Gorsten House is not your average house. Being the family home of internationally renowned artist Charles Avery, the interior has been carefully thought out and finished with some absolutely stunning features, many designed by the artist himself (such as the spiral staircase), making this property one of a kind.
This unique, inviting home is a pleasure to spend time in, and ideal for those looking for the highest quality accommodation. In addition to the beautiful interior, guests will enjoy use of many comforts and amenities such as the steam room, sauna and table tennis. For larger groups, guests can hire the Studio as an additional space for two at £350 per week. There is also another house adjoining the property.
On the approach from the small hamlet of Lochdon, the single track road to Gorsten Farm follows the coastline with excellent views all around the Loch, the last stretch being the half-mile private drive. Guests can park beside the stone built property which is set in four hundred and fifty acres of unspoilt scenery. The nearest visible buildings from Gorsten are Duart Castle, 3 miles to the north, and the iconic Stevenson lighthouse on Lismore Island.
There is little to suggest, on first glance, that the long elegant stone building is particularly unusual, but the large windows and charred timber porch, offer an enticing glimpse. One may enter the house from either the front or rear, both porches leading onto a large, double height reception room. This is a striking space, the geometric Penrose pattern tiled floor and spiral staircase, contrast with the exposed stone wall of the gable. There are artworks, seating and a table tennis table as well as great views from the windows. This space takes on a new atmosphere in the evenings when the sun has set. The gable is illuminated with recessed edge lighting throwing the beautiful old stonework into relief. Details such as this throughout the property make you feel this is a home that has been lovingly furnished, crafted and styled, from top to bottom.
On the ground floor there are three superb bedrooms to choose from, offering plenty of space and light. Off the north side of the atrium a corridor gives access to a large double bedroom with wood burning stove, comfortable armchairs, lots of natural light and sea views. There is a private bathroom complete with sauna, large red clawfoot bath (with shower attachment), basin and w.c, making this a great personal space to retreat to.
At the opposite side of the atrium, there are two further bedrooms, one twin and one double, both with ample storage and separated by a Jack and Jill bathroom, with a deep clawfoot bath (with shower attachment), basin and w.c. e.t.c. The twin room has large glass doors opening to the outside, and in addition to the two single beds, there is a cot bed suitable for a child.
The spiral staircase leads to a galleried area on the upper floor, giving access to the kitchen, entertaining space and the master bedroom. The wow factor is in abundance up here, with an open plan kitchen/ living area, and a long dining table commanding the central space. A well equipped and high specification handmade kitchen is a pleasure to use. The long table offers ample space for large dinner parties, and good layout space for childrens' activities. Double doors open to the outside patio and seating area which gets the sun from early afternoon, until the end of the day.
The living area is organised around the wood stove and television. There are also a good selection of board games and books too - a relaxing and comfortable place to have a drink and socialise after the activities of the day. The large panoramic window offers expansive views all the way from Duart castle to the North, the lighthouse to the East, and the Island of Kerrera to the South. A telescope is provided to survey the scenery and the abundant wildlife.
From the bridge of the atrium space, one looks down onto the beautiful Penrose tiled floor, named after its inventor, the mathematician Roger Penrose. Crossing the bridge you pass through an opening in the thick stone wall, to the master bedroom. Guests making use of this room will wake up to the most stunning view, framed by a large panoramic window. The semi open-plan ensuite bathroom is of an exceptional standard. A large walk in shower, freestanding claw foot bath, twin basins and steam room - perfect for a relaxing end to a day of exploration.
The four hundred acres that surround the house is a mix of grassy meadow, open moorland and rocky coastline; fantastic for a spot of otter watching, rock pool exploring or fishing. There are trails leading from the house to a beautiful section of coastline, sheltered by a reef which is home to colony of seals. There are walks to view points of Duart Castle and Grasspoint at the mouth of Lochdon.
The tranquility and beauty of the scenery here is perfect for artists, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The house is a fifteen minute drive from amenities at Craignure where there is a village shop, pub, coffee shop and a swimming pool and spa (at the Isle of Mull Hotel).
Main House Overview
Open Plan Living Area: The kitchen, dining area and sitting room occupy a large open plan living area with an excellent view. There is comfortable seating, a wood burning stove, large dining table and sound system. There is no television signal at the property however laptops can be connected to the TV via an HDMI cable which is provided (already plugged into the back of the TV). That said the WiFi connection is a little unreliable as this is a remote position. Most devices can be played through the Orbitsound bar located beneath the television, or can be connected by auxiliary input, optical cable, or blue tooth.
Kitchen: The kitchen is well equipped with an electric cooker, induction hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine and bar (honesty system). The coffee machine is a Techniworm Moccamaster and is accompanied by a coffee grinder. There is a separate utility room on the ground floor with washing machine and dryer and space to hang clothes.
Bedrooms: In the main house there are two double bedrooms and a twin bedroom on the ground floor. The master double is on the first floor and up a short wooden staircase there is an extra small double (small room with mattress on the floor). The master bedroom has as king sized bed, the other doubles are the standard size.
Bathrooms: There are three bathrooms in the main house. The bathroom separating the double and twin room on the ground floor has a claw foot bath with shower attachment, basin and w.c. The bathroom next to the second double bedroom on the ground floor has the same facilities and there is a sauna next door to it. The ensuite to the main bathroom has twin basins, w.c, large walk in shower, clawfoot bath and steam room. All are beautifully appointed.
Grounds: To the rear of the property there is a patio area with outdoor seating.
Heating: The house has underfloor heating throughout.
Wood Burning Stove: There is a stove in the main living area and wood is provided for your stay.
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided.
More at this Property: The house has wireless internet access (but the strength of the signal varies). Travel cot ( pleasebring your own bedding) and high chair.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.
Studio Overview At the rear of the property there is a small studio space for two, available to guests at a rate of £350 per week. In the open plan living area there is seating, a compact kitchen and woodburning stove. There is also a bathroom at in the Studio with shower, w.c and basin and a cosy double on a mezzanine above the living area.