Hide Away on Mull

by celia.compton in Isle of Mull

We did it
On 10th November 2015 we successfully raised £2,455 with 37 supporters in 20 days

Into the wild - creating a retreat on a Scottish island.

by celia.compton in Isle of Mull

New stretch target

If we are lucky enough to be overfunded, our next priority is to fence off the specialised native habitats that we wish to conserve, including our deciduous woodland and our rocky outcrops, to protect the trees and wildflowers from grazing sheep when we introduce them to the croft.

 

 


Help to create an off-grid hideaway on our croft - come and stay - step into the wild!

 

We are a family - Phil, Celia, and our children, Isaac (12) and Bea (10) - living on a croft (smallholding) on the beautiful Isle of Mull, off the West coast of Scotland.

 

Mull is an amazing place to be and we love sharing the Mull magic with our family and friends. We're living in a caravan at the moment and there isn't much space for people to stay so we built a camping hut.

 It's pretty basic, although it is insulated and there is a luxury compost toilet.

We want to be able to invite more people so we need to upgrade the hut to make it more comfortable and self-sufficient. We're planning to install a wood-burning stove and build another structure for a solar shower and a cooking area.  

The idea is to create somewhere affordable to stay that sits lightly on the land.

It's going to be a fabulous off-grid hideaway in a peaceful spot, nestled beside a hazel woodland, with lovely views and stunning sunsets.

People can come to walk, to fish, to explore, to play on the beach or simply to spend time relaxing, away from the distractions of normal life. It's a place just to be, to connect with nature and with yourself.

Our story

Our dream for many years was to settle in a wild place where we could bring up our children close to nature and live from the land.

Three years ago we were lucky enough to buy an empty piece of croft land. 

This bareland croft, Coille Challtuinn (hazel woods), was uncultivated for many years. It has areas of good grazing and shelter, low-growing broad-leaf woodland, bog, bracken, heathery rocky outcrops, abundant wild flowers, moths, butterflies, toads, hen harriers, thrushes, slow worms, red deer, visiting eagles and fabulous views. 

  

It is an extraordinary adventure developing this land into a place where we can live and work, while produciing our food, supporting ourselves through our gardening business, Greenleaves, and, in our spare time, building a house!

Thank you so much for your support

It would be fantastic if you would be able to support us to create this unique hideaway. Then we can invite you to visit us; to experience the magic of Mull for yourself.

  

Thank you Paul Adams for the video, the (best) photos and the fish. 

Thank you also to Tina for your support, advice and patience; to Anna M for your pearls of wisdom; to Anne K for the family snap; to Robin, Lizzie, James P, Avril, James S, Rob and John O - we couldn't have done it without you. 

There's always a space for you here!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A heartfelt thank you for believing in our project and an invitation for coffee and cake whenever you are visiting Mull!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

One basic night for two in our newly upgraded camping hut. Heartfelt thanks and coffee and cake included. To be taken April to October 2016.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A comfortable night for two in our newly upgraded camping hut, bedding and towels provided. Heartfelt thanks and coffee and cake included. Naturally. To be taken April to October 2016.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

A luxury night for two in our newly upgraded camping hut. Bedding & towels provided. A hamper of local and croft-produced goodies, subject to season. Heartfelt thanks and coffee and cake. To be taken April to ctober 2016

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Two basic nights for two people in our newly upgraded camping hut. Heartfelt thanks and coffee and cake included! To be taken April to October 2016.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Two comfortable nights for two people in our newly upgraded camping hut. Bedding and towels provided. Heartfelt thanks and coffee and cake included. Naturally. To be taken between April and October 2016.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

A luxury three night mini-break for two people in our newly upgraded camping hut. Bedding and towels provided. Lovely hamper of local and croft-produced goodies, according to season. Heartfelt thanks and coffee and cake included! To be taken April to October 2016.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A comfortable week for two people in our newly upgraded camping hut. Bedding and towels provided. Heartfelt thanks and coffee and cake included! To be taken April to October 2016.

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