Seaview Bed & Breakfast
Fionnphort, Fionnphort, PA66 6BL, United Kingdom
As close to Iona as you can be without being there
A pleasant stay. Not much to do in Fionnphort but enjoy the scenery around you. The drive to Fionnphort in a very pleasant one and it was a very relaxed evening.
The owners were very friendly and accommodating.
Unique Quality: The location is just across the water from the historic island of Iona. It is also a place where you can get a ferry to Staffa.
The rooms were very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was good.
Directions: Follow directions to Fionnphort or Iona.
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A truly special place
The memories of Seaview have lingered long after the holiday to the West Coast was over. It truly is a gem of a B&B. The rooms are clean,cozy and contain all you could need, the hosts have a strong "green"ethic which, whilst not overpowering, gives a gentle feel to the place, in keeping with its surroundings and the views from the window are stunning.
The guest lounge has a huge selection of local books/maps and sitting in the conservatory planning your next day and looking out to Iona over the crystal clear waters of The Sound of Mull is a joy.
John and Jane create a wonderful "home from home"atmosphere and do all they can to help you get the most from your stay in the island. The restaurant next door is a busy place at the height of the season with a good selection of food but, disappointingly, not seafood. At the bar attached to the restaurant you'll get a warm welcome too.
The best seafood meal we had on our entire trip was at a restaurant owned by a friend of Johns in the neighbouring village of Bunessan called "Reefs" - you won't miss it - it's on the waters edge and is painted a deep blue. The food there was outstanding and freshly caught that day with credits on the blackboard to the boats/fishermen who'd caught each type of fish.
Seaview's breakfasts go way beyond what you'd expect and are served by John is a most professional yet friendly way. Alongside a large selection of cooked items,healthy options feature strongly - fresh fruit, granola, home made jams etc - which aren't always easy to find in this remote part of the world
Go to this very special place - you won't be sorry
wonderful place to stay!
John and Jane run a fantastic B&B and when we return to Mull that is where the car will be driven! We were welcomed in and made to feel at home--everything is explained and any questions we had were answered-- even boats and meals booked for us!
Well done Jane and John!
This place was recommended to me by a fellow traveller, and was a great place. The view of the bay is beautiful, the hosts (John and Jane) are very welcoming and helpful. They kindly put a notebook with information on EVERYTHING in the rooms. They are very green, and the rooms are clean and beautiful. The bathrooms are roomy, the TV has cable. The only complaint I have is about Fionnphort, not Seaview - there are very limited eating options. I recommend going to Bunessan 6 miles away for food in the evening, as I was less than impressed with dinners at Keel Row, next door. Lunches were great, but dinners were below average, IMHO.
John was wonderful about helping me arrange a boat trip to Staffa (the weather wasn't cooperating) and we would definitely return again someday.
What more could you want
Beautiful house, lovely room, spotlessly clean everywhere, excellent hosts, really good website that would catch anyones attention and prompt replies to any enquiries, anything and everything anyone could ask for when away from home.
Would & will recommend this B & B to anyone heading for the beautiful Isles of Mull and Iona.
Fantastic - again!!!
This was my fourth (or fifth??) stay at Seaview and will certainly not be my last. The rooms are all beautifully presented, clean and welcoming with loads of little extras that other B & Bs often seem to overlook. John and Jane are brilliant hosts with loads of local knowledge to help you plan your time at Fionnphort. The location of Seaview makes it the best for access to Iona and the view from the breakfast room and front bedrooms is unbeatable. A short stagger back from the Keel Row after dinner and then time to sit and watch the glorious Hebridean sunsets - what more could you ask for? The drive from Craignure may only be 35 miles but the fantastic scenery and wildlife en-route means that the journey can easily take a couple of hours (or longer!) but it is well worth the drive.
perfect for visiting Iona
This is an excellent bed and breakfast in a perfect location for visiting Iona and Staffa islands.Everything you could need is provided. I won't bother listing them all but would like to mention the little fridge on the landing where small jugs of fresh milk were put for guests to use. As i detest cartons of UHT milk this was a really nice touch. Every bed and breakfast should have one! A lovely beach is just across the road and the ferry is literally 200 metres away. Iona is, of course, a must but DO DO DO go to Staffa if the weather allows. This is a truly remarkable place and was for us the highlight of our time in Scotland.I'd been to Iona before but the weather hadn't been good enough to visit Staffa so now I am truly happy! Jane will book the boat for you and give advice.We just turned up and got a place but don't bank on it. The Keel Row pub next door was OK but nothing exceptional. The advantage is that you can just pop next door and you are home!
