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Period Property in Port Charlotte, Islay with sea views, near hotels & beaches

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland - Situated On The Edge Of Charming Village, Peaceful and Within Reach Of Amenities

This light and spacious house now known as The Old Police House was built as the Exciseman's House for Lochindaal Distillery, Port Charlotte. With sunny southern aspect over the sealoch, the house retains many original features from the late 1800's, such as working shutters, cornicing, original oak staircase and open fires. Situated in a conservation village, this lovely house offers a peaceful retreat, within 5 minutes' walk of the local amenities, such as hotels, Post Office/shop and museums. Port Charlotte is ideally situated in the Rhinns of Islay, affording access to the local beach and pier, whilst only 20 minutes drive from the wilder western coast. Islay offers a diverse range of activities - 8 distilleries to visit, beach and hill walking, birdwatching and fishing to name but a few.

S M Brooks
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
15 May, 2018

About S M Brooks

Living in Aberdeen we are from Islay and Glasgow, and love spending time on the west coast when we can. Through Owner's Direct, we offer for short term holiday lets The Old Police House in Port Charlotte, Islay, offering holiday makers a comfortable place to stay in the west! We enjoy taking a hands on approach, to try to ensure our guests have a good holiday stay, and we are happy to help with information and any specific information or requests.

S M Brooks purchased this house in 2008

Why S M Brooks chose Isle of Islay

Islay is Susie's home island, Port Charlotte the prettiest village. Spend some time away from it all, but within easy walking distance of local facilities. We love the area for the people, walking, entertainment and to enjoy the light and natural beauty of the village and island. Day trips to Colonsay, Oronsay and to Jura are possible, and the exploration of Islay's Distilleries provides much pleasure! Horse riding, fishing trips, bird-watching, swimming are just some of the activities we enjoy, in addition to breakfast in bed with a spectacular view of the sea and sky.

What makes this house unique

The Old Police House has lots of living space, working fires, original Victorian features and uninterrupted views over Lochindaal. The front garden is enclosed, and only a short walk to the local beaches, shop and hotels and restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you for your kindness..your house is beautiful, and the space is so much a luxury for London dwellers'; 'thank you for our stay in your lovely house, the boys loved seeing the hares at play in the field, and of course the sightings of the otter about 8am' 'what a wonderful stay! the house is wonderfully comfortable, and had everything we needed and more. we had a fire in the front room every night, and loved it' 'We will definitely be back'. 'your house is beautiful and sweet, with lovely views of the loch' 'Spacious and light, and very comfortable, we will be back' 'Our accommodation was beautiful, .. thank you again'

Our guests are sent a thank you email as a matter of course, to seek feedback to assist us in improving our service. We hope you will gain a restful and interesting holiday in a friendly and beautiful island, in a peaceful and well equipped house. We are happy to take return bookings pencilled in for the following year, with deposits sought in January.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Isle of Islay in Argyll and Bute

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No refund of deposit is made; however, if your cancelled dates can be relet, then your payment will be reimbursed where possible.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Two shower rooms with modern tiling, shower cabinets with electric showers and multi light mirrors over wash-hand basins. Heated towel rail upstairs. Freshly laundered towels supplied throughout.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , convertible to twin beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1&2 with king size beds, bedroom 3 with zip and link king or twin bed plus folding bed which can be placed in either of the front bedrooms, or sitting room. Travel cot and high chair available on request. The two main bedrooms have sea view.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Old Police House was built as the exciseman's house for the former Lochindaal Distillery in Port Charlotte village. Built in 1890 it provides wonderful views of the Loch Indaal and over to the Antrim coast, and enjoys a quiet location on the edge of the village, within easy reach of local amenities. The spacious rooms with high ceilings and cornicing offer a happy base for our guests, who may wish to enjoy the island's peace, tranquility, wildlife, walking and many varied beaches, with beautiful views to the neighbouring islands of Jura, Oronsay, Colonsay and Mull. Wifi available. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Reception rooms spacious and well decorated, bedrooms spacious, furnished with simplicity. Main hallway with oak staircase has pretty striped carpeting. Neutral carpets throughout remaining house, with tiled floors in shower-rooms and kitchen. All main rooms have operating shutters, and cornicing, and neutral decor throughout. Outside: The rear garden is large and grassed, sloping up towards the rear dry stane dyke, with sunsets from the west. Look out for highland cattle in the field behind. The front walled garden is sunny, sheltered and overlooks the loch and faces south to Ireland. A garden bench is available in the front garden and folding outdoor chairs are also available in the utility for garden and picnic use. The garden locations are suitable for disposable barbecues. Two adult cycles are available in the garage. Storage available for guest cycles and other gear as needed. Utility Room: Freezer, washer drier, iron, ironing board, pegs and washing line, dyson vacuum cleaner, storage, fuel shed with peat, coal, furnacite for stove. External garage and further fuel and cycling storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels freshly laundered included in price. Our local changeover lady ensures a clean and fresh environment. She and we are on call to provide support and advice. Beds made up for you on arrival, property fully prepared. Other: The dining room is sunny and warm, with controls for the cosy central heating system, LPG fire, dining room table which comfortably seats eight. Feature dining table and bench hand crafted in the Island, lovely sea views. Porch.


