Sgeir a'Chais

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The transformation of this simple Hebridean cottage, on the shores of Loch Grosebay on the beautiful Isle of Harris, has been a real labour of love for the enthusiastic owners.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
Overview

Once a tin-roofed, tin-walled, rather dilapidated bothy, the ugly duckling has become a swan indeed, having been re-roofed, triple glazed, heavily insulated, freshly painted and completely renovated inside. Holiday makers lucky enough to rent it will certainly have cause to marvel at its 'before and after' pictures.

Standing a little back from the quiet, single-track road, snuggling into the hill behind, with views of the inlet to the front it is a most desirable Hebridean hideaway for two people.

Inside, the attractive sitting room has an exposed feature stone wall and solid-fuel stove to keep it nice and cosy, as well as an attractive dining area. The modern and very well-equipped kitchen has plenty of space for cooking and even has a dishwasher so there is no need to debate over whose turn it is to do the dishes! The double bedroom has a pine clad ceiling and a romantic sleigh bed and there is a spacious shower room with large walk-in shower that completes the indoor accommodation.

Just alongside the cottage, what was once an ancient workshop has been transformed into a private sauna with superb views out over the loch. It works on a coin meter, so why not bring along your robes and some pound coins for that little extra treat.

Sgeir A'Chais is just as comfortable in winter as it is in summer - the owners have road tested it to make completely sure! The triple glazing, excellent insulation, electric blanket on the bed, effective electric heating from a 100% renewable source and most of all the cosy glow from the handmade Scottish stove ensure you'll be snug as can be, whatever the weather outside!

Outside, the cottage sits in a rough grassed garden (furniture) that is on several levels with a stream running through it (care to be taken).

Map & Local

The nearest place of any size is Tarbert (restaurants and shops), where the ferry docks from Uig on Skye, while down at the southern tip of Harris is Leverburgh, (small supermarket and restaurant), from where you can take a ship for North Uist and a spot of island hopping.

Harris is quite stunning with unspoilt white sandy beaches that meet the clear azure sea. On the east coast there are numerous rocky bays that lead to heather-clad hills dotted with small lochs. The little road on which the cottage stands forms part of the Harris Walkway, a 20 mile trail which runs from the slopes of 'the Clisham' to the west coast at Seilebost. There is plenty of wildlife to spot with golden eagles having been spotted at the North Harris Eagle Observatory, as well as many other species of birds.

Cycles can be hired locally, there are cruises around the neighbouring coastline and even the possibility of taking a day trip out to the World Heritage Site of lonely St Kilda, 40 miles out in the Atlantic - truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Northton is home to the Seallam Visitor Centre which houses the Western Isles Genealogy Research Centre, as well as some popular cafés. There is another excellent restaurant at Rodel, just a few miles beyond Leverburgh.

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.

Facilities

Accommodation

Single Storey

Sitting room with solid fuel stove and TV/DVD (limited channels)
Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, etc
Double bedroom
Shower/wet room with WC and wash basin
Sauna (in separate building with £1 coin meter).

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Free
Sets of towels
Free

Services

Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric heaters and solid-fuel stove. Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.

Availability

Availability

The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available
2016
Price

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • 2 Week Discount (£25)
  • Save 15% w/c 08 Oct 16 From 08/10/2016 to 14/10/2016
  • Save 20% w/c 01 Oct 16 From 01/10/2016 to 07/10/2016
  • Half Term Availability! From 15/10/2016 to 21/10/2016
  • Half Term Availability! From 22/10/2016 to 28/10/2016
  • Save £50 - 6 night break! (CA7) From 01/10/2016 to 06/10/2016

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2
17 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016 £325.00
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016 £385.00
29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 £295.00
20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016 £450.00
28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017 £450.00
05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017 £295.00
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017 £325.00
18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017 £295.00
04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017 £325.00
08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017 £395.00
22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017 £325.00
06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017 £395.00
27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017 £485.00
03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 £395.00
01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017 £485.00
02 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017 £395.00
16 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017 £325.00
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017 £395.00
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 £295.00
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017 £485.00
28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018 £485.00
06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.

Reviews

Reviews
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Good
15-Sep-2016

Absolutely everything was fine EXCEPT the shower sealant and lower grouting is very stained and does not look inviting! ...

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Excellent
01-Aug-2016

Beautiful. Just as described in the brochure. Extremely well equipped, cosy cottage.

Excellent
12-May-2016

great place, great location,great neighbouring people sheep hens etc !! couldnt get the sauna to work but im sure could ...

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Excellent
01-Mar-2016

We spent a fantastic week at Sgeir a'Chais, the cottage is lovely and well equipped. It was great to come home and light...

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Good
20-Oct-2015

Overall very good, however certain parts of the cottage could do with a little bit of redecoration, like the opening bet...

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