Tucked beside the sea on the island’s most south westerly coast is Solas na Greine, a contemporary cottage for six with enchanting views across to the Isle of Iona. Counting exceptional beaches like Fidden and Knockvologan as neighbours found further down the single-track road from the cottage’s location on edge of Fionnphort, Solas na Greine is the perfect cottage for an escape by the sea, with white sands to comb, clear waters to swim and islands to hop across to.
Stowing walking boots, binoculars and beach gear in the useful porch to the front of the house, the hallway affords access to the living room and large dining kitchen, as well as a convenient W.C and utility room. The ground floor is a welcoming retreat with ample living space to make yourselves at home, come together for lively evenings beside the open fire, or cosy up in a quiet corner with a page-turner.
Guests will be delighted with the spacious dining kitchen, which is equipped with everything you need to cook up a storm inspired by the daily catch, or produce raised locally here on the Ross of Mull. Double doors invite you from this sociable space into the adjoining sunroom, which in turn flows onto decking in the large, enclosed garden. The sea view across the water to Iona takes centre stage here, providing plentiful inspiration for the artists and photographers amongst us, and a sensational location to watch Mull’s famous west coast sunset.
Venturing upstairs, guests will find Solas na Greine’s three well-appointed double bedrooms, two of which enjoy superb sea views. They are serviced by the elegantly appointed family bathroom, complete with a free-standing bath tub and charming tongue and groove timber panelling, as well as a shower, W.C. and basin.
The cottage is set within a large, enclosed garden with several different locations in which to relax and slow down to the pace of island life and soak in the outstanding sea views. Located in the island’s most south-westerly village, Fionnphort, guests are in for a treat with the excellent Ninth Wave restaurant, the unbeatably fresh Creel Seafood Bar and the welcoming ambiance of the Keel Row pub all on the menu.
The short ferry to Iona, where you can explore the historic abbey, discover artisan wares in the gift shops and enjoy fabulous walks to the Bay at the Back of the Ocean or Iona’s North Beach, as well as boat tours to Staffa, where you can marvel at basalt columns, glimpse inside Fingal’s Cave and meet the puffins in season, leave from the village.
But you can also experience some of Mull’s most impressive coastline without leaving terra firma. Beautiful coves line the coast, with highlights like Knockvologan and its tidal sandbar to the Isle of Erraid always popular, as well as lesser-known beaches, like Market Bay, which is rumoured to be the beach of choice for the Royal family, or Traigh Gheal in the Tireregan Nature Reserve, which only the most adventurous will reach.
Spectacular scenery abounds and there are plenty of trails to navigate it, including past the disused granite quarry, where the Ross of Mull’s iconic pink stone was once mined, or along the shores of Loch Pottie, which is another excellent spot to enjoy the sunset.
Whether beach-goers, wildlife enthusiasts, keen walkers or all of the above, Solas na Greine promises the perfect cottage retreat where you can fully immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds and treasures of the Hebrides.
Living Room:Spacious living room with comfortable sofas, open fire, television with FreeSat channels and smart TV function, DVD player, radio with bluetooth speaker, selection of books and board games. Additional sun room (accessed from the kitchen) with armchairs and access to the garden and decking with lovely sea views.
Kitchen/Dining Room:Well appointed kitchen with gas hob, oven, good range of cookware, pots and pans, toaster, microwave, kettle, cafetiere, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, dining table. 70/30 fridge freezer with a 264 litre capacity. The fridge has a full sized crisper for fruit, salad and vegetables and 3 glass safety shelves. The freezer has 3 transparent drawers. Supply of laundry detergent. Store cupboard basics like salt and pepper.
Bedrooms:There are two king-sized doubles and a further standard sized double bedroom, two with sea views and the third with views over the moorland towards Loch Pottie. Plenty of storage space with a selection of drawers and built-in wardrobes.
Bathroom:Family bathroom with free-standing bath tub, shower unit, W.C. and basin. Ground floor W.C. and basin. Complimentary toiletries (soap, shampoo). Heated towel rail.
Garden:Large, fully enclosed enclosed garden with pathways, decking area and picnic bench. Excellent sea views across to the island of Iona.
Heating:Oil fired central heating throughout.
Open Fire:There is an open coal fire with starter kindling and firelighters provided. There is ample coal provided for the duration of the stay.
Bed Linen and Towels:Bed linen and towels are provided.
More at this Property:Wireless internet access (reasonable connection for a rural area, suitable for checking emails/browsing, may allow streaming depending on usage at the time). Iron and ironing board, hair dryer, clothes rack. O2 receives the best mobile signal.
Arrival and Departure:Arrival from 4pm. Departure by 10am.