For lovers of whisky, Islay will need no introduction. This lovely, fertile, unspoiled island with its fine beaches is world famous for its peaty malts.
|Sleeps: 6/8||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
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It is also known for its native breeds of eagles and corncrakes, as well as the thousands of white-fronted and barnacle geese who winter here in their thousands.
Almost right in the middle of the island, just outside the village of Bridgend and only three miles from the 'town' of Bowmore (with shops, pubs, leisure centre and distillery) is Springbank. This imposing and substantial farmhouse of whitewashed stone stands in two acres of its own grounds with wonderful views to Loch Indaal.
Inside, the house is comfortable, spacious and very well appointed. As one would expect in a house of this kind, the rooms are all large and provide occupants with plenty of space to spread out.
At its hub is a modern, well-equipped dining kitchen with free standing units, a gas range and plenty of room for eight to dine. The cosy sitting room is warm and welcoming with a lovely open fire to keep the room toasty. There is also a handy utility room and a downstairs WC.
Up the elegant curved staircase there are four bedrooms, two doubles, a twin and a bunk-bed room. The bedrooms are simply but comfortably furnished with plentiful windows ensuring that the lovely view to the front is readily visible. The family bathroom is particularly large, with plenty of room for the separate shower.
Outside, the house is sheltered on two sides by mature woodland and there is also a raised lawn featuring an original buoy, that forms an ideal play area for children.
This is the most perfect of islands for a family holiday. In addition to the wonderful beaches, the comparative flatness of many parts of the island make it ideal for cycling (bikes may be hired at Bowmore).
There are splendid coastal walks, while there are some hills on the east of the island rising to about 500m for those who prefer something more vertical. Islay is a compact island - the pretty harbour of Port Ellen, where you may land if you come by ferry, is just 17 miles from the cottage and the other ferry terminal Port Askaig is 8 miles in the other direction.
Just along from there it is well worth taking the little road across The Oa past Loch Kennabus. At the end, there is an RSPB reserve and an American Monument that was erected in memory of those who perished in two Naval disasters in 1918. Here you stand an excellent chance of seeing golden eagles, choughs and buzzards, to say nothing of feral goats and seals basking on the rocks.
There is good fishing in the island's lochs and an excellent 18 hole golf course at Machrie. Take a day trip across to Jura, the island of deer, where many of them will even pose for you to take their pictures. When you're driving around, don't forget to lift a hand in salute to every car you meet. This is a charming local custom, one typical of the friendly islanders and they all tend to do it - even the police!
Islay has no less than seven major distilleries, all of which welcome visitors. If you do get a wet day (though the weather on Islay can be very good in comparison to other parts of the west coast) you could always do a round tour, at the end of which you may no longer care whether it's raining or not.
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Sitting Room with TV/DVD/Video and open-fire.
Kitchen/Dining room with dishwasher, microwave, and gas range cooker etc.
Utility Room with washing machine, deep-freeze, refrigerator.
WC and wash hand basin.
Bathroom with separate shower, WC and wash hand basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £15 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £20 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- Save 15% w/c 08 Oct 16 From 08/10/2016 to 14/10/2016
- Save 20% w/c 01 Oct 16 From 01/10/2016 to 07/10/2016
- Half Term Availability! From 15/10/2016 to 21/10/2016
- Half Term Availability! From 22/10/2016 to 28/10/2016
Changeover Day: Sat
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|17 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016||£695.00|
|15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016||£795.00|
|29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016||£595.00|
|20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016||£1,150.00|
|28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017||£1,150.00|
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