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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: 13-Jan-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.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Anna & Norrie Maclaren
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
13 January, 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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22 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

5

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
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5

Beautiful and cosy cottage with everything we needed. Incredible garden.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage and found it very relaxing. We did a lot of walking in the local area and appreciated being able to return to a huge basket of logs for the burner. We would really love to see the garden at other times of the year.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review and yes, please do come back. The garden is at its best in April and May for spring flowers and especially the Rhododendron collection and again in October for blazing autumn colour.
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5

Quiet cosy get away

  • 5 of 5

Quiet cosy cottage which was actually bigger than the photos showed :) It was a short drive from the ferry crossing which was easy to take. You can also drive the long way taking in the scenery. We also drove into Fort William from the cottage. Anna and Norrie met us and showed us through. It would be lovely to see in the spring when the garden is in flower but we were happy to curl up in front of the fire with a wine. It has the fluffiest doona, it was like getting a cuddle from a giant marshmallow😊

Thanks Anna and Norrie

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review and we are both delighted you enjoyed your stay and found the Studio warm and cosy. Lochaber with snow on the high tops must have been a contrast to Western Australia in the summer! Happy Christmas on the isle of Skye.
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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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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
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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
 
January
5 Jan 2017 - 3 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£245
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£110
Fri,Sat,Sun
£475
 
 
Early Spring
19 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£245
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£110
Fri,Sat,Sun
£475
 
 
Early April/Short Break
4 Apr 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£385
for 4 nights
From
£85
From
£110
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
Easter 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£410
for 4 nights
From
£90
From
£120
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£570
 
 
Easter 2017
17 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£410
for 4 nights
From
£90
From
£120
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£570
 
 
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
 
 
Bank Holiday Weekend
27 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£270
for 2 nights
From
£125
 
 
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
Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Pet Fee £25

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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