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Period Property in Port Charlotte, Islay with sea views, near hotels & beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Perfect police house

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the old police house. It is a beautiful period house in a really lovely location. Very comfortable and cosy. We felt right at home straight away . Within walking distance of the gorgeous port Charlotte. The locals are very friendly, by the time we left we felt part of the community it was a truly inspiring stay. Please visit the port Charlotte museum. Very interesting and passionately taken care off., we visited all the distillery’s ask for a free sample they don’t always advertise it but are happy to give you try.dont forget to try the gin at bruichladdich and jura.There is much more to the island bowmore church worth a visit and sit a while at portnahaven and watch the sea lions nice pub there too. So much more to see. Lastly the hosts where absolutely brilliant and made everything easy from start to finish. Thank you for sharing your beautiful house and island and also thank you for the generous gift of bottle of whiskey. We hope to return one day. Best wishes Ffion and Dave Haslam Thelma peter and nell the dog

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Ffion we’re so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you’ll all return one day 😊 kind regards, Susie & David
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Stunning house makes ideal base for island holiday

  • 5 of 5

6 friends and a very happy dog loved this house. Downstairs we found the kitchen/dining room eminently practical and very well supplied - even dishwasher tablets. It was well laid out so those cooking could chat to those planning the next-day trips at the dining table and we could all see the sea and the changing light all the time. We found the sitting room very comfortable after supper - one member of the group (non-cooking) was appointed peat monitor and after a few attempts made good, cosy fires which we needed even in August. There was plenty of peat supplied for our needs. The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable and with 2 bathrooms/showers we didn't have to queue. It was also really good to have a large sun porch on the front of the house for boots, maps, binocs, dog equipment and coats.

The house is on the edge of Port Charlotte literally a stone's throw from the sea and there were always things to look at (though sadly we didn't spot the resident otter), good walks from the house and good pubs in the village. Especially enjoyed the fantastic seafood.

Our hosts were generous and concerned to do all they could to ensure we had a comfortable holiday. All 7 of us would gladly return and cannot recommend the Old Police House too highly. Thank you for a wonderful week.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect property in a beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed in the Old Police House during our week on Islay. It was the perfect base for exploring the island. The house was very comfortable and exceptionally clean and well equipped. The views of the house do a good job of capturing the beauty of the location right on the loch. Several evenings we enjoyed a fire in the fireplace, but couldn't quite master the art of getting peat to burn! The are several nice places to eat close by, and everything on Islay is very accessible from here by car. The owners were most helpful and gracious. We are already dreaming of going back and would love to stay here again! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, thank you for your kind review - we hope you will return one day, and we'll leave special instructions for peat fires for you! S&D
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very well appointed house with stunning sea views

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house, very comfortable and well appointed, in a great situation in Port Charlotte. Good for exploring the rest of Islay, or just looking at the gorgeous view. Generous and helpful hosts, and a great neighbour next door for any queries. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive feedback which is much appreciated we hope you'll return one day!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Islay Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
Port Charlotte Hotel, Lochindaal Hotel
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Port Ellen, Port Askaig
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Machrie Hotel and Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
Port Charolotte Hotel, Lochindaal Hotel, Yan's
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Port Charlotte
Car: recommended


The property is situated on the coast, with two sheltered sandy beaches within walking distance, overlooked by a lighthouse, a small pier suitable for fishing, and a shoreline suitable for exploring rock pools.

The sea loch of Lochindaal is regarded as safe for swimming, and the beaches in the village and at Port Ban, en route for Bruichladdich, offer suitable places for young children to play, under supervision. The wilder beaches on the west of the Island are good for walking and picnics.


Islay Airport accessible from Glasgow is 30 minutes drive away, ferry terminals for Calmac Ferries also at 30 minute distances. Car hire companies and taxi services are available, with local bus services. Car hire/own car are recommended, due to rural location and access to the best visitor attractions. Day trips to Colonsay are possible on Wednesdays in summer, via Cal Mac ferry, and regular ferry services operate to Jura.


The Old Police House is situated within the village of Port Charlotte, with the island being 25 miles from north to south. The main shopping village of Bowmore can be seen across the Loch, and is accessible within 15-20 minutes. The neighbouring islands of Jura, Oronsay and Colonsay are within day trip distance by ferry. Jura daily all year. Colonsay/Oronsay only on Wednesdays, and only in summer - please check with Cal Mac for times and booking recommendations.

Further Details:

The local Post Office offers basic provisions, with further shopping opportunities at Bruichladdich and Bridgend. The main grocery stores are the Co Op stores in Bowmore and Port Ellen, whilst Bowmore is the main shopping village. The Wool Mill en route to Ballygrant is worth a visit, whilst the Square at Bridgend has a range of outlets of local wares. The distilleries throughout the island have visitor shops and tours available. Bird and sea life abound, with RSPB sites to visit, boat trips to hire, coastal and hill walking a real pleasure. A swimming pool is located in Bowmore, using heated water from the neighbouring distillery. Local Port Charlotte Hotel for good food and live music, Yan's kitchen for coffe, lunch and dinner, Lochindaal Hotel for seafood dinner. Further information is sent on booking, but the Islay info website provides a wealth of information for guests. Please do not hesitate to ask us for any specific information and advice!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Isle of Islay, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
31 Mar 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 4 Jan 2020
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner, as these depend upon timing of bookings. We are happy to discuss individual arrangements, and access details and recommended activities are available on full payment. £100 per week non refundable deposit is required to secure a reservation. Full payment of the balance will be made at least eight weeks prior to holiday. Cancellation thereafter will result in refund only if re-booking is achieved, however every effort will be made to secure a replacement booking.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred changeover day, but we try to be flexible. Arrival is usually after 3pm, departure by 10 am. The house should be left as found, but all laundry is taken care of.

Notes on prices:
We are happy to consider shorter stay guests in the low season, prices to be agreed. Prices quoted include fresh linen, towels and utilities.
Please note that the islay whisky week fees are available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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