The Crofthouse is a lovely home from home. Anne keeps it beautifully decorated and lovely and clean. She has thought of those things you might forget on a short stay, like washing up liquid and loo rolls! The kitchen and bedroom linen is pristine and the free wifi is good as our phones were out off signal until we drove around. It is wonderful to be able to step straight out into a beautiful remote landscape. Lots of lovely birds and rabbits. We didn't see otters (one had been in the garden last week), but you can see their footprints and remnants of meal just over the footbridge. You have to expect the weather to be changeable in March, but the views are magical when the sun is out and you see beautiful rainbows between showers. We even saw an aurora one night and so many more stars than at home because the nights are so dark.
There is a dog at the property and he is often in the garden, he is friendly and follows to and from the car.
The roads in the immediate area are single track with passing places, but in good condition and other drivers are condsiderate. There are many historically interesting attractions like the standing stones and Black Houses. Wonderful local fresh food. We tried the scallops, which were huge and caught that day. Then on to the whisky distillery on Harris for a really interesting tour and a taster!
We would like to go back when the heather is in bloom, Aug/Sept time.
Starting our magical drive from the Tarbert Ferry Terminal, we weaved through the rolling hills and exquisite fields of the Isle, and knew we'd come to a special place. Once we crossed the bridge onto Great Bernera, we couldn't stop chattering about the landscape--tiny lochs, fields with horses and sheep, welcoming houses, and finally this piece of paradise. The house is warm and feels like home, with a well-appointed kitchen, cozy living room with a fireplace, and two decent-sized bedrooms. As four friends, we found the bed situation quite manageable (two singles and a double), with plenty of room to eat together, and read and chat in the living room. Anne is an excellent hostess, and shared history about the island, croft, and family, which made the stay even more special--why stay at a hotel when you can have something so much more personal? There was a ton to see, and we barely scratched the surface. Even walking across the footbridge to see the rest of the croft was fantastic. We were very comfortable here, and I plan to return on my next journey to the Outer Hebrides.
If you are looking for a cottage with all the comforts of a modern home but located in a stunning position then the Crofthouse at Valasay will take a lot of beating! Great accommodation and very friendly owners but it is the views from every window which make this property amazing.
Isle of Lewis and Harris was a big improvement after the crowds of Skye and this cottage was nicely tucked in a little corner of this stunningly beautiful island.
Right from the beginning Ann was very prompt and helpful in her replies. Knowing my interest in wildlife, she suggested to go out with Lewis Mackenzie of Hebrides Fish N Trips (reviewed separately). That was a fantastic day out.
The cottage is not detached but we never had any problem with privacy. Separate entrances and a big garden on our side to have fun with our new friend Riley the Border Collie. My daughters felt terrible to leave the cottage and missed Riley badly.
One can park the car right in front of the door. There are many things to do nearby. I did not walk the entire length of the trail to Bostah beach because of weather but I'm sure it'd be lovely. Bostah beach with its tidal bell is a very nice small white sand beach with rocks in the background and the iron age house to have a look.
Callanish standing stones and Carloway broch are also quite close. One afternoon sun came out nicely, wind died down and I quickly jumped into my car to take photos of the Callanish stones casting long shadows with no tourists walking into my shot.
Inside the cottage the décor is slightly old fashioned but warm and inviting. The living lounge was pretty big ( we even entertained my friends from Slovenia who were also touring through Hebrides) , dining table was big enough for 4 of us, bedrooms of decent size with firm bed and pillows and a modern bathroom. The electric shower force was pretty decent as well. The interior was warm even when the wind howled outside for several nights. The TV had usual free to air channels and could be hooked to the laptop with an HDMI. Some nice books to read as well. I particularly liked a guidebook by Francis Thompson which helped me to find interesting spots in the island.
The kitchen was well stocked and all the appliances worked fine. Ann had left some milk, biscuits and tea for us. She even had some spices in the cupboard to spice up my freshly caught mackerel !
The Wi-Fi is not too bad but unfortunately we went beyond the monthly allowance of 75 gigs which I believe happens to the guests staying towards the end of the month. But before I could ask for a top up Ann had already done that. There are no broadband cables here and it is actually radio broadband so one can't expect blistering speed but it was very much acceptable for usual stuff people need in the holidays.
Sadly I could not see the otter but saw plenty of evidence from the leftover of its meal. I did see an otter when driving the Golden Road. Some wading birds and a few buzzards as well closer to the cottage.
Ann's son Neil was very nice young man to chat with and I also met her husband who was an ex-ranger and helped me to ID some birds.
The best thing is the location , away from all the crowd but still not too far from some places with amazing scenic beauty. I strongly recommend a drive beyond Uig sands to the Mangustra beach and on a windy day the views were stunning. So was Butt of Lewis : mindblowing, excuse the pun as the wind literally was trying to blow the tourist away.
So overall a very nice stay , a perfect place to recharge the batteries.
We stayed here a couple of years ago in October. The house was cosy and had all the facilities. The Weir outside was fantastic and we saw otters. Iron age Round House at Bosta and I swam in the sea from Bosta beach in October. Great weather all week, great beaches at Uig and Luskantyre. Scattered villages bring Peter Mays " Lewis Trilogy" to life. Easy to imagine the Highland Clearances when you see the remains of Black house villages. The multitudinous sheep live on the narrow roads and them and the occasional Heilan' Coo make driving interesting. The house at Valasay was a great way to relax at the end of a perfect day of scenery and history. Bob Shaw Shellingthorpe Lincoln
Lovely, clean and well supplied cottage that was ideally located as a base for landscape photography. All parts of the Islands are easily accessible from the cottage but the area immediately by is as beautiful as anywhere else you'll find on the islands.
This was our second visit to Valasay, the first in the fall of 2006. The accommodation is warm and inviting with great views of the bridge to the Bosta Trail and surrounding island. We enjoyed the remote setting and easy access to great walking and good birding. Nearby Bosta Beach is simply stunning with its sandy beach, turquoise waters and rocky shoreline. Valasay was a good home base for exploring from the Butt of Lewis to the beaches of Harris. Anne & Chris are knowledgeable and helpful hosts as they were some eleven years ago. We'll return to this Hebridean gem