Perched on a rugged stone headland high above the sea, these sophisticated hideaways provide the perfect retreat for couples seeking intimate seclusion.Rising from the stone ruins of nineteenth century Blackhouses, these beautiful turf-roof cottages were designed by Award-winning architect, Stuart Bagshaw (designer of a Channel Four Grand Designs 'Home of the Year' on the neighbouring Isle of Harris). A commission to create contemporary dwellings in a spectacular, natural setting has created cottages that perfectly blend with their dramatic surroundings.With exceptional 180 degree views from their cliff side locations, the hills of the Isle of Harris provide the ultimate backdrop to an ever-changing seascape.Ideally located for wildlife watching, these discreetly placed cottages deliver exclusivity and a relaxed, low-key ambience. Guests can expect a stay of exceptional serenity and a chance to unwind in an unspoilt, natural environment.Architectural originality and imagination are reflected in the strikingly contemporary glass, stone and timber design of the cottages. Barrel-vaulted, high ceilings and exposed, curved beams lend themselves to an airy atmosphere while a muted colour palette, use of natural oak furnishings and beautiful Belgian linen upholstery and fabrics create restful, elegant interiors. Discreetly added amenities, under floor heating throughout and a subtle lighting plan designed by the award-winning team at John Cullen Lighting add to the understated luxury of the cottages.An open-plan living area provides: an observation lounge with log-burning stove; a kitchen area, thoughtfully equipped by a keen, amateur cook; a dining area with views across Loch Erisort and access via French doors to a stylishly furnished, private terrace carved into the rock.Each cottage offers a luxuriously proportioned bedroom with blissfully comfortable Super king size bed. Crisp white Egyptian cotton linen, Canadian Goose Down duvets and a pillow menu, will help ensure a supremely restful night's sleep, aided by the fresh sea air. The ensuite bathroom is furnished with a deep soak double-end bath, walk-in rain shower, double basins and bespoke polar pine sauna.You may be reluctant to leave your cottage with its interesting and eclectic library of books and films, as well as binoculars, telescope and wildlife identifier books. But should you need to keep in touch with the outside world, a Wi-Fi connection is at your disposal.For outdoor enthusiasts, bicycles and fishing rods are provided along with beach towels, Thermos flasks, picnic hampers and Ordnance Survey maps.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 en suite|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: STORNOWAY AIRPORT 24 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Sauna, Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users|
The Outer Hebrides has its own unique culture and traditions, from peat-cutting to weaving Harris Tweed. The people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality and the Gaelic language is widely spoken. Traditional Gaelic music is celebrated at the local annual Mod and more contemporary Gaelic music features strongly in the summer Hebridean Celtic Festival. Your visit may also tie in with a village Highland Games or the week-long Hebridean Maritime Festival.
Outdoor activities are many and varied – kayaking, cycling, walking, fishing, sailing and surfing on the Atlantic West Coast. There is also golf with courses on both Lewis and Harris.
Small art galleries and craft workshops are dotted around the Islands, tearooms have sprung up in the most unlikely and remote settings and enticing restaurants serve locally grown organic vegetables, local game and heather grazed lamb and the freshest fish and shellfish.
Centrally located on the Isle of Lewis, the cottages are a 20 minute drive from the Callanish Stones, 15 minutes from the town of Stornoway and a mere 30 minute drive to the Isle of Harris.
Looking south west from the cottages, the Eishken hills form a rugged skyline. Here, the 43,000 red deer forest is one of the UK's last wilderness areas and home to 13 pairs of golden eagles.
In a westerly direction, the hills of Harris come into view which include the highest ground in the Outer Hebrides, the Clisham at 799 metres. A favourite with walkers, a return trip to the summit takes around 3 hours. Expect to see mountain hares and golden eagles.
North west takes you into the Soval Estate with its myriad of freshwater lochs and the Laxay river system which has a run of salmon and sea trout making their way back from the sea through Loch Erisort into the river from June to September. Wild brown trout fishing is available on the estate for a modest charge, with fly, spinner or worm fishing permitted.
Just above the cottages to the north, the up-draughts of wind make the cliffs a favourite place for buzzards to hover and you can hear their piercing calls as they survey the landscape from high above.
To the east, Loch Erisort stretches out to the open sea – the North Minch. At over 9 miles long the sea loch is a great place to explore by kayak or boat. A resident population of harbour seals, common porpoises, otters and white tailed sea eagles are joined by a huge variety of migrant summer visitors. Great skuas, fulmars, kittiwakes, puffins, common dolphins, Minke whales, Orcas and basking sharks, can all be encountered towards the mouth of the loch and Arctic Terns, stopping off briefly on their 44,000-mile annual migration, nest on the Islands. Excellent sea angling is available, with pollock and mackerel being the main species caught during the summer months.