Cottage in Ardfern, Lochgilphead, Scotland - Peaceful Sheltered Location With Stunning Sea Views 5 Minutes Away
Craignish Lodge is a pretty Victorian gate lodge to Craignish Castle with a fenced garden and parking in a sheltered position but with the sea close by on all sides. The cottage has been completely refurbished in 2012. The village of Ardfern has an excellent village shop with a post office as well as the Crafty Kitchen, a delightful café offering fine food and gifts. The local hotel, the Galley of Lorne, offers liquid refreshment as well as bar meals and a restaurant overlooking the water. Ardfern Yacht Centre has a marina as well as a chandlery, and offers boat trips from here to the Corryvrekan whirlpool and to local islands to observe wildlife. Lunga Riding Centre, a couple of miles away in the neighbouring Lunga Estate, offers trekking, western riding and lessons on their Appaloosa horses. Almost opposite the cottage is a ruined chapel of Kilmarie, dating from the 13th century, with a collection of standing stones and a beautiful view across to Ardfern marina.
About the Owner
Hi! I am Virginia Bird and I live north of London with my husband and, sometimes, two daughters. We love Scotland and are hoping to retire to Ardfern. However, with daughters at university this is still a few years away, and so we decided to invest in a cottage to see if we really wanted to live in Scotland. Hence the purchase of Craignish Lodge a couple of years ago. Whilst we are still both working we obviously don't get up to Scotland as much as we can, although living next to Luton airport does mean that we can get there for a weekend without too much difficulty. We wanted to share the property with other people and cover some of the costs of owning a second property.
From the Owner
“We have been holidaying on the West Coast of Scotland for 10 years and have really enjoyed getting to know the area through sailing and renting holiday cottages. Over the years we have especially fallen in love with Ardfern, with the dramatic scenery of the area and the amazing seascapes and sunsets. We often attend the summer art festival and enjoy the cafe and pub in the village. When Craignish Lodge came up for sale a couple of years ago we fell in love with it, both the cottage itself and the location. It soon became apparent that we needed to invest in improvements, and after a year we knew what we wanted; a complete change around so that the kitchen diner became the focus of the downstairs, and an old pantry, bathroom and corridor turned into a wonderful sitting room. We love it!”
Activity and Interests
There is a beautiful bay 5 minutes walk away with a beach at low water. This is very suitable for swimmers and other sea activities. There are other small beaches at low water below the Chapel 5 minutes walk away. There are stunning sea views at the end of the peninsula and some small beaches here too suitable for canoes.
Glasgow airport 90 miles 2.25 hours away by car.
Use of car is strongly recommended, although once you are at the cottage you could easily enjoy a week with a bike or at least a day or two without the car if you wanted, as there is a lot to enjoy in the immediate vicinity of the cottage.
Ardfern village 3 miles
Lochilphead town (swimming pool, banks, supermarkets, shops) 18 miles
Kilmartin (museum, stone circles, castle, pub and cafe) 10 miles
Oban (ferries to islands, more and larger shops, railway station) 27 miles
Glasgow 100 miles
The village of Ardfern has an excellent village shop with a post office as well as the Crafty Kitchen, a delightful café offering fine food and gifts. The local hotel, the Galley of Lorne, offers liquid refreshment as well as bar meals and a restaurant overlooking the water. Ardfern Yacht Centre has a marina as well as a chandlery, and offers boat trips from here to the Corryvrekan whirlpool and to local islands to observe wildlife.
Lunga Riding Centre, a couple of miles away in the neighbouring Lunga Estate, offers trekking, western riding and lessons on their Appaloosa horses. Almost opposite the cottage is a ruined chapel of Kilmarie, dating from the 13th century, with a collection of standing stones and a beautiful view across to Ardfern marina.
Standing stones and neolithic burial grounds are fonund within a short distance at Kilmartin Glen and in Kilmartin there is an excellent Museum and café. Carnassaire Castle and Dunadd Fort are nearby. Arduaine Gardens are a short drive away and Oban is 27 miles by road with boat trips to the islands of Mull, Tiree and Colonosay. Shopping is available here and Lochgilphead, 18 miles away.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
10 Sep 2016 - 10 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£150|
£150 deposit at time of booking. Remainder of payment 6 weeks before holiday.
Saturday is preferred changeover day. Arrival time 3pm departure time 10 am.
Notes on prices:
The prices include linen and all electricity and gas, as well as use of the internet. There is wood available for the woodburner.
15 % deposit on booking and remainder 6 weeks in advance
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The property is very peaceful and sheltered with the benefit of neighbours but not too close! It is convenient for the village but also for walks and water activities. It has the feeling of history with the castle just down the road, and wonderful views to the Paps of Jura. We just love it; the wood burning stove means that it is very cosy even in the cooler months of the year, and I find that the kitchen and utility room are better than mine at home, because I was able to design the Lodge as I wanted it to be. I love having the shower downstairs as I can come in straight from swimming, biking or running and jump in the shower without the worry of wet or muddy feet! The garden is delightful, very established, and if the sun is shining you can find a sunny and sheltered spot!”
- Away From It All
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Telephone ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Dishwasher ...
- Freezer ...
- Kitchen ...
- Microwave ...
- Oven ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Toaster ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- near the sea
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Ensuite to small upstairs bedroom
- Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Very modern downstairs shower room which is excellent
- Downstairs there is a bathroom with modern shower and wc, enabling swimmers, sailors and canoeists to walk home from the sea and shower without worrying about the carpets; upstairs there is a further shower and wc off bedroom 3.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, The singles are bunk beds
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed, This is a small room with an ensuite shower and toilet
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds and a double bed, Bedroom 3 small with single bed and en-suite shower room. Comfortable for 4 or 5 people, sleeps 6 if you are a family or especially friendly.
- Garden ...
- Notes on accommodation: The Lodge stands alone but with neighbours nearby. We had been coming to the area for 10 years before we bought the Lodge and love the village of Ardfern, with its eclectic community of artists, farmers, locals and English, all mixing very well and with a vibrant sense of community. There is always something going on. The Lodge is very peaceful and there is a sense of history at this end of the peninsula with stunning views across to Jura and Crinan. The sunsets are amazing, and there are several walks directly from the cottage with superb views. The property benefits from good parking (2/3 cars), a shed for bikes, garden on three sides including a fenced area. It looks across to the ruined chapel of Kilmarie, dating from the 13th century, with a collection of standing stones and a beautiful view across to Ardfern marina. Outside: There are two garden areas, one fenced, as well as a courtyard. There is a shed where visitors can store bikes. Utility Room: There is a large utility room with a washing machine and drying racks as well as an iron and ironing board. This is a great area to keep all the outdoor kit, and a space for that wet kit to go on the odd occasion it rains in Scotland! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and changed weekly. The property is cleaned weekly. Other: There is a sun room with wicker chairs that is great for afternoon tea, and for maximising the sunlight hours when its a little cooler outside. The furniture in here can be taken outside for use in the courtyard on sunny days.