Cherrybank is an exceptional base for a holiday on the island, being right beside the shore in the south west of Mull. If you are looking for a cottage that combines enchanting sea views, stunning sunsets and a fabulous interior, this is the property for you!
After making the winding drive through Mull's mountainous south, from Craignure to Bunessan, a private track leads from the single track road down to the shoreline and cottage where you will find parking space for two cars. Cherrybank sits within a garden that slopes directly to the sea. You can enjoy watching the ever-changing seascape from the cottage windows and there are excellent bird spotting and wildlife viewing opportunities. Here in the bay of Loch na Lathaich whimbrels, curlews and redshanks can be spotted at low tide as well as oystercatchers and herons. A colony of grey seals bask on a nearby rock and often frolic in the sea on a high tide. If you are lucky you may even spot a sea eagle or otter.
Entering Cherrybank you discover that it isn’t just the location that is exceptional - a beautifully curated and furnished interior awaits, with artistic touches throughout and a palette of calming coastal colours to relax in. The main space in the house is the large open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. Huge windows frame a breathtaking view directly out to sea, and a sliding door allows you to open the space up to the wonderful raised decking that wraps around the front of the house. Inside, the seating is orientated to make the best use of the space and views, and lovely original artworks further enhance this area with no television to distract!
The kitchen is a delight - a well equipped and appointed workspace, with some lovely dinnerware displayed on the open shelves. An electric Everhot (Aga style cooker) blends the best of traditional cottage cooking, with the convenience of a top of the range induction hob. And the dining table has the most stunning views you could ask for, set in the corner of the room.
Also on the ground floor, you will find a separate study/snug. A cosy room with a wood burning stove; a useful desk for those needing to catch up with emails, and a comfortable sofa too. From this room you enter the ground floor twin bedroom, another beautifully styled space with views to the sea. Returning to the study another door leads via a light hall to the shower-room, a high-spec contemporary space with walk in shower, w.c. and basin. At the end of the hall is a utility area with more storage for belongings, a useful wall-mounted map of the whole of Mull and a door leading out to the front decking with steps to the garden - the perfect spot to stop with a glass of wine in the evenings to appreciate the scenery.
Heading upstairs you find two double bedrooms. To the left is a small double, perfect for single occupancy and offering amazing sea views. Across the landing the main double bedroom is king-sized, and benefits from the superb views too. As with the ground floor, lovely homely touches finish off each room alongside high quality bedding and furniture. Between the two bedrooms you find another shower room - well appointed with a generous walk-in shower, w.c. and basin.
If you do manage to pull yourself away from the delightful cottage you will find lots to explore in the local area. Some of Mull’s best sandy beaches lie just a few miles to the south - great for exploring. A boat trip to Staffa can be taken from Fionnphort (fifteen minutes away by car), and Iona makes a superb day trip too.
Cherrybank sits within Lower Ardtun which lies within walking distance of the village of Bunessan (just under a mile), where you will find a village shop and post office, the Argyll Arms, which also serves food. Fionnphort also has the Keel Row pub and the highly acclaimed Ninth Wave restaurant.
Living and Dining Area: The open plan living area combines the living space, dining room and kitchen. There are two big sofas and an armchair and a dining table and chairs, a selection of board games and books in the house. No television.
Kitchen: The kitchen has an electric Everhot cooker; fridge freezer (two shelves in the freezer section); dishwasher; kettle; toaster; microwave; cafetiere; range of cookware and utensils including some baking equipment; hand blender and some store cupboard essentials. Washing machine and clothes rack at the house.
Bedrooms: There is a twin bedroom on the ground floor with two standard sized single beds. Upstairs, the master double has a king sized bed, whereas the second bedroom on this floor has a small double (suitable for one adult). Hair dryer provided.
Bathrooms: There are two shower rooms, each with a generous shower unit, hand basin and w.c.
Garden: There is a large decking area with steps down to a lawn which leads to the shoreline. The garden is partially enclosed but leads down to the sea so anyone staying with children will have to be vigilant of that and of the steep drop from the bank at the back. There are two large Adirondack chairs in the deck, one with a footstool and two extra folding chairs provided in the cloakroom.
Heating: There is electric underfloor heating throughout the downstairs apart from in the downstairs bedroom which has its own electric radiator. The two bedrooms upstairs also have their own electric wall heaters.
Wood Burning Stove: There is a small multi-fuel stove in the den/snug. Logs and some kindling will be provided and guests are asked to purchase more kindling (from the Spar shop) when the supply runs low.
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Wifi: Wifi is provided, but it is a slow connection owing to the remote location (fine for checking emails, not suitable for streaming).
More at this Property: There is no reliable mobile signal at the house. There is a landline with honesty box for local calls/emergencies. Iron and ironing board.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.