More and more houses on Islay are being converted to holiday homes which makes choosing a property for your holiday not any easier as the choice is quite substantial. You can find out for yourself in our Islay accommodation directory and on the Islay self catering page on Islay Info. This season there are again a few new accommodations which I'd like to give a mention below:
The first one is perhaps the most special one as it offers one of the most spectacular views on the island. This self catering house, situated on a hill, is called "Spy House" and you'll understand why when you admire the views of Kilnaughton Bay and Port Ellen knowing that you can't be seen from down there. The owners have done a fabulous job in converting this house to a holiday home and they write on their website: "On arrival the 'VIEW' will take your breath away with the most incredible 180 degree panoramic seascape. You will feel you are in for a very special holiday. Your only neighbours will be deer and a variety of birds flying by including sightings of Buzzards, Golden Eagles and White tailed sea Eagles." I have been in this cottage several times and it's one of the most amazing holiday location on Islay I can think of. Visit www.islaycroftholidays.com for more info and to book. Continue reading...
Next one up is a traditional cottage in a rural location near Ballygrant. It's situated on the main road, south of Ballygrant, and is called "Bridge House". On their new website you can read: "The cottage was built in 1853 and extended in the 1950s. It has recently been re-roofed and freshly decorated so that the cottage is welcoming and comfortable. Some original features have been retained adding further character to add to your enjoyment." This lovely cottage with views all around is available from March to October and still has availabilities for the season. For more info visit their website
Daal Terrace in Port Charlotte is small residential area on an elevated position to the north of Port Charlotte. It's here, opposite the Islay Museum, that you find An Grianan, a beautiful and warm holiday home with views over Loch Indaal and the village of Port Charlotte. An Grianan is Gaelic for ‘the sunny spot’ and when the sun shines you have a nice garden to enjoy it. The owners writes: "Having been fully refurbished (2015), this semi-detached house is bright and in excellent decorative order with high quality furniture and fittings throughout. With new central heating and a stock of games, books and DVDs to enjoy, you will be cosy and warm whatever time of year you choose to visit this beautiful island."
There are building works going on at Imeravale just outside Port Ellen on the road to the Oa. On the first plot of land two new houses were built in 2015, both houses are rented out as holiday homes and both are very well equipped. The two are Ard na Mara ( www.ardnamara-islay.com ) and Gartartan ( www.gartartan-islay.co.uk ). Both houses have plenty of availability for the season.
One of the houses in Campbell Place Porthahaven has been converted into a holiday home. For more info on this one please visit their website . If you ever wondered who owns the big house next to Bruichladdich Pier have a look on their website. It's a large holiday home for up to twelve people in a great location. Ideal spot for Laddie fans and large groups/families. If you prefer something smaller, in Port Ellen, take a look at the Lennox Street Loft. This is a newly refurbished self-catering holiday apartment, that comfortably accommodates up to 4 people. The property is conveniently positioned in the heart of Port Ellen, and is just metres away from Leodomas beach and at the start of the Distilleries path to Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin.