The Lewis Longhouse | Self-catering house in Western Isles | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Lewis Longhouse - Self-catering house in Western Isles

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Back, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0LR, Western Isles
Scotland, United Kingdom

Linda Macleod Brown

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+44 (0)1425 483078(landline)

Borrow the bikes, surf the beaches, fly-fish on the river Col – it runs past the house. Bask in beauty and lap up the views

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The Longhouse is architect designed and on the family croft, with houses behind and views across grass rushes to the sea. Clad in stone and larch that's slowly turning silver, this beautiful single-storey house has a pop-out balcony too. Inside all is polished, perfect, and flooded with light. Bedrooms, bathrooms and living space seamlessly spread themselves out, with the kitchen down a couple of steps and the mezzanine above (a sofa-bedded sitting space teens will love, with computer and WiFi). Imagine white walls, bleached wood and touches of pale blue – a cool, pared-back décor in serene Scandi style. Glass doors glide open to a wraparound deck, perfect for a sundowner at dusk or a barbecue on a warm night. South-facing bedrooms have fabulous touches – modern chandeliers, Harris tweed throws – and from the bath you look up and see the stars. Empty beaches abound on Lewis, as do tiny coves. Spot grey geese, corncrakes and Lapwing heron in the rushes; fish for trout on the river. There's a farmers' market in Stornoway, and shops in the village, a ten-minute stroll.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Linda Macleod Brown:

Local points of interest from
Linda Macleod Brown:

  • Fly here in less than an hour from Edinburgh or Glasgow! .. or take a few more hours and enjoy the roadtrip and ferry to a different world!
  • Great walks on the doorstep, from local beach 50 yards away to moor, whatever the weather.
  • Follow the Eat Drink Hebrides Trail, buy fresh scallops, crab, fish, cheeses and local venison through the islands and sample your wares in the house for dinner.
  • 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 a clear Milky Way!
  • We provide guests with our own insiders' track to the islands to help you plan your holiday.
  • Though in a quiet, edge of village location with beach views, we are still accessible by the local bus, handy for an evening out. EV charger at the house for guests with electric cars.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"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."

Georgie - London, United Kingdom

December 2015

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  • 1 House for 4
Price:(i) £1050 to£1780 per week

3-night stay, from £570.

Special Offer: Enjoy your own luxury Hebridean Hogmanay Escape - Indulge in a luxurious, cosy yet spacious interior, with big open views & lovely empty beaches. Festive goodies too. From Sat 30 Dec - 3 nights £900 for 4 people, 4 nights £1150 less 10% for a couple.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season. Charge point for electric vehicles available.




Back, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0LR, Western Isles

Self-catering Lewis Longhouse (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double (en suite shower), 1 twin/double; 1 bathroom.
Price: (i) £ 1050 to £ 1780 per week

Linda Macleod Brown

Visit website Check availability

+44 (0)1425 483078(landline)