Seaview The Red Granite Cottage by the Sea
Seaview the closest 4 star gold and green gold quality bed and breakfast accommodation to the sacred Isle of Iona, Iona Abbey and the ferries to Staffa, Lunga,Treshnish and Iona. Stay with us in Fionnphort,gateway to the Seakingdom on the magical Isle of Mull, the hebridean island that has everything that the other hebrides have and much more! that is- Spiritual Iona with its Sacred Abbey and the wonder of the Isle of Staffa and Fingal s Cave! - Your Complete Hebridean Experience on your visit to Scotland!
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Our five comfortable modern "Island "bedrooms are maintained to a high standard and consist of two double en suite rooms, two twin en suite rooms (which convert to king size double if you stay 3 nights or more), and a single room with a fabulous "seaview" and private shower room. There is a full description and photo of our bedrooms if you scroll down this page to the bedroom section.
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OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Seaview bed and breakfast is a traditionally styled Hebridean cottage built in the 1870s from the Tor Mor red granite you can see across the beach from us, with three foot thick granite walls Seaview cottage is a warm cosy, well insulated and protected from the Atlantic gales that sweep in over the back of Iona and across the Sound. We personally look after Seaview, and we are ably assisted our meeters and greeters Megan and Lainie. We have both worked in the hospitality industry for many years and therefore understand the personal care and attention our house guests appreciate so much. So much so,that much to our delight, in October 2010 Seaview B & B won the prestigious Scottish Thistle Award for the Extra Mile (Small Business Category). It isn't often either of us are left speechless!
We both thrive on a busy life running Seaview and with Megan, our gorgeous, friendly and laid back chocolate Labrador Retriever , and Lainie her fiesty daughter, we have our hands very full to say the least. We enjoy welcoming guests into our home and we take a keen interest in our visitors who travel to stay with us from all over the world. Our philosophy at Seaview is Let us do the hard work so you don't have to - so, if you need a helping hand pointing you in the right direction regarding “what to do and see” whilst you are here, then we are more than happy to help. Any wee problems that crop up, we are here to help smooth them out for you, allowing you to have a carefree holiday,
We work hard to offer our guests quality B and B accommodation with a professional first class service whilst at the same time holding onto a homely welcoming feel and atmosphere. This is reflected in the high Tripadvisor Seaview rating we have where our own guests have rated us and left their own comments and feedback. We accept that we're not perfect and that at same time we do get things wrong but we always try to do our best. John, Jane offer you a warm and genuine Hebridean welcome, in comfortable, good quality accommodation. This is our commitment to you.
In July 2012, Seaview B and B was awarded 4 star gold by Visitscotland. This means that by staying at Seaview bed and breakfast you know you are in the safe hands of true industry professionals who not only understand the importance of good customer care and service but will consistently deliver it too.
Not only is Seaview a quality assured bed & breakfast accommodation provider, in August 2005 (again in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014), we received the Gold Award by the Green Tourism Business Scheme in recognition of our excellent management and environmentally and ecological business practices. We care about and love where we live and what we do, and we take personal responsibility of the effect our business has on our fragile environment. Interested in knowing a bit more? then have a look at our Green Tourism page for further information about what we do and what it actually means. Seaview B and B has been running as a family business since 1990, and right from day one, our main priority is to offer you, our guests, comfortable clean accommodation, with a cracking good breakfast that represents real value for money. We have cared for guests from all around the world for many years and we want you to feel welcome and at home.
If you know the story of Fingal, the giant who strode from Ireland to the nearby Isle of Staffa, then you will know why our Fingal’s Breakfast and extensive mouth watering breakfast menu, catering for all tastes is remembered by all who pass this way - the perfect start for days of discovery and exciting adventures to be had right from our doorstep. And if, as reputed to happen from time to time, the weather turns a little stormy then you are welcome to pass the time gazing out across to Iona from our cosy sitting room, which also host an excellent library of books on Mull, Iona and surrounding area including maps and guides
Our butcher meat is of the finest quality supplied by Mearns T McCaskie, traditional,Award Winning,west coast,quality, Master Butcher. His meat is personally sourced from his specially selected farmers,who provide the finest outdoor, grass fed, Scottish meat. Reared with passion, matured to perfection, and prepared with pride. Scottish Haggis Champion 2016-17,West of Scotland Pork Sausage Champion 2016-17,West of Scotland Black Pudding Champion 2014 and 2016-17. We are supplied, pork and venison sausages,haggis,black pudding and dinner meats. You can enjoy his wonderful meat by ordering online at
Our home has four en suite bedrooms and one single occupancy bedroom with seaview and a private shower room, and all of them named after local islands off the west coast of Mull and are described below.
Described in a review article of Scotland on Sunday as 'designer boutique style', all of the bedrooms are individually decorated, providing all the home comforts you would expect,including double glazing, thermostatically controlled central heating, a welcome tray with a selection of teas, fruit teas, coffees & hot chocolate making facilities, wine glasses, colourful china mugs for the much need 'cuppa' and a range of delicious organic Island Bakery Mull biscuits. For guests wanting to catch up on their favourite TV programmes or to watch a DVD each bedroom also has a 23" digital flat screen TV with freeview, digital radio & DVD player.
