Luxury Thatched Cottage with Fantastic Outlook Over The Sea.
Idyllic, Romantic Location With A Resident Seal Population Right In Front Of Your Window
Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)
The Isle of Berneray lies in the beautiful Sound of Harris and is connected to North Uist by a main road causeway. There is a well stocked village shop and a post office as well as a local history visitor centre on this small island and you can park up for a week and enjoy the tranquility of this island rimmed with white sand beaches. Likewise it is centrally situated for exploring the whole island chain of the Hebrides if desired. Your stay in this cottage will linger in your memory long after you have returned home. Perched on the edge of the sea, renovated to a high standard with all home comforts including a lovely Morso Squirrel, wood burning stove to return to after long walks along the famous white sand beaches and flower carpeted machair of Berneray. Traditional furniture and curtains made of Harris tweed. The wildlife is unmissable and you will readily see seals, eagles and otters with just a little patience. The Hebrides are a unique environment caught between the sea and the sky and the landscape will utterly captivate you if you just let it. This truly is a world apart where you can enjoy beautiful scenery, prolific wildlife and exceptional seafood including lobster, scallops and peat smoked salmon.The RSPB reserve at Balranald, North Uist is just a short drive away but a walk along the Berneray machair is just as rewarding.
A traditonal old fashioned feel but with a luxury finish. Harris tweed features throughout and brings the texture of the landscape right inside the cottage. Harris tweed is produced entirely as a cottage industry on the island of Harris- just across the water from Berneray. This famous cloth can still be bought direct from the weavers who operate from sheds in their garden. The Hebrides are a complete tonic from the pressures of city life. Leave the mainland behind and fly in to Benbecula from Glasgow for a short escape.
Winter in the Hebrides is really special when you have a bolt hole to wrap yourself in and watch the constantly changing weather. Long walks are still enjoyable on many days and there is always a long hot soak in the bath with a view across the seals perched on the reef outside, to look forward to.
The spacious bedroom is well furnished in a traditional style. The bed is large, comfortable and has quality linen. The stone walls in the bedroom are 5 feet thick and you will drift off to sleep to the sound of the sea lapping outside your window.
There is space to relax in the warm and roomy bathroom with a bath and a shower and a wonderful view of the seals perched on the reef outside.
The kitchen is well equipped to cope with all cooking requirements with Denby crockery and professional pots and pans. There is a dishwasher, fridge, oven and hob. Cooking your lobsters will be no problem here! All kitchen essentials are provided.
The living room is cosy with storage heaters as well as a Morso Squirrel wood burning stove. Views out across the Sound of Harris to Skye and the hills of Harris. There are two sofas and a table and chairs. There is a radio and an Ipod dock but no TV!
Wi-Fi is available throughout the cottage. Full laundry facilities are available in the outhouse.
DVDs and a DVD player are provided but there is no TV.
Peat is provided for the stove.
All towels and linen are provided as well as essentials such as washing up liquid and basic cleaning materials. The kitchen will have salt, pepper, oil, tea, coffee, kitchen roll, tin foil, clingfilm etc. Please note all shops are closed on Sundays.
Dishwasher, Fridge, Hob/Stove, Iron, Oven, Tumble Dryer, Washing Machine.
Central Heating, Internet Access.
Access is good with no steps.
Private outside area on the edge of the shore. Wildlife does not get any closer than this with a colony of seals jostling for space on the reef in front of the cottage.
Review article in Glasgow Herald 25/08/2013
"... The word magical also applies to our cottage .. we are coorieing doon beneath the thatched roof of our blachouse lovingly rescued and reborn..... generous amounts of Harris tweed add class and a stone outhouse is your sole window on the outside world with broadband connection and utilities....."
Important notes on accommodation
Your stay in this cottage will linger in your memory long after you have returned home. Perched on the edge of the sea, renovated to a high standard with all home comforts including a lovely Morso Squirrel, wood burning stove to return to after long walks along the famous white sand beaches and flower carpeted machair of Berneray. Traditional furniture and curtains made of Harris tweed. The wildlife is unmissable and you will readily see seals, eagles and otters with just a little patience. The Hebrides are a unique environment caught between the sea and the sky and the landscape will utterly captivate you if you just let it. This truly is a world apart where you can enjoy beautiful scenery, prolific wildlife and exceptional seafood including lobster, scallops and peat smoked salmon.The RSPB reserve at Balranald, North Uist is just a short drive away but a walk along the Berneray machair is just as rewarding.
|Rental Period||Per Night||Per Week||Per Month||Min. Stay (Nights)|
|11 April 2015 - 18 April 2015||£ 390.00||7|
|25 April 2015 - 3 October 2015||£ 790.00||7|
|23 May 2015 - 27 May 2015||£ 115.00||4|
|10 October 2015 - 24 October 2015||£ 520.00||7|
|31 October 2015 - 12 December 2015||£ 390.00||7|
|19 December 2015 - 22 December 2015||£ 750.00||-|
|29 December 2015 - 5 January 2016||£ 95.00||5|
|29 December 2015 - 5 January 2016||£ 520.00||7|
|9 January 2016 - 30 January 2016||£ 250.00||-|
Notes on prices
Please contact for discounts for longer stays.
