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“exceeded expectations”

Review of An Taigh Clach

'An Taigh Clach' (The Stone House), where you are assured of a warm welcome
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'An Taigh Clach' (The Stone House), where you are assured of a warm welcome
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105 reviews
'An Taigh Clach' (The Stone House), where you are assured of a warm welcome
180' panorama from the living area
Living area and multi fuel stove
Multifuel stove + a wee dram
Well equipped kitchen
Hallway to bedrooms and shower room
Shower room
Twin room
Double bedroom
Garden & utility shed
Peat - aromatic burning on a cool evening
Peat cutting - back breaking work but worth the effort
Sunset over Garenin - next stop America!
Kite surfing on a long summer's day
Doune Carloway Broch - 2 miles from 'An Taigh Clach'
Wild flowers
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Carloway, Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland

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qu0tha
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“exceeded expectations”
Reviewed 22 February 2012 for a stay in February 2012

My partner and I visited the Isle of Lewis for the first time and wanted to rent a cottage for our stay. We considered a number of other places but the reviews on this site encouraged us to choose an taigh clach. We chose wisely. The place is warm , comfortable and very well appointed. We had five days of peace and tranquility with every facility we could want, and more we didn't expect. The heated towel rail makes the bathroom super cosy. Not that the rest of the house isn't. The views were superb from the many windows in the large lounge. The location is also excellent for nearby sights, but is also excellent for a feeling of isolation. The single track road leading from the village of carloway back to stornoway is utterly bleak but at the same utterly magical.

Val was attentive and helpful throughout and even made the unusually kind offer of giving us an additional day free of charge should our flight have been cancelled by bad weather. The steaks included for us were some of the best we've ever tasted. The kitchen facilities were better than we have at home. I am finding it hard to think of anything that went wrong. We fully intend to return and can't recommend the place and our reception highly enough.

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Liked best: The views and comfort from the lounge
Liked least: I'm struggling with this
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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DunnP322
Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A wonderful , comfortable base for a fantastic holiday.”
Reviewed 4 January 2012 for a stay in June 2011

We went to the Outer Hebrides for the first time and, even though it was summer, we wanted somewhere confortable, warm and welcoming. This beautiful croft met all of our needs and we were pleasantly surprised by the extensive welcome pack of home baking, whiskey and wine. We also had a free delivery of freshly cooked and very tasty crab claws, from the owner, during the week.
This place is highly recommended by us, as are the Western Isles. We are definitely thinking about going back this year, it was so good.

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Liked best: It was very well equipped and comfortable.
Liked least: I can't think of anything.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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nantwich
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The Perfect Spot”
Reviewed 5 December 2011 for a stay in September 2010

What a wonderful base for exploring the Isle of Lewis! Everything you could possible think of to turn a self catering stay into a memorable holiday is provided ... and then more! Nothing was too much trouble. September is cool but wood and peat were provided for the stove so we were never cold. The friendly welcome combined with the whisky and scones only added to the warmth. The photographs speak for themselves but the real thing is even better. It may be a converted croft but every possible mod con is provided, a kitchen that would make most cooks envious, a warm and efficient shower, really comfortable furniture, plenty of books and dvds plus outside furniture for those special sunny days. And the evening sky can be memorable too so don't forget the camera. Truly a very special find, we will definitely return.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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FionaDalg...
Inverness, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful house and a very warm welcome”
Reviewed 29 November 2011 for a stay in July 2011

I stayed at An Taigh Clach with a group of teenage musicians who were rehearsing for a forthcoming tour. The house is in an inspirational, beautiful setting and Valerie made us feel very welcome leaving local lamb from the croft in the freezer, as well as homemade baking and a welcome dram for the adults! I would love to go back for a family holiday!

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photolass
Telford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fabulous welcome - everything you could possibly want is provided”
Reviewed 28 November 2011 for a stay in November 2011

A great location and a house that allows you to see what the weather is doing so you can work out which direction to head in - very important for photographers. The house is beautifully furnished with lots of thought given to the details. It was cosy despite the strong winds. Certainly no problem keeping warm in November. The lamb and scones waiting for us were also a special touch. We would love to return another year.
Some lovely bays very close by - see photo below.

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Liked best: The welcome and the location
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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