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Connected cottage by the shore
Sitting room
Looking down on Cabhalan
Kitchen window seat
the 'box bed'
Harris beach & machair
the boat harbrou behind Cabhalan
the 'wet room'
view from the 'wet room' window
Cabhalan view
Northon beach
view from the sun bedroom
Sunset view across the Minch from Cabhalan
more Harris beaches
Manish bay
east Harris road - C79
Cabhalan from the sea
Cabhalan & it's harbour
Cabhalan terrain
Cabhalan kitchen
Cabhalan kitchen/living room
Cabhalan kitchen
the 'sun' bedroom cum sitting rooom
Cabhalan kitchen
another window seat in the sun
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland

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Daniel C
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“Not for us.”
Reviewed September 12, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Cabhalan Cottage is perfect if you have the romantic notion to stay in a remote and secluded location. The winding east coast road southward from the Ferry Terminal affords some wonderful views westwards across the sea to the Isle of Skye. The access road leaving the east coast road is, however, badly maintained but driveable although really was not suitable for my small family car (Kia Rio). This road after some 500m takes you onto a track down to the house which is even less suitable for a laden car albeit it is only a short stretch .
The house itself is a mix of traditional stone-built blackhouse and some modern extensions.
The porch area is handy for getting out of those wet clothes after a Harris downpour!
The kitchen area is well equipped and spacious with all mod cons. Deep window recesses are pleasant areas to sit and just relax.
The bathroom has a shower (but no bath) which is fairly temperamental but adequate - being fed from a small on-demand boiler.
There are two sleeping areas. A room in a modern extension has two single adult size bunks. There is also a bed-settee in this room which when fully extended doesn’t leave much room to move. The room lacks storage space.
The other sleeping area is a recess double bed in the living room. This has ample storage space with a walk-in wardrobe to the side of it.
The nice peat fire makes the living room an enjoyable place to sit on a long cool summer evening.
By virtue of being built around an old blackhouse the building really needs to be aired and heated prior to guests arriving . The house felt cold and damp particularly in the extremities of the building away from the single ceiling heater in the kitchen area which was switched on upon arrival. The central heating on for a short time before arrival could have improved this. However, the central heating didn’t work but this was only discovered the following day. Furthermore, it didn’t work all week - albeit this was only communicated to owner upon his return on the Wednesday evening of our week’s stay.
There had been some confusion regarding how many guests would be staying and consequently only the double recess bed was made-up. The house can sleep four (although another website says six) so bedding provision should have been in place for the maximum possible. With insufficient bed-linen available some guests had to ‘make do’ until the following morning. Being unfitted it was evident that the duvets in the extension room were not in the best condition.

Looking back we had a great stay in Harris. Wonderful views, fantastic beaches, friendly people. However, in my opinion the standard of care and property is not appropriate for the fee charged.

On a general note. Many guests are probably unaware that there are no shops open on Sunday. So a word of advice - take at least some basic essentials e.g. milk, bread, coffee. There is a great wee cooperative store in Leverburgh.
Furthermore, having stayed in many other rental properties over the years I have friendly suggestion to owners ‘How about a small welcome pack of essentials?’

Date of stay: July 2016
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Liked best: The east coast views and wild walking
Liked least: Access roads
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Sep 14, 2016
I'm very glad you had a nice visit to Harris and sorry that you found a few things not to your liking.

With regard to bedding your booking with Holiday Lettings was for a couple and so a double bed was made up for you arriving that night at around 9m. If you had let us know that more people were in your party then more beds would have been prepared. It is a problem for us when we have no communication from the arriving guests. While the cottage used to sleep up to six people before renovations, it now only four and our web-site states that.

I take your point regarding folk not being aware that everything is closed on Sundays and will make a point of adding this to the our 'access & directions letter/email' in future.

I am unable to agree that the cottage was damp in the middle of summer - perhaps the ubiquitious scent of peat? normally this is the sole fuel in the cottage and for folk unused to the smell unusual. I remember that you had a problem with the heating thermostat not responding..... our apologies regarding this.....and it was fixed as soon as we were aware.

I'm sorry that you felt it was expensive but sadly Holiday Lettings takes very significant cut and I always suggest that folk get in touch with us directly.

Finally we do expect guest to leave the cottage as they find it - of course it is cleaned before all new arrivals - but to leave the week's rubbish and no attempt to clean anything was disappointing and not normal of our guests.
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