Three weeks before I’m due to have my first baby, it’s fair to say it’s not easy to relax, but to my surprise last weekend that’s exactly what happened.
The best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages may have had something to do with the super king size bed with plush Egyptian cotton bed linen, the blackout curtains and no alarm clock, but the overall ambiance of Eagle Bay Cottages is just the tonic for a complete escape from it all.
Carved out of a cliff face within the village of Keose, the two 5-star cottages are completely secluded not only from the trickle of traffic through the township itself, but also from each other with each protected by a rock face embrace and embedded on their own level overlooking Loch Erisort.
The 180 degree view from the main room is without a doubt hypnotising and you can imagine that many an hour could disappear with the viewer lost in the changing picture unfolding outside.
Arriving early evening in bright blustery conditions, we were immediately drawn by the pull of the panoramic view.
As the evening drew in, the fading light of the scene looking over to South Lochs and beyond to Harris continued to keep our attention and despite the inclusion of a Smart HD TV and a huge library of films, we didn’t feel the urge to draw the thick curtains and close out the darkening night.
And just as we thought we had seen it all, we were treated to a brief flyover from the cottage’s namesake eagle swooping low in front of our ‘home’.
As darkness descended the cloud cover meant there was little to be seen through our cottage’s resident telescope, but for star gazers on the right night, this would be a wonderful addition.
Eagle Bay Cottages were a long time vision of their owners who live just around the corner and have been meticulously built by local contractors Ian Mackenzie & Son in a design by Lewis-based architect Stuart Bagshaw.
Using rock from an original family blackhouse home on the croft, the remaining stone was sourced from Ardhasaig Quarry.
With similar cottages in other locations based on designs by award-winning architect Stuart, the result is a winning formula using traditional materials to create a luxury ultra modern home from home.
The attention to detail in Eagle Bay Cottages is hard to overstate with the hosts providing not only breakfast supplies and luxury cosmetics but also a host of local literature, a library of films for a cosy night and even some ultra warm arran wool blankets to snuggle up with.
The fully equipped, high-end kitchen with adjacent dining area and lengthy breakfast bar allow for any occasion and the spacious open plan living space with underfloor heating, a roaring log fire and stunning lighting throughout make it the perfect site to relax and unwind and that’s even before you’ve discovered the huge double-ended bath within the luxury bathroom, a rainfall shower and sauna.
Although we live on Lewis and everyday we are treated to the beauty of the island scenery, our stay at Eagle Bay Cottages brought about a real lightbulb moment of island appreciation.
As we have breakfast gazing out at the view which is different again this morning with some dark clouds overhead, we can’t help but feel that these cottages will bring many a happy memory to visitors in the years ahead.
Secluded, secretive, mysterious, they are a taste of luxury hidden in the cliff face and whether that’s for locals or visitors from afar, they are quite literally a hidden gem, as you won’t find them unless you know where to look.
Awarded 5-stars by Visit Scotland Quality Assurance for self-catering, the cottages are available for bookings now.