À propos de ce logement
Beach at the bottom of the garden at the substantial character property that is Traigh Bheag East - a colourful mixture of old/new - on the Scottish Island of Islay. Eight malt whisky distilleries, festivals, walking, cycling, birdwatching/wildlife, an almost private safe beach and uninterrupted views of the Antrim coast. Complimentary tea/coffee/staples and all linens (inc towels) provided + a STARTER PACK of bin bag, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, toilet paper and fuel for open fires.
Traigh Bheag East (TBE), Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, Scotland is first and foremost a family home. We hope you agree it has all the comforts you would expect from a much loved and valued home as opposed to a rented house. TBE is a large, spacious character property and is a colourful and creative mixture of old and new, not a sleek, contemporary space if that is your preference!
TBE is in a unique location on Traigh Bheag (little beach in Gaelic), a small private beach that is owned to the high water mark by the five surrounding properties. In an area of the island rarely available for holiday lets, Traigh Bheag East has arguably one of the most sought after settings on the whole island with an idyllic little white, fine sandy beach it is very private at the bottom of the garden!. Swimming is possible in safety as are all other beach and sea activities.
TBE has a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere, which will very quickly lull you into the unique and captivating Islay way of life. It is a semi detached Victorian villa over three floors. The entrance porch is tiled, views to the sea and has a traditional Stag's head on display. The ground floor has a kitchen (electric cooking/dishwasher/washing machine), dining/living room (table for 6) with a choice of real or electric fires with Freeview TV, games and books for use by guests. Off the kitchen there is an additional toilet situated opposite the back door to the garden.
The main sitting room (free and youview TV/DVD/Video) also has real & electric fires and leads into a conservatory facing south west over to the pier where the ferry comes in, The Oa, Rathlin Island and the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland. 180 degrees of uninterrupted views of the sea.
On the first floor there is a large shower room and three bedrooms - a king sized bedroom overlooking the sea, a twin room and bunk bedded room.
The garden goes around three sides of the house and leads down to the beach which is beautiful all year round. From the conservatory there are 180 degree unobstructed views to the Antrim coast on Ireland, Port Ellen harbour, the photogenic Carraig Fhada Lighthouse, the awe inspiring cliffs of the Oa - the atmospheric haunt of Islay's magnificent Golden Eagle, and Kilnaughton Sands, with its fascinating mediaeval chapel and graveyard.
Free wifi with unlimited download available throughout the house.
A unique setting with amazing views - sit and watch otters, heron, seals and much more from the conservatory. A colourful/comfortable mixture of traditional and contemporary, enclosed garden with gate that leads directly on to a beautiful safe beach.
We have another property nearby, Upper Emeraval Cottage sleeping 4/5, which can be let in conjunction with Traigh Bheag East for larger parties and a smaller two bed terraced house on School Street that is also beside the sea/beach but in the heart of the village that sleeps a maximum of 5. (also on Airbnb)
Accès des voyageurs
Where possible I will meet you at the property arranged in advance. Otherwise the door will be open (key in inside lock) for you to go in and start your holiday!
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Via email and telephone if necessary. Please download the CalMac app for up to date ferry information, particularly in winter time. Please note we cannot refund for cancelled ferries due to weather, but where possible we will re-arrange dates to suit both parties. Thank you for taking care of our home.
4 night bookings available November - March.
Week long bookings only Saturday to Saturday the remainder of the year as far as possible.
The Hebridean island of Islay in Argyll has been named "Queen of the Hebrides" and is the southernmost of the Inner Hebridean islands of Scotland. The Isle of Jura (a 5 minute boat journey from Port Askaig on Islay), the Kintyre peninsula and Northern Ireland are neighbours.
By the way, the proper pronunciation for Islay is Eye-la!
Port Ellen is the second largest village on Islay after the capital Bowmore and is situated in a sheltered part of the island round two beautiful bays. The village has several shops, hotels, restaurants and pubs, a garage and post office.
From time to time the travelling cinema, Screen Machine, visits the island and parks for showings opposite The Ramsay Hall, which is located next to the Port Ellen Playing Fields.
Another prominent feature of Port Ellen is the hotel on the corner of Charlotte Street and Frederick Crescent. The Islay hotel has recently undergone complete renovation and is now a popular place to eat, hear live music and sample a local ‘dram'.
The Port Ellen Marina provides a safe comfortable haven for yachts passing through the Sound of Jura or sailing up the west coast.
The earliest known reference to the Isle of Islay comes in Adomnan's, Vita Columbae, a biography of the Irish Saint, Columba in about 720 (website hidden) who visited the Isle of Islay on his way north, prior to founding the famous monastery on the Isle of Iona, off the south-west tip of the Isle of Mull.
Adomnan, St Columba's biographer, wrote Islay's name as "Ilea", describing Islay as an inhabited island, which was later transformed to Islay through anglicised spelling. In Gaelic the island's name is spelt Ìle and pronounced EE-leh by native Gaelic speakers.
Some figures: The Isle of Islay has around 3200 inhabitants, covers an area of 600 square kilometres and has an impressive 130 miles of coastline. Islay is famous for its malt whiskys and has eight working distilleries making the malt whisky industry one of the most important sources of income for the island. Famous names like Bruichladdich, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain and Ardbeg are the established brands and well known all over the world. Other main industries are farming, fishing and tourism.
Many people visit Islay for the unique range of specialist malt whiskies, distilleries, wildlife, spectacular scenery, walking, sea activities and friendy company.
Birdwatching is another popular activity throughout the year because of the large flocks of wild geese which visit the Isle of Islay every winter (October to May) and the huge variety of rare birds seen on Islay such as the corncrake and the chough.
Islay is magical all year round!! Annual events and Festivals on Islay include Music and Malt and Walking Festivals in May, Book Festival in September and Festival of the Sea in July to name a few. More information at (website hidden)
Traigh Bheag East is a substantial character property to be enjoyed for its unique beach location, mix of old and new, creative decor, space, real fires and quiet, peaceful atmosphere. No smoking inside the house or pets upstairs. Recycling guidelines to be adhered to with all glass bottles removed to recycling bank in the village. Creative, colourful and calming environment. We thank you in advance for taking care of our home and leaving it in a clean and tidy condition.
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My sister (Carma) and I rent our family home on the inner Hebridean Scottish island of Islay situated on Traigh Bheag (little beach) in the village of Port Ellen. We also rent our mum's family home (Peaceful Seaside Home on Airbnb) for holiday lets in a quiet terraced street of 5 houses beside the sea, but in the heart of the same village.