We (me, my four children and three dogs) have just returned from a lovely week on the Isle of Lewis. Aros Cottage was perfect for us; lots of room for a party of 5 and an enclosed and secure large front garden that was ideal for letting the dogs have a run about.
There were lots of little nice extras in the cottage that saved me having to buy/bring things, e.g. dishwasher tablets, basic provisions/condiments, a welcome breakfast pack on arrival. The wooden floors throughout also stopped me having to worry about the wet dogs marking carpets and the leather sofa was easily wiped down if a dog sat on it.
The beach at nearby Europie is stunning and we swam very day on a different beach. We were lucky with the weather and wetsuits meant that the temperature of the sea didn't matter. We were also really lucky with the midges - no sign of them and not a single bite.
All in all a brilliant week on Lewis.
Arrived off the ferry at Tarbert drive to Lionel approx 2hrs stopped off at Tesco in Stornaway for a few provisions. Arrived at cottage early was met by Mary who was just finished cleaning she welcomed us in had a wee chat with us about what our plans for the few days we were there . Cottage was well equipped modern decorated very well in the living room there was an open fire kindling firefighters and peat all provided for you a welcome bonus as the weather was not very kind to us but that didn't dampen our spirits off we went exploring the beaches around Lionel amazing white sands although it was rainy still beautiful we visited the callanish stones , blackhouse village and luskentyre beach a must visit spectacular . Also in cottage there is a booklet with ideas of where to go places to see will definitely visit again
This cottage was ideal base for our week in Lewis and Harris. Its a lovely, spacious, modern, clean cottage that was great for us (myself and my dog) but would be idea for larger parties and families too. There is a modern well equipped kitchen with dining space this opens on to the lounge. There are three good sized bedrooms and a modern bathroom.
We were met at the cottage by the lady who looks after it and lives just behind it. She was very friendly and helpful. We did not have any queries through the week but I am sure she would have helped if we needed anything.
When we arrived there was a nice welcome pack with a bread, milk, bacon and eggs.
We were very lucky with the weather during out stay but if it had rained there is an amazing library of DVDs, books, nintendo games and board games to keep you occupied.
The front garden is an ideal space of dogs or children to play in. Its safe and secure.
Overall we had a great week. There is so much to see and do in Lewis and Harris and we would love to return one day.
The Cross Stores is a great little shop just a few minutes drive from the cottage: the staff were lovely and they have a good range of food and drinks available. Their black and white puddings were amazing!
One small thing to note is that everything pretty much is shut on Sundays. So make sure you have supplies to tide you over. We just walked to Ness beach on the Sunday and pottered about there. It was quite nice just to have a quiet day as it was our first proper day on the Island.
Lastly getting to the cottage is easy: when you get off the ferry follow the signs for Port of Ness then just before Ness you will arrive at Lionel. The cottage is on the left hand side about half wa through the village.
Overall we loved this cottage and had a great holiday!
Great week - blessed by kind weather.
House was ideal for our needs.
Peat was plentiful and much enjoyed.
Excellent situation for exploring Ness.
Coastal walk recommended
The inside of the bungalow is not what you expect at first sight. All the houses look pretty much the same up in that part of the world. However inside the place is well appointed and very modern. The house has loads of nice touches like toys and books for the kids plus DVDs and books for the adults.
The only downside during our trip was the miserable weather, we arrived late one night to a glorious sunset. However, for the next two days in was wind and rain non stop.
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