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“An Taigh Clach - perfect for all kinds of holidays”

Review of An Taigh Clach

'An Taigh Clach' (The Stone House), where you are assured of a warm welcome
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'An Taigh Clach' (The Stone House), where you are assured of a warm welcome
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'An Taigh Clach' (The Stone House), where you are assured of a warm welcome
180' panorama from the living area
Living area and multi fuel stove
Multifuel stove + a wee dram
Well equipped kitchen
Hallway to bedrooms and shower room
Shower room
Twin room
Double bedroom
Garden & utility shed
Peat - aromatic burning on a cool evening
Peat cutting - back breaking work but worth the effort
Sunset over Garenin - next stop America!
Kite surfing on a long summer's day
Doune Carloway Broch - 2 miles from 'An Taigh Clach'
Wild flowers
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Carloway, Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland

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Mellon Charles, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“An Taigh Clach - perfect for all kinds of holidays”
Reviewed October 28, 2011 for a stay in February 2011
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We ventured over to An Taigh Clach in darkest February but the warmth of our reception was second to none! The MacDonalds were very friendly and welcoming! We loved the lamb, the scones, crowdie and homemade jam were delicious and the drinkers appreciated the drams left too.

The cottage is well situated for exploring the island and the accommodation was excellent -we were all very comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped and the standard of cleanliness was extremely high. We also appreciated that there was a comfortable outhouse for our dogs which meant they could accompany us and enjoy the outdoors too.

All in all this holiday cottage is ideal for a walking holiday, cycling or just a romantic getaway. In this case, one size really does fit all! We intend to go back!

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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LucindaLu...
Newbridge-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
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“Truly amazing”
Reviewed October 25, 2011 for a stay in June 2011

We rented this tastefully converted property for two weeks. When we arrived at the house it certainly matched the description we had read and the owners gave us a warm welcome. The inside and outside lights and the television were switched on and the peat fire was burning merrily. Valerie and Callum MacDonald showed us around the property and introduced us our "welcome pack" which consisted of: a small caraffe of malt whisky, two bottles of wine, half a lamb which was oven prepared and frozen, a plate of freshly made scones, a jar of homemade raspberry jam and a dish of crow die, all absolutely delicious. The house seemed to contain everything a person could possibly require, it had certainly been well thought out. At the end of the first week we received a bag of crab claws and yet more whisky, wine and a selection of Valerie's delicious scones. Valerie and Callum were on hand to answer any queries and by the time we left I felt that we had made new friends. I can't recommend either the cottage or them highly enough.

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Liked best: The cottage seemed homely
Liked least: leaving and saying goodbye
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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MappingMu...
Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great Summer Break”
Reviewed October 14, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

We stayed for 2 weeks in An Taigh Clack in August 2011. We really enjoyed our stay and would thoroughly recommend this accommodation to other families. During the first week we wore our shorts (!!) and enjoyed a BBQ. We spent many late afternoons sitting outside and playing the outdoor games provided, whilst enjoying the view. The kids (aged 10 and 7) loved the swing.

We really appreciated the outdoor shed for the bikes, the peace and quiet, watching the sheep, the fantastic log burning stove and the well-equiped facilities.

We couldn't fault the hospitality offered by the Macdonalds. They showed us the crofting life, taking us to manage the sheep and cut the grass. Also being a *private* let we enjoyed a higher standard of provisions than multi-unit sites ie we had ample crockery provided, multiple sharp kitchen knives, endless logs/peat and other useful kitchen basics like cling film and foil.

The rural location was good, although Stornoway was less than an hours drive away. There was also a supply of local visitor attractions to do. I'm not a fan of archeologicical sites, but the Callanish Stones are just brilliant - far better than other isles off the NE of Scotland, in my opinion! Also, forget sharing a beach with joe public. On Lewis you can enjoy a beach to yourself!

All in all a good holiday. The kids liked it and we were all reluctant to leave.

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Liked best: Cottage ambience
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
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Fiona M
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Picture your perfect holiday rental - An Taigh Clach is it.”
Reviewed October 10, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

From the initial warm welcome and hospitality to the quality of the cottage, everything is first class and is an experience that should be on everyone's dream holiday list.
The attention to detail and thought that has been put in to the cottage in terms of the facilities and your welcome gifts is what makes this holiday rental have the WOW factor.
We enjoyed it so much we have already been back and it now going to become our annual holiday destination of choice. We have a 7 year old daughter and she is very enthusiastic about the cottage and the area and loves the holiday - always wanting to stay a few more days!!

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Liked best: the whole expreience
Liked least: having to go home
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Ian M
Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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“The hospitality of the owners matched this spectacular cottage and setting”
Reviewed October 9, 2011 for a stay in September 2011

From the moment we arrived in Carloway and met the owners, it surpassed all our expectations of island hospitality. Our first impressions of the cottage truly took our breath away and this continued for the length of our stay. We have never stayed in a place and felt so much at home. The peat fire was so appealing to us on arrival that we just had to sample the wee drams provided by the owners!!
We will most definitely be back and will recommend it to all our friends. However we may have to limit this as we don't want find that it is overbooked!!
Val and Calum, you have got it just right.

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Liked best: Layout and location of the cottage
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Reviewed June 3, 2018 for a stay in May 2018
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Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Jun 4, 2018
Thank you very much for your kind words which have been translated below with the help of Google:-
The house is ideal for exploring the island and making it comfortable in the evening. Right when we arrived, we felt at home, because it is from the incredibly friendly hostess, who has received us personally with self-baked with heart set up and entertained. It lacks nothing in the kitchen, so it is fun to cook and eat in the beautiful bright living / dining room. We can wholeheartedly recommend this holiday home and will surely come back if we make it back to the Isle of Lewis!
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Reviewed August 15, 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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Management Response
Aug 16, 2017
Thank you very much for your very kind words, which I have translated below (with the help of Google) :-
Lovely Holiday Home
A truly complete holiday home with beautiful views. Fully equipped. A very warm welcome with both wine and scones and bread. A real recommend if you like wild surroundings and rest.
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