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Hebridean thatched cottage just a stroll from white sandy beach - sleeps 4.

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 344 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Luxury thatched cottage on Isle of Berneray, Outer Hebrides - sleeps 4, just a stroll from the beach.

Lamraig Cottage is a traditional marram thatched cottage, within a group of historic listed buildings on the northern shore of Bays (sea) Loch on the Isle of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. The cottage combines traditional and eco building principles with all the modern conveniences (underfloor heating, internet etc) to offer an unique and enchanting holiday experience.

There is an open plan kitchen, dining and living area with views to the sea and shore. A wood burning stove makes sure you will always be cosy when you return home from your walk on the beach. The double bedroom has a handcrafted box bed with a view along the shore. Upstairs there is a sleeping platform with twin futons accessed by a wooden stepladder. For the kids only (no adults allowed!!), there is a den with beanbags and starlights. This extra space means everyone can get a bit of chill time to do their own thing.

The bathroom has a vintage cast iron bath and there is a constant supply of hot water, so no matter what time of day you can indulge yourself in a relaxing deep tub with a book. There is, also, a separate walk in shower area with vintage shower head that just never seems to run out of hot water.

The cottage is set in its own established garden with the option to eat outside, enjoy the view or simply relaxing in privacy. With a turf roofed utility outhouse there is plenty of space to dry out laundry or store outdoor kit.

Situated within 20m of the shore of Bays Loch and the Loch Watersee saline lagoon you may be able to catch a glimpse of playing otters, foraging and nesting waders and cormorants fishing quarry trapped in the lagoon by the falling tide. A 2 min walk from the cottage is the beautiful East beach where you can stroll along white sands overlooking the island studded Sound of Harris, wade in turquoise waters and collect shells, including tiny cowrie. The West-side beach, (20 min walk or 5 min drive), offers 3 miles of uninterrupted white sands and picture book views over turquoise waters to the islands of Pabbay, Boreray and the world heritage site of St Kilda.

Berneray has a post office and the grocery, Ardmaree stores, is very well stocked and also has a friendly cafe for lunchtime, tea/coffee and cakes.

If you fancy an evening out, Langass Lodge, Hamersay House and Lochmaddy Hotel are only 10-15 mins away by car.

During the day Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Gallery has a gift shop and cafe and is a great place to find out about local history and culture. It, also, has a programme of music and art events which are advertised on their website.

Balranald bird reserve is only 30 mins away and during the summer months you are bound to get up close to a croaking corncrake, while en-route in the Spring you can stop off at the golden eagle nest watching site.

However, the Berneray beaches are so beautiful, the machair so full of flowers, the fly fishing on Bhrusda loch so unforgettable ... that all you need to do is breath the fresh Hebridean air, relax and take some time out in Lamraig cottage.

More Details

Owner
Meg Rodger
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 November, 2017

About Meg Rodger

We live and work on the Isle of Berneray so will be on hand to welcome you to Lamraig Cottage and provide all the local information and assistance required. Our young sons speak Gaelic so can even act as local translators!!

Amongst other business activities, we run a croft at Sunhill producing knitting yarn and sheepskins from our flock of Hebridean sheep via my business The Birlinn Yarn Company (http://www.birlinnyarn.co.uk). As a seasonal product each Autumn we also sell Hebridean Lamb via mail order and to local customers and hotels.

We are interested in wildlife and water sports (surfing, kayaking, diving etc.) so can provide local knowledge on the best locations.

Meg Rodger purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Meg Rodger chose Berneray

We have family connections with the island and it is where we have now lived, worked and brought up our family for the past 17 years. Island life is simple and quiet, it offers visitors the opportunity to take time out, slow down and relax.

The cottage is the perfect base explore our beautiful white sandy beaches, wonderful wildlife and indulge in water sports in clear Hebridean water.

Our community is very hospitable and on your return visit you will be welcomed like long lost friends.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is within the island community but benefits from having its own private patch of tranquillity right on the shore. Once you park-up you may not need to get back in the car again until you go for the ferry. If able, bring bikes and stretch you legs on the quiet island roads down to the beach, off to the shop or to take in the scenery. The peace and tranquillity enable you to unwind while taking in the fresh air and simply just relax.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Berneray in Western Isles

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 344 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Vintage cast iron bath and walk in shower.
  • A spacious bathroom with walk-in wet-room shower and separate vintage newly refurbished cast iron bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Hand crafted box bed with view along the shore.
    Sleeping platform - 2 Single Bed , Twin sleeping platform accessed by wooden stepladder.
  • Sleeps 4 (Double box bedroom & twin sleeping platform) Double wood lined bedroom with hand crafted box bed and views along the shore. The sleeping platform has two single futons and is accessed by a wooden stepladder (suitable for age 4+). There is also a futon sofa bed in the living area for those that might not quite manage the wooden step ladder. The cottage is perfect for a couple and cosy for four.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Take some time out on our Hebridean island to relax, breath the fresh sea air, walk on our empty sandy beaches and restore your energy levels in this tranquil and romantic setting. This converted thatch cottage was short-listed for a Scottish Government design award when it was first renovated in 2003. Its small exterior defies an amply spacious interior, which is tastefully furnished with all the comforts required for a simple island holiday. It is the perfect base for walks on the beach, enjoying the bird and wildlife, learning more about Hebridean culture and customs, enjoying local delicacies of seafood, water sports and island hospitality. Security is not an issue here and with quiet roads, children can spread their wings and enjoy a sense of freedom unheard of on the mainland. To truly understand the beauty of our island, the slower pace of life, the machair flowers, golden eagles, otters, turquoise water and white sand beaches – you need to come and experience it for yourself.

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5

Immaculate Cottage on a Beautiful Island

  • 5 of 5

Lamraig cottage is a good size for a family of four (including two golden retrievers). The owners (Meg and Andy) are very helpful and really want you to enjoy your stay. The location (at the end of the road, next to the old school-house) is very sheltered and peaceful. East Beach is a few hundred meters away: across a grassy field and perfect for the morning dog-walk. The underfloor heating is great and the shed is very useful for laundry and drying out clothes (and kites). We co-incided with three days of hot, calm (Caribbean) weather and three days of (more-normal) showery and windy. At low tide, we circumnavigated the island on world-class beaches, met a total of six other people (and two dogs) and had to swim in the sea to cool-off. Nearby, there are some fabulous locations for Kite-surfing. However, there are no restaurants or pubs on the island, so in the evening, you have to either self-cater, or drive ~20mins. The Wright family, July 2017

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your review it was a pleasure having you all to stay.
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5

Idyllic, quiet, relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Lamraig is just as wonderful as it looks and better. The location is stunning and the house itself is extremely protected from the winds on the islands. We were well protected from the storms at the start of our week and still managed out and about during a day of no power. The blackhouse is extremely thoughtfully and cleverly restored and is a very cosy place to relax in at any point during the day or following a day walking, exploring or cycling around Berneray and North Uist. The beaches and coastal walks right on the doorstep are atmospheric and there is always something different to look at. We explored all parts of the island and especially enjoyed walks at dusk along East Sands from the house. A perfectly enchanting location.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Lamraig Cottage is the perfect getaway location. The cottage has everything you need during your stay including a washer and dryer in the outhouse. The kitchen is well equipped with a gas hob, electric cooker and a great range of pots and pans. The location of Lamraig is excellent, only a short walk from the East Beach and just over a mile from the West Beach. We visited West Beach four time and only seen two other people. Meg, the owner was very helpful giving us local knowledge of the island and some pointers of where we might be interested to visit. Shop wise, Berneray has one shop just as you come onto the island over the causeway, we found it had most of the items we needed. If not a co-op is in Sollas about 12 miles away. We had a really wonderful time and would return again and again, ever the blustery weather didn’t matter in such a wonderful place. Getting back to the property, the bathroom is spacious with a bath and a separate shower. The bedroom is a little different with having the box bed, this is quite hard but we still had a comfortable nights sleep. The cottage has underfloor heating and a log burner if it does get chilly. Again I wouldn’t hesitate to book again and plan todo so in the future

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful place experience the western isles from!

