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“A Gem with Loads of Character”
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Your arrival at Craignure by Calmac ferry
Colourful Tobermory harbour - children will know it as Balamory
the kitchen which leads off the living room
view from the master bedroom
the study area of the living room
the downstairs loo and shower
staircase to the bedrooms and upstairs bathroom
The second double bedroom
Upstairs shower
The 'Peploe' in the kitchen is oil on canvas. Presumably a student's copy as it cost only £10!!
On the wall is a facsimile of the letter Mendelssohn wrote from Mull.
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Tobermory, Isle of Mull, The Hebrides, Scotland

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Eleanor L
Epsom, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not a home for winter time... at the mo”
Reviewed 13 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Firstly Marilyn was fantastic, and really tried her best to look after us when things went wrong. The house is in an incredible location , just off the high street and allowed us to pop out for 5 minutes for the bells at midnight on NYeve.

But the house just isn't set up for winter. We really struggled with the heating, its was freezing, the rooms were very musty and damp and with two young children it was a strain. We had to move around a portable heater to try and keep rooms warm and when one broke, I had to go to the local shop to buy more heaters (but Marilyn did reimburse me for this immediately
I wouldn't recommend the house for a winter time stay, BUT I can imagine in Spring and summer its incredible.
As I say, great location. I think if a little money was spent on the rooms (the back bedroom inparticular had uncomfortable beds with slats that kept moving and a broken curtain) then the house has potential to be incredible.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: damp and cold
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
14 Jan 2015
Thanks Eleanor for your feedback.
I have taken your comments on board.
Please come back in the summer and see Mull, and Toll a Balla at its best.
Marilyn
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Phil P
Linlithgow, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Gem with Loads of Character”
Reviewed 31 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

My wife and I were here for 5 days in October with two teenage daughters.
Location of property is excellent, handy for shops/pubs/restaurants etc
Property is tastefully decorated with some very interesting art pieces dotted around.
Lovely and cosy with the radiators but very toasty with the real fire. Although there was some coal supplied I popped to the CO-OP two mins away for a bag of wood although we didn't use it all in the end!
Two main front bedrooms are beautifully decorated and both have lovely views over the harbour. The back bedroom was a bit darker but to be expected given its location.
Kitchen had every utensil you could ever need!
Both toilets/shower-rooms were spotless.
Washer/drier was very useful
Teenagers loved the broadband wi-fi.
Will certainly stay again should we return to Tobermory.

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Liked best: Location, decor
Liked least: Not a lot
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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brian2000...
Lanark, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent house excellent location , excellent views”
Reviewed 19 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

Hi just back from Mull First of all with friends and then family. Excellent accommodation. This is the second time we have used it and we will be back again next year. Location is excellent and it's great having a washing machine and dryer, loved the free standing fire. Thanks again Brian

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Spoc47
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 23 September 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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It's taken my a while to write this as I've been a tad busy. But it is a wonderful house in the centre of the village almost opposite the the fish and chip van on the harbour. I've called it a hidden gem because it's small and off the road, you can miss it but once you see it then you realise how wonderfully situated it is. There was some building work going on when we rented but the owner was wonderful and very helpful and the work needed to be done. It didn't interfere with our stay.
The house is full of character, the bedrooms are well furnished (two with views over the harbour), the kitchen well equipped and the decor and the artwork give it a homely lived in feel. My dad and I really enjoyed and will look to return. Great find.

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Strawberr...
Burford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Recommended. Excellent Location!”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

I pinched myself every time we walked out of the gate, the location was so superb. Right on the seafront with a joy of a view out of the bedroom window. The only downside was that I found it a little damp and wished there was more in the way of radiators .. It was pretty damp weather while I was there though. There are so many bits and bobs for use in the kitchen and all around the house, most helpful!

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The damp feel
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
27 Aug 2014
I am sorry you found the house 'damp'.
There is no mains gas on the island, so we have to use storage heating. This involves knowing a day in advance if you are gong to need them.
During the winter, I leave them on permanently, but thought they wouldn't be necessary in August! The woodburning stove (which can use coal from the Co-op) was intended to cover the need to heat the house quickly.
I have asked Zoe (who does changeovers for me) to ensure the radiators are on the day before visitors are expected. I hope the weather did not spoil your holiday.
Marilyn
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