Alan Stevenson House
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House | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 20
Ideal for a get away from it all family/friends holiday, celebrations, groups and business guests.
Watersports, wildlife and birdwatching opportunities.
Part of the Category A listed lighthouse establishment built for the construction and servicing of Skerryvore lighthouse, Alan Stevenson House is a stone built detached property enjoying a wonderful, peaceful location at the head of Hynish pier. Comfortably furnished throughout with sitting room featuring a solid fuel stove and activity room suitable for a range of uses.
SLEEPS 21 (MORE THAN 21 GUESTS? SEE ADJACENT PROPERTIES 285611 & 285612)
Wheelchair accessible cloakroom
Three bedrooms that sleep up to four people (2 single and 1 bunk bed) - one en-suite
Three bedrooms that sleep up to two people (bunk bed) - two with en-suite shower
Two bedrooms that sleeps up to two people (bunk bed) - one with en-suite accessible shower room
Private bath/shower rooms
The property was restored by the Hebridean Trust (www.hebrideantrust.org) and the letting income contributes towards the future maintenance. The Hebridean Trust Limited (known as The Hebridean Trust) is a charity registered in Scotland (SC038956) and in England and Wales (285629). The Hebridean Trust Limited is a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 1653639 and registered at 75a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 8 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||50 metres|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow, Oban|
|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||Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (13), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 18|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking, Lift access|
The Hebrides/Skye region
The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. It is relatively small - about twelve miles long and three miles wide - and very flat. Tiree's coastline has an array of wonderful white sand beaches, which are often deserted.
The island has a mild climate and is one of the sunniest places in Britain. It benefits from the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream ensuring that frost is rare, winter temperatures are generally higher than on the mainland and evenings in mid-summer are warm and balmy. Tiree is also known as a windy place. The advantage is that midges are almost non-existent in summer.
If you seek tranquillity, freedom of space and clean pure air, the Isle of Tiree has it all. The sky and sea stretch from horizon to horizon. With no woodland and only three sizeable hills on an otherwise flat landscape, there is nothing to obscure the view. The only sounds you are likely to hear are the waves lapping on the vast expanses of white sand beaches and a myriad of birdcalls, making it an ideal holiday destination for families and experienced travellers alike.
In the bay in front of Alan Stevenson House you can spot basking shark, seal and otter. Take a stroll in the area around Alan Stevenson House and you can hear corncrake and see lapwing and kittiwake. Naturalists can enjoy rare orchids and butterflies and witness the flowering of the Machair (rich seaside grassland).
The island hosts an annual music festival in July and is a popular windsurfing venue, hosting an international competition in October.
Tiree is known for its vernacular architecture, including 'blackhouses' and 'white houses', many retaining their traditional thatched roofs, as well as its unique 'pudding' or 'spotted houses' where only the mortar is painted white. Tiree's friendly people include many Gaelic speakers. From time to time there are Gaelic cultural events on the island.
Isle of Tiree
Hynish is the place that Alan Stevenson chose in 1838 as the base for the building of the Skerryvore lighthouse and later as the shore station for the lighthouse keepers and their families. Alan Stevenson House was originally built as store rooms, and has been restored and given a new purpose by The Hebridean Trust, founded in 1982 to preserve the unique Hebridean way of life.
One of the other listed buildings in Hynish is home to The Story of Skerryvore Lighthouse exhibition. This exhibition records the fascinating account of the hazardous Skerryvore reef, 10 nautical miles to the south west of the Isle of Tiree, and the design and construction of the tallest lighthouse in Scotland by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson. It features unique examples of industrial archaeology, a scale model of the lighthouse and interpretation material of general and educational interest.
Visitors to Hynish can also enjoy the Treshnish Isles natural history exhibition. This exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the enchanted Treshnish Isles, which are visible from the Isle of Tiree and are owned and managed by the Hebridean Trust. Enjoying the Treshnish Isles whilst on Tiree helps to conserve a highly sensitive environment and to protect the seabird colonies, including puffins, razorbills, guillemots and petrels, that rely on the Treshnish Isles as an annual breeding ground. Visitors can experience the natural history of the Treshnish Isles through stunning displays, a scale model of the islands and audio visual material.
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6 Sep 2013
"absolutely fantastic place to stay"
We had a large family group aged seven to seventy staying at Alan Stevenson House at the Hynish Centre on Tiree. Monica and Lesley, who run the Centre, could not have been more helpful and understanding. We fell asleep in a double room, en suite, perched on the edge of the Atlantic and listening to the waves. Early risers kayaked out to join sea otters in the tiny coves nearby. The kids began every day by jumping off the pier into crystal water. The food (we booked fully catered which I really recommend) was absolutely delicious and the huge sitting room with its wood burner was perfect for shared time in the evenings. Spotlessly clean, very spacious, and superbly located. Who could ask for more!
5 Sep 2013
"wonderful spacious accommodation"
We were a group of walkers (some elderly but very fit) staying in this comfortable superior accommodation for six days in August. We were full board and the food was wonderful every day with clean plates all around! Plenty of bathrooms and shower rooms for the group. We had some lovely coastal walks and visited most of the attractions on the island as well as the tearooms and hotels which all accommodated us well. We can thoroughly recommend the Alan Stevenson House for individuals or groups.
8 May 2013
"We returned for yet another amazing stay at Hynish"
Once again our group had a wonderful weekend on Tiree. It was made complete by the excellent accommodation and hospitality at Alan Stevenson House at Hynish. As usual, Monica and her staff were superbly helpful and catered for all our needs.
25 Jan 2013
"Friendly, warm and comfortable"
On arrival we were met by Monica, the Warden who was very welcoming and helpful. The property was very clean, warm and comfortable. The new layout upstairs with the additional bathrooms was very accommodating and suited out needs well. Altogether we had a very enjoyable stay and will definitely go back.
25 Jan 2013
"Perfect for the needs of cold, hungry windsurfers!"
I run advanced windsurfing conditions all over the world from Brazil to Egypt to Mauritius to the Greek Islands and, of course, Tiree, which has become known as the European Hawaii, so good are the conditions.
When it comes to accommodation for my trips, The Hynish Centre offers the most perfect solution. The rooms are warm. There's a drying room. There's a big living space where we can chat and stage our video playback - and the food is varied, plentiful and delicious. And the centre's position right on the shore is too beautiful to imagine.
15 Jan 2013
"be here now!"
It's a long way to the Inner Hebrides, especially when you are travelling with children, and so when you get to your rental property, it has to be good! Combine that with the fact that it rains often and can be very cold, and a good holiday base is essential. Morton Boyd House at the Hynish Centre on Tiree ticked all the boxes. When we arrived, Monica was there to welcome us and show us over the very spacious, spotlessly clean house. Monica was 100% helpful and friendly throughout our two-week stay. For example, we needed a couple of minor kitchen items so that the kids could cook, and she sourced them the same day - amazing on an island that has only two shops! The house was perfect for hot baths and showers and for drying clothes. The huge sitting-dining area was perfect for both adults and children to really settle into, with space for week-long jigsaw puzzle projects as well as general eating, drinking, reading and relaxing. The only minus I'd say is that the actual kitchen is small, but with such a large living/eating area it barely mattered. The open fire didn't work, but the heating system kept us very warm so after the initial mild disappointment we didn't think of it ever again. The kids loved harbour life, and spent a lot of time chatting to fishermen and visitors, but it felt private. The local walks are lovely and everybody we met friendly and kind. There is an exhibition at the Hynish Centre that is well worth a visit - fascinating information on the flora and fauna of the Hebrides and very well presented for both adults and children. Voted top marks all round at the end of the holiday.
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