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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 - 5 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:
20 August, 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.

Reviews

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Cosy Garden Cottage For Two Close To The Sea And With Views Of Ben Nevis
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 46 reviews
Ames, Iowa
5

An enchanting place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagine a more blissful way to spend a week in May - the cottage is wonderfully cozy and comfortable. Anna and Norrie are terrific hosts and the gardens surrounding the place is like being in a magical snow globe...only flowers instead of snowflakes! The walks and day trips driving to Mull and Iona will take your breath away. We very much hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We too loved meeting you both and could have spent hours in conversation. Come back again and we can continue!
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Ontario, Canada
5

Wonderful week!

  • 5 of 5

Norrie was most welcoming and available for any questions we had. Accommodation was clean, comfortable and a wonderful place to come to at the end of a day of exploring.

He is very knowledgeable on the area and the gardens are so interesting.

Loved the fresh eggs!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review. We are delighted you had an enjoyable week.
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5

A wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Garden cottage has it all in abundance. Wonderful hosts, the most amazing and beautiful location, and everything you could need in the cottage. You can sit in the garden and look out over the Loch watching the seals, or be amongst the wonderful hills of Glen Gour just a stroll from your door. Wildlife, tranquility and relaxation we wanted and got. We were very sad to leave and hope to return. Thanks Anna and Norrie

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sandra for your lovely review and also for the drawing of your favourite blue fir cone! It was lovely to meet you especially after your disappointment of illness preventing your visit last year. We very much hope that you do choose to return and we look forward to it. Until then, with very best wishes, Anna
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4

Convenient and charming

  • 4 of 5

Easy to get to so many fascinating places from the cottage. Very comfortable. Gardens are breathtaking, Anna & Norrie are great. Tons of books for lazy/rainy days. Only downside - no shower. Due to ceiling slope, one cannot be installed. We suggest a hand-held be attached to the tub faucet to facilitate shampooing.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We are sorry you were disappointed with there being no shower. We are clear about that in our property description and it is due to the water pressure from the private water supply as well as the ceiling height. There is a plastic jug provided and as you visited somewhere off the beaten track it is unsurprising that we are unable to provide all the luxuries of city life.
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Quiet and Comfortable Cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage met our expectations and the description was fine.It was clean and tidy and well maintained. Although generally a spacious cottage, the bathroom was short of places to put sponge bags etc and the bath was quite deep and not the easiest to get in and out of for older people. The cottage was warm and kept a constant comfortable temperature; on a dull cool evening the wood burning stove was easily lit and instantly effective and cheery. We had the freedom of the garden which was spectacularly colorful in May and very photogenic.

Anna and Norrie were most welcoming. We enjoyed the fresh eggs laid by their hens and the bread baked by Norrie as well as his jam and his unusual marmalade. We would recommend the property. The ferry is no impediment to getting about back across the loch but the cost of £8.20 per trip can mount up - pity there isn't a 'one week special'.

There is walking from the cottage by the river as well as to the loch. Kinlochlaich Garden and Garden Centre near Appin are worth a visit and Castle View Cafe nearby can be recommended as can the short walk to view Castle Stalker. On a trip to Glenfinnan we enjoyed the view down Loch Shiel and the visit to Glenfinnan Station Museum and lunch in a diner carriage. Less welcoming, sadly, was the NTS visitor centre at the Monument - overpriced tea in a small plastic cup served by dour staff. In complete contrast was the NTS visitor centre at Glencoe. A better appreciation of the beauty of Loch Shiel was gained by taking a half day cruise.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. What a pity you didn't talk to us about the ferry! We keep a book of ferry tickets here for guests and pass them on at the local rate so communication is always the best way. The same is true of the bath. We are unable to have a shower in the bathroom as there as there is insufficient head room or water pressure on our private supply. We could have helped your holiday planning by explaining that before you booked. We love hearing from people so always ask if you have a query. With best wishes, Anna & Norrie.
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5

Peaceful haven

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our 4 nights in this delightful cottage situated in a beautiful part of Ardgour, well equipped, home form home. I would recommend this Cottage to my friends and would return in the future

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review and we are delighted you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to welcoming you again. With best wishes Anna & Norrie.
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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
 
1 week left in October
7 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£480
for 5 nights
From
£90
From
£95
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
£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

Cleaning Fee £20
Pet Fee £25
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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