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Glenaross Lodge Salen Reviews
Mull experience Oct 19, 2009
I've spent a week on the Island of Mull, choosing Glenaros Lodge as my base from which to explore the island. Since I was staying with Peter (the owner of the hostel) through helpX (helpx.net), I've experienced the place both as an employee and as a guest.
Glenaros Lodge is situated in a very good location, in the geographical centre of the island, halfway between the ferry town Craignure (where the ferry will take you from/to Oban) and Mull's "capital" - Tobermory. The bus stops right outside the driveway and can take you to both towns if you're coming without a car. Glenaros Lodge is a B&B, a hostel, static caravan rental, bike and kayak rental etc. The accommodation options seem limitless there.
The house itself is very nice and cosy and feels like home from the very moment you enter it. On the ground floor there is a kitchen, guest, lounge, Peter's "office", bathroom and one of the bedrooms. A vintage spiral staircase will take you on the second floor with 2 bathrooms (one of them even has a bathtub) and 4 bedrooms. The kitchen's fully equipped for self-catering, although a wast breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is available, most meals being cooked by Peter himself. The lounge is big and has a dinner table, 3 sofas, TV, internet access, music instruments and lots of books and boardgames for those misty/foggy/rainy days of which on Mull there are plenty.
The rooms have wooden bunk beds and some double beds, really cosy with a nice view on the Sound of Mull and Glenaros castle (what's left of it, at least). It really feels like home rather than a hostel.
The house (excluding the caravans, campinggrounds etc) can hold around 18 people and surprisingly most of the time Peter runs the hostel all by himself. The place is usually not very busy and is almost dead outside of season (after the Mull Rally in October), so anyone coming to stay will be taken care of by Peter as his own guest.
I found the hostel to be good not only for exploring the island (which I found rather boring after a few days) but just a nice place to unwind and relax, the surroundings being very scenic and peaceful.
A really nice hostel and B&B, can't find any cons and would recommend it to anyone who's interested in visiting Mull.
PS. Watch out for the peacock in the yard though, the bird's not toilet-trained if you know what I mean :D
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