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Traditional and characterful Mill Cottage Overlooking Loch Awe And Ben Cruachan



Updated: 02-Dec-2016
2 bedroom cottage overlooking lake and with mountain views

Millside Cottage is situated in a peaceful location with fabulous views over Loch Awe. Outside, the garden has a lawn with garden furniture, a perfect place to sit with a drink and relax or to have a barbecue. The cottage is built in a traditional style with the two bedrooms upstairs. One is a twin room, the other a double. Downstairs you'll find a sitting room with a wood burning stove, ideal to relax in front of at the end of the day. Also downstairs is a kitchen/dining room with plenty of space to prepare and enjoy food. The utility room has the washing machine and there is a family bathroom (new November 2015) plus separate WC. There is a private garden at both the front and rear of the property. There is a covered area at the back where you can keep walking kit, boots, logs, barbecue equipment, bikes, life jackets etc. The cottage and front garden face West and you can enjoy spectacular evening sunsets over the loch from every room as well as outside. We have unlimited BT broadband - for those that can't completely switch off.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I have lived here on the farm all my life. I am married to Jamie (who was also brought up on Loch Awe on a neighbouring farm) and we have 6 children. We are both very knowledgeable about the area and can give you endless ideas of how to spend your days in Argyll.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

We have been coming to Millside for 25 years. It continues to be a home from home once a year for us - and our now adult children
Jan 2014
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Absolutely stunning!

  • 5 of 5

We had spent a long time looking forward to our stay at Millside due to an illness (Emma kindly allowed us to postpone). We were absolutely delighted when we spotted the cute cottage after our long drive.

Our daughters (aged 15), ourselves and dog made the most of the relaxing cottage and the breathtakingly beautiful grounds. We explored and ran and paddled in the stream/waterfalls and the loch.

Nature at its best!

We hired a motor boat to explore the loch - fantastic value for money and a good adventure - we even took the dog, he had his own life vest and we all had an opportunity to captain!

The cottage had everything we could have wanted, so well equipped.

Our only disappointment was it was cold and we were very much aware of how expensive electric heaters could be so we purchased lots of logs and wore plenty of layers and did lots of walking! So pack well.

Emma, we loved your cottage, you were a fantastic owner, available when needed but also leaving us alone to enjoy ourselves.

Thank you! X

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect honeymoon location to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay at Millside. There are many good things about the property, but the best part for us is the fantastic view. The kitchen and living room (and the bedroom for that matter) all face Loch Awe, and it has an uninterrupted view across west to the other bank. Watching the sunset from the kitchen while cooking local meat from the local butchers was a highlight. Visited Mull for the day, climbed Ben Crauchen, and after Millside stayed in the Ardenaisaig, a boutique Victorian hotel on the other side of Loch Awe, which was accessed by motor boat hired to us by Loch Awe boats - a memorable honeymoon. Maybe see you in the future Millside and co.......

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely stay at Emma's cottage overlooking Loch Awe. We toured the local area including Oban, and ventured further afield to the Isle of Skye via Fort William and Glen Coe. Great to meet Emma on our first evening, a really enjoyable stay. David & Judith.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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clever photos on line the place was poor

we left it to the mice in the kitchen

2 out of 10

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry you didn't enjoy your stay, but having met you both at the start and end of your stay I wish you had said you were unhappy as we would have tried to fix it for you and/or move you to another of our cottages. All the photos are accurate, although the new bathroom is not on the site yet (its the old one you see) and also the sitting room now has better paintings and colourful deer antlers on the walls. I will update the site asap. We do have harmless field mice come in and out of the cottage at times, mainly in colder weather, and we try to trap them when the cottage is empty. However their aunties and uncles then come in, so its an ongoing country problem. I will find where their latest point of entry is - doubtless its in the utility room - and block it up.
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Old School Scottish character

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house in a secluded setting.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Romantic country cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything we hoped it would be. Very close to the loch, in its own private garden in a private field. Every morning we were treated to sheep, or cows or the odd deer in the field! The view of the loch was beautiful and a real treat to wake up to. Emma had put many little personal touches in the cottage which normally you wouldn't get in a rented property, including fresh flowers for our arrival. The log fire was lovely and we enjoyed our cozy evenings with the fire burning in the lounge and the sun setting over the loch. The kitchen is very well equipped and had more than enough utensils and pots and pans to make whatever you wanted to eat. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with plenty of wardrobe and cupboard space.

The cottage was central for the areas we wanted to visit. We had a couple of trips into Oban, visiting the distillery, shops and museum, and had a local meal of freshly caught trout, delicious. I treated myself to Oysters from Loch Fyne one day, beyond delicious! We went from Oban to Mull for the day in the car, and had a fantastic day visiting a castle, Tobermoray, and watching a sea otter!

