|Minimum Stay||1 night|
|Living space||70 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Adventure, Luxury, Romantic, Away from it all, Beach, Rural|
Description from the owner
Iain & Norma welcome you to the Ard Holiday Cottage on the captivating island of Great Bernera which is situated in the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The Ard has been designed with the comfort of guests in mind. It is both spacious and well equipped and is the perfect choice for couples or families wanting to 'get away from it all' and explore the wild and beautiful islands of the Outer Hebrides.
It offers a setting in which to relax and appreciate the tranquility of island atmosphere and is only 5 mins from the beautiful beach of Bosta, which sites a reconstructed, fully working Iron Age house and a Marcus Vergette art installat...Read more
Ard Holiday Cottage, Bernera, Lewis, Hebrides
Isle of Lewis, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Scotland
Additional Location Information
Great Bernera, often known just as Bernera, is an island in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. With an area of just over 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi), it is the thirty-fourth largest Scottish island.
The Ard Holiday cottage is situated in the main settlement on the island. Breaclete is home to a small museum, mini-mart & off licence, school, a post office, church, community centre with café, petrol station, fire station, doctor's surgery and childrens playpark. There is a beautiful beach closeby with a iron age house, a excellent example of a norse mill can be found 5 minutes walk from the Ard.
Location Type Away from it all, Beach, Rural
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$113||$113||$587 - $978||$0||1 night|
|Jan. 7 2012 - Mar. 31 2012
|Apr. 1 2012 - May. 31 2012
|Jun. 2 2012 - Aug. 31 2012
|Sep. 1 2012 - Oct. 31 2012
|Oct. 1 2012 - Dec. 22 2012
|All Other Dates||$113||$113||-||-||1 night|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Please contact for short break availability. Special offers are available throughout the year. Check theardbernera website for details.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: April 03, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
We stayed here the week after Easter, the weather was sunny the whole week and we had a great time. The cottage provided all we needed and more. Norma has thought of everything and provides many small touches which make all the difference.
The cottage is well equipped and finished to a high standard. It's location makes for a restful and relaxing holiday. We were able to get to all parts of the Islands from here, although there are plenty of places to walk and enjoy without going far. Bosta beach is a must and in the evenings we often had the beach to ourselves.
What a wonderful place to stay. The ard is fantastic, it is fair to say that every little detail has been thought of. From the thoughtful welcome basket of wine (went down very well thank you), fresh scones jam and cheese biscuits. To the fact that there was tea and coffee, towels and all the linen was provided, there was even shower gel, dishwasher tablets (a god send when you don't have a dishwasher at home), and washing powder. Norma and Iain were so friendly and proud of the ard. We had a great stay and would highly recommend staying here, the ard had everything you could ask for including dvd's and games etc for when the weather comes in. Thank you Norma and Iain we had a great stay and I know David enjoyed the snorkelling for scallops (clams) and the lobsters were great too.
Outstanding, amazing, brilliant!!!
What an absolutely brilliant place to stay. The cottage was immaculately clean, had the most amazing views and we were able to enjoy all our creature comforts in this luxury accommodation. Norma and Iain made us feel so welcome and were available whenever we needed them, nothing was too much trouble. The cottage had everything we needed and more, including all the extras like washing powder, softner, dishwasher tablets, coffee, tea, clingfilm, etc. Towels and Linen provided, also lots of spares. Our 22-month old boy loved it too. There was a wooden veranda which he loved to run round on and I mentioned to Iain about him being able to get out, so he immediately went off and built a gate and fitted it within an hour, leaving a safe place for him to play outside. What a star! Thank you so much for making our holiday one to remember. Loved the scones and the chocolates you left us and the fresh flowers were a nice touch. Cannot praise this place highly enough and would definately recommend to others. By far the best holiday let we have stayed in to date. Really hope to visit again soon
Gail and Gary
A Fabulous Relaxing Weekend
We had a lovely time in this beautiful cottage. Norma went above and beyond in making us feel welcome and helping us to celebrate our engagement. The weekend was peace perfect peace. Location is ideal with plenty to see and do on Great Bernera never mind Lewis and Harris.
A great cottage with luxury living in an amazing location.
Preston, United Kingdom
An excellent base to explore Lewis and Harris
The ard Cottage itself has all you need for a comfortable and welcoming base; it is very well equipped and presented, and has great views. Bernera is actually quite a good place to locate yourself, if you mean to explore throughout the Isles of Lewis and Harris, and also want to stay in a scenic and atmospheric setting. Thanks again and good luck to Iain and Norma.
