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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
Soggiorno e stufa a combustibile a più
Living & cucina zona
Cucina ben attrezzata
Corridoio alle camere da letto e bagno con doccia
Cabina doccia
Camera doppia
Camera da letto doppia
Garden & utility capannone
Sunset over Garenin - next stop America!
Kite surfing on a long summer's day
Multifuel stove + a wee dram
Peat - aromatic burning on a cool evening
Peat cutting - back breaking work but worth the effort
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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PylonPete
Yantai, China
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The best there is”
Reviewed 10 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We have stayed in many properties over the years, but we have never experienced the sincere desire to please and attention to detail given by the MacDonalds. Absolutely everything you need is provided, including lamb in the freezer and wine to get you started! We took an inflatable dingy for fishing and visiting the islands. There is an excellent slipway and secure place to leave a boat just a mile away.The drying room was superb for our wetsuits and stuff, they should make more of this in their adverts. There is even a hose on a reel that will reach the car park for washing stuff, or into the field to wash off sand, so it doesn't make a mess.The peat stove was wonderful. I had some work to do whilst i was there whilst the others enjoyed themselves. Sitting in the lounge with the windows all round and the fantastic view made it an idyllic place to work. This must be the best property to rent on Lewis.

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Liked best: Genuine care by owners who did everything in great detail to ensure our stay was perfect.
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Friends
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douglas s
penicuik
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Comfort and tranquility a perfect holiday cottage”
Reviewed 29 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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This is our second stay at An Taigh Clach and we will return.
We were welcomed by Valerie who had a peat fire burning in the stove, I spied scones, butter, jam and cakes in the kitchen. Valerie made us feel so welcome,It was like coming home. The accommodation is all to the highest standard, with safe parking for the car.
As with our previous visit we had a very happy and relaxing holiday.

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Liked best: The scenery and the peace.
Liked least: Leaving An Taigh Clach
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ian M
Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Absolute perfection”
Reviewed 28 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

This is our 3rd visit and we expect to have many more. The house is just idyllic and the hospitality of the owners is second to none.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing at all.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Joanis
Inverness
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A well equipped home from home, friendly hosts that make your stay extra special.”
Reviewed 15 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013

We booked this self-catering cottage based on the reviews on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. The cottage is easy to find as the photos are exactly how it looks. The owners were more than helpful and gave accurate directions before we even arrived. We found it ideal for travelling around the island.
I have been to other self catering houses and took more than required, there was everything we needed and more. The kitchen is particularly well equipped, a good selection of topical books, a photographic history of the renovation of the property is particularly interesting and you appreciate the property and the work carried out by Callum and his family even more. Free Wi-fi was great too.
A very warm and friendly welcome was given and very quickly we felt like we were visiting friends. Personal touches like home baking, a lit fire, decanter of whisky and wine made all the difference. Dvds for the kids and outdoor games kept our young children amused. There was plenty of space for them to play with their Lego and cars in the living area. The boys enjoyed their visit to see the newly born lambs and calf at Valerie and Callum's croft. We took a travel cot which sat in the living room and our youngest slept better than he has ever done at home!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will definitely come back to this lovely place. We enjoyed getting to know our hosts and have made new friends. If you like to stay in surroundings that are warm, comfortable and have stunning views then this is the place for you!

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Liked best: The friendliness of the owners
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kelly750
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Lovely house in a stunning location”
Reviewed 10 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013

Myself and a group of friends stayed in the property for a week in the beginning of April. The house was located in a stunning location with amazing views that I loved waking up to each morning. The owners were very hospitable and couldn't have done anything more to make sure our stay was perfect. We were even able to go and see their new born lambs and cattle during our stay.

The house was ideally situated to enable us to go on walks around the headland and access the nearby beach of Dalmor and the various attractions such as the Carloway Broch and the Standing Stones. In the evenings we found the house great for relaxing by the log burner, drinking wine and watching the sun go down over the stunning scenery outside.

I will definitely be returning- hopefully in the near future!

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Liked best: The stunning scenery and location of the property
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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