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Black Sheep House: Luxury Self-catering accommodation on Harris

Black Sheep House: Luxury Self-catering accommodation on Harris

Postby Dave » 19 Aug 2019 17:22

For the first week of our Scottish summer adventure in August 2019 we stayed at Black Sheep House on the Isle of Harris. The accommodation is by the coast in the tiny village of Carminish, about a mile east of Leverburgh. The location is quite wonderful, with a tidal lochan just yards from the huge panoramic windows.

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Even though Black Sheep House was our fifth grass-topped or thatched accommodation in Scotland in just over two years, I'm still not sure how to properly describe this type of structure. Previously I've called them 'hobbit houses', but Black Sheep House is a blend of a renovated Hebridean blackhouse and a contemporary extension. But whatever it is, it's amazing!

The living area is very spacious with very high quality furnishings and fittings and a fantastic view. Chairs are upholstered in Harris Tweed, the TV is smart, there's a great many electric sockets to charge devices, countless lighting options, a quality sound system, loads of books and maps... and (out of shot) a desk with a computer and printer, which was a first for us and extremely useful.

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Although we didn't use it and only went upstairs once, there's a bedroom on a mezzanine above the kitchen area. Oh, and the computer area is to the left of the (provided) walking sticks! The kitchen area is modern and extremely well-equipped with everything we needed, and there's a breakfast bar where we chose to eat our meals - leaving the dining table to put our bits and pieces. And we were delighted to find a 'starter pack' of food, treats and an excellent bottle of champagne.

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I believe the house is intended for two people with the mezzanine bedroom being an alternative to the main bedroom; we chose to use the latter, which was just perfect - a very comfortable bed and plenty of storage space.

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For some reason, I forgot to take a photo of the bathroom. It's probably the smallest we've had in our Scottish cottages so far, but it's still very luxurious with a Japanese style soaking tub and the most incredible mosaic tiling we've ever seen!

And finally, although we arrived on Harris a few hours early, an exchange of texts resulted in us letting ourselves in (the door was unlocked) and the lovely housekeeper soon came and welcomed us. We like to rate the accommodations we've stayed in and if Black Sheep House isn't the very best, then it's easily the equal best. :-)
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Booked cruise 2019: December - Caribbean on Marella Explorer 2
Remaining land-based holidays 2019: July - Peak District, August - Harris and Highlands, October - Brecon Beacons
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Postby Gillzajoker » 20 Aug 2019 10:31

Looks lovely, Dave, and sounds as thought the owner was really catering to guests, and not just putting his own stamp on the place, as with the other cottage. :D
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Postby Dave » 23 Aug 2019 15:09

Gillzajoker wrote:Looks lovely, Dave, and sounds as thought the owner was really catering to guests, and not just putting his own stamp on the place, as with the other cottage. :D

It might seem strange Gill, but the owner of this amazing house situated in a remote part of the Outer Hebrides (and the winner of Grand Designs' Home of the Year and Best Conversion) lives in Kent - about 30 miles from us. And they haven't actually visited their property for at least three years...
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Postby Gillzajoker » 24 Aug 2019 10:42

Wow, what a coincidence! But, aren't you the lucky one to have enjoyed your stay there! :D
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Postby bobbyoscar » 24 Aug 2019 18:03

What a thoughtful owner, seems to have thought of everything. :thumbup:
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