Croft Garden Cottage stands four-square on the western edge of Ardivachar point overlooking the north-west Atlantic. The islands of the Monachs and St. Kilda sit on the north-west horizon with Barra and Mingulay to the south. Due west is Newfoundland, keeping going and you’ll end up in Alaska. The Outer Hebrides are the islands on the edge – in geographical terms the western edge of the British Isles and in mythology the borders of Tir nan Og (the land of eternal youth).
Built from granite boulders the old croft house once sheltered generations of crofting families from the Atlantic gales. It still sits at the heart of a traditional working croft surrounded by coastal grassland populated with wild flowers and rare breeding birds, fringed with rocky outcrops and silver beaches home to wading birds and falcons.
Now a holiday cottage – it has become a delightful coastal retreat just for two. The cottage was renovated in 2012 and sympathetically refurbished in a natural style of understated luxury. The special finishing touches, from oriental rugs and Harris tweed throws to crisp cotton robes, silk filled duvets, fine linens and aromatic Scottish toiletries are all reminiscent of a fine country hotel. We wanted to create the perfect environment for our visitors to enjoy the island’s tranquility, dramatic landscapes and exceptional wildlife.
The cottage is enveloped in a panorama of sea and sky in a landscape filled with an ever-changing mosaic of blue skies, dark storm clouds, Turneresque sunsets with flaming colours and delicate hues, opalescent twilight of short summer nights and dark winter heavens garlanded with stars. A perfect place to sit and dream, birdwatch, botanise or beachcomb, enjoy the traditional Scottish pursuits of golf or fly fishing, or explore the hidden landscapes of the archipelago.
It is the garden which makes this cottage very special – herbs and native wild flowers mingle in a walled, cottage style garden with a spectacular sea view. On calm days there is the lazy hum of bumblebees around the vegetable garden and in a soft breeze the flowers dance and ripple in a tidal rainbow.
Is this paradise? I think so. You can discover for yourself – but be prepared to fall in love.
Croft Garden Holiday Cottage is open all year.