In 1999 we celebrated out 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We chose Ardfenaig Country House Hotel for our accommodation on Mull and fell in love with it the minute we stepped through the door. It had been on the market for a while and since Patrick had recently retired and I had closed my travel business we no longer had obligations in Atlanta and bought the property as our home in Scotland. It came with 15 acres and a lovely self catering property, the Coach House. Six years ago Ardfenaig Lodge and 15 acres of land became available, and I purchased it as a second self catering cottage. The cottage was in very poor condition, but with a lot of work and planning it is now a luxury self catering cottage. We are still in love with Mull and have never once regretted our decision to make it our Scottish home. The community is full of friendly and interesting people, and we are grateful to be a part of it. We spend 6-7 months at Ardfenaig and the rest of the year in Atlanta, but it is always a joy to return to Mull. With 2 self catering cottages we have been able to meet guests from all over the UK and Europe who enrich our lives and become our valued friends.
Mrs. Anne Tolleson purchased this cottage in 2006
The Isle of Mull is rich in history and Ardfenaig is no exception. Owned by the Dukes of Argyll, Ardfenaig House was once the home of their estate factors as evidenced by rent records we have from 1662. In 1872 the last factor died and the Duke converted the house into his shooting lodge. We believe that the Lodge was once the gatehouse to the estate, and so it seemed right that it should once again be part of the adjoining property. Renovation and extension was a labour of love although often tiring and frustrating. In renovating Ardfenaig Lodge I wanted it to be exactly what I would want as a guest...a home with a welcoming Highland feel, comfortable and as beautiful inside as the natural beauty outside. This was my goal in selecting decor, furnishings and fittings. Using a Glasgow architect and 2 interior designers, one in the UK and 1 in the US, we all had a big job ahead of us. I chose Ralph Lauren fabrics and Farrow & Ball paints along with family furniture and antiques. I am thrilled with the result and hope as our guests you will feel that you have truly come to a special place.
Living on the Isle of Mull still awakens my sense of wonder almost daily. Not only the natural beauty but the wildlife and birds remind me that I am privileged to live here. The pace of life is slow and relaxed, so different from life in a city. Being mainly a farming community, time is marked not only by the seasons but by events such as lambing, shearing, cutting silage, planting and harvesting. Some of the old ways remain... the Highland Games, the agricultural shows and my favourite, ceilidhs with live music and Scottish country dancing. This is what we want to share with our guests so that you will carry with you cherished memories of your stay at Ardfenaig Lodge.