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

Overview

Property

Updated: 04-Dec-2016
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.

  • 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

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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!

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a wonderful stay in your lovely cottage. We enjoyed the area and visited Mull and Ben Nevis.The dogs enjoyed the cosy log fire in the evening, wonderful cottage, thanks.
Dec 2015
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19 Reviews

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based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

5

peaceful homely holiday heaven

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful and well designed garden studio set in a peaceful pretty garden setting with walks and views all around it

Everything you need is catered for and the owners are extremely helpful and very pleasant

The area is stunning and plenty to see and do and lots of wildlife to see

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit and we are delighted you enjoyed yourselves. We look forward to welcoming you again if you ever decide to return.
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5

Fantastic cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I brought the dog with us to stay at this cottage in the highlands. It is a beautiful setting and walking distance from a little loch beach.

We spent very little time actually at the cottage and the immediate surrounding area since there is so much to do within driving distance. We'd get back each evening and put our feet up, make some food and watch the TV or have a go at one of their jigsaws.

The cottage has an enclosed garden with opening glass doors onto them to watch the dog (chase the frogs) in the garden.

The owners were very attentive and willing to help in any way. Their fresh bread was lovely and the eggs had the biggest yolks in them i've ever come across!

We are hoping to return here again in the future since there is so much that we still want to see. We would definitely try and book this cottage again if we did.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay both here at Ard Daraich but also on Ardnamurchan and in Lochaber. We very much hope that you will choose us again when you return. With best wishes, Anna & Norrie.
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karma and peace

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful haven of peace, warmth, style and comfort. Away from it all, but close enough to visit many beautiful places we had always wanted to see.

Thank you - glorious cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your holiday and hope you come back soon!
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5

Superb cottage in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage , fabulous settings within a beautiful garden. Our Hosts Norrie and Anna, very helpful and informative about local area, walks etc. The cottage is a beautiful cosy cottage with enclosed garden ideal for soaking up the sun ( yes there was a whole week of sun!) It has everything you need and Norrie supplied us with home made bread and preserves.

Will definitely return

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your quick review and we are both delighted you enjoyed your stay. You were indeed lucky with the weather! We look forward to seeing you again if you decide to return. With best wishes, Anna
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5

Beautiful escape

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic getaway location, very peaceful surroundings, cosy cottage with everything you need. Great walks and wildlife on the doorstep and both Norrie and Anna were very welcoming and helpful. Have and will recommend.

Thank you

Will & Jess

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Will and Jess for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again if you decide to return. With best wishes, Anna & Norrie.
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FIRST CLASS

  • 5 of 5

On arrival,we found the cute cottage exceeded our expectations. The place was spotlessly clean,well equipped and cosy warm and was much roomier than it looks in the photographs we'd seen.

We settled in very easily and were very comfortable for the remainder of our stay.

The situation is glorious, extremely quiet and surrounded by the owners amazing garden and stunning countryside. This was our first trip to the peninsula and we were blown away by the tranquility and magnificence of the area. Truly spectacular scenery.

Returning to the romantic cottage and spending our evenings by the toasty log burner was so special.

We met both owners during our stay and we found them extremely helpful.

We would return in a heartbeat!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind remarks. It was lovely to meet you and we hope you choose to return soon, With best wishes, Anna & 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.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
December
3 Dec 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£245
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£85
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£470
 
 
Pre Christmas Short Break
21 Dec 2016 - 24 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£320
for 3 nights
From
£100
 
 
January
5 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£260
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£85
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£470
 
 
Valentines day
11 Feb 2017 - 18 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£320
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£120
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£520
 
 
Early Spring
19 Feb 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£260
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£85
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£495
 
 
Spring Rates
25 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£290
for 3 nights
From
£90
From
£95
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£535
 
 
Easter 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£570
for 7 nights
£570
 
 
Easter 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£595
for 7 nights
£595
 
 
Late April-garden looking good
22 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£570
for 7 nights
£570
 
 
1st May Bank Holiday
29 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£605
for 7 nights
£605
 
 
May
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£595
for 7 nights
£595
 
 
2nd May Bank Holiday 2017
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£635
for 7 nights
£635
 
 
June
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£645
for 7 nights
£645
 
 
July
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 
 
August
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£720
for 7 nights
£720
 
 
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
7 night minimum stay
£740
for 7 nights
£740
 
 
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£650
for 5 nights
From
£120
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£770
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£320
for 3 nights
From
£100
 

Additional pricing information

Contribution to cleaning £20
Pet Fee £25
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 2 months before arrival. GHD refunded after departure with deduction of breakage or damage caused.

Changeover Day:
High season changeover, Sunday. Out of season, Saturday and short breaks sometimes available throughout the year depending on availability.




Short breaks available throughout the winter beginning 31.10.16 until March 2017.
Three nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for £255.00
Four nights, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for £300.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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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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