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“Superb cottage in a stunning location”
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Tarbert, Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland

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BJB_61
Newport, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Superb cottage in a stunning location”
Reviewed 8 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

The cottage is located just 5 miles from the Tarbert and less than a mile from the village of Scalpay with stunning sea and mountain views.
Harris is an interesting, beautiful place to visit and we were pleasantly surprised to find plenty to keep us occupied without needing to island-hop, despite being off-season. In particular we enjoyed visiting the Callanish stones, Scalpay lighthouse, Bostadh beach, Uig and Carloway Broch. It's also a great place for walking, cycling and wildlife spotting.
The cottage is very spacious and comfortable for two people and beautifully furnished. Although it has an electric fire and a wood burning stove, neither were necessary with the central heating which was excellent. Outside there is plenty of room for parking, seating areas which are great for relaxing and a large shed suitable for storing our bikes.
There is a large collection of maps and tourist information, not to mention many DVDs, CDs and books, many with a Scottish or Hebridean theme which we really enjoyed.
The cottage is remarkably well equipped and it's clear that a great deal of thought has gone into providing anything and everything guests may need.
We would strongly recommend this property and fully intend to return.

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Management Response
10 Nov 2015
Hi BJB, Thank you so much for a truly first-rate review! I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed all the facilities at Albany Cottage. You certainly seem to have had a good time, getting out and about all over the island. There is plenty to see and do at this time of year on the Isle of Harris. Lovely to hear also that you found all the books and maps helpful. We are delighted that you would like to return to Albany Cottage and look forward to welcoming you both back soon. Many thanks, Martin
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susan m
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“luxury in a stunning location”
Reviewed 28 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

well equipped cottage,loads of space but still cosy.,kitchen fantastic. great selection of local maps,guidebooks,local interest books and DVDs.good walks suggestions. cycle storage.
local bistro ,walking distance on Scalpay excellent.

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Management Response
30 Sep 2015
Hi Susan, Thank you so much for your lovely review. I 'm glad to hear that you found Albany Cottage spacious and comfortable. It's good to have plenty of space in the kitchen, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. There's always plenty to see and do in Harris, and you certainly got out and about and made the most of it. Do come back and see us again soon. Many thanks, Martin
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Alan-Matt...
Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very comfortable cottage in a stunning location”
Reviewed 30 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We found this an excellent place to base ourselves for a week in stunningly beautiful Harris - although I'm sure the good weather helped... A really comfortable cottage, very well-equipped with well thought-out features - good natural light, wonderful views, a nice little garden with a good outside washing-line and table. Very well-equipped kitchen which made preparing meals so pleasant and easy. The information about the cottage was well-prepared and thought-out, with lots of maps, walking tips and other local information.

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Liked best: the kitchen, very-well equipped, with good views; the light from the skylights in every room; and the DVDs
Liked least: the bedroom was in a damper part of the cottage; the road is close and does have fast drivers on it.....
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
16 Sep 2015
Hi Alan, Thank you for your brilliant review of Albany Cottage. I'm pleased to hear that you found the cottage so comfortable and well-equipped. We have tried to think of everything you might need! It's certainly true that the scenery and location is wonderful - there's always plenty to see and do in the area and the island is indeed beautiful. I do hope we might welcome you both back to the Isle of Harris soon. Many thanks, Martin
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AlanC_ac
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely cottage, bigger than we expected”
Reviewed 16 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Had a great week at Albany Cottage. It has everything we could have wanted, including even an espresso coffee machine! All of the main rooms look out onto the (very minor) road, and then onto the sea beyond, with views across to Scalpay. Unfortunately, there's a cottage directly opposite, which blocks it a bit, but it's still a great outlook. Plenty of places to sit, armchairs (& a TV) in the kitchen/diner, and comfortable sofa & armchairs in the living room, for us to watch the Wimbledon highlights (and some we recorded on the Sky box), on the large TV. Although it was summer, it felt like the heating would have been good if it had been colder. All in all, we'd thoroughly recommend the cottage.

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Liked best: Loads of space
Liked least: The cottage opposite blocking part of the view
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
22 Jul 2015
Hi Alan, Thank you for your review. We really appreciate your kind comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed all the spacious facilities at Albany Cottage, and had a great time on the Isle of Harris. The view is always spectacular! Come back and see us again soon. Many thanks, Martin
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Michael A
Cononley, United Kingdom
1 review
“great, ideal cottage for two people”
Reviewed 23 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

we had a great week. beautiful location, and standing on the bridge to scalpay was fantastic for spotting otters, porpoises and seals. The weather was pretty poor so we really appreciated the spacious character and comfort of this cottage, lots of room to relax. It was great to have a fascinating and useful collection of books about the area to browse, as well as the scottish dvd collection, while the giant thermos flask was ideal for keeping us warm when we were out! Nice to have a proper recycling system in place too.

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Management Response
24 Jun 2015
Hi Michael, Thank you for your lovely review - we really appreciate your kind comments. You certainly had a great time with some wonderful wildlife sightings. I'm glad you enjoyed the collection of books and media - we thought it would be useful to have and it looks like we hit the mark there. I hope we will be able to welcome you back to Harris again at some time. Many thanks, Martin
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Wilma v
Gouda, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The best of the best”
Reviewed 22 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Albany cottage is a fully equiped holiday cottage. The owners have thought of every wish possible and went the extra mile. The cottage is warm and cosy and has nice views.
If you want to visit Harris and Scalpay, this is an excellent choice!

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Liked best: the kitchen/diner was the very cosy heart of the cottage
Liked least: the soft settee in the living room
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
24 Jun 2015
Hi Wilma, Thank you for your glowing review, and I'm glad to hear that you had a great week in Albany Cottage on the Isle of Harris. We have tried to think of everything you might need, and it looks like we succeeded! I was pleased that you enjoyed the fresh cappuccino each morning from the espresso machine. That's a great way to start your holiday breakfast. Come back soon. Many thanks, Martin
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Damien P
Montreux, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed 15 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Perfect cottage at the perfect location for visiting Harris and Lewis islands. Spotless, big kitchen , comfy living room with excellent books on Scottish islands. Everything you need if you want to be Connected( internet, wifi, Tv, dvd, sat tv...). Great place not to be missed.

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Liked best: Location. Confortable.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
17 Jun 2015
Hi Damien, Thank you very much for your kind comments. I'm delighted that Albany Cottage was perfect for you, and that you enjoyed the Isle of Harris. I hope you would like to come back to the islands and see us again some time. There's certainly plenty to do, and your comfort is assured! Many thanks, Martin
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