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.
We were really impressed by the size of Rock House. The web photos do not do it justice. The choice and quality of the furnishings , plus local bric-a-brac all add to a feel of luxury. We could have done with a small table for our champagne glasses while soaking in the bath! The position and views , as well as the local walks were second to none.
Finally Camille and her team were always willing and helpful, and we were glad to visit them and thank them personally.
Harris too was a very welcoming Island and we had a fabulous Burns Night at the Bay centre !
Thank you !