Blackhouses, Byres and Crofters Cottages in the Hebrides

29/02/2020 Blackhouses, Byres and Crofters Cottages in the Hebrides

Explore the Isle of Skye from two traditional Hebridean crofter's cottage at Mint Croft Cottages or hideaway on the Isle of Lewis at Timsgarry Byre where magical standing stones, wildlife and flower filled machairs await you.

Mint Croft Cottages

Two beautifully restored traditional Hebridean crofters' cottages with stunning sea and island views across Loch Snizort on the romantic Isle of Skye - stone walls, turf roofs and gorgeous natural interiors featuring wood, lime, stone, tweed and linen.


A romantic getaway location for couples on a six-acre highland croft. You will love Mint Croft, comprising of two luxury, renovated Hebridean crofter's cottages on the Isle of Skye called The Blackhouse and The Croft House. Both are traditional in appearance with superb attention to detail, gorgeous soft furnishings and special touches throughout offering two luxurious and relaxing retreats, available to rent separately or together for two couples or families.


A renovated Hebridean Blackhouse with a traditional one metre thick stone wall and traditional turf roof - a cosy cottage perfect for relaxing stays for couples looking to get away from it all and a perfect honeymoon location. Floor to ceiling windows provide the perfect frame for stunning views over Loch Snizort to the islands of Harris and Lewis in the distance. The open plan living and dining area feature a deVol handcrafted kitchen. The entrance hall leads to a Fired Earth designer bathroom with large bath and rainforest drench style shower. The first floor reveals an elevated bedroom; with super-king bed with High thread count, Egyptian cotton white bed linen, down duvets, pillows and organic Highland toiletries. A sitting room suite with uninterrupted views to the beach at Bein an Sguirr and the sea cliffs beyond.


The Croft House, sleeps two guests in a traditional Hebridean croft house built in 1934 by local craftsman in village stone with stunning panoramic sea views across Loch Snizort to the Ascribe Islands and the Trotternish Ridge. Inside you will find a spacious, slate-floored kitchen and dining area featuring a deVol hand-crafted Shaker kitchen and a stunning stone-walled sitting room and library with a crackling wood-burning stove and solid oak floor boards. Upstairs, the bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with beams in local Douglas Fir and a super-king bed, white Egyptian cotton bed linen, down duvets and pillows and organic Highland toiletries. Relax in the Fired Earth designer bathroom with rainforest drench style showerhead and separate dressing room with custom-made wardrobes and a huge mirror.


Shaz and Alistair have spent over three years renovating and rebuilding Mint Croft, preserving the best of the old and combining it with the new. Island life means they wear many hats! They are delighted to continue the Highland tradition of welcoming guests to their Croft. An ‘Explore the Island Kit' will help you on your way as well as a Highland Artisan Hamper for two on arrival. Binoculars, maps, guides and locally made walking sticks will help you on your way. A digital guide to Skye, highlights their top tips for spectacular landscape, incredible wildlife, historical sights, craft makers, cosy pubs with traditional music and renowned restaurants.


Inside you will find a selection of Scottish and world cookbooks, games, books about Skye, maps and antiques, a world cinema DVD collection, custom made furniture by Mint Croft Studio, local tweeds and linens. Outside there is a private garden with furniture, BBQ for alfresco dining or perfect for relaxing with your morning coffee. Why not coorie up inside and gaze at expansive sea views from every window.


Find out more about Mint Croft Cottages here.

Timsgarry Byre

Stargaze under twinkling Hebridean skies, stroll deserted white sand beaches or cuddle up by a peat burning stove - this stunning Hebridean hideaway for two is the perfect escape where magical standing stones, wildlife and flower filled machairs await you.


Timsgarry Byre exudes calm and tranquillity, a Hebridean hideaway in the tiny hamlet of Timsgarry on the doorstep of Uig Beach, overlooking breath-taking scenery of mountains and machair. Exquisite attention to detail, high standard finishes throughout and local craftsmanship combine traditional heritage of the croft with contemporary design. Your stay at Timsgarry combines the romance of the Hebrides, beautiful furnishings, designer build credentials and an interesting connection between Uig in Lewis and Afghanistan.


On a quiet loop road, Timsgarry is within a few minutes walk from the beach, local shop, community centre with café and the Uig Sands restaurant. Relax in front of the peat-burning stove in the open plan living area dotted with beautiful Georgian and Victorian furniture, and Congolese Masks and Afghan rugs collected by their daughter Linda during her time in both Afghanistan and Uganda. At night stretch out in the raised super king bed with high spec Hypnos mattress and down topper. The bedroom can be configured as a twin on request and the conical ceiling and panoptical curved windows provide breath-taking views overlooking the beach.


The kitchen has everything you could possibly need for your stay; bone china crockery, granite worktops, induction hob, electric oven/grill, toaster, kettle, fridge, ice maker, microwave and oak finish throughout. There's a wet tiled bathroom with shower and oodles of hot water, Quartzite wall tiles, marble surround and under floor heating so you can pad across warm travertine flooring. Externally this traditional stone built house is finished with corrugated aluminium cladding with slate and corrugated roofs. Designed in conjunction with local award winning architect Stuart Bagshaw, the owners have thoughtfully kept the original layout as much as possible, which is that of a main byre with extensions to either end having varying roof heights and pitches, finished both in slate and corrugated iron. Green credentials at Timsgarry include air source heat pump and under floor heating with special consideration to the lighting, mostly low voltage efficient LED lights with tiny LED up-lighters to each window. The property enjoys unlimited broadband Wi-Fi and the television can be set up if requested with Internet access and freesat connections. Relax in the stressless reclining chair with footstool and pick up one of the curated collection of books available for guests use during their Hebridean escape.


For the more adventurous there are two electric bikes, fishing gear and even two body boards for when the surf is up. For a more relaxed day out head for deserted beaches, archaeology tours, golf, walking or wildlife spotting where Red Deer, Otters, Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles are just a few of the local residents you might see in Uig.


Find out more about Timsgarry Byre here.

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