We also visited Inveraray, Glen Coe, Loch Lomand and Fort William, as well as stopping off at little villages, a fantastic woodland garden, an interesting local church, the local hydro electric plant (going underground on a bus!) and the odd pub or two. We hired a boat on Loch Awe itself and went to a couple of the islands, including one with a cemetery where Knights Templar and local persons are interred.

The best by far was the scenery and the wildlife. The riot of colours from the gorse in full flower, the bluebells, and rhododendrons was spectacular. The mountains were majestic, and we saw so many birds of prey, sadly not able to identify many of them. Even the cottage garden had siskins. We saw a red squirrel one day, and deer in the fields. A really lovely area, a fantastic cottage and wonderful wildlife. Probably the best cottage holiday we have ever had, and we have had a few!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Millside Cottage has been part of our farm for just under 100 years now. There used to be a working Mill which you can see the remains of on the far side of the burn alongside the cottage. I live just over a mile away in the farmhouse.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Glasgow at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Ardbrecknish at 3 Miles Nearest Ferry : Oban at 25 Miles Nearest Golf : Dalmally at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Dalmally at 4 Miles Nearest Motorway : A819 main road at 100 Metres Nearest Restaurant : Dalmally at 3.5 Miles Nearest Ski : Glencoe at 30 Miles Nearest Beach : Loch Awe at 150 Metres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Salmon fishing on the River Awe may be possible if arranged with owner in advance of arrival. This incurs additional cost per rod and a ghillie is also available if required for instruction.

Stalking in season, as above.


Approximately 2 minute walk to the shores of Loch Awe. A burn (stream) runs past the cottage to the loch (great for paddling, dam building, trout spying)


Millside Cottage can be reached either via Glasgow (A82), Loch Lomond, Inveraray where you turn right for Dalmally and proceed for a further 11 miles or via Stirling (A84), Callander, Dalmally, turning left 1 mile beyond Dalmally onto Inveraray road (A819) and proceed for further 4 miles. Millside Cottage has a private drive with sign and is set 50 yards from main road. Sat Navs are not reliable.

You see the cottage set back from the road.


Dalmally and Lochawe villages - 5 miles

Inveraray - 11 miles

Taynuilt - 15 miles

Oban - 25 miles

Glencoe - 25 miles

Further Details:

There are local village shops in Dalmally and Lochawe. The shop in Dalmally will deliver groceries if you phone them in advance as will Tesco from Oban (online).

The cottage has a large folder with leaflets about everything and anything going on locally, and there is a weekly paper The Oban Times as well - but it is worth pointing out that it is not necessary to drive miles to be entertained. The loch has islands with ruined castles to discover, crannogs to spot, beaches for picnics, and the hill that opens up behind the house is but a short climb to get spectacular views down the loch and towards The Isle of Mull in the distance.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
20 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
14 Jan 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May - best time in Argyll
23 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May bank holiday
30 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
7 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring bank holiday
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer holidays
24 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn berry timel
9 Sep 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
We ask that a deposit of 50% is make on booking, with the rest payable 8 weeks before arrival.

Linen and towels are included

Electricity is included

We supply a starter basket of kindling, a bag of logs, and firelighters for the fire

Changeover Day:
Millside Cottage is let out all year round

Change over day is normally Saturday with check out by 10am and check in 3pm. Short breaks, change over becomes ANY day !

Notes on prices:
We welcome you to our lovely cottage

We would like to make your time here as happy as possible and therefore any questions you might have please do ask us.

We are happy to tailor the dates to suit you wherever possible, whether longer or shorter breaks.

Note about cancellations. If your plans change please let me know as soon as possible. I will do my best to relet your week and refund you in full. However if I can not relet it I can not refund you. Please bear this in mind and take out insurance if you think your plans might change. Thanks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

Millside has a unique position in that it is both secluded and also has access to public transport if necessary. There are ospreys in the area and you will quite possibly find red deer in the field in the morning when you open your curtains. There is good fishing, pike, salmon, trout, perch, on the Loch and permits are available locally. You can fish with the owners permission in front of the cottage Salmon rods on the River Awe are available separately, do please ask us.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • lake
  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), shower attachment supplied.
  • Bathroom with bath and wash hand basin Separate toilet


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, cot (if required) can be transferred to this room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - double bed Bedroom 2 - twin beds Cot available on request


  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • We do not charge extra for dogs. However we do ask that a maximum of one dog per week and that they are kept off the furniture and never left unattended in the cottage. If you wish to bring more than one dog a larger housekeeping deposit is required Outside: There are private lawns to the front and rear of the cottage. At the rear there is also a washing line and a gate with access to the hill behind. There is a woodshed and a covered area to keep barbecue items, wellies etc. The lawn at the front has a table and chairs and looks directly over Loch Awe. There are mature rose bushes, rhododendrons, sloe trees and blackberry bushes in the garden. Utility Room: Washing machine, sink, storage cupboards, boiler. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All the beds have duvets and pillows. Other: Porch, hallway and under stair walk in cupbooard

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