|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Once the stone gate house for the Duke of Argyll’s shooting lodge, Ardfenaig Lodge has been lovingly renovated and extended as a self catering cottage accommodating six guests. Great attention to detail and a passion for preserving original features has resulted in a comfortable and luxurious cottage that will make for cherished memories of your stay on the magical Isle of Mull.
Situated along the shore of Loch Caol in 30 acres of forest, lawn, garden and moors, the Lodge is surrounded by natural beauty, abundant wildlife and a great variety of birds. A large deck overlooking Loch Caol invites you to linger, marvelling at the quality of the light and the peace and stillness surrounding you. A picnic table for al fresco dining is at the centre. The deck is off a sunroom with floor to ceiling windows and two comfortable club chairs perfect for reading a good book or just taking in the view. The dining area is located there and opens onto the kitchen that features a Rangemaster Classic range cooker and everything needed to prepare hearty Highland fare after a day of walking, exploring or just relaxing.
The heart of the cottage is the large but cozy sitting room furnished with antiques and chairs and sofa upholstered in Ralph Lauren fabrics. A stone fireplace with multi-fuel stove rises to the vaulted and beamed ceiling. The sitting room also has a large flat screen television with SKY TV and a DVD player. On the ground floor are two en suite bedrooms, one with a king sized bed and the other with twin beds while upstairs is another bedroom with two single built-in beds (one 2’6” wide and the other 3’) and an en suite shower room. Hair dryers are provided in all bedrooms. A laundry room with washer, dryer, airer, small Belfast sink and loo is also on the ground floor, and Wi-Fi broadband is available throughout the Lodge.
Our hope is that you immerse yourself in a simple, unhurried way of life so different from the cities where most of us live and experience the Highland way of life and rich Scottish heritage here on the Isle of Mull.
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.
The Lodge at Ardfenaig was beyond belief in comfort (great beds in all 3 bedrooms!) and beauty! I've never seen a more complete kitchen. Such fun to dine inside while enjoying a view of the loch or outside on the spacious deck. The decor, right down to matching napkins, was outstanding. Anne and Patrick could not have been more gracious! A joy all the way around! We were fortunate to be on Mull at the time of the Bunnessan Show. Also throughly enjoyed Ardalnish Weavers, Iona and Iona Abbey, and Staffa!
Ardfenaig Lodge was just as described on the website.Spacious, comfortable, well equipped and an amazing location.Everything was clean and ready for our arrival.The layout was ideal for two couples sharing, although a walk- in shower on the ground floor would be an advantage.
We enjoyed watching a variety of birds in the grounds and were amazed to see deer swimming across the loch ! We would recommend taking a wildlife tour, (there are several available on the island), and also a trip to Iona - where my sister and brother in law actually saw the elusive Corncrake!!
We would definitely recommend Ardfenaig Lodge and hope to visit again sometime.
The Lodge is beyond expectations. It was clean, well furnished, cozy, warm, and better than any picture can portray. The caretaker met us on arrival and checked in on us during the week. The view from the Lodge cannot be described and must be seen. Our visit was during the off-season but that did not detract from the enjoyment we experienced. We recommend this site for anyone looking for a fantastic getaway.
Ardfenaig Lodge is situated in an area of such stunning natural beauty that you might be tempted to just relax, take in the views and explore our 30 acres of woodland, moors, fields, garden and shoreline. But there is so much to explore and experience on this unspoiled island that you will probably want to venture beyond the Lodge.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$376|
The booking fee of £300 is nonrefundable. This must be accompanied by the booking form found on the "Prices and How To Book" link on our website. See links for website..
Final payment of £895 and the £400 refundable security/good housekeeping deposit are due 30 days prior to arrival. The final payment is nonrefundable. The security deposit less any damage or additional cleaning fees and less telephone usage will be refunded within 7 days.
Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
Receipt of your booking deposit confirms your agreement with our Terms and Conditions.
Bank details (preferred): Account name Ardfenaig Properties
Sort code 80 1799
Account number 00236958
Cheques should made payable to:
Ardfenaig Properties and sent to:
Mrs. Anne Tolleson
c/o Ardfenaig House
Isle of Mull
Argyll PA67 6DX
We strongly recommendation trip cancellation insurance.
Maximum capacity is 6 persons.