We have had 2 holidays at The ard, it is terrific accommodation where everything is perfect including the views.
Job and Joke
Maassluis, the Netherlands
a very comfortable week
to rent this house was a perfect choice. The house is new and everything is there!!! Even blue ray player. The weather was a bit too windy and rainy to sit outside but the view from the house is stunning. You can make difficult and easy walks from the house without using a car. And by car you can roam the islands.
The welcome was warm with wine and cheese and a present.
Stephanie and Robbie
Peaceful and romantic
Norma and Iain were great hosts and very helpful The cottage is like a home from home and has everything you need . Very peaceful and relaxing location with stunning views . Bosta beach is a definite must see and also the beaches st Uig and Luskentyre in Harris. The castle trail is a beautiful walk with lovely scenery . For a fab meal Solas Restaurant at Cabarfeidh Hotel is ideal. Had a fantastic holiday and would certainly go back again.
Home from Home
Stayed here aug 2011. Amazing scenery, superb hospitality and stunning accommodation!
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
The ard Holiday Cottage is a lovely, lovely place to stay. It is comfortable, clean and the attention to detail is exemplary. In every case, it goes one step further to make things really special. When we arrived, there were fresh scones and flowers left out for us, along with local beer and biscuits. The log burner had been lit and we were met with a warm welcome from the family.
The peace and quiet of Bernera is also spellbinding. In the evening, you can stand out on the veranda and hear nothing but the wind. The stars twist above you in a Milky Way haze and in the morning the whole place lights up with a deep golden glow.
But if you're not into that kind of thing, there's always the whirlpool bath and exceptionally comfy sofas to relax in!
I'd really recommend it. A great place to stay. Truly spot on.
Ps. Don't forget to visit Bosta Beach. It's not far away at all and it is beautiful.
Brenda and Jennifer
Our Stay in ard Holiday Cottage
Where will I start to describe the pat week. Meeting Norma, Iain and amy has been a grat pleasure. The cottage was perfect in ery way inside and out - the peace and quiet was a tonic to the soul. Delicious home grown strawberries delivered by a champion soccer player with a lovely smile! Fresh scones on arrival. Magnificent Isle of Lewis beaches, courtesy on the roads and everywhere we went. Last but not least idyllic weather even though it was pouring back in Dublin where we live! Such happy memories we take with us to last we hope for ever. Thank you for a lovely stay. Brenda and Jennifer
Andrea & Angelika
The ard - a place where heaven and earth meet
We have been on Great Bernera at The ard the first week in June. What a wonderful house with every comfort you can imagine and with Norma and Iain we had wonderful hosts, who really looked very well after us. Such as the Welcome when we arrived or when Iain brought us beautiful lobsters and crabs for a fantastic price. The house is fully equipped and we felt at home.
The house is surrounded by the most beautiful landscape. The view from the terrace (which is really huge) is absolutely stunning and just a short walk away - over the hill beside the house - you find an ancient mill right at the seaside. And there are many other walks and trips to do which are not that far away from The ard. In the village - also not far away - there is a little shop including a fuel station and the post office. Big supermarkets like Coop you'll find in Stornoway.
A must see is Calanais - the location of the Callanish Stones, a cross-shaped setting of standing stones erected around 2000 BC, one of the most spectacular megalithic monuments in Scotland. There is a modern visitor centre which provides information about the main circle and several other lesser monuments nearby.
It is hard to say what we liked best because we did not only like it but we fell in love with it and we will come back for sure!
A big thank you to Norma and Iain and we hope the Outer Hebrides will not change to much because it is perfect as it is!
A perfect place to stay in a wonderful part of the world.
Norma and Iain have built a place to be proud of.They are the perfect hosts, close but not intrusive and willing to go the extra mile to make your holiday the best it can be. The people of Bernera are friendly and helpful and you feel they really want you to go back again. If you haven't been to The Outer Hebrides before, do try it, you never know what's over the next hill or round the next bend and the beaches are stunning.
Wonderful, people wonderful house,wonderful views
From the moment we arrived at The ard we had a very warm Lewis welcome, from Norma and Ian, for one week we felt apart of the family.
Thank you for the scones the best on the island we tried most of the others and yours win hands down.
The accommodation was 5 star to us, everything we needed and more, very warm and comfortable.
The view was amazing in the evening watching the sun go down at 11.30pm at night and watching the amazing colours of the sky.
We came all the way from australia, to join my brother and mother for a truly ones in a life time experience..
