Scarista House

Scarista, Western Isles

The only sounds are the soughing of the sea and the cry of gulls at this remote Georgian manse in an 'extraordinary setting' between a three-mile sandy beach and heather-clad mountains. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The only sounds are the soughing of the sea and the cry of gulls at this remote Georgian manse in an ‘extraordinary setting’ between a three-mile sandy beach and heather-clad mountains. Patricia and Tim Martin are good, hands-on hosts. The house feels ‘a bit lived in’, with ‘a homely atmosphere’ and comfy sitting room, just the place for an indulgent afternoon tea by the fire. Bedrooms – three in an annexe with picture windows to frame the spectacular sea view – are entirely traditional. Elsa has antique furniture, views over the garden to the beach, and from the bathroom to Taransay and the North Harris hills. Families opt for Flora, with king-size bed, a single bed, a sofa bed in the sitting room, and a galley kitchen for self-catering. But Patricia’s cooking is too good to miss. Everything from bread and biscuits to cakes and ice cream are home-made and the Martins are praised for their ‘noble insistence on high-quality, largely organic ingredients’. A nightly-changing no-choice menu might include navarin of Lewis lamb or marmalade frangipane tart. Given notice, they catered royally for a vegan Guide insider.

Hotel details

Address

Scarista
Isle of Harris
Western Isles
HS3 3HX
Scotland

Telephone

01859 550238

Bedrooms

6. 3 in annexe.

Open

1 Mar–30 Nov.

Facilities

drawing room, library, 2 dining rooms, Wi-Fi not available in some bedrooms, wedding facilities, 1-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £20.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (no charge) and 1 public room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £246, singles from £190. Set dinner £49.50–£57. Advance 1-night bookings refused.

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Comments about Scarista House

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

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide