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Dramatic Sea Views at Highgales Seaside Croft House

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Rough Guide names the Western Isles one of the top ten destinations for 2016!! A cosy writer's croft house in the picturesque village of Gravir on the Isle of Lewis, UK. Dramatic sea views with modern, upscale amenities, a walled garden, patio, and veranda. A great base for sea angling or freshwater loch fishing, birdwatching, hiking, kayaking. Located at the end of a paved, private road Highgales occupies a commanding, elevated position on the northern shore of Loch Odhairn--a steep-sided sea loch fed by waterfalls and full of aquatic life--and enjoys panoramic, breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and mountains just below and across from the house. Highgales is a traditional crofter's cottage lovingly renovated by its American owner, tastefully decorated, and updated with modern a...Rough Guide names the Western Isles one of the top ten destinations for 2016!! A cosy writer's croft house in the picturesque village of Gravir on the Isle of Lewis, UK. Dramatic sea views with modern, upscale amenities, a walled garden, patio, and veranda. A great base for sea angling or freshwater loch fishing, birdwatching, hiking, kayaking. Located at the end of a paved, private road Highgales occupies a commanding, elevated position on the northern shore of Loch Odhairn--a steep-sided sea loch fed by waterfalls and full of aquatic life--and enjoys panoramic, breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and mountains just below and across from the house. Highgales is a traditional crofter's cottage lovingly renovated by its American owner, tastefully decorated, and updated with modern amenities, including central heating, a newly renovated bathroom, pine flooring, well-equipped kitchen, and wifi access throughout the house. On the ground floor the master bedroom (with king-size bed) has been fully restored with Scandinavian wall paneling and varnished pine floor, a refurbished antique dresser, sofa, coffee table, window seat, and a large flat screen Wifi TV (there is no Sky TV). The upstairs sitting room and bedroom features bedrooms feature traditional sloping ceilings and spectacular, inspiring views of Loch Odhairn and the surrounding hills. The sitting room contains a sofa bed, easy chair, wifi TV, DVD player, CD player, and a raised desk and chair where one can read, write or sketch while facing the sea below and the mountains across the narrow bay. There is also a portable bluetooth speaker so that guests can listen to music and podcasts from their phones, iPads, and computers. The upstairs bedroom is furnished with two single beds, easy chair, velux window, and a large built-in clothes cupboard/closet. All beds in Highgales are made up with luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. The gourmet kitchen combines Hebridean charm with modern convenience: a large American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, full-sized electric cooker with four burners with two ovens, restaurant-quality knives, a big block cutting board, antique kitchen dresser, and radio. Besides modern design cutlery and dinnerware, there is a ample supply of wine and water glasses plus baking pans and sheets. The dining table in the kitchen comfortably seats four where guests can admire the glorious surrounding views whilst enjoying delicious home-cooked meals. There is also a window seat where one can sip a cup of tea while gazing across the bay. The bright, spacious bathroom on the ground floor (just steps from the master bedroom) has an electric shower, wash basin, WC, large mirror, hair dryer, and fluffy Egyptian cotton towels. Guest are invited to use the large selection of books, DVDs, and board games on the shelves at the top of the upstairs landing. On the cork board in the kitchen guests will find important information about the house, the wifi password, and emergency contacts. On the shelf above the kitchen dresser there are two binders: one contains information about operating the house's appliances and the other is full of tourist brochures and flyers. Highgales stands in a walled garden which offers privacy, tranquility, and stunning sea views. There is a barbecue enclosure on the concrete patio (bring a disposable grill) with outdoor furniture and a private veranda/viewing platform with a bench on the other side of the garage that overlooks the bay. From this dramatic location, built over a traditional gathering place for Gravir's villagers, guests can scan the entire length of the sea loch and, on clear days, guests can see the fairyland mountains of the Scottish mainland across the Minch. Both the garden patio and the veranda are the perfect spots to enjoy a dram of single malt or a cup of tea while observing the marine mammals, fish, and bird life that thrive here. Buzzards and merlins often perch on the fence posts surrounding the garden. Guests might want to venture down to the village pier to fish for mackerel (the best luck will be had at a rising tide). At the closed end of the loch, where a river runs into the sea, guests may cast flies for sea trout. Beside the village pier is a launching ramp where guests may put kayaks in the water. The freshwater lochs that abound