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 in time for this season 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 “puffin borough” with its sloping eaves and which 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. All the upstairs rooms are fitted with Velux windows (the one in the Puffin 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.