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Otter Cottage

(Ref. 1110730)

Scarista near Leverburgh, The Outer Hebrides - Harris Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous holiday home in a stunning location, close to the beach with a lovely view."

    Fantastic sized rooms, all bedrooms en suite, exceptionally clean with everything we required provided. Our two families took both houses which sat side beside which was perfect. Thank you

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2024

  • "Fantastic property, exceeded our expectations."

    Very well equipped and owners so obliging and approachable. We would definitively recommend and we will be back.

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Jun 2024

  • "We had another fantastic two weeks at Otter Cottage."

    So lucky with the weather again and loved the house, location and beaches as always.

    Reviewed by Huw5.0May 2024

  • "The property was beautiful, clean and very comfortable."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The only small criticism would be that it was advertised as having an enclosed garden, which it did but was enclosed with Corncrake cottage, so we still had to supervise the dog at all times outside as next door had dogs too. We still had a fabulous holiday, thank you.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful House has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay Perfect location for exploring the Island and minutes away from Scarista Beach ."

    Angus & Allina are perfect hosts

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Top quality property in a fantastic location."

    The lovely added touches and changes every year are keeping it fresh and it's a great property to stay at. We had a great time yet again.

    Reviewed by Huw5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic week spent at Otter Cottage."

    This is the fourth time we have stayed here (including Corncrake Cottage). Very comfortable & well equipped. Love the outdoor seating/gondolas - perfect for viewing the beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Apr 2023

  • "Hi The feedback is not great because we had no hot water all week."

    There was an electric shower upstairs which we were directed to use. Angus tried very hard to resolve the issue but failed. The house was quite cold and after a year the heater in the lounge was still unrepaired. At no point we’re there any apologies or offers of refund due to the poor experience. This was our fourth visit but will not return- paying a premium of £1200 to have a cold house with no hot water is unacceptable. Very dissapointed.

    Reviewed by Simon3.8Mar 2023

  • "Spent a week in February in Otter Cottage and absolutely loved it."

    The location is bang on Scarista beach and the accommodation is spacious and very comfortable, spotlessly clean and well stocked with everything that you might need. The welcome pack for my dog was very thoughtful. There was a small domestic issue during my week but it was quickly remedied by the owners. All in all I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2023

  • "Wonderful house , beautiful setting , great base to visit and enjoy the sights and scenes of Harris highly recommended ."

    Reviewed by Sandy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Fabulous house, great location."

    A very comfortable stay. Perfect. Many Thanks for a relaxed holiday in fantastic house… so well done.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2022

  • "The house was located in a great spot , near the beach."

    It had everything you need and more. Lots of really thoughtful little touches which were very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Racquel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely luxury accommodation welcoming for dogs and small children as well."

    Every home comfort and more especially in the outdoor glass/wood pod with wonderful views and sunsets over the golf course and beach. Def a revisit for us

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is our second visit to Otter cottage and it was as brilliant as our first."

    Allina and Angus are wonderful hosts, happy to help and went the extra mile. The property is like a home away from home and the most relaxing place to be. Lots of room outside for the kids to play and a world class beach (Scarista) a 2 minute walk from the property and you’re likely to have it to yourself. Horgabost 10mins away, a great shallow, sheltered bay for swimming and paddle boarding, Luskentyre another 10minutes further away and really worth trip. The only bad thing is leaving.

    Reviewed by Dominic5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely excellent, thank you"

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay."

    The cottage and location is stunning and very comfortable. We also really appreciated the baking equipment for the days when it was rough outside :) It's great to have the easy access to the beach through the field opposite and the wee river created a nice safe place for the kids to swim when the sea was too rough. At high tide the last section of the river on the beach fills with just sea water so it's nice and clean too. Also, especially thanks for the details of the Doctor - we had to use it to call the on call doctor and get some steri strips when our daughter fell and got a nasty split in her skin on the side of her face.

    Reviewed by Ryan5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful property in an ideal location ."

    Very clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2022

  • "Thank you for an amazing week."

    A beautiful house in an amazing location - what a view - I really didn't want to leave! The Christmas tree and lights was a lovely touch. Blessed with great weather for most of the week we went on some stunning coastal walks along Scarista Beach, at Hushinish and Luskentyre.

    Heather AndrewJan 2022

  • "Hi Angus and Allina, Sorry it has taken almost a week to e-mail you."

    Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed your terrific property in such a beautiful location. Everything was great and suited us very well. Thank you very much for the great welcome pack we enjoyed every bit of it and the red wine was so much to our taste that we bought another at the store in Leverburgh. Thanks also for the doggy pack much appreciated by our pooch. We were absolutely delighted by your thoughfulness. I put the extra towels in the wardrobes as we had sufficient and laid them out when we were leaving but. I think I forgot to lay out the towels in the downstairs bedroom. Hope you found them OK. LHH have not asked us for feedback yet but we would just say that your house was of 5 star standard and very generously provided everything we needed AND MORE. Thank you, until the next time. Angela & Harry Barnshaw

    Angela BarnshawSep 2021

  • "We had a magical stay at Otter Cottage!"

