Trace the shores of Loch na Keal as eagles soar overhead and the summit of Ben More towers beside you. Hug the dramatic edges of the Gribun cliffs and soak up the views to remote, outlying islands. Then, as Mull’s wilderness peninsula of headland and coast reveals itself before you, follow the single-track road closer to sea level, where Balmeanach Farmhouse awaits with a warm Highland welcome.
An impressive farmhouse with an interesting history – the house was once the base for renowned artist Jolomo – Balmeanach Farmhouse has been imaginatively renovated to offer luxurious holiday accommodation for up to eight. With sea views, private gardens and charming interiors, the house promises a peaceful getaway in one of the most sought-after corners of the island. The tidal walk to MacKinnon’s Cave begins from the door, and a few minutes on foot deliver you to a sandy beach few know exists.
Entering this most impressive property from the gravelled parking area, with ample room for several cars, the convenient porch offers space to stow coats and boots before making your way down the small step into the warm and welcoming kitchen.
With a double oven, American-style large fridge freezer and a sea view from the kitchen sink, this is a brilliantly equipped and styled space in which to prepare meals and share quality time. A rustic-luxe dining table offers a sociable, low-key location to come together for breakfast, while the more formal dining room leads from the kitchen up a step. Here, wall-to-wall glazing maximises the sea and cliff views and the many local birds of prey become talking points over dinner.
The kitchen also affords access to a well-equipped and spacious utility room with an additional sink, washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as the ground floor bathroom, complete with a bijou free-standing bath tub, hand shower, W.C, basin and heated towel rail.
After dinner, congregate in the atmospheric living room at Balmeanach Farmhouse, where an ornate mirror, iconic artwork characteristic of the property, and collected pieces create a distinctive interior style. With a wall-mounted television, beautiful glass display cabinet, plush armchairs and a sofa to sink into, this space feels every bit a lovingly designed home from home, with the bonus of both sea and garden views.
The ground floor is also home to a further shower room with heated towel rail, W.C. and basin, as well as one of the beautifully presented double bedrooms. Chandelier lighting and an occasional chair invite you to relax into the comfortable space with lots of antique charm and ample storage for belongings.
Venturing upstairs at Balmeanach Farmhouse, one staircase leads up to two further double bedrooms, including the spacious and private master, with a super king-sized bed, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite access to the Jack and Jill style bathroom, which also serves the second double bedroom on this landing. The bathroom benefits from a shower, bath, W.C., basin and heated towel rail with a very spacious feel – ideal for a soak after a hike to MacCulloch’s Fossil Tree nearby.
A second staircase ascends from the kitchen to the twin bedroom, which through an imaginative use of space can be divided to become two singles with a connecting door. Luxe soft furnishings, a writing desk and occasional chair make this room a truly inviting space, with sea views to enjoy through the skylight windows.
In the sheltered and serene gardens at Balmeanach Farmhouse, make the most of the secure storage for bikes and explore the island’s excellent trails, and visit to the sea view studio, where many of artist Jolomo’s paintings came into creation. Here, embrace your competitive side with a game of table tennis should the weather be dreich.
Located in a secluded corner Mull's west coast, Balmeanach Farmhouse’s location is simply unrivalled. Prime wildlife country beckons in every direction from the front door, with eagles, otters and stags all experienced locally. Jaw-dropping hiking trails invite you to explore caves, discover tidal beaches not found on the map and take on the nearby mountain of Ben More, the island’s only munro.
A gentle and beautiful drive around Loch Scridain affords access to pleasure boats departing for Staffa and Iona from Fionnphort, while following the coast north around Loch na Keal to Loch Tuath delivers boats departing for the community-owned Isle of Ulva, or to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. Tobermory, the island’s harbour town, lies an hour’s drive north, where some of the island’s finest seafood may be enjoyed in local restaurants and inns, often with catches fresh from the fishing boats.
For an indulgent, private and peaceful escape, Balmeanach Farmhouse delivers in spades. This inviting home makes the ideal base for a family holiday or for groups of friends to come together and experience the very best that Mull has to offer, from one of the finest vantage points on the island.
Living Room:Comfortable sofas and armchairs, side tables, chest style coffee table, television with Freeview channels, selection of books, wood burning stove.
Kitchen:Well equipped kitchen with double electric oven and induction hob, American style fridge freezer, three drawer freezer, kettle, cafetiere, toaster, microwave, baking equipment, store cupboard basics like salt and pepper, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, supply of laundry detergent.
Bedrooms:Four spacious bedrooms with a superking bed in the master (can be split into singles), two king-sized double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, each with ample storage.
Bathroom:Three bathrooms, two on the ground floor and one upstairs. Upstairs bathroom features shower, bath, W.C and basin. Downstairs, there is a shower room with W.C. and basin and a bathroom with a small free-standing bath tub, handheld shower, W.C and basin. All with heated towel rails.
Garden:Large garden with a burn running through it, areas of woodland with pathways running through and two patio areas, furnished with outdoor table and chairs. Barbecue and secure storage for bikes.
Heating:Oil-fired heating and wood burning stove.
Wood Burning Stove:Starter supply of logs is provided.
Bed Linen and Towels:Bed linen and towels are provided.
More at this Property:Iron and ironing board, clothes rack, hair dryer. Table tennis in the studio.
Wifi:Wireless internet connection via EE provides connection suitable for browsing, checking emails and streaming. Both EE and Vodafone receive a signal locally.
Arrival and Departure:Arrival after 5pm. Departure by 9.30am.