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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
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • 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 well worth visiting.


Owner
Anna & Norrie Maclaren
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
13 October, 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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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
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 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.
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
  • Barbecue
  • 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.

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Cosy Garden Cottage For Two Close To The Sea And With Views Of Ben Nevis
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A luxurious escape in a great location

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful cottage which has been beautifully finished set in beautiful gardens. It has a lovely wood burner with a huge basket of logs supplied and an array of interesting books to chose from when the weather is not so good. The location was perfect for us with trips to Sanna Bay, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Arisaig. Norrie and Anna were very helpful with suggestions for lovely places to eat locally and even a change of our route home to include the Mhor 84, which was well worth the visit. Definitely recommend and we would return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your return. Norrie and Anna
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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: Oct 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, homely, inspiring

  • 5 of 5

loved this place. Stunning. A joy to be there. The hosts were lovely. It was humble. The fresh eggs divine. The scenery around beautiful. The bath amazing to relax in. The drying room so handy. Nothing to fault we had a lovely stay and can't wait to return

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to welcoming you here again. X
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5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Garden cottage was lovely! Was everything and more. Very clean and comfortable. Norrie and Anna were wonderful hosts, informative and fun to talk to. good location to explore Ardamurchan and surrounding areas. Lots of local walks and Isle of Mull very easy to get to.. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary for your lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and had time to explore all that Ardnamurchan and Morvern have to offer. So often guests assume everything of interest is on the other side of Loch Linnhe when in fact a little off the beaten track and popular tourist attractions, you can see all that's good about our West Highland landscape with the added bonus of getting away from the crowds that pour up Ben Nevis. If you choose to visit Scotland again we very much hope you will consider returning.
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Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage and gardens. Local walks and a Great location to explore Ardamurchan, and surrounding areas. Anna and Norrie were wonderful hosts they were fun, informative and made you feel welcome. We hope to return for more adventures in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ein wunderbarer Ort!

  • 5 of 5

Dem Trubel entkommen hatte dieser Ort für uns wirklich alles, was wir brauchten.

Wer die Natur liebt, wird nicht aufhören, Wunderbares zu entdecken und kann Ard Daraich als Basis für viele schöne Ausflüge in die Umgebung nutzen. Wir sind nur ein einziges Mal aufs "Festland" gefahren. Das Quartier ist genau wie beschrieben, Anna und Norrie sind darüberhinaus sehr sympathische und nette Gastgeber! Das kleine grüne Paradies können wir daher nur weiter empfehlen!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review which google translate helped me with! We are delighted that you had a good time and hope that one day you will return. With best wishes, Anna
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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
 
November
4 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£260
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£85
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£495
 
 
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
 
 
Low season rates, January 2018
5 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£260
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£85
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£495
 
 
February
1 Feb 2018 - 9 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£260
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£85
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£495
 
 
Valantines Day and Half Term
10 Feb 2018 - 16 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£320
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£110
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£570
 
 
Early Spring
17 Feb 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£275
for 3 nights
From
£85
From
£90
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£515
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£320
for 3 nights
From
£100
 

Additional pricing information

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

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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