The Happy Bishop

Valtos, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Type:Self Catering

From £120.00

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About

Described by The Times as 'the ultimate Hebridean hideaway', The Happy Bishop is a striking, contemporary and energy efficient home in a dramatic setting, based in Uig on the Valtos / Kneep / Reef peninsula (which is in one of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas).  Remote, wild and peaceful.  Nature in abundance.

A thriving crofting community surrounded by spectacular mountains, rugged coastline and with stunning white sand beaches; the Uig area makes a perfect holiday destination. The area also provides easy access up to both North Lewis and down to South Harris, as well as only being a short trip into Stornoway. 

Clad in Siberian larch and with a sloping, living roof, the Happy Bishop blends in naturally with its surroundings whilst offering luxury accommodation and stunning views.  Underfloor heating (powered by an air source heat pump) keeps the floors warm underfoot and the floor to ceiling windows improve solar gain. Built with sustainable living in mind. 

The open plan living room, dining room and kitchen is the focal point of the house with its picture window island views and its sliding doors opening on to the decked balcony. 

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you might need for dining in, including store cupboard oils and spices and even a slow cooker for homely meals to come back to at the end of the day.  There are cookery books for inspiration and we also provide a picnic bag and flask for those days when you are out and about.

The dining area, as well as having a large table with two comfortable chairs for dining, also has two wicker chairs with Harris tweed cushions where you can sit with your morning coffee/tea watching the wildlife, the sea and the big skies. We provide ground coffee for the cafetière and a Nespresso machine (with a selection of recyclable vertuo pods) as well as a selection of teas (caff / decaff) which should set you up for the day ahead. 

The seating area has a large comfortable sofa and there is a big bookshelf stocked with information about the local area as well as a book swap shelf and other gems.  Free WIFI, a smart television with streaming services, and an Anker Bluetooth speaker keep you connected. 

A partly screened platform at one end of the room leads to an office/chill out space. You may wish to take an afternoon nap or start writing that book you have always wanted to write!

There is a king sized bed in the bedroom and built in wardrobes with ample hanging space and drawers (including a hair dryer and iron/ironing board). The Jack and Jill bathroom embodies luxury, with a large walk in shower with constant hot water and natural, ethical toiletries. Egyptian cotton towels and luxurious bedding ensure a good night’s sleep. 

There is a spacious hall area with yoga mats and mindful colouring books as well as lots of books and games to enjoy in the seating area. The Happy Bishop will help you to relax and recharge. You may not even want to leave the house!

Outside we have a fully fenced garden and we offer the use of a kayak to our guests. We also have an outside hose to wash down any swimwear/wetsuits or muddy dogs and a clothes line for hanging things out to dry. 

We can accommodate up to two guests and furry friends are welcome too!  

The Uig area is rich in history and archaeology, as well as being home to fascinating creatures like white-tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, corncrakes, cuckoos, otters, seals and more. Embraced by breathtaking landscapes and mountains, untamed coastlines and pristine white shell sand beaches; the area beckons travellers seeking an exceptional getaway.  

The hen harriers, great skuas, gannets, arctic terns, basking sharks, minke whales, orcas, the Gaelic language and music, the untamed open spaces, rocky sea stacks, unspoiled land and nature all contribute to the beauty of the area. Here, time flows to a more tranquil rhythm, enabling you to immerse yourself in the area’s extraordinary charm.  With its awe-inspiring landscapes, historical landmarks, abundant, breathtaking wildlife and some of the most magnificent beaches, the area caters to a diverse range of interests. Whether you're drawn to hiking, wild swimming, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, or capturing nature's beauty through your lens or simply enjoying the serene panorama through the picture window or from the deck of the Happy Bishop, there is something special for every visitor.  

Welcome! 

