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Standing alone remote yet close to Tarbert on the rugged and beautiful coastline of the bays of Harris. The Red House (or Tigh Dearg), recently renovated from a traditional stone cottage and now a perfect getaway for two. The only access is by a 100 metre stony pathway. Spectacular views across the sea to North Harris and the Isles of Scalpay and Scotsay. Closer by, watch the local seal population as they bask on the rocks below the house. The cottage is ideally located for walkers and cyclists, surrounded by scenery and central to Harris, as well as the whole of the Western Isles. The isolated situation together with the ambiance, we have created, with many hand crafted fixtures and fittings and artistic touches, make it ideal for a romantic break or honeymoon.A warm welcome awaits you he...Standing alone remote yet close to Tarbert on the rugged and beautiful coastline of the bays of Harris. The Red House (or Tigh Dearg), recently renovated from a traditional stone cottage and now a perfect getaway for two. The only access is by a 100 metre stony pathway. Spectacular views across the sea to North Harris and the Isles of Scalpay and Scotsay. Closer by, watch the local seal population as they bask on the rocks below the house. The cottage is ideally located for walkers and cyclists, surrounded by scenery and central to Harris, as well as the whole of the Western Isles. The isolated situation together with the ambiance, we have created, with many hand crafted fixtures and fittings and artistic touches, make it ideal for a romantic break or honeymoon.A warm welcome awaits you here at Red House. A basket of complimentary supplies including local fresh provisions and something suitably sparkling, in a fully equipped kitchen/dining area. The open plan sitting room features a multifuel stove to lend a little atmosphere as the evening draws in.
If the Hebridean weather encourages you to stay in we have provided WiFi, radio, TV and DVD player, a collection of DVDs and a reclining sofa! We have supplied a selection of local interest books and maps. In the slate lined, shower, wet room, we have merged mod.cons with traditional style. You will find fluffy towels on the heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
What once was attic space is now a mezzanine floor, surrounded by handcrafted iron railings. There is a comfortable sitting area with beautiful views from the roof windows, and a king sized bed with quality linen.
For days out or just roaming the hills we have provided a picnic basket for your use. There is also a rechargeable torch for any night forays, perhaps to the pub, about 20 minutes walk away.
Pets not allowedNot suitable for kidsNo smoking
Meet the host
Hosting since August 2013
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guests: We always meet guests to hand over the key when they arrive and offer to show them out to the house and can answer any questions and give local advice when required. We will respect your privacy, but are friendly and available should you need us.
We want you to feel at home during your stay.and all we ask is that guests report any damages and leave the house clean and tidy on their departure.
We stayed for four nights in October with changeable weather; wind, rain, sun and dramatic skies. The Red House is the perfect location to explore Harris and to ramble round the immediate coastline or to hole up when the weather closes in. It’s beautifully restored, exceptionally well equipped and furnished and decorated to a standard we’ve not experienced before. We’re already dreaming about our next visit.
Visited October 2022
Written October 20, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
A fabulous place to stay
We had a fabulous week here in a week of very stormy, blustery weather. It is very close to Tarbert (30 mins walk, 5 mins in the car), yet feels very private and isolated. It is situated on a slight elevation overlooking the sea and several little islands - the views were wonderful. The rental has been renovated to an incredibly high standard - it really is very special inside - beautifully decorated, lots of quirky accessories, and all amenities you would need.
We are very outdoors people usually, but on this trip we were at times forced inside by the storms - yet this was no issue as this rental is so cosy and relaxing, especially with the fire lit in the evenings.
A special mention of course should go to Penny and Josh, the resident ponies, who quickly came to recognise that we bore many gifts of apples, carrots, and swede, and were always there to greet us as we travelled back and forth!
Visited January 2022
Written February 3, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Red House, Harris
The most perfect place if you are looking for peace and tranquility. The Red House has it all. Tracey and Alistair have thought of everything and its a real home from home. We will definitely return in the future.
Visited July 2021
Written July 17, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
First Rate Holiday Let
The renovation of this traditional black house has been carried out tastefully and to a high standard, providing comfortable, well thought out and practical accommodation. The roof area is delightfully light and airy and is a lovely place to sit of an evening.
The location of the cottage is very good indeed. The surrounding area has much of the best scenery in the Hebrides, there is a fine view of the sea loch from the house and there are no near neighbours.
The house was fresh and spotlessly clean when we arrived and a quality welcome pack awaited. This included six lovely golden yolked eggs!
Thoroughly good holday cottage for two.
