Guestbook

Perfect! Superb accommodation for two.  Magnificent views out of the windows. Thoughtfully and tastefully appointed.  Good selection of books and music. Loved it.

David, June 2018

Our stay in the cottage was fantastic. Everything was perfect! Once the mild wet weather cleared we had some amazing sunny days, cool easterly winds but clear, always seems to favour NW Scotland. Very lucky! The weather was so good we did not leave the island for the entire duration, preferring to wander around the island rather than drive anywhere. Some good wildlife too. We did not book our return ferry as we left our  plans open. We ended up going to Stornoway and across to Ullapool on the way home, as this was the only available ferry to book. Nice to see Harris and Lewis. Stopped in Ullapool and saw some amazing scenery on the way back through the Highlands.  An excellent trip, we will definitely be back.

Nathan and Suzanne, West Yorkshire, March 2018

 
We’ve had SUCH a lovely holiday! It was lovely to spend time in your second home, and the cottage was just beyond all our expectations, so cosy and comfortable. We loved the fact that it was so close to the sea. Thank you for suggesting the special music and poetry events and it was a treat to meet your Berneray and North Uist friends. The weather in the second part of our week was more mixed but it didn’t stop us getting out and about and when the sun came out on our last day, we just felt so lucky to be enjoying Berneray and East beach in the sunshine.
 
Ann and Kathy, Shropshire, March 2018
 
We just wanted to drop you a note to say that we had an absolutely lovely stay at the cottage and on Berneray. The cottage is so lovely and cosy and we had the absolute luck of having two or three days of bright sunshine, so much that we got sunburnt on our walk along the West beach.
We really loved our stay and will be coming back to the Hebrides again and again!
 
Philip B, February 2018

“Beautiful cottage in super location, the owner and the housekeeper both are very friendly and helpful, nice place to calm down , perfect beaches to discover maritime wildlife!”

Ulrike, November 2017

“If you are looking for a base to explore the Outer Hebrides, Backhill Cottage should be on anyone’s shortlist and it is only a short walk from the Berneray ferry and a 20 minute drive from the ferry terminal in Lochmaddy. First impressions surpassed all our expectations – especially the location – only metres from the sea, which is perfect for bird, seal and otter spotting, and there was something very restful about tuning into the rise and fall of the tides. The cottage is really well laid out for 2 people and incredibly cosy and tastefully decorated – the stove that was set for our arrival didn’t have to be lit in the week we spent there. The massive bed with a sea view was special as was the power shower that set us up for each day. We arrived to find chilled prosecco and nibbles in the fridge – a gesture much appreciated. The bookshelves are full of guides, maps and literature which complement the island experience. The beaches on Berneray and the neighbouring islands are up there with the best in the world and we spent a lot of time exploring the dunes, surf and rockpools – the closest only a short walk from the cottage.
As seasoned cottage renters we could find absolutely nothing to fault about Backhill Cottage and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for accommodation on the islands.”
 
Colin, October 2017
 
“We were there at the end of September 2017. The cottage itself is delightful and beautifully furnished. The bed is very wide and very comfortable ~ the views of the sunrise from the bedroom window were exquisite. Watching the seals from inside or out in the garden was a wonderful experience. Walking on either East or West beach with our dog exported us to other parts of the world – the beaches are so very beautiful! At times it was very windy and so to be tucked up inside listening to the elements was a special pleasure. We found the people on the island very friendly, offering us suggestions on walks and places to visit. Altogether a holiday which will stay with us, giving us wonderful memories.”
 
Pat and Janet, Shropshire, September 2017
 
“Enjoyed the stay and while it’s our third time on the islands, we’ve never stayed on Berneray before and glad we did. Otters, seals, red-throated divers all from the sitting room window. Hen Harriers on the way to the Co-op! The house has a Lobster wind-vane!”  
 
Chris, September 2017
 
“Well equipped, very comfortable and fantastic views from the lounge.” Maria, August 2017
 
“30 Backhill is the most wonderful cottage I have ever stayed in. It has everything you could want or need, windows that look over a seal colony, and is a walk away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the Hebrides. It was almost impossible to leave and I’ll be booking my next stay as soon as possible!”  
 
