£3,100 - £6,000 per week
An historic ancestral home with stunning views and beautiful private grounds, this is a unique self catering holiday property in remote and beautiful north west Mull.
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Torloisk House sleeps up to 14 guests. For extra capacity, our holiday cottage Normann’s Ruh is within walking distance and sleeps a further3 people.
A timeless, 10 bedroom country house built in 1770 - perfect for larger gatherings to celebrate special occasions with family and friends. The ancestral home of the Maclean Chieftains of Torloisk to this day, this self-catering holiday property is full of traditional charm, set in its own peaceful, private grounds in the remote beauty of the north west coast of Mull.
The enchanting Georgian/Victorian house is full of antique furnishings, paintings, family photos and books to discover - a fascinating insight into the unique heritage of Torloisk.
Immerse yourself in old world grandeur, take in the everchanging sea views and leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Explore the secluded, private gardens and woodland surrounding the house and enjoy one of the finest sea views on the west coast of Mull.
Our stay was truly memorable, it was a privilege to stay at Torloisk and it is an experience that will stay with me and I expect my fellow guests for a long time. The only problem is how do we ever improve on it as a holiday?
- Self catering accommodation
- Private catering available - please contact us for details
- Sleeps up to 14 people
- Changeover day: Saturday
- 10 bedrooms - 3 doubles, 4 twins, 3 singles
- 4 bathrooms (2 ensuite), 1 shower room
- Fully equipped kitchen with AGA
- 7 public rooms including 2 dining rooms, drawing room and library
- Open fires in 2 of the public rooms
- Electric heaters in bedrooms
- Drying room
- Extensive private grounds
- Free wifi
- TV - Phone
- Pets welcome (max 2) £40 per dog - outside kennel available
- Bed linen & towels
- Private parking
- Fantastic sea views
- Secluded sandy beach nearby
The main sleeping accommodation is on the second floor. There are 3 shared bathrooms and one en-suite bathroom, featuring deep, Edwardian roll top baths and a modern shower room. Note that our wonderfully deep vintage baths mean that the hot water system does need time to re-heat after 3-4 baths. Top tip: stagger bath times or use the Dulach shower.
Bedrooms are heated by free-standing electric heaters - Torloisk does not have central heating. The total number of guests is limited to 14 - you can select whichever combination of bedrooms best suits your group.
a double room with king size antique four poster bed, sea views and an en-suite jack and jill bathroom.
a double room with sea and garden views. Hand basin. Shared bathroom. Connecting door to the Benmore Dressing Room (twin) - ideal for families.
a double room with a four poster bed and garden/woodland views. Shared bathroom/shower.
Mrs Bridges's bedroom (1st floor)
an additional double room above the kitchen. Particularly suitable if you are bringing a private caterer. Use of a separate bathroom with electric shower-over-bath.
twin room with sea views and ensuite bathroom.
twin room with garden views. Hand basin. Connecting door to the Benmore Bedroom (double) - ideal for families. Shared bathroom.
twin room with sea views. Shared bathroom.
twin room near the main 1st floor reception rooms. W.C and hand basin nearby, shared bathroom.
a single room with garden and woodland views. Shared bathroom.
a single room with garden views. Hand basin. Shared bathroom/shower.
a single room with garden/woodland views. Antique bed mattress is narrower than standard. Shared bathroom
*3rd floor bedrooms are accessed via a narrow and steep staircase. Rooms share the simple but adequate Tower bathroom.
During your stay at Torloisk House relax and enjoy this timeless, ancestral home - full of traditional charm with public rooms for every occasion.
Space to relax
Drawing room - a stunning room with comfy sofas surrounding an open fire and an impressive bay window with far-reaching views to the islands of Gometra, Ulva and beyond. Perfect for a pre-dinner drink or cosy afternoons playing games by the log burning fire.
Small conservatory - located off the drawing room, this is a peaceful retreat overlooking the gardens on the south side of the house.
Chinese boudoir - a small, comfy sitting room with chinoiserie themed antiques and decor.
Music Room - with TV and games for the children.
Library - a cosy room with an open fire. Relax with a good book or watch some television.
Formal dining room - a splendid room with a large bay window looking out to sea, framing the famous west coast sunsets.
Breakfast Room - a more relaxed setting, ideal for breakfast & lunch.
