Lilybank Smiddy is a picture-perfect traditional stone cottage, set in an idyllic location a stone's throw from the shore of Loch Cuin, within the quaint village of Dervaig on Mull’s north coast. With scenic walks, abundant wildlife and Calgary Beach within easy reach, Lilybank Smiddy is one of the island’s true gems.
Sleeping up to four guests, this charming cottage combines the appeal of an old stone cottage with the comfort and warmth of a modern property, thanks to an extensive renovation. Lilybank Smiddy has been within the same family since 1850, used as a working blacksmith’s cottage right up until the 1950s. A single-storey building until 1905, the cottage's namesake (a lady named Lily, who lived there at the time) had the upper floor added.
Lilybank Smiddy has ample parking space for two or more cars and a beautiful garden to the front of the cottage. You enter into a light porch with lovely views over the tidal reaches of the loch. There’s plenty of space to stow belongings here, before you head into the hall, a lovely space with a staircase, bookcase and artwork adorning the walls, creating a homely, comfortable feel.
Guests will find the good-sized kitchen with a modern finish on the ground floor. A sociable space, guests can congregate around the dining table while meals are prepared, taking in the views over the garden and towards the water. A very good range of cookware ensures all your self-catering needs are met, while the light and bright interiors make meal preparation a breeze.
On the other side of the ground floor you find the living room. The heart of the home, this is a lovely space with a traditional feel, comfortable sofas to sink into after a day’s island exploration and a cosy wood burning stove. The whole cottage is very well insulated and warm, whether you’re visiting in the wilds of winter or in the warmer summer months. Conveniently, the ground floor is also home to a cloakroom with w.c. and basin.
Heading upstairs you reach the lovely light landing, thanks to a large Velux window that affords glimpses of the surrounding trees – another reminder of this cottage’s stunning location.
To one side of the upper floor is the main double bedroom. This is a nicely proportioned room with high quality bedding and plenty of storage space, including a built-in hanging rack and free-standing chest of drawers. Guests will enjoy waking from a good night’s sleep to wonderful views over the gardens and loch and to the distant hills.
On the opposite side of the landing there is the twin bedroom. Another nice sized room, guests here are treated to equally glorious views. Quality furnishings ensure guests sleep well through the long Hebridean summer nights. Between these two bedrooms you find the family bathroom – a contemporary space with shower, basin and w.c.
Lilybank Smiddy is one of those properties that oozes romantic Hebridean charm. Combined with the high quality finish, it is certain to be a popular choice for holidaymakers.
From the cottage you can enjoy many fine walks. The village centre is a short stroll away, where you find the island’s oldest inn, a well-stocked village shop and artisanal bakery. Evening strolls along the loch shore watching for otters and the ever-changing tides are a must. Longer walks exploring the Quinnish headland are also well worthy of exploration.
The closest large beach lies a 10-minute drive to the west at Calgary, while Tobermory – Mull’s main town – sits 20 minutes’ drive to the east, where you will find excellent opportunities for shopping and dining. Whether you’re visiting Mull for beaches or walks, wildlife or sightseeing, Lilybank Smiddy is perfectly placed for you to do it all.
Living Room: Leather sofa and armchairs, television with freeview and satellite channels, selection of books.
Kitchen: The fitted kitchen has an electric oven and hob and a slow cooker. There is a fridge and freezer (three drawers), a microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher, range of cookware and baking equipment, hand blender, cafetiere and Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee maker with capsules provided. Washing machine and dryer.
Bedrooms: One double bedroom with a king sized double bed and a twin bedroom with two standard singles. Hairdryer.
Bathroom: There is a family bathroom on the first floor with shower unit, basin and w.c. A cloakroom with w.c and basin is on the ground floor.
Garden: Lawned area garden, plants and shrubs. For those with children, please note the garden is not secure and there is a river close by to the house. Picnic bench. Outdoor table and chairs.
Heating: Oil fired central heating.
Wood Burning Stove: There is a wood burning stove in the living room with a starter supply of firewood/kindling for guests.
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
More at this Property: Wireless internet access. Iron and ironing board, clothes rack. Secure storage for bikes.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.