The all round sporting dream on the Isle of Lewis

24 May 2017

One of the last truly wild and unspoilt natural environments left in Britain, the Isle of Lewis, is a land of stunning coastline and dramatic landscapes. Its standing stones, deserted beaches and, at times, Caribbean-blue sea, have captured the imagination since Neolithic times, and now there is an opportunity to be part of it, with the sale of Barvas Estate.

A mere 2 hours and 45 minutes by ferry from Ullapool or a short flight from Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, Lewis feels like a million miles away from the hurly burly of modern life, but is in fact very easy to get to.

Savills has been appointed to market what some have described as ‘a year round sportsman’s paradise’, so called because of the wild sport that can take place at Barvas (12 miles from Stornoway) for almost ten months of the year: an unusually long season. In spring and into the summer there is superb salmon and trout fishing; through the autumn grouse, snipe and wildfowl provide stimulating sport, while late autumn and into the winter sees opportunities for red deer stalking and woodcock shooting.

The estate includes a welcoming and comfortable eight bedroom lodge and two cottages (currently inhabited by the housekeeper and gamekeeper) along with spectacular salmon and trout fishing over the Barvas River including the 245 acre Loch Barvas the Arnol River. The estate has a 25 year lease for the shooting and stalking rights over 34,200 acres – land that was formerly owned by the estate but which now belongs to the Barvas Community Trust.

Barvas Lodge, originally a late 18th or early 19th century inn, is set in a peaceful spot close to the shore of Loch Barvas with the Barvas River flowing just 150 metres from the end of the garden: perfect for casting an impromptu line at any time of day. The lodge sleeps up to 13 and provides all the home comforts and practicalities required by sporting groups and extended family parties. Well maintained, the property has real character, with painted tongue and groove panelling, sash and case windows and cosy working open fires in most rooms. The two staff cottages are close to the lodge; both have three bedrooms and have been equally well looked after.

Savills’ Luke French explains why this is such a special place: “ ’Unique’ is an over-used word, but Barvas Estate truly is one of a kind. Its surroundings on Lewis are utterly breathtaking, with the cloudscapes and light over the water continually changing. It is the kind of place where beach picnics and boat trips create indelible childhood memories, and where the sheer sense of space and tranquility can soothe even the most stressed of city dwellers. For fishermen, the opportunity to enjoy first class salmon and trout fishing on not one, but two complete river systems is a rare joy, while field sport connoisseurs will find so much to appreciate with the variety of wild game and terrain. The lodge lends itself as much to big family summer holidays as it does to keen sporting parties. Barvas is simply a wonderful, and yes, unique opportunity to own an island estate like no other.”

 
 

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