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Cottage With Sea Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Appin, Nr. Oban, Scottish Highlands - Peaceful Location Within Easy Reach Of Oban, Glencoe And Fort William

Polanach is bordered by grazing pastures, with a burn running through the garden. Loch Linnhe's shores are 150 yards away; there are stunning views across the loch to the mounains of Ardgour. Within easy reach are Oban (with its distillery and boat trips to the Isles), Fort William (for climbing Ben Nevis) and the spectacular scenery of Glencoe Just down the road is Appin with its spectacular views of Castle Stalker and the Port Appin ferry to the attractive Isle of Lismore.

Thomas Coates
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 November, 2017

About Thomas Coates

I have a life-long love of the Scottish Highlands, ever since my first family holiday at the age of 10. Every year since I have visited the area for walking and climbing. Now, semi-retired, I jumped at the chance to become the owner of Polanach and give to new generations the chance to develop a deep and lasting experience of this country and its wildlife. My career has been in education; natural beauty is educative and life-enhancing.

Thomas Coates purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Thomas Coates chose Appin

Above all, the setting: fields, garden, burn and stunning views all around. Also proximity to some of the Highlands' major tourist attractions.



150 yards from the shore, a number of small shingle beaches within short walking distance, better ones at Cuill (5 miles) and sands at Benderloch (11 miles)


Car recommended. (local buses between Oban and FortWillam pass conveniently close but are infrequent.


Appin 2 miles.

Oban 19 miles

Scottish Sea life Sanctuary 8 miles

Fort William 22 miles

Further Details:

Wildlife: otters, red squirrels, Pine Martens, White-tailed Eagles can be seen; a local cafe shows live videostreaming of local sites.

History: This is the country of the famous Appin Murder which formed the basis of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped"


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Appin in Argyll and Bute

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room with basin and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One double bedroom and one twin bedroomx
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • bay fishing
Notes on accommodation: Parents of young children should note the burn flowing through the property. It has steep banks, sheer at one point. No smoking No pets Outside: Extensive garden with lawn and flower beds and mature trees. The burn enters the property from under a bridge and a waterfall. Safe access to it, where children can play and paddle, is half way down the garden. Nearer the house are several patio areas - outside chairs are kept in the garage. Pine martens have been known to visit the garden. Sea birds can be seen on the nearby shore. Horses, cattle and sheep graze in the neighbouring fields. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included, changed between lets. Other: Sun room with picture window to South.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Cottage With Sea Views
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

House is a lovely, quaint, well appointed property that is perfect for a week's stay. Clean, tidy and comfortable the property has a wonderful garden