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The Rock House

Price: from £1,760 per week sleeps 2

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A 5-star self-catering dwelling built within a Rock Garden on the isle of Harris

Nestled within a garden of ancient stone and heather, The Rock House boasts beautiful luxury self-catering facilities on the Isle of Harris in an intimate dwelling, designed for two, with an aspect overlooking Borve beach.

The aim of the design was to blend the house into the existing natural rock terraces which are common to the Isle of Harris. In addition to this, standing stones and massive iconic rocks comprise the walls, the heaviest being 9.5 tons. Furthermore, a turf roof is contiguous with the peaty hillside. The luxury self catering property also has raw unfinished boards of weather-worn larch.  These boards have been crafted to form the external woodwork.

Inside, a simple minimalist design approach has been employed.  Raw furniture has been made from driftwood and natural materials throughout. Grey tiles and wooden floorboards are heated underneath. Dark slate married with sparkling Gneiss rocks makes up shelves: the mason warned that these may start to sag in 20,000 years. Similarly, the fireplace sits on a Gneiss rock of significance, and it looks as if the house has been built around it. Beams from an old wharf make the fireplace mantel. Much of the furniture and fittings have been crafted from driftwood.

An imposing coastal retreat

Whatever the weather, the Rock House is the perfect place to watch the Atlantic waves roll in.   Floor to ceiling panoramic windows provide stunning sea views. And if you feel like snuggling down and settling in, just draw the thick sumptuous curtains and relax on the chaise sofa.  As a result, The Rock House provides a luxury self-catering experience in the dramatic Hebridean landscape of the Isle of Harris.

The bedroom, with its bespoke superking bed, leads to the large bathroom with ‘his and hers’ sinks anchored on slate slabs.  Furthermore, woodwork has been shaped from driftwood that we found washed up on Borve beach, originating from where, we do not know. A standalone deep bath is ready for those who like a good long soak. A spacious wet space behind glass provides for anyone who prefers a power shower. Hot water throughout the house comes from an air source heat pump.

The Rock House is open all year round for weekly bookings. Short stays of 3 or 4 nights are also available.  Check-in days are Saturday and Wednesday.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept bookings for guests with  children or pets in the Rock House.

Please note  The Rock House is strictly no smoking or vaping.

Short Term Let Licence Number:  ES00044F.     EPC rating:  D

Quick Summary

The Rock House Reviews

"We'd only been here for 2 hours when we saw a merlin flash past the sitting room window and land on the rock wall behind the dining area-what a great start! We've had the most wonderfully relaxing time staying in this perfect spot. Thank you."
A. Cheshire
"Absolutely stunning property and location-just so relaxing. Great welcome pack and super book selection. Thank you so much!"
I & P
"A fantastic relaxing place. Waking up to that view every morning was a joy!"
S & P, Wolverhampton
"Wonderful stay in an amazing property. Pity it's been so short. Mixed weather did not dampen the enjoyment of golf, walks and the beaches!"
J & N, Jersey
"Beautiful. Magical. Restorative. We are both very sad to leave Harris, and in particular The Rock House-wish we could stay here forever."
H & D, New York
"This was our first visit to Harris we had a fantastic week at the Rock House. Upon arrival we found everything to be in perfect condition and were warmly welcomed by the staff. The welcome pack of local goodies and sparkly stuff was much appreciated as was the supply of logs and kindling. The Hebridean weather was not always kind to us but it was a joy to sit in the comfort of the Rock House watching the waves crash on to a sandy beach not far away whilst the log burner kept as warm and cosy. A selection of good movies, books and games to helped keep us occupied on rainy days."
DW, Edinburgh

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