Seaside House

Luskentyre, Western Isles
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A traditional croft house with far-reaching views to the Luskentyre estuary and Taransay for beaches, walks, wildlife and exploring


5 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Harris has its own character – rather wild, very few trees and the sort of white sandy beaches you might see in the Caribbean. You’re surrounded by wildlife and should spot seals, otters, dolphins, Minke whales, thousands of waders at low tide, corncrakes in spring and, soaring above you, white-tailed eagles – the largest UK bird of prey. In the porch you’ll find a telescope for stargazing on clear nights and in winter you may see the Northern Lights.

There’s tartan and tweed indoors, with lots of local art, an open fire in the sitting room presided over by a painting of a sweet Scottie dog, and a second seating area in the dining room with wood-burning stove and Harris tweed curtains. It’s got a cosy, comfortable feel, the kitchen has gear for even elaborate cooking and there are lots of books and games. Bedrooms (one downstairs) are traditional.

Sprawl in the garden on sunny days, or pack a picnic and head for endless fine beaches.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking to the top of Beinn Dhubh for the magnificent views
  • The absolute absence of others - just one other building beside you
  • The beaches, and boat trips and spotting seals and dolphins
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You should know

  • The two upstairs bedrooms share a bathroom
  • Dogs can come too but they're not allowed upstairs - there's a good spot for a dog bed in the utility room


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm (Saturday in high season)
Check out
By 10am (Saturday in high season)
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights. 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £190
Weekly price
from £1250
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £1905 beds3 bedrooms


Seaside House has been a gem of a find. If you are looking for a tastefully furnished, well equipped and cosy crofter's cottage near one of the best beaches of the UK - then this one is hard to beat. The owner has a genuine concern that her guests have the best experience of the cottage, the isle of Harris and the nearby islands. A walk along the beach is exhilarating. The scenery is spectacular. Lovely sunsets and sometimes - the northern lights. Luskentyre is a special place - it's for those who want to get away from it all.

Ann, Livingston

Come for a week, or even two. By the time you get all the way here you really won't want to leave. So much to do: wonderful beaches, birdwatching, star gazing at night - you may see the Northern Lights in winter, and lots of wildlife to look out for. Walks and cycles are sublime. Artists and writers will be inspired by the landscape.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

We absolutely loved this place . We fell in love with picture perfect cottage in the most stunning surroundings. The most beautiful turquoise sea view from the dinning room and kitchen. It was cosy on a stormy night . And light and bright in the day time . Beautiful furniture. Fabulous art works . We didn’t want to leave :

Di, Scarborough

This is the most delightful cosy cottage in walking distance from the spectacular Luskentyre Beach. I loved it so much that I wished it was mine!

Jane, Aberdeenshire

As a family we have stayed at Seaside house in Luskentyre 5 times and keep coming back as it is a little bit of heaven and a home from home. All the family look forward to unwinding from our busy lives and switching off the gadgets. Long walks on Sandy beaches, swimming, eagle and otter spotting catching up with friends and watching the ever changing landscape. We find new things to do each time we visit and love coming back to the Croft which is well equipped, cosy and comfortable. We come back each year as we we have not found another holiday home that is as perfect as seaside house.

Amanda, Banbury

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The neighbourhood

Hop over a stile and you can climb Beinn Dhubh, which is quite a puff but views from the top all the way to Skye (on clear days) are worth it. Tarbert is 10 miles away for two grocers - one has a butchery and is an off license as well. Here is the Isle of Harris distillery, not just for whisky but gin, or visit the Harris tweed shop. Take a boat trip to St Kilda for more birdwatching.

Local points of interest from Jo Blythe

  • Set back from the road in the much sought after hamlet of Luskentyre - close to Luskentyre beach which is often voted in the Top 10 beaches in the world. The cottage also sits at the foot of Beinn Dhubh with its amazing views even out to St Kilda.
  • A Walkers & Cyclists paradise - the Hebridean Way passes a couple of miles away and there are many beautiful walks on the whole island from short loops to impressive mountain adventures. Boat trips available out to St Kilda and some of the closer islands.
  • The Isle of Harris is a haven for wildlife. Frequently spotted in Luskentyre are Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles and resident otters down on the shore. Fishing available in nearby lochs and estuary by arrangement with local estate.
  • Luskentyre is a very safe beach for swimming and nearby there are great beaches for surfing/boogie boarding and if you're a keen kite surfer/windsurfer/kayaker Luskentyre beach and estuary has it all.
  • Many historic places to visit including St Clements Church in Rodel at the bottom of Harris and The Calanish Stones, Brock, Black House village and much more in Lewis (Harris & Lewis are one land mass divided by a mountain range.
  • Delicious freshly caught seafood available straight from the fishermen and some top notch restaurants serving locally sourced food from Venison to Hand Dived Scallops. Yummy fare from food vans in key locations and some lovely cafés and galleries too.


Jo Blythe

Jo (a volunteer for a children's hospice) and Mark (publisher and keen fell runner) live in Oxford. They've had this croft as their family holiday home for many years and they and their three children come up as often as they can. They love the wildlife, boat trips, sailing, walking on the beach and the beautiful views.