Dobhran Croft (pronounced Dorran and meaning otter in Gaelic) is an old croft cottage at Lochbuie that has been beautifully renovated to provide high quality self catering holiday accommodation.
This Mull holiday cottage has a superb position below the mountain Ben Buie and is a short distance from the shore and beaches at Lochbuie. Lochbuie is regarded as one of the most beautiful locations on the Isle of Mull. Large sandy beaches backed by deciduous woodland gives rise to rugged mountain peaks. This is a superb place to see wildlife and there are excellent walks exploring the shore, peaks and glens.
Entering Dobhran there is a spacious porch/utility room with plenty of room for placing belongings. This leads through to the living area; a fantastic space with double height ceilings and sliding double doors which open to the rear patio area where there are great mountain views. High quality furnishings and comfortable seating make it a very relaxing space. There’s a nice selection of books along with television, dvd player and wood burning stove.
The kitchen leads off the living area and is light, thanks to the large window, and comes very well equipped. There is also a dining table here too for meals. The bathroom is large with a lovely view toward Ben Buie with a very spacious walk in shower, basin and w.c.
A bespoke spiral staircase leads up to the sleeping area - a fantastic space with plenty of storage and great views from the window. Coloured LED floor lighting along with bedside lamps allow you to adjust the lighting to suit. A lot of thought has gone into the renovation of the cottage and this really pays off, making for an extra special, memorable and comfortable place to stay.
The area is great for outdoor enthusiasts, so cyclists, walkers and bird watchers will be well entertained. The cottage has some great walks accessible from the front door. There is a path to a neolithic stone circle nearby, a good track which follows the coastline to Glen Byre a smaller track through the mountains which follows the river through Gleann a’ Chaiginn Mhor to three freshwater lochs. The mix of sandy and rocky outcrops at the head of Lochbuie through to Laggan Sands is outstanding, passing Moy Castle and woodland along the way. Fallow and red deer are commonly seen and a variety of birds including the white tailed sea eagles and golden eagles as well as other raptors.
Dobhran was built in 1826 and was occupied until the early 1980s when it fell into disrepair. The cottage was a working croft with land to the rear along with Common Grazing in front of the property. The last occupants of the cottage were Teenie and Murdoch who were cousins. Murdoch worked on the roads whilst Teenie kept the house. There was no running water and no bathroom. Like Dobhran (Otter) the other houses in the village of Lochbuie share the Gaelic names of animals and flowers - Fiadh (Deer) Feoleag (Sea Gull) etc.
The house is a thirty five minute drive from Craignure where there is a pub, Spar shop and cafe as well as a swimming pool with spa and gym and a small golf course. It takes another forty five minutes driving from Craignure to reach the island capital of Tobermory where there are a greater range of eateries and shops.
Living Room: Lovely light room with comfortable seating, double doors leading to the patio, television, books, dvd player. ipod docking station and multi fuel stove.
Kitchen: Well equipped modern kitchen with cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with freezer box, Nespresso machine, washing machine and dryer. Table and chairs.
Bedroom: Mezzanine double bedroom (standard size double bed) accessed via spiral staircase.
Bathroom: Large room with spacious walk in shower cubicle, basin, w.c and heated towel rail.
Garden: There is a patio to the rear of the cottage.
Heating: Electric storage heaters.
Multi Fuel Stove: Starter supply of wood/kindling is provided.
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided for your stay. Travel cot available (bring your own bedding).
More at this Property: The owner can also provide home cooked 'ready meals' made using local produce (Lochbuie Larder 01680 814153) for your arrival, further details will be provided for guests when booking. Welcome pack on arrival. Wireless internet access.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.