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Highgales Self-Catering Seaside Croft House Gravir – Home 6803242 Farmhouse

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Highgales Self-Catering Seaside Croft House Gravir – Home 6803242

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  • Farmhouse
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Farmhouse / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Rough Guide names the Western Isles one of the top ten destinations for 2016!!

A cosy writer's croft house in the picturesque village of Gravir on the Isle of Lewis, UK. Dramatic sea views with modern amenities, a walled garden, patio, and veranda. A great base for sea angling or freshwater loch fishing, birdwatching, hiking, kayaking.

Located at the end of a paved, private road Highgales occupies a commanding, elevated position on the northern shore of Loch Odhairn--a steep-sided sea loch fed by waterfalls and full of aquatic life--and enjoys panoramic, breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and mountains just below and across from the house. Highgales is a traditional crofter's cottage lovingly renovated by its American owner, tastefully decorated, and updated with modern amenities, including central heating, a newly renovated bathroom, pine flooring, well-equipped kitchen, and wifi access throughout the house.

On the ground floor the master bedroom (with

Rough Guide names the Western Isles one of the top ten destinations for 2016!!

A cosy writer's croft house in the picturesque village of Gravir on the Isle of Lewis, UK. Dramatic sea views with modern amenities, a walled garden, patio, and veranda. A great base for sea angling or freshwater loch fishing, birdwatching, hiking, kayaking.

Located at the end of a paved, private road Highgales occupies a commanding, elevated position on the northern shore of Loch Odhairn--a steep-sided sea loch fed by waterfalls and full of aquatic life--and enjoys panoramic, breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and mountains just below and across from the house. Highgales is a traditional crofter's cottage lovingly renovated by its American owner, tastefully decorated, and updated with modern amenities, including central heating, a newly renovated bathroom, pine flooring, well-equipped kitchen, and wifi access throughout the house.

On the ground floor the master bedroom (with king-size bed) has been fully restored with Scandinavian wall paneling and varnished pine floor, a refurbished antique dresser, sofa, coffee table, window seat, and a large flat screen Smart TV and DVD/CD player. The two upstairs bedrooms feature traditional sloping ceilings and spectacular, inspiring views of Loch Odhairn and the surrounding hills. The larger bedroom contains a single bed, an easy chair, and a raised desk and chair where one can read, write or sketch while facing the sea below and the mountains across the narrow bay. The smaller bedroom is furnished with a single bed, easy chair, traditional school desk, velux window, and a large built-in clothes cupboard/closet. All beds in Highgales are made up with luxurious Egyptian cotton linens.

The gourmet kitchen combines Hebridean charm with modern convenience: a large American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, full-sized electric cooker with four burners with two ovens, restaurant-quality knives, a big block cutting board, wine rack, antique kitchen dresser, and radio/CD player. Besides modern design cutlery and dinnerware, there is a ample supply of wine and water glasses plus baking pans and sheets. The dining table in the kitchen comfortably seats four where guests can admire the glorious surrounding views whilst enjoying delicious home-cooked meals. There is also a window seat where one can sip a cup of tea while gazing across the bay.

The bright, spacious bathroom on the ground floor (just steps from the master bedroom) has an electric shower, wash basin, WC, large mirror, hair dryer, and fluffy Egyptian cotton towels.

Guest are invited to use the large selection of books, DVDs, and board games on the shelves at the top of the upstairs landing. On the cork board in the kitchen guests will find important information about the house, the wifi password, and emergency contacts. On the shelf above the kitchen dresser there are two binders: one contains information about operating the house's appliances and the other is full of tourist brochures and flyers.

Highgales stands in a walled garden which offers privacy, tranquility, and stunning sea views. There is a barbecue enclosure on the concrete patio (bring a disposable grill) with outdoor furniture and a private veranda/viewing platform with a bench on the other side of the garage that overlooks the bay. From this dramatic location, built over a traditional gathering place for Gravir's villagers, guests can scan the entire length of the sea loch and, on clear days, guests can see the fairyland mountains of the Scottish mainland across the Minch.

Both the garden patio and the veranda are the perfect spots to enjoy a dram of single malt or a cup of tea while observing the marine mammals, fish, and bird life that thrive here. Buzzards and merlins often perch on the fence posts surrounding the garden.

Guests might want to venture down to the village pier to fish for mackerel (the best luck will be had at a rising tide). At the closed end of the loch, where a river runs into the sea, guests may cast flies for sea trout. Beside the village pier is a launching ramp where guests may put kayaks in the water. The freshwater lochs that abound in the district of Pairc are full of wild brown trout.

The village of Gravir is divided in two by the narrow, fjord-like Loch Odairn. Villagers on the steep north and south shores practice the ancient lifestyle of crofting (animal husbandry combined with peat-cutting, fishing, and other trades). Throughout the summer visiting yachts drop anchor just below Highgales. In late summer the steep hills on the opposite shore (called the "Toum") are set ablaze with blooming heather. In all seasons the sunrise and sunset are spectacular and Loch Odhairn, which changes with the light, wind, and tides, provides endless interest.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful, romantic hideaway or an action-filled adventure, Highgales is the perfect base for reading or sketching, sea angling, freshwater loch fishing, bird watching, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and visiting archeological sites such as the renowned Callanish stone circle and the Carloway Broch. Gravir and the surrounding area is a photographer's dream! Enjoy spotting seals, otters, and porpoises in the water below the house. There are also resident sea and golden eagles, buzzards, merlins, sparrow hawks, cormorants, northern divers, fulmars, and the occasional gannet and puffin. Cuckoos arrive in Gravir in early Spring. Migrating and resident Whooper swans feed in the freshwater lochs above the village, and guests might encounter red deer on the back road that links the villages of Gravir, Calbost, and Marvig.

