Near Bridgend, Isle of Islay
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.
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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 the raised lawn features an original buoy that forms an ideal play area for children.
Nestled in the trees a short stroll away within the house's grounds is a charming bothy that can accommodate two additional guests. It has the benefit of having its own sitting room with sliding glass doors that show off the view of the surrounding fields and sheep grazing peacefully. There is also a double bedroom and modern shower room with walk-in shower, as well as a handy little kitchen area with tea/coffee making facilties, a sink, fridge, microwave and toaster.
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 open fire and TV/DVD
Kitchen/dining room with gas range cooker and electric oven, microwave, etc
Utility room with dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer
Bunk bedroom with two single bunk beds
Bathroom with bath and separate shower, WC and wash basin.
Bothy - Ground Floor
(Only available at 10 person tariff)
Sitting room/kitchenette with kettle, sink, fridge, microwave and toaster, etc
Shower room with WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
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).
From 20/12/2022 to 22/12/2022
From 27/12/2022 to 29/12/2022
Changeover Day: Sat
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|25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||£1,195.00||£1,195.00||£1,445.00|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||£1,295.00||£1,295.00||£1,545.00|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||£895.00||£995.00||£1,245.00|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||£795.00||£895.00||£1,145.00|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||£895.00||£995.00||£1,245.00|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||£695.00||£795.00||£1,045.00|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||£1,195.00||£1,195.00||£1,445.00|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||£1,195.00||£1,195.00||£1,445.00|
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Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.