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“A lovely place to stay”
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Hamersay House
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in North Uist
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 21, 2013

I've been coming to N Uist for years and had never stayed at the Hamersay House (previously Tigh Dearg) until July this year (yes- a bit late with this review). I am delighted that we did and it was great that we stayed here with my parents on their first visit to the islands.

The Staff were friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The food was excellent and sharing the chef (john and team) with the Langais Lodge is definitely paying dividends. A great breakfast too.

The only reason they're not getting 5 stars was the price. I feel it's a little over-priced for what it is. It's the same price as the Langais and I do feel that the Langais has an edge over the Hamersay, as good as it is. On the night we ate there, they were also understaffed so the service wasn't quite what it could have been. But that's down to the management/owners who are no doubt trying to keep the costs down in these early days, not the staff who were just really stretched. It may also be time to ditch the rusted kids climbing frame in the garden! (but may have done since I was there).

But having said that, it was a lovely place to stay and I'll definitely be going back.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the front for the view
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were fortunate to have the last room which was designed for those with impairments....so not a typical stay. We were pleased to have the accommodation and enjoy the excellent service, food and enthusiasm of the staff. We had a great day out with Steve Duffield of Western Isles Wilkdlife Tours and would highly recoimmend anyone with an interest in Nature to share his passion for the flora and fauna of North Uist.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Recently refurbished and renamed (Hammersley House Hotel). Sister to the rather plush Langass Lodge further south, which means that if you pick the right night and they're chef-sharing, the food is excellent... as it was on our visit. Large, well-appointed rooms. Described by staff as 'boutique-y', which may be the case in Lochmaddy, but nothing special for the price which, on such a quiet night, was sadly non-negotiable. Clean, efficient, a bit bland... but worth it for the food alone. Seafood platter exceptional.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ConcreteBudgie
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a great wee hotel in Lochmaddy.
The lady on reception was lovely, very friendly and very helpful giving us loads of info on the local area.
The rooms were large and clean, the beds were huge and comfy.

The best part of the stay was dinner, we shared the seafood platter for a started, it was yumtastic!
But then the steak came out and OMG it was the best steak I have ever had, cooked to perfection and served with a decent portion of chips and veg.
We were worried that it was going to be the type of place where you leave hungry but we were stuffed! The wine was also pretty good.

We stayed here when they had a 25% off deal which made it pretty reasonable, I probably wouldn't have booked this hotel at full price and as (apart from the food) it wasn't really anything special but it was a fab little hotel.

:-)

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Through a change in timing of ferry routes, we had to stay a night here at short notice. In phoning twice, we were quoted incorrect (and overpriced) rates. On arrival, the "receptionist" was more intent on finishing her dinner than greeting or welcoming new guests. This hotel is like a Travelodge, BUT in a wonderful island. In fairness, rooms are ok, like a Travel lodge, with very comfortable beds and fresh linen and fluffy towels.Dinner Ok and breakfast adequate, ruined by said receptionist chatting to us, whilst rubbing her nose in a most unhygienic manner. There are many cobwebs in upper hall, and breakfast offer is ok, with questionable issues. Overall, overpriced for what it is.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We arrived here after a problem at a local B&B left us with no room for the night, and wondering if we'd have to take the afternoon ferry back to Skye. We were warmly greeted, although at first they didn't think there were any rooms available. Fortunately, there had just been 2 cancellations. The rooms were good, clean and comfortable. I was in the ground-floor disabled room but that didn't really bother me. Made for a very spacious shower! We also had our evening meal there and all I can say is, "WOW!" I never expected a meal of that caliber. We told Nikki we needed to leave very early in the morning and so would miss the usual breakfast service. She was very quick to offer to leave something in the dining room fridge for us! It may have been a bit pricey but the friendliness and service we encountered throughout our stay made it well worthwhile.

Room Tip: The disabled ground floor room was good, but you may want to ask for an upstairs room with a view.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

On arriving and entering a vast empty space we were shown our room on the ground floor
next to gymnasium, on entering the bathroom I noticed it was for disabled use. Why, I asked
reception have we been given a disabled room when we are obviously not ? Thats the room you have been allocated was the reply. Obviously my shocked reaction made her declare that we
could move rooms as another couple hadn't arrived yet so she could do a swop without them knowing.

Down to the bar for supper, noise everywhere including from the manageress who seemed
determined all should hear every word she uttered. We moved to the dining room which was quieter. A bottle of wine was ordered through a waitress who came back with a bottle, it
wasn't the right one, the correct one was found opened without asking us to taste and
my glass was filled to the brim with red wine.

There is a reasonable chef in the kitchen but vegetables were forgotten when we ordered
our main course.

The breakfast is adequate, our second morning we came down to a noisy room full of a
family with 2 children and various relations going to a wedding. The noise was deafening
we left without breakfast. It could so easily have been put right by suggesting perhaps
we would like to sit in the bar for breakfast as it would be quieter.

This is called a boutique hotel, I have no idea why, perhaps its the stale rose buds on the tables.We later found out that it is due (not
before time) for refurbishment in October and that it is owned by another
hotel in Lochmaddy who obviously just want to fill the place and give as little service as
possible for the maximum price.

It was altogether a ghastly experience, including hearing every word, movement and banging of doors from neighbouring rooms.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hamersay House

Address: Lochmaddy, HS6 5AE, Scotland (Formerly Tigh Dearg Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Outer Hebrides > North Uist
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in North Uist
Price Range: $106 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking Lochmaddy Bay, this new stylish hotel offers 8 designer bedrooms, a contemporary restaurant and comfy lounge bar. Enjoy the finest local seafood, game and beef while sitting outside on our decked areas admiring our landscaped gardens and panoramic views. The hotel is non-smoking. ... more   less 
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Hotel Tigh Dearg
Hamersay House North Uist, Scotland

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