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A Gardeners Paradise.

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Stylish House in a Plantsmans Hill Garden, by the sea and spectacular Glen Gour

Explore the West Highlands from Ard Daraich, a stones throw from the shores of Loch Linnhe and beautiful Glen Gour. Ard Daraich is well situated to explore all the West Highlands has to offer being close to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Cross the Corran Ferry and discover a quieter pace of life where you can go to the most westerly point of the British mainland, picnic on white beaches and explore ruined castles. Sightings of Otters, Red Deer, Grey Seals, Golden and Sea Eagles are frequent with a resident Pine Marten in the garden.

Welcome to this spectacular part of the Scottish Highlands, renowned for its character and hospitality. An old fashioned house full of charm, family portraits and antique furniture in all the rooms. With our extensive local knowledge we will help you find enjoyable things to do and see.

If you too were taught to cook from the "fat pink book" the food bible of the '50's and '60's by Constance Spry, you will recognise a few of her recipes named after the house. She designed the flowers at the Queens coronation in 1953 and invented the ubiquitous dish Coronation Chicken.

As the latest development at Ard Daraich, we offer self-catering accommodation for four adults and one child in half the main house with full use of the garden. The owners live in the other half with separate access and so you are totally self contained.

The original 1909 croft cottage was extended in 1929. The larger, more formal rooms are now offered as our second self catering option. Built loosely in the Rennie MacIntosh style as a gentrification of the original Edwardian cottage, these rooms still have many of the 1930s features including original fireplaces and Crittall windows. Ard Daraich Garden House now offers stylish, upmarket, comfortable accommodation in two kingsized bedrooms.

With a separate gate and path leading through the garden, the glazed front door gives lovely views to the planting beyond which is especially colourful in the Spring and Autumn. There is a large drawing room on the right with hearth and wood burner, comfortable seating, antique furniture, family portraits and a television. To the left is a kitchen and dining room. Up stairs, through selves full of books, are two large bedrooms, both king size, one with huge Tudor four poster bed from Kenilworth Castle (given to Norrie’s mother as a twenty first birthday present) the other, the Italian room, decorated with a fine painting of Umbrian landscape, Italian furnishings, strangely, a Norwegian bed and stunning views of the garden. The bathroom has wood lined walls and the original free standing bath, the perfect length for relaxing and looking at the garden in peace.

More Details

Owner
Anna & Norrie Maclaren
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 November, 2017

About Anna & Norrie Maclaren

Artist and Gardener, Anna Raven and her husband Norrie Maclaren have lived at Ard daraich for over 15 years. Norrie took over the Hill Garden and Shrub Nursery in 1999 from his parents who bought Ard Daraich in 1969. Once the holiday home of Constance Spry, the Maclarens, both father and sons, developed a garden that is now of special interest. On her arrival, Anna converted the potting shed into a self catering cottage within the garden making it an ideal retreat for garden lovers. Part of the main house is now also self catering and Anna paints in her Studio whilst Norrie has a career in photography, film and television.

Anna & Norrie Maclaren purchased this house in 1969

Why Anna & Norrie Maclaren chose Fort William

Situated at the beginning of the Ardnamurchan penninsula, Ard Daraich is perfectly placed to get the best Lochaber has to offer. Within easy reach of the popular attractions of Glen Coe and the Nevis Range we are a step away from the busy roads and tourist attractions. Ardnamurchan (of shipping forecast fame) is the most westerly point on the British mainland and has a quieter pace of life. With a Stevenson lighthouse, white sandy beaches, ruined castles and few people, you can find all the peace you need for solitude and tranquility. The Garden House is set within a plantsman's garden with an interesting collection of Rhododendrons and other ericasious plants with complete access for our guests.

What makes this house unique

A Garden Lovers paradise with full access to the plantsmans garden.