in the district of Pairc are full of wild brown trout. The village of Gravir is divided in two by the narrow, fjord-like Loch Odairn. Villagers on the steep north and south shores practice the ancient lifestyle of crofting (animal husbandry combined with peat-cutting, fishing, and other trades). Throughout the summer visiting yachts drop anchor just below Highgales. In late summer the steep hills on the opposite shore (called the 'Toum') are set ablaze with blooming heather. In all seasons the sunrise and sunset are spectacular and Loch Odhairn, which changes with the light, wind, and tides, provides endless interest. Whether you are looking for a peaceful, romantic hideaway or an action-filled adventure, Highgales is the perfect base for reading or sketching, sea angling, freshwater loch fishing, bird watching, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and visiting archeological sites such as the renowned Callanish stone circle and the Carloway Broch. Gravir and the surrounding area is a photographer's dream! Enjoy spotting seals, otters, and porpoises in the water below the house. There are also resident sea and golden eagles, buzzards, merlins, sparrow hawks, cormorants, northern divers, fulmars, and the occasional gannet and puffin. Cuckoos arrive in Gravir in early Spring. Migrating and resident Whooper swans feed in the freshwater lochs above the village, and guests might encounter red deer on the back road that links the villages of Gravir, Calbost, and Marvig. Ravenspoint, a well-stocked village grocery, newspaper, and gift shop/local museum/tourist info center/cafe/24-hour petrol station, is located 6 miles from Gravir in Kershader. A cosy pub is 11 miles away in Sheildinish. The letting price includes bed linens, towels, electricity, oil-fired central heating throughout the house, and wifi broadband. A cot is available upon request. Highgales can be let for a week or more. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Main Attractions The Beaches Some of the most beautiful, unspoiled beaches in the world are to be found on the Isle of Lewis and Harris. No visit to the islands would be complete without a walk, paddle or dip at the beaches of Carnish; Cliff; Coll; Dalbeg; Dal more; Garry; Gress; Luskentyre; Port of Ness; Port Stoth; Reef, Scarista; Steinish; Traigh na Cleabhag, Sound of Harris; Traigh Mhor, North Tolsta. Bird Watching Ducks: Goldeneye, Mallard, Merganser, Teal, Tufted Resident Raptors: Merlin, Golden Eagle, Sea Eagle, Buzzard Resident Garden Birds: Blackbird, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Thrush, Wren, Robin, Corncrake Seabirds: Arctic tern, Cormorant, Fulmar, Seagull, Skua, Gannet, Puffin Seasonal Migrations: Cuckoo, Redwing, Snipe, Whooper Swan, Woodcock Botanical Sites Machair at Barvas, Ness, Uig Culture Crofting husbandry is manifested in division of village land between cultivable infield and common grazing where peat is cut and sheep and cattle are free to roam. Blackhouses can be visited at Arnol and Garenin. Norse mill sites are visible at local streams. Music The annual Hebridean Celtic Festival in July Expeditions Day trips by sea to the Shiants and St Kilda Geological Sites Lewisian gneiss exposures are provided by road cuttings notably at Orinsay and Kershader. South Harris complex can be inspected in quarries at Northton (mica) and Lingerbay (anorthosite). Stornoway beds of Old Red Sandstone outcrop at Broad Bay beaches. Uig granitic intrusions. Golf The links course at Scarista and the park land course at Stornoway. Historical Sites Celtic Christian chapel sites of Catan, Ciaran, Clement, Columba, Donan, Finan, Malrubha, Molua, Patrick, Ronan. Celtic Christian well sites of Brigid and Constantine. Sites of beehive summer shielings in the hills of Harris, Pairc, Uig, Muirneag. Topography Typical fiords occur at Odhairn, Erisort, Loch Shell Lookout sites named 'sithean' occur wherever there is a village vantage point. Highest hills have the Norse ending 'val' which appears as 'bhal' in Gaelic (e.g., Catisval, the goat hill). Lochs have the Norse ending 'vat' eg Mirkavat, the dark loch. Archaeological Sites Bosta, Callanish, Northton, Carloway Yachting Marina Stornoway More
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Languages spoken:German, Norwegian, English, French
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Listed Since:October 2015
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Ocean Views
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Internet Access
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Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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Fishing Nearby
Central Heating
Water Views
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Freezer
Waterfront
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
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Watersports Nearby
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Besides flying to Stornoway via Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness or Aberdeen, there are a few ferry options: in addition to taking the ferry from Ullapool in the Highlands, it also possible to arrive on Lewis and Harris via Tarbert (on the Skye ferry) or Leverburgh (on the North Uist ferry).
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