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Spindrift

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Timsgearraidh near Stornoway, The Outer Hebrides - Lewis Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "We have just had a great week at Spindrift."

    The cottage is comfortable and well-appointed and the views are to die for. There was a useful reference library on local wildlife and activities. Though it is a distance from the main roads there is plenty to do locally with many walks and a myriad of white sand beaches, some calm and others with Atlantic rollers. We would recommend the Uig Community Cafe about 8 miles away for light lunches and delicious cakes. If you do want to go further afield, the roads are quiet so it is quite feasible to go north to the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point in the Hebrides, via the Callanish Stones and the Black House Village, or south to the beaches and Golden Road of Harris, in a day. Diesel, on the whole, was comparable in price to what we are used paying at supermarkets in England. We stocked up with food at Tesco in Stornoway when we got off the ferry but were glad we hadn’t bought much frozen food as the freezer in the cottage is not full size. Lastly, we would advise that you do not delay booking the ferry as there are capacity issues on the Ullapool ferry and the popular crossings get booked up - we didn’t get our first choice. Thanks, again, to Andy and Jen for a great week.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Jun 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    In a very quiet, remote location with superb views all round. Thank you Andy and Jen, thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Deb5.0Jun 2024

  • "We enjoyed a fabulous week at Sprindrift."

    On arrival the cottage was very clean and fresh, and had all the equipment that you would need. The whole cottage was well decorated and laid out. The main bedroom is large, with lovely dual aspect windows. The porch was ideal for walking boots and coats and dog stuff. The welcome pack was much appreciated and it was lovely to meet the owners shortly after we arrived who gave us information on the local area and checked that there were no issues. The views from the windows all around the cottage are lovely. We did some great walks directly from the cottage, and also some within a short drive, and were lucky to see seals, a sea otter, deer and eagles. If you want to explore more of Lewis and Harris it is a long drive down a single track road with passing places to get back to the main roads around the island. We didn't mind this as the views are amazing, but you need to plan this into your timetable when arranging sightseeing. Uig community shop is the nearest shop which is about a 10-15min drive. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0May 2024

  • "Spindrift is a gorgeous property, very clean and comfortable and with everything you could ever want."

    Andy and Jen had left us some welcome goodies too, which were very much appreciated. The garden was secure and everything was perfect for our dog too.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Apr 2024

  • "The cottage is a very light, warm and comfortable."

    Beds are of good quality. The kitchen is equipped to cook which is essential in this remote area. The little peat fire made our stay very cost too. Extras are left by the owners which were appreciated. You can walk from the door to the coast. Parking is easy too. We would certainly return to this cottage

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Mar 2024

  • "We’ve enjoyed another lovely holiday at Spindrift."

    It feels like home when we arrive, very comfortable and well appointed. Andy and Jen are a lovely couple who are on hand if needed and very friendly. We hope to be back next year.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Aug 2023

  • "Spindrift is the perfect location for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of normal life."

    The cottage has been well thought out and has everything you need for the remote location.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely gem of a cottage that is close to beaches and walking routes."

    Great for dogs too

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2023

  • "Spindrift is a gorgeous cottage in a beautiful location."

    The views to the east and the south of the house are spectacular and there are large picture windows which enable you to fully appreciate them. We often sat in the snuggery which is a lovely little room with a south facing view [not pictured on the website]. The kitchen is extremely well equipped. Andy and Jen are very supportive hosts. The house is well located, not far from the shore and with plenty of walks around. We saw otters on the shore and golden eagles, one perched on a fence post near the house and one on a walk along the cliffs at Aird. We loved the garden also which is beautifully landscaped and very secure for our medium sized dogs to wander in. We were lucky with the weather which was better than mainland UK while we were there. I would thoroughly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2023

  • "Comfortable, exceptionally clean and tastefully decorated cottage."

    A warm welcome from the owners and we loved the welcome pack. Such a peaceful place on earth. The perfect place to rest and connect with nature. Close to beautiful beaches. We had a great holiday staying here.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lynda and I, oh and the boys thoroughly enjoyed our 3 weeks at Spindrift."