The bed linen is all 100% gingham cotton. For added comfort the double rooms have king size quilts and the twin rooms have double quilts. Warm cosy blankets (woven at the local organic Ardalanish Farm near Bunessan), alarm clocks, hair dryers, hot water bottles are all included for your comfort as is fresh milk. Our house guests have access to our personal and extensive collection of DVD's, and we also offer a same-day laundry service, scrumptious made-to-order picnic lunches and complimentary wi fi for guests who bring their own laptop computers,tablets and smart phones.
OUR ISLAND BED ROOMS
Lunga is a first floor front facing twin room (for 2 people) with an ensuite shower room and has zip lock 3 'twin beds to convert Seaview Bedroom Lunga into a super-king (6 ft)size double bed (for stays of 3 nights or more only) and a stunning sea view overlooking Fionnphort Bay beach and Fingal's Rock, and Iona with the Abbey. Views of Burg and Ben More can also be seen from this room. Decorated throughout in soft restful muted blue and cream tones, with 100% cotton gingham bed linen and the added luxury of double size quilts instead of single quilts. Lunga is furnished with bespoke solid pine bedroom furniture comprising of a single wardrobe with shelving and a merchants tea chest style of drawers. A stunning tri-photograph mountain and loch landscape canvas completes this room. The ensuite shower room, re furbished in 2013 comprises of a large fully tiled shower cubicle, a hand basin and toilet and a large thermostatically heated towel rail to warm those bath sheet size soft, fluffy white towels. The floor is tiled with warm terracotta Spanish stone tiles and complimentary toiletries are provided for your convenience including organic hand and shower gel from Arran Aromatics "After the Rain" range.
Staffa is a first floor front facing single occupancy ( for one person) room with a lovely Seaview overlooking Fionnphort beach, the spiritual Isle of Iona with its sacred Abbey. Good views of Burg and Ben More can also be seen from this room. The room has a spacious bright private shower room and toilet very near to it. Staffa is in the process of being refurbished to a high standard for the single traveler for the new 2016 season. The private shower room comprises of a large fully tiled shower cubicle, a hand basin and toilet and a large thermostatically heated towel rail to warm those bath sheet size, soft, fluffy white towels. The floor is tiled and complimentary toileteries are provided for your convenience including organic hand and shower gel from Arran Aromatics Pure Range.
is a cosy double room ( without a sea view) with an ensuite shower room and is decorated with soft and mellow creams and a warm summery primrose yellow.We also offer this room to single travellers. Iona is furnished with new solid oak furniture comprising of a superduper comfy double bed (spring base as well as mattress) with solid oak headboard, oak console, bedside tables with drawers and a gentleman's oak wardrobe with two storage drawers. Blackout blinds depicting scenes from Iona ensure a restful nights sleep (especially during the summer months when it is still light at 11 p.m. and dawn arrives around 3 a.m.) and the billowing voile panels give Iona a light airy feeling. The ensuite shower room has a large fully tiled shower cubicle with an electric shower, a hand basin, toilet and a thermostatically controlled heated towel rail to warm those bath sheet sized soft, fluffy white towels. Again complimentary toiletries are provided for your convenience including organic hand and shower gel from
Arran Aromatics "After the Rain" range.
Erraid is a ground floor room with 3' twin zip lock beds which can be converted into a super king size (6 ft) double bed (this option is available for stays of 3 days or more only) and has an ensuite shower room. This room has a front facing view overlooking the Tor Mor granite hills, Fionnphort beach and the Sound of Iona and her powder white beaches on the north end of Iona. Burg and Ben More can also be seen from this room. Erraid is furnished with bespoke natural coloured solid pine bedroom furniture comprising of a 5 drawer chest of drawers and a small wardrobe with shelves and a drawer and bedside cabinets with a comfy tub chair. The walls are hung with vibrant red canvas prints of poppies and lilies giving Erraid colour and vitality. For added comfort each bed has a double quilt instead of single quilts and the bed linen is beautiful crisp 100% gingham cotton. The ensuite shower room has a large fully tiled walk in shower, a hand basin and toilet and a thermostatically controlled heated towel rail to warm those soft, fluffy white towels. Complimentary toiletries are provided including organic hand and shower gel from "Arran Aromatics "After the Rain" range.
Soa is a charming restful double room (standard double bed for 2 people) with an ensuite shower room and views across the back garden - spring daffodils are abundant and during the summer there is an explosion of colour as the perennial garden bursts into life. Watch the garden birds feeding at the bird table and listen to the evensong of the thrushes and blackbirds as they roost for the night. Soa is furnished with solid oak furniture including a standard sized double bed with a wooden board, a 5 drawer chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and a built in wardrobe. The quilt in Soa is king sized for added comfort and the bed linen is again beautiful crisp 100% gingham.