Visited May 2021
Written May 24, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Superb setting with spectacular views
The cottage is very well laid out with all mod cons. A very nice basket of food with local produce was provided along with tea coffee etc on arrival.
Bear in mind that in the winter the ferry can be delayed which is a minus if you are on your way there but a plus if you are returning home.
The cottage is only 5 minutes from the Tarbert ferry so I would suggest you use the Uig / Tarbery ferry and not the Ulapool / Stornaway ferry.
Visited November 2020
Written November 9, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Inverness, United Kingdom22 contributions
Perfect cottage in a perfect location and delightful, helpful hosts..
The Red House is tucked away in a tranquil setting overlooking the sea, islands and the wonderful Harris landscape. Despite this, it is just a short distance from Tarbert for shopping. It has been lovingly renovated and was very comfortable. It has been furnished and equipped to a high standard and includes lots of lovely, personal touches. During the day, after our adventures, we delighted in reading upstairs; an open and airy space affording lots of natural light and views to the south east. The sitting room downstairs provided a very cosy and comfortable spot for reading after dark had fallen. The wood burning stove worked well. The kitchen was very well-equipped and I particularly liked Tracey’s commitment to ‘eco-friendly’ products.
Visited September 2020
Written September 17, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Peterborough, Canada5 contributions
A secluded well appointed retreat for two
The Red House is exactly as advertised. Although close to Tarbet, you cannot hear any noise during the night or day. Your closest neighbors are sheep and two horses. In fact we did not meet any cars on the local road in the entire week we where there. The scenery from the Red house loft windows and outside bench is magnificent.
As to the Redhouse itself, it is one of the best self - catering places we have stayed in.The workmanship in restoring the structure is unbelievable. It is a cosy place that is enjoyable even during a gale. Perfect for two people.
It has all the modern amenities that you would expect including a floor heated wet bathroom.
We will stay here again, next time we are in the Hebrides.
Visited September 2019
Written September 24, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Carefully decorated attractive cottage in beautiful surroundings. A stone's throw from the ferry in Tarbert but once in the cottage with a feeling of being at the end of the world. Great location for exploring Harris on foot, by car and on a racing bike. We recommend the Anchourage in Leverburgh if you don't feel like cooking. Been twice now but certainly will not have been the last time!
Visited July 2019
Written August 25, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Fantastic! What a wonderful cottage with spectacular views and total serenity, yet an easy walk or very short drive into Tarbert. There are many other reviews that describe how wonderful this cottage is so there is no use repeating everything. Many thanks to Tracey, Alistair, and of course, Josh and Penny, two ponies that kept us entertained for 10 days. We would most certainly return if given the opportunity.
Visited April 2019
Written May 31, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
A lovingly restored house in a beautiful location
A lovingly restored house with thought given to every detail, with numerous personal touches. It was very well-equipped with everything we needed.
The location is wonderful. With its own stretch of coastline, we had a private viewing of the seals basking on the nearby rocks most days around low tide. It is very quiet, and yet only about 5 minutes drive from Tarbert. It is ideal for exploring the beautiful scenery of Harris.
We will treasure the wonderful memories of this week for a long time.
Visited May 2019
Written May 27, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Explore the wonderful array of natural beauty - wild flowers on the machair, mountains and hills to walk, or walkways for the less adventurous . There are dunes, birdwatching, fishing for brown trout and salmon, geology, the night sky in winter and with the right conditions you can see the northern lights. The famous Atlantic beaches are great for surfing and wind surfing while the eastern coast is perfect for kayaking and sailing. Places of interest to visit include Rodel church, the Temple in Northton, the Scalpay lighthouse. Enjoy a beautifully situated 9-hole golf course on the very edge of the Atlantic. Take a day trip to St. Kilda, the Shiants or another of the remote and uninhabited Hebridean Islands
Recommend bringing your own vehicle or there is a local car hire .Many people bring their bicycles with them. There are boat trips to St. Kilda and other expeditions locally. Local buses run from Tarbert to Stornoway and to south Harris. You may be able to borrow our 2 seat Kayak to explore the coast
around the Red House.
How to get there
Frequent flights everyday to Stornoway airport from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.
Flights to Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra.
Perhaps a more satisfying way to travel here, take a car ferry from:
Uig, Isle of Skye, to Tarbert, Harris
Ullapool to Stornoway, Lewis
Berneray to Leverburgh, Harris
The ferry operator is Caledonian MacBrayne
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Tennis courtWatersports
Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 PM • Check out by 10 AM
100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
No refund available if you cancel thereafter
*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount
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