The Old Ferry House stands in a superb setting at Grasspoint at the end of a single track road. It is hard to convey the beauty of this location unless you have stood and admired the view yourself. On a fine day you can look out across the Firth of Lorne, the mountains of the mainland, other islands, and a scattering of skerries - it's a truly stunning panoramic viewpoint. The backdrop of Mull is also dramatic with undulating rocky coastline in close proximity, mountainous scenery behind and a small sandy bay less than one hundred metres away.
This stone built house has a rich history, as it was once a drover's inn, and the old pier here at one time provided the main crossing point to the mainland. Guests can make use of the pier for fishing on a high tide and children love to explore the rock pools below.
Entering the house, the porch leads through to the dining area and kitchen with a newly laid wooden floor. Throughout, there is a homely feel to the house with some lovely pictures, ornaments and furnishings to complement the seaside setting. There's a small sitting room on the ground floor with windows on three sides, comfortable seating and a cosy wood burning stove. Also on the ground floor there is a corridor leading to the back of the house where there is a walk in storage room, utility room with washing machine and dryer, and a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
The first set of stairs lead to the first floor and the main living area. With its open fire and stunning elevated views of the sea and surrounds, this is a great space for the family to relax in front of the wood burning stove after a day of exploration. There is also a bookcase with reading material and board games and a television with dvd player and freeview channels. The first floor is also home to the master double bedroom; a large twin bedroom and two bathrooms. The final set of stairs lead to the top floor and a landing with a bedroom on either side and a bathroom straight ahead. These two bedrooms each have two single beds, coombed ceilings and a skylight. Children really love exploring the house as it has a great layout, lots of character and of course, the sea, coastline and sandy bay, all at close hand.
The land around Old Ferry House is renowned for its wildlife and is partly designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. White tailed sea eagles, hen harriers and short-eared owls are some of the birds to look out for; and red deer often roam the flats close to the house alongside the highland cattle. You can walk along the coast in either direction whilst looking out for otters, porpoises and dolphins.
Grasspoint is also home to Grasspoint Cottage, the only other property within sight, sleeping two. This little crofter's cottage can be hired in conjunction with the main house, but they are far enough apart so guests enjoy privacy.
Living Rooms: Main living room on the first floor with fantastic views, DVD player and freeview television. There is an additional sitting room on ground floor.
Bedrooms: Two doubles (with king sized beds, one on ground floor, one on first floor); one twin bedroom (on the first floor) and two further attic twin rooms with coombed ceilings on the third floor (smaller rooms - great for children).
Bathrooms: The house has four bathrooms. One on the ground floor with w.c, basin and bath with shower over, two on the first floor, both with w.c, basin and bath and another on the top floor with bath, basin and w.c.
Dining Room: With a large table to seat eight, wood burning stove and dresser.
Kitchen: Fridge freezer, electric cooker, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, microwave. Breakfast table for six.
Woodburning Stove: There is a basket of logs provided on arrival with more logs available free of charge (information in the house when you arrive).
Utility Room: With washing machine and dryer.
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen is provided (please bring your own towels).
Extras: Wireless internet access.