The inspiration for this truly unique building came from dwellings that were scattered across the Scottish coastline during the iron age. This is probably the first broch built in the UK since the Roman era, and the vision was to make it appear as if 21st century comforts had been transplanted within an ancient ruin.
Standing three stories high, the Broch’s main aspect commands views over the wooded Borve Valley direct towards the distant ruin of an iron age citadel, in keeping with the ancient tradition of having a network of keeps within line of sight. The Broch pushed the boundaries of dry-stone wall methods. Drawing inspiration from the Broch at Carloway on Lewis, stones were placed in random configuration, with the base stones being nearly 2ms wide, before tapering upwards. Massive lintel stones sit above each window, and slate ramps ensure rain runs down and off windowsills. The roof is crowned with turf, and the Broch is entered across a slate draw-bridge.
While this appeared expensive when we originally booked it (we were lucky to get 3 nights free during a recent trip to Harris) we arrived up the steep drive to find a simply beautifully located and designed 3 storey dwelling. Every comfort is provided - welcome pack of local fare, Ishtar toiletries, well stocked kitchen, air source heat pump system which was amazingly effective. Seems a little indulgent for just 2 but was wonderfully relaxing to simply sit by the floor to ceiling windows and watch the weather develop each day (and night) views of beach and sea and mountains all at once. Place ...more
We have really enjoyed our second stay at the Rock House but did have annoying problems with the Television, although Camille responded with flying colours. Only disappointment is that it is booked up next year when we would have liked to come. Obviously becoming more popular