Features

  • Fabulous sea and mountain views
  • Coastal path to a huge sandy beach
  • 50 inch flat screen TV Freeview and DVD player
  • Jacuzzi double shower
  • Drying space for boots and gear
  • Ideal area for kayaking, hill climbing, surfing and sailing
  • Glendale boat hire
  • Views of the Torridon mountains
  • Hebridean Whale Cruises
  • Glass bottom boat cruises
  • Shellfish Safaris
  • Gairloch Bike Hire
  • Gairloch Pony Trekking Centre
  • Gairloch harbour sea food stall
  • Cafes and restaurants in Gairloch
  • Gairloch 9 hole golf course
  • Ewe canoe. sea kayaking
  • Argocat Extreme of road adventures
  • Grocery delivery available
  • NTS Inverewe Gardens - 30 minutes drive
  • Inverness airport 80 miles: approx. 2hr drive
  • Linen and towels included
  • No pets
  • No smoking

Accommodation

  • Entrance porch/sun room with fabulous views
  • Huge living area incorporating open plan kitchen, 2 dining tables and seating for 16 on upper level.
  • On lower level, lounge with double height windows and doors to large external decking with leather modular seating
  • King-size bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • 2 single bedrooms (2 pull out beds at extra charge)
  • Large family bathroom with double Jacuzzi shower, 2 heated towel rails,toilet and wash hand basin
  • Good sized bathroom with shower over bath, heated towel rail, toilet and wash hand basin
  • Large boot/drying room with gas boiler and external door to further boot storage area in rear porch
  • First Floor
  • Games, computer, study with a selection of board games and PS3 with 24 inch screen. Leads out to mezzanine
  • Glazed mezzanine viewing lounge to fully enjoy the panoramic views of the Torridons, Skye, Longa and the Outer Hebrides
  • King-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, heated towel-rail, toilet and wash hand basin
  • King size bedroom
  • Super-king/twin bedroom (2 additional beds at extra charge).
  • Single bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, heated towel rail, toilet and wash hand basin

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2017 rental rates
2018 rental rates
Low Season Jan. Feb, March £1,200
Mid Season Spring £1,550
Easter Holidays £1,750
Whitsun £1,750
High July/Aug £1,750
Mid Season Autumn £1,700
Mid Season Half Term £1,700
Low Nov/Dec £1,200
Christmas week £2,000
New Year week £2,000
2018 rental rates
2017 rental rates
Low Season Jan/Feb/March £1,200
Easter £1,900
Mid Season Spring £1,750
Whitsun Holiday £1,900
High Season £1,900
Mid Season Autumn £1,750
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Oct 6 - 13 13 - 20 20 - 27 27 - 3
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Dec 1 - 8 8 - 15 15 - 22 22 - 29 29 - 5
Short break prices
Low Nov/Dec 3 nights, commencing Friday (2017) £950
Low Season Jan. Feb, March 3 nights, commencing Friday (2017) £950
Mid Season Spring 3 nights, commencing Friday (2017) £1,250
Low Season Jan/Feb/March 3 nights, commencing Friday (2018) £950
PLEASE NOTE: Up to 4 additional guests can be accommodated using pull out beds in existing bedrooms as described under Accommodation. £100 per person per week or £20 per person per night for short breaks. If required, 2 weeks notice is required to have the beds in place.
Refundable good housekeeping deposit: £250
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Property information

Words cannot describe the awesome position of Longa House (Big Sand). Situated on the edge of a crofting community, this architect-designed house is perched above Loch Gairloch facing Longa Island. Panoramic views south with the dramatic backdrop of the Torridon Mountains on one side and on the other, over the North Minch to the Cuillins of Skye and to the Outer Hebrides. Arriving at the house is certainly memorable. Whatever the weather has in store, observing the magnificent, ever changing vistas from the deck or from the comfort of inside, your stay in this tremendous house is guaranteed to be a time to treasure and the views will stay with you for a long time.

The focus of this beautiful property is on the location, the views and the huge, split level, social space from where doors to the decking area lead you out to sun loungers and the most amazing views ever. However, large binoculars on a tripod allow bird and sea-life watching without leaving the comfort of the lounge. Sundowners enjoyed on the mezzanine level with the drama of the sea, mountains and islands unfolding in an endlessly changing land and seascape is a pleasure not to be missed.

The house is also an ideal base for sightseeing and outdoor activities, both land and sea, with excellent facilities for lots of outdoor gear. The house is well stocked with maps, guide and local area books, which will meet most interests and provide plenty of information for your stay.