Easy access to stunning Highland landscape from the door with a beach and seal island at the bottom of the lane. You can hear the silence.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Heeding the advice of previous visitors, I DID stay longer - a week, in fact. With so many places, the reality never lives up to the hyperbole of guest comments and owner websites, but visiting Ard Daraich lives up to it all and more. I could go on about the beautiful wilderness, golden eagles and the wonderfully laid-back pace of life. However, the biggest highlight is Anna and Norrie themselves - their genuine interest in their guests and the superb way in which they helped me plan my stay. Every morning, over a delicious breakfast, we'd plan my day and each one was truly memorable."
Jan 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fort William in Highland

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • If you wish to bring one well behaved dog then please send an enquiry.
  • Absolutely no extra guests
  • No load noise after 10.30pm
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , washbasin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , washbasin
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Majestic four poster bed of historic importance.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , King sized bed with extra single bed to enable to singles
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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A Gardeners Paradise.
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
5

A lovely comfortable house in a beautiful area. Very well equipped and thoughtfully furnished.

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay in this lovely house. It is beautifully furnished and has all one would need for a great holiday. The kitchen is very spacious and well equipped and all was very clean and tidy. The garden is beautiful and a lovely place to wander and enjoy. We were made very welcome and I would highly recommend for either couples or a family.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you again one day. With best wishes.
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5

A wonderful peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

After our third visit to Ard Daraich we have once again enjoyed great hospitality in a fantastic location.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind review.
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5

Charming accommodation in a stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to relax and get away from it all. There was a modern and well equipped kitchen. Be sure to stock up before you get there. The house was comfortable and homely and filled with books. The location is simply stunning and we ventured out a few times for sightseeing around Ben Nevis and Mull. The Whitehouse Resturant at Lochaline is amazing. Although it doesn't look like much from the outside their menu was incredible using high local produce. We hope to return next year as this has whet our appetite to see more of the Highlands.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Steven, Thank you for your kind review. I am sorry we did not meet but I am delighted you had a good time. Yes, the Whitehouse does have good food and is owned by my sister in law! Hope to see you again next year. With best wishes, Anna
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5

Beautiful house fabulous location. Comfortable without pretention.

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous location for exploring the Ardnamurchan peninsula and the Isle of Mull.

Spent three nights here using it as a base for some motorised exploration of the West coast. Stunning with at least 3 seasons greeting us every day.

Could have done with a little more sun to explore the gardens further.

Think we need to return in summer to see a different, although probably less dramatic version of the surrounding area.

Kitchen would benefit from a microwave, and would be great to have access to the regular users (multi buy) book of tickets for the ferry, which would aid further exploration of the area by significantly reducing the travel costs.

It is worth taking the 36 mile drive alongside the loch to Fort William at least once rather than the 12 mile journey using the ferry, and a trip to Mull via Lochaline is recomended.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review and sorry we didn't meet. If you ever decide to come north again then please ask about a book of tickets, always happy to lend one and we have one available for guests. With best wishes, Anna
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Characterful house with experienced hosts

  • 5 of 5

The Garden House is a beautiful house in a lovely location. It is furnished to a very high standard, full of antiques and vintage pieces but still comfortable, especially in the living room when the wood burner is fired up. Don't miss the chance to wallow in Constance Spry's bath! Annie and Lorrie are great hosts with many years' experience of doing bed and breakfast. They know the area very well and can advise on places to go and eat. Don't be put off by having to cross the Corran Ferry to get to the property. It goes frequently from early morning well into the evening and only takes 15 minutes.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Catherine, for your lovely review. We enjoyed meeting you all immensely. We are delighted you used Ard Daraich to finish the last three legs of the West Highland Way and that the ferry was a pleasure rather than a deterrent. For future reference please ask to borrow our book of tickets for a local rate. With best wishes, Anna & Norrie.
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lovely

  • 5 of 5

we had such a good time at anna and norrie's place! the house is comfortable and tasteful, the beds and linens wonderful, the kitchen fully functional and well furnished. the remote location is good for anyone looking for peace and quiet in an idyllic setting.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. We enjoyed meeting you all and we are both so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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Location