    The accommodation is wonderful, very well equipped and with an amazing view towards Scarista beach. My sister and her family stayed in Corncrake, mirror image of Otter and ideal for a family holiday. Angus and Allina were most helpful and hospitable, especially as we had to extend our stay due to cancelled ferries. Harris is a very special place and we all hope to return as soon as we can!

    Louise CampbellNov 2020

  • "Spent a week at the end of summer with kids aged 5-12."

    The accommodation was ideally located, the west coast of Harris has the most spectacular deserted beaches all within a 20 min drive. Scarista is the local beach and accessed on foot in minutes even with small children body boards etc. The accommodation was excellent, like a home from home, wanted for nothing. Never slept so well. The perfect place to unwind, let the kids run free and enjoy the most amazing beaches in the world.

    The LakelandsSep 2020

  • "Just returned from another delightful week this time in Otter, the previous being at Corncrake."

    Nothing I write will really do justice to the amount of work which Angus and Alina have put in....and continue to put in to make sure both cottages reach the highest standards in the welcome, the delightful stress-free stay, and the feeling of relaxation which these delightful properties inspire....... a wonderful and special stay in superb properties, many thanks Angus and Alina!!

    Alan HarveyNov 2018

  • "My family have just returned from a week at Otter Cottage and I wanted to let you know that we found the house to be of the highest standard and pretty much perfect in every way."

    The cleanliness was second to none and the house was warm, comfortable and felt like home from the minute we walked in the door. It was great to have items included like washing up tablets, toilet rolls and food bags etc; as well as cotton wool, soap and body wash etc; in the bathrooms. These little touches are appreciated when self catering. The location for touring Harris is perfect and the views and closeness of Scarista Beach were fantastic, our dog loved her walks there every morning. We fell in love with Harris all over again since our last visit 20 years ago, we will definately not be leaving it this long until our next visit. Thanks again and best wishes.

    AMNov 2018

  • "We have stayed at these splendid and very spacious lodges on several occasions."

    Excellent properties in a stunning location offering the highest standard on everything contained in the lodges. Wonderful touches using Harris Tweed, paintings by local artists and literature by Island authors all available to enjoy. The beds are the most comfortable I have ever slept in and the linen is very high quality. The towels are thick and fluffy and the bathrobes and slippers are a wonderful addition. The amazing windows frame the idyllic views of the sea and golf course, both of which are literally a stone's throw away from the lodges. Most of all the Island hospitality shown by Angus and Allina make this a holiday I would thoroughly recommend.

    M MorrisonNov 2018

  • "Thanks, A fantastic property, gorgeous house and great location."

    Owners provided all essentials and lots of extras including scones and honey. Would highly recommend this property to everybody. G

    Mr G CNov 2018

  • "Had a fabulous time at Otter Cottage."

    The property was immaculate, is extremely luxurious and very comfortable with stunning views over Scarista beach and the hills of Harris. The owners could not have done enough for us and even provided a welcome pack of food. We cannot recommend the cottage highly enough and it is the ultimate in relaxation.

    Mr & Mrs Urquhart And FamilyNov 2018

  • "We had a fabulous time at Otter cottage."

    The cottage is extremely luxurious and comfortable with stunning views over Scarista beach and the hills of Harris. The owners could not have done enough for us to make us feel more welcome and even provided a welcome food pack. We cannot recommend the cottage highly enough. It is the ultimate in relaxation and so close to the beautiful Scarista beach. We hope to visit again next year.

    G UrquhartNov 2018

  • "We had an amazing time at Otter cottage."

    It is everything you dream of: luxurious, quiet, fabulous views, stunning sunsets, sea just a few minutes' walk. We had the amazing long beach practically to ourselves when we stayed in August 2012. Harris is like being in the Carribean, with turquoise seas and white sands, quite astounding. The cottage had everything we needed and things we hadn't even thought of. The children were kept very well occupied, and I loved the huge outside/inside porch to keep sandy wellies and beach treasures in. The owners were just brilliant, couldn't ask for friendlier, more approachable people, even brought down puppies for us to see! We had a fantastic time and hope to return someday - it was definitely worth the trek from East Anglia! There is so much still to explore there that a week really didn't give us time to do! Thank you for such amazing memories.

    The Tarleton FamilyNov 2018

  • "Our first visit to Harris and we could not have asked for a more perfect house to stay in."

    Five star luxury doesn't really do justice to the attention to detail, the design of the house, the position, the location and the helpfulness and kindness of the owners. We loved the beach and the multitude of places to visit nearby. Highly, highly recommended! C Stewart

    ChristianNov 2018

  • "We stayed in Otter Cottage for a week over Easter (2014) and had the most wonderful, memorable stay!"

