Lewis is an island full of beautiful villages, off the main roads and out if sight are unexpected gems with unbelievable views.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with Brue, one such village on the Westside of the island, they are in for a treat.
Christine and Stephen Phipps have been living in Brue for over seven years now, and you can tell they will never tire of staring out their windows.
The house, a four bedroomed 90’s property with all the reception rooms facing out to the sea, is in the ideal location to marvel over the water at Bravas Bay, with Barvas Loch running into it and the machair of the Barvas Estate.
The white beaches sparkle on a sunny day and even on the dreichest of May mornings the sight is enough to stop you in your tracks.
“When we first came it was hard not to look out the windows. I’d find Steve staring out with the binoculars,” Christine laughed. “The view changes by the hour, we can see the weather coming. You can never be bored of the view.”
The couple, who moved from Hampshire after Steve took an early retirement, originally rented the house for 18 months before buying it six years ago.
“We came to visit,” Christine explained. “And we just thought this seems to be the place we want to be. We fell in love with it. The house ticked every box for everything we need, except for being a bit too big.”
The property itself is a large, bright, spacious and surprisingly warm home, in part due to the multi fuel burner they installed in the lounge and the quality of the build itself.
The study, or fourth bedroom, which has it’s own separate staircase and is situated above the garage, is a particularly lovely room with skylights looking over the sea view and slopping ceilings that give it an extra charm.
“Everything has been redecorated,” Steve explained. “We have basically updated it.”
Christine added: “We didn’t have much furniture with us when we moved but it was fun doing it up because we had 18 months to think about it.”
The move from the mainland to Brue has been something the couple have treasured. Steve, who is on the committee of the Stornoway Sea Angling Club, and Christine, who has been working with the Lewis branch of the SSPCA, are both obviously very attached to the community in Brue and Lewis as a whole.
“They are lovely, lovely people, they have made us so welcome. We’ve been very lucky” Christine said. “Especially our neighbours Ken and Margaret,” Steve added. “They made us so welcome.”
And for anyone who is considering to move to the island, like Christine and Steve did seven years ago, they have some sound advice: “Go for it definitely,” says Christine. “We’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s been an adventure.”
Steve agreed: “It’s not until you’ve lived and worked in places like Outer London, queuing in four lanes of traffic at 5am to get to work, commuting over 100 miles a day, that you appreciate a place like this.”
* 7 Brue, Westside, Isle of Lewis
* 3 bedrooms - one with en-suite
* 4th bedroom/ office
* Dining room and kitchen
* Large lounge
* Family room
* Large upstairs bathroom
* Utility room
* Downstairs WC
* 1/4 acre of agricultural land to rear
* Two garages, could be used for workshop or studio
* Large garden and off street parking
Contact: Ken Macdonald & Co, 9 Kenneth Street, Stornoway - 01851-704040.
Offers in the region of £249,500