Scarista House

Scarista, Western Isles

There are few more remote hotels in the Guide than this Georgian former manse, in a ‘spectacular’ setting between a white-sand beach and heather-clad mountains. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There are few more remote hotels in the Guide than this Georgian former manse, in a ‘spectacular’ setting between a white-sand beach and heather-clad mountains. Run by Patricia Martin and her husband, Tim, it is a welcoming place, where new arrivals are greeted with a pot of leaf tea, home-baked cake and scones. Lounges have a cosy, ‘lived-in’ feel, with ‘squashy sofas’ and a real fire. Three of the bedrooms are in an annexe. Lily has a super-king-size bed, a bookshelf bedhead stocked with Penguin classics, and an anteroom in which to sit and watch the sunset. The decor may be a mite dated, but there is praise for a ‘wonderful, spotless bathroom’ with a bath to wallow in and a powerful overhead shower. Dinner is composed of organic, wild and home-produced ingredients. A typical menu: Uist crab tart; navarin of Lewis lamb; fresh figs, brown-bread ice cream and langues de chat. At breakfast there is Ayrshire bacon, Stornoway sausages, Inverawe kipper, Salar smoked 
salmon, eggs from the house hens when they are laying. Then a visit to one of the island’s tweed weavers is a must.

Hotel details

Address

Scarista
Isle of Harris
Western Isles
HS3 3HX
Scotland

Telephone

01859 550238

Bedrooms

6. 3 in annexe.

Open

9–30 Nov 2020, Mar–mid-Oct.

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.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms and 
1 public room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £165–£180, double £233–£250. 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