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The Staff Room at An Seann Sgoil

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1 bedroom
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2 guests
3 nights minimum
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A luxury 4* one bedroom accessible cottage centrally located in Bridgend on the beautiful Isle of Islay. HISTORY The Staff Room forms part of a stone built Islay heritage building, An Seann Sgoil ('the old school' in Gaelic) which served the community for over 120 years as Newton Primary School. Extensive renovation and conversion of the old school building and grounds was completed in late 2017 and it now offers a unique collection of luxury 1 and 2 bedroom holiday cottages, ideal for couples and small family groups. Three of the cottages have a 5* Scottish Tourist Board quality assurance award and one has 4* - all of the accommodation has been finished to the same high standard. INTERIOR A bright and airy ground floor one bedroom cottage. Sliding doors from both the lounge and bed...A luxury 4* one bedroom accessible cottage centrally located in Bridgend on the beautiful Isle of Islay. HISTORY The Staff Room forms part of a stone built Islay heritage building, An Seann Sgoil ('the old school' in Gaelic) which served the community for over 120 years as Newton Primary School. Extensive renovation and conversion of the old school building and grounds was completed in late 2017 and it now offers a unique collection of luxury 1 and 2 bedroom holiday cottages, ideal for couples and small family groups. Three of the cottages have a 5* Scottish Tourist Board quality assurance award and one has 4* - all of the accommodation has been finished to the same high standard. INTERIOR A bright and airy ground floor one bedroom cottage. Sliding doors from both the lounge and bedroom open out onto a large private decked terrace overlooking the gardens with lovely views. Wheelchair accessible throughout. The warm, comfortable and stylish interior is individually furnished with elements of the original building and has underfloor heating throughout. It is equipped with HD Smart TV, free WiFi and a wireless bluetooth HiFi system, as well as a collection of books and games for those occasional lazy days. The lounge, kitchen and dining area are open plan and fully equipped with a dishwasher, built-in oven and microwave, induction hob, fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. The bedroom has a luxury super king size bed, which can also be made into twin single beds, and a large ensuite wet room with stunning contemporary fittings. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed with 2000 pocket sprung mattresses, luxurious Christy’s 100% cotton bedlinen and high quality anti allergenic pillows and duvets. OUTSIDE The Staff Room at An Seann Sgoil is very privately situated with its own external accessible entrance and parking space. Outside there are breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside, with the Paps of Jura in the distance. The well maintained communal gardens include a sizeable lawn, ideal for games, and a large decked seating and al fresco dining area with a wood fired pizza oven and stone built BBQ for guests to enjoy. There is plenty of off street parking on site, a bike shed and 3 bicycles available for guest use. THE OTHER COTTAGES The Staff Room is one of four cottages at An Seann Sgoil, all of which can be rented together to cater exclusively for groups of up to 10 people. It is ideal for large parties wishing to stay together in accommodation with separate facilities. The Dining Hall at An Seann Sgoil A stylish 5* two bedroom cottage on two levels including a ground floor bedroom with vaulted ceiling and private shower room. The Music Room at An Seann Sgoil A spacious 5* one bedroom cottage with galleried bedroom, dramatic double height lounge and wood burning stove. The Classroom at An Seann Sgoil A classy 5* one bedroom cottage on two levels with stunning views over the garden and beyond. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Margaret R
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2017
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Reviewed 14 May 2021

Excellent accomodation would visit again. Well placed for sight seeing in Islay. Beautiful island well worth a visit.

Date of stay: May 2021
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Reviewed 9 May 2021

What a stunning spot! We couldn’t have chosen a better base for exploring this beautiful island. Such a cosy, comfortable cottage with lovely and luxurious finishing touches. The Staff Room is the most secluded of the 4 cottages at Ann Seann Sgoil as it is...More

Date of stay: May 2021
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Reviewed 23 September 2019

After being unable to get into our preferred rental in Port Ellen we plumbed for what prove to be a more convenient location in what is the geographic centre of the Island. As a base for the 21st Jazz Festival it was superb; walking distance...More

Date of stay: September 2019
Thank Michael T
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Reviewed 20 August 2019 via mobile

We stayed in 3 of the houses, staff room, class room and dining hall with 8 of us! Accommodation was perfect, all necessities provided and we used the outdoor area for bbq and pizza which was very much a highlight. They have woodland walks and...More

Date of stay: August 2019
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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Staff Room.It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable,an ideal base for exploring the island .On the negative side we expected a welcome pack especially as we arrived at 10.30pm after a delayed ferry but there was none and...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Lovely accommodation and ideal for us, as it is all on the level. Super views across the fields and a very comfortable base at Bridgend for exploring the island. Blessed with beautiful weather and sunsets, which all added to a super week. Margaret, Kamila and...More

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank Liz T
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

A very comfortable cottage with great views. The Staff Room is ideally placed to explore the island. An easy walk into Bridgend with its well stocked shop and good hotel. Also an easy drive into Bowmore. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here.

Date of stay: June 2018
2  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

The photos look amazing but in reality it's even better. A well laid out, comfortable, beautifully decorated cottage close to Bridgend and Bowmore. Margaret was really flexible and helpful. The whisky on arrival set things off to a good start! Highly recommended.

Date of stay: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
Cycling Trips
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About the neighbourhood
An Seann Sgoil is an easy walking distance from Bridgend and Islay House Square with their hotels, shops and community garden. Otherwise the reliable local bus service stops right outside the door and will take you to most places on Islay. Walks in beautiful ancient woodland start right on the doorstep and the 20 minute stroll to tranquil Loch Skerrols is not to be missed. Being located at the centre of the island, this is the perfect base from which to explore. There are 5 world famous whisky distilleries within a 10-15 minutes’ drive. The ancient seat of the Lords of the Isles at Finlaggan and the RSPB site at Loch Gruinart are a similarly easy drive away as are some of the island’s amazing beaches.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Staff Room at An Seann Sgoil

The Staff Room at An Seann Sgoil is able to accommodate up to 2 guests. See all property details.

The Staff Room at An Seann Sgoil has one bathroom available. See all property details.

The Staff Room at An Seann Sgoil has one bedroom available. See all property details.

Stays at The Staff Room at An Seann Sgoil must last at least 3 nights. See all property details.