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Cosy Garden Cottage For Two Close To The Sea And With Views Of Ben Nevis

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Space 10 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Cottage near Fort William, Highlands, Scotland - Peaceful Location By The Sea. 5 Minute Walk To The Beach. Close To Nevis Range And Glen Coe.

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.


Owner
Anna & Norrie Maclaren
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 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. The main house is now also self catering and Anna paints in her Studio whilst Norrie had a career in photography, film and television. The house is full of art and personal memorabilia and The Maclarens welcome everyone as friends. In the spirit of Highland hospitality!

Anna & Norrie Maclaren purchased this cottage in 1969

Why Anna & Norrie Maclaren chose Fort William

Situated at the beginning of the Ardnamurchan penninsula, Ard Daraich is perfectly situated to get the best Lochaber can 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 Studio is set within a plantsmans garden with an interesting collection of Rhododendrons and other ericasious plants with complete access to all our guests.

What makes this cottage unique

A Garden Lovers paradise with full access to the plantsmans garden. Home grown produce available in season. Free range eggs from our flock of rare breed hens and meat sourced from a local farm. Local pork sausages made to order and available from the freezer, you can eat "Local"

Easy access to stunning Highland landscape at the door.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A magical stay in a remote and beautiful part of the Highlands. The Maclarens have created a perfect hideaway in the garden studio and are the ideal hosts, helpful without being intrusive, obviously passionate about the place they've made. The studio is much better furnished than the average place of its kind. The location is dreamy - one can see seals in the loch from the bench at the top of the hillside garden, not to mention many kinds of seabirds. The kitchen is well equipped and if the weather lets you down you can make a fire and choose from among the many shelves of good books. A find!!"
Sep 2016
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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 10 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Non returnable booking Deposit of £150. Balance due 90 days prior to arrival. Full fee non returnable if cancelled within 90 days.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • Ensuite bathroom with double ended bath, wc and washbasin. Separate downstairs wc with washbasin. No shower due to water pressure and private water supply.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Kingsize en-suite for two.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Dogs are welcome for a fee of £25 per dog with the request that they stick to a few rules: No sitting on furniture or bed, not left unattended at any time, kept on a lead at all times in the main garden and all waste removed from Studio garden before departure. Outside: On the Ardnamurchan peninsula, 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 well worth visiting. Utility Room: Drying room with hoover, iron, ironing board, floor mop and clothes dryer. Underfloor heating and radiator to as boost. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and bed linen provided. Tea clothes and oven gloves, bubble bath and soap all provided. Guests to bring their own beach towels.

Reviews

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Cosy Garden Cottage For Two Close To The Sea And With Views Of Ben Nevis
average rating of 4.96 based on 58 reviews
Edinburgh
5

Wonderfully cosy and comfy cottage in a beautiful secluded location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this fantastic cottage. Ideal location for outdoor activities and then to come home to a log fire in the cosy lounge. The cottage had all amenities we could want and the owners were lovely, friendly, helpful and welcoming. We were so settled we even managed to extend our stay. We definitely want to return soon. Loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and were even able to extend it. We look forward to meeting again. April and May are the best months for the garden to be in full flower.
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5

Beautiful location, very peaceful, perfect cosy getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Anna and Norrie’s Garden cottage - it was perfect for our new year’s break. Amazing location, romote enough to be peaceful but well connected to be able to explore the lovely Scottish scenery. The cottage is spacious and comfortable and is wonderfully cosy. Exactly what we wanted! We had the best time and would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Come back soon!
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5

Beautiful peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

My hubby and I spent a wonderful week here over Christmas 2017. We walked, relaxed in front of the fire, ate gorgeous local meat and generally recharged our batteries.

The cottage was a perfect size for the 2 of us and our pooch. There was plenty of kitchen equipment for all our cooking needs. The bed was comfy.

Personally, I would also suggest bringing bottles drinking water, as the water tasted amazing but didn't look very appetising! We also forgot essentials like cling film and tin foil!! If you arrive prepared you can just relax and enjoy. The nearest shops are not easily accessible - the ferry is £8.20 each way and the shops at Strontian are about 20 minutes drive away (we only visited the post office in Strontian, so can't comment on how much is available there).

