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The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay

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Portnahaven Bay looking up to King Street
Double bedroom with sea view to front
View of King Street from Shore Street, Portnahaven
1 of 15Portnahaven Bay looking up to King Street
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Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
The Bay is a comfortable, family holiday home situated on the sea front in Portnahaven - there are fabulous views directly on to the sea below. The cottage overlooks a sheltered bay with a safe, sandy beach - ideal for playing, swimming, and hunting for crabs. The bay is also home to many seals, which bask on the rocks below the cottage. Portnahaven village has a family friendly pub/restaurant serving local produce. There is a small shop selling basic provisions and you can buy crabs and lobster from the fishing boat at the pier. There is a fantastic, relaxed atmosphere, and children can enjoy far greater unsupervised freedom than the mainland. The Bay is a traditional, two-bedroom fisherman's cottage and sleeps 4/5 people. There is one double bedroom at the front, looking on to the sea, ...The Bay is a comfortable, family holiday home situated on the sea front in Portnahaven - there are fabulous views directly on to the sea below. The cottage overlooks a sheltered bay with a safe, sandy beach - ideal for playing, swimming, and hunting for crabs. The bay is also home to many seals, which bask on the rocks below the cottage. Portnahaven village has a family friendly pub/restaurant serving local produce. There is a small shop selling basic provisions and you can buy crabs and lobster from the fishing boat at the pier. There is a fantastic, relaxed atmosphere, and children can enjoy far greater unsupervised freedom than the mainland. The Bay is a traditional, two-bedroom fisherman's cottage and sleeps 4/5 people. There is one double bedroom at the front, looking on to the sea, and a small twin bedroom with two single beds looking on to the garden. There is room for one more on a sofa bed in the sitting room. If you have young children with you, a cot and highchair are available on request. There is a large, enclosed back garden, with picnic seating and outdoor drying line. We do not have an electric vehicle charge point – there are currently two charging stations on the island, but please check before travelling. Any charging through the property will incur a fee – please get in touch for details. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Children are very welcome - let us know if you need a travel cot/highchair when booking. Well behaved pets are also welcome. Please bear in mind it is a small cottage and we allow a maximum of 2 dogs. Our property is non smoking, so please don't smoke inside the cottage.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Manager
Liz R
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:April 2013
Interaction with guests
The Bay is looked after by Jean who lives next door - she is usually there to greet you on arrival if you let us know which ferry you are arriving on. If she can't be there, then the doors will be left open for you. Jean can give you as much information as you wish about the island during your stay, but will not intrude at all upon your holiday if you prefer to do your own thing!
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely spacious cottage on portenhaven. Key holder next door for any help welcomed with fresh scones and jam which were lovely. Weather wasn't to good but it didn't stop the enjoyment of waking up and going to sleep with the seal noises. Just sit and...More

Date of stay: May 2022
Thank Janet anne T
Reviewed 28 March 2022 via mobile

Wonderful wonderful wonderful. Granted we had great weather and past experience of windchill so longjohns are our friend but …. Almost didn’t want to review incase we encourage so many folk that we can’t find a time for us to return Sitting on the front...More

Date of stay: March 2022
Thank Lgc180
Liz R, VR Owner at The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2022

I'm so glad you had such a lovely stay - you certainly brought the weather with you for March! Thanks for the kind review and we'd love to have you back any time.

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Reviewed 10 September 2021

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Date of stay: September 2021
Reviewed 4 September 2021

What a fantastic place, lovely cottage, beautiful views from the front door and Jean and Ian couldn't have been better hosts. So good that I've booked twice for next year. Helen and I absolutely loved it, so did the dogs. 10/10.

Date of stay: August 2021
Thank Andy M
Reviewed 18 September 2020

Wonderful little cottage set in a picturesque Village overlooking the sea where Seals regularly popped there heads up to look at you. Well appointed warm and comfortable with kitchen diner - lounge with log burner and 2 good sized bedrooms with shared bathroom Ideal base...More

Date of stay: September 2020
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Reviewed 17 August 2020

Just back from an amazing week at the Bay in Portnahaven. Jean and Ian greeted us on arrival and were extremely friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The scones are delicious and the cottage has everything and more you could ever need for your holiday....More

Date of stay: August 2020
1  Thank Journey749471
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Reviewed 25 August 2019 via mobile

Date of stay: August 2019
LizR490, VR Owner at The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2019

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Reviewed 1 August 2019 via mobile

Good outlook from cottage at the sea and seals, cottage very nice and comfortable, Jean made us feel very welcome with homemade scones and jam. Enjoyed going round Isley and some of the beaches.went to Isley House for afternoon tea as a little treat before...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank irvinalank
Reviewed 18 July 2019

Third booking at The Bay and honestly felt some doubts as Islay is small, Portnahaven just a wee village and we have seen a lot of the Island so would there be enough to do. Well, our arrival, parking at the cottage, the answer was...More

Date of stay: June 2019
2  Thank Kandersteg
LizR490, VR Owner at The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Such a lovely review, thanks so much - it's always lovely when someone loves Islay as much as we do. I'm glad the Bay lived up to expectations and it's great that you got so much out of your trip - some ideas in there...More

Reviewed 16 July 2019

We have just enjoyed our second stay at The Bay and.once again, cannot fault the cottage and its wonderful location overlooking the sea. The accommodation has everything you need and the owner, Jean cannot be more helpful - even providing homemade scones and jam. Cannot...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Paradise66730465134
LizR490, VR Owner at The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Lovely to see you again and we're really glad we didn't disappoint for a second visit. Hope to see you again in the future!

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Grill
Central Heating
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Ocean Views
Parking
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Cooker
Telephone
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
Islay has many breathtakingly beautiful beaches and walks and it's easy to spend your whole holiday enjoying these. Of course, Islay is also world famous for its whisky distilleries, and holds an annual whisky festival visited by people from all round the world. Ileachs (people from Islay) are a friendly bunch who will make you welcome and will wave at you as you drive by! Islay is home to a wide variety of wildlife and rare birds. There are a large number of seals right below The Bay, and you might also spot dolphins, basking sharks, sea eagles and choughs during your stay. In winter, Islay is visited by thousands of barnacle geese, a spectacular sight.
Getting around
The easiest way to get around Islay is by car, as many of the beaches are quite remote. However, if you're not driving, then there is also a very regular bus service on the island operated by Mundells - see Argyll & Bute's website for timetables. The island is popular for cycling and walking too, and there are also several taxi companies if you have a night out in another village.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay

The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay has one bathroom available. See all property details.

The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay has 2 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at The Bay, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay must last at least 7 nights. See all property details.