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

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Overview

Property

Updated: 19-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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 well worth visiting.

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About the Owner

Anna & Norrie Maclaren
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 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. 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 & Lochaber

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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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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27 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)

5

Beautiful, characterful and tranquil.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is gorgeous. It has that rare combination of cosiness (wood burner, comfy sofas, and bookshelves full of interest) and stylish comfort, so every moment spent indoors is a delight. The simply decorated bedroom is super-comfortable too and we loved the dormer windows that provided us with both a view of the stars or the patter of rain as the weather changed. We couldn't have hoped for anything better for our romantic weekend getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We really appreciate it and are delighted you had a good weekend. Hope to see you very soon.
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5

As always, a perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

I could not recommend this place more.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Will, it is always lovely to see you and out of a visit to the B&B years ago we have now made a friend. Anna & Norrie. x
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5

Idyllic, comfortable, relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had the perfect break away in January 2017 - the cases of books and the log fire kept us entertained when we were indoors, while the beautiful scenery made walking and driving a joy!

Huge thank you for such an enjoyable break!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed your holiday. Come back soon! With best wishes, Anna & Norrie.
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5

Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect little cottage, ideal for a couple or a single person. Despite a very last minute booking in the middle of our Scottish winter we arrived to find it immaculate, warm and cosy, with everything we could wish for. Most importantly we were able to bring our small dog which made our whole trip possible. In my opinion this is one of the "new breed" of self catering properties, i.e. where the owners take the business seriously and genuinely care about after their guests' needs. We loved the super comfy bed, the under floor heating, the proper sofas - no sofa beds here - and of course the SKY tv and internet. (It was winter after all). The fresh eggs and home made preserves from the owners are an absolute must buy. In a nutshell, you need have no qualms about booking this cottage at any time of year, you will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review and we are both delighted you appreciate the Ard Daraich version of self catering. Hope to see you when the garden is in flower. With best wishes Anna & Norrie
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5

Perfect place for a much needed break

  • 5 of 5

We stayed Monday to Friday with Molly our dog. The cottage is gorgeous with a comfy king sized bed, cosy log burner with wood and everything you could possibly need for cooking. Information on places to explore and walks were provided in the cottage. There is so much to see and do in this rural area. We explored Ardtornish castle, Dun Deardail fort on Glen Nevis. Both of which are a short drive away. We also had a stroll to Ardgour, which took us about 45 mins. The cottage is warm and cosy. Would highly recommend to others. This is a perfect place for a much needed break.

Thank you Norrie and Anna for our lovely stay and the fresh eggs.

Hayley, James and Molly

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. I hope the drive home went smoothly and if you decide to holiday here again we would be very pleased. With best wishes, Anna & Norrie.
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Perfect winter getaway - cosy, comfortable, easily accessible and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 6 nights at the garden cottage to get some rest and relaxation before a busy year. The cottage is gorgeous; quiet, well equipped for cooking, cosy, really comfy bed, lovely bath and wood burner. It is much bigger in real life than it looked on the pictures and really clean and well laid out. We came up from London by sleeper on the Friday night and picked up a hire car at the station - really straightforward, then loaded up on groceries for the week ahead. The ferry crossing was easy and we had arrived within 45 mins. During the week we visited deserted beaches on the west coast, distilleries, Oban and Glencoe and went walking around the lochs. Norrie and Anna looked after us really well - very friendly, great marmalade and fresh eggs and always on hand if we needed them. We felt very welcome. A perfect mini break - highly recommend and would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What great guests this couple were. We loved having them to stay and they are the perfect visitors. I hope the extension to their family goes well and makes them very happy. Having them here was a real pleasure and we wish them all the love and luck in the future. Norrie
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

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

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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
5 nights in March
25 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£260
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£95
Sat,Sun
 
 
Last Spring week left
24 Apr 2017 - 2 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£380
for 4 nights
From
£90
From
£110
Fri,Sat,Sun
£570
 
 
2 nights in June
9 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£260
for 2 nights
From
£120
 
 
June
18 Jun 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
£540
for 5 nights
From
£100
From
£110
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£650
 
 
Short Break in July
5 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£350
for 3 nights
From
£110
 
 
July
15 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 
 
August
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£685
for 7 nights
£685
 
 
September
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£478
for 5 nights
From
£95
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£645
 
 
October
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
£446
for 5 nights
From
£90
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£595
 
 
November
4 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£260
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£85
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£515
 
 
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£575
for 3 nights
From
£185
£680
 
 
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£620
for 3 nights
From
£200
£720
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£320
for 3 nights
From
£100
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Pet Fee £25
Contribution to cleaning £20

Booking Notes:
Booking by e mail. Enquiries by phone if requested but confirmation by e mail.
Availability displayed on web site. Non refundable booking deposit of £150 required to confirm booking. Balance of rent and Good Housekeeping Deposit of £150 to be paid 90 days before arrival. GHD refunded after departure with deduction of breakage or damage caused.

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 an additional fee 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.

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.

Many of our guests leave a few groceries in the cupboard when they depart.
We are very happy to defrost some meat so with a few vegetables and something for your first breakfast you can shop after arrival if you don’t have time on your journey.
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 for British bank 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.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage

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 Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural

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

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Ensuite bathroom with double ended bath, wc and washbasin. Separate downstairs wc with washbasin.

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.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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.

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