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Bishop's Well, Keils, Isle of Jura, PA60 7XG


  • Front Porch. Hallway.
  • Kitchen/Diner. Utility Room.
  • Lounge
  • 3 Bedrooms (1 with en-suite wet-room)
  • Family Bathroom
  • Double Glazing. Central Heating.
  • Multi-fuel Stove. Solar Thermal Panels.
  • Extensive Garden Grounds. Plenty of Parking Space.
  • Substantial timber shed/workshop/boat house.
  • Direct views over Small Isles Bay.


A truly exceptional property in a wonderful location overlooking Small Isles Bay.

Full Description


Bishop’s Well is an immaculate, modern, DETACHED TWO STOREY HOUSE, set peacefully just beyond the village of Craighouse, heading north.  The property is positioned within croft land and has a south-easterly aspect looking over Small Isles Bay, with direct views as far as Kintyre and Arran.  The house is a spacious, modern property in traditional style being of timber framed construction, supplied by Skye Homes, with block skin under rendered and freshly whitewashed external walls.  It was built just over five years ago (completed in February 2012) to a high specification by Islay builder, James McLellan.  NHBC Buildmark Guarantee is held.

Bishop’s Well sits in about an acre of croft land.  The actual house site, coloured orange on the appended title plan extract, has been de-crofted.  The remaining land, outlined red on the plan, has not been de-crofted.  Access is taken from the public road over the private Keils township road, coloured blue on the plan. 

The grounds include a large modern shed/workshop and are entirely bordered on the north by the Minister’s Burn.  Historically, the site is understood to have been part of an area of dispute between the Campbells of Jura and the local church and the house gets its name from the Bishop’s Well on the north side of the burn.


The house includes a variety of modern heating systems and appliances:-

1. Multi-fuel Stove in lounge;

2. Waste Heat Combi 185 Recovery Ventilation System,   accommodated in the loft;

3. Solar thermal panels on the roof, providing hot water, boosted when required by double electric immersers serving hot water tank located within the hall cupboard;  and

4. Under-floor electric central heating system with Aqulux 750 Teknik Boiler, supplementing solar panels when required, with heat rising from solid concrete floors throughout the ground floor.

Additionally, pipework has been fitted for alternative power systems (oil or hydro), there possibly being scope to develop a small hydro scheme using the water flow from the Minister’s Burn.

Bottled gas, boxed externally, is provided for cooking.  All windows, in traditional style, are double glazed. 

All floor coverings, light fittings and blinds throughout will be included in the price, as will built-in appliances, including Rangemaster cooker in kitchen.


Front Porch:  accessed by main double glazed front door, with window to south-west;  slate tiled floor covering.

Hallway:  includes internal toilet, with w.c. and wash-hand basin;  cupboard housing main central heating hot water tank with double insulation tank stratification system;  stairway to upper floor with further under stair cupboard below;  fitted carpet.

Bedroom 1:  on the ground floor, accessed from main hall, is the master bedroom, with double window to the front looking out on Small Isles Bay;  additional window to the side;  a bright double aspect room, with en-suite wet-room to the rear and large walk-in wardrobe;  the spacious en-suite is fully tiled with shower area including a rainfall shower with two heads; heated towel rail, w.c. and wash-hand basin with vanity cabinet.

Kitchen/Diner:  large and bright with dining area to the front and kitchen area to the rear; with slate tiled floor covering throughout;  the kitchen area includes the Rangemaster cooker, with hood and splash-back (all stainless steel), with double gas hobs and double oven;  the kitchen is well fitted out with floor and wall cabinets and includes oak worktops and breakfast bar;  stainless steel sink and drainer at rear window;  built-in larder fridge and built-in microwave.

Utility Room:  off kitchen with double glazed back door;  larder cupboard/pantry;  fitted freezer and fitted washing machine, both hidden within units;  stainless steel sink and drainer.

Lounge:  a most impressive space, with half-vaulted ceiling, entering through an open arch-way from the kitchen/diner;  triple south-east facing windows provide marvellous outlook;  fire-place, with floating mantle, includes multi-fuel stove;  French door to south-west side;  antler chandelier;  fitted carpet.


A stairway, with three thin windows to the rear, winds up to the spacious open-plan upper floor multi-use landing area which is eminently suitable for use as an office or studio or games area.  The landing has a fitted carpet and includes timber balustrade, hatch to loft, and roof light to front;  large box room off landing, accessing additional loft space.

Bathroom:  an outstanding bathroom of full room size, to the rear;  particularly spacious with steel bath and separate waterfall shower in large cubicle; w.c. and wash-hand basin with vanity unit;  vinyl floor covering.

Bedroom 2:  super view from double window to the front;  cupboard housing controls for Waste Heat Recovery System;  double fitted wardrobe with sliding wood doors;  fitted carpet.

Bedroom 3:  guest bedroom, with double window to front and further window to the north-east side, directly over the master bedroom below;  small box room off; large walk-in wardrobe;  fitted carpet.


The extensive garden areas are relatively low maintenance, being mainly in grass.  The gardens have, however, been enhanced by the vendors and provide exceptional amenity.  The land is bounded on the north by the Minister’s Burn which trundles along quite vigorously;  wild life and otters are to be seen from time to time;  the back garden area provides sweeping views to the rear and includes raised deck, patio area, gas bottle store, luxurious hen house (10 productive hens), log store, raised bed, and apple, plum and pear trees recently planted and doing well.  Additionally, a large and substantial timber shed/workshop/boat house, previously used as a gym, has been provided and includes work bench and storage with concrete floor, electrics and lighting.

The large front garden is well maintained, in grass, and includes a gravelled area which provides lots of parking.

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

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