Cabhalan Cottage is perfect if you have the romantic notion to stay in a remote and secluded location. The winding east coast road southward from the Ferry Terminal affords some wonderful views westwards across the sea to the Isle of Skye. The access road leaving the east coast road is, however, badly maintained but driveable although really was not suitable for my small family car (Kia Rio). This road after some 500m takes you onto a track down to the house which is even less suitable for a laden car albeit it is only a short stretch .
The house itself is a mix of traditional stone-built blackhouse and some modern extensions.
The porch area is handy for getting out of those wet clothes after a Harris downpour!
The kitchen area is well equipped and spacious with all mod cons. Deep window recesses are pleasant areas to sit and just relax.
The bathroom has a shower (but no bath) which is fairly temperamental but adequate - being fed from a small on-demand boiler.
There are two sleeping areas. A room in a modern extension has two single adult size bunks. There is also a bed-settee in this room which when fully extended doesn’t leave much room to move. The room lacks storage space.
The other sleeping area is a recess double bed in the living room. This has ample storage space with a walk-in wardrobe to the side of it.
The nice peat fire makes the living room an enjoyable place to sit on a long cool summer evening.
By virtue of being built around an old blackhouse the building really needs to be aired and heated prior to guests arriving . The house felt cold and damp particularly in the extremities of the building away from the single ceiling heater in the kitchen area which was switched on upon arrival. The central heating on for a short time before arrival could have improved this. However, the central heating didn’t work but this was only discovered the following day. Furthermore, it didn’t work all week - albeit this was only communicated to owner upon his return on the Wednesday evening of our week’s stay.
There had been some confusion regarding how many guests would be staying and consequently only the double recess bed was made-up. The house can sleep four (although another website says six) so bedding provision should have been in place for the maximum possible. With insufficient bed-linen available some guests had to ‘make do’ until the following morning. Being unfitted it was evident that the duvets in the extension room were not in the best condition.
Looking back we had a great stay in Harris. Wonderful views, fantastic beaches, friendly people. However, in my opinion the standard of care and property is not appropriate for the fee charged.
On a general note. Many guests are probably unaware that there are no shops open on Sunday. So a word of advice - take at least some basic essentials e.g. milk, bread, coffee. There is a great wee cooperative store in Leverburgh.
Furthermore, having stayed in many other rental properties over the years I have friendly suggestion to owners ‘How about a small welcome pack of essentials?’
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