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Machair Cottage

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Newton near Lochmaddy, The Outer Hebrides - North & South Uist Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a wonderful location with lots of wildlife on your doorstep."

    Would stay in this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Jun 2024

  • "A nice property with a good selection of wildlife seen from the cottage, Hen Harrier, Short Eared Owl, Red Deer amongst the many things seen."

    Good facilities and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2024

  • "What can we say, we have just spent a fortnight in Machair Cottage and it was everything we were hoping it would be, warm, clean, comfy and in a perfect location."

    It had everything we needed and to top it all the wildlife visible from the cottage was the icing on the cake, there were birds of prey, a short eared owl and my personal favourite deer in the front garden on a couple of occasions, we would recommend this cottage to anyone

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Apr 2024

  • "Nice cottages, great location, superb bird life for windows, overall lovely holiday."

    Reviewed by Shirley4.4Apr 2024

  • "No local emergency contact numbers provided No local facility information (had ..."

    No local emergency contact numbers provided No local facility information (had to use Google maps) No sharp kitchen knives (a sharpener needs to be provided) Shower drain was partially blocked with hair (not cleaned regularly)

    Reviewed by Philip3.8Sep 2023

  • "Would definitely recommend Machair Cottage (and its lovely hosts Caroline, Donald & family) A great standard of dog friendly holiday home we were lucky to find."

    Modern kitchen & bathroom with superb shower & a Log burner. A large, secure & dog friendly garden too. Everything you need as a comfortable base to explore North & South Uist. We certainly hope to return here sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Aug 2023

  • "Machair Cottage was well located, incredibly well equipped, very comfortable, good value and spotlessly clean."

    We even had a short eared owl hunting in the garden every evening! It is the perfect spot from which to explore the Outer Hebrides. The only negative thing I would say is that the photos on the website don't do it justice! It's a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely week staying at Machair Cottage, it is a warm and pleasant base from which to explore North Uist, Bernaray and the islands further south."

    The cottage is very comfortable and well stocked with lots of good cooking utensils for self catering. It also has views from which a short eared owl was seen daily which was a great pleasure. It was lovely chatting to Donald who called in to check all was well, thank you very much for a great week.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, everything as advertised and better."

    Owners in contact to check that all was fine. Nothing to take away from full praise. Only be slight suggestion: just have a card with web password, it would have helped.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is our second visit to Machair Cottage."

    it is situated in a great position for some wonderful beaches and is in a very tranquil setting. Great for peace and quiet. The cottage is very comfortable and cosy and is well equipped . Caroline is very approachable if you need anything.I would highly recommend staying there.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon Caroline Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2023

  • "We have stayed on the Islands for many years, usually in an old Blackhouse, but this two weeks in Machair Cottage was fabulous, the views from the windows was superb, Owls, Hen Harriers, Cuckoos, Stags and Does, all close to the cottage."

    Facilities in Machair are superb, you want for nothing, location is great and a lovely welcome from the hosts. We are sure to return.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "We found Machair Cottage to be the perfect holiday accommodation."

    It was extremely comfortable to lounge and relax in after days out in North Uist. Very comfy bed, great shower and well equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Good outside seating and eating area. We could not have wished for more.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2023

  • "Outstanding location for visiting Berneray through to Benbecula."

    Clachan Sands within walking distance and short drives to all the local picturesque beaches. The house is lovely and clean and ideal for our our Golden Labrador. The wildlife around the house is spectacular and worth taking a pair of binoculars to view. Ideal house in an ideal location. Will recommend to all our friends back on the mainland.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2023

  • "Very helpful owners."

    Well furnished. Very comfortable. Very well equipped. No little niggles. Top rate Cuckoos and Short-eared Owls. Why do you put your own rating above that of the cottage? One experience is not really enough to evaluate you.

    Reviewed by Hugh5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and cosy and we had a great stay."

    The owners are very friendly and the cottage very well appointed. A great location and I'm sure we'll be back!

    Reviewed by Marion5.0May 2023

  • "This was just what we needed for a family break for my wife , daughter and her fiancee."

    It was secluded enough but within range of beautiful beaches, shops and restaurants and provided lots of opportunities for day trips and wee adventures. The house was spotless and had plenty space for us to lounge about in and a kitchen that was more than adequate for the nights we stayed in to cook. We were well looked after and the friendly owners even dropped of a bag of home made baking to go with the the bottle of wine they had left us in the fridge on our arrival. Lovely touch. We had a marvellous time and will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Apr 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our first holiday on North Uist, enhanced by a very comfortable cottage."