Ravenspoint, a well-stocked village grocery, newspaper, and gift shop/local museum/tourist info center/cafe/24-hour petrol station, is located 6 miles from Gravir in Kershader. A cosy pub is 11 miles away in Sheildinish.

The letting price includes bed linens, towels, electricity, oil-fired central heating throughout the house, wifi, and cleaning. A cot is available upon request. Highgales can be let for a week or more. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Main Attractions

The Beaches

Some of the most beautiful, unspoiled beaches in the world are to be found on the Isle of Lewis and Harris. No visit to the islands would be complete without a walk, paddle or dip at the beaches of Carnish; Cliff; Coll; Dalbeg; Dal more; Garry; Gress; Luskentyre; Port of Ness; Port Stoth; Reef, Scarista; Steinish; Traigh na Cleabhag, Sound of Harris; Traigh Mhor, North Tolsta.

Bird Watching

Ducks: Goldeneye, Mallard, Merganser, Teal, Tufted

Resident Raptors: Merlin, Golden Eagle, Sea Eagle, Buzzard

Resident Garden Birds: Blackbird, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Thrush, Wren, Robin, Corncrake

Seabirds: Arctic tern, Cormorant, Fulmar, Seagull, Skua, Gannet, Puffin

Seasonal Migrations: Cuckoo, Redwing, Snipe, Whooper Swan, Woodcock

Botanical Sites

Machair at Barvas, Ness, Uig

Culture

Crofting husbandry is manifested in division of village land between cultivable infield and common grazing where peat is cut and sheep and cattle are free to roam. Blackhouses can be visited at Arnol and Garenin. Norse mill sites are visible at local streams.

Music

The annual Hebridean Celtic Festival in July

Expeditions

Day trips by sea to the Shiants and St Kilda

Geological Sites

Lewisian gneiss exposures are provided by road cuttings notably at Orinsay and Kershader.

South Harris complex can be inspected in quarries at Northton (mica) and Lingerbay (anorthosite).

Stornoway beds of Old Red Sandstone outcrop at Broad Bay beaches.

Uig granitic intrusions.

Golf

The links course at Scarista and the park land course at Stornoway.

Historical Sites

Celtic Christian chapel sites of Catan, Ciaran, Clement, Columba, Donan, Finan, Malrubha, Molua, Patrick, Ronan.

Celtic Christian well sites of Brigid and Constantine.

Sites of beehive summer shielings in the hills of Harris, Pairc, Uig, Muirneag.

Topography

Typical fiords occur at Odhairn, Erisort, Loch Shell

Lookout sites named "sithean" occur wherever there is a village vantage point.

Highest hills have the Norse ending "val" which appears as "bhal" in Gaelic (e.g., Catisval, the goat hill).

Lochs have the Norse ending "vat" eg Mirkavat, the dark loch.

Archaeological Sites

Bosta, Callanish, Northton, Carloway

Yachting Marina

Stornoway

Location description from owner

The Scotland region

South Lochs or Pairc, the district where Gravir is located, is covered in freshwater lochs and surrounded by the sea. Traditional crofting villages dot the countryside and grazing sheep line the single-track roads. The views of the sky, sea, and hills are dramatic and constantly changing with the quality of light. Artists and photographers are drawn to this sublime accessible wilderness.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Single Bed
    Bedroom 3: Single Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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House rules

Please make every effort to keep the garden gate closed to prevent sheep from entering the garden and fouling the walk and lawn.

Please leave the house tidy with dishes washed and put away. Please honour the 10 am departure time as new guests often arrive the same day.

According to tradition, Sunday is a peaceful day on the island and there are limited services and amenities available outwith the main town of Stornoway.

Please feel free to arrive at Highgales anytime after 4 pm.

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About the owner

Gregory M
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Calendar updated::
16 Jan 2017
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Languages spoken: English, German, Norwegian, Russian


This Farmhouse has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 02 Oct 2015. Located in Isle of Lewis, it has 1 review with an overall rating of 4. The average weekly rate varies from £520 to £660.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 16 Jan 2017.

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“Amazing views”

Reviewed 21 Jul 2016

Despite being away in America, Gregory was great at communicating with me and a few days before our stay, sent me a message with directions which was great help. Gregory was very kind to answer my questions super quickly before and during our stay. Highgales is a perfect gateway to explore Lewis and Harris as it is fairly central. Having no living room didn't bother us as we were away most of the day and we enjoyed family time and home cooked meals in the well equiped kitchen. The washer dryer and dishwasher proved very useful and made us gain valuable time. The beds are very comfortable and we had really good nights sleep. Every morning we felt refreshed and ready for new adventures. We were welcome with a bottle of wine on our arrival, thank you very much Gregory for your lovely house and help from afar. Highgales is a very nice place to stay.

Celine was so appreciative of the house and its location. She was also remarkably kind and communicative throughout her stay. Celine is such a wonderful guest!

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