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New Isle of Harris Luxury Holiday House

Luxury self-catering holiday cottage on the Isle of Harris, Scotland 

 

 

The Ultimate 5* HEBRIDEAN Holiday HOME, ISLE OF HARRIS, SCOTLAND

"Scotland's most beautiful beach retreat" - The Sunday Times

Imagine ...

... an island on the very edge of Europe, with pure white beaches, azure seas and majestic hills

... a house like no other, combining traditions thousands of years old with the ultimate in modern luxury

For enquiries, please email paul@orannamara.com or telephone +44 (0) 7785 226669

Òran na Mara ("Song of the Sea" in English) is situated in one of the world’s most stunning locations - the west coast of the Isle of Harris.  The islands have been voted number 1 in Europe and number 5 in the world by Trip Advisor, and the beaches regularly appear in lists of the best in the world.

This wonderful place is the result of many years of planning, research and design, and is owned by Paul and Helen Honeywell who first came to Harris on their honeymoon in 1977.  

Overlooking white sand beaches, hills, islands, sunsets, and the ever-changing turquoise Atlantic ocean, this unique house takes maximum advantage of the incredible views by being curved with floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the main living area.  Every room has a different aspect and interior design themed to the view. 

The house is planned as a contemporary space equipped with luxury facilities, but with traditional local features such as marram grass thatch and stone walling - these techniques are over 1,500 years old.  It is insulated to the highest standards, and has a peat and wood fire stove in the snug area which divides the dining and living areas.  Even the TV has a lift so that it doesn't interrupt the views across the house when not in use..

Òran na Mara has flexible space to accommodate a couple, a group of friends, or a family in luxury surroundings.  Any or all of the three bedrooms can be configured to suit your needs.

Òran na Mara  is let weekly with a Saturday changeover day and outside the main season it is available for 3 and 4 day short breaks.  It often books more than 18 months ahead, so please be prepared to book well in advance.

Òran na Mara is the main feature in the popular Coast magazine.  It was featured in the Sunday Times and on "Homes by the Sea" on Channel 4.

Òran na Mara is the main feature in the popular Coast magazine.  It was featured in the Sunday Times and on "Homes by the Sea" on Channel 4.

A video featuring some of the people who created Oran na Mara

Evenings and nights see the sea change from turquoise to a silver sheen, and the possibility of incredible starscapes with pollution-free dark skies - and even the northern lights if you are lucky.  Moonlit beach walks are a special treat.

Evenings and nights see the sea change from turquoise to a silver sheen, and the possibility of incredible starscapes with pollution-free dark skies - and even the northern lights if you are lucky.  Moonlit beach walks are a special treat.

In the day the views from the elevated position are far-reaching and stunning, with sunsets visible from the house for much of the year

In the day the views from the elevated position are far-reaching and stunning, with sunsets visible from the house for much of the year

Imagine ...

... coming back from a brisk adventure to a gorgeous-smelling peat fire, warm fresh bread, gourmet coffee and your favourite music playing in full surround sound

... a unique experience anywhere in the world, and a place where memories are made

 

Òran na Mara is an iconic building in a truly stunning location, and with a very high specification and level of design both externally and internally.  It has nearly 200 sq m (2,000 sq ft) of interior space, with a carefully-planned layout to provide a flowing area with high domed ceilings which is flooded with light in the day, with outstanding views from all directions, and cosy and warm at night.  

The kitchen flows into the living space, and is equipped with a range cooker, professional cooking equipment, a Panasonic breadmaker, Nespresso coffee machine, and lovely crockery, cutlery and glassware.  The dining table is a creative work of art, reflecting the unique environment of Harris.

At night, there are plenty of options from the "snug" area with panoramic peat/wood-burning stove, a huge sitting and dining area with high-quality bespoke furniture finished in beautiful fabrics, and lovely bedrooms and bathrooms.  Every room has a theme based on the amazing views from the windows.  Bedrooms can be configured as doubles or two singles, with extra sleeping in the study if needed.  The two ensuite bathrooms are fully equipped, as is the "boat" bathroom (a special favourite) - Egyptian cotton towels and facecloths are provided, as are toiletries and vanity kits.  Soft silk-filled duvets envelop you atop Hypnos beds, making getting up a challenge!  If you really have to get up, each bedroom has a radio-controlled alarm clock as well as a hairdryer.

A superb Sonos surround sound system allows you to listen to your favourite music throughout the house or in selected zones.  Large smart TVs with satellite provide a wide viewing choice.  One TV is on a lifting mechanism in the lounge area, with another in the study.  Satellite broadband wifi is available throughout the house.

If you are a golfer, Òran na Mara looks across the Harris Golf Course to the sea.  The course is often referred to as the most spectacularly-situated golf course anywhere.  All of our guests can play for free as we are proud members and supporters of the Club.

We can arrange watersports, guided walks, fishing trips and other activities including a visit to the incredible St Kilda.

The beautiful marram-thatched roof is based on techniques over 1,500 years old, using turf and weighting stones as well as copious supplies of the local marram seagrass.

The beautiful marram-thatched roof is based on techniques over 1,500 years old, using turf and weighting stones as well as copious supplies of the local marram seagrass.

The outside flows into Oran na Mara, with stones from Scarista beach acting as the enlarged threshold to remove those sandy boots!

The outside flows into Oran na Mara, with stones from Scarista beach acting as the enlarged threshold to remove those sandy boots!

The house is organic, with curves throughout, creating an amazing and very unusual flowing interior

The house is organic, with curves throughout, creating an amazing and very unusual flowing interior