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.
Really enjoyed our stay and the facilities but felt the late check in time and early departure time impacted on our overall 3 night stay. Driving round the island in rain for 6 hours wasn’t the best of starts to our break away, and a 9:00 departure is too early in my view.
Hopefully as Covid restrictions sub side this will not be a problem for other guests.
The Rock House was absolutely fantastic. The location in the south of Harris was great for nearby beaches. Everything in the house was clean and felt luxurious. We were there during a beautiful summer week, so spent lots of time out at the picnic table. I can imagine it to be a very warm and welcoming house in the winter months too with the beautiful fire place.