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Grandfather's House, at walking distance from many beaches in South West Harris

Bedrooms 1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Walk from cosy Grandfather's House to the beach in 5 minutes and relax & enjoy!

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.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, dutch
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Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2018

About Sue

We have bought our own house 20 years ago as we wished for a change of lifestyle. From the busy NL, we went for the tranquil and beauty of Harris, hearing the breakers at the beach in our garden, walking vast beaches, fishing when the weather is beautiful, working very hard and wishing for our guests having a holiday of tranquility, enjoying beaches, unspoilt nature, feeling welcome and at home in our cottages built with love.

Sue purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Sue chose Isle of Harris

Grandfather's house was an old black house, built to survive the storms and be cosy and warm. When rebuilding, isolating and making it into a house to relax and feel comfortable, the old walls and lay out kept the lovely atmosphere.

What makes this cottage unique

Being so close to the sea, being able to walk not to one but five beaches is unique and then being on your own, it is soooo quiet.


Isle of Harris Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - shower , double washbasin, shower and toilet, extra toilet downstair
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large king size bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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Grandfather's House, at walking distance from many beaches in South West Harris
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Honeymoon heaven

  • 5 of 5

For our honeymoon we stayed in a very cosy cottage which used to be an old black house. Grandfather's House is very close to the four Northton beaches and Scarista beach. We walked from the cottage everyday and have enjoyed the beautiful machair with so many flowers in August. The birdlife is amazing, the beaches are empty, even in high season . Grandgathers house has a lovely cosy atmosphere with a wood burning stove and a fantastic quality bed. The art is very special and Suzan and Jan are warm and welcoming hosts who like to share their just caught fish and informed us about what to see and do. We had lovely weather which turns Harris into a paradise with turquoise seas and white sandy beaches, a place fall in love with and return.....

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Northton and Scarista beaches
Car: necessary

Main attraction is the beaches and the clear night skies, aurora borealis when lucky.

Vast beaches. unspoilt nature, wild life, Otters, Golden Eagles, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, alpine flowers, beach combing, cycling, hill walking, relaxing, tranquility!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $95.61

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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