    The cottage is beautiful. It is clean, comfortable, luxurious and has everything you need and more. The location is just stunning, and the beach just 5 minutes walk away. We came with two dogs and so it was perfect for long walks on the sand, with not a soul in sight. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, with blue skies and sunshine every day. Heaven! Thank you to the owners, Allina and Angus, for providing all the lovely welcome treats and for making Otter Cottage such a wonderful place. We hope to return.

    Helen & Jon YeomansNov 2018

  • "Having booked Otter Cottage for a family holiday, we were not disappointed in anyway."

    Fantastic week in a very wonderful place, to top the experience all the finishing touches that were waiting for us in the cottage, so unexpected, made our holiday even more magical. Hope to come back in the future and would recommend to all my family and friends. Thank you just wonderful.

    Karen & Mick ScorgieNov 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with TV, DVD player, en-suite with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor twin with en-suite with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen/diner and sitting room
  • Utility
  • Sitting room on the mezzanine level
  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, food blender
  • 4 x Smart TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, gravel, furniture, barbecue
  • Pet-friendly, sorry, no smoking
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Shop 5.1 miles, pub 8 miles
  • Note: Ground-floor is suited to those with limited mobility
  • Note: Bring own linen for travel cot
  • Note: The bed in bedroom 1 is a king-size zip-link as standard
  • if you require this to be a twin, please contact us to advise
  • Note: Please bear in mind that this property is located on an isle and therefore only accessible by plane or ferry

The property

Leverburgh 5.4 miles.

Overlooking Scarista Beach, this beautiful little cottage watches the moody sea from a perfect spot in Scarista, near Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, and is perfect for families and their four-legged friend.

With a white sandy beach so close to the house, this cottage will not disappoint when it comes to those with a taste for the great outdoors, surrounded by the blooming ‘machair’ flowers and a crofting community that is still very much alive today.

Upon parking in your private spot, marvel both at the scenery and the huge windows and stunning architecture of this build, immediately enticing you to come inside.

A cathedral like ceiling encompasses the most stunning open-plan living area with high ceilings and huge windows giving endless views of the beach and the beautiful sunsets as they give way to starry skies of an evening.

Within this space you will find a relaxing sitting area with a TV, perfect for a family games night, and why not utilise the fantastic kitchen, creating a masterpiece with your friends and family out of the local produce, before presenting it on the central wooden dining table bedside the magnificent windows?

You will be delighted to find a ground-floor king-size (zip link so can be a twin on request) room fitted with its very own en-suite shower room, decorated with a touch of Harris Tweed to keep the theme of the countryside heritage throughout this contemporary build, and a twin room with scenic views, a spacious room and an en-suite shower room and the master bedroom, decorated in warm purples, with a wonderful home-from-home en-suite bathroom, allowing everyone to enjoy the home comforts that this property has to offer.

On the magnificent mezzanine level, you will find a sitting area overlooking the living space and the large windows, the perfect place to recline with a coffee after a long journey and plan your next adventure.

Outside there is a lawn ideal for picnics, a barbecue and a seating area where you can dine outside enjoying the views.

Just a short distance from the house you will find a beautiful sandy beach, where you can picnic with your family, take a walk with your four-legged-friend or even try out kayaking and wild swimming, and due to the remoteness of the area, the beaches stay quiet even in the summer.

The closest village is Leverburgh with local craft shops, Borrisdale Tweed and a local convenience store where you can stock up on amenities as well as the Anchorage Café and Bar where you can enjoy a drink with a view to the sea, or you can check out Sam’s Seafood Shack for freshly caught and locally sourced seafood.

You can also visit the local historical site of Dun Innisgall and enjoy a walk through the area before sampling local produce at the Isle of Harris Brewery.

For more beaches, you can head up to Luskentyre beach, where the expanse of white sand and clear blue sea is simply breath-taking.

Fly from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness to reach the property or arrive by ferry from Ullapool, arriving at Leverburgh.

Start your Hebridean adventure today with a stay at Otter Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Tarbert 20.3 miles;

Leverburgh is a village resting at the south end of the Isle of Harris. Surrounded by water, Leverburgh is known as a fishing port and the village boasts a number of fantastic cafes and restaurants and just outside the village is Sam’s Seafood Shack which offers a delicious selection of locally caught fish and seafood. While you are in Leverburgh you can stock up on essentials at Harris Community shop and there is even a store selling local tweed, Borrisdale Tweed. Nearby attractions include the dramatic coastline at Bagh Steinigidh and Nisabost beach, the North Harris Eagle Observatory at Meavaig and woodland walks at Ardvourlie Woodland.

Note: The bed in bedroom 1 is a king-size zip-link as standard. if you require this to be a twin, please contact us to advise Note: Ground-floor is suited to those with limited mobility. 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter