|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
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.
travel and tourism agent
40 years in the tourism business
Mr Eric Campbell Smith purchased this cottage in 2006
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
4 of us had a great stay on Islay and the cottage was just the job and a great location. Everything you need is there and it is well maintained. Communication with the owner was great and the arrival instructions were easy. Would defiantly stay here again and would recommend this cottage to others.
ATM/ BANK , HOSPITAL , PHARMACY 10 MILES DRIVE
*£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
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.