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

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Separate WCs1
Space 10 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • 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 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 worth visiting.


Owner
Anna & Norrie Maclaren
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

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

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
Floor Area:
  • 10 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Non returnable booking Deposit of £150. Balance due 90 days prior to arrival. Full fee non returnable if cancelled within 90 days.
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
  • 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. No shower due to water pressure and private water supply.
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
  • 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 4.962963 based on 62 reviews
5

Beautiful, comfortable cottage is a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage for four nights in March. The hosts were welcoming and approachable, the cottage is beautiful and our stay was very comfortable and relaxing. The location is a perfect base for exploring the stunning Lochaber area. Visiting some sights requires a short ferry trip (or a scenic drive around Loch Eil), but there is more than enough exploration to be done on the north-west side of Loch Linnhe. The wi-fi in the cottage was fast and reliable.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Hope you decide to return.
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5

Ard Daraich Garden Studio

  • 5 of 5

What a little gem!! Both The cottage and the hosts are utterly charming. Come out of the cottage,turn right, 5 minute walk and you’re on the beach. Turn left and you’re on the banks of the river Gour. It is a beautiful location and we were so fortunate with the weather. A lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

This is a great property in an idyllic peaceful location, ideal for those looking for a break to get

  • 5 of 5

The fixtures and fittings in the cottage are to a very high standard. The bedding was lovely - duck down and high grade cotton linen. What would be really helpful and is missing is a microwave as a time consuming device for a holiday maker and I suggest this is purchased. We went at the end of May which is the start of the midges season so beware. You need to do a good shop before getting to the cottage because the local shop is expensive and stock is limited. Anna points this out at the outset.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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5

A Garden Paradise

  • 5 of 5

A comfortable, cosy cottage with lots of extra touches to make you feel at home,be it bubble bath from a local company, eggs from the "house hens" logs for the fire or a bookcase full of interesting books. Outside a wonderful garden with spectacular views of the loch and Ben Nevis.

The house owners, Norrie and Anna make you feel very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and it was a pleasure to meet you both. Good Luck with your gardening.
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5

Wonderfully cosy and comfy cottage in a beautiful secluded location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this fantastic cottage. Ideal location for outdoor activities and then to come home to a log fire in the cosy lounge. The cottage had all amenities we could want and the owners were lovely, friendly, helpful and welcoming. We were so settled we even managed to extend our stay. We definitely want to return soon. Loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and were even able to extend it. We look forward to meeting again. April and May are the best months for the garden to be in full flower.
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5

Beautiful location, very peaceful, perfect cosy getaway.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Anna and Norrie’s Garden cottage - it was perfect for our new year’s break. Amazing location, romote enough to be peaceful but well connected to be able to explore the lovely Scottish scenery. The cottage is spacious and comfortable and is wonderfully cosy. Exactly what we wanted! We had the best time and would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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
 
4 nights in July
10 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
£490
for 4 nights
From
£115
 
 
2 nights in August.
8 Aug 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
£270
for 2 nights
From
£120
 
 
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£115
From
£125
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£655
 
 
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£110
From
£125
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£625
 
 
Low Season Rates, November 18
3 Nov 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£85
From
£95
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£540
 
 
Christmas
15 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£730
for 7 nights
£730
 
 
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£530
for 4 nights
From
£125
£780
 
 
Low Season Winter Rate 2019.
6 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£85
From
£95
Fri,Sat
 
 
March 2019
1 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
£505
for 5 nights
From
£95
£530
 
 
April 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
£630
for 7 nights
£630
 
 
May 2019
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
£680
for 7 nights
£680
 
 
June 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
£680
for 7 nights
£680
 
 
July 2019
1 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
£705
for 7 nights
£705
 
 
August 2019
27 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£725
for 7 nights
£725
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£405
for 3 nights
From
£125
 

Additional pricing information

Contribution to cleaning £30
Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

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 a Good Housekeeping Deposit 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.

For dog owners we ask that they stick to a few basic house rules:
No sitting on the furniture, sofas and beds.
Not allowed upstairs.
Not left unattended at any time.
Active pooper scooping in the garden and kept on leads at all times in the vicinity of the main house and garden as we have three cats and free range hens.

We have access to locally grown venison, lamb and beef which can be ordered in advance.
The cuts will vary depending on availability.
Herbs are almost always available in the poly-tunnel.
A fish van comes to the house on Wednesday mornings at 9.45. He hoots loudly!

Arrival is from 4.30pm.
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.
If you need to cross the loch frequently please ask to borrow a book of local tickets. We pass the charge on at £3 each.

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 that takes British cards only, also in Strontian but no where else this side of the ferry.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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