ABOUT TAIGH SOLUS
The house is best described as being divided in two sections, the old house and the new house. There are 2 separate external doors and a conjoing internal door. On entering the main door to the new house, you enter an large open plan kitchen which leads onto the main sitting room. This sitting room can be separated with curtains if privacy is required. It has 3 large and very comfortable settees. These living areas are surrounded by very large windows which afford beautiful uninterrupted views to the loch, the river system, the sea and the hills to the West. Sea conditions can easily be gauged from these rooms and many species of birds can be observed close up. A bath/shower room is situated off the sitting room, through the utility room. On entering the house for the first time, most people's reaction is to say "wow".
The kitchen is very well provisioned for high quality cooking. It has a Smeg 5 ring gas cooker with 2 electric ovens. There is also a small oven and microwave to hand and, of course, a dishwasher. It has a very sociable breakfast bar which seats 4. Chat to the cook as you enjoy the views - or use the dining table which seats 6 if you fancy a more formal meal. The spiral stair in the kitchen leads to the master bedroom Nead Starraig (The crow's nest). It is an exceptionally spacious space with a King size bed, table and armchairs It also doubles as an extra sitting room with Velux windows built into the roof and wall giving fantastic views to the setting sun. The ensuite bathroom has a separate shower from where you can also enjoy the views.
Access to the old part of the house is through the original blackhouse door. Be aware that if you are over 1m 66cm then you will need to bend down slightly to enter (alternatively, exit main door and enter through the external door of the old house). When building the house I decided to keep the original entrance as it part of our cultural heritage and helps to maintain the character of the house. On entering either door, you will find yourself in seòmar leabhraichean (room of books ). It is snug and cosy but spacious and with ample comfortable seating for several people with a beautiful bookcase made by Tim Stead and it contains a wealth of interesting and informative books, including Gaelic dictionaries, maps and sea - charts. Leading to the two other bed rooms is a wooden staircase where can be found Nead dreathain-dhuinn (the Wren's nest) to the right and Nead brù-dhearg (the Robin's nest).These are compact in comparison to the master bedroom but both have ample space and well furnished , with excellent views to the sea. In between these 2 rooms is a compact toilet/shower room.
The house is floored entirely in solid wood (with several rugs) Wood features strongly throughout the house. The house is freshly decorated.. As the house is set away from the main road, it is very peaceful and a good refreshing sleep is one of the pleasures offered. It also contains various bits of art that I have collected over the years, so there is always something of interest to occupy the mind. There are two televisions, one in the main sitting room and one in the master bedroom. I have purposely excluded them from the old part of the house to offer a peaceful refuge for those seeking it, although BT broadband Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.
Excellent bus services to Stornoway and should you not fancy cooking, there is a fantastic delicatessen and take away, 40 North, situated less than 1 mile away in the village of Bragar. You will find this exceptional house to be unique and with a lovely peaceful and welcoming atmosphere and unlike any house you have ever stayed in.
Where are we?
Taigh Solus is situated in the sleepy historic village of Arnol on the West Side of the Isle of Lewis, in the Heart of the Gaeltach.