Don't go if you have a baby !
We booked a room for my pregnant partner, myself and our 16 month old daughter to stay for a wee holiday on the 1st of September. My partner had corresponded with the proprietors months prior to arrival and they were made fully aware of the fact that we were bringing our daughter with us.
We arrived at 2.30 pm thinking that we would get settled in well before the wee one's tea time / bed time routine kicked in. We were told to go away and come back at 4 o'clock. Given that there is very little to do in the hamlet we meandered about for an hour and a half 'til we were allowed to check in.
Our wee one has a routine whereas she needs to be fed and in her bed starting at about 4.30 to end about 6 - 6.30. This shouldn't have been a problem as according to the web site there were alternatives nearby where we could have had meals. Unfortunately no-one in the nearby villages do meals til 6. We ended up getting a takeaway from the pub next door but were informed by the proprietor of sea view that we were not allowed to eat it in the lounge as there were guests eating their dinner at the table in front. Even when requested for cutlery it was seen as an inconvenience and a further request for condiments was met with a bewildered stare. So the first night we sat in a darkened room eating our sausage and chips. Had we been informed that they were even serving meals at the b and b we would have booked. Apparently it tells you on the web site that they start serving food on the 1st September (our arrival date). However, we had been looking at 'the wrong web site' as they have two and the other one gives you the correct information. It was intimated that it was our fault for not knowing this. We were also informed that it was too late for us to book a meal on arrival as they couldn't cope with us. We did get to listen to the other guests enjoying their meals and smell the cooking too as our room was directly opposite the lounge area.
The next day we took the ferry over to Iona which was beautiful and decided to eat over there before getting the ferry back . We had some of what was left over from lunch time at the cafe along from the jetty at 4.30. Not a fantastic feed!
When we got back ,my partner, who had been informed by someone on Iona that there was a chance of a place in nearby Bunessan that served food earlier on (for food the next day hoping it would be somewhere that didn't just sell chips), asked one of the owners about the chance of getting a phone number or calling the place up was told that he was too busy to call them. He did concede and called them up then handed the phone to my partner while he stood watching over her during the call. The result of the conversation was that basically we weren't getting lucky in the food before 6 stakes. We decided that we should leave the next morning, cutting our holiday short by one day.
We left the next morning having not been asked why we were heading off prematurely and also having to pay full price.
Our experience of our stay was a massive let down and not at all how the (wrong) web site suggested it would be.
I don't think the owners are bad folk but having to deal with making food for people on the evenings was obviously causing a fair amount of stress to them. However, this was not our fault and we were certainly, in my eyes, treated differently to the other babyless, dinner eating guests. I was looking forward to my visit to Mull and Iona for months and it was a shame for our daughter as she was upset by us being be upset.
If you are thinking of going to this place just be aware that having a young one is just a no no.
Lovely place with great hosts!
A lovely place to stay at "the end of the road" on Mull. When we did the reservation earlier the year we already had very nice communication with the owners. Their website is very helpful ( also on things like single track road driving ).
When we arrived we found a nice and cozy room and very nice, helpful hosts you could ask almost anything ( and we did ask many questions ). They were never tired answering. We also got "special treatment" for our breakfast on departure day as we had to take the first ferry to Oban.
The Keel Row next door serves nice food and local beer and whiskey - all one needs.
John was also very helpful in regard of sightseeing locally. Unfortunately for us we could only go to Iona and not to Staffa due to the weather. So we have to come back ...
A perfect stay
Because we live in Australia we booked all our accommodation via the Internet and so it was with some trepidation that we approached all the B&Bs we had booked. Photos can be adjusted etc. and e-mails can be quite impersonal. However we had no worries about Seaview, it was everything it said on the website and more!!
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and we really enjoyed the little extra touches such as fresh milk in the fridge on the landing and the range of DVDs for our use should the weather turn bad.
The room was spotless with lots of little homely touches in it's decor. We were there for three days, if only it could have been longer!!
John and Jane were fantastic hosts and John's local knowledge is second to none. The breakfasts were magnificent, with plenty of choice in the menu.
John was in no way offended if we didn't want dinner with them and recommended "The Keel Row" pub next door which served great food at a reasonable price. The location of the house is perfect with views of the beach and over to the Isle of Iona.
Should we make the trip back to Mull I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Seaview again.
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