    Your hospitality, especially the free range eggs, is wonderful. The house is really comfortable and has everything you need. Hope to see you next year

    Reviewed by Fergus5.0Jun 2023

  • "It was one of the most beautiful apartments we have ever stayed in, the equipment is perfect and the house is a dream!"

    The owners live not far away and are extremely friendly and lovely people who have put a lot of love and comfort into this house for the holiday makers. The highlight for us was the small turf fireplace and the view from the windowsill. Anytime again, a fantastic vacation!

    Reviewed by Matthias5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a lovely part of the world"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2023

  • "We were delighted to find Spindrift so well presented and maintained."

    It is in a beautiful location with all you would need for a get-away-from-it-all break. The owners are local and available if needed but not at all intrusive into your holiday life. Really well designed and equipped, with everything working as it should. We could not have asked for more from our first vitas to the island.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Sep 2022

  • "It was a beautiful place and good to explore the area."

    The cottage was nice and we loved the snug! We saw eagles, deer and seals and came home cooked in a well facilitated kitchen and watched the sun go down . The chess king inspired us to bring home our own concrete king we bought in the lovely local shop , the dog loved the beaches

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2022

  • "Our second stay at Spindrift and it won’t be our last."

    It’s a very clean and comfortable house with stunning views from the windows and garden. Andy and Jen are friendly and helpful owners who live nearby. We love to visit the local area and have been many times. This house is the perfect place to stay.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage that is extremely well equipped and always a joy to return to at the end of the day."

    Really comfy bed, fully equipped kitchen, and a lovely snug where you can gaze out at the scenery are amongst the highlights. Loads of great walking straight from the front door and the beaches are to die for. Yes, it's a long drive to get to but is 100% worth it for the views and seclusion. Andy & Jen are great and thoughtful hosts, there if you need them but equally happy to leave you alone to get on with your holiday. Book it, you will not be disappointed.

    Ian FrancisOct 2021

  • "We really enjoyed staying at Spindrift."

    It is a really clean, comfortable and cosy cottage, and great facilities. Lots of practical extras too that are essential in Lewis like peat for the stove and easy to reach torches. The owners, Andy & Jen, made us very welcome. Thank you!

    Jennifer PatersonJul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at your lovely cottage, thanks!"

    The cottage has been renovated to a high standard and the views from all aspects through the large double glazed windows are fantastic to rugged mountains and the sea - even on a dull or rainy day we didn't feel cooped up. There was a nice outside area for al fresco dining when the weather allowed. The hosts made us feel very welcome with flowers and fresh eggs, thanks! The area has some lovely beaches which were great for our 2-year-old for playing in the sand and paddling and for us for swimming too. We even saw dolphins one day. Thanks again, Nick

    NickJul 2021

  • "Spindrift is a very clean & comfortable cottage furnished with all the necessities for a wonderful experience of the west area of Lewis."

    We enjoyed super walks and scenery with breathtaking beaches and mountains. Spindrift is remote enough to "get away" from the hustle of the popular tourist spots but near to most facilities if required. Thank you Andy and Jen for letting us hire your lovely Spindrift cottage.

    Colin & Sarah EadeJun 2021

  • "Fantastic clean, modern equipped warm cosy cottage in a remote location."

    First time experience of a peat fired stove was a nice feature. This place is so well insulated all you need is the heating to be on for 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening. The cottage is surrounded by wilderness with golden eagles and deserted white sandy beaches not far away in Uig. The perfect getaway for a week. Thanks

    Graham MillarOct 2020

  • "Spindrift is a stunning cottage."

    Clean and very well equipped. Beautifully designed in every room. We spent a week during September 2020. We also took our two dogs who were made to feel welcome. The owners were welcoming and helpful. The scenery was spectacular.

    Elizabeth HendersonSep 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    It was spotless and had everything we needed. It was tastefully decorated and beautifully finished. The book nook was a lovel space.