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic stay in this cleverly restored black house. A great place to explore the islands from.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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Stunning Property, well equipped & great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week here, beaches outside the door, great location for sunsets. Lovely host, nothing too much trouble. Will be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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5

Fabulous property in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Lamraig Cottage on Berneray. Such a beautifully restored blackhouse/croft in an amazing location right next to the sea. Our host was very welcoming and the cottage had every facility we could wish for including lovely and toasty underfloor heating. The traditional box bed was a little hard for our comfort but then we are a couple of old crocs with bad backs! We would recommend this property to anybody looking to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Location

Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Benbecula
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Hamersay House and Langass Lodge
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Sound of Harris ferry
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Hamersay House and Langass Lodge
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
East beach over looking Sound of Harris
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Wildlife – as a family we run a wildlife boat tour business in the Sound of Harris and to outlying islands, please check out our website for further information: https://www.oceanguides.org

Lamraig cottage is particularly well suited for those interested in birds and wildlife, within a short distance you can observe arctic terns, oyster catchers, dunlins and greylag geese to name but a few. Otters do pass your door, so keep a look out, and with a short journey across the causeway you will be able to watch soaring golden eagles.

Art - for those wishing to be creative, the colours and textures of the wonderful landscape, beaches and rocky shores provide ample inspiration for those wishing to paint and sketch. Watch out for the Uist Arts Association studio trail in the early summer months.

Fishing – permits for excellent fly fishing on Loch Brusda, Berneray and with North Uist Estate.

Sport - cycle on our peaceful roads or across the machair to the beach. We can also advise on locations for water sports such as diving, surfing, kite surfing, kayaking etc.

Golf - Askernish Golf Course in South Uist is 1 hour drive from Berneray. The Isle of Harris Golf Club in Scarista on the West Coast of Harris, is a 45 min ferry trip across the Sound of Harris.

Coast/Beach:

Wiithin a 2 min stroll you will arrive on the beautiful East beach over looking the island studded Sound of Harris. White sand and turquoise water all to yourself. Pick up cowrie shells, sit peacefully and watch the bird life or paddle in the pure Hebridean water. Off to the 3 mile long white sands of the West side beach on your bike (10 mins), walk across the machair (20 mins) or drive (5 mins) en route, in summer, you take in the machair wildflowers such as poppies, marigolds and pansies.

Travel:

There are two direct ferry routes with CalMac: via Uig (North Skye) to Lochmaddy (1 hour 20 min ferry + 20 min drive); or via Oban to Lochboisdale (5 hour ferry + 1 hour 20 min drive). Alternatively you can fly with Flybe from Glasgow to Benbecula (50 mins) and hire a car, taxi or take the bus to the door (45 min drive). If you wish to tour around the Uists use of a car would make your trip more flexible. However, if physically able use of a car on Berneray is not vital.

Distances:

On Berneray you can walk or cycle to the shop, post office or beaches or else it is just a 5 min car journey. Distance from Berneray to: Berneray ferry terminal (5 mins) with Sound of Harris ferry to Harris/Lewis (50 mins); Lochmaddy - ferry, hotels, Museum & Arts Centre, doctors clinic (20 mins); Sollas – Co-op supermarket (25 mins); Benbecula – airport, hospital, hotel and café, Sunday supermarkets (45 mins); Lochboisdale – ferry, hotels (1 hour 20 mins); Eriskay (1 hour 30 mins).

Further Details:

The local shop sells a good range of groceries and you can order a daily paper, you can get cash back here otherwise the bank is 20 mins away in Lochmaddy. Free range eggs and organic vegetables are sold directly from producers on the island and you can buy shellfish from fishermen in the harbour. You can find out about the history of the island at the Berneray Historical Society located at the old nurses cottage near the harbour. Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre in Lochmaddy, North Uist provides information on local culture & heritage, live traditional music, arts & crafts courses. Local smoked salmon and seafood produce can be bought at the Hebridean Smokehouse at Clachan, North Uist. Boat trips to St.Kilda and the Sound of Harris leave from the Berneray harbour, when scheduled, the owners can assist in making arrangements for these trips.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Berneray, Scottish Highlands & Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter break 2018
24 Feb 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Spring 2018
25 Mar 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Summer 2018
29 Apr 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£790
for 7 nights
£790
 
 
Autumn 2018
30 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Winter 2019
23 Feb 2019 - 15 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Spring 2019
16 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Summer 2019
6 Apr 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
£790
for 7 nights
£790
 
 
Autumn 2019
28 Sep 2019 - 2 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover. Please arrive after 16:00 and depart before 10:00am. It would be very much appreciated if you could leave the cottage clean and tidy on departure.


Notes on prices:
Short stays of a minimum of 3 nights are only available out with peak season at a rate of £85/night. We would be happy to discuss discounts for longer period winter lets for those wishing to take advantage of office/studio facilities in a tranquil location.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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