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New Year 2016 - Ian and team
An excellent location for our holiday over New Year week as a group of friends.  The house was spacious, warm and well-
equipped, and we particularly appreciated the large living room which provided plenty of space for us all to gather in the evenings.  Salen was an excellent central location from which we explored the different hills and coastlines of the island.  Great views straight from the living room across the Sound of Mull, and during the week we were treated to several otter sightings and even a faint sighting of the Northern Lights.
 

August 2016 - Amy Pearman
We visited Salen Pier House as an extended family of 13 (6 adults and 7 children) on our bi-annual holiday together. It was perfect for our needs.  Peter checked in with us on our arrival day which was a lovely and thoughtful gesture. 

On arrival we were all astounding by the magnificent view - which was never the same twice given the varied weather we had. 

Outside there was ample parking for us and people visiting the other properties at the pier.  The outside also provided a great play space for all the children with many adventures rock pooling on the shoreline during our week. 

The house was perfect for our party, it was large enough that we were all able to have space.  The kitchen was very well equipped with everything we needed and even children's plates and cutlery which is a lovely bonus.  It also had all the appliances we needed and all in good working order with clear instructions.   The living areas were huge and again accommodated us perfectly as did the bedrooms.  All bathrooms were clean and in good condition.  The bonus was the huge drying room (much needed during our week in Mull). This room was well heated and ventilated and was perfect for us. 

Peter was very helpful in planning our holiday with recommendations and understanding with our bookings - so a huge thank you to you! 

We are planning our return visit already and look forward to discovering the rest of Mull using Salen Pier as our base.

Thank you again! 
 

April 2016 - Andy and Pam Wilson
For a special occasion our family of eleven with ages from seven to seventy stayed at the Pier House and all enjoyed. The house was warm and comfortable with plenty of space  to relax and enjoy the splendid view across the Sound of Mull. Our wishes were fulfilled seeing otters and eagles, and also a short eared owl which had set up home on moorland adjacent to the house. Dinning out was a real pleasure, especially the local shell fish and fish & chips. The island of Mull is beautiful and the trip to Staffa and fingals cave completed our holiday. We shall return. 
 

March 2016 - Manchester University Sub-Aqua Club (2nd visit)
I highly recommend Salen Pier as a place to stay for dive clubs running trips around the sound of Mull. The buildings are comfy and well equipped for big or small groups, with plenty of space, a big kitchen and a drying room for dive gear in the main house. With the ferry prices having gone down it is a lot more affordable to stay on Mull rather than the mainland now and the place itself is great for the cost.

It is well situated in the middle of the sound, close to the charter boats at Lochaline and a short steam to most of the sites. Boats can load up on the pier in good weather plus a fixed mooring buoy provides somewhere safe to leave club RIBs overnight.

Around the pier itself makes a great venue for training dives or a first day shakedown. The depth is around max 10m and there is lots of interesting wreckage and life including loads of scallops! It is also a fantastic night dive where you can spot fluorescent squat lobsters, cuttlefish and sometimes dogfish. It can be a bit of a scramble at low water but there are steps off the end you can jump in from, time it right and your exit will not be too tough!

Jack Capel, Diving officer
 

March 2016 - Danny & Jacqui (3rd visit)

Another great visit to the Pier House at Salen. Perfect location for a group of friends, fishing, cycling, birdwatching and taking in the beautiful views at this fantastic location. The house is still equipped to a high standard and is the ideal location for easy access to all points of the island. Great food, drink and company made for a real  treat. Try the 'Glass Fusion Workshop' located behind the Co-Op on main street Tobermory good fun on a wet day. The work at the new Pier Point build is now complete and it looks fantastic - high quality fixtures and fitting, topped off with incredible views from the glass fronted living area.   As always, we're missing the peace and are looking forward to our next visit.
 

October 2015 - Lynda Hayward

We had a really lovely week at the Pier House last October (2015).  It was so comfortable, cared for and well-equipped  -  the perfect place for holiday get-togethers with family and friends.  The spacious lounge accommodated us all, pursuing our various activities, from playing cards, reading or just chatting.  The best thing about it was the wonderful view from the large window  -  directly onto the Sound of Mull  -  which was really relaxing and interesting whatever the weather.  Having spent holidays on Mull for the past thirty years I can honestly say that this was our best accommodation yet  -  in terms of situation, comfort and facilities.  

An added bonus was that we met Peter during one of his visits to the Island and greatly appreciated his local knowledge and helpfulness.  We are already planning a return trip!!!
 

July 2015 - Morag Boyd

We are a group of 10 "mature" ladies - hill walkers & ramblers. We spent a very comfortable, enjoyable week in Pier House in July.  The house is spacious and well equipped, ideal for a large group.

The location is fantastic with the Sound of Mull right on the doorstep and a large lounge window perfect for otter, bird, ferry .... watching - very relaxing after a day's walking/ sightseeing or with early morning wake up cuppa.

Pier House is ideally located on the island affording easy access to all parts both for walking and tourist activities. We enjoyed visits to Duart Castle, Iona & Staffa, Tobermory ( excellent local crafts), Isle of Ulva ( highly recommended) and Lip na Cloiche garden ( wonderful ) as well as climbing Ben More & some of its neighbours.

