Tobermory Self Catering Holiday Cottage Accommodation on Mull at Back Brae Lodge
This Tobermory self catering holiday cottage is located centrally in the main town on the beautiful Scottish Island of Mull. The house is situated behind the famous Mishnish buildings on colourful Main Street, set off from the street which leads to the upper part of the town, on the north side of Tobermory Bay. The house is known locally as “the old chocolate shop”, since it was the original home of Tobermory Chocolate.
In the heart of Tobermory, Back Brae Lodge offers easy access to the local Co-Op, arts and craft shops, a bank, museum, post office, four public bars, a range of restaurants, an arts centre... and many other interesting corners!
How Many Guests?
The accommodation is ideal for one couple or a single, and adaptable for a family group. The maximum occupancy is three adults, or two adults with children. Sleeping accommodation comprises one kingsize double bedroom, with two small double sofa beds (recommended one adult per sofa bed for comfort) within the upper floor living area.
A travel cot with sheet and mattress is provided for a baby, and a stair gate for the top of the internal stairway, however please bear in mind that the house is not furnished to be completely toddler-proof.
Around The House
Back Brae Lodge is an open-plan residence furnished to a high standard. The spacious L-shaped upper floor combines the living area, dining area, kitchen and extra sleeping space.
The lower floor of Back Brae Lodge is accessible through both the internal staircase and a separate lower entrance from outdoors. It comprises a lobby and drying room, bathroom and double (kingsize) bedroom.
The building was originally a mason's workshop before it was extended into shop premises for Tobermory Chocolate then Music Scotland. It was converted and renovated in 2007 into residential self-catering.
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Outside the House
Back Brae Lodge sits by the rock face which surrounds the natural harbour of Tobermory on all sides. There is an outside decked area with table and chairs for your use.
Back Brae Lodge is completely non-smoking inside, however the outside decked porch area can be used. For accessibility please note that there is one short flight of steps from the road up to the lower entrance, another flight to the upper entrance, and an internal staircase between the floors.
Beds & Towels
On the lower floor there is one bedroom with a kingsize bed, wardbrobe and cupboard storage for clothes. Within the large upper floor space there are two sofa beds (small double size). You may use any combination of the spare beds as you require, but please remember that the maximum occupancy of the house is three adults. For comfort, one adult per sofa bed is recommended. The upper floor space can be blacked out with the curtains and Velux blinds. There is a sliding wooden partition door which can be pulled across to split the room into two sleeping spaces if necessary - this is not a soundproof barrier but does provide some privacy. A hand towel, face towel and bath towel are provided - bring an extra large bath towel if you prefer to use these.
The property is heated by electric storage heaters, with additional convector heaters in the lower bedroom and upstairs. Hot water is supplied by a timed electric immersion tank. There are fire alarms and extinguishers throughout the house. Downstairs, there is an iron & ironing board, electric tumble dryer, a drying pulley for clothes, towels and linen and a hair dryer. Toilet roll and bathroom & kitchen cleaning materials are provided. There is no additional charge for electricity.
The kitchen features a breakfast bar and includes a dual oven and grill, ceramic hob, microwave, washing machine and dishwasher. There is an under-counter fridge and a separate small freezer. There is a range of pans & utensils, and tea towels, laundry washing powder and dishwasher tablets are provided. The dining table seats up to six people. There is usually a small supply of tea, coffee and milk in the kitchen for your arrival.
Free WiFi Internet
There is free Wi-Fi wireless broadband Internet access for your laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Bring your own Ethernet cable to plug into the router port if you prefer. There is no limit on usage. The usual download speed is 6Mbps and upload 0.3Mbps.
All outgoing UK landline calls of up to one hour are FREE from the landline telephone supplied. There is a 1571 answering service on the phone where you can pick up messages. The mobile phone signal in the house is good.
There is a 32" LCD digital television and DVD player for your use, along with Freesat satellite TV & digital radio. This provides all BBC, ITV and Channel 4 channels, as well as many others. Playing cards & board games on hand include Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. Artwork in the house is by Shelagh Boyle, Ronnie Leckie, Bryan Evans, Angus Stewart and Norman Wilkinson, with historical maps from the National Library of Scotland.
There is a diverse collection of books and maps to borrow, including guides and histories of the local area and Scotland. Your bicycle, canoe, surfboard or similar item can be stored either in the lobby or outdoors, behind the house on the decking. The risk of theft is very low, but remember your own locks if you prefer to secure your belongings outside.
No Dogs or Pets, sorry...
We regret that dogs or other pets are now strictly not allowed at Back Brae Lodge.
Nearest car parking is on Main Street, about 15 metres (50ft) away. There are currently no designated or residential parking spaces on Main Street, nor in fact on the street anywhere in Tobermory, other than one Disabled bay by the Co-Op. There are no charges for car parking anywhere in Tobermory and a parking space can usually be found without much problem. The street is always less busy before 10am and after 6pm - outwith working hours and when day visitors to the town have left. There is an off-street car park by the garage and Harbour Association buildings on the opposite side of the bay, where the public service buses to and from Craignure operate. This is a 5-minute walk - though normally longer if you are distracted by the shop windows on Main Street…
You can get your groceries and most other essentials in the Co-Op supermarket, 2 minutes' walk away on Main Street. Another useful nearby shop is the legendary Brown's hardware store, well known as an "Aladdin's cave"!
Tobermory Holiday Reviews
“We had a great stay at Back Brae Lodge.
We would definitely consider it again. The central location was ideal both in terms of exploring the island but also proximity to shops, pubs etc. We thought the house was really well-equipped both in terms of technology with the TV and broadband and also in terms of games, books, kitchen equipment, hair dryer etc. There would be plenty to keep you occupied on a rainy day. The central location was ideal both in terms of exploring the island but also proximity to shops and pubs. Whilst we had a bit of a sickly trip to Staffa, when we all got back to the lodge we had a hot bath and a DVD and felt much better! I loved the modern interior and open plan kitchen/diner which was really sociable and has made me really want to do up our own house!”
“Both my husband and I enjoyed our stay in Back Brae Lodge.
We were visiting Mull for a wedding at Glengorm Castle, which was situated in a remote but beautiful part of the island. Back Brae Lodge gave us that 'home-from-home' feeling - although it was just my husband and myself, the apartment could comfortably accommodate a family. Access to the local shops and parking was very good. I have already recommended staying at Back Brae Lodge to our family. ”
“We have had a great week here.
The flat is bang on location and facility-wise. It's a great place and we would definitely recommend to others.”
“We’ve really enjoyed our stay
at Back Brae Lodge. Thank you so much! The lodge is lovely and very well equipped with everything you might need, and more. I think Mull is the most beautiful place I have ever visited. Thank you once again.”
“ Why there is nothing better than strolling through the absurdly pretty port of Tobermory - one of Britain's best kept secret idyllic villages. ”
Daily Mail, August 2015