by bus from Stornoway and Tarbert. If you travel by car don't forget to make both ferry bookings in advance.

INCLUDED EXTRAS:

Free use of golf sets and tennis rackets.

Free WiFi

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Northton 2 km
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Stornoway 90 km
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, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, 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 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking

The Hebrides/Skye region

The Outer Hebrides

The Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis are at the North west corner of the group of Islands known as the Outer Hebrides, or Western Isles.

The Hebrides are known as the “long island” as they stretch for 100 miles.

Lewis is steeped in history and culture, ranging back thousands of years. Ancient stone circles stand on the same land as modern Stornoway. Gaelic is spoken alongside English, and Eagles live alongside Otters and people. The contrast of the ages and cultures is experienced all over the isles of Lewis and Harris (both joined) both in the towns and out in the hills and mountains. In the summer months local people can still be seen cutting the peats and in the winter, the distinctive dry smell of the peat fires drifts in the wind. The name of MacLeod (son of Leod) is seen regularly in the phone books and on the name boards of shops, and the ending of “bost” on the place names, giving witness to the Viking past of the Isles.

Isle of Harris

The Isle of Harris

The Isle of Harris is actually joined to the Isle of Lewis.

Harris has a wide range of landscapes, all of which have their own charm and interest. On the west coast lie some of the most spectacular beaches of Britain with large open machair areas. In the north, the terrain is rugged, mountainous and has a Lunar feel to it with huge boulders littered around.

The east coast is more isolated and has some of the oldest rocks in the world, being dated at some three thousand million years old.

The exposed rocks are a result of scouring by the glaciers in the Ice Ages. The area is known as 'The Bays' because of the many small, quiet inlets. These inlets are populated by small villages, each with their own unique character.

In general, the attraction of Harris and Lewis is its peace and tranquillity, the magnificent scenery and beaches, but finally the warmth and quiet confidence of its people.

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19 Sep 2014

4/5

"A cosy peaceful simple cottage with nearby shops and restaurants."

This isn't the cottage for you if you are hoping for Farrow and Ball, but it is snug, cosy and well equipped with plenty of kind and thoughtful additions from the owner. The bed is comfy, the vi… More

11 Sep 2014

4/5

"Great place to explore Harris and Lewis from"

Loved my stay at this small cottage, perfect for relaxing and getting away from city life. There's a great sheltered deck out back for relaxing of an evening, and the deserted local beaches are 5… More

25 Aug 2014

5/5

"Ideal place to get away from it all."

The bungalow provided all we needed and the extraordinary, sometimes inexplicable, gadgets, made one aware this was truly somebody's home. The decor was pleasing and the atmosphere welcoming. Alt… More

23 Aug 2014

4/5

"A warm, dry, comfortable cottage in a fab location"

We arrived in a storm. We found Dunmorag cottage warm, dry and comfortable. It is also very well equipped. We are surprised that previous posts have talked of an overgrown garden -the cottage, like ma… More

18 Aug 2014

5/5

"Comfortable, clean and well positioned"

I did want to say the owner has been very helpful, kindly chasing us to return items left behind which we hadn't even missed yet! Dunmorag has views over the shore towards the sea, was clean, wel… More

15 Aug 2014

2/5

"Accommodation a let down but locality great!"

Having had to cut our stay shorter due to unforeseen circumstances, arriving at the cottage was what we looked forward to, given it's lively locality, and just basically chilling after what had b… More

The fact that these guests, for strictly personal reasons, could just use 3 nights of the seven of the booked period does not justify a compensation claim towards the owner nor a revenge action with a negative review on non existing defects or poor quality. The moderate cancellation policy of Holiday Lettings/ TripAdvisor unfortunately does not entitle the guest to any refund. This financial loss should be claimed with travel insurers, if any. Nevertheless "in natura" compensation was offered to these guests, living in the neighborhood, on the Isle of South Uist .
As to the complaints:
The broken showerhead was not reported to the housekeeper by the guests. This appeared to be simply repaired with tape by these guests but was reported after they had left. The shower head has been renewed within half an hour.
We dispute the qualifications of the standard of the cottage, also because other guests are very happy with the quality and equipment of the house and call it " clean, comfortable and cosy, beautifully equipped" or "cosy, warm and has everything thought of by the owner for a great stay in this lovely house".
The four storage heaters are more than sufficient to heat the cottage, certainly in summer. All sockets are , according to the rules, fused twice and do not support any heavier devices than a water cooker! The combined microwave/ fan assisted oven / grill is new, clean and works perfect. For interested cooks the manual is in the cottage in the ordner 'manuals'.
Even ribbed wooden deckings get slippery when it rains!
It should be clear that these arguments are strongly disputed and/ or do not justify any financial compensation nor this negative review.

11 Aug 2014

2/5

"Disappointment"

We booked Dunmorag based on the positive reviews and good location for exploring the south of Harris. On arrival, the overgrown front garden and for sale sign didn't give a good first impression.… More

This comment repeats and enlarges the complaints from earlier reviews that have already been resolved. My reactions with regard to the garden and the supposed smell can be read in my earlier responses.

About the leakage: Indeed, after a bad storm and very much rain on the Saturday before arrival of these guests a few tiles were blown away and this caused some small leakage in the connection of the extended kichen and the house. This appeared on Sunday - afternoon when the guests arrived. Measures were taken immediately ( drying and a bucket for just one night, how bad is that? ), and the roof was repaired the next Monday morning (on a bank holiday) by a local builder. What more could have been done to repair this Act of God?

Olive oil, pepper, salt , curry and other spices that are in the kitchen (not for decoration but as a service to the guests!) do not have expiry dates, just advises 'best to be used before' and do not go off!

10 Aug 2014

3/5

"Disappointing but lot of potential"

We arrived at the cottage on a Sunday afternoon and were dismayed to see the weeds and the sale sign. Basic maintenance of the gardens should be a given - it would cost a few pounds to have somebody m… More

The ' garden' of this cottage is not the place to sit in. Therefore you have the patio and a concrete path around the cottage. Nevertheless, due to unfortunate circumstances the grass was not mowed for some time. I do apologise for this. It will be done a.s.a.p.
A leak in the shower enclosure that caused a dirty spot in the carpet has been repaired and a new piece of carpet was put in place.
In general: the humidity in this area alongside the ocean and rainy weather can be high. All double glazed windows in this cottage have small top windows that are meant to ventilate the rooms. Some guests keep all windows closed not permitting proper ventilation. The changeover time is not always permitting to refresh fully. As a result of your complaint I ordered natural ventilation slots for all windows. These have been installed / mounted now.

27 Jul 2014

3/5

"Lovely wee cottage but badly Needs some maintenance"

DunmoragThis cottage is in a lovely location and has many nice touches, it is well stocked with utensils and has a nice open fire. We were here in summer, so no fire needed.Down side is that the prope… More

The ' garden' of this cottage is not the place to sit in. Therefore you have the patio and a concrete path around the cottage. Nevertheless, due to unfortunate circumstances the grass was not mowed for some time. I do apologise for this. It will be done a.s.a.p.
A leak in the shower enclosure that caused a dirty spot in the carpet has been repaired and a new piece of carpet was put in place.
In general: the humidity in this area alongside the ocean and rainy weather can be high. All double glazed windows in this cottage have small top windows that are meant to ventilate the rooms. Some guests keep all windows closed not permitting proper ventilation. The changeover time is not always permitting to refresh fully. As a result of your complaint I ordered natural ventilation slots for all windows. These have been installed / mounted now.
As to the showerhead I regret that you did not just report this to the housekeper, as advised on the first page of the Welcome to Dunmorag ordner. It was repaired directly after she heard of this problem.

16 Jul 2014

2/5

"Disappointing especially compared to other reviews of the same property"

The For Sale sign outside and the overgrown garden were ominous on arrival. Even more disconcerting was the damp smell throughout the inside. However the saving grace was the open fire which helped to… More

The ' garden' of this cottage is not the place to sit in. Therefore you have the patio and a concrete path around the cottage. Nevertheless, due to unfortunate circumstances the grass was not mowed for some time. I do apologise for this. It will be done a.s.a.p.
A leak in the shower enclosure that caused a dirty spot in the carpet has been repaired and a new piece of carpet was put in place.
In general: the humidity in this area alongside the ocean and rainy weather can be high. All double glazed windows in this cottage have small top windows that are meant to ventilate the rooms. Some guests keep all windows closed not permitting proper ventilation. The changeover time is not always permitting to refresh fully. As a result of your complaint I ordered natural ventilation slots for all windows. These have been installed / mounted now.

Review 1-10 of 12

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