August 2017
 
“The house is sitting right on the water’s edge in the most peaceful location. Everything inside is top quality with lots of local art work and Hebridean touches. The biggest bed we have ever slept in with lovely duvet and sheets. We wouldn’t change a thing about it – a cosy home from home. The house was spotlessly clean when we arrived and beautifully maintained. We were very lucky to see the Island in wonderful sunshine and spent every day walking and biking in the fabulous countryside. The 2 beaches are perfect and almost deserted. If you are looking for a quiet holiday then this is the place for you.”  
 
Anne M, July 2017
 

“This was our third visit to Berneray, and to this beautiful cottage. Only a short drive from the ferry at Lochmaddy the property is set in a lovely location, very close to a rocky shore and you can watch the seals from the living room window! 

The owners were extremely helpful and responsive during the booking process, very pleasant to deal with, and keen to ensure that we enjoyed our holiday. The cottage is furnished to a very high standard, is in excellent condition and was spotlessly clean. There are lots of Harris tweed accessories (rugs, curtains, cushions) and lovely Denby crockery. I’m a keen cook, and the kitchen had everything I needed. The bedroom is beautiful – lovely crisp white bed linen and a very comfortable bed.

For colder days there is a lovely log burning stove, two very comfy sofas and a fantastic selection of books. 

The cottage is very well situated for exploring Berneray’s beaches – East Beach can be reached on foot and West Beach is a short drive away. West Beach is especially lovely. On North Uist there are further beaches – we especially liked Clachan Sands. There is a great array of wildlife – great for birdwatchers and those, like me, who love wildflowers. We had great weather and spent at least half of our days on the beaches – and even came away with a tan!

Berneray has a little local museum located just along the road from the cottage, a small (but perfect) craft shop (The Coral Box) situated at the harbour and a well-stocked grocery (Ardmaree Stores) – with a cafe attached. In Lochmaddy the arts centre – Taigh Chearsabhagh – is excellent. We saw two great exhibitions there, and also looked at some of the archive material. It has a nice little shop and cafe too.

Staying at 30 Backhill is a wonderful, relaxing experience – the cottage is luxurious and a joy to stay in. You won’t be disappointed!”

Jane A, July 2017

“Beautiful, cosy renovated black house on the lovely, peaceful island of Berneray. As mentioned previously, photos don’t do it justice! We spent the week with binoculars glued to our eyes as we watched the seals and local bird life. Only regret was we didn’t see any otters…..maybe next time!”

Edinburgh, June 2017

“This cottage was perfect. It has been renovated with taste and attention to detail, relaxation and comfort. Huge bed, great bathroom, serious shower. It is also prepared for the new arrivals to a very high standard, spankingly clean, with nice touches such as candles, fire ready to be lit, storage heaters on so it’s warm as you walk in. If the tide is in in the morning it is like waking up on board ship, you look out of the bedroom window and just see water, it is that close to the sea. When the tide is out, there are always seals on the rocks just a few metres away. Views from the garden seat to Skye and Harris. Simply wonderful.”

Jill D, May 2017

“Superb cottage in an idyllic setting overlooking the sea. Beautifully furnished and well equipped, as well as spotlessly clean throughout. Very warm and cosy inside. Excellent beach walks nearby. Seals bask on the rocks in front of the cottage, and bird life is also abundant. We found Berneray a very friendly island. Cottage owners Hilary and Anna were extremely helpful and well organised. Would highly recommend this cottage.”  

Gordon G, Edinburgh, April 2017

“This was an excellent cottage to explore Berneray and North Uist. We were extremely comfortable in the cottage and enjoyed long evenings in the warmth of the stove which meant it was warm and cosy when we woke. The cottage was spotless and is well maintained and we did not want for anything. We did not have a need to contact the housekeeper as all was good. 

We spent many an hour watching the seals or bird spotting from the window with the field binoculars. The maps and abundance of books were excellent and helpful. We were pleased to have a bike cover for our bikes. 

We loved walking the West Beach loop where we spotted the otter and the Udal Peninsula where we saw a Gyr Falcon and Golden Eagles were seen on a number of our outings.

All information from owners was helpful and very prompt and we felt welcome in their second home. 

The Ardmaree Stores was well stocked and friendly and for local seafaring Hebridean wool we would recommend The Birlinn Yarn Company.

We would not hesitate to recommend.”  

Alison, March 2017

“Wonderful cottage right at the water’s edge. The property was immaculate, very well equipped with all the facilities you need for a wonderful relaxing holiday. It was also very warm and snug in the evenings. Berneray is a lovely island , the West Beach magnificent and the seal colony kept us entertained for hours. We will be returning soon!”  

