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The Old Manse, The Oa, Isle of Islay, PA42 7AX


  • Hallway. Boot Room.
  • Kitchen/Dining Room
  • Utility Room. Wet Room.
  • Lounge/Dining Room
  • Sitting Room
  • Master Bedroom with bathroom, box room, walk-in wardrobe and access to sitting room
  • Further 2 Bedrooms
  • Full Double Glazing. Oil Fired Central Heating.
  • Garden grounds extending to just under 3 acres.
  • Large outbuilding


A super Georgian House, set in a peaceful rural location with accommodation in walk-into condition and garden grounds of just under 3 acres.

Full Description


The Old Manse is a detached, single storey GEORGIAN HOUSE, set in a peaceful rural location approximately four miles from Port Ellen.  This former Manse, which dates from 1827, is built on an H plan to the design of the famous architect, Thomas Telford.  It is of traditional stone construction, under a slated roof, and has lots of character and charm.  The property has been re-roofed and the loft is fully insulated.  There is double glazing throughout and the house is heated by an oil fired boiler and central heating system.  Grounds extend to just under 3 acres and there is also the possibility of a prospective purchaser being able to acquire a slightly larger amenity area of former glebe land (details below).  The property includes a large, substantial and useful outbuilding, with conversion potential subject to permissions.

The Old Manse itself has been upgraded internally and modernised over the last five years.  A Rangemaster Cooker (bottled gas supply) is now provided.  Generally, all floor coverings will be included, as will curtains in the kitchen/dining room.  Otherwise all curtains and curtain poles are excluded.  Light fittings in the lounge are also excluded.

Islay is a very popular holiday island and the climate is mild, benefiting from the gulf stream.  It is probably most famous for the fine malt whiskies produced by the local distilleries, but it also has an abundance of wildlife and birdlife, with large areas of the island under the protection of the RSPB.  The area of The Oa in the south-west of the island is particularly good for bird watchers, with geese, harriers, eagles, falcons and other species periodically on view.  Further areas in the vicinity are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Port Ellen and the airport at Machrie can both be reached in a ten minute drive from The Old Manse.  Bowmore, the administrative centre of the island, can be reached in about 20 minutes.  Port Ellen has a good range of local shops to serve most daily requirements and an excellent primary school.  Secondary education is provided at Bowmore where there is also a hospital and a swimming pool.  The famous golf links at Machrie are near the airport from which there are twice daily flights to Glasgow.  There are five hill lochs within walking distance of The Old Manse.  The property is therefore very well placed to take advantage of all the island’s amenities.


Hallway:  Entry from small courtyard area on east side of the house;  storage cupboard; floor tiles.

Boot Room:  Useful cloakroom with separate external entry.

Kitchen/Dining Room:  Spacious and inviting, with open outlook through south facing patio doors;   multi-fuel stove in fireplace;  Rangemaster cooker, oven, hood, fridge, freezer, dish-washer, all integrated and included;  fully fitted with a range of floor and wall units;  fitted curtains and blinds included;  slate tiled floor covering.

Utility Room:  To north side with worktop and stainless steel bowl sink;  large storage cupboard;  purification unit for private water supply.

Wet Room:  a very large and partially tiled shower room to the north, with Instant Electric shower unit;  w.c., and ceramic bowl wash-hand basin, including wooden chest;  large press storage cupboard.

Lounge/Dining Room:  To the front (south) with log burning stove in fireplace;  varnished oak flooring;  patio door to front garden;  exposed stone wall along front elevation;  store cupboard.

Sitting Room: To the front (south) with door to front garden.

Master Bedroom:  a particular feature with its own sitting room, bathroom, box room and large walk-in wardrobe;  double doors lead out to front patio (under construction);  the box room off the bedroom, has its own west facing window and could be used as a nursery or dressing room;  en-suite bathroom, also off Master Bedroom is internal with bath, w.c., and wash-hand basin; this private sitting room has a further external door to the south and has a fully functional coal fireplace, with cast iron surround.

Bedroom 2:  Windows to north and west;  large wardrobe.

Bedroom 3:  Window to north.


Mains electricity.
Private water supply (water purification plant installed in 2011) source being an artesian well on adjoining Coillabus ground.
Private drainage, with own modern septic tank and soakaway, located within the grounds of the property.


The Old Manse is situated about 4 miles from Port Ellen, just off the single track public road signposted “Mull of Oa”.  The property enjoys a quiet rural location, with open south facing views over the surrounding countryside.  The situation of the property is more or less in the middle of The Oa, which is one of the most historically interesting parts of Islay, having a magnificent coastline culminating at the Mull of Oa where the cliffs plunge 600 feet down to the sea.  The area has been inhabited since the earliest times and there are remains of a cliff top fort, as well as old crofts and villages, deserted after the Highland Clearances.

To get to the property, turn left off the single track public road to The Oa on to a private farm track at Coillabus.  The property is located about two hundred metres along the track.  The grounds are shown outlined red on the appended plan and include a large enclosed paddock, walled front garden with lawn and flowering borders, and a small courtyard area at the side of the house with parking for three cars.

The large outbuilding to the east of The Old Manse itself is of solid block construction, with pitched roof.  It is currently used as kennels and as a workshop and store, though it is considered that there may be scope and potential for residential conversion or holiday use.  Prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries.  Water and sewerage connections are available at the outbuilding.

In addition, a further area of about four acres of amenity land, in separate ownership, is currently available for sale at this time.  The additional area is as indicated hatched in blue on the appended plan and includes also the solum of the section of access track coloured brown.  The selling agents are authorised to receive separate offers for the additional area.

Please contact us on 01586 553737 if you wish to arrange a viewing appointment for this property, or require further information.

Stewart Balfour & Sutherland endeavour to maintain accurate depictions of properties in Virtual Tours, Floor Plans and descriptions, however, these are intended only as a guide and purchasers must satisfy themselves by personal inspection.

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