We were very impressed with Mediterranean Restaurant (great meal on last night) and Coffee Pot in Salen (lovely fresh sandwiches and good selection of cakes)  and also local Spar shop.

Comment from one of group on leaving " I would come back here" found general agreement.
 

June 2013 - Janet Davies
We are a group of 8 retirees who meet up each year for a week.  Peter was very helpful when we consulted him about booking the house at Salen Pier.  We found the house to be very spacious for a group of our size, with a well-equipped kitchen with plenty of fridge space. We ate in every night - enjoying scallops purchased from The Ethical Shellfish Company on the pier on one evening.  The people in the Spar shop in the village were very friendly; we were able to order newspapers (for collection after noon) and the shop had everything we needed to supplement our supplies.  We all loved sitting at the big window in the lounge, on the lookout for the porpoises and otters (best time for the otters was about 10pm) and watching the regular passage of the CalMac ferries along the Sound of Mull. And we had one sighting of the cruise ship Balmoral on its way south.  Our team visited the Isles of Iona, Ulva and Staffa, went on the Mull Eagle Watch (booking required), participated in a DiscoverMull tour, climbed Ben More and its neighbours Beinn nan Gabhar and Beinn Fhada, visited Mackinnon’s Cave (check tide times), walked round the Treshnish Peninsula etc etc. The weather was somewhat mixed so the new entrance-hall/boot-room/drying-room/bike-store was much appreciated. As one of our group said: “We had high expectations (of the house and the island) and our expectations were exceeded”.  Now the challenge is to find an equally good place for next year!
 

Salen Pier House and Apartment - May 2015
Just to say what an excellent place Salen Pier House is. Every year for the last 25 years, a large party of us (12 to 14), have a week in Scotland and I think I can say that we have never stayed somewhere where one is so close to the sea with unrivalled views and nature watching without leaving the comfort of the lounge.
Sitting on the sofa after supper otter watching! Unsurpassed.
The house is comfortable and nicely equipped. The table extends to easily accommodate the whole party for breakfasts or relaxing wine soaked suppers.
The apartment is equally well equipped and comfortable.
Mull is excellent and very scenic. We came across the following website...
http://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/scotland-west/things-to-do-in-north-mull.html 
and downloaded the murder mystery tour. Thoroughly recommend a novel way to be taken sightseeing around the north. I expect parents would find it a good way to keep children engaged while sightseeing.

All in all an excellent holiday house and place to stay. Nice helpful owners as well. I would happily recommend it for anyone with a large party.

April 2012  - Chris O'Neill (Stirling)
We have just returned from staying at the Pier House last week, and must say it is the most spectacular property we hae stayed in, not only in Scotland, but anywhere in the British Isles for a holiday of this nature. The house itself offers everything you could wish for, and so much more, whether you are there as a family, or group of friends etc.. Its spacious, luxurious, exudes elegance and makes you relax soon as you set foot in the front door. The amenities within the house are the level of what you would expect in a 5 star hotel, and some. Whether you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful break, or an energetic activity break, this house answers all your prayers.
The location I have to say, is heaven itself. For anyone who has not visited, if you do book up, you will understand exactly what i mean as soon as you pull up at the house. I find it almost impossible to describe in words how breathtaking it is. Wakening up in the morning, sitting at the large window in the lounge, cup of tea in hand, looking out across the Sound of Mull (which is literally 10 yards from the window) is truly stunning. You could never tire of this magnificent site. Or if its a sunny dry morning, sitting eating your brekkie on the decking, looking out across the sea, the only noise you hear, is the sound of wildlife and the sea. Its a memory which will live with us forever, or until next time we visit, which will def be happening ;o).
You will not be disappointed if you book up!! I know it sounds as if I am over exaggerating how amazing this place is, but believe me, every word is true, and once you have visited, I am certain you will feel the same. Adults or kids, it makes no odds, this place is heaven.
 The house itself is situated pretty much in the middle of the island, and would def recommend a trip to Tobermory/Balamory, for its tranquil seaside village feel, or to see Josie Jumps house if you are a kid. One journey I would beg you to make though, is to Calgary Bay, to the north of the island, it is natural beauty at its very very best! If like me you enjoy the challenge of driving on crazy little roads, go via Gruline, it also offers some spectacular views over to Ulva, which for me are not to be missed. You also have Duart Castle, Lochbuie, and ferry to Iona, on south of the island, all worth a visit. You really are spoilt for choice!! If you are a fan of natural beauty, and wildlife, you will be hard pushed to better Mull. Bonus of Salen Pier House, being, you have so much of that right there on the doorstep.. All I can say is book up, and enjoy... You will not be disappointed...
February 2012, and 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016!!!
In many years of staying in various locations for hill walking in Scotland Salen Pier House is by far the best location we have ever used. Only a short drive from the ferry, it was also ideally placed
for the six of us climbing Ben More and the surrounding hills.  Returning to the log fire and a warm house with its well equipped kitchen after a damp day on the hills was a treat. It was made perfect by the local wildlife as we settled down for the evening with a glass of wine overlooking the sound of Mull, truly awesome . Apart from the obvious water sport advantages of having its own pier and shore access the house looks across the small bay to Glenforsa airfield with its 800m grass strip. As a base for exploring the delights the west coast has to offer in a light aircraft Salen Peir house could hardly be bettered. On leaving the house our discussion was when to book next.
Great Location, great house Many Thanks
Paul Connor

