Scarista House

‘It’s a spectacular drive’ to this whitewashed manse in an ‘extraordinary setting’ on the west coast of Harris. More

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Scarista House
Western Isles
01859 550238

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6. 3 in annexe.




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

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all ages welcomed (early supper provided for young children).


allowed by arrangement.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B single £153–£165, double £218–£233. Set dinner £45–£52.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It’s a spectacular drive’ to this whitewashed manse in an ‘extraordinary setting’ on the west coast of Harris. Owned by Neil King and Patricia and Tim Martin, this is ‘a splendid small establishment’, say Guide inspectors in 2017. ‘Patricia greeted us in cheffing togs with a friendly smile; after we’d settled in, we were given a decadent tea – fresh home-baking, home-made jam.’ The house has a ‘lived-in feel’, with ‘squashy sofas and stuffed bookcases’; bedrooms are in the main building and Glebe House, across the rear garden. ‘We would have preferred to be in the main house, but our large room in the converted outbuilding was comfy enough. We had a soft bed and a good hospitality tray (despite the instant coffee); a glorious, high-ceilinged bathroom; a delightful anteroom for soaking in the sunset.’ Evenings, the hostess cooks a no-choice menu (dietary needs are ‘imaginatively accommodated’ with advance notice). ‘Dinner was a winner: we started with beautiful canapés; a flavourful soufflé followed, then Stornoway cod with a delicious pea, fennel and coriander purée.’ ‘Tasty breakfasts, too.’

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Scarista House
Western Isles

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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