Borve Lodge in Scotland’s remote West Harris is right out a glorious dream — if, of course, that dream included a luxury hunting lodge once owned by the 7th Earl of Dunmore.
Fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, the nine-bedroom estate offers panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean and sweeping views along the wild West Harris coast. Rent the home for the night, week or longer and enjoy services of a former Scot Guardsman turned estate manager and concierge as well as a private chef who serves local venison, fish and vegetables sourced from the estate’s own garden. Naturally, daily housekeeping is also included
West Harris and this coastal wonderland is both a playground for the adventurous, and perfect for families who are looking to be at one with the elements. Activities include sea fishing, fly-fishing, deer-stalking, lobster potting, photography expeditions, wildlife watching, hill walking, biking, kayaking, sailing, kite-surfing, picnics, and a trip to Luskentyre Sands (cited as one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain) or the revered island of St Kilda ….to name but a few.
The wild and beautiful Island of Taransay, also owned by the Estate and location of the BBC series Castaway 2000, offers an additional 3,500 acres of rugged, pristine wilderness for a fix of beaches, mountains, ancient ruins, sightings of deer, seals and birdlife, as well as foraging, beach BBQs and storm watching expeditions.
Don’t need quite all nine bedrooms? The Broch and The Rock House are additional on property cottages designed for couples. These extraordinary buildings, both of which push the boundaries of dry-stone wall techniques, were inspired by the early settlements scattered along the Scottish coastline during the iron age.
The Broch, a 21st century take on a bronze-age fortress, constructed with 3 billion year old stone, is a light-filled space, dotted with design highlights and includes a windblown beech tree staircase with each floor linked by an artisan balustrade of woven iron and glass. With stunning views over the wooded Borve Valley, towards the distant ruin of an ancient citadel, and up into the night sky from the four-poster bed, guests will feel they are completely in-tune with the Harris landscape.
The Rock House blends into the natural rock terracing above Borve Beach, enveloped in ancient stone and heather. Standing stones and iconic rocks comprise the walls, the heaviest being 9.5 tons, whilst a turf roof blends the house into the peaty hillside. Inside, the look is minimalist with furniture made from driftwood and tiles from dark slate. The Rock House is a perfect spot for watching the Atlantic waves roll in thanks to the panoramic, floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Seven nights at Borve Lodge, on a fully catered basis (excluding alcohol) for up to 14 guests, starts from about $20,000 This includes Scottish breakfast, packed luncheons, afternoon tea and a three course dinner every evening, as well as the services of the estate chef, hostess and housekeeping.
The price also includes access to the full range of estate activities and staff, including use of the landing craft and 10m RIB for trips to the estate owned island of Taransay and local beaches. There is also exclusive use of the estate Salmon and Sea Trout fishery with the services of up to 3 ghillies, as well as deer stalking, walked up game shooting, sea fishing, and lobster potting in season, subject to availability.