The views from the lounge can be enjoyed from big, comfy sofas. If the weather turns bad, fire up the wood-burning stove, pour yourself a dram and settle down to enjoy a book, a film on the wall-mounted television or the ever-changing sky and sea-scapes.

The kitchen window looks out on to a grassy play area at the back of the house. Kitchen worktops were made from elm by the Skye-based furniture-maker Stuart Shone. The oak flooring in the kitchen, lounge and downstairs bedroom was provided by Russwood of Newtonmore. The entrance hall, walk-in closet and the downstairs bathroom are floored with slate tiles to accommodate muddy boots and bath time splashes. An oak stair off the dining area leads to the two upstairs bedrooms.

The bookcase in the lounge is made from Indonesian teak.  On it you will find a selection of cookery books, novels, local guides and tourist information as well as some board games, binoculars and a Bose music player you can plug your ipod into.

The easy availability of fabulous local beef, game and shellfish make Islay a great place for food lovers. The induction hob is as responsive as gas and there is nothing that cannot be grilled, broiled or roasted in the microwave and traditional ovens.

You can squeeze up to eight people around the dining table. The table is made from Molave - a tropical hardwood - recycled from the Philippine railways

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