Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Burnbank is a comfortable self-catering holiday cottage situated in a quiet position above the village of Craighouse on the Inner hebridean island of Jura. Extended in 2011, the cottage accommodates four people (five at a pinch), and is an ideal base for a holiday on this peaceful island. From the front of the house there are uninterrupted views across Small Isles Bay to the Scottish mainland. Behind it stretch thousands of acres of hills and moorland over which you are free to roam. The location is quiet and private, and yet Burnbank is only a five-minute walk from the facilities of Craighouse, including the licensed village shop and post office, the convivial Jura Hotel, and the world-famous Jura Distillery.
Burnbank is a modern detached property. At the front there is a dining room, and a cosy sitting room with french windows opening on to the deck - the ideal place to relax and admire the view on the long summer evenings. The kitchen is equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washer/drier, dishwasher and microwave. The bathroom has an over-bath shower and WC, and the recent extension provides an additional WC and an entrance hall with plenty of space for waterproofs, boots etc (it does occasionally rain on Jura...) Upstairs there are two bedrooms (one double and one twin), each with lovely sea views. In the sitting room there is a chair which converts to a single bed. Outside there is a picnic table and plenty of garden furniture.
The cottage has electric heating, satellite TV, radio and DVD player. There is a good collection of maps and books about Jura and other islands. The accommodation is ideal for a couple, a small family or a group of friends.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Islay, Nearest railway: None|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Hebrides/Skye region
The islands of the Hebrides are among the most remote and beautiful places in the UK. Situated off the west coast of Scotland, the islands offer spectacular scenery, wonderful wildlife, some of the world's most beautiful beaches, and above all, complete peace and tranquility. This really is the place to get away from it all!
Isle of Jura
The novelist George Orwell, who wrote 1984 while living on Jura in the 1940s, famously described the island as 'an extremely un-get-attable place'. And it still is today. Although it lies tantalisingly close to the mainland, and is only a short hop by ferry from its neighbour Islay, Jura is one of the wildest and most sparsely populated places in the UK. Its name is thought to be derived from the Gaelic Diura, meaning 'island of deer', and the population of just 200 people is outnumbered many times by the 5,000 deer which still roam the island.
Warmed by the gulf stream, the climate of Jura is surprisingly mild, and it is also drier and sunnier than other Hebridean islands such as Mull and Skye. There are fuchsias and palm trees growing in Craighouse, and the lovely gardens of Jura House are home to exotic plants from all over the world. The gardens have been open to the public for some years, but they are now closed following a recent change of ownership.
First impressions of Jura are of a vast emptiness. Its neighbour Islay is populous and fertile, but the five minute ferry crossing to Jura takes you into a very different landscape, where the only sounds are the tide and the burbling curlews. Herons and oystercatchers feed along the shore, buzzards and golden eagles circle over the hills, and otters play on the rocks. From Feolin Ferry on the south-west coast, a single-track road takes you past Jura House, through Craighouse and on to Ardlussa in the north - 25 miles of twists and turns, with breathtaking views in every direction. The clouds come and go over the three Paps - an irresistible lure to keen walkers, and the venue for the challenging Paps of Jura Fell race, which takes place in May every year.
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