Cuidhe Leathain (pronounced coo-lane and translated from the Gaelic as MacLean’s Corner) is a traditional Highland house within the conservation area of old Tobermory.
Alan and Jeannette Hodson were regular visitors to the Isle of Mull for more than 25 years, before moving to their favourite place in the world 15 years ago and restoring and refurbishing Cuidhe Leathain into a luxurious Bed and Breakfast. The guest sitting room and dining room have original Victorian fireplaces and on chilly evenings guests can enjoy a log and peat fire. The public rooms are furnished with comfortable sofas and a collection of paintings and photographs. There is an eclectic selection of books, CDs and DVDs, free WiFi and Sky television.
Information on wildlife watching, forest and hill walking, and things to do – from whale watching and eagle spotting, to traditional music and eating out – is at hand. There is a secure garden to the rear.
The bedrooms have large comfortable beds and a host of extras. In addition to tea and coffee making facilities (including fresh ground coffee), there are chocolates, shortbread and mineral waters. The rooms have colour TV/DVDs and radios and the super-king bedroom has a stereo CD player. Fine bedlinen and a plentiful supply of luxury soaps, shampoos, body lotion, and shower gels, as well as super-soft towels, bathrobes and slippers ensure a relaxing stay.
A wide-ranging choice of breakfast includes fresh fruit, fruit juices, cereals, fruit compote, yoghurts and porridge (made the way Jeannette was taught by her Scottish Gran Morrison). There are Loch Fynne kippers and smoked trout as well as local free range eggs, cooked whichever way you want them. A special favourite with guests is Eggs Benedict served with either smoked trout, Scottish cured ham, or bacon. A full breakfast with black pudding, haggis and all the trimmings will set you up for a day in the hills.
Cuidhe Leathain is also home to Fergus and Mungo, two Beardies (Scottish Bearded collie dogs).