After following a winding track almost to the very end, passing the freshwater Loch Assapol and heading towards the sea, arriving at Ploughman’s Cottage feels like an adventure in itself. But it's only the beginning, because located in this remote corner of south west Mull, you find yourselves close to some of Mull’s most secluded and beautiful white sandy beaches, in prime birdwatching country and surrounded by history and wildlife. It's an experience that continues within the cottage too, which perfectly blends the charms of its thick stone walls with contemporary additions and a stylish interior, to create a really comfortable and inviting homestay.
Ploughman’s Cottage is located at the end of the road to Scoor, the setting is shared by other properties in the area and The Pod which is located to the rear of Ploughman's. Guests should be aware that the last two miles of road leading to the cottage is a stony, third-party farm track with some potholes rather than a modern surfaced road. It will need to be taken slowly and carefully, but it is fine for normal cars with reasonable clearance - you just need to take your time. The extra effort is rewarded by ending up in a truly magical setting. The cottage is an ideal choice for those wanting a peaceful destination where they can unwind and relax in beautiful surrounds. From the incredible Kilvickeon beach, to the impressive expanse of sand at Traigh Bhan na Sgurra, this is perhaps the finest stretch of Mull’s coast for exploring small bays and beaches off the beaten track.
Entering the cottage there is a porch with space for belongings leading to a hall with staircase. The living room has a fresh, contemporary look with comfortable corner sofa, inviting rocking chair and wood burning stove. This is a semi open-plan space that adjoins the kitchen. You’ll find a good selection of books and games to enjoy of an evening with the stove lit.
The kitchen is a spacious and light room with a high spec finish, and is well appointed with modern appliances and utensils provided for your self-catering holiday. The kitchen leads through to the sunroom - this stunning space is filled with natural light, thanks to the glass wall which faces the garden and vaulted ceiling. A coastal collection of artwork and furnishings add to the ambience and there is a dining table to seat four, and a sofa and chair perfectly positioned to take in the views. The double doors slide open to provide access to the patio area, where there is a set of table and chairs for outdoor dining.
Also on the ground floor is the master double bedroom, a beautifully appointed room with plenty of storage for belongings, a king sized bed and quality bed linen and towels are provided. The family bathroom (also on the ground floor) is fully modernised room, with a shower, basin and w.c.
Upstairs, the cottage has coombed ceilings throughout. On the landing, there is an office area, seating and storage for the second double which adjoins this space. The double on this level is a cosy room with coombed ceiling and views from the velux windows. Please note that the stairs are unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues and not well suited to young children either due to the unconventional staircase.
Guests staying at Ploughman’s get to explore one of Isle of Mull’s most beautiful areas of coastline. The closest beach is only a few hundred metres away - a little gem that most tourists won't reach as it is neatly tucked away, with most people sticking to the more easier to access bay at Kilvickeon (ten minutes walk away). The rocky outcrops, sweeping vistas and ever changing scenery is inspiring. Photographers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts and walkers will be in their element.
Close by, the village of Bunessan (3 miles) can be visited for picking up provisions, or for a light lunch at the cafe or Argyll Arms (public house). Further afield, guests can take a boat trip from Fionnphort (9 miles) to Iona or Staffa, look out for passing marine life and take a tour of the Abbey on Iona, or look for puffins on Staffa (seasonal).
Living Room: The main living room has a corner sofa; wood burning stove and a 32 inch Smart TV with Netflix, iPlayer and other catch up services, plus a DVD player. Smart speaker. Selection of books and board games.
Kitchen: The kitchen is fitted out with quality appliances. There is a kettle; toaster, fridge, freezer (under counter, three drawers), built in electric oven (combi microwave), gas hob and washing machine and dryer. There is also baking equipment, a food processor, hand blender and cafetiere for guests to use. Basics of oil, salt and pepper provided.
Sunroom: Extra sitting space with comfortable sofa and doors leading to patio area. Dining table to seat four.
Bedrooms: The master bedroom has a king-sized bed with memory foam topper on the ground floor. Spiral staircase leads to second double bedroom with coombed ceillings (not suitable for anyone with mobility issues, or worried about head height). Hair dryer provided.
Bathroom: Modern bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.
Garden: Sliding doors from the sun room lead to the patio area with outdoor table and chairs. There is a large walled garden for guests to enjoy in the summer time.
Heating: The cottage is heated via a renewable energy source (air to air heat pump which heats and cools the house). Hot water is provided by an electric immersion heater, supplemented by solar panels. There is an electric towel rail in bathroom.
Wood Burning Stove: There is a supply of dry wood supplied in the house and larger supply in logs store in garden for guests to use.
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
More at this Property: Wireless internet access. There is no mobile signal but a landline is provided and the wi-fi can be used for wi-fi calling/texting from most mobile phones.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 5pm. Departure by 10am.