“Maybe it’s hard to trust a feedback, when all rankings are 5 stars.”
But for Hona this is the only way to describe it. We discovered the house on the Sykes website and were attracted and at the same time concerned about it being so exposed out in the west. The owners offered a warm welcome, were helpful and concerned, which made us feel at home from the very first minute. They asked us at the end, what they could improve and we really could not name anything. The owners are very fine artists and they turned this home into a most enjoyable and intriguing work of art. Stating, what is stands for: home in the nature. Everything you need was there and even more, the views stunning and the veranda and the garden offered a place where you enjoy to sit and admire all the little details arranged with love and attentiveness. Much more to be said, you have to discover yourself. Of course it is in the western Hebrides and you would expect rain and sun and wind and fast changes. So nothing better than some coastal walk in the sun and hours later a cup of hot tea in the warm home, when it’s storming outside. It’s a nature resort, and that’s what we were looking for. A place to reconnect, to slow down and to gain new perspectives on what is important. We will definitely come back, it was the highlight of our journey.
- Mr Schwing, August 2022
- One double bedroom with separate shower room, basin, heated towel rail and WC
- Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area including a sofa bed.
- Central heating
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
- Washing Machine
- TV, WiFi
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Parking available
- Private garden with decking and furniture
- One well-behaved dog welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop 4.6 miles, restaurant 4.4 miles, beach 2 miles
- Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
Hona stands on the footprint of what was the old Mangersta Mission Hall. Today a new build stands in its place, but this pays homage to the line of windows onto the road and the porch tucked out of the wind as the old Mission Hall did. The Mission Hall pews were repurposed into various pieces of furniture within the new house (and a careful eye can find the odd bit of graffiti still visible). Whilst the new building is modest and borrows from the style of the islands summer sheilings) it is extremely well insulated and boasts exceedingly high environmental credentials, making it a lovely and warm place to relax in after a day out exploring.
The interior is quirky and incredibly well thought out throughout. From the large map in the hallway with laminated informative guides to take you to places of interest in the surrounding area. To the well laid out and compact kitchen allowing you to cater and dine in these relaxing surroundings. The artistic flair of the owners is evident with the interior walls adorned with unusual and decorative items. This is a property that allows you to relax and unwind. Time spent here, both inside and out,amplifies what is captivating about the Hebrides
Take a wander outside after dark, on a clear night, to view the amazing night sky, filled with stars. In the garden there are two art installations commissioned by the owners. These invite visitors to lie down and gaze upwards at the ever moving cloudscapes or winter galaxies. See if you can identify the north star, spot a shooting star and gaze at the moon. If you are extremely fortunate the northern lights may even treat you to a display.
The islands can be reached by flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness; or by ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert, or Ullapool to Stornoway. EPC Rating: Band B
Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £200.
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About the location
UIG ISLE OF LEWIS
Great Bernera 23.2. miles; Stornoway 35.9 miles; Callanish 20.5 miles.
Uig is a village resting on the edge of Uig Bay on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis and takes its name from the Norse word for ‘bay’. It is known for its rugged landscapes and attractive sand dunes with stunning views over the Atlantic. Attractions include the beautiful beaches of Valtos Peninsula and Mealista Beach plus refreshing walks along Berie and Ardroil sands, which are both rich in history (ancient hut circles have been discovered here by archaeologists and the famous Lewis Chessmen were found here) and more modern activities such as kiteboarding and windsurfing. Dining options include the impressive Uig Sands restaurant (in season) or head to the Uig Community Cafe which serves a great selection of food. There is also a distillery here at Abhainn Dearg. You can stock up on essentials at the Uig Community Shop. Just outside of the village is nearby Miavaig Pier where visitors can take boat trips to outlying islands.
Note: The garden is not fully enclosed. Note: Though electricity is included, charging for electric cars is not included in the rent. Note: Please bear in mind that this property is located on an island and therefore only accessible by plane or ferry.
This property offers the following short breaks: