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Kelpie Cottage, Tarbert, Harris

Entire cottage hosted by Emma
4 guests2 bedrooms3 beds1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.
Great location
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Min. 7 nights stay May-Aug. Our traditional cottage is one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Tarbert. It sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) with a camp bed available upon request. We have a shower room, well-equipped kitchen, picnic area, lounge, parking, and of course free WiFi! Located in West Tarbert, minutes walk from ferry so great for those without a car. Very handy for sports centre, play area, village shops and amenities, public transport etc.

The space
2 bed cottage in West Tarbert close to ferry and local village amenities. Free WiFi.

Facilities in the cottage include:
Living Room: Wood burning stove, two large comfy sofas, coffee table, bluetooth speaker, selection of books and games, x-box (serves as DVD player too) and TV with Netflix.

Kitchen: fridge freezer, double oven with grill, toaster, microwave, kettle, nespresso coffee maker, usual pots and pans, cutlery and crockery. Extendable dining table

Shower Room:
Shower room. Has small sink with under sink storage, toilet and electric shower. Towels provided.

Bedrooms.

Bed 1: room with double bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe bedside tables and bedside lights. linen provided

Bed 2: Twin bedded room with chest of drawers, clothes rail and bedside cabinets. Linen provided. Stick on blackout blinds also provided

Outside. There is an old storage porch at the front of the house (we hope to rebuild as a larger porch with sitting area in late 2020!) Old, but still suitable for hanging your coats and shoes. there is a whirligig to the side of the property. There is a picnic area at the bottom of the garden (new 2019) as well. There is a children’s play area opposite the end of the garden and a small soft play area only a few doors along the road towards the village. For the grownups, another few steps will take you to the village where a variety of watering holes can be found, the closest of which is the excellent whisky bar in the Harris Hotel.

Parking is available in the gravel area at the front of the house. There are electrical vehicle charging points in the village, though we don’t have one at the house-yet!

Guest access
Whole house except a small store room at the top of the stairs where we keep our own belongings (and the boiler!)

Other things to note
Be sure to check ferry availability prior to booking. particularly in the summer, Saturday ferries can fill quickly. We can accommodate Sunday arrival, but please note that all shops, and all but a handful of eateries are closed on Sundays if arriving late on Saturday/on Sunday. Local grocers will take orders and deliver ready for arrival. Please let us know if you order groceries, so that we can arrange access for delivery.
Min. 7 nights stay May-Aug. Our traditional cottage is one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Tarbert. It sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) with a camp bed available upon request. We have a shower room, well-equipped kitchen, picnic area, lounge, parking, and of course free WiFi! Located in West Tarbert, minutes walk from ferry so great for those without a car. Very handy for sports centre, play ar…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

Amenities

Wifi
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
TV
Washer
Heating
Laptop-friendly workspace
Smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm

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Tarbert, Scotland, United Kingdom

The cottage is ideally situated for local amenities, walking distance from Tarbert and the ferry terminal. Leisure centre is in the school just across the way, and Tarbert's amenities include a garage, range of bars and hotels (Hotel Hebrides' Mote Bar and Harris Hotel often have live music events), day to day grocery, tweed shop, Essence of Harris candle, soap and gift outlet, ferry terminal, tea room, post office, bus station, soft play, playpark, leisure centre and distillery are only a short walk away.

Lewis and Harris occupy the same landmass, so it is possible to drive to Stornoway (37 miles) where a wide range of facilities, including two supermarkets for the 'big shop' are to be found. There is also an arts centre with cinema, larger soft play centre, garden centre, and a considerable variety of places to eat. Stornoway provides another ferry option too, via Ullapool.

Things to visit on both Islands include Rodel Church, the beaches ( obviously!), Callanish Stones and Dun Carloway (undergoing conservation 2019). There are distilleries in Tarbert itself (offering excellent gin, as well as producing whisky for future sale) which does regular tours, and another at Abhainn Dearg, near Uig, Lewis. Phone ahead for appointment to visit. Tweed is a major local industry, and we have an excellent shop in Tarbert. There are other producers throughout the islands and it is often possible to see weaving taking place by arrangement. We have regular craft fayres in the village throughout the season, and Tarbert and the immediate area has a number of art, photography, craft, and glass producers that are well worth a visit. I’m more than happy to help you make arrangements to visit studios etc if this is of interest.

Eating and drinking opportunities are ever increasing, and the standard is very high. As well as the excellent offer in Tarbert itself, there are some wonderful cafes and restaurants throughout the isles. We love the North Harbour Bistro (Scalpay) for special occasions, though advance booking is recommended. There is also a cafe there, as well as the excellent Temple Cafe (open Sundays) at Northton. Other favourite stops for us are Talla na Mara, which is home to the Machair kitchen restaurant (stunning views), and a number of local producers, including ‘Flavour’ chocolatier who sells ice creams that my own child begs for from the minute we get off the ferry! Even our snack vans are a cut above the usual. There’s a great van in the village beside AD’s shop run by our friends Tinnie and Russell, Taste and Sea on the road to Stornoway, and Blas bhon Iar at Horgabost beach, as well as a seafood shack at Rodel and a chippie in Tarbert on Main Street. Some of these take orders in advance, and Hotel Hebrides also offers takeaway.

If you can stretch to it, consider pushing the boat out (geddit?) taking a sea trip to St Kilda. Kilda cruises have an office in Tarbert and Sea Harris is online and run by a friend of ours who sometimes offers good last minute discounts. Booking in advance advised and bookings are weather dependent. Shorter trips to the Shiants etc are also available. Various companies run scenic tours and adventure type activities, again I am very happy to help arrange this.
The cottage is ideally situated for local amenities, walking distance from Tarbert and the ferry terminal. Leisure centre is in the school just across the way, and Tarbert's amenities include a garage, range of…

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Joined in April 2015
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We’re always contactable by phone, email, airbnb and through social media. On social media as 'Kelpie Cottage Self Catering'. We have appointed a housekeeper, Kerry MacLean who lives nearby and is happy to help with any enquires, as am I of course!
We’re always contactable by phone, email, airbnb and through social media. On social media as 'Kelpie Cottage Self Catering'. We have appointed a housekeeper, Kerry MacLean who liv…
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 5:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to €111

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