    Vicky BeveridgeJul 2020

  • "Wow what can I say!"

    Spindrift is a wonderfully well presented cottage in a beautiful quiet setting on the West coast of Lewis. The cottage is not far from the shoreline of the Atlantic ocean and is surrounded by wonderful mountains and moors but equally gorgeous sandy beaches are never far away. It has every modern amenity and is in lovely condition. The local shop is not too far away and there are a couple of restaurants and cafes to go to as well. The owners Andrew and Jen are very nice and living in the next cottage are easily contactable and will do anything they can to help. Eggs from their ducks and hens were very enjoyable indeed. If you want a quiet relaxing holiday in a getaway from it all location this cottage is for you. We will definitely return if we can.

    Max KetchinAug 2019

  • "Practical and stylish place with lovely views."

    Nice layout with sleeping area separate from living. Good cycling, sea swimming, walking and climbing close by. Dramatic seas, good bird life. Helpful neighbours.

    Phil LacouxAug 2019

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Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, hairdryer
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patio with sitting area
  • Pet-friendly, sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 8.2 miles, pub 44.3 miles
  • Note: Bring own linen for travel cot
  • Note: dog bowls provided
  • Guests should bring own dog bed.

The property

Stornoway 45 miles.

Perched on the edge of a rugged headland in Breanais, near Timsgearraidh on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, overlooking white sandy beaches and clear blue sea, Spindrift is sure to take your breath away.

Perfect for families and their four-legged friend, this cottage offers an insight into the wilderness and remoteness of the Isle of Lewis.

Upon arrival, park in the convenient off-road space before entering this single-storey cottage, finding first the spacious sitting room, why not take a moment to recline in this contemporary space with soothing grey décor and wooden floor, along with a woodburning stove to warm your feet after a long day?

When mealtimes arrive, there will be no worries over cooking, with this cottage housing a beautifully decorated and fully fitted open-plan kitchen/diner, the perfect space for social family mealtimes served up on the central dining table and with a view to the outdoors. If you are feeling sleepy, this property offers two beautifully furnished and spacious rooms, one king-size with local artwork and a view to the outdoors, and a twin room with storage and a relaxing atmosphere, along with a family bathroom shower to soak the chill of the Hebrides away.

Outside, you will find a lawn where your four-legged friend can recline as you present a hearty breakfast in the picnic area, or only a short walk from the cottage you will find yourself crossing rugged terrain to reach a hidden gem of a beach with soft, white sand and clear blue water, where you can swim, kayak, and relax in the tranquil sunshine.

With such a remote area, it is unsurprising that the wildlife thrives, with birds including golden eagles, sea eagles, redshank, and plovers, as well as otters and red deer.

Inland hikes around the scattering of lochs and hillsides are plentiful, with a variety of historical and archaeological sites offering a spot for a walk and a picnic, including Calanais Standing Stones, Lewis Castle grounds, Whalebone Arch and walks through Stiomrabhaigh and Dun Borranish.

If it is seafood that you enjoy, there is the opportunity to try fresh seafood straight from the ocean at Miavaig Harbour.

There is sure to be something for everyone with a remote and exciting stay at Spindrift.

The islands can be reached by flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness; or by ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert, or Ullapool to Stornoway.

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: ES-00322-F

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

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About the location

TIMSGEARRAIDH

Great Bernera 20.8 miles; Stornoway 33.5 miles; North Tolsta 45.3 miles.

Timsgearraidh is a village situated in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, resting between Doune and Stornoway. The village is known for its white sandy beaches and walks and offers a selection of attractions including Uig Museum. Dining options include Uig Community Tearoom however you will have to travel to Doune in order to find a pub, for example Doune Braes Hotel, while you can stock up on essentials at the nearby Uig community store. Within easy reach of the village is the popular town of Stornoway, where you can find further attractions and amenities such as Raon Goilf Golf Course, bars and restaurants.

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.