Lews Castle

UK Scotland Scottish Isles

  • Sleeps 2–6
  • Quirky & Unique

Eye-catching, harbour-view castle with sumptuous en-suite bedrooms, suites and self-catering apartments.

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Talk about accommodation befitting the location – it's hard to beat the special statement made by Lews Castle, which lords it over Stornoway harbour on the Isle of Lewis. This mid-19th-century Gothic Revival pile is set in community-owned woodland, parkland and gardens, and following a sumptuous restoration now features a wide range of luxury, self-catering apartments and suites on the upper floors, tucked in amongst the turrets and towers.

It's an amazing location and the interior stylings do it justice – these are classy, contemporary lodgings in largely muted colours, with swish, locally sourced, designer furnishings and luxurious bathrooms. There's a wide choice available, from some basic en-suite rooms with limited views (though only 'basic' in the context of the rest) to deluxe three-bedroom apartments with high ceilings and glorious harbour panoramas. The cheaper bedrooms don't have a kitchen and might be tucked into a hideaway space or two, but you still get an en-suite bathroom and tea- and coffee-making facilities. By the time you're looking at two- and three-bed apartments, you're getting individually styled en-suite bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, a grand family bathroom, and views that make it seem like you've virtually in the harbour with the boats. Really, you need to consult the website and floorplans to get the best idea of what would suit your needs – whether that's a freestanding bathtub in a room that might otherwise only have partial rooftop views, the one pet-friendly apartment, or a huge open-plan living space.

The rather lordly style continues in the public areas, from restored ballroom to fancy whisky bar, and there's a smart daytime cafe on site that serves locally inspired dishes. Beyond the gorgeous grounds, with their walks and views, it's a short way down to the town and harbour, or a drive out to remote, white-sand beaches, standing stones, whisky distilleries, craft workshops and isolated harbours – all the things that make Lewis an extraordinary destination, now with spectacular accommodation to match.

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Facilities

As part of the grand revival, the upper floors of Lews Castle are now home to a warren of palatial self-catering apartments and contemporary suites, each unique in character and offering a luxurious stay amongst the turrets and towers. Offering sweeping views of Stornoway Harbour, sumptuous décor, authentic island details (think Harris Tweed and Hebridean prints) and exceptional bathrooms, there is nowhere finer to rest your head during your escape to the Outer Hebrides.

On the ground floor, wander the star-lined corridors, delicately restored ballroom, peaceful family room and opulent whisky bar, before tucking into deliciously, handcrafted island dishes in our popular Storehouse Café.

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The Owner Says

Perched on an ancient incline, with unbeatable views over the inky blue waters of Stornoway (keep your eyes peeled for the seals bobbing amongst the gentle waves!), this inspiring, gothic-revival style castle hails from the mid-1800s. Commissioned by Sir James Matheson, its historic walls have harboured nobility, WW2 hospital patients, college students and school children, but now, after a dedicated restoration, has opened its doors to visitors from across the globe to enjoy and explore through a range of self-catering apartments.

Location

Contact Website  01625 416 430  Lews Castle, Lews Castle, Stornoway HS2 0XP

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Features

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Groups welcome
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Accessible Rooms
  • Disabled facilities
  • Wedding Venue
  • Welcome Pack
  • Five-Star Luxury
  • Historic
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Something Different
  • Waterside
  • Castle

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