The first of two luxury turf roofed Guest Dwellings at Coillabus on the Oa peninsula has been completed by local building firm Colin Logan and is now open for business. Owner Hester Ross welcomed her first guests â€“ a honeymoon couple from Edinburgh - on Friday 1st June. The stone clad cottage has wide galleried full length windows commanding panoramic views over Islay and with its turf roof and much admired stonework by the Gillespie brothers is designed to sit in harmony with its rugged and romantic setting on the Oa peninsula. Guests can enjoy iconic Glenastle sunsets from the cedar hot tub.
Coullabus Eco Dwelling
The buildings are designed to be as sustainable and eco friendly as possible: Caithness slab and oak floors are heated by air source technology and the cottage benefits from both recycled and sheepâ€™s wool insulation. The wool theme continues with a bespoke tweed from the Islay Woollen mill and wool duvets on the beds. The guest dwelling also has a sauna and sleeps 2 - 4 guests in two ensuite bedrooms. It is furnished to a high standard throughout with landscape paintings including one of the Oa from Scottish artist Rosanne Barr who recently exhibited at The Outback Gallery. Continue reading....
Hester Ross paid tribute to the build team. 'The build was always going to be challenging. For example all the beams in the complicated roof structure had to be cut individually at all sorts of odd angles on site by Colinâ€™s joiners -often in the face of some of the worst weather Islay has experienced in recent years. The site is one of the highest points on the Oa if not Islay. In the New Year hurricane a gust took a steel portacabin over 90 yards into my fatherâ€™s field. But the new building with its then unfinished roof remained intact.'
Beautifully situated on the Oa Peninsula
The business aims to provide a special place for honeymoons, romantic breaks, and guests interested in a luxury base for their golfing, whisky and wildlife focussed breaks on Islay. The new and attractive website for Coillabus is live as of today so you're invited to have a closer look at these unique Islay holiday homes. Go over to www.coillabus.com and find out for yourself.