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East Cottage at Haunn, Treshnish, Calgary, Isle of Mull

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The Isle of Mull, often regarded as the fairest of the Hebrides, has a wonderful mixture of landscapes providing great scope for bird watching, whale watching and for observing wild life against a stunning backdrop of rugged mountains, tumbling waterfalls, steep and dramatic cliffs, glorious sandy beaches, hidden caves, out lying islands and vast tracts of natural hill and moorland. With several local tours operating organised wildlife, bird and whale watching - by land or sea - Mull has gained a reputation for being one of the top wildlife destinations in the UK. Here at Treshnish it is not unusual to see a sea eagle, hen harrier or a golden eagle soaring overhead, and to encounter a family of otters on the shore below the Haunn Cottages.

Tobermory is the island's main town, its colourful painted houses lining the harbour with a good selection of shops, restuarants and cafes - along with the bank, gift shops, the Mull Museum and An Tobar (the local arts centre). Tobermory is also very popular with children as it is the setting for the BBC children's television series, Balamory. Mull has 2 castles open to the public - Duart, home to the Clan MacLean and Torosay with its Italianate terraced gardens and an interesting family history within the castle. There are two golf courses on Mull and one on Iona, the latter beside an isolated beach with cattle and sheep grazing on the greens! There are good restaurants where you can try the wonderful sea food that is caught locally and friendly pubs where you can sample local whiskies and beers - some with regular live music.

Haunn is on Treshnish Point in the northwest of the island - looking north and west towards the islands of Coll and Tiree, and looking southwards towards the Treshnish Islands, Ulva, Gometra and Iona. The farm is carefully managed for conservation and wildlife - the grazing of the pastures is timed to allow ground nesting birds to safely rear their young and to allow orchids and many other wild flowers flourish. Treshnish is an hour's drive from Craignure where the Oban ferry lands, and 45 minutes from Tobermory. This is a quiet unspoilt corner of the island with plenty to see and explore. Locally there are several wonderful beaches to discover, including Calgary Beach, rated one of the 50 best beaches in the world, with its sparkling white shell sand and turquoise waters. It is a wonderful beach to spend a day on - with shallow tides perfect for paddling.

  • Sleeps - 2 + 2
  • Bedrooms - 1 (1 double with day bed)
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Use of washing machine
  • No TV of any kind!
  • Multi fuel stove
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Underfloor heating
  • Shared garden
  • Environmentally friendly products used wherever possible
  • Tobermory 17 miles, Dervaig village 10 miles
  • Glasgow airport - 90 miles to Glasgow from Oban
  • Oban Station - then ferry to Mull
  • Restaurant 4 miles, pub 9 miles
  • Abundant wildlife
  • Safe, clean, sandy beaches
  • Golf - 17 miles
  • Children's farm - 17 miles
  • Boat trips - 11 miles and 17 miles
  • Whale watching and great bird watching

The cluster of cottages at Haunn are 2 miles from the main road along an unmetalled farm track. It is very quiet here. The owners call Haunn 'accessible remoteness' as when you arrive it can feel like you have reached the end of the world but once inside the cottage, you will find a welcoming and attractive home from home. East Blackhouse is a stone built cottage, with traditional rounded corners, which has been sympathetically restored to provide comfortable accommodation for a couple or small family without losing the sense of history of the building. It is decorated and furnished in a fresh and individual style whilst maintaining character appropriate to its unique location. Rather than spoil the atmosphere with too many mod cons, a laundry facility is provided at the farm for all guests. Beyond Haunn, the track ends in a field and a path leads to the shore. There is no light pollution so it is a wonderful place to watch the stars on a clear night, and in the stillness listen for drumming snipe and perhaps (sometimes) a passing corncrake!

The entrance to the cottage opens into an open plan livingroom. The kitchen area is simply equipped with fridge freezer, cooker, porcelain sink, slate workstops and a dining table with seating for 4 people. There is a multi fuel stove with comfortable sofa and chairs creating a comfortable place to relax after a hard day exploring! The cottage can sleep 4 in total in a variety of ways - the sofa can sleep 2, and the bedroom has a double bed and a full sized adult Day Bed which allows it to be used as a twin room if required. The bathroom is accessed from the bedroom and has a shower, toilet and basin. The livingroom has underfloor heating and there are electric heaters in the bathroom and bedroom. It has been extremely well insulated throughout so is very warm all year round! Environmentally friendly products have been used wherever possible, like the wooden floor in the livingroom which is reclaimed maple (ex Penicuik High School gym!) and the walls decorated with ecological paints. The garden is shared with 2 further blackhouses.

Travelling from the south, the ferries arrive on Mull at Craignure and Fishnish. From both places you turn right onto the main road (north) towards Tobermory. Two miles north from Salen, you turn left at Aros Bridge following the brown tourism sign for Calgary Art in Nature 15 miles. This takes you to a T junction at the mouth of the Bellart river at Dervaig, turning left again following another brown sign to Calgary.

You continue past the hotel and the beach and on for 2 miles. The road leaves the sea and climbs. Just after the brow of a hill there is a turning to the right. This is signposted Treshnish and Haunn Cottages. Turn here and follow the track to Treshnish Farm. There is a sign on the farm steading directing you round the back towards Haunn. At this point there is only one last mile to go! East is the first blackhouse you come to, its name is on the door and the door will be open for you.

What's included:
As part of the owners' environmental policy guests are asked to pay for heating and electricity according to their individual use determined by meter readings.
Logs can be purchased and towels can be hired but all the bed linen is provided and is included in the rental price. Pets are charged at �10 each.

Cost and availability
This special Mull cottage is rented out all year with change over day being a Saturday. Arrival time is 5pm and departure time is 10am. Short breaks are available out of season with a minimum of 2 nights.
Longer lets are welcome at much lower rates.
The owners are more than happy to answer any questions - "We like to know that our guests feel they have made an informed choice about the location and cottage they have chosen. So please if you have any questions about staying here either email or phone us and we will do what we can to answer your queries!"

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East Cottage at Haunn, Treshnish Point, Calgary, Isle of Mull, PA75 6QX Scotland

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