Our 9th visit to this wonderful place and our love for the place does not diminish. We, in fact, booked for two weeks this time and could have easily stayed for 4 weeks. Found some more superb quiet beaches this visit and had the weather for a few beach picnics. Went on a great trip to St Kilda for my birthday present and can you tick that off my bucket list. The addition of the restaurant at nearby 40 North is another great bonus.
Val, Calum and Murdo were as hospitable as always and look forward to our 10th visit.
We frequently rent holiday properties and an taigh clach is the best appointed cottage we have ever rented. it is in a great location for exploring the island. Some highlights for us were:
The home bakes, wine and dram welcome pack along with the friendly and helpful welcome from valerie
The craich with Calum and his insightful guidance on places to go and the history of the islands
The 270 degree panorama with its ever changing view (you`ll spend a lot of time staring out of the window)
The ambience generated by the log/peat burner
Having a dram (or two) watching the sunset and listening to the sheep, cuckoos and corncrakes.
we hope to visit again soon
steve & lena
Had a fantastic week at An Taigh Clach. The cottage has everything you would need for a self-catering break. It is extremely well furnished and has a high quality feel. The location is ideal for exploring the beautiful island of Lewis and Harris, with plenty of stunning beaches within easy reach as well as other attractions and enjoyable walks.
However, the most memorable feature was Val's wonderful hospitality and the lovely welcoming goodies. It just topped-off the whole experience and made it such a memorable holiday.
All in all, it is difficult to think of anything that could have been better, even the weather was kind to us. Flynn (golden retriever) enjoyed the holiday as much as anyone, with lots of swimming in lochs and the sea, charging around on beautiful sandy beaches and long walks over moorland and cliffs.
I stayed at this property for 3 nights with my husband and 2 small children (1 and 3 years old). We had an unbelievable time here! It was probably the highlight of our 2 week Ireland and Scotland vacation. The property itself is gorgeous and had everything we needed! We enjoyed the fire every night and appreciated that they had set up the gate around it so that our little ones didn't get too close. Our children especially enjoyed the music selection, and loved running around in the yard and watching the sheep. This location is simply stunning - the pictures definitely don't do it justice! It was close enough to Stornoway (about 40 minutes) where we didn't have a super long drive after our ferry ride, but far away enough where we really got to experience the natural beauty of the island. Val and Calum were extremely welcoming and warm and took the time to walk us through the property and make sure we had everything we needed. They provided us with a crib - which was extremely helpful and appreciated - and they set up the bedroom for our 3 year old perfectly. They had a beautiful spread of welcome pastries and treats and had some really excellent suggestions for us. Our only regret was that we were so busy enjoying Harris and Lewis that we didn't see Val and Calum again to thank them. I could go on an on about this rental! Our stay here was truly unforgettable and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone traveling to Lewis and Harris. Our children made some amazing memories here and we really hope we'll get back some day!
Our fourth visit to An Taigh Clach, our daughter joined us this time. The tranquillity, peace and wonderful scenery we just love. So much to see and do, our week passed all to quickly. On arrival a welcoming excellent smooth whiskey, chilled white wine a lovely red wine and home baking, they lasted a couple of days, resistance was futile.
A welcoming and wonderful cottage. Calum, Val and family made our holiday very special.
We will be back.
Once again - our ideal place to stay. Greeted with a magnificent home baking and this time we brought the paints and spent hours painting the views. Will definitely be back - I don't think the children would allow anything else! Thank you again Valerie and Calum!
After 6 or 7 visits you may think we would tire of coming back here.... but quite the opposite.
The cottage has that home from home feeling and couple that with the warm welcome from the hosts, the freezer stocked with lamb and the fresh homebaking on the kitchen counter and you've found a holiday rental you'll want to visit again and again!
The cottage is immaculate and well stocked with essentials. The wood burner adds that cosy feel as you sit and take in the breathtaking views.
The islands of Lewis and Harris have so much to offer; so many places to visit, walks, beautiful beaches that, after a stay in this fabulous cottage, you too will be enjoying return visits!
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