Puffin Cottage - Islay

Self Catering

Back Road, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, PA42 7DR

    Very comfortable, clean, warm self-catering accommodation within 2 minutes walking distance of shops and bars in Port Ellen. Handy for distilleries!

    Puffin Cottage is a traditional two story stone building, which was previously a forge and was converted to a family home in 1984; our connections to the island go back to 1968. 
    Situated on a quiet road which runs parallel to the main village street, the cottage is opposite the doctor’s surgery. Although the cottage does not have the stunning views that can be found from other holiday properties, it has the great advantage of being no more than 5 minutes walk from well-stocked shops, restaurants, coffee and licensed bars, the ferry terminal, the bank, the doctors and optician’s, the bus stop that serves the rest of the island plus there is now a new footpath that follows the coast from Port Ellen down to Laphroaig Distillery. After all who wants to have to get the car out and drive twenty minutes for a pint of milk? Oh yes did I mention that the world famous distilleries of Islay?
    The cottage has been completely refurbished and refurnished with a large wood-floored open plan living and hall area leading to:
    A large comfortable fully fitted kitchen with washing machine, new fridge freezer, slim-line dishwasher, microwave and electric cooker, and farmhouse pine kitchen table and dresser with windows on two aspects.
    There are three bedrooms, two of which have brand new en-suite w.cs. and wash basins and comprise (bed 1). 1 x king-size zip & lock bed which can be split into twins, (bed 2.) 1 x standard double and (bed 3.) the “Puffling Burrow” with its sloping eaves and is perfect for children or teenagers as it is accessed off the double bedroom via a “Duck or Grouse” entrance and contains 3 x 3ft single beds. Downstairs in the living area is a double bed sized futon which can sleep another 2. All the upstairs rooms are fitted with Velux windows (the one in the Puffling Burrow is also a fire escape) so you can lie in bed and watch the stars or the Northern Lights at night.
    In the parquet wood-floored living-room there is a large comfy sofa, TV with Freeview, free WiFi, iPod docking station, log effect wall hung contemporary fire in case of chilly evenings, and a stack of DVD’s and games to pass the time. There are patio doors opening out onto paved seating area and two other windows making the whole area both light and spacious.
    Downstairs, off the hall, there is a new modern family shower room tiled in slate, newly fitted sanitary ware and a large electric towel rail.
    Outside there is off road parking for two smallish cars or one large one. To the rear there is also a patio seating area and washing line.
    Although the walls are almost two foot thick (more in some places) and the whole building is very well insulated indeed, you will also find that the windows are double glazed. It can be very stormy on Islay in the winter.
    Background heating is provided by electric storage heaters and even in the middle of summer these may be set to come on very low to offset the effects of the sea air.


    Opening Times
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    December 24th - January 3rd
    £240.00 per unit per night
    Easter - June 1st
    £180.00 per unit per night
    Easter Weekend
    £240.00 per unit per night
    Feis Ile Week
    £350.00 per unit per night
    Jan 4th - Easter
    £150.00 per unit per night
    June 1st - September 30th
    £210.00 per unit per night
    October 1st - December 23rd -
    £180.00 per unit per night

    All prices are per person per night based on four persons sharing, there is a 50% surcharge for less than four. There is also a 10% discount for each week booked and paid for up to a two week booking. Also please check our Special Offers for children.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Cottage The cottage is a traditional stone build dating to 1886 which has been modernised to provide comfortable accommodation for travellers. it is self-catering and has three bedrooms sleeping up to 9 persons using a double size futon in the lounge area too.


    • Children Welcome Unfortunately we currently do not have cots or high chairs for small children.


    • Internet Access There is Wifi access available for free
    • No Smoking Permitted Smoking anywhere in or on the property is strictly forbidden.

    Payment Methods

    • BACS
    • Debit Card Please contact the owner directly to arrange card payments.
    • Internet Banking Transfer
    • PayPal
    • VISA Card Please contact the owner directly to pay by card.


    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking There is off-road parking available in the driveway for at least two cars.


    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop There are three shops within a 5 minute walk, two are food shops and stock a wide range of goods including gluten-free


    • Dishwasher There is a slimline dishwasher in the kitchen.
    • Drying Facilities
    • Electric Cooker There is a new electric cooker in the kitchen.
    • Freezer There is a fridge/freezer in the kitchen.
    • Fridge
    • Heating Throughout Property There is central heating throughout the property and addition supplementary heaters too.
    • Iron Available There is an iron available for guests to use.
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen The kitchen is fully fitted with appliances, crockery and utensils.
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex There is a washing machine and drier available for guests use, this is free.
    • Linen Provided All linen is provided.
    • Lounge There is a comfortable open plan lounge area for guests.
    • Outdoor Drying Facility There is an outdoor clothes line for guests to use.
    • Private Bathroom
    • Shower There is a large walk-in electric shower downstairs.
    • Toilets Two bedrooms have en-suite toilets and there is a family shower-room downstairs.
    • Towels Provided All towels are provide but we do ask that they not be taken to the beach.
    • Tumble Dryer There is a tumble drier in the outside building.
    • WC EnSuite
    • Washing Machine

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player There is a Smart Blu-ray player available in the lounge.
    • DVD Player
    • Television The television receives Freeview and also Apple TV.
    • WiFi

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome Well behaved pets are welcome but not upstairs or on the furniture. There is a dog bed, blanket and bowl available too.

    Road Directions

    Puffin Cottage, Back Road, Port Ellen, Isle of lslay, PA42 7DR

    Public Transport Directions

    Islay is accessible by ferry ( to Port Askaig or Port Ellen ) and by plane from Glasgow Airport.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • Bedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by the guest

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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