The ensuite shower room comprises of a large, fully tiled shower cubicle with an electric shower, a hand basin with a vanity unit, eco-flushing toilet and a heated towel rail to warm those soft, fluffy white towels. Complimentary toiletries are provided including organic hand and shower gel from Arran Aromatics "After the Rain" range.
A WEE POTTED HISTORY AND FAMILY PHOTO GALLERY
John is a west coast islander and hails from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, a small island off the west coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde. After catering college and working in the hotel and hospitality industry for several years on the mainland, John returned to the west coast and decided to follow his yearning for fishing and the sea. John moved to the Isle of Mull in 1989 and started work as a commercial fisherman learning the art and skill of catching crabs and lobsters from a Bedfordshire man with a doctorate in geology! After skippering the big boat for Peter for a wee while,and in 1996 John started out on his own and bought his own small Orkney Fastliner called the 'Wanderer'and he used to catch 'velvets' (crabs) and lobsters for a living. 300 creels a day!
In 1990, John bought Seaview and started to run the B&B alongside his own small fishing business. In 2003, John gave up full time fishing to look after his children and run Seaview until he met Jane in 2003. Jane moved to Mull and joined John at Seaview a couple of years later where they married on Knockvologan beach in March 2006. John's affinity with the sea has meant that 'Wanderer' remains a 'pleasure' boat (of sorts) and he spends many hours pottering around the rocky coastline enjoying the coves, and beaches whenever he can with his loyal First Mate Megan and her daughter Lainie who was born at Seaview in October 2010. John loves walking, his dogs, photography, sea food, good wine, football, rugby, home brew and is partial to a fine wee dram of malt whisky.....................John that is, not the dogs!
Jane was born and educated in Germany as one of HM's Armed Services children along with her brother and sister and was lucky enough to travel throughout Europe during her childhood years, only returning to live in the UK in 1981 at 17 years of age. Having completed her 'A' level education in England, Jane then went into public service in 1983 until 1996 when she left to retrain and start her own business as a Clinical Aromatherapist and a Stress Management Counsellor. After several years building up her business she sold it to move to Scotland when she met John and eventually joined him full time in 2005 to help run Seaview Bed & Breakfast. They married in March 2006 on Knockvologan beach.Jane has a great love and passion for Scotland and for the Isle of Mull in particular. Her interests of family, ancestry research, green and environmental issues, wild life, the countryside, walking, her two dogs, writing, reading, fine wine, good food, and cooking means she is able to combine the best of both worlds with living on Mull and running her home and business with her husband John. Jane's role at Seaview is very different to that of John's who runs 'front of house'; Jane runs 'back of house' and spends her working hours in the 'Command Centre' doing the paperwork, house-keeping, in the kitchen where she cooks the delicious breakfasts each morning or in the laundry room washing, drying and ironing all that bed linen.This is Megan, aka Kenmilleven Melting Wispa and is Seaview's official 'Meeter & Greeter'.
Megan is a local lass, born in August 2007 on the Isle of Iona. Her mum is Jura (also a chocolate Labrador) who lives over on the west side of Iona on the road to the golf course; Sidney, Megan's dad used to live at The Columba Hotel with Megan's sister Peggy, but now lives in Sydney, down under.
Both of Megan's parents are chocolate Labradors and so were all her litter mates - pure chocolate heaven! Megan's favourite pastimes include people watching - you'll often see her on the front porch watching the comings and goings in the village; doing impressions of a big sad teddy bear, looking cute especially if she is on the lookout for a wee biscuit; sun bathing, walking, hunting, catching voles and mice, paddling in the sea, flushing the bracken, doing impressions of Teenage Ninja Turtles, eating 'dead' things she finds on the moors (she's not so cute then, stinky girl), going to sea with John in his wee boat Wanderer, snoring like a piggy whilst snoozing, and doing 'bum tuck' runs around the front garden. She also loves 'dancing round her handbag' (rawhide chews) in the garden. Megan loves people and is an affectionate and loving dog with oodles of patience. She has us, as her owners very well trained indeed.
Introducing Lainie: On 1 October 2010, Megan had her first (and only) litter of pups at Seaview - seven beautiful chocolate and black puddings (3 chocolate boys, one black boy and three black girls). The pups are scattered across Scotland from Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides to Edinburgh. Our only black boy, Jock the Laddie went south over the border to join his new family in Nottinghamshire.
We kept one of the black girls Seakingdom Lassie of Mull who is called Lainie (which is Scottish Celtic 'To serve John'). Lainie is black and has white fur underneath three of her paws. She is a wee besom and quite a character but great fun. She learns quickly and joins Megan on 'meet and greet' duties. Her natural retrieving instincts means she brings us many surprise gifts during the day, including socks, underwear, tea towels, cardboard boxes, shoes, plastic bottles to name but a few. She can spin on a top and is very adept at hunting mice, voles, rabbits and hares!
We hope you'll enjoy meeting them both during your stay with us - they will make you very welcome and love their cuddles and often stand in as substitutes for guests who are travelling without their dogs.
Updated 27 October 2017