The Spy House
If you are searching for a Holiday Cottage on Islay at a very special location with spectacular panoramic sea views the Spy House is certainly the place for you.

This is a very romantic and idyllic getaway nestled high on a wild heather hill called Bein Leathaig (Broad Hill) overlooking the beautiful soft white sands of Kilnaughton beach and Port Ellen Bay.

On arrival the 'VIEW' will take your breath away with the most incredible 180 degree panoramic seascape. You will feel you are in for a very special holiday. Your only neighbours will be deer and a variety of birds flying by including sightings of Buzzards, Golden Eagles and White tailed sea Eagles.

This delightful two bedroom cottage is situated in a very private and unique Islay location just two and a half miles by road from the pretty village and harbour of Port Ellen. The view extends past Port Ellen bay, Texa Island, the Mull of Kintyre, Rathlin Island and on a very clear day, the coastline of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It is truly stunning.

The Photographs say it all, but the view is always changing, you will be able to watch the Caledonian Macbrayne ferries and fishing and sailing boats coming and going in and out of the bay. When the sun comes out you will think you are staying on a tropical island as the sea colours explode into a variety of different vivid shades of blue and as night draws in the lights of Port Ellen village twinkle with a variety of colours reflecting over the bay making the sea come alive.


The Spy House was originally built in the early 1950's but has been modernised and refurbished to a high and most comfortable standard. The large double glazed windows in front of the open plan living space will provide you with that stunning panoramic sea view.

The spacious lounge area has a large sofa , lovely solid teak dining table with a bench and chairs, sideboard, a large pull out Sofa bed (Super king size), TV/DVD player plus WIFI. You can walk straight out onto a beautiful deck to soak up the views and sunshine, have a meal or just relax looking at that wonderful view.

The house has two bedrooms, the main bedroom has a solid oak king size bed, a sink, mirrors with 2 large cupboards and bookcase. While tucked up in bed you can look out of the window to see the beach, sea and the hills. The second bedroom has 2 single beds, a large cupboard , plus bookcase. The open plan oak kitchen has all the cooking facilities you will require, washing machine, Fridge/freezer, an old pine kitchen dresser , oven /hob and microwave.

The bathroom has a lovely tiled bath/shower plus toilet, sink and heated towel rail. There is a large enclosed garden area with good car parking space for 2 vehicles. There are two separate deck areas, one facing the sea and the other facing west for the evening sunshine.

If you are looking for that special place to get away from it all the Spy House is your perfect location to relax and chill out , enjoy exploring Islay , Jura and even Colonsay , discover the 220 soft sandy beaches ,sample fresh seafood and local lamb and venison not to mention tasting the best single malt whiskies from Islay and Jura's nine Distilleries plus the Islay brewery. You are only a short drive from Port Ellen village with 5 choices of places to eat out and the iconoic Laphraoig (in full view from the Spy House), Lagavulin and Ardbeg Distilleries.

The house is perfect for a couple and would be very romantic for honeymooners, a family of four , 3 single adults or 3 couples if a couple are happy to sleep on the pull out sofa bed in the lounge area. Please note we have a NO pet policy.

Here are some of the reviews in the Visitors Book :

Waking up to that view every morning is unbelievable

The most beautiful view we have ever had

What a fabulous place , stunning views in such a wonderful location, saw dolphins in the bay , deer grazing in the garden

There are not many words to describe this magnificent view, we so enjoyed this quiet and peaceful cottage

Whatever time of the year or month you visit the views are always stunning and dramatic. The Spy House is waiting to welcome you.