About this listing
Carnie Cottage is a traditional Hebridean stone-built cottage with a large new extension, as well as stunning newly finished event space.
Carnie combines the cosy attractiveness of the traditional cottage, with the light open spaciousness of a modern home.
This beautiful home is located in the center of the island, 300m from the island shop and Post Office, 500m from the Community Hall and 1km from the Lismore Museum and cafe. The cottage is conveniently located, enjoying easy access to walking and cycling routes, both North and South of this beautiful island.
The accommodation in the original cottage consists of a spacious living room with wooden floors and solid fuel stove. It is furnished with two large comfortable couches and an easy chair. Also included is a generous bedroom with twin bunk beds. A spiral staircase in the living room leads upstairs to a bright, open plan carpeted attic, housing one double bed and two single futons. The front porch includes ample storage space for boots and coats and a has a small WC.
The original cottage retains much of its traditional appeal but is complemented by the new extension which benefits from a fully fitted modern kitchen with electric hob and oven, fridge and freezer, plus washing machine and tumble drier in a small utility room. The whole cottage is well insulated and enjoys oil-fired central heating as well as a traditional stove in the living room.
The extension has wooden floors throughout and French doors leading onto a large garden. The main room consists of a spacious kitchen/dining room with a dining table able to accommodate 8 persons. There is a small utility room leading into a bathroom. A small double bedroom completes this harmonious addition to the old cottage.
The house is equipped for up to 8 people and the enclosed garden has ample space for children to play in, and WiFi throughout.
In the back garden and linked to the house with a covered walkway, sits a beautiful timber constructed indoor workshop, boasting panoramic windows, wooden floors, a hub for creative energy. This unique space is home to the famous Lismore Music retreats with the wonderful music legend Mairi Campbell. This perfect addition to Carnie is ideal for group meetings/ workshops/ social gatherings, or simply to have some solitude to practice an instrument in comfort and tranquility.
Linen and towels are included in the price
Lismore has its own fantastic suppliers of beef, eggs, veg, salad and herbs which we will send you details of once you book with us. Our local shop can also provide a 'welcome' box of supplies if you order in advance of your stay. Other than anything you may order, please come prepared with food supplies as our local shop (only 300m away from the cottage) is open only between the hours of 9-5pm, with early closing of 1pm on a Wednesday and Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
Carnie is a treasured family holiday home. We are excited to share it with you, and trust you will look after it as we do.
Lismore is a stunning island, with lots to see and do if you appreciate a quieter pace of life. We have a wonderful cafe (around 1 mile away) open 11-4pm everyday from April, please see website to check opening times. Lismore also has a historical heritage center and museum (next to the cafe) and lots of monuments and visitor attractions steeped in myth and history.
There is a great pub on the mainland, called the Pier House which you access off the Port Appin passenger ferry (4.5 miles away from the cottage) which serves evening meals and can be visited during the summer timetable (please check Calmac website) when we have an 8pm boat, and a 9.30pm by request (12 hours in advance).
Getting to us;
Lismore is accessible from two ferry ports: Port Appin ferry terminal: Which is around a 5 minute passenger ferry crossing, and costs around £3 return trip per adult. You can leave you car on the mainland in Port Appin, this is where all the islanders leave their cars too. The cottage is 4.5 miles away from this ferry port, and there is a bookable island taxi once your here.
The other option is the Oban Ferry Terminal: Which is around a 45 minute vehicle and passenger ferry crossing, costing around £5.30 per adult for a return trip. You can bring your car across on this ferry, for a cost of £23 return trip. There a a few long stay car parks in Oban. The cottage is 2 miles away from this ferry port.
Please note ... you will need to organise your own transport from either of the ports, unless you plan to walk. There is a local taxi service, and also local bike hire who can deliver to the ferry for you, details of which will be in your confirmation email.
So what are you waiting for? Come and enjoy a wonderful Hebridean retreat! xxx
Guests will have exclusive use of the whole house, including the event space and the garden, as well as two off road parking spaces.
Interaction with guests
This friendly wee island means a helping hand in never far away! There are relatives of the owner living nearby, as well as a bookings manager and caretaker on hand should you need anything at all. Other than that, we will leave you in peace to enjoy your holiday!
Check in 3pm, Check out 10am
If you have arranged to use our linen instead of bringing your own, please strip beds and set off a wash cycle when you leave.
Leave the cottage clean and tidy when you leave us.
Please treat our little family treasure with love and respect. The event space is a new and precious addition, and is not to be used as a football pitch!
If you damage anything, please be honest so we can fix it for the arrival of your next visitors.
If you need anything at all, or have any special requests to make your stay memorable please do let me know, I would be happy to help!
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I am a stay at home mummy to my three wonderful children aged 15 yrs, 12 yrs and a wee mischief maker aged 22 months
I have lived on the beautiful Isle of Lismore since August 2011 having relocated from Staffordshire. We holidayed here and fell in love with the place straight away which resulted in us leaving our jobs as staff nurse and my husband as a policeman. It was a big gamble but one we've never regretted......we live in a beautiful part of the world with an amazing community.
5 things I couldn't live without?
1. My beautiful family. My husband and my kiddies are my life
2. house is crammed with them. I love to reminisce and look back on happy times.
3. Chocolate .....the love of this is stopping me from seeing my feet and tying my shoe laces !!!!
4. Scotland....I adore the place and have so many places that are still on my wishlist to visit. To me its the most beautiful place on earth. My ideal day is a backpack full of good food, walking shoes on and head off into a glen for another adventure
daily tonic for the day, especially the sounds of my kids laughter.
I live not far from Carnie cottage so I'm always on hand should you need me.