Sitting on the main road, behind a substantial wall, Staffa House is unusual with its crenelated porch and high chimneys. Built from Ross of Mull Granite around 1922/23, it is one of the oldest buildings in Fionnphort. Originally maintained as a private house, Staffa House didn’t become a Guesthouse until 1965 when the then owners opened the rather grand sounding Staffa House Hotel. Since then, it has been sold as a B&B business to a series of owners who have improved, refurbished and extended to ensure that Staffa House not only meets modern needs but goes that little bit further in comfort, quality and offer.
Chris and Janice Hall
We bought Staffa House in September 2017 and have been running it through thick and thin since then. We manage the business together and are the only staff so are experts in everything from cooking, housekeeping and websites to supply chains and tourism legislation. As well as operating 8 months of the year and recently coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic, we’ve been modernising Staffa House during our winter closures. We have installed a new central heating system, 4 new bathrooms, upgraded most of the furniture and fixtures and refurbished the conservatory with a new insulated ceiling. Our home also includes our two cats who came with us to Staffa House having been adopted from a sanctuary in Kent. They are banned from guest bedrooms and generally discouraged from guest areas. They are not much interested in life at the front of the house so guests often don’t notice them but if you are highly allergic, please bear that in mind when booking.
We want to support the natural world, the community and region in which we have chosen to live. To begin with we aim to use locally sourced produce; much of which will be organic. If that’s not possible we will find and use a supplier with a strong ethical approach. Our food supplies mainly come from Mull, Oban and Argyll – using small family run businesses who have often won awards for their produce. We use fairly-traded tea, coffee and sugar products which are often organic, if we can get it. We use eco-friendly products to clean rooms, do the laundry and for the washing up. White goods, bed linen, towels and beds are sourced from ethically-minded companies with sustainable principles. Hot water is partly supplied by solar panels which sit on the roof to the rear of the house. We have a shieling tent (the white thing at the back of the house) as well as old fashioned drying lines. We have to be realistic about our Hebridean weather so we do have and use a tumble dryer!