Thank you Ian for sharing with us your fishing experiences, and the lobsters.. Yummmy
Perfect holiday destination
Our holiday started with a warm welcome from both Ian and Moira. Nothing was to much trouble even going all the way to Stornaway for some Ordnance Survey maps. The ard is very well appointed and very warm with a lovely welcome pack including home made scones.
The location is very secluded with spectacular views of the coast.
Lewis is a beautiful island with lots to explore.
My highlight is the island the people and especially our hosts.
feels like home
We had an amazing time on the Hebrides. The cottage its very nice and made us feel home. The Macleods have been more than welcoming and provided an excellent service. I would recommend these cottage anytime!
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
an all round holiday home for rest
We came all the way from Canada to find rest in this beautiful island-like area. The home was excellent and we enjoyed every detail of it. The location is good, the village is very small, but in the only store you can almost buy everything you need. The only problem we had is to get money from the aTM with our Canadian cards. You better take cash along.
Berneray - the place to be
A wonderful cottage with excellent hosts and abeautiful location, central to all "must see" places. The beach at Bosta is just beautiful.
Great location and with epic views
We had an excellent visit to the Hebrides and it all revolved around the great location, comfort, and hospitality we found at the ard. Great central location to explore the Hebrides from along with the local knowledge that was available we were able to make the most out of our trip. We will definitely be staying at the ard when we return. Don't forget to bring your surfboards and inquire about where the best beaches are. If you are interested in top notch photographic opportunities be sure to inquire about the beautiful artwork hanging on the walls. Such a great place!
A peaceful and beautiful place with a friendly welcome.
Norma and Iain were friendly and welcoming hosts, and the ard was a cosy and comfortable place to stay with a particularly fine view over the rocks and the sea. We loved staying on Bernera and found plenty to enjoy within easy reach of the cottage, especially walking and bike riding. Our only complaint was that the stay was not long enough.
Lovely quiet location, stunning views, good walks, local cycling
We got a lovely warm welcome, which made us feel comfortable from the start. Yet our hosts were unobtrusive. The house is extremely comfortable, it has everything that is needed.Its in a quiet corner of Lewis. Great Bernera is a very special country location, yet there is a bus service.
I enjoyed being able to explore the island on a bike & on walks.
The most tranquil place on Earth.
We spent one week here in March 2012, and fell in love with the place.
The cottage and its surroundings complement each other in the most balanced way. The cottage itself is a new building unlike some which are older properties however it is not overly hi-tech, but has more than enough to make you superbly comfortable. The perfect balance.
There is ample cooking utensils and the electric cooker works great. There is a fridge which holds enough for a good few days for a couple of people. Plenty of cupboard space for tins and packets etc'. The dining table has a nice view looking down to the water, as does an outside table with 4 chairs (take a jumper for the evenings though, this isnt the Caribbean after all). This outside area is perfect for a bit of star-gazing on the clear nights.
The main bedroom has an en-suite toilet with shower, all of which are fine. There is also a bath with the jets of water which is very relaxing after a day on your feet. There is a front bedroom with 2 single beds. All of the beds are nice and comfortable, and give you a good sleep.
The owners live next door and are extremely welcoming, and extremely friendly. There is always a little bit of sceptecism when you are renting somewhere within view of the owners/hosts, but with the ard they are spot on and privacy is very well respected by all which is a delight.
I will not go into attractions as everyone has their own wishes, needs and wants for a holiday, but The ard is a thoroughly relaxing and warm place to base yourself for any activities you may wish to do on Bernera & Lewis.
I for one will return, the whole place is to me, just perfect and an example of how life should be led.
Gorgeous cottage in a great central location.
This holiday cottage is home from home. It is in a great central location for Lewis and Harris. Norma, Iain and amy were exceptionally welcoming and the welcome pack was a really lovely touch. The cottage itself is very comfortable and the bath is just a piece of heaven after a days exploring (in the cold). We had a great week in the cottage and would definitely recommend to friends/family or anyone reading this review. It is really easy to get there from either Lewis or Harris, depending on where you get the ferry to.
The cottage is in a really great location- it feels really tucked away, and yet you are on the edge of a village and within easy reach of lots of interesting sights and lovely beaches. The terrace outside is wonderful- magnificent views and outdoor seating (weather permitting of course!). Even if the weather isn't at its best, the way the comfy sofas are arranged in front of the patio doors means you can enjoy the views from the warm and dry. And the bed is just wonderful...like sleeping on a cloud! Norma and Ian are really friendly and really eager to help- from lovely touches like homemade scones and a welcome basket of local produce on arrival, to recommendations of things to do, and if you did have a problem they did all they could to help. There's also loads of information in the cottage of things to do and local events. I'd definitely recommend it and the local area. We went to Uists and Lewis in November and were very lucky to have 2 weeks of almost all dry weather. If you're happy to risk the weather and are prepared that many tourist attractions are closed it is a beautiful quiet time to visit.
