Situated within the village of Dervaig on the Isle of Mull’s north coast, Heather Brae sleeps up to six guests in a modern, well insulated, single-storey property.
With panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows over forested hills and the river Bellart, this cottage immerses you in the surrounding landscape, while providing comfortable, contemporary interiors for a home-from-home experience.
Arriving at Heather Brae, you’ll find ample parking for three cars on the driveway, making for easy unpacking. From here, a pathway leads to the cottage door and timber decking sweeps around the side and front, taking in the best of the views from this elevated position. Note: during May/June 2019 the grass areas will be regrowing having been reseeded following completion of the build.
The house has been beautifully crafted and presented, while keeping practicalities in mind too. When you enter Heather Brae, you’re welcomed into a roomy entrance hall with a utility room off to the left. There’s plenty of space to stow picnic baskets, walking boots, coats and binoculars – everything you need to explore the island. From the entrance hall, you move through into the main hall, which connects you to all other rooms in the cottage.
Guests will be drawn to the spacious and light-filled open-plan kitchen and living area. With sleek pale grey units and all the equipment you could need, the kitchen is a beautiful space to prepare a meal.
The room is made even better by the huge window and farmhouse dining table, perfectly positioned to make the most of the view over the river reed beds and towards Loch Cuin. Watch the light dance on the water by day or the sky transform at sunset – the kitchen table offers the perfect vantage point to enjoy it.
The open-plan layout means the kitchen flows seamlessly into the living area, where a vaulted ceiling adds to the sense of space and light. A wood burning stove keeps things cosy no matter what the weather, adding ambiance when lit in the evenings. There are also double doors in the living room, which open directly onto the decking to make best use of sunny days from this south-west facing cottage.
Heather Brae has three nicely proportioned bedrooms, all of which have large windows framing a slice of the surroundings. Two double rooms can be found at the far end of the cottage, one with built-in storage and the other with free standing furniture for belongings; both with quality bed linen and curtains to ensure a good night's sleep even on the longest Hebridean summer nights.
The twin bedroom, which is also well-proportioned, is located across from the main family bathroom with w.c. basin and shower unit. Guests will also appreciate the second bathroom at the cottage, with w.c. and basin.
Heather Brae was purpose-built to take in the best of the surrounding views, enabling guests to experience the changing colours and landscapes of the island throughout their stay. Being excellently insulated too, this cottage is a light and comfortable base to return to at all times of the year.
The village centre is just a short walk from the cottage, where you will find a well-stocked shop, the oldest inn on Mull and an artisan bakery. Continue on foot to enjoy the many excellent walks that explore the local area, as well as a delightful mix of woodland and coastal scenery, beyond the loch shore.
The beautiful, easy to access Calgary Bay is 15 minutes by car from the house and Tobermory, the island’s main town, is only a 20-minute drive away too, with its range of shops, attractions and restaurants. Stay at Heather Brae and you’ll enjoy the rural village setting while being able to explore the whole island with ease.
Open plan living area: A large open plan living space with seating at one end and kitchen/dining area at the other. The seating area has two sofas and a couple of armchairs; television with satellite channels and bluetooth speaker; Boom Box; a selection of board games and books and a toy box for children too (available on request).
Kitchen: The modern fitted kitchen has an electric oven with induction hob; fridge (small freezer compartment); kettle; toaster; microwave; dishwasher; a range of cookware including a hand blender and baking equipment; cafetiere and some store cupboard basics (salt/pepper etc). There is a separate utility room housing a washing machine and dryer and an extra fridge in the shed beside the house for guest's use.
Bedrooms: There are two double bedrooms and a twin bedroom at Heather Brae. Standard sized single beds in the twin and the double beds are king sized. Hair dryer provided.
Bathroom: The family bathroom has a shower unit with electric shower; hand basin; w.c. and towel rail. There is a separate cloakroom too with basin and w.c.
Garden: A deer fence surrounds Heather Brae and Tarmachan (the owner's house on the same plot of land). There is no separate fence between the two buildings. There is a 2ft gravel path round the house, decking area and a planned lawn area (recently completed in 2019, so not yet grown); and a further area with trees, shrubs and herbs.
Heating: There are slimline electric heaters in all of the rooms and heated towel rails in both the bathroom and the toilet. Heather Brae has solar panels and a wood burning stove in the living area.
Wood Burning Stove: Guests are given a starter supply of fuel for the wood burning stove and there is more available at the property (with a donation to RNLI appreciated in return).
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided for your stay.
More at this Property: Wireless internet access (good connection and speed). Ironing board and iron; cot and high chair available (please bring your own bedding for the cot); booster seat and clothes rack.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.