A Hotel in Outer Hebrides
There has been a tradition of hospitality at Scarista House for a couple of hundred years. In former times the minister who lived in this Georgian manse, now a Grade B listed building, would have played host to visitors to his church; now it is a comfortable small hotel where guests can enjoy traditional comfort in six guest rooms, open fires in the sitting rooms and natural, skilled cooking and good wines in the dining room.
Self catering cottage also available.
Scarista House is owned by Neil King, Patricia Martin and Tim Martin and is run by the proprietors, Tim and Patricia Martin.
- 5 x Double
- 1 x Twin
- Full Cooked Breakfast
- Continental Breakfast
- Evening Meals
- Sitting Room
- Parking on site
- Luggage Storage
- Guests get own house keys
- Dogs welcome by arrangement
- Afternoon Tea and cake
- Own Private Lounge
- Free Parking
- Check-in between: 14:00h and 21:00h.
Isle of Harris
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Type: Double Capacity: 2 adults Bathroom: Ensuite Bath and Shower In Room: DOT is a 1st floor bedroom with a kingsize double bed, a small ensuite bathroom and is the only bedroom in the main house which directly faces the sea.
Type: Double Capacity: 2 adults Bathroom: Ensuite Bath and Shower In Room: HANNAH, a 1st floor bedroom, has a kingsize double bed, a large ensuite bathroom and has south facing views over the garden to the church with the beach and the sea beyond.
Type: Twin Capacity: 2 adults Bathroom: Ensuite Bath and Shower In Room: ELSA is a twin room next to HANNAH with the same lovely views. The bathroom window looks north to Taransay and the hills of North Harris in the distance.
Type: Double Capacity: 2 adults 1* child Bathroom: Ensuite Bath and Shower In Room: LILY is a ground floor room (2 steps to entrance) at the south end of Glebe House, which is just across the garden from the main house. From the super-kingsize bed you can enjoy uninterrupted views over to the sea. It has a little sitting room with full length windows to take advantage of the lovely views. There is a small double sofa bed in the sitting room.
Type: Double Capacity: 2 adults 1* child Bathroom: Ensuite Bath and Shower In Room: LUCY, which is next to LILY, is also a ground floor room (2 steps to entrance. It has twin beds which can be joined to make a super-kingsize double. It also has its own little sitting room with full length windows (with sofa bed) with the same lovely views as from LILY.
Type: Double Capacity: 2 adults 1 child Bathroom: Ensuite Bath and Shower In Room: FLORA is the largest suite, also with lovely views, making it ideally suited for families. It is a ground floor room with two steps to the entrance but there is also a ramp. The bedroom has a kingsize bed and a single bed. The large sitting room has a double sofa bed. Off the sitting room is a fully-equipped galley kitchen.
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The Private House Stay's Guide
The Outer Hebrides is a chain of islands over 100 miles long, (the Inner hebrides are islands between the Outer Hebrides and the mainland of Scotland). They have west coast beaches that rival the Caribbean - as highlighted in the Sunday Times when Luskentrye beach on Harris was considered to be in the top 10 of beaches in the world. There are also many sites of international archaeological significance such as the Callinish Stones on Lewis which are over 5000 years old and some believe older and more relevant than Stonehenge. The Outer Hebrides are the last bastion of the old Highland life. Though newer industries such as fish farming have been introduced, the traditional occupations of crofting, fishing and weaving still dominate, and outside Stornoway on Lewis (the largest town within the islands) life is very much a traditional one, revolving around the seasons and the tides.