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“Idyllic Retreat”
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Very good
22 reviews
Alt Dubh
Spa Room
Approaching down the single track lane
A walk to the sea from the cottage door
A view from every window
surrounding landscape
Garden and view
Sauna
Hot Tub
Lounge
Dining Room
Kitchen
Bathroom
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1 view
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2 view
Rush hour traffic
One of the many fantastic beaches
Dawn looking out from the cottage
Sunset at Bosta beach Great Bernera
Hebridean Winter
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, The Hebrides, Scotland

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kaos757
Darlington, United Kingdom
1 review
“Idyllic Retreat”
Reviewed 13 June 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Couldn't fault anything about this cottage both inside and out. A beautiful property in a beautiful part of the Hebrides, with mountain, sea and Loch views.

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Sophie N
1 review
“wonderful holidays”
Reviewed 5 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We loved the cottage in a beautiful location. We stayed there with our two children for about a week. The accommodation is fantastic. The hot tub was a highlight... wonderful view relaxing in the hot water. In the decoration, everything is chosen with great taste and the rooms are really cute. The kitchen is really small though, and if like us you like to cook at home instead of eating out you have to become creative... but we still managed tasty crumbles in the oven... We loved our stay there and the island is incredibly full of activities in the open despite the wet weather. The notebook written by all the previews guests is great to read to get walking ideas... Thanks again for your lovely cottage

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Liked best: hot tub
Liked least: small kitchen and lack of hanger for the wet clothes
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
24 Aug 2016
Dear Sophie
Thank you for your kind words. It was nice to meet you and your lovely family. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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Chloe B
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely Visit”
Reviewed 5 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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My partner and I had a brilliant stay at Alt Dubh. The cottage is in a lovely location with outstanding views. We often decided to go for a walk and came across a peaceful rocky beach nearby that we found ourselves sitting on for a few hours looking out to sea.

The cottage itself felt very homely, particularly because of the fire places in the living and dining rooms that we lit every evening. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. The bathroom was simply stunning.

My favourite room of the house was the one with the hot tub and sauna that have been fitted indoors so there was no chill to ruin the experience. However the large window meant you could still enjoy the view. I spent every evening of our stay sat in the hot tub with my partner in the sauna watching the sky change colour. Gorgeous.

I would definitely stay at Alt Duhb again and would recommend it to anyone that is looking
for a peaceful holiday with no disturbances or pressures from the outside world. Thank you

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Liked best: The hot tub
Liked least: That we had to go home
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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Sharon C
Isle of Barra, United Kingdom
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“Avoid at all costs unless you like being ripped off and freezing cold!”
Reviewed 8 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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I am so upset by having to write this review.
We live out on the Western Isles and have never rented a property so poorly presented or so expensive.
I hesitated to write this as a previous bad reviewer had the threat of the deposit not being returned but I will not be bullied.
We arrived to find the cottage FREEZING COLD! a seriously wet and cold day in February and not even one electric heater had been left on. Instead a basket of soaking wet logs, no kindling, no firelighters awaited and a pitiful bucket of coal bits and pieces.
The bathroom was so cold we did not want to shower...next idea lets get in the hot tub to warm us up?! ...but NO that was cold too...and takes 8 hours? to heat up.
Back to the shower then with a trickle of hot water and freezing cold environment..oh the kitchen hot tap doesn't work either as pointed out previously in reviews and the cottages comment book.
After our first night without hardly any heat wearing almost all of our thermals and outdoor hats, we awoke to the single glazed metal windows streaming with condensation..no view through that! The dead flies on the floor and slight grubbiness was disappointing. Hard to ignore the woodchip and emulsion wallcoverings as by then as we were sliding into total despair of the place. So a trip out on our first day to find logs, kindling, firelighters and coal...think we spent around £40 on fuel on top of the rental.
Oh by the way the coal fire in the lounge has no baffle plate, therefore all the heat goes up the chimney. We then arrive home to find that a booking fee that has not been mentioned before of £54 was being added to the £110 a night!! TOTAL RIP OFF! You do not deserve that amount per night for such a poorly presented property.
We took plenty of photographs to prove our points.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: overall lack of care for guests ..they just want your money
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
24 Mar 2016
For the benefit of future guests I will address these points.
There is a heater in every room. The woodburners are additional as guests often like the ambience/glow of the flames. It is something not everyone has these days—a live fire. For this reason we supply an initial supply of kindling, wood and coal---it is not required to heat the house
The bathroom had a total refurb in February. The shower is brand new and works perfectly well and as it should. We will install an additional heater if we find the now tiled floor has made this necessary.
The kitchen tap does work. You need to run it a little while to allow the hot water time to come through.
The lounge heater is a new storage heater that blasts a lot of heat out---it is left on prior to all guests arriving. In fact it is always on as we keep the house warm in the winter even when no one is in.
The hot tub does take 8 hours to heat and hasn’t always reached its optimum temperature when guests arrive early, especially when we have back to back bookings and Saturday changeovers. In this case we prepared the hot tub the previous day as we always do if no one is in the cottage and we can do so.
I have many excellent and good reviews from people who appreciated and enjoyed what we have on offer here. The cottage carries a premium because it has a spa room which is unique and not available with other properties. This facility is costly to maintain and provide during lettings. Short breaks are more expensive per night than full weeks as in any business of this nature there are standard costs incurred each letting that need to be absorbed.
I accept there are some single glazed crittle windows . Whilst I am reluctant to lose the character these provide we are in the process of replacing these with new doubled glazed windows as is the case in the newly fitted bathroom.
In respect of the booking fee. When booking on Holiday lettings or indeed Trip Advisor the full price is quoted (which includes the booking fee) on the same page you enter your card payment details on. You pay the amount shown on this screen. I do not personally charge a booking fee and do not add any payments when you return home. It is a part of the payment which is paid direct to Holiday Lettings at the very beginning of the booking process.
The damage deposit is exactly that. I do not attempt to use it in any other way. This is returned to you automatically by Holiday Lettings 10 days after you check out.
I do honestly believe that there should be a system to rate guests who stay. Airbnb have this system. Businesses would then be better able to make a decision re potential guests they may not wish to have.
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Stephanie...
1 review
“Christmas at Alt Dubh”
Reviewed 23 February 2016 for a stay in December 2015

We had the best Christmas at Alt Dubh. The cottage is clean cosy and has the most amazing view. We came here to get away from it all and we truly did not want to leave. Please do not be put off by some of the reviews, they do not match our experience.

This cottage has had lots of work done to it and it is clear the owners take pride in this gem of a cottage. The hot tub and sauna is such a luxury to come home to. The bedrooms are warm and the beds comfortable, the kitchen well equipped with everything you need to cook up a feast!

Plenty of books board games and DVD's to keep you entertained on a dark night and again the hot tub is just bliss!

The owners are so helpful and considerate too, I really can't recommend this place enough.

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