Scarista House

Isle of Harris, Western Isles

‘Excellent food’ and a ‘lovely’ welcome await visitors to Tim and Patricia Martin and Neil King’s former manse overlooking the Maldivian-blue seas and sugar-white sands of a bite-shaped cove. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Excellent food’ and a ‘lovely’ welcome await visitors to Tim and Patricia Martin and Neil King’s former manse overlooking the Maldivian-blue seas and sugar-white sands of a bite-shaped cove. ‘You’d never guess you were in the Outer Hebrides.’ Arriving guests are treated to a delicious afternoon tea of ‘tasty vegan scones (with advance notice)’, ‘scrumptious’ Victoria sponge and proper leaf tea, served in the library by ‘delightful’ local staff. Squashy sofas and walls of books and photos fill this ‘homey’ room and the drawing room upstairs. Bedrooms have a similar mix of antiques and modern furniture, ‘good bedside lighting’, well-stocked hospitality tray. ‘Ours, in the converted outbuildings, had glorious sea views and a powerful shower. All that could be heard at night was the muted sound of the sea.’ Dinner, cooked by Patricia, using organic, foraged and home-made produce, is ‘pleasingly inventive and utterly delicious’. Garlicky Harris langoustine; spinach-beetroot dumplings; cinnamon ice cream. The cooked breakfast is ‘almost as good’, with the addition of a ‘tasty’ buffet (‘excellent home-made granola’) and ‘good strong coffee’.

Hotel details

Address

Scarista
Isle of Harris
Western Isles
HS3 3HX
Scotland

Telephone

01859 550238

Bedrooms

6. 3 in annexe.

Open

3 Apr–23 Oct.

Facilities

drawing room, library, 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.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms and 
1 public room.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £165–£180, double £230–£248. Set dinner £50. Advance 1-night bookings refused.

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