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Sgeir a'Chais

Loch Grosebay, Isle of Harris

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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.

Local Events and Attractions

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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 £2 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
2018
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% - June 2018 From 16/06/2018 to 29/06/2018
  • Save 15% - June 2018 From 30/06/2018 to 06/07/2018
  • Save 10% - July 2018 From 07/07/2018 to 13/07/2018

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2
02 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018 £395.00
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 £495.00
01 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018 £395.00
22 Sep 2018 - 05 Oct 2018 £325.00
06 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018 £395.00
27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018 £295.00
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018 £450.00
28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 £495.00
06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019 POA
09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019 POA
06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019 POA
27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019 POA
11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 POA
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 POA
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 POA
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 POA
31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 POA
21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 POA
12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 POA
02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 POA
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 POA
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA
06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 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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15-Jun-2018

Lovely cottage, comfortable and plenty of room for 2. Had a fantastic week here and would not hesitate to return, the sc...

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15-Feb-2018

We rated it 5 star because the cottage was just perfect for us in our middle/late 70s wanting a hide-away with peace and...

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19-Oct-2017

Lovely cottage
Just as advertised
Excellent location
Warm and cost
Great value for money

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05-Oct-2017

Very well equipped cottage with lovely views.

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25-Aug-2017

The original conversion was very obviously a do-it-yourself job, with rather rough interior finishing. We nearly drove ...

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