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you had a Happy Christmas in Ard Daraich Garden Studio. What a pity you didn't talk to us about the ferry. We are more than happy to lend our guests our residents book of tickets which drastically reduces the price. The cottage is advertised as having hill water which passes through several filters and is chemical free; the colour is the staining left from the peat and completely harmless. There is a good supermarket in Strontian so unless you are particularly keen to visit Fort William, many of our guests enjoy the remoteness of remaining on the peninsula. I hope this clears up some of your concerns. With best wishes, Anna & Norrie.
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5

What a gem!

  • 5 of 5

A quiet, private and incredibly comfortable cottage in a beautiful part of Scotland - The views around the property are breathtaking and no shortage of options if you're a keen walker and love the outdoors. One of the great things about this cottage is its' access to amenities in Strontian and to the ferry (and Fort William) whilst retaining a sense of being cut off from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. The cottage interior is cosy and the enormous, generous complementary basket of logs for the log burner was very welcome after the long drive from Oxfordshire. The owners, Anna and Norrie, are close at hand and always more than happy to share their extensive local knowledge to make our stay more interesting and enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted you made a return visit. Let’s hope it’s one of many and we meet again next year. Happy Christmas
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5

A magical place, simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this place is wonderful, that's why we've been 3 times and have just booked a return visit in the Spring. The Garden Cottage is well equipped with everything you need, big kitchen (we love watching the birds on the feeder from the kitchen window), cosy living room with sofas, a wood-burning stove, big basket of wood and a wall full of books. Having a contained private garden off the living area is great for the dogs. We sleep so well here too. The gardens, the house and grounds are really stunningl. We enjoy taking a glass of something to one of the benches and looking out over the loch in the evenings. Anna & Norrie are the most wonderful hosts. This place is a home from home. Can't wait to be back there.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the gorgeous people who have now become friends through their visits to Ard Daraich. Welcoming the world into your home is a risk but so often our life is enhanced by the friends we have made. Thank you for your lovely review and we are now looking forward to your return visit in the Spring and my birthday celebrations!
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5

Another very happy week

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in Anna and Norrie's delightful Garden Studio several times. We always enjoy returning to this beautifully designed and attractive holiday cottage set in Norrie's wonderful hillside garden with stunning views over the loch to the mountains.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Chris and Clare, Thank you for your lovely comments and for your visit. I was so sorry to miss you as I was away. Come back SOON, Love Anna X
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Location

Nearest Airport
153 Kilometres
Glasgow International or Inverness
Nearest Barpub
4.7 Kilometres
Inn at Ardgour
Nearest Ferry
4.7 Kilometres
Corran Ferry
Nearest Golf
80.3 Kilometres
Traigh Golf Course nr. Arisaig
Nearest Train
19.3 Kilometres
Fort William
Nearest Motorway
5.2 Kilometres
A82
Nearest Restaurant
20 Kilometres
The Boathouse Restaurant
Nearest Ski
25 Kilometres
Fort William
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Sallachan Beach

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 cottage 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
 
Early Spring 2018
17 Feb 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£85
From
£90
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£525
 
 
Easter 2018
17 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£345
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£115
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£570
 
 
The Garden at its BEST
7 Apr 2018 - 1 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£125
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£560
 
 
2 nights in May
2 May 2018 - 4 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
From
£110
 
 
2 nights in May
8 May 2018 - 10 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
From
£110
 
 
May week
19 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£590
for 7 nights
£590
 
 
May Bank Holiday 2018
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£120
From
£130
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£580
 
 
June 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£110
From
£125
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£605
 
 
July 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£115
From
£125
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£655
 
 
August 2018
28 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£405
for 3 nights
From
£125
From
£150
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£705
 
 
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£115
From
£125
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£655
 
 
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£110
From
£125
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£625
 
 
Low Season Rates, November 18
3 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£85
From
£95
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£540
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£100
 

Additional pricing information

Contribution to cleaning £30
Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

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 £150 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:
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

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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