- We love the contemporary feel of this five star eco build with its stunning glass fronted panoramic views.
- Wrap around decking with outdoor furniture perfect for making the most of your nightcap under those twinkling Hebridean skies.
- The Longhouse is a Green Tourism Gold Award holder and EPC-AA-rated for their commitment to the environment and sustainability.
- Garage and utility room perfect for things like wetsuits, beach towels and picnic gear.
- South facing bedrooms with jaw dropping views.
- In-house entertainment includes Smart TV, music system, CDs & DVDs, board games and a great collection of books to read.
- There are fishing rods and 2 bicycles available for guests use.
Good To Know
- Please kindly note Longhouse is a pet free property with the exception of medical assist dogs.
- Fibre optic broadband Wi-Fi throughout.
- There is an EV charger at the house for guests arriving with electric cars.
- Short breaks, min 3 nights, available September - April.
- Stornoway airport is 9 miles away and the town, only 6 miles away.
- In a quiet, edge of village location with open beach views, accessible by the local bus, handy for an evening out.
- Fly here in less than an hour from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness or Manchester or take a few more hours and enjoy the road trip and ferry to a different world.
- The seas around Lewis have some of the best shellfish in the world so make the most of the great kitchen at the Longhouse for cosy suppers.
- There are excellent quality local butchers in Stornoway - Charles MacLeod (‘Charley Barley's), Willie John's and MacLeod & MacLeod - all selling locally sourced, when they can, meats and some more exotics as well as their own famous Stornoway Black Puddings - try them all to choose your favourite!
- Digby Chick restaurant offers delicious menus using local produce - advance booking is required or try the new Harbour Kitchen opposite Stornoway Town Hall.
- The arts centre, An Lanntair, in Stornoway offers a relaxed lunchtime drink with decent food, serving all day. You can also take in excellent arts exhibitions whilst you are here.
- In the Crown Hotel, head upstairs to the cosy lounge bar for drinks or afternoon tea, or to the restaurant for lunch or dinner with great views of the harbour and castle too.
- Local filling station in our village, 200 yards from the house has a small post office, a convenience store for groceries, coal/logs and newspapers.
- Stunning walks on your doorstep with the local beach 50 yards away from your front door.
- Look out for the Northern Lights, aurora borealis, step outside on a crisp, clear night and take in the vast dark sky lit up with stars and sometimes the Milky Way.
- View the Lewis Chessmen in the Lews Castle Museum. These relics were carved from walrus ivory and found on Uig sands in 1831.
- Follow the Eat Drink Hebrides Trail, buy fresh scallops, crab, fish, chocolates, gin and local venison.
- Your hosts provide a 'days out' guidebook to all guests 2 weeks before arrival featuring great things to see and do each day of your holiday so you can plan your stay in style.
- Lewis offers a unique blend of habitats for often-rare flora, birds and wildlife; take a boat trip or bird watch locally - listen out for corncrakes in the reeds around the Longhouse.
- Enjoy changing exhibitions and concerts at the striking An Lanntair Arts venue. Follow literary locations from Ian Crichton Smith to the books of Peter May and Katie Morag.
- Wander around Stornoway harbour, spot seals near the fishing boats, buy local shellfish, shop for Harris Tweed and watch the weavers or explore stunning Lews Castle Grounds.
- Take a circular island drive, with sunset at the magnificent Callanish Standing Stones.
An architect-designed Lewis retreat that's set in a wildly beautiful location, close to the beach in an area of peaceful, natural beauty on the east coast of Lewis - cosy up by the woodburner, stargaze or stroll vast stretches of beach together.
This Green Tourism Gold Award property the Longhouse, is an architect-designed build situated on the family croft, only 50 metres from the beach with jaw dropping views across the bay. This contemporary stone and larch-clad home has a wrap around decking area where you can relax under a twinkling Hebridean sky or breakfast alfresco to the relaxation surround sound of nature on your doorstep and the hypnotic sound of the waves. Superbly stylish, double height living area, imaginative interiors polished, perfect, and flooded with light. The South-facing bedrooms have beautiful touches - modern chandeliers, Harris tweed throws - and from the bath you look up and see the sky. Bedrooms, bathrooms and living space are delightfully airy and open plan with oodles of room for the whole family to enjoy.
Under floor heating keeps oak floors warm underfoot, a multi-fuel stove keeps you cosy even in the wildest weather, and the house is equipped with broadband and Wi-Fi as well as LCD smart TV and music systems. Downstairs there are two large bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master-suite has a Super King-size bed and a wet-room style en-suite shower room for maximum luxury. The 2nd bedroom can be Super King-size or twin. The kitchen has all the equipment and gizmos you'll need from dishwasher to wine-chiller with careful attention at every turn. Even the kitchen worktop was made by local craftsmen out of beech trees felled by winter storms in Lews Castle grounds.
