Persabus has been farmed by the Fletcher family for over 100 years. The family have a long history with the island, having resided here for some five hundred years.
Persabus Cottage was the original farmhouse and was built in the late 1700s. The high drystone wall of the Cottage garden was built by Thomas Spalding, who built the Round Church in Bowmore, around the same time.
Rosemary and Donald have been building and renovating the old ruins on the farm over the last 25 years with Donald undertaking most of the building work himself. The original farmhouse was renovated into Persabus Cottage in the 1990s.
Persabus Millhouse is part of the original farm steadings and was built in the late 1700s. The loft was where the mill and bruiser were mounted. The Mill thrashed the corn to remove the heads. A fanner blew the chaff off the heads and then the bruiser was used to roll the heads into flat oats. The Millhouse was renovated into a self-catering cottage by Rosemary and Donald in the 1990s.
Persabus Farmhouse was renovated by Rosemary and Donald in the 1990s. In 2008 Donald began work on renovating the old stable block to form a bed and breakfast wing on the farmhouse.
The Pottery would have originally housed several families. It was split in two by a thick stone wall. During the history of the farm one side used to house the Clydesdale horse, who pulled the plough in the fields when Donald’s grandfather ran the farm, the other housed the boiler for boiling the animal feed in the winter months.
Donald’s sister, Linda Fletcher, started Persabus Pottery in its original building in the 1970s. His mother took over, when Linda left for the mainland. The pottery produced slab clay work then. Iomhair and Arra, Donald’s brothers, ran the pottery from the 1990s onwards. They used slip clay and built and hand carved their own moulds. They designed and made a lot of the pottery water jugs for the distilleries and sold pottery in their workshop. Small batches of the old pottery are still produced at Persabus.
Rosemary opened the Ceramic Café and Pottery when Donald’s brothers moved away to the mainland.