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“What a lovely place” 4 of 5 stars
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Scarista House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Sgarasta Bheag, HS3 3HX, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #18 of 28 Isle of Harris B&B and Inns
Hoganas, Sweden
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“What a lovely place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Situated on the west cost of South Harriis Scarista House is just a wonderful place. The view over the sea is amazing. We were welcomed with aftenoon tea even though we arrived short after lunch. Tea, scones, cake and all the rest served in the library. Just lovely! The room was fine, just what you could expect in such an old building. Dinner was served at 8pm promptly and it was fine though not overwhelming. If we ever go back to The Western Islands we would certainly come back here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I was very surprised to read the recent review of Glebe cottage at Scarista. Firstly, I'd like to say. It is a holiday cottage and as such is exceedingly good. It is the kind of place that you don't worry about carrying sand in on your feet from the beach and making yourself at home. There was a lot of space and the kitchen is one of the best equipped that I've experienced in a holiday cottage. The oven was brand new-we were the first to use it.This place is really good value for money and if you don't feel like cooking you can book to eat in fantastic Scarista House next door. When we booked, Patricia told us that the bathroom needed some work and we duly received a discount. The cottage is lovely with wonderful beach views and the field to the side had two beautiful highland cattle with their young. The side views from the bedrooms look up towards the hills and golf course. We really slept well and felt very secluded. Yes, the bathroom needs work and curtains need replaced but we were told about that and given discount on rental cost. The shower cabinet is a bit flimsy, but has a powerful shower and lots of hot water. The sitting room is part of a very large open plan kitchen/dining area. It has lot of books and interesting guide book material. There is an open fire, which was led ready to light and free fuel including logs and peat. All in all the perfect place for family holiday.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This was the most expensive accommodation we have ever stayed in and we have never been so disappointed.

The cottage stands directly behind the hotel and so the sea views are largely blocked by the house.

The sitting area in the cottage is so small, it doesn't even sit the seven people the cottage is supposed to accommodate. The settees are still covered with the throws complained about in a tripadvisor review of Glebe Cottage of 2009 (& I'm afraid that flimsy shower cubicle is still there together with the mismatched shabby furniture).

The outer layer of the oven door hung off when opened, the sitting room curtains were holed, the coving above the fireplace hung off, the window in the sitting area was permanently misted.

The main bathroom had been re-done since the report of 2009 but it still left much to be desired: some of the bath tiles were hanging off, there was no extractor fan despite it being an internal bathroom and there were holes in the ceiling.

On a more positive note the place had recently been repainted and the bed in the main bedroom was huge and very comfy.

To me it felt like we were expected to pay the price for the cottage being completely renovated when actually it was far fom it. If the cottage was half the price asked we would have been happy.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We have had four nights at Scarista. When we booked we wondered whether that would be too long, but now wish we could stay longer! The hotel is a perfect balance of service and comfort, and makes you feel like you are staying in a private home. The rooms are well equipped and cosy, and the food is simple and excellent. For those who love reading there is an excellent library. You feel like you are at the edge of the world here and it is a wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Room Tip: We found the rooms in the back building private and cosy
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Lovely building, lovely food, decent service.

We didn't stay in Scarista - just had a meal there. We popped in early afternoon to reserve a table and were presented with the set menu which sounded lovely but admittedly not cheap - £43 for 3 courses I think. The menu was perfectly suited to my taste but I could imagine it being a bit annoying if there was a particular thing you didn't like on the set menu; however, being pregnant, I couldn't eat the delicious-sounding starter but was very kindly offered an alternative.

When we arrived in the evening, we were seated in one of the lovely lounges and served an aperitif. Dinner itself was in an old, formally-laid out dining room with a pleasant, intimate atmosphere and nice views over Scarista.

The food was very good. The brioche in my starter was rich and buttery but perfectly toasted and the wild mushrooms cooked perfectly in a really tasty cream and (maybe?) vermouth type sauce - really nice combo of textures and flavours. The main was plump, deliciously sweet scallops with a sauce vierge (admittedly not a classic vierge but a decent take on one) and cauliflower puree. Not substantial alone but served with buttered new potatoes and green beans. Slightly odd combo for me but it was actually delicious and light enough to allow room for dessert (a perfect-textured panna cotta with poire william, a poached pear glazed in something delicious - I forget what - and a deliciously short, vanilla biscuit to accompany)

Petit fours and coffee followed in the drawing room and again, being pregnant, the waiter offered to and bought up a cafetiere of decaf for me. All in all, a lovely meal and lovely service

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Yes, Scarista House is indeed a wonderful place. Set in a superb location, the hotel is unique in its outlook and delightful atmosphere. We were extremely well looked after, the food was excellent and copious (though not cheap), with superb breakfasts, generous afternoon tea included (a delightful unadvertised surprise!)and top notch cooking at dinner. We were stunned by the scenery and surroundings. However, we were a little disappointed by our room, Lucy, which was one of the rooms in the annex at the back. It is oddly laid out and furnished in a rather haphazard way, with a strange ante-room which "hogs" the view - I imagine this was dictated by the structure of the old buildings from which it was converted. Overall, the hotel is probably in need of a bit of an overhaul in terms of paintwork and furnishings, but if you're happy to see past that, you'll have a really lovely stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Noosa, Australia
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19 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

25 years ago I visited a small inn which had been a Manse in a previous life on the Island of Harris. I had read about it in an article, and as I had never visited Scotland, and had a few days in April while my husband had a business commitment.I went alone - by train, bus and ferry arriving at Scarista house at 10 p.m. in the evening.
I was welcomed by the charming owners and sat for coffee in front of a warm peat fire. When I awoke the next day,I could not believe the view from the window on a beautiful Atlantic beach in sparkling sun! I had a day picnic, and saw a pair of golden eagles, and an otter in a little bay. The Scottish breakfasts were copious and superb.
Last year on a holiday in Scotland with three friends, we visited Scarista House on my recommendation, and found it had not changed - its charm, hospitality, food and comfort just a good as before. I even had the same room with the view that I had 25 years ago!
The hotel in small - only a few rooms- and a new annex at the back. The food was very good- the freshest of seafood, wonderful desserts, and all cooked with finesse.There is a set menu, and that was fine, and you can tell them if you do not like something. We even had a Force 7 Gale when we were there which was exciting!
However, one of the most compelling reasons to go there is the fine scenery, walks and the wonderful Atlantic Beaches. You can also drive en route to Scarista down the Golden road, with its Art galleries, little restaurants with homemade food and charming coastal scenery.
Later, you can also drive to Lewis to see the famous Callanish Stones- as we did on a wild and windy day of great atmosphere!

Room Tip: I would ask for the front room with the view of the sea.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sgarasta Bheag, HS3 3HX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Outer Hebrides > Lewis and Harris > Isle of Harris
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Isle of Harris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Scarista House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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