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Picture-Postcard is Understatement!

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Picture-Postcard is Understatement!

Entire cottage
8 guests3 bedrooms5 beds2 bathrooms
8 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
2 bathrooms
Great location
95% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience
95% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.
Sparkling clean
8 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.

Portnahaven is Islay's best kept secret. And the Anchorage is Portnahaven's. This modernised 200 year old 2 storey cottage has views over the bay, to the islands and open sea. Watch the sun set from the conservatory and you'll never want to go home!


Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide detector
The host hasn't reported a carbon monoxide detector on the property.
Entire place
You’ll have the space to yourself and will only share it with those you’re travelling with.



157 reviews
Helen User Profile
October 2019
Beautiful location with amazing views and sunsets. Watching the seals play in the bay each day was a delightful experience. A clean, warm, cosy house with open fire and a large traditional dining kitchen with ample cooking facilities. The bedrooms were a decent sze with…
Colin User Profile
September 2019
Great cottage and the view is spectacular. Any query dealt with with speed and house had everything you need in it. Will hold special memories for us especially as our daughter got married from there on Saturday. We would definitely recommend.
Rodie User Profile
September 2019
We had a great stay at Johnny's place. It really feels like it's right on the edge of the world, with the wind from the sea blustering around you and seals calling to each other in the bay. It's an older house and with only the two of us we rattled round a bit, but I expect with…
Charlotte User Profile
September 2019
All communication was very quick and clear, the listing provided accurate and thorough details of everything you needed, including local tips. The cottage itself is wonderful, a perfect oasis with incredible views. Very clean, well equipped and couldn't have asked for a better…
Richard User Profile
September 2019
This is the 2nd time staying here and would definitely recommend it. It's an amazing location with stunning views. If your staying on the island and want a relaxing time away for it all then this is a must.
Lucie User Profile
August 2019
If you're looking for a get-away-from-it-all destination then the Anchorage is the perfect place. A cosy, comfy, well-appointed, and very clean cottage in an amazing setting. The sun-lounge is a fabulous place to sit and relax at any time of day. The local seals are fun to…
Adam User Profile
August 2019
Great break in Portnahaven with stunning views.

Hosted by John

Lago Vista, TXJoined in February 2012
John User Profile
485 Reviews
Love music, love cinema, love travel, love snowboarding, love scrabble! My wife and I have just relocated to Arizona, so we let out our Glasgow place through AirBnB when we are not using it (which is most of the time!). Both the Islay cottage and Glasgow apartment are managed…
Interaction with guests
The Anchorage is our holiday house so we generally won't be there, in order to allow use of the whole property. Instead, you will access by collecting the key from the lock box by the back door.
Languages: Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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Things to keep in mind

Check-in: After 4PM
Checkout: 10AM
After 4PM

House Rules

  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • No parties or events