”G.D Simply blissful architecture that envelops you with soft light and breathing space while remaining cosy and relaxed - our search for a holiday home to buy has been put on hold as we simply cannot think on how to improve on this.
The Old Schoolhouse, once frequented by the children of the island, has been converted into a charming gas-lit paradise. It is situated in its own dramatic bay, over a mile along the North Channel coastal path. It has one double bedroom, with a king size bed, a twin room (can be converted into a double bed) and a large open plan kitchen sitting room. The bathroom has a double-ended Victorian roll top bath with views on to the sea. It has two separate WCs, a downstairs cloakroom and (for the enterprising) an outdoor shower to wash away the salt water after your morning swim.
It has no electricity, food is chilled in a gas fridge, meals are prepared on a gas cooker and the cottage is lit by gas lamps — tuition will be given on arrival as to how to manage them. Heating and hot water is run from the stove, water comes from a private spring (the fresh peaty water is filtered and safe to drink). The Old Schoolhouse is remote and deeply romantic and was designed primarily with honeymooners or artists in mind.
It is a 45 minute walk from the jetty, but your luggage will be transported via quad bike. Whilst children are welcome, it may not be that suitable for young children as you are quite removed from the hub of the island.
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- The cottage season opens at the end of March and closes at the end of October.
- Some cottages are available outside the season and for Christmas and New Year. Longer lets are also available in certain cottages.
- Dogs are welcome (limit of 2) with a cleaning supplement in all cottages, with the exception of the Sail Loft. In the summer months, there are ticks in the long grass and we recommend you give your dog tick treatment before arrival.
- A RIB is used to transport you to the island on arrival and departure days. A quad and trailer will transport your luggage to your cottage then again on departure (South Shore only by boat).
- There is the opportunity to leave the island on a Wednesday. Journeys outside this can be negotiated but are subject to a charge of £40 each way.
- We provide towels, bed linen, oven gloves, tea towels, salt and pepper, tin foil and cling film. We also provide you with essential amenities such as a starter pack of toilet roll, kindling, firelighters and matches. If you run out of any amenities, you can purchase extras from the Island Shop.
- The Island Shop stocks enough for your basic needs, but you will need to bring your own fresh food.
- For guests who would like to stay connected, there is Wi-Fi access in the village hall.
- All cottages are non-smoking.
Respect for the environment is our core principle in how we manage and run the island. We make every effort to be plastic-free and carbon neutral on the island with no cars and plentiful wood supply. All our electricity comes from the local hydro-electric power station. Our water supply comes from the hills. We are meticulous with our recycling and use only bio-cleaning products. We understand our role in the guardianship of the island and our mission is to protect this vital environment for future generations.