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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Shawbost, Carloway, Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland

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Peppaddy
Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best of old and new”
Reviewed 22 July 2017 for a stay in March 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Shawbost is a great place to stay when exploring the Isle of Lewis. There is one of our favourite Lewis beaches about a mile away which can be accessed from the car park at the south side or slipway at the north side. You can enjoy a walk, whatever the weather, along the beach and back along the 'machair' with it's beautiful wild flowers and grasses and the Loch at the other side.
The cottage is a great holiday space with a large dining table in the kitchen area and a couple of substantial sofas and the quirky pew surrounding the wood burning stove which is both a lovely feature and focal point to the room.
The exposed stone is attractive and the kitchen is well set out.
We found the darker twin room ideal for a child as the long daylight hours of the Hebrides summers can be problematic in getting them off to sleep.
Some Harris tweed features show the local creativity in attractive ways.
The bathroom has a shower and smaller sized old fashioned type of bath our wee one found fun to use.
Everything was very clean and we were warmly welcomed.
The heating is versatile to suit whatever the weather brings.
Car parking is more than adequate and a picnic table offers an al fresco dining opportunity with the weather allows.
This cottage is within easy reach of Stornoway for facilities and the Black house in Arnol. It is close to the Black house village of Gearranin in Carloway and the amazing culinary experiences of '40 North' Croft kitchen and the Verandah restaurant in North Bragar.

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pampotter...
Preston, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Comfy, warm and well equipped”
Reviewed 12 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017

A lovely place to stay close to beautiful beaches. Difficult to find but had help from John's brother. Very well equipped with everything you could need except TV but WiFi fine.

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JCo60
Stafford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful place to stay!”
Reviewed 25 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Beautifully renovated cottage, very well equipped, including washing machine and small freezer. Everything was spotless. Plenty of towels etc. Amazing beach about a mile away, a nice walk or you can drive to it.
Owner very helpful without being in your face all the time. Beautiful island to visit.

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LizHol52
Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Comfortable, well equipped cottage with character in convenient location.”
Reviewed 20 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

The cottage is well located and on the road to several of the historic locations - Callanish Standing Stones, Black House Village, Harris Tweed, Butt of Lewis. The crofters cottage is a treasure - comfortable, roomy, very well equipped and a part of the local history. The owners are friendly and most obliging. ... and Iain has a great sense of humour. He is a great communicator and helped with shopping advice and good directions before we arrived. Highly recommended.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 June 2017 for a stay in May 2017

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Natasha05...
Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful cosy cottage”
Reviewed 1 November 2016 for a stay in October 2016
1
person found this review helpful

The cottage was spacious, warm, well equipped and clean. We stayed for 3 nights whilst visiting family nearby.
We had a little trouble finding the cottage initially but got there in the end!

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Liked best: It was very warm and cosy
Liked least: beware of the low door heights
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Nov 2016
Thanks for the nice review. It is a bit tricky to find us but i am trying to get us better signage from the main road. Thanks again for staying with us
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CYBERJIMB...
Irvine, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Fantastic property ideal to explore the islands”
Reviewed 28 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
3
people found this review helpful

We were fortunate to get this place for a week at short notice, so glad we did. situated in Siabost (Shawbost), which is on the west coast of Lewis and 30 mins drive on a very straight road (at times) to Stornoway. We were met by Iain the friendly owner who showed us into our accommodation. They stay in the house beside the accommodation and would help if there were any problems (there were none). The property has been recently renovated to a high standard. It has everything you could need apart from a TV but trust me that's a big plus staying in such a place. if you are so inclined there is a reliable wifi connection so bring a tablet or pc. There is central heating if required and a log burner fire which we used and makes the whole place cosy. A big plus for us is that it was dog friendly. There's a well equipped kitchen, lovely bathroom and bedrooms with great upcycled flooring and furniture. There are lots of nice arty touches about the place too made by owners wife. Your on the right side of the island for the best beaches and 40 mins from the standing stones of Callanish and several local sites. I will definitely try to rebook when we return to Lewis. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Log burner and tranquility
Liked least: midges , be prepared they are everywhere in the islands buy "smidge" repelent
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Older travelers Families with young children
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