Nearest Airport
153 Kilometres
Glasgow International or Inverness
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Inn at Ardgour
Nearest Ferry
2.5 Miles
Corran Ferry, 5 minute crossing
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Dragons Tooth or Traigh Golf Course, Arisaig
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Fort William
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
A82
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Kilcamb Lodge, Strontian
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Ben Nevis
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Sallachan, at the end of the road
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Important collection of plants grow at Ard Daraich with a small specialist plant nursery and over 300 varieties of Rhododendron. The garden is best seen in April and May for flowering colour. Excellent autumn colour also with extensive collection of Sorbus and Acer. Once the holiday home of flower arranger and cook, Constance Spry, Ard Daraich now produces a collection of home produce including marmalades and chutneys taken from her cookery book.

Coast/Beach:

100 yards from the sea and 500 yards from a big sandy beach. Rocky islands with grey seals. Otters often seen.

Travel:

Overnight travel by Caladonian Sleeper is the most romantic way to arrive on the West Coast of Scotland. Enjoy 10% discount on car hire by arriving by train.

Distances:

3 miles to local shop and pub. 8 miles to nearest supermarket and town. Best Jacobite collection in West Highland Museum, Fort William. Close to miles of white sandy beaches on Ardnamurchan or at Morar.

Further Details:

Fine dining available with great choice of the freshest seafood you can imagine. Lobster, Crab, Langoustine as well as fresh fish. Venison, mutton and excellent local beef all raised in the area and available to buy here at Ard Daraich for the discerning cook.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fort William, Scottish Highlands & Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter Low Season 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£650
 
 
Christmas & Hogmanay 17/18
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£750
for 3 nights
From
£250
£1,050
 
 
Winter Low Season 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£650
 
 
March 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
From
£165
Fri,Sat,Sun
£725
 
 
Easter 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£525
for 3 nights
From
£175
From
£200
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£825
 
 
The Garden at its BEST.
7 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£480
for 3 nights
From
£160
From
£175
Fri,Sat,Sun
£775
 
 
May Bank Holiday
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£495
for 3 nights
From
£165
From
£185
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£850
 
 
June 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£420
for 3 nights
From
£140
From
£170
Fri,Sat,Sun
£750
 
 
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£525
for 3 nights
From
£175
From
£185
Fri,Sat,Sun
£925
 
 
August 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£540
for 3 nights
From
£180
From
£195
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,050
 
 
September 18
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£480
for 3 nights
From
£160
From
£185
Fri,Sat,Sun
£775
 
 
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
From
£175
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£750
 
 
October 2018
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£495
for 3 nights
From
£165
From
£185
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£825
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£525
for 3 nights
From
£175
From
£195
Fri,Sat,Sun
£850
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £25

Here are our booking details:

In addition to the details you will get from Owners Direct here is some more information to make sure you have an enjoyable stay.
You will see that we have a Good Housekeeping Deposit of £200 which is returnable.
Any breakage or damage caused will be deducted before the balance is returned.
Please confirm your acceptance of this.
We also need your postal address, phone numbers, landline and mobile, for our records.

For dog owners we ask that they stick to a few basic house rules:
For dog owners, we ask that you stick to a few house rules.
No sitting on the furniture, sofas and beds.
Not allowed upstairs.
Not left unattended at any time.
Active pooper scooping in the garden and kept on leads at all times in the vicinity of the main house and garden as we have three cats and free range hens.

If you would like to order eggs, jam, chutney or marmalade for your stay, please let me know.
We make them all here.
We also have access to locally grown venison, lamb and beef which can be ordered in advance.
The cuts will vary depending on availability.
Herbs are almost always available in the poly-tunnel.

Arrival is from 3.30pm.
Departure is by 10.30
The Ferry runs every half an hour and so the waiting time is short.
From the other side, the sailings are quarter to and quarter past the hour and the crossing is five minutes.
The last ferry is at 21.30 but we strongly recommended catching the 21.10.

Last year a guest wrote suggesting we send the following information:
There is a petrol pump in Strontian but not in Ardgour, so it might be wise to fill up before crossing the ferry and there is an ATM that takes British cards only, also in Strontian but no where else this side of the ferry.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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