Back Brae Lodge Self Catering Holiday Cottage in Tobermory
The accommodation at Back Brae Lodge sleeps one couple very comfortably, ideal for a romantic break. Sleeping accommodation comprises one double bedroom with kingsize bed.
It's also adaptable for a family group of parents with two young children aged 12 or under, including babies and toddlers (ask us about this).
The house is spacious luxury for a single guest. We've had many guests in the past who were escaping hectic urban life for a while, but not necessarily for a holiday. Whether travelling for business, writing and researching or working locally, Back Brae Lodge makes an excellent office-away-from-home for days or weeks of undistracted concentration, with inclusive landline and fast Internet connection.
We regret that domestic pets are not accepted at Back Brae Lodge. Please don't ask if we can make an exception for your extremely well-behaved dog - sorry!
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Upper Floor Living Space
The impressive, spacious open-plan L-shaped upper floor combines the living area, dining area and sitting area with the kitchen.
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, a separate small freezer, a range of pans & utensils and tea towels. If you have dinner guests, the dining table seats up to six people.
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 spaces.
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.
On the lower floor there is one bedroom with a kingsize bed, wardbrobe and cupboard storage for clothes. The bathroom downstairs includes a large shower-bath with an electric shower, as well as WC, sink and heated towel rail. A hand towel, face towel and bath towel are provided - bring an extra large bath towel if you prefer to use these.
Outside Decked Patio
Back Brae Lodge sits by the rock face which surrounds the natural harbour of Tobermory on three sides. There's a decked outside patio with table and chairs for your use. This is a real suntrap on a clear afternoon. It sits right next to the rock face.
Back Brae Lodge is completely non-smoking inside, however smokers can use this outside decked area.
Free WiFi & Telephone
There is fast Wi-Fi Internet access for your laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Bring your own Ethernet cable to plug into the wireless router if you prefer. There is no limit on usage. Tobermory benefits from a superfast fibre broadband connection to the mainland so the current download speed in Back Brae Lodge is around 37Mbps and upload speed is 9Mbps.
Most outgoing call services 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 40" HD television with Freesat HD satellite live broadcast channels. We also provide Roku On Demand TV with streaming on-demand entertainment services. Free accounts include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer. NOWTV, Sky Store channels and Google Play Movies are also available for an additional charge, or for you to sign in to your own account. There is also a DVD player with a library of movies to choose from.
There is a diverse collection of books and maps to borrow, including guides and histories of the local area and Scotland. Playing cards & board games on hand include Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble.
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. There is no additional charge for electricity.
For Young Children
A basic supply of household items is provided which most guests find last the duration of their stay. If you run short, you'll find further supplies in the Co-Op, a couple of minutes' walk away and open late. Items provided normally include toilet roll, kitchen roll, vegetable oil, salt and pepper, tea and coffee (but not milk). There should also be a good supply of washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing machine powder, and bathroom & kitchen cleaning materials. These are all provided for convenience so aren't meant to be removed from the house on your departure.
Tobermory was designed in the late 18th Century, well before the advent of motor vehicles! Nearest car parking is on Main Street, about 15 metres (50ft) away. There are currently no designated or residential parking spaces on the street anywhere in Tobermory, other than a few reserved bays for the disabled. There are no charges for car parking anywhere in Tobermory and a parking space can usually be found near the house without much problem. The street is usually less busy before 10am and after 6pm - outwith working hours and when day visitors to the town have left. There is also a large 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, about a 3-minute walk.
For accessibility please note that there is one short flight of steps from the road up to the lower entrance of the house, another flight to the upper entrance, and an internal staircase between the floors.
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.
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"!
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