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Type licence Full (first) 

 Licence No: ES01051F

Date of expiry 4 Jan 2027 

No of guests: 2 

Furry friends welcome 

EPC rating C

Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
1
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
The Happy Bishopfrom £120.00 to £225.00 per unit per night

*From £120 out of season to £225 per night in season. Minimum 3 night stays out of season and 3, 4 or 7 night stays (Tues/Sat check in/out) in season

Facilities

Catering

  • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles - UIG SANDS RESTAURANT AND UIG COMMUNITY CAFÉ ARE A 10-MINUTE DRIVE, THE EDGE CAFÉ IS15 MINUTES AWAY.
  • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop - UIG COMMUNITY SHOP IS A 10-MINUTE DRIVE

Domestic

  • Dishwasher
  • Drying Facilities - CLOTHES AIRER / DRYING RACK
  • Electric Cooker
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer Available
  • Heating Throughout Property - UNDERFLOOR HEATING VIA AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP
  • Iron Available
  • Kitchen - FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN AND NESPRESSO MACHINE (RECYCLABLE VERTUO PODS)
  • Laundry Service Available - WASHING MACHINE IN HOUSE AND FULL LAUNDRY SERVICE AVAILABLE IN UIG COMMUNITY SHOP OR STORNOWAY
  • Linen Provided
  • Lounge - LARGE OPEN PLAN LOUNGE/DINING ROOM/KITCHEN WITH FLOOR TO CEILING PICTURE WINDOWS OPENING OUT ON TO A LARGE DECKING AREA
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Drying Facility - WASHING LINE
  • Private Bathroom - LUXURIOUS BATHROOM WITH LARGE WALK-IN SHOWER
  • Shower - CONSTANT HOT WATER
  • Towels Provided - EGYPTIAN COTTON AND BEACH TOWELS PROVIDED IN SEASON
  • Wash Hand Basin - ETHICAL TOILETRIES PROVIDED
  • Washing Machine
  • WC EnSuite

Facilities

  • Disabled Access - BUT NOTE STEEP PATH UP TO FRONT DOOR
  • Internet Access
  • No Smoking Permitted
  • Picnic Area

Languages Spoken

  • French Speaking - A LITTLE
  • German Speaking

Leisure Facilities

  • Entertainment Available
  • Garden - FULLY FENCED
  • Hi-Fi - ANKER BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities - YOGA MATS, BOOKS, GAMES, MINDFUL COLOURING, FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN FOR COOKING AND BAKING
  • Outdoor Recreational Facilities - HISTORIC SITES, NATURE AND WILDLIFE ON THE DOORSTEP, BOAT TRIPS, WALKING, SWIMMING, SURFING, SNORKELLING, FISHING, HIKING, FINE DINING AT UIG SANDS AND FLAVOUR (HARRIS), STARGAZING (YOU MAY EVEN SEE THE AURORA BOREALIS)
  • Radio
  • Television - SMART TV WITH STREAMING SERVICES
  • TV Lounge
  • WiFi

Location

  • Coastal Location - WHITE SANDY BEACHES ON THE DOORSTEP
  • Island Location - LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL UIG AREA ON THE ISLE OF LEWIS
  • Mountains area
  • Remote Location
  • Rural Location
  • Sea/Loch View - STUNNING VIEWS FROM THE FLOOR TO CEILING WINDOWS OUT TO THE ATLANTIC AND OVER TOWARDS THE ISLAND OF PABBAY
  • Village Location
  • Waterfront Location

Payment Methods

  • American Express Card
  • Debit Card - IF IT CAN BE PROCESSED AS A CREDIT CARD
  • JCB Card
  • Mastercard
  • Paypal
  • VISA Card

Special Requirements

  • Allergy Sufferers - HARD FLOORS, BEDDING SUITABLE FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS (BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO ACCEPT DOGS)
  • Business Travellers
  • Disabled Citizens
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Families - MAXIMUM OF 2 GUESTS
  • Non smokers
  • Pets Welcome
  • Senior Citizens
  • Single Travellers
  • Young People

Transport

  • Bike Storage Available - NO INDOOR STORAGE BUT CAN BE STORED OUTSIDE IN PRIVATE GARDEN
  • Cycle Hire Nearby - IN KIRKIBOST AND STORNOWAY
  • Disabled Parking - UPHILL PATH FROM PARKING AREA TO PROPERTY
  • On Public Transport Route - LIMITED LOCAL BUS SERVICE
  • Parking - PRIVATE

Special Offers/Late Availability

  • Dates available: 16 April to 22 and 25-28 April 

    Late Availability - redeem this special offer immediately

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Map & Directions

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Awards

  • Other AwardsOuter Hebrides Tourism Member Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020
  • Other AwardsPlatinum Listing Platinum Listing 2020

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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