Brighid, Isle of Lewis

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Contemporary design cabin with endless Atlantic views on the Outer Hebrides' Isle of Lewis (sleeps 2)

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Child friendly

Eco conscious

Parking

Private garden

Walk to a shop

Woodburner

Space & setting.

Seclusion, calm and an intimate connection with the elements is what you’ll find in this romantic getaway in the Outer Hebrides. Built at the end of a working croft on the Isle of Lewis (and what feels like the edge of the world), the cabin faces right out to sea, with nothing but distant slopes to interrupt the cinematic views. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room bring you closer to the wildly beautiful landscape; cleverly placed mirrors reflect it from every angle. The interiors invite the outdoors in, with the soft greys of a moody sky, the mottled black of wet rocks slick with salt, the freshness of fizzing sea foam.

There’s plenty around to explore – from Neolithic stone circles and ancient ruins to hidden lochs and otherworldly beaches – or you can simply stay put and soak up your surroundings. Walk the cliffs to discover secret coves or watch ships passing by and glimpse local wildlife from the spotting scope. Then as evening rolls in, the fireside beckons for front-row seats to a show you won’t want to miss; incredible night skies and if you’re really lucky, the Northern Lights.

Getting here: best to drive, or ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway then taxi from the ferry port.

“I was born and brought up in the village here, Melbost Borve. I’ve always wanted to build a house at the end of our croft, facing the sea. The land was handed down to my mother, who then passed it over to me to manage after my father passed away. I now live in Aberdeen but spent 2.5 years building the house, travelling to the island every month to work on it.” Owner, Roddy

My Kip favourites

He loves
“Watching the ocean from the decking outside or sat next to the fire.”

We love
The mid-century chairs reupholstered in local Harris Tweed, and the sense of harmony between the muted interiors and natural surroundings.

You may not love
WiFi can be slow. The weather can be unpredictable! Check in advance for ferry times in high season. Sorry, no kids or dogs allowed.

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Sustainability.

Air-source heat pump providing heating to the underfloor heating system. Super-insulated timber frame construction. Near passive haus standard for air tightness. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system providing regular air changes.

Surrounds.

  • Lewisian Croft, Scotland
    Exploring the local coastline
  • Lewisian Croft, Scotland
    Carloway Broch
  • Lewisian Croft, Scotland
    Seilibost Beach
  • Lewisian Croft, Scotland
    Callanish Standing Stones
  • Lewisian Croft, Scotland
  • Visit the resting place of a Viking King at the ruins of St Brigid temple, a short walk from the house, and drink from St Birgid’s well, where cold fresh water is filtered through the local Lewisian gneiss rock, before setting off to explore the local coastline by foot.
  • Go surfing or bodyboarding at nearby Eoropie beach, a long and exposed stretch of sand that picks up the smallest bit of swell from across the Atlantic.
  • Climb the narrow stone staircase to the top of Carloway Broch, the ruins of an ancient stone tower, for sweeping views of Loch an Duin below (30 mins’ drive).
  • Feel mystery tingle the air and time stand still at the Callanish Standing Stones, a striking 5,000-year-old stone circle dating back to the Neolithic era – and possibly older than Stonehenge. Overlooking the sprawling serenity of Loch Roag, it’s thought this was a place for ceremony and rituals.
  • Try the award-winning Isle of Harris gin, made from sugar kelp seaweed hand-picked by a local diver, and distilled in the small village of Tarbert.
  • Pack a picnic and go beach-hopping along the spectacular coast: drive 45 mins to Garry, where emerald hills slope down into the sea and waves lap against towering stacks of Lewisian stone, or head further afield to Seilebost and Luskentyre for wind-swept dunes and Caribbean-blue waters on a clear, sunny day (1 hour 40 mins’ drive).

Specifics.

  • Standalone cabin on a working croft in the Outer Hebrides
  • Underfloor heating
  • 1 kingsize bedroom
  • Bathroom with deep soaking tub and shower; local organic Ishga toiletries
  • Well-equipped kitchen, including induction hob, oven and coffee machine
  • Washing machine/dryer, iron and ironing board
  • Lounge area with Smart TV, Scandinavian design woodburner, books and Praktica spotting scope on tripod
  • Walk 30 mins to a restaurant and shop for basics
  • Drive 30 mins to fishmongers and butchers in Stornoway
  • One small child welcome; request in advance
  • The owner is available by phone if you need him
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Booking conditions: a 3-night min stay
  • Remember to pack: wellies and walking boots; beach towels

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations: * 8+ weeks prior to stay: deposit refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
* 6-8 weeks prior to stay: deposit retained, 70% balance refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
* 4-6 weeks prior to stay: 50% of the total booking fee retained, 50% refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 4 weeks of stay.

FAQs.

This is a way of life on the Island and the owners will do their best to accommodate you. Your booking will remain open until you arrive but can’t be extended if others are booked in after you. If you cannot leave the island after your stay and have difficulty finding somewhere else to go, and if the house is free, the owners may be able to extend your stay, although additional charges will be at the discretion of the owners (cleaning charges may apply, for example).

Yes but it can be slow.

Yes, the house can accommodate one small child.

There are a number of local restaurants. Most are a drive away, but Borve House Hotel is walkable and serves traditional meals and drinks.

There isn’t a firepit but there is a cosy woodburner and supply of logs inside!

Yes, you can catch a ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway then taxi from the ferry port.

Unfortunately not.

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