A spacious holiday home in the hills at Achnadrish, there are scenic walks from the front door, with both Loch Frisa and Loch Torr being within walking distance of the house. Spend the days scanning the skyline from the living room window at Torrness, walking the lochs or exploring the nearby villages of Dervaig and Tobermory – this well-connected country hideaway is still within easy reach of restaurants, amenities and attractions.
Coming from Tobermory, as you leave Loch Torr behind and pockets of woodland appear in front of you, you have arrived at Torrness. Bear off onto the track that leads up hill to the house, where there is ample parking for several cars and great views back over the rocky hills.
Step over the threshold and into the hallway, from which the kitchen-diner leads off. This spacious room has a snug feel thanks to the large log burner that takes centre stage and promises to cast evening mealtimes aglow. Full height windows invite you to dine with a view, while the open-plan kitchen layout delivers a sociable experience for the chefs among you too.
With plenty of preparation space, a coffee machine and a range cooker, Torrness really does feel like a home from home, with no comfort spared. But if you do fancy letting someone else do the cooking for you, the island’s oldest inn is a short drive to the west in Dervaig, while the seafood restaurants and vibrant pubs in Tobermory lie 15 minutes to the east. Next door is a convenient utility room, with plenty of room for drying coats and boots.
Following the hallway on from the kitchen, double doors lead into the inviting living room. Sumptuously furnished with velvet throws, comfortable sofas and plush armchairs, this really is the heart of the home.
A wall of windows frames the fantastic hill views, while a scope makes it easy to spot the local wildlife. There’s an excellent selection of books for the budding naturalist, making it easy to identify what you see. On a summer’s day, throw open the doors to the deck and make use of the contemporary garden furniture – the perfect location for a drink or two.
Forming their own wing at the other end of the house are the three spacious bedrooms and the family bathroom, tiled in a calming palette of stone. Along with the w.c. and sink, there’s a bath and separate shower unit.
Torrness has two good-sized double bedrooms with plenty of storage and cosy soft furnishings, as well as a twin bedroom, which benefits from built-in storage too. The layout of the house gives the sleeping wing a sense of peace and tranquillity, and the master bedroom enjoys great views over the hills.
The house is set in a good-sized garden, mainly laid to lawn, with a timber deck that extends the living room into an outdoor entertainment space, offering the ideal spot to soak up the landscapes. With only a few properties in the vicinity, Torrness feels rural and secluded, giving guests a slice of the wild without having to travel far to take advantage of village amenities.
Dervaig, with its heritage centre, inn and artisan bakery, lie 10 minutes to the west, with Calgary Beach only a 15-minute drive further on. 15 minutes’ drive in the opposite direction brings you to the island capital of Tobermory, where boat trips and wildlife tours depart in season and a range of attractions await.
Living Room: There are two large sofas and a couple of comfortable armchairs in the sitting room at Torrness. There is large television with satellite channels; coffee table; music player with CD player and radio; a selection of books and board games as well as a telescope set up for guests to use.
Kitchen: Contemporary fitted kitchen with electric, range-style oven with gas hob; dishwasher; fridge-freezer (3 drawer freezer); microwave; kettle and toaster. The kitchen also has some baking equipment; a Nespresso coffee machine; range of cookware and some store cupboard basics (salt/pepper). Washing machine.
Bedrooms: Torrness has two double bedrooms, both with king-sized beds, and a further twin bedroom (with two single beds). Hair dryer provided.
Bathrooms: There is one bathroom at the property with a bath, separate shower unit, basin and w.c.
Garden: The house has a lawned garden with raised decking to front and outdoor seating with a table. There is a patio with a picnic table to the rear.
Heating: The house has central heating throughout and a multi-fuel stove.
Wood Burning Stove: There is a multi-fuel stove in the kitchen/dining room at Torrness. There is a wood store for guests to use at the property.
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided for your stay.
More at this Property: Wireless internet access. High chair, travel cot and booster seat availabe. Iron, ironing board and clothes rack. Torrness is a single-storey cottage with a ramp providing access and low level light switches throughout.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.