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... Experience everything the town has to offer, on your doorstep.
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, a high chair, 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 Roku On Demand TV with free use of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and many other streaming services. NOWTV, Sky Store channels, and Google Play Movies are also provided for an additional charge, or for you to sign in. Freesat satellite TV & digital radio provides live BBC, ITV and Channel 4 broadcast channels, as well as many others, and there is a DVD player with a library of movies to choose from. 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
“Your house is a ‘hidden gem’,
would recommend it to friends and family. We would have loved to stay longer as I want to do research into my family tree. House was warm and comfy, shopping nearby, plenty hot water, nice layout, novelty going downstairs to bed instead of up.”
“Fabulous, can’t fault anything.
Perfect location. Back Brae Lodge had everything we needed and more. The house was warm and cosy. Thank you for the thoughtful welcome basket, the shortbread saved us on our long walks. I would definitely stay again, we will probably be back next year, maybe in the Summer this time! Thanks for a lovely holiday.”
“We enjoyed our stay very much, everything was good at the house.
Overall I would give Back Brae Lodge a strong recommendation for its position, and it has all you need for a relaxed holiday.”
“We had a fantastic break at Back Brae Lodge - thank you!
The property itself was perfect for us - brilliantly equipped with everything we needed (fantastic to have a washing machine and tumble drier to sort our things after days out walking in the best the Mull weather had to throw at us!) and the instructions for all the appliances were clear and easy to follow. The house was spotless, comfortable and very spacious for two people. In addition, it was a real bonus having the maps, walking books and bird guides - real thought had gone into equipping the house. Finally the welcome pack was a lovely surprise and a real treat! Location-wise the property was brilliant - so convenient for all the bars, shops and restaurants in Tobermory, yet managed also to be totally quiet and peaceful. All in all a fantastic break - we'll definitely be back to Back Brae Lodge! The property was faultless - fantastic location, brilliantly equipped, spotlessly clean and really warm and comfortable. Thank you!”
“ 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