Isle of Lewis
'The ard' was beautiful with fantastic facilities - clean and a high standard finnish the lit fire on arrival was very homely.Very warm and welcoming hosts. Lovely views beaches and location. All in all very relaxing weekend!
From the moment we arrived we were treated incredibly well, Norma & Iain made everything so easy for us and made us feel so welcome. The ard is a lovely, clean, warm and welcoming cottage, it has everything you could wish for in self catering accomodation...from the jacuzzi bath with mood lighting to the extremely comfortable beds, fully fitted kitchen, wood burning stove (the house is so warm there was no need to light it)and for those of you who can't bear to be away from the TV for long, all you could ask for in technology! The ard has such a lovely homely feel to it, you could easily stay indoors...if the stunning scenery didn't entice you out! Great Bernera is a beautiful Island, with lovely walks, stunning beaches and very helpful, friendly locals. We had a wonderful time at The ard and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get away from it all and experience true peace and tranquility.
This is a very special place, run by helpful, friendly holiday h
We still have really happy memories of our holiday in the ard months later.
Great Bernara is perhaps the most relaxing area of Lewis we have stayed in, and the ard more than met our expectations. There was plenty of room for the four of us, including two teenage girls, and the excellent bathroom facilities were invaluable. The wii and wifi were the icing on the cake. The deck and the living room were both perfect places to gaze at the lovely view and watch the amazing sunsets.
Norma had worked hard to provide everything we could wish for, and was always available when we needed advice. The standard of the accommodation was excellent; we felt pampered and special.
Lewis is a very special place. We went feeling tired and stressed. The island and the ard both helped us to relax and thoroughly enjoy our holiday.
A brilliant getaway
We booked The ard because we wanted a quiet, get-away-from-it-all holiday. It delivered exactly what we were looking for. The accommodation is first-class, very well presented and easily big enough for us - that's 2 adults, and children 13, 10 and 6.
Norma and Iain are first-class hosts - ready to welcome us and settle us in, and available to dispense advice on the local area - but allowed us complete privacy otherwise.
The local area is stunning - views over Loch Roag from the property are amazing. And a few minutes drive to Bosta Beach, which along with all the other beaches in Lewise / Bernera, is huge, pristine and deserted.
Overall - absolutely excellent.
We had a fantastic time at the ard. There were so many positives for us I'm struggling to know where to start.
The Great Bernera location was an excellent base for exploring both Lewis and Harris. We squeezed a lot into our time there -Ness to Tarbert- but could easily have found more to do with a second or even third week.
The accomodation and facilities at The ard really are first class. Frankly, I doubt I'd have been disappointed with the same standards in a top starred hotel. The owners have clearly invested a lot of time and effort and should rightly be proud of their hard work.
We're both fairly active, outdoorsy, people and the self-catering option was a flexible and perfect choice for us.
We liked the fact that the hosts were warm, friendly and readily available for advice on the very few occassions we sought it. Conversely, we appreciated they gave us to relax and chill out in such a beautiful setting. I know from previous holiday experiences elsewhere this is a difficult balance to achieve and our hosts pitched it perfectly.
Will be back and would recommend the ard unreservedly.
This was a beautiful house in a perfect setting.
There was nothing missing from this house, just like home, the extra little touches made all the difference. It was set in a very peaceful place, just the spot if you hate shopping like me! pity about the weather.
New Year Escape at the ard
The ard Cottage is fully equiped and has everything necessary for an amazing stay in one of the most beautiful areas i have been to. We were made to feel completely at home and Iain and Norma were great hosts. Couldn't of asked for better and will be be for sure.
Absolutely fantastic, it has everything & more
I stayed in the ard in October 2011 with my Sister & niece,
Wonderful accommodation and delightful hosts !!
Great base for exploring The Friendly Heather Isle,
Bosta beach is beautiful and well worth a visit along with Uig Beach, Callanish
Stones, Whale Bone arch & Butt of Lewis. Can't wait to go back to explore the rest !!
J & M Gray
Luxury cottage on the beautiful island of Bernera
The ard is superbly equipped, sparkling clean and extremely comfortable. The owners are very welcoming and helpful without being interfering. No matter the weather the views are great and with a community cafe/museum, the beautiful beaches and scenery our stay was never dull. We loved the feeling of escape and freedom. We have already booked for summer 2012 as we enjoyed our stay so much in one of Scotland's best kept secrets.