The surroundings are classic west coast crofting lands with a backdrop of sea, sky and mountains. Gairloch is just a 10 minute drive and there are numerous visitor attractions - not least of which is the terrific sandy beach at Big Sand. Go North to Ullapool or south to Torridon, the choice is endless.

The house is incredibly flexible in terms of occupancy. The rental rates advertised are for 13 people maximum but it is possible to increase the capacity to 17 if required. There is an additional charge of £100 per person per week. In quieter times it is possible to be rented at a 40% reduction for 6 people by closing off the upper floor leaving 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the ground floor.

Facilities

  • Triple glazed
  • Underfloor heating in boot room and main sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Solid fuel stove (coal and peat provided)
  • Jacuzzi double shower
  • 50in flat screen Freeview TV and DVD player
  • Radio and CD player
  • Giant binoculars on tripod
  • Sun loungers for decking
  • Dining space for 16
  • Extensive collection of books, maps, DVDs and CDs
  • Board games, PS3 player with 24 inch screen
  • Britannia Range Cooker
  • Large fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Electric filter coffee machine
  • Microwave
  • Travel cot and highchair

Further information

  • Grocery Delivery - Tesco delivery. Local grocery deliveries from Morrisons in Strath and McColls
  • Horse Riding - Gairloch pony trekking centre.
  • Of Historic or Architectural Interest - 'Grand Designs' style house
  • 4 * equivalent or higher properties - 4 star equivalent
  • Child Friendly - Children welcome.
  • Disabled / Less Abled Access - Ground floor facilities and bedrooms. Steps into house.
  • Internet/Wifi - Wi-fi available
  • Secure garden - Fenced garden.
  • Beaches - Overlooking Big Sands beach. Melvaig beach under 10 minutes drive.
  • Fishing & Stalking - Sea fishing trips from harbour. Fishing permits for many surrounding rivers and lochans. Boat hire from Glendale boat hire.
  • Golf - 9 hole golf course in Gairloch
  • Hillwalking - Torridon Range, An Teallach all in easy reach. Guided walks may be arranged in Gairloch, by experienced guides.
  • Remote or secluded - In a secluded spot at the end of a single track road.
  • Watersports/outdoor activities - Kayaking and sailing from Gairloch.
  • Wildlife & Birdwatching - Whale watching trips to the Shiant islands and Glass Bottom Boat trips. In summer, the Shiant Isles are home to 250,000 birds including puffins, auks, fulmars etc.

Travel information

Drive time: Inverness airport - 2 hours

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Visitor comments

  • Simon Chillingworth
    Visited with 8 adults and 7 children. Everyone had an amazing time. Really well equipped house. Excellent value. We loved sitting in the living room taking in the stunning views of the sea and mountains.
  • Visitor Comment
    A wonderful wind down in a beautiful place which we enjoyed exploring ... although it is hard to leave the view from the house !! 2017 .
  • Brenda MacRitchie
    Visitor Book Comments Summer 2016 ' A wonderful week in Longa House ! The house truly is a gem and we've spent a lot of time chilling out in the Lounge and Attic area taking in the breathtaking views . ' ' This is our second visit to this lovely house which accomodates three families so well . '
  • Moody
    I have been meaning and meaning to email you to say what a lovely place Big Sand (Longa House) is. We had a wonderful week on our extended family holiday there in August. We found it very comfortable, and large enough for us all to have our own space. Every year we go somewhere on the West coast with our family, my mother, my two brothers and their families. We live in London and they all live in Edinburgh. So it's really important to us to have a week of 'cousin' time with our young children! It's great to find a modern house with a large table we can spread out, a kitchen used to large family cooking, and a comfortable sitting area. It also makes such a difference having a proper drying room and porch - plenty of space to take off wet clothes! It is obviously much loved and used by your family too. We loved Gairloch and the surrounding area - and booked straight away for a week in August next year.
  • Shaw
    Once again we arrived to find it beautifully prepared for us by Wendy and a welcoming tray of scones, biscuits and honey was greatly appreciated. The weather was lovely. We did several good walks and some of the younger members climbed Ben Eighe and cycled to Redpoint and the lighthouse. Altogether it was a great success and we are most grateful. Already dates are being explored and consultations held by various members of the family; it may well be that we will be seeking to make a booking again
  • Customer May 2013
    Big Sand house is lovely; ideal for a family get-together no matter what the age range. Right by the sea, it has the most wonderful views in all directions. The house is spacious, beautifully designed and appointed, and delightful in every respect.'
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