Hazel, September 2016

“Great property with a perfect location. Finished to a very high standard, very well maintained and a super comfortable bed. Good comms with owners for a couple of queries early on. Seals and wildlife, literally right outside living room windows, provided fascinating daily viewing. Local tea room very good and ferry terminal to Harris and Lewis only a mile away. The beaches of Berneray take some beating with 3 miles of the West beach the best I’ve ever seen! Would thoroughly recommend this property and location.”  

Mike, September 2016

“This is a fantastic cottage in a beautiful location. The views of the sea and the sky from the windows are amazing. It is such a wonderfully comfy place, full of interesting books about local history and wildlife so that even a rainy day feels like a treat. The scenery is stunningly beautiful. I didn’t know such turquoise sea existed in Britain! Thank you for the most relaxing holiday we’ve ever had.”

August 2016

“We had a wonderful holiday in Berneray not least because of this truly extraordinary cottage. The house sits right by the sea, so much so, that gazing out of the windows from the living room sofa, you could easily imagine you were on a boat. We have never visited somewhere that so instantly felt like home, although our home doesn’t have seals swimming outside the window and Oyster Catchers swooping over the garden.

The house is clean and tidy, beautifully laid out and has all the modern facilities you need, but without losing the charm of the old stone thatched cottage. The bed is very large and comfortable, the shower hot and powerful and the cottage is well supplied with books and maps to let you adventure from the comfy sofa or head outside to explore. Berneray itself is a treasure, with long empty, white sandy beaches and clear blue seas. We loved our holiday and wish we had decided to stay longer. We will be back.”  

Rob, Shropshire, July 2016

“Very comfortable and well-appointed. Wonderfully comfortable big bed, Harris tweed themed furnishings; user-friendly general layout; everything works well (including hot water); best view from a bathroom ever! Finest collection of books, guides and maps we’ve ever seen in self-catering accommodation. The property is very clean and well-maintained by Ann who lives nearby and is friendly and sociable. All booking arrangements were accurate, prompt and easy to use. We’re already recommending a stay at the property to family, friends and work colleagues. We’ve added some local trips to the good list available in the property; there’s plenty to see and do whatever the weather and time of year. Landscape exploration and wildlife watching are superb. Good cafes and restaurants and local sources of fresh food for self-catering – especially seafood.”  

Nic, May 2016

“The cottage is old style outside but very comfortable and warm inside. Everything was tops; from the extremely comfortable mega kingsize bed to constant hot water whenever it was needed.

It is in a great situation for easy access and parking. And superb for seal watching and bird watching. We spotted a Great Northern Diver from the lounge window and plenty of red shank flitting about among the rocks….I just caught sight of an otter slipping into the water one morning; from the lounge window again.

There are plenty of walks not far away, over the flowering machair with interesting historical sites en route. And of course, the 3 mile west beach is iconic.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this delightful little gem on Berneray.

Hopefully, we will be back sometime!”

Christine B, May 2016

“This is a peach of a property, in an amazing location right next to the sea in a sheltered bay. 

It’s lovely to look out on the seals basking nearby on the rocks at low tide.

The cottage itself is beautiful and extremely well appointed and equipped. Get the log burner roaring and just sit back and listen to absolutely nothing, it’s heavenly.”  

Nick B, April 2016

“Every detail of the cottage and its contents makes you feel welcome & cared for, the seal watching is as addictive as promised, the surrounding area is wild and beautiful, beaches as deserted and incredible as in the photos. Everything you could ask for on a holiday ( well if you think that sun is optional!). We had a really lovely week and feel refreshed and ready for real life again. Thank you.”

Andrew and Susie M, April 2016

“Located by the sea, what a lovely view to wake up to! Comfortable, well equipped, with all the pleasures of Berneray and North Uist on the doorstep. Highly recommended.”

Simon R, April 2016

“What a beautiful cottage this is. The pictures are great but to see it in real life is just that bit better. The owners had thought of everything. There was plenty of linen and towels with laundry facilities, entertainment, reading materials, internet access and just the most amazing view from the cottage windows. We totally switched off from our normally busy working life and went for daily long walks around the island. The locals are so friendly and welcoming and always wave when passing you. We decided to extend our stay a few extra days as we didn’t want it to end. We contacted Hilary by email and nothing was any trouble for her to respond to. We will definitely be back and have and will continue to recommended to friends and relatives.”

Simon P, February, 2016