    Intend to return.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2022

  • "What a great cottage , perfect for travel around North Uist and Berneray, beaches close by which are some of the best in the Hebrides, look out for the bird life around the cottage especially the owl and a couple of cuckoos."

    The cottage was spotless well furnished and very cosy,. the owner Caroline is very nice and approachable, we are going back next year!!!

    Mike PlantMay 2022

  • "The house was perfect for us for a week in North Uist."

    Lovely clean and comfy house with everything we needed. Great location for exploring the beaches. The owners were super helpful. Would highly recommend.

    KatieSep 2021

  • "Machair Cottage is a modern, comfy, warm and spotless holiday home."

    We all loved it and Donald and Caroline were so helpful and friendly. The location looks remote but in reality it is really handy for Clachan Sands, Berneray, Lochmaddy and Sollas. I would definitely rent Machair Cottage again. Thank you the MacDonald family for making our stay feel so welcoming.

    Sue ShieldsSep 2020

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Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Pet-friendly, sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 7.1 miles, pub 8 miles
  • Note: Bring own linen for travel cot

The property

Lochmaddy 7.6 miles.

Nestled into the remote countryside of Newton, near Lochmaddy, North Uist, this family holiday cottage surrounds itself with beautiful scenery, perfect for those wishing to explore the landscape through hiking, cycling and wild-swimming.

Newly renovated, Machair Cottage boasts an abundance of views across the rugged landscape as you park your car off-road and enter the property.

Welcomed by a spacious sitting area with a tartan rug in keeping with the feel of the highlands, spend a moment reflecting on the adventures of your day with a generous woodburning stove keeping you warm, before making your way over to the kitchen/diner, a spacious area contemporarily decorated and with matching white furniture, this space will inspire any budding chef to whip up a treat for the family, serving it on a presentable glass dining table.

When sleep calls, a large king-size room offers comfort, with a carpeted floor, grey décor, local photographs and ample storage, with touches of purple to catch your eye, creating a wonderful home-from-home space, or there is a second room sporting twin beds, also with grey décor, but this time with the addition of a pleasant pink, allowing for storage and the perfect room for children, along with a family shower room featuring sea blue tiles to remind you that you are only a short drive from any beach. Be delighted to dine outside on the patio area, overlooking the local bay and surrounding rugged countryside as you plan the day ahead of you.

North Uist has many sandy beaches on offer, all beautiful and remote, providing the perfect place for a family picnic with your four-legged companion, a chance to take to the waves in a kayak or embark on a refreshing seaside walk, feeling the salty breeze in your hair.

The nearby town of Lochmaddy will be the perfect stop when you require a cooked dinner at one of the local pubs and restaurants, whilst taking in the beautiful seaport that can provide a ferry over to the mainland.

You can also take a day trip down to South Uist, through Benbecula, where there is a variety of stunning sandy beaches and amazing wildlife just waiting for you to explore.

You may also be able to enjoy the machair flowers scattered across the island in the spring and summer, the cottages namesake and a beautiful sight for any guest. Lose yourself in the wilderness of North Uist with a stay at Machair Cottage.

The islands can be reached by flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness; or by ferry from Uig on Skye to Lochmaddy, or Oban to Lochboisdale.

EPC Rating: Band G

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location

LOCHMADDY, NORTH UIST

Balivanich 18 miles.

The village of Lochmaddy is the terminus for the daily ferry linking it to Uig on the Isle of Skye and it is also the main centre of population for the island of North Uist. Lochmaddy has good facilities and services including a selection of hotels serving fresh local produce in their dining rooms. A visit to the award-winning museum and arts centre located in the centre of Lochmaddy is a must, and there is also a tourist office full of information about local events and places to visit. The road south of Lochmaddy will lead you to the village of Carinish some 10 miles away and if you continue on this road you can cross the causeway to the island of Benbecula. The town of Balivanich in Benbecula offers shops, post office, a bank, restaurant, a petrol station and an airport, from which car hire can be arranged. The causeway from Benbecula then leads onward to the island of South Uist.

Note: bring own linen for travel cot. Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental. Note: Please bear in mind that this property is located on an island and therefore only accessible by plane or ferry.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter