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Quaint , Quirky Islay home , sleep 4 ( 6 ask) near golf beach & 3 distilleries

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 + 1 bed cosy croft cottage superb sea country views distilleries beaches

Quirky , quaint and charming former crofters cottage , recently modernised and extended, enjoying an enviable serene and peaceful rural atmosphere , yet only ten minutes walk or 2 minutes drive from village.

* check in 1600 check out 1100

* unless advised otherwise or by arrangement

Close to three distilleries and three beaches!

Championship standard 18 hole Machrie Golf course a few minutes drive away.

World famous iconic Laphroaig , Lagavullin and Ardbeg distilleries are short drive or long walk/ cycle away!

Airport 5 minute drive, ferry port 2 minute drive.

Mediaeval chapel and burial ground at the lovely Kilnaughton beach , Singing sands and other quiet unspoiled beaches within easy reach.

The spectacular Oa cliffs with resident Golden eagles just a few minutes drive or a longish hike away.

9 mile Big Strand beach also just a short drive away , the capital Bowmore 10 miles away for banking , hospital , atm , Main Co op supermarket , Celtic gift and coffee shop , pharmacy , Chinese and Indian restaurants etc.

please note access to shower room , toilet and kitchen etc from second twin which is currently more basic awaiting upgrade for 2017 and let only on request is by passing through the first twin bedroom so this room so best suited to children or groups

£35 per week preloaded electricity provided up to 14 nights , and £25 per week on stays over 2 weeks . Top ups at Co Op using green key in Meter. Shower operated by pull cord. Wi Fi key is on the BT router.

More Details

About Us

Eric Smith
Eric Smith World Travel
ardlussa, ardconnel road
PA34 5DR oban
Travel Trade Associa, q0689
VAT Reg Nona

Mr Eric Campbell Smith
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017

About Mr Eric Campbell Smith

travel and tourism agent

40 years in the tourism business


Mr Eric Campbell Smith purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Mr Eric Campbell Smith chose Port Ellen

My wife is from Islay and we let another large 3 bedroom family beach side property nearby as well as Upper Imeraval cottage

ps from 2015 we also let School street 2 bed beach property in village centre by Islay hotel 3 properties together sleep 15/16

What makes this cottage unique

quiet ..convenient... cosy... homely... rural... wildlife

views of the sea , ferries , yachts , fishing boats


feral goats ,seals , otter , Red Deer , Fallow Deer, grouse , Golden Eagle , chough


Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
White Hart
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Port Ellen
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Islay Hotel
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


*£5.00 per day booked electricity will be preloaded on meter for stays up to 2 weeks .

*£25 per week for longer stays.

Top ups by green meter key at Co Op after if necessary.

Shower operates by pull cord .

please note : 3 rd bedroom room (twin ) is more basic at present and is let on request only for larger families or groups... awaiting upgrade for 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Port Ellen in Argyll and Bute

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Golf , Scotch whisky at 9 iconic distilleries such as Ardbeg , Lagavulin and Laphroaig , historical sites , mediaeval graveyards with carved knights gravestones , war graves and monuments , Golden eagles , chough , barnacle geese , Red deer , fallow deer , otters , fantastic local colour and character , friendly locals who wave at very car , gourmet local seafood and meat dishes both European and Scottish


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

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Quaint , Quirky Islay home , sleep 4 ( 6 ask) near golf beach & 3 distilleries
average rating of 4.090909 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage, cosy with lovely views.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking time to review the cottage Linda much appreciated , sorry weather a bit mixed but Islay is captivating in any weather kind regards Eric & Carma
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A Nice Place in Need of Major Renovation

  • 3 of 5

We had a nice stay on Islay which is always worth a visit. This time we stayed in Emerivale Cottage. It is located close to Port Ellen on a rather quiet single track road. We liked the location.

Regarding the house itself: due to the fact that we had to cope with temperatures around freezing in November there was lots of heating to be done in order to make the house inhabitable. The originally estimated 5 pounds per day did not cover the cost of electricity at all. We ended up having spent 60 pounds in one week heating in a very economic and selective way. If we had heated every room during the whole stay, the electricity bill would easily have reached 100 pounds / week. The open fireplace is nice to look at, but is not really doing much heating. Good thing: there were enough electric heaters in the house and Eric was so kind to refund us on the cost of electricity.

Apart from that we liked the furniture and decoration, the bed (we just used one sleeping room) was fine and the house was quite clean.

But: I am sorry to say, the building is not in a very good state. As far as I can see, there has been renovation going on inside the house at some point. I my eyes the outside should have been done first. Now the inside is suffering from virtually no insulation, partly damp walls with cracks in the plastering, a mouldy bathroom and the like. Also there's lots of small items like a defective lamp outside, a rotting door frame of the main door not helping in keeping the warmth inside, a defective lamp inside the fridge, a defective heater in the kitchen, a leaking plumbing under the kitchen sink, a defective kitchen hood, a mess in the kitchen drawers with cutlery, tools and screws all mixed up, from time to time no warm water in bathroom and kitchen taps, a defective shower head mount secured by cabel tie and a defective fan in the bathroom. I could continue this listing but I won't... All in all it adds up to the feeling that this property is lacking one major thing: LOVE.

