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Killunaig Church House

Pennyghael, Isle of Mull
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Quirky
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • Unique converted church with traditional-style elements
  • Local wildlife include sea eagles, otters, oystercatchers and Highland cattle
  • Short walk to sandy shores of Loch Scridain
  • Short journey to Ben More mountain
  • Sociable open-plan living space
  • Far-reaching loch views from the lounge and dining area
Property code: CA194

Stay in a characterful converted former Scottish church on the rugged Isle of Mull, with Loch Scridain on your doorstep and impressive local wildlife to look out for.

Benefiting from a unique setting overlooking the shores of Loch Scridain and Ben More, Mull’s highest mountain, this 19th-century former church is now a dreamy self-catering holiday home. Located in Pennyghael on the Isle of Mull, it welcomes up to ten guests and two dogs to enjoy an escape like no other. Ideal for those looking for somewhere off the beaten track and with a penchant for panoramas, it promises mornings of indulgence, days of exploration and evenings of pure R&R.

 

This spacious family homes pays full attention to the finer details whilst retaining a thoroughly welcoming vibe throughout. Homely and boasting huge arched windows that make the most of the views, it is both a wonderful base for exploration and a cosy retreat for celebrations with your nearest and dearest. Featuring exposed beams and lots of playful quirks, its undeniable charm offers plenty for the eye, without detracting from the spectacular views of the mountains and sea outside.

 

Particularly homely, the downstairs open-plan living area provides the perfect venue for convivial chat, family games and simply curling up with a book. With plenty of seating, including a luxurious window seat, wood burner and collection of books, the lounge holds the fort at one end of the space, whilst at the other you will find the well-equipped kitchen. Ideally sized for preparing meals for all the family, you can whisk your way around the kitchen while the children lay the dining table.

 

Taking the open-tread wooden staircase from the lounge to the first floor, you will come to five bedrooms. Each as cosy as the next and benefiting from glorious views, you can choose from two doubles and three twins. These comprise a master double bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with large traditional bath; a double bedroom with a shower room; two twin bedrooms and a bunk bedroom ideally suited to children.

 

Showing off stunning views over the loch, the enclosed garden is beautiful even on the rainiest of days. Sip your morning coffee at one of the picnic benches before taking a stroll down the private driveway and wandering along the banks of the loch. Enjoy it all, from morning paddles with your four-legged friends to watching ospreys and white-tailed sea eagles soar overhead to dreamy sundowners wrapped up in blankets. Nothing will beat spending time in this Scottish haven and refreshing your mind, body and soul with the heavenly scents of fresh mountain air.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 5 bedrooms: 2 doubles, 2 twins, 1 bunk bedroom
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite with bath and WC; 1 en-suite with WC and shower; 2 separate WCs
  • Electric cooker, additional electric hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Travel cot available
  • There is no TV signal at the property. There is a TV and a DVD player which can be used to play DVDs
  • Open wooden staircase - please supervise young children
  • Wi-fi included
  • Water supply - please note the property has a private supply which is tested and UV filtered. The water can be brown in colour due to peaty ground; although this is safe to drink, guests may prefer to bring bottled water for the duration of their stay
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included - additional logs available with honesty jar for usage)
  • Small stream flowing through the garden - young children must be supervised
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub 2 miles, shop 3 miles

Frequented by majestic birds of prey and playful otters, the hauntingly beautiful Loch Scridain is worth a visit in its own right. Whether you are big on walking, kayaking, love wildlife-watching or simply are looking for somewhere off the beaten track to escape with your loved ones for a while, there is plenty on offer near and far.

 

With ample private parking and myriad country walks to be had from your doorstep, it would be incredibly tempting to stay at your new home-from-home for the duration. However, if you fancy venturing a little further afield, nearby Pennyghael (3.5 miles) is home to a village store, post office and restaurant, great for stocking up on supplies and treating yourselves to a hot meal and local brew.

 

Just 8 miles away, on the edge of Bunessan village, Ross of Mull Historical Centre gives visitors a fascinating insight into the history of the peninsula. Take your time browsing the exhibition before driving to Fionnphort (13 miles from the property), the principal port of the Ross of Mull, which boasts glorious coastal views and an award-winning game and seafood restaurant.

 

Another day, make sure you put aside some time to visit the Isle of Iona off Fionnphort and its historic abbey, as well as the dramatic Staffa and the Treshnish islands. Peppered with white-sand beaches decorating the edges of this mountainous isle, there are opportunities for walking and cycling aplenty, not to mention whale and dolphin watching too.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Speer June 2019

A fantastic venue to celebrate my 50th with close friends and a great launchpad from which to explore this beautiful island. The house has abundant character and all you need for a comfortable stay, although perhaps could do with some minor upgrades (I.e. light switches in the main room are in odd places, bbq would be a useful addition) and a more Read morethorough clean ( lots of cobwebs in the window arches), but overall this is a unique place that we would love to return to. Highly recommend visiting Killunaig Church House and the island itself is glorious. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Hendry June 2019

A fascinating house that is an inspired conversion of a former Free Church in a location that is ideal both for climbing all the Mull hills and also for the Ross of Mull coast and also Iona and boat trips to Staffa and the Treshnish Islands. There is a superb view from the house of Loch Scridain and Ben More beyond. The house is comfortable with evRead moreerything we needed. Our only criticism was at a very trivial level - a teapot that was impossible to pour from without the tea spilling everywhere and a frying pan that everything seemed to stick to! We were fortunate to have a week of wall to wall sunshine! Hide

Reviewed by Mr Allchin April 2019

A great place to get away from it all. Deceptively large, comfortably sleeps 8 but easily sleeps 10. Fabulous views over the Loch. Supplies are a bit of a drive away but we had done a large shop in Oban which has an Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and an M & S. We drove round and saw most of the sights. Highlights were visits to Iona, shopping in Tobermory, LochRead more Buie and oysters & Guinness on Ulva. Also boat trips to see the wildlife especially the Puffins and porpoises. We also saw and photographed a Sea Eagle twice which made the holiday. We visited Tiroran House Hotel coffee shop, Mull Weavers, The stone circle, Moy castle, Duart Castle and saw so much wildlife including otters, eagles, highland cattle and a variety of other birds including Divers, Guillemots and Oyster Catchers. We were very lucky with the weather which was perfect. No TV reception which was fine but a larger modern TV to watch DVD's on if the weather is bad would be a good improvement. Another highlight was the fresh fish we bought when we came back from Iona at Fionnphort which made a delicious supper back at Church House. If you want to get away from it all, this property has a real rustic charm. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Waline August 2018

The Church House is a lovely place to stay. We were there 3 nights with our 4 kids and had a wonderful time. Thanks to the binocular available for our use in the house we could see the otter in the sea just in front of us in the sea. The place is very quiet as it is 200 metres away from the road. It is a perfect place from which you can go to Iona.Read more We would recommend it especially as it is perfectly equipped, clean and comfortable. Hide

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