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 had a wonderful time at The Broch. The accommodation is amazing and views, while not directly of the ocean, were lovely and peaceful. We loved watching the sheep and birds, and the changing and dramatic weather. It is fully equipped with everything we needed for a fantastic self-catering experience. The linens and towels were top rate. Could do with better instruction on the use of the appliances (we are not from the UK or EU), but were able to figure them and cook super meals just as planned. Our only complaint was that the chairs and sofa in the lounge were just too big for our size....more
This is a little gem of a place to stay. The house has everything you need for your stay, you only need to pack your clothes. Its easy to find, cosy and comfortable, and spectacular scenery from every window. Customer service is first class from initially being greeted at the house to providing witnesses for our wedding. Steep in the bath whilst admiring the view, wrap up in the bathrobe provided, light the log fire and watch the sun set over the beach with a slice of home made fruitcake from the tea tray. Its a quirky, quality property in a location which is very difficult to leave.