Saturday changeover. Please arrive after 16:00 and depart before 10:00am. You are requested to leave everything in a clean and tidy condition, leaving the property as you found it.
50% deposit is payable on booking with balance payable one month before arrival.
You are recommended to take out travel insurance to protect your payment in case of cancellation.
Thatched Cottage in Isle of Berneray, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
About the area
The cottage is right on the shore. Stunning white sandy beaches of Berneray are within short walking distance and you are guaranteed not to be disappointed. You can walk right round the coast of the island in a morning but will want to return again and again to the beaches and the diverse flora and fauna on the machair. There is every chance you will be the only people on any of the beaches.
How to get there
The island of Berneray was connected to North Uist by a causeway in 1999. 20 mins drive from Lochmaddy in North Uist. To get to North Uist you catch the ferry from the north of Skye (1hour 40 mins crossing and RET(Road Equivalent Tarrif) make it inexpensive (currently £70 return for car and two passengers). Alternative longer ferry route from Oban to South Uist and then one hour drive to Berneray.
Flying to Benbecula with BA. Car hire, taxi or local bus to the door. 40 mins drivefrom airport
The cottage is one mile from the island shop/cafe. Local bus services are excellent and connect with ferries etc. Cycling is also a good way to make the most of the quiet roads.
Berneray is centrally located on the island chain of the Hebrides making it ideal for touring both the southern isles of Uist, Eriskay(Whisky Galore)and Barra as well as Harris and Lewis to the north. Make sure you have plenty time to enjoy the peace and solitude of your surroundings. One week is barely long enough.
The local shop sells all the essentials that you may need and it is licenced. It is a pleasant 20 mins walk from the cottage past the harbour. Daily newspapers can be ordered for the week of your stay, from the shop. Fresh eggs and seafood are available locally. Banks and supermarkets are a short drive away in North Uist. Please note that there are no shops open on Sundays.
Reviewed by: David Eves, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 30 March 2015
Date of stay: March 2015
The island of Berneray sits on the top end of the Uists though historically more connected with Harris which lies above it. The ferry to Harris is one of life's great events and should be undertaken as a must. There are a few options to reach Berneray but none are quick though there is a local airport. The cottage stands out because it is sited below the road and overlooks a stretch of water where seals spend their day fighting over small rocks in order to perch awkwardly for hours on end. Otters appear and elsewhere on the island we saw a golden eagle and a sea eagle just for starters. The cottage has been wonderfully renovated so well it feels perfect. Warm, cosy, a fire for the peat, no TV (unless you watch DVDs) and limited phone signal. Good internet if you just can't do without it. Great books to read and games for the cold nights. There is a second smaller cottage that contains all the washing requirements. Whilst there we saw the eclipse and Northern Lights. We walked over the island and cycled around Uist. Good local shop. This was a perfect break so thank you. We'll be back
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, adventure seekers and romantic getaway
Reviewed by: janet l., United Kingdom
Reviewed: 3 July 2014
Date of stay: June 2014
"Backhill" is a beautiful well appointed cottage. Although small it has ample space for a couple it and has everything that you need. It really is a "home from home" and has a comfortable bed and powerful shower which can make all the difference when staying away from home. The location is ideal for touring Berneray, Benbecula, and the Uists. It is located next to the seal viewing area. It was great to sit at the dining table and watch the antics of the common harbour and grey seals. We even managed to catch a glimpse of an otter on our first day. It was also great to be able to walk from the cottage to the "East" beach. Approximately 10 minute walk but well worth it to stretch the legs after our evening meal. There are other numerous walks in and around Berneray. There is a file with information in the cottage. I also used a little book bought on Amazon - The Outer Hebrides 40 Coast and Country Walks. Gives excellent directions and descriptions of walks throughout Bernerary and the Uists. There is really only one "tough" walk/climb nearby which is located on North Uist. It is a "Marilyn" as opposed to a Munroe called Eaval. It is well worth the effort - the views are marvellous. We ate out several times. In Berneray we ate out at the "Sister" hotel to Langass Lodge based in North Uist. Both the meal and service were excellent. We tried to get a table at Langass Lodge on our first night but no joy - fully booked. We did however eat there on the Sunday night and again had lovely meal with excellent service. We also returned to Langass Lodge on our last night. We also tried the Tea Room in Lochmaddy and the village of Solas - we particularly liked the latter. The ladies were very welcoming and the homemade scones with rhubarb and ginger jam were delicious. We were very sad to leave Backhill cottage, Berneray, and the Uists. The scenery is amazing. Beautiful blue skies contrasting with white sands and turquoise seas. On our first day we saw seals, an otter, and a golden eagle - unbelievable. During the week we spotted a couple of stags, saw 2 more golden eagles, the otter again, and lots of seals. There were also a multitude of different coloured jelly fish on the beach. It is such a peaceful location and we cant wait to return.
