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Balranald Cottage

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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
7 nights minimum 
Cottage
Balranald cottage is a former 'Black House' which was originally built around 1885. It has since been converted into a modern property which is a perfect base for visitors to explore the Outer Hebrides. Within the RSPB's nature reserve, our guests often comment on the wide variety of wildlife from the cottage windows! Corncrake, Short Eared Owls, Hen Harriers, Kestrels and Golden Eagles have all been seen!
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
Well behaved dogs are welcome
Bedrooms
1 King2 Singles
Bathrooms
1 Full bath1 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Scott F
Hosting since June 2019
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours

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BrighousePete
BrighousePete
Uphall, United Kingdom93 contributions
Wonderful cottage on wonderful island!
We were lucky enough to spend nearly a month at Balranald Cottage this autumn. It was our first time in the Outer Hebrides and they are just so very beautiful. Stunning white sanded beaches. Incredible light during the day and proper darkness at night. And great food even out of season. A special call out to Killin Seafood cafe for super fresh lobster and chips. Delicious. As far as the cottage goes it was perfect for us. A lovely lounge with wood burning stove and comfy sofas. A great sun room for during the day. Good sized bedrooms and a well equipped kitchen. I was delighted that it is really out of the way and still has super fast broadband. Scott is a super helpful host. Thanks for looking after us so well.
Visited October 2023
Written 17 November 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Diane C
Diane C
7 contributions
Away from it all.
Lovely cottage with every amenity one could wish for. Well equipped kitchen. Dishwasher, washing machine and dryer included. Comfortable beds with nice bedding. We particularly loved the sun room and spent most of our time in there watching for wildlife. Plenty of birds to be seen especially meadow pipits, wagtails, linnets, stone chats and best of all hen harriers and short eared owls. If you love to be out in the wilds with nature then this cottage is perfect for you.
Visited August 2023
Written 28 August 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Aidan C
Aidan C
5 contributions
Peaceful and relaxing break
Great cottage with everything required for a self catering holiday. Sun room perfect for relaxing in whatever the weather ( especially the hanging egg chair). Good location for exploring the Western Isles. Would recommend
Visited July 2023
Written 10 August 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lucy W
Lucy W
Leeds, United Kingdom1 contribution
Best Accommodation Ever
Stunning property away from everything. The cottage has everything you need with beautiful finishing touches. Comfy beds, fluffy towels and for those self catering experts, a kitchen with every utensil you could wish for. Have already booked for next year.
Visited May 2023
Written 14 June 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

leilafnelson
leilafnelson
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom2 contributions
Balranald Cottage.
An exception visit to the Hebrides on every count. Scott is an incredibly conscientious host, great communicator and very accommodating. The cottage is just beautiful, fully equipped and luxurious….in particular I loved sitting in the sunroom and watching the beautiful sunsets and the birds…. We saw two owls and a corncrake as well as many more…. It was a lucky and wonderful coincidence that we had glorious sunshine almost all week. I would recommend this place to anyone and look forward to returning in years to come. Thanks Scott
Visited May 2023
Written 12 May 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lynne G
Lynne G
Rye, United Kingdom6 contributions
Away from it all
This was our second stay at Balranald Cottage and I’m sure we’ll be back again. The cottage is lovely, everything we look for in a holiday home. It is in a lovely quiet location overlooking the machair and just a short walk to the coast. Plenty of wildlife close by including hen harriers, short eared owls and corn rake. The cottage itself has everything you need and our favourite part is the sun room from which you can enjoy the beautiful tranquil view. The only heavy traffic we came across was a farmer moving his herd of cows along the road.
Visited July 2022
Written 20 February 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Expedition306929
Expedition306929
Cumbernauld, United Kingdom8 contributions
Amazing cottage
I loved this cottage, stunning views, beautiful walks direct from cottage, super comfy and well equipped over all. I loved the bedroom set up and en-suite-nice extra touches-soap, face cloths and super white soft fluffy towels all set up really nice. The kitchen has everything you need and some, it was spotlessly clean the entire cottage was the same and also stunning views. The patio was amazing just to sit and have coffee in morning, or a glass of wine in the evening. My favourite room had to be sun room from dawn to dusk to reflect and enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset. I would most certainly book this cottage again, we had an amazing holiday
Visited May 2022
Written 11 January 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Calinda_12
Calinda_12
Greenock, United Kingdom34 contributions
Beautiful location
A wonderful location right on the machair and Balranald RSPB reserve. When we were there the machair flowers were in full bloom , pinks, blues, yellows and whites, - a wonderful sight. The cottage is very spacious and is well equipped. (items said to be lacking in a previous review - teapot, wash basin- are now in the kitchen). The weather was unseasonably cold during our visit even though in July so we needed the electric heaters. The lounge/ dining room is large and dark and you would need to light the multi- fuel burner to make it cosy. However, the gem of the cottage is the large sunroom which warms up quickly when the sun comes out and this is where we spent most of our time. The view is stunning.
Visited July 2022
Written 9 July 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Inalltheworld
Inalltheworld
57 contributions
A Great Cottage
This was a lovely well-equipped cottage with everything you need. It's very quiet and peaceful but close to the 'main' road. We particularly liked the sunroom and spent virtually all our time in there when we were home, it was lovely having views all around. We also watched Hen Harriers hunting over the reeds behind the cottage. If we return to North Uist we would try to book Balranald Cottage again. The owner Scott is also very helpful.
Visited June 2022
Written 27 June 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

David M
David M
Stirling, United Kingdom10 contributions
Idyllic and peaceful.
Beautiful cottage with outstanding views over rural countryside. Great place to walk to the beach with the dog and even better to just.....chill.
Visited April 2022
Written 15 April 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
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  • Private yard
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  • Cable television
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Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about Balranald Cottage

Balranald Cottage is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

Balranald Cottage has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

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