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Cosy Garden House For Five Close To The Sea And With Distant Views Of Ben Nevis

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

House near Fort William, Highlands, Scotland - Peaceful Location By The Sea.

This is one of the most unspoilt areas of the West Coast of Scotland, the mountains are so close you can almost touch them, and the sea is but a stone's throw away. The property is very near Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, with climbing, sailing, skiing, hill walking, cycling, white water rafting to name but a few of the activities on offer. It is also within easy reach of the Isle of Mull, Glenfinnan, and Glencoe, all of tremendous historical interest and worth visiting.

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 one half of 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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

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

Happy New Year and thank you for a very comfortable and stylish entry into 2018. Anna and Norrie have their priorities just right for our liking, big towels, warm beds and sharp knifes, lots of books a cosy stove and a beautiful garden.

The surrounding area is epic and stunning. We will definitely be back. Especially because it is now the place where Katie said yes to marrying Chris on old years night (yes there was a ring)



Many thanks Katie and Chris.
Dec 2017
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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1 sq ft
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
  • Non returnable booking Deposit of £200. Balance due 90 days prior to arrival. Full fee non returnable if cancelled within 90 days.
  • Absolutely no extra guests If you wish to bring one well behaved dog then please send an enquiry.
  • No loud 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:
  • 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. 5 ft wide.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , King sized bed (5ft wide) with extra single bed.
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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Cosy Garden House For Five Close To The Sea And With Distant Views Of Ben Nevis
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews
5

Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our 2 children, spent hours finding new lands in the garden, fabulous adventures and memories made.

We were lucky with the weather and travelled to some truly spectacular places and then back to the warm and the abundant DVD collection!

Thank you so much Norrie and Anna, our stay was just perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are both delighted that you all had such a good time. We look forward to welcoming you again if you choose to return.
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5

impressive

  • 5 of 5

Norrie and Anna were very welcoming. The shortbread was amazing. Beautiful cottage and garden. We had a very relaxing week.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Warm, sunny, thoughtfully decorated, charming country home, beautiful garden and farm fresh eggs!

  • 5 of 5

My best friend and I had a wonderful time at Norrie and Anna’s country home! We were welcomed with farm fresh eggs and homemade jam along with Carin their very friendly canine mascot!

Although it’s right off the road, we didn’t notice any noise pollution as it is pretty insulated with the hillside garden ( which is amazing ). Walking thru the gate we instantly had the scent of flowers which was such an added bonus! There are birds galore - I really appreciated this as I like to keep the window in my room open and wake to the sound of them instead of an alarm clock.

There are movies of every genre and cook books, art books, poetry, fiction - non fiction, if you’re a movie buff or a lover of books you’ll be in heaven!

Anna and Norrie were very helpful with answering any questions and providing local places to check out. And we loved feeding their chickens!

I will definitely be recommending their place and coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Ard Daraich house visit was full of wonder round every corner both in and outside

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, great comfort within and a garden with so many hidden treasures. This is a delightfully comfortable place from which to explore the neighbourhood and feel the peace

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, cozy, magical house and garden and great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our two year old and it was very comfortable and a nice place to stay in during bad weather days. The garden is magical and the house is beautiful. We had a lovely time during our week here and our hosts were very kind and attentive. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you and we enjoyed your stay as much as you did. We love having people to stay who understand what we are doing and it makes our world a bigger place to have such international visitors. Thank you.
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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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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:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
REDUCED July
10 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£100
 
 
REDUCED July
19 Jul 2018 - 24 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£100
 
 
August 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 29 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£570
for 3 nights
From
£180
From
£195
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,080
 
 
August | September
30 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£480
for 3 nights
From
£150
 
 
September 18
4 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£510
for 3 nights
From
£160
From
£185
Fri,Sat,Sun
£805
 
 
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£480
for 3 nights
From
£150
From
£175
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£780
 
 
October 2018
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£525
for 3 nights
From
£165
From
£185
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£855
 
 
November 2018
3 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
£410
for 4 nights
From
£95
 
 
December 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
£410
for 4 nights
From
£95
 
 
Christmas 2019
15 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
£810
for 4 nights
From
£195
 
 
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£810
for 4 nights
From
£195
 
 
January 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 1 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
£630
for 7 nights
£630
 
 
February 2019
2 Feb 2019 - 1 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
£630
for 7 nights
£630
 
 
March 2019
2 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
£655
for 7 nights
£655
 
 
April 2019
6 Apr 2019 - 2 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
£705
for 7 nights
£705
 
 
May 2019
3 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
£780
for 7 nights
£780
 
 
June 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
£880
for 7 nights
£880
 
 
July 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
£880
for 7 nights
£880
 
 
August 2019
27 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£980
for 7 nights
£980
 
 
September 2019
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
£855
for 7 nights
£855
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£555
for 3 nights
From
£175
From
£195
Fri,Sat,Sun
£880
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Contribution to cleaning £30

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.


We 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.
A fish van comes to the house on Wednesday mornings at 9.45. He hoots loudly!

Arrival is from 4.30pm.
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.
If you need to cross the loch frequently please ask to borrow a book of local tickets. We pass the charge on at £3 each.

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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