ISLE OF BARRA
Alona Croft Cottage
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Alona is an old Gaelic word meaning exquisitely beautiful, a description which clearly applies to our delightful cottage and its idyllic surroundings. Alona stands just a few yards from the famous Cockle strand beach (Traigh Mhor) with its vast bay of white sand fringed by turquoise sea. It is here that the daily plane from Glasgow lands on the beach. The only runway in the world washed twice daily by the sea. Traigh Mhor is separated from an even more beautiful beach by a narrow isthmus of land, largely made up of sand dunes. This beach, Traigh Eais, is a wide expanse of pure white sand stretching for over a mile, lapped by Atlantic rollers. Alona is the perfect place to stay in Barra. It is situated in the hamlet of Ardmhor in what is generally considered to be the most beautiful part of the island. Ardmhor is conveniently located just one mile from the Eriskay ferry and a similar distance from the airport and Northbay. Northbay is the second largest village on the island and is home to an excellent hotel, The Heathbank, which has a public bar and serves meals to non-residents. We acquired the cottage in 2010 and spent most of 2011 undertaking a full renovation with new furniture floorings and fittings in every room. The work has been completed to a very high standard throughout as can be seen from the accompanying photographs. The cottage can accommodate four people in two bedrooms – one double with king size bed and the other with two single beds. It is ideal for a family of up to four. The accommodation comprises the following-; Lounge – Lounge with two settees, multi fuel burning stove, television and DVD player. Kitchen/ Dining room - halogen hob, built in electric oven, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, dining table and four chairs. Bathroom  – Curved shower bath, toilet and washbasin. Bedroom 1 – King-size bed with 1500 spring mattress and duvet. Bedroom 2 – Twin beds with duvets. Alona was substantially rebuilt 13 years ago and is highly insulated. It is very warm and cosy and provides the opportunity to stay in an authentic crofter’s cottage whilst enjoying all the comforts and mod cons of the 21st century. We have almost 40 years of experience in visiting the islands and therefore know them almost as well as many of the locals. We have prepared a comprehensive guide of things to do and what to see on Barra and neighbouring islands such as Vatersay, Eriskay, and Mingulay and are in the process of compiling a library of local books and DVDs. If there is anything you wish to know about the cottage or the island, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our terms (inclusive of all linen, towels and electricity) are -: Our terms (inclusive of all linen, towels and electricity) are-: £450 per week July £400 per week May, June and August £350 April and September (Easter £400) £300 October to March Special terms available on request for Christmas and New Year.  Bookings are normally from Saturday to Saturday but it may be possible to vary this in early or late season. Alona is a non- smoking cottage and we are sorry but we cannot accommodate pets. If you require any further information please call either 01995670931 or 07833644200 or write to -: Paul and Martine Hayhurst 10 Linden Fold Elswick Preston PR4 3YF E mail alona12@btinternet.com We have now been letting the cottage for just over two years and everyone that has stayed there has loved it and has provided favourable feedback. The following are just some of the comments that we have received-: ‘Alona cottage is first class. Cosy bed, loved the fire in the evening and a very well equipped kitchen. Many thanks for your beautiful cottage’ ‘The cottage is lovely and in a great location not too far from Castlebay and close to the beaches near the airport’ ‘Fell in love with the cottage the moment we saw it. A true home from home. Love the fire especially. Spotless, charming but with all the mod cons, even found the hairdryer on the first night. All in all a fabulous experience, totally chilled, great scenery and pace of life’ ‘Loved the cottage and the way that it is done up in colours of sea and sand. The cottage is terrific, fully equipped and very comfortable. How many holiday homes have a sea eagle fly by in the morning’ ‘Your homely cottage is well placed at the north end and so comfortable, the kitchen is the best self-catering one found yet. We have to come back as there is so much more to do’ ‘We found the cottage to be lovely warm and beautifully looked after and had a great week. Many thanks’ ‘Just a note to say that we thoroughly enjoyed your lovely cottage. You have done it up beautifully and sympathetically, and it made an excellent home from home for us’ ‘I can see why you bought the cottage and it must be a real thrill to have it. I wish you many happy times there. I feel very lucky to have found a place to retreat to, and very much hope to be back soon’ ‘Just to let you know that we had a very enjoyable time at the cottage. Everything was perfect and the bed was extremely comfortable. You are very lucky to have such a lovely spot’ ‘I have enjoyed my break and staying at the cottage. It felt quite like home’
ISLE OF BARRA