This delightful, traditional, former slater workers cottage is situated close to the islands small harbour and benefits from a larger than average garden to the rear. The property is located in the middle of a small row of cottages …
This delightful, traditional, former slater worker’s cottage is situated close to the island’s small harbour and benefits from a larger than average garden to the rear. The property is located in the middle of a small row of cottages which were once the homes of slate workers when the island quarried slate as roofing material for use worldwide. The very pretty and popular Easdale Island is the smallest inhabited island within the Inner Hebrides. The car free island is accessed by passenger ferry, which crosses to Ellenabeich on the mainland, a short distance away.
The island, which has a population of approximately 60 residents, has a community hall which hosts a wide range of events throughout the year and bistro pub. On the edges of the island are disused quarries providing lovely, natural swimming pools. There is also a small museum. Easdale Island is also known for its famous annual Stone Skimming Championships which attracts participants from across the world.
Close by at Ellenabeich on the mainland is a pub and restaurant and at Balvicar a licensed store and post office. Also close by is a primary school within walking distance from the ferry at Ellenabeich and a medical practice a short drive away. As well as the very accessible road network, regular bus services connect the area to the coastal town of Oban with its wide range of shops, cafés, restaurants, schools, leisure centre and professional services. From the town’s harbour are regular ferry sailings to the Inner and Outer isles and from the railway station, daily services connect to Glasgow. To the north at Connel is a small airport offering flights to the Western Isles.
49 Easdale Island is a charming, one bedroom cottage full of character. The property is constructed from slate and stone under a slate roof. The cottage enjoys a lovely open aspect to the front and has been sympathetically extended in previous years, with the addition of a kitchen and bedroom. The property has retained many original features including exposed slate walls and hearth with multi fuel stove. There are also slate tiled floors and underfloor heating on the ground floor except the kitchen and bathroom.
Access to the cottage is via the galley kitchen with space for a small breakfast table. From here steps lead up to the bathroom with modern suite including a Jacuzzi bath and overhead electric shower. At the end of the kitchen are steps up to the generously proportioned L shaped living space with dining area. Within the living area, a hatch with Ramsay ladder, gives access to a small, boarded attic with electric. This is currently used for additional accommodation but is equally suited as storage. Beyond the living area is a small rear lobby leading to the double bedroom. Within the bedroom is a raised, wooden platform accessed via a step ladder. The platform is ideal for use as additional storage space. From the lobby, a door opens directly into the rear garden.
This larger than average garden extends the full width of the property and neighbouring cottage. The lovely garden is laid mainly to lawn and offers a choice of seating areas. Two picket gates, one at either end of the garden, give access to grass paths which lead to the harbour and rest of the island. Within the garden is a large shed. The garden offers a delightful and private space to relax. To the front of the cottage is a small patio accessed via steps leading down from an attractive communal area of ground which extends to the front of the property. This area is laid mainly to lawn with mature trees and shrubs.