Don't get me wrong, it did not "destroy" our holiday and we also enjoyed our stay in the house to a certain extent, but it did not meet our expectations. So it will be only 3 of 5 stars.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Oliver A lot of your review is rather petty and in direct contradiction of almost all the previous reviews given , the vast majority of which have awarded 4 or 5 star ratings....... I am sure most people will make up their own minds up based on that fact alone . It is a pity that those who give very negative reviews allow extreme weather conditions to influence their opinions. We have been victims of our own success in that there have been no vacancies in 2016 long enough to arrange to address the few cosmetic issues you have gone to great lengths to find and catalogue. For example you say YOU spent £60 on heating which is untrue , as we gave you £30 cash to top up the electricity meter , on top of the normal £5.00 per day allowance due to the abnormally cold temperatures that Islay suffered in November . Many people have remarked that the open fire warms up the whole cottage which is at odds with your comments. I will not give your pedantic review any further credence or time , other than to warn any potential hosts that you may spend more time looking for minor faults in their property than actually enjoying the holiday itself.
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  • 4 of 5

The information provided about the property was correct and helpful. The location was excellent and the title Quaint & Quirky was so true. Some minor things could be improved and yes the property needed a little TLC but overall it was everything that we wanted and we would be happy to return. Islay is a magical beautiful place from a bygone age when people were friendly and courteous. We hope it never changes. The stunning weather helped and we were told it was unseasonal but even with mist and rain it would be superb. Restaurants are by and large of a high standard but fairly pricey. Be careful with shopping. Some of the small shops seem to charge whatever they can get away with, but if you shop at the Co op they seem to be mainland normal prices

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review David
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Vancouver BC/Canada

Rustic & Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

My father & I came to Islay for the whisky distilleries but prefered not to stay in hotels. The Quaint & Quirky home was a solid home base to start each day. Adequately stocked and well situated. Very quiet and lovely neighbours (the sheep). I hope to return one day with my younger brother who couldn't make the trip. Slainte.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks so much for 4 star review
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Extremely disappointing

  • 1 of 5

As a family of 4 we were extremely disappointed by this property. It was very over priced when comparing it to other holiday homes in the area. Our first impression was marred by over-flowing bins outside the property which were not emptied until the Tuesday following our arrival. The inside, while clean and tidy would have benefited from being painted. Instead it was patched with paint which did not match the original walls. There were areas where the paint had peeled off and there was a large hole in the ceiling of the living room. This resulted in a water leak each time there was a shower of rain. Within the kitchen there was no storage space which meant we had to re-arrange the cupboards to try to make some room for foodstuffs; the fridge was missing a shelf so had limited space also. The house advert had advised of the layout whereby you need to walk through the bathroom to reach the other 2 bedrooms. In reality this is very awkward, especially when there is no lock on the bathroom door! The shower itself had been fastened so it couldn't be adjusted to actually shower onto the person and it ran from warm to extremely hot without warning. Finally the third bedroom was more like a storage room, with towels, bedding and outdoor furniture all stored within sight.

While within a beautiful area convenient for lovely beaches I would not return to this property or recommend it to others. We were on a large family holiday and viewed seven other properties within walking distance of ours, all of which were far superior and 2 were a lot less expensive.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Where to start................An out of the blue 1 star review , after 3 consecutive 5 stars!! . 1. We have no control over bins.... the council collect once every two weeks 2. No one else has mentioned the paintwork in 3 years of letting , or peeling paint... not sure where this is. Outside maybe? 3. tiny hole appeared in ceiling last winter , when roof was fixed to deal with the issue , and had just reappeared during torential summer rain storms before this guest checked in . Despite a flurry of emails in weeks and months prior to check in she failed to report this (or any otherof above issues) during her stay , or else they would have been rectified immediately. 4. The explanation of Jack and Jill room / toilet layout is clear and explicit in house details , if guests find it awkward on arrival it begs the question why they booked the property in the first place. 5. no one else has felt there was insufficient storage in house( or fridge ) in 3 years of reviews and feedback. 6. No other comments about shower stream direction missing the occupant or fluctuating temperature. 7. There is a private sign on 3rd / spare room door , and as booking was only for a family of four people , 2 adults , 2 children and two Jack Russell dogs which we had agreed to accommodate despite the inevitable extra cleaning necessary we are unsure why the guests were so concerned about it. 8. Most guests appreciate the value for money at the cottage , for a rural but convenient to all facilities , distilleries and beaches detached 3 bedroom cottage the rate is regularly commented on as being a fraction of the rates charged for a family by local hotels and b& b's... and for a peak season week on Islay , it is hard to imagine how much in demand properties were able to give a viewing in peak season when almost 100% of all self catering Hotel and BB properties are fully booked. This guest provisionally booked another bigger and more expensive beach house property but never paid a deposit , then booked Imeraval cottage without cancelling the hold on previous booking , resulting in regular guests being turned away, and then stated that she had booked the bigger house and expecting to be accommodated there. Only when the Homeaway booking confirmation was sent did she acknowledge that the booking she had made was for the cottage. Also contacted tourist office complaining that she could not contact owner of the first house she enquired about !
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Reno, Nevada

Wonderful cozy sea view cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a full month at this wonderful property as a family of four (two teens). There was more than enough room for the kids to have their own space and Mom and me on the other side. Kitchen was well appointed, loads of dishes, pots, pans etc. We actually did the entire month without a vehicle. The shops in Port Ellen are a brisk 20 minute walk away and Laphroaig Distillery was about that again further on. Plenty of room off the road in front of the house if you do have a car, and I would recommend it for at least a few days of your stay. Overall a highly recommend this property to anyone looking to stay on the beautiful Isle of Islay. The owner was exceptionally accommodating and communication with him was a breeze.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ryan So glad you enjoyed your month on Islay Ryan. Many thanks for the review very much appreciated! thanks again Eric
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Port Ellen, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
june 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
late summer
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
autumn gold
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
clean fee £70
Pet Fee £0

Thank you for not smoking - well behaved pets welcome - £3.50 per night electricity on prepaid meter included in rental for stays up to 14 nights-£10 per week for longer stays-free wi fi- linen, towels included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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