What do you supply?
We have an honesty box system for logs in the winter.
There's an array of saucepans (big enough for lobster cooking) a hand
blender, cafetieres (bring your own ground coffee), a microwave, a
dishwasher, dining for 8. There is a nespresso machine, I leave a few
pods but please bring your own if you are likely to drink lots of
For babies, 2 high chairs, bath toys, loads of books and toys, baby bibs, cutlery, plates, sippy cups, plastic cups, drawing, pens etc...
Can I have a late check out, my ferry's not till 6pm?
If no-one is booked to come in that day at 4pm, then yes that's fine.
However if someone is booked to come in at 4pm that day then there are ways around it also!!
For example it's a popular compromise, in exchange for putting on the
first few washes of sheets you can have a much later check out - just let me know when booking! (just putting sheets in washing machine and turning on is all!)
What's good to do right on the doorstep?
Can you walk to the pub/restaurants?
Port Charlotte is a 40 min walk away (5 min drive). THere is a new cycle / walk way from Bruichladdich to Port Charlotte.
Port Charlotte Hotel, The Lochindal and The Lochindal Seafood Restaurant are all located in Port Charlotte. Taxis can be arranged if the walk back is too much! The local shop in Bruichladdich (The Mini Market) is a 5 min walk with a coffee shop / cafe in it next to the distillery.
Is there a beach nearby? Where can I swim?
Walk up the road to the war memorial (5 mins) and take the path down
to one of Islay's hidden treasures ... named Portbahn Beach ... just
like our house! There are 3 bays to choose from and you'll more than
likely have them all to yourselves (apart from the coos)!
You can swim opposite the house but it's a bit boggy to get down to the shoreline there.