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The inspiration for the Cottage

The inspiration to build Beach Bay Cottage was triggered when we fell in love with the plot of land in Carnish which looks over one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We wanted to do the site justice and reflect the vernacular of Uig which is part of a National Scenic Area.

We soon settled on a design heavily based on a traditional Lewis black-house merged with a Neolithic underground dwelling. George’s grandfather was born and raised in a blackhouse for much of his life and they have always held a fascination for him. This, coupled with a meeting with our architect, saw us come up with the fantastic vision for the design that we’ve now built and you have a chance to stay in!

The cottage was designed by local architect, Stuart Bagshaw, who has established a reputation for designing unique luxury cottages which incorporate the best of ancient and local designs, blending in with and reflecting the natural beauty of the area as well as carefully considering their environmental impact.  The cottage was built entirely by local tradesmen with a significant portion of locally sourced material.


Following along the lines of the traditional Blackhouse, but also inspired by neolithic houses discovered in the Hebrides, architect Stuart Bagshaw has designed another wonderful example of an ancient and modern mix.  The interior designed for luxury self-catering accommodation, the look is traditional, the ethos is eco-friendly!

Stuart won Kevin MacLeod’s prestigious television Grand Design award for Black Sheep House, but Beach Bay is his latest creation in what has got to be the most stunning location.

Black houses or Tigh Dhub in Gaelic

Lewis black houses have provided the islanders’ shelter for hundreds of years and are traditionally built on the family croft.

The hard bedrock of the land provided the foundation with the walls built up of local stone and insulated with turf and soil. With trees being rare on the Outer Hebrides, roof trusses and timbers we often made of driftwood recovered after Atlantic storms. The roofs were made weatherproof with various materials including turf, tradition straw thatch, heather thatch and even seaweed!