Upstairs, there's a cute mezzanine comprising of a seating area with balcony views and office space with computer in situ, perfect for a bit of chill time. Skandi influences in the décor include beautifully peaceful colourways in keeping with the natural landscape outside, with sliding glass doors taking the outside in. Equipped with energy-conscious technology throughout, this stunning, low-impact building, EPC-AA rated, has won awards for its modern take on traditional Lewis houses, and is the perfect eco-luxury solution stay for either families or couples heading to the Hebrides.
5 star location
Learn about the Lewis or Uig chessmen, named after Uig Bay where they where they were found. An intriguing group of distinctive 12th-century chess pieces, along with other game pieces, most of which are carved from walrus ivory discovered in 1831 on Lewis. Today, 82 pieces are owned and usually exhibited by the British Museum in London and the remaining 11 are at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Visit Valtos beach with its mile long arc of white sands. Whether you take to the water or not, you will be unlukly not to come across some of the famed local wildlife ... breeding golden eagles, various sea birds, seals and sea otters as well as herds of red deer.
At Callanish, stands a mysterious set of stones dating back over 5,000 years which you can get up close and personal with. The iron age Dun Carloway Broch is also well worth paying a visit to. The 18 hole golf course in Stornoway provides a fun challenge while offering views of the harbour and the Minch so avid golfers should bring their clubs.
The Hebrides is famous for its beaches and machairs with pretty wildflowers and carribean-esque beaches. The Harris Tweed that is unique to the Hebrides take their inspiration from the landscape and the natural colours you will find in their wildly beautiful landscape. Visit weavers at work, remote blackhouses and museums dedicated to the old ways of life.
If it's tranquillity and relaxation you crave, look no further than this superbly stylish property designed to reconnect you with one another. The Lewis Longhouse will allow you to slow down and embrace island time beautifully.
By Car: From Inverness take the A9 north from Inverness to Ullapool or head up west from Glasgow through the islands of Skye and Harris. Caledonian MacBrayne runs ferries to the Outer Hebrides all year round. Choose to sail directly into Stornoway from Ullapool or take your time through the islands from Skye to Harris and drive up to Lewis. The Longhouse is 6 miles from Stornoway. Or fly in less than 1hr!
Travelling by Plane: There are regular flights into Stornoway Airport from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen (plus Machester and Southend in summer). The Longhouse is 15 minutes drive, 9 miles, from the airport.
From £1260/week in low season; May-September and festive season, £2020 per week. Short breaks, September to April with flexible arrival days from £718 for 3-night stays. Cost includes all utilities, linens, store cupboard basics and a welcome pack of local food goodies.
"Really, it's very difficult to find fault with The Longhouse. From the initial booking, until the end of the holiday, it was first class all the way. Communication was friendly and yet efficient and it's a pleasure to deal with the owner directly. You are met at The Longhouse by the most helpful and friendly local caretaker who provided any information needed. The Longhouse is spotlessly clean, warm and excellently appointed. Information about the house, local facilities and about the island generally is provided. In summary, The Longhouse is a first class experience all round!"
"The property is even better than it looks in the pictures. It is beautifully designed, very nicely furnished and well equipped. Our teenagers loved the chill out mezzanine area. The housekeeper met us on arrival, showed us round, and made us feel very welcome. There were nice touches such as a welcome grocery pack of local produce and the owner's printed booklet on days out in Lewis. The house was very clean and well maintained. The location is good and the views are amazing. We had some lovely days out but always looked forward to returning to the Longhouse."
"Probably the best self catering property I have ever stayed in! Very spacious with lovely open plan living area. Everything oozed quality. Local Harris tweed furnishings, incredibly well equipped, lots of basic store cupboard provisions, like someone's home rather than just a holiday house. Uninterrupted views across Coll Bay. Location is very practical for exploring the island. On a bus route and you can walk down onto the beach where we saw pilot whales. In summary, a fantastic stylish and spacious house in a great location on a stunning island. Expensive but you get what you pay for!"
"From the moment we were greeted at the door by smiling Anne (the 'housekeeper"), we knew we were in for a treat. Thoughtfully planned, brilliantly constructed, and thoroughly equipped, Lewis Longhouse ranks as one of our all-time favorite self-catering cottages based on the ten years we've been summering in the UK. Linda and Paul have anticipated every possible need and desire, providing copious instructions, books and suggestions for exploring Lewis and Harris and digging beneath the surface to experience some of the Outer Hebrides reality. Result was a magical two weeks. Hated to leave."
"A cosy paradise and excellent base for exploring both Lewis and Harris. The greatest characteristic of our stay was the attention to detail provided by Linda. Her desire to make everything perfect was palpable from the pre arrival care through to the welcome bag. The Longhouse itself works hard to make the dramatic skies and ferocity of the weather a brilliant extension of the experience. I've rarely felt more delightfully snug as when the wind blasted the landscape outside. Do make time to meet Linda 2 from the Hebridean Soap Company and take binoculars for seal spotting. Completely magical."