Sound of Harris

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Deluxe self-catering accommodation on the Isle of Harris with panoramic coastal views and mid-century interior design.

At Sound of Harris, it really is possible to have it all... Deluxe self-catering accommodation.  Stunning architecture blending tradition and innovation.  Incredible mid-century interior design, celebrating the ‘best of British'.  A commitment to sustainability.  Finally, an awe-inspiring location on the Outer Hebrides for a true sense of escape.  In truth, there isn't much Sound of Harris doesn't offer!

Located on the beautiful Isle of Harris, Sound of Harris encompasses two beautiful, adjoined homes, The Big House and The Other House. Lovingly designed and built by owners Rob and Carol, Sound of Harris was awarded the 2016 Outer Hebrides Design Award for the best self-design new build. Each home provides private, peaceful and stylish accommodation for two adults.

With an emphasis on achieving light and space, the results are open-plan living areas, vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows (perfect for indulging in breath-taking views!).  The houses themselves are based on the classic croft house, updated for sustainability.  Triple-glazed windows, solar thermal hot water and the latest technology in energy-efficient ventilation give these homes outstanding green credentials.

The masterpiece continues inside each house, with carefully sourced and restored mid-century furniture.  Including pieces from celebrated British designers R.W. Toothill, Elliots of Newbury and Guy Rogers, everything comes together to create a comfortable, modernist vibe.  In a celebration of the island's most famous export, Harris Tweed features heavily throughout, including bespoke tweeds woven by Donald John Mackay of Luskentyre.

Guests at both houses can also enjoy the added luxury of high-quality technology in the kitchen and living room, including Smeg fridges, ovens by Stoves, Dualit appliances, satellite TV and a sound system featuring recently refurbished and upgraded vintage 80s pieces such as Rotel and Marantz.  And at the end of the day, you can enjoy a little more indulgence thanks to the bathroom's rainfall shower and Japanese soaking tub - large enough for two!

The Big House is aptly named, offering 120m2 of loft-style living space.  A large living area, leading on to a separate reading area, offers ample room for two, with both areas offering unbeatable views of the Sound towards Ensay, Killegray and Pabbay. 

The Other House offers the same level of luxury on a slightly smaller scale.  Calm, comfortable and cosy, you'll feel at utter peace as you gaze out towards the islets of Gilsay, Lingay and Groay to the hills of North Uist.

If you can drag yourself from those views, you'll find much to explore on the Isle of Harris.  Work up an appetite climbing Roineabhal via Rodel, take in views of Skye and Wester Ross from Renish Point, or walk the white sands of Scarista Beach (recently included in Condé Nast's list of 31 Best British Beaches). 

Nature lovers will adore the abundance of local wildlife, including harbour porpoises, common dolphins and grey seals in The Sound (you might even be lucky enough to spot them from your living room!).  Look out for otters playing in the kelp at low tide, and don't forget to keep an eye out for Toe Head's breeding pair of golden eagles while you're out climbing the slopes of Cheapabhal.

Take some time to explore the various art galleries and craft shops around the island, and be sure to take some Harris Tweed home with you.  Foodies will love the opportunity to dine on fresh, local seafood such as langoustine, lobster, crab, and scallops which the owners can source for guests - or partake in a spot of rock fishing for pollock and mackerel to enjoy one of the freshest meals you've ever had!

It won't take you long to realise why Harris and Lewis were voted the Top European Island Destination by TripAdvisor in 2014, and a stay at Sound of Harris makes it all the more perfect.  Offering picturesque serenity in the summer and a warm sanctuary in the winter, Sound of Harris is ready to greet you all year round.

Things to note

Open year-round, no pets permitted, minimum age 18 years, smoking is not permitted, a shop and restaurant are located 2 miles away.

The Big House starts at £463 for a 3 night low season stay and The Other House starts at £325 for a 3 night low season stay.

A £200 fully refundable security/good housekeeping deposit is also taken.  See website for full T&Cs, contact details and pricing/availability.

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The basics

Region: Isle of Harris
Cost (from): £325 (3 nights)
Sleeps: 2 per property
Bedrooms: 1 per property
Bathrooms: 1 per property
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 167

Facilities

The Big House sleeps 2 in a double bedroom, ensuite bathroom with shower room, Japanese style bathtub (for 2 people), bathrobes, towels, separate WC, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, reading area with fuel stove, tumble dryer, central heating, satellite TV, satellite broadband wi-fi, hi-fi with refurbished updated vintage 80s components, CD player and mp3 docking station, DVD player, books & films, washing machine, outside seating area.

The Other House sleeps 2 in a double bedroom, ensuite bathroom with combined Japanese bathtub and rain shower, bathrobes, towels, separate WC, fully equipped kitchen, breakfast/dining bar, tumble dryer, central heating, satellite TV, satellite broadband wi-fi, hi-fi with CD player and mp3 docking station, DVD player, books & films, washing machine, outside seating area.

A welcome pack is provided with logs for the fire and wine included. Fishing rods, picnic basket/blanket available to use as well as paints and easels.

Please contact the owner directly with any questions.

Local Activities

Beach walks, climbing, guided walks, rock fishing, sea fishing, game fishing, golf, wildlife spotting (dolphins, otter, seals, golden eagles), sea kayaking, canoeing, boat & island trips (St Kilda).

At a glance

  • Deluxe self-catering accommodation on the Isle of Harris, for adults only
  • Choose from The Big House or The Other House; both sleep two in adjoined, but entirely separate, houses
  • Stunning architecture and mid-century interior design, combined with outstanding green credentials
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic views of surrounding landscape from both houses
  • Ideally located for exploring Isle of Harris, its abundance of wildlife, and its rich history of arts and crafts
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