Scarista House

In a ‘remarkable’ setting on the remote west coast of Harris, this ‘peaceful’ whitewashed manse soothes frazzled souls with the ‘wonderfully laid-back, professional’ hospitality within. More

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Scarista House
Scarista
Isle of Harris
HS3 3HX
Scotland
01859 550238
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

6. 3 in annexe.

Open

Mar–14 Dec.

Facilities

2 sitting rooms, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi in most bedrooms and all public areas, wedding facilities,1-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, early supper provided for young children.

Dogs

allowed by arrangement.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £220–£245. Set meals £44–£52.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a ‘remarkable’ setting on the remote west coast of Harris, this ‘peaceful’ whitewashed manse soothes frazzled souls with the ‘wonderfully laid-back, professional’ hospitality within. It is owned by Neil King and Patricia and Tim Martin. Guide correspondents praise its ‘characterful simplicity’. The house has rugs on wooden floors, comfortable sofas, art on the walls; log fires burn in cosy public rooms. Peruse ‘the wealth of books’ in the downstairs library (joined, perhaps, by the resident dog and cat); in the pet-free drawing room, find the quiet writing desk with an inspiring view of the ocean. Take in the sea views, too, from any of the bedrooms spread out between the main house and adjacent Glebe House, each thoughtfully decorated with furniture and fabrics that reflect the history of the place. Come dinnertime, the ‘fantastic’ no-choice menus can be adapted for most dietary needs with notice. Wild, organic and home-produced ingredients are used as much as possible; fish and game feature – Stornoway halibut, Harris Minch langoustines, Lewis quail’s eggs, garden-fresh vegetables. ‘Superb’ breakfasts.

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Scarista House
Scarista
Isle of Harris
HS3 3HX

Guest comments

'A splendid small establishment that’s built a well-deserved reputation for excellent feasting at dinner and for its privileged position overlooking one of the most extraordinary locations in the British isles. Wonderfully decadent afternoon tea. Everything a bit lived in. Bedroom large and comfy but bed too soft. A wonderful bathroom. ' - EH - March, 2017
'Our stay coincided with my wife's 50th Birthday and we couldn't have been in a more beautiful place. The setting and peacefulness are remarkable. Wonderfully laid back but professional service, character, simplicity and, most importantly fantastic food! Every day the set dinner was delicious. Superb breakfasts. Tim and Patricia so hard working and delightful. Maude the pug delectable!! A truly wonderful experience. ' - Nigel Mackintosh - July, 2013
'I enjoyed staying at a hotel with such a wonderful position. We had two of the bedrooms in the outbuilding with a sitting area with a lovely view. The bathroom needed a bit of TLC. Nice sitting room and dining room. Friendly service and excellent food. A nice atmosphere altogether. ' - David Craig - August, 2012

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