Victorian kitchen - the large table here is a favourite spot for 'a cuppa' or informal supper by the warmth of the kitchen AGA.
All the Torloisk House public rooms are located on the first floor, except for the library, breakfast room and kitchen which are all on the ground floor.
A well equipped kitchen with everything needed for large groups
The large Victorian kitchen is kept cosy by the AGA and features a long kitchen table - a favourite spot in the house. Together with the adjacent scullery, the kitchen is well equipped for all your catering needs; a large free standing fridge and freezer, 2 additional fridges, a 3-oven AGA, an electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
Kitchen equipment includes toaster, kettle, coffee machine, breadmaker and food processor/blender. You will find all the crockery and glassware you need to entertain your group of family and friends.
TORLOISK HOUSE GROUNDS
The private, spacious garden surrounding the house has panoramic views out to sea and over the islands of Ulva and Gometra.
Stroll across the expansive lawns and take time to relax in the beautiful gardens full of mature trees from around the world, flowering shrubs and herbaceous borders. The gardens are particularly beautiful in spring with swathes of daffodils giving way to bluebells.
Enjoy a family picnic, challenge your friends to a game of boules or croquet, explore the woodland walk or simply find a sheltered spot with a good book.
It's a ten minute walk/drive beyond the grounds to the wonderfully secluded grey sand beach just below the house. It's suitable for swimming and you will often have it to yourselves. Explore the wider estate on foot - a perfect day's walking.
HISTORY OF THE GROUNDS
The garden and wood surrounding Torloisk House has evolved over almost 250 years, according to records kept by the family.
In the 1780's, French geologist Barthelemy Faujas de Saint-Fond writes about soil being brought in by Mr McLean to create a garden on top on the Basalt rock. In the early 1800's Sir Walter Scott, a keen arboriculturist, advised the family on planting trees around the house - including the beech trees you see today.
From 1860 to 1890, the tree collection grew to include the then highly fashionable firs, (N America) cedars, (Lebanon, India) cypress, (Mediterranean, USA) pines, and monkey puzzle (Chile).
At the time they were exotic arrivals being shipped to the UK from around the world. The 2 Monterey cypress in the depths of the garden are two of the biggest specimens in Britain. In their native California they grow to about half the height on the cliffs.
From 1920 to 1970 Edward Compton, a passionate horticulturist, planted rare shrubs and trees typically from New Zealand, South America and the Himalayas. A magnificent herbaceous border with clipped box hedges was created alongside the Victorian greenhouse. Sadly, many of these plants perished as the garden became overgrown and invaded by animals during the second half of the 20th century.
Robin Compton and his brother Alwyne Compton Farquharson spent two weeks with axes in the 1940's cutting a gap in the beech wood along the road from the House to expose the view of waves crashing on the point of Gometra. Alwyne also planted thousands of bulbs - including many varieties of daffodils - along with lovely camellias to create a dazzling spring show.
When Richard and Lucinda Compton came to Torloisk in 1999 they began cutting back the wilderness and re-planting with shrubs and trees to create the beautiful woodland garden that visitors enjoy today. The garden restoration continues apace with plants grown at their home, Newby in Yorkshire, being brought to Torloisk.
Shell bedroom - click to view
Iona bedroom - click to view
Dulach bedroom - click to view
Dulach shower room- click to view
Dulach dressing room - click to view
Benmore dressing room - click to view
Benmore bathroom - click to view
MacLean dressing room - click to view
Benmore bedroom - click to view
Vyner bedroom - click to view
MacLean bedroom - click to view
MacLean bathroom - click to view
Vyner bathroom - click to view
Clephane bedroom - click to view
Dining room - click to view
Chinese boudoir- click to view
Drawing room - click to view
Conservatoty - click to view
Music room - click to view
Library - click to view
Entrance hall - click to view
Breakfast room - click to view
Kitchen - click to view
Scullery - click to view
Thank you for sharing - a unique stay - a gracious house with stunning views and great garden.
Enjoyed this beautiful place and felt very blessed being here. Thank you.
A wonderful week, lovely house, great for the children and so much to do.
Great fun for a large family with loads of kids. A blast from the past - lovely.
Most lovely stay at Torloisk - heaven. We loved every moment.
We had a wonderful time here celebrating our wedding. Best time ever!