Kabuis Holiday Cottages, South Shawbost, Isle of Lewis
Located on a 6 acre croft on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, Kabuis provides a one bedroomed self catering apartment and a two bedroom holiday chalet.
Neil and Rhoda's 6-acre croft borders Loch a Bhaile, where boat and bank fishing are available to guests - brown trout and, in season, the odd sea trout or salmon are to be had, with the occasional flounder to startle the unwary. The whole locality is rich in wildlife - red-throated divers nest on Loch a Bhaile; skylarks trill and snipe flutter; through June and July, the corncrakes boom, and you might even see an otter.
Nothing is rushed here: there are no deadlines, no office grind, no urgency. As we like to say here in the West - when the Good Lord made time, he made plenty of it.
Where else can one find all this:-
Rich Hebridean tradition.
Golden sandy beaches.
The sound of silence.
At the east wing of 25 South Shawbost is their original and most attractive self-catering unit in the space that was once Rhoda's father's workshop. A self-contained ground-floor wing, it's ideal for a couple, though further rooms are available by arrangement in the main house. (Incidentally, the family home, with its attractive proportions and lovely woodwork, was built by Rhoda's father, Angus Murray, and is one of the most solid and original in the district.)
The kitchen is fully equipped and pleasantly finished and the sitting room boasts interesting island books, a colour television (and video collection) and even some CDs to play on the stereo. The main bedroom is a double room, complete with immaculate en suite facilities.
Across the road is their second self-catering facility - a newly built, tastefully furnished chalet-style cottage, boasting one twin and one double bedroom as well as a spacious lounge - stocked with interesting books - the magnificently fitted kitchen/dining room and a bathroom with all conveniences. Ideal for, say, a young family, the cottage also boasts a decked, verandah area to the south and west where guests may particularly enjoy sitting of an evening before one of our celebrated local sunsets.
In both units linen and towels are provided and the price is, of course, inclusive of full central heating and gas-cooking; electricity in the chalet, being a separate building, is metered. The facilities are well maintained and the Macleod's "welcome package" for all new arrivals includes fresh flowers and fruit, with the choice of tea and coffee and a selection from the day's home baking.
Oh, and - yes - Rhoda and Neil are delighted to welcome children and dogs are also welcomed by arrangement with a extra fee being charged.
Their Kabuis facilities are justly renowned for attention to detail - you'll marvel at the tasteful, contemporary décor, the high quality of fittings and finishes, the provision of every utensil, gadget, and comfort the Macleods could think of - and, of course, they are never far away if you need anything else.
Shawbost beach is twenty minutes or so distant, by foot along the northern lane past Loch a Bhaile, and a turn up the road in the opposite direction quickly takes you out to stunning clifftop scenery - don't miss the chance to visit the astonishing Geodha an-t Uill, the "Gorge of the Hole", where the Atlantic floods in by an almost invisible natural arch to a large, enclosed arena well in from the open sea. (Before the war, coach-parties used to travel from Stornoway to see this phenomenon.)
Mind you, you might have a job getting past Calum, the crofter next door to Neil and Rhoda, who is keenly interested in everyone and everybody and will regale even total strangers with a cup of tea - or sometimes, for those signally favoured, not tea.
And Rusti is likely to follow you down the road a bit - don't worry: he'll find his own way home if you lose him.
4 Star Visit Scotland.
Disabled facilities - please enquire for exact details.
Telephone: 01851 710461
Email: [email protected]
Sleeps: 1 to 4