 
May 2011 Northhants Bird Club
From the living room window, conservatory and balcony we were able to watch a wide variety of wildlife, often at quite close quarters. Birds included:
Gannet, Great Northern Diver, Red-breasted Merganser, Eider, Black Guillemot, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Hooded Crow and Rock Pipit.
Mammals:
Otter - up to 3 seen every day; Harbour Porpoise - 3 seen close in on one day; Common Seal and Irish (Mountain) Hare.

Read More....  - 
http://sites.google.com/site/northantsbirdclub/home/mull-2011
 
Darren and Tracy Ardron and family  August 2010
Everyone in our party agreed that Salen Pier House is the best property we have ever stayed at over the past eleven years of our Scottish holidays. There was more than enough room for all ten of us and our time there was only enhanced by the friendliness of the people we met and the excellent food.   We would recommend the Bellachroy at Dervaig for the 14oz steaks and the huge seafood and meat platters, not for the faint-hearted! We saw otters from the lounge window and deer during our cycle ride along Loch Ba.  It's a pity we were only there for a week but without doubt we'll be back.
 
Top marks !!
 

 

Danny & Jacqui McBride   March 2010
We've just returned home from Mull after a glorious week with family and friends. The Pier House was the perfect location for a total chill out, sitting at the picture window at 7am binoculars in one hand, tea in the other watching a variety of wildlife,  from the neighboring otters and seals to the visiting sea eagle perched at the end of the pier.  The house is pristine, a great deal of effort has been put into making it perfect... everything you need is there, the only thing you need to bring is a bottle (or two) of wine and enjoy. Loads of room to spare for our group of eight 'adults'. Trips to Calgary's beautiful white sandy beach was well worth the drive (go via Dervaig, much quicker) just to watch my daughter battle with her sports kite - a pile of memorable pictures to cherish.  Great house, great food, good times.  Peace perfect peace, missing it already...we'll be back.  
 
Thanks for a perfect week.. Loved it.  
Nine of us stayed at the Pier House again (our second visit) for New Year, a family trip with the 'grown up' children and partners.  We kayaked from just a few steps in front of the house on the Sound of Mull and cycled to Loch Na Keal where we saw fallow deer, hen harriers, and a golden eagle.  We went whale watching from Tobermory.  However, you don't need to leave the house the wildlife is on the doorstep, we spotted an otter from the big lounge window, it came up onto the rocks carrying fish on more than one occasion.  A mink lives in a hole on the rocks which can also be seen from the window. Two majestic white tailed sea eagles flew over Pierhouse towards Loch Ba.  At the end of the stay we had an excellent sighting of a pod of common dolphins in the bay at Craignure, at least 25 in total, we watched them for 20 minutes - Mull magic! I'm sure we will be back.
 
Jo and Graham Wilson
We had an excellent time last week. I particularly liked the big fluffy towels and cotton bedding and china mugs for tea.

Glengorm castle was a good spot- nice walks and a fab cafe lots of local food and great Italian hot choc and coffees also have their own veg which was excellent.
We had 5 sightings of otter, three from the living room window. The best though was on the side of loch scriven where we watched one fishing for 3/4hr only a few meters away. Saw porpoise most days. White tailed eagles at Frisa very impressive too.
Had a trip over to Iona which we enjoyed but needs to be a nice day. Would recommend the scenic route on the west coast rather than via Craignure much prettier and probably quicker.
 
Mr and Mrs Streets
Salen pier House is by far the best place on Mull to relax, drink wine slowly, have a barbeque and watch the Cal Mac to the Western Isles steam past. The House is of a size where we managed to safely lose the children, but they seemed to be happy with situation, exploring the beach, rock pools, grounds and generally having a ball.

No near neighbours, no noise, just peace and quiet in first rate accommodation. Oh and the sun shone gloriously for the first three days of our week, so we spent those days on the beach, getting brown, (red) and enjoying the lack of other people next to us. A spot of swimming in the sea to cool down and it was round to Tobermory for a first class fish supper.
 
All round everything was great.  
 
Mr and Mrs Humble, Stirling
Salen Pier House provided us with excellent modern accommodation and wonderful views out to sea.  It was ideally located for us to visit all parts of the Isle of Mull.  We found the house itself home from home and was equipped with everything we needed to make our stay on Mull a memorable one.  The living areas are spacious and relaxing.  We visited the Mediterranean Restaurant in Salen and the near-by Glenforsa Hotel, both served good food.  Other restaurants we visited were close by in Tobermory and we especially recommend a visit to Cafe Fish!  Thanks for a wonderful stay!
 
 


For more information please contact Peter Stanhope at info@salenpier.co.uk or +44 (0)7778 514150 (call or SMS)

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