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing and romantic getaway
Reviewed by: Mackers, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 24 June 2014
Date of stay: June 2014
"A wonderful time"
The cottage is lovely and welcoming, in an idyllic location. We would recommend it to anyone who enjoys peace and quiet and the outdoors, and nature. Best week away we've had in a long time.
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing, families with young children and romantic getaway
Reviewed by: FIRTHY, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 24 June 2014
Date of stay: May 2014
"May in Berberay"
Delighted with the cosy thatched cottage on the shore at Berneray. Lovely tweed fabrics, lashings of hot water and marvellous views of seals and cormorants from the window. Cottage very clean and warm. Large comfy bed. Enjoyed walks and saw otters but not from the cottage. Lovely holiday
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing and romantic getaway
Reviewed by: FIRTHY, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 26 May 2014
Date of stay: May 2014
"Bernaray Thatched cottage"
Such a comfortable house, with wonderful shore views and friendly neighbours. Watched otters on the headland and had long, bracing walks on deserted silver sand beaches. The light, the space and the peace were priceless
Recommended for: Pet friendly, adventure seekers and romantic getaway
"heaven again...." M&C, Northumberland, July 2014
"Third time here, blissful, restive, superb holiday. Sad to leave this gorgeous, comfortable, luxury cottage. Already booked two weeks next summer, hurrah.." A&H, August 2014
"What a way to honeymoon, we love this place...." M&N, November 2014
"outstanding stay,like a dream come true. Cottage is perfect in every way." 13-20 December 2014
"Magical week in lovely cosy cottage" G&D March 2015
"Magical stay on Berneray" Christmas 2014
Everyday, since returning from our Christmas stay in Backhill Cottage, I take a moment to transport myself back. Words cannot describe how idyllic this place is. We were looking for a real 'get-away-from-it-all' type Christmas and this holiday letting more than surpassed out dreams of peace, beauty and true relaxation. The cottage is stunning: beautifully renovated and warm. The views are awe-inspiring as is the wildlife. Now, I think we were extremely lucky with the weather (it only rained once) and we had the most magical Christmas Day walking around the island finishing off with a full Christmas Dinner back at the cottage. To cut a long story short, I did not want to leave...and I would go back in a shot. Don't be put off by the remoteness; the journey was easy. We traveled from Plymouth - Bristol-Inverness flight, hire car - drive to Skye, Ferry to North Uist. The journey was so easy. Go now...you will not regret it.
" Our second visit to this cottage was no less perfect than our first. It is outstanding. C&M Oct "....you don't need Kevin McLeod and his Grand design TV programme to get the WOW factor, you just need to open the front door to the cottage .. it was perfect .. haven't enjoyed a week like that for a long time ..Absolute bliss."
G&L September 2011
"Here on honeymoon and couldn't have picked a better place to chill out after putting a wedding together." J&J Aug 2010
"What a stunning place to stay. The cottage is warm and cosy. The views from the table of the wildlife and weather certainly beat watching anything on television. Great base to see the Uisits, Harrisand Lewis, Eriskay and Barra. We would be delighted to return." M&C, October 2010
"Wonderful week of extreme weather with all four seasons in one week. Logged our first geocache as a married couple. Picnic lunch every day. Couldn't have wished for a better start to our married life- another week possibly?" L&R February 2011
About the Owner
We have lived in the west highlands of Scotland for over 30 years and love its unique way of life. We have a boat to explore the Hebrides whenever we can.
Year property purchased: 2009
Why this location?
We have always loved the outer Hebrides with their unique way of life in a completely unspoiled environment. The people are so welcoming and friendly and the scenery and beaches are the best in the world. Wildlife is all around and with just a little patience you can spot otters, dolphins, eagles, short eared owls and many rare birds. In 2009 we spotted a derelict "black house" which was for sale on Berneray. There were several thatched cottages already in Berneray and we jumped at the chance of renovating 30 Backhill as a special retreat. Everyone who has stayed there has considered it their own special place! We are happy to share something special.
What are the unique benefits of the property?
We always make the most of the succulent seafood available from Kallin Shellfish and feel we live like lords out there. We love watching the seals jostle for their own special part of the reef in front of the cottage as the tide goes out. As darkness falls there is something magical about the navigation lights twinkling across the Sound of Harris. The cottage is enjoyable in all weathers at all times of year. Winter has a special magic whether from crisp frosty days and clear starry nights or from howling storms with the fire on and a good book. The island bunkers down and is especially quiet and peaceful. There is so much to take in around the islands which have a rich and well documented archaeological past. The standing stones at Callanish on Lewis are second only to Stoneh.
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