The Isle of Harris is recently voted as the Best Island in Europe, it's not hard to see why Harris's beaches are just as widely regarded. The little village Northton is overlooking Scarista beach, one of the islands most spectacular white sandy beach of South Harris, with it's turquoise coloured clear seas and at a walking distance of the 5 Northton Jewel beaches, which are also at a walking distance from the cottage.
Grandfathers house is a 4 star graded luxurious cosy cottage, it revels in creativity, quality, luxury and comfort and is popular for a honeymoon cottage. A short 2 min. video link:
This sweet, cosy, chunky natural stone cottage with deep jewel-like windows was built in 1879 by the grandfather of one of our neighbours, as a black house.
Inside are fun furnishings, Suzan's wildlife paintings and, squished under eaves, an open-plan bedroom with a quality memory foam king size bed (160 x200cm) and ensuite shower room.
After cycling the hills, a good walk, relax by the cosy log/peat burning stove cuddle up with a book and a glass.
A romantic truly Hebridean retreat.
Grandfathers House sits opposite a seafood joint Croft 36; Julie and Steve are happy to deliver their home made fresh seafood meals piping hot to the cottage. Every morning there is fresh rolls in the stall.
Gail and Ruben from the Temple Cafe at Northton serve lovely coffee, tea's and lunches and are known for their excellent homebaking. All great after a good walk to the Temple, enjoying the hidden gems of the Outer Hebrides, the best secluded five Norhton white sandy beaches and all to be walked from the cottage!
Further love walks up the hills, or a day out swimming, cycling walking or playing at the spectacular Scarista beach and estuary opposite the cottage.
Jan and Suzan of Beachview Cottages are exceptionally warm, fun hosts who go out of their way for you – or leave you in peace to enjoy fishing, cycling, seal-watching, kayaking, walking or climbing. They can advise you on the best places to go fishing, the nicest walks, family or award winning restaurants to eat out, where to source local produce such as scallops, lobster, crab.
Or if you wish for private painting tuition, Suzan is an international artist and a very enthusiastic teacher.
For wild life, don't go far, you might be surprised to watch a Golden Eagle soaring over the cottage, meet an Otter at the first or third beach as they live there and watch a great variety of birds, like Corncreeks breeding at the croft.
The Northton machair is famous for it's beautiful flowers, like orchids, blue bells and more Alpine flowers alike.
As we have planted many fruit bushes and trees to create a safe wildlife habitat; also the Otters feels at home, we have seen them in our garden over winter twice!
Seals are seen very often and with kayaks you can come very close to them. Porpoises like to play at Scarista beach, keep an eye out for them.
You won't be disappointed coming for a relaxing, romantic and active holiday to the truly unspoilt Isle of Harris!
For reviews: we are no 1 for Harris on Tripadvisor
PS. A well behaved/trained dog welcome on request only, Dog Policy applies (fee £ 75, 1 dog)
You can find another listing, our daughter's wellness let, Sea View House at Srannda/Strond, accommodating 2-4 adults, 5 star luxury with a Double Jacuzzi, Sauna for 2, large shower, Wood burning stove and breath taking panoramic views over the ocean. Two bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. If interested in Sea View House, please enquire for details, prices and special offers. Or find us at beach View cottages at Northton.