30 April 2021
It’s been almost two years to the day since we packed up and left Germany to start our new life on the Hebridean island of Great Bernera.
A large part of the past 24 months has been spent in renovating the house to how we want it. We started with the rooms most urgently in need of renovation and have just finished decorating the final room this month. As we’ve been going through each of the rooms, we’ve been adding insulation to the walls to keep the heat in and reduce fuel consumption.
The first room we completed was the breakfast room (pictured above), followed by the two single rooms. Although we weren’t completely ‘finished’ with our renovations, we opened the B&B anyway in the summer of 2020. We figured that waiting until everything was ‘perfect’ is simply a form of procrastination (after all, ‘perfection’ doesn’t exist). We’ve learned that, whatever product or service you’re offering, it’s better to put it out there before it’s completely ‘ready’ and get valuable feedback from your target audience so that you can improve. This is what we’ve been doing since we opened.
We’ve given our rooms names, according to what guests can see through the windows. Our double room is called Willow and has views of our willow trees. One of the single rooms is called Rose, as it looks out onto our rose garden. And the third room is called Heather, a beautiful purple flower which grows in abundance on our island.
These are the three guest rooms:
We often see birds of prey flying overhead, and seals and otters near the shore. One day last summer we were blessed with a pod of dolphins playing in the loch all day:
If this all looks very appealing and you’d like to spend a few days away from it all this summer, please do get in touch. We’d love to welcome you to our island paradise in the Outer Hebrides!
Helen & Rudi