Accommodation at Seaview
close to the
Isle of Iona and the ferries to Staffa,
Lunga and Iona
COMMITMENT TO YOU
is a traditionally styled Hebridean cottage built in the 1870's
from the local pink granite you can see across the beach from us. With three
foot thick granite walls Seaview is warm, cozy, 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 by Rachel our daily help
and of course our 'meeters and greeters' Megan and Lainie. We have both worked in the hospitality and service 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 won the prestigious
Scottish Thistle Award for the Extra Mile (small business category).
It isn't very often either of us are left speechless but on this
occasion we were! We both thrive on the busy life running Seaview and
with Megan, our gorgeous, friendly and laid back
chocolate Labrador Retriever (born on Iona on 11 August 2007), and
Lainie her daughter (born at Seaview on 1 October 2010) 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 motto and 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 and relaxing holiday.
We work hard to offer our guests quality
with a professional first class service whilst at the same time holding
onto a homely welcoming feel and atmosphere. This is is reflected in the
TripAdvisor 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 and Team Seaview offer you a warm and genuine Hebridean
welcome, in comfortable,
good quality accommodation.
This is our commitment to you.
July 2012, Seaview was awarded
4 star gold
that by staying at Seaview you know you are in the safe hands of true
industry professionals who not only understand the importance of
great customer care and service but will consistently deliver it too.
Not only is Seaview a quality assured bed &
accommodation provider, in August 2005 (again in 2007, 2010 and in
2012), we received the
Gold Award by the
Green Business Tourism Scheme
in recognition of our excellent management and
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
Interested in knowing a bit more? then have a look at
Green Tourism page for further
about what we do and what it actually means.
Seaview has been
as a family business since 1990, and right from day one, our main priority is to offer
you, our guests, comfortable
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
Evening meals are available by prior agreement in the Spring & Autumn
(Monday to Thursdays) and since John is a
fresh seafood feature highly on our
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
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 the
Sound of Iona from our cosy sitting room and the breakfast room, which also hosts an
excellent library of books on
Iona and surrounding isles and area, including maps and guides. We
also have an
extensive personal library of books and CD's you are welcome to sit, relax
and enjoy in the sitting room along with our personal collection of DVD's we are happy to
share with you.
bedrooms and all of them are named after local islands off the coast of
the south west of Mull - Erraid, Lunga, Soa, Staffa and Iona.
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 that
much need 'cuppa' and a range of delicious organic
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, incorporating 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
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. If you are looking to go further a field without wanting to use
the car, then we also offer our guests
cycles for hire.
OUR ISLAND BED
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 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
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 duck egg green Egyptian cotton 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 wardrobe with shelving and bottom drawer and a merchants tea chest
style of drawers. A stunning tri-photograph mountain and loch landscape
canvas completes this room.
The ensuite shower room, refurbished 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
Iona is a cosy double room (sadly without a sea view) with an ensuite
shower room and is decorated with soft and mellow creams and a warm
summery primrose yellow. Iona is furnished with bespoke pine furniture
with a blue finish comprising of a double bed, merchant tea chest style
drawers and a wardrobe with shelves and storage drawer. Blackout blinds 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. With a fantastic king size quilt and soft
pillows, Iona is definitely a room to unwind and relax in.
The ensuite shower room has a
large fully tiled shower cubicle with
an electric shower, a hand basin, toilet and a heated towel
rail to warm those bath sheet sized soft, fluffy white towels as well as having a
bathroom heater. Complimentary toiletries are provided for your
convenience including organic hand and shower gel from
Staffa is a
cozy single bedroom for guests travelling on their own but with a double
bed for added comfort; this room has a glorious front facing sea view overlooking the Tor Mor
hills at the front of the house, Fionnphort Bay beach and the Sound of Iona
with it's glorious aquamarine blue waters and the powder white sandy beaches
(The Strand of the Monks) at the north end of Iona. There are also
stunning views of Burg and Ben More from this room. Staffa is
furnished with individually designed bespoke solid pine furniture with a pale green wash
finish comprising of a double bed, merchant tea chest style drawers and
a small wardrobe with internal shelving and a bottom storage drawer.
Staffa has a lovely light and airy private shower room
just across the landing and comprises of a large fully tiled shower
cubicle, a hand basin and toilet
and a thermastatically controlled heated towel rail to warm those soft, fluffy white towels.
A cozy bathrobe is provided for your
convenience. Complimentary toiletries are also provided including organic hand and shower gel from
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 thermastatically controlled heated towel rail to warm those soft, fluffy white
towels. Complimentary toiletries are
provided including organic hand and shower gel from
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 bespoke antique blue
wash solid pine furniture including a standard sized double bed, 5 drawer chest of
drawers, bedside cabinets and a built in wardrobe. Two modern
contemporary art canvas' hang on the wall above the bed and the room
enjoys the benefit of blackout blinds and wedgewood blue curtains. 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
A WEE POTTED HISTORY AND FAMILY
is a west coast islander and comes from Rothesay on 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, believe it or not an Englishman from Yorkshire! After
skippering the big boat for Peter for a wee while, John started out
on his own and bought his own small Orkney Fastliner called the 'Wanderer'
which he used to catch 'velvets' (crabs) and lobsters.
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
Melting Wispa and is Seaview's offical '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, but can often be found in the Iona Bookshop with her owner Joss,
across from The Columba Hotel on the way along to Iona Abbey. 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 - 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; 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.
Lainie: On 1 October 2010, Megan had her first 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 is keen to join 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.
John & Jane Noddings,
Seaview Bed & Breakfast, Fionnphort, Isle of
Mull, Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom PA66 6BL
Tel: +44(0)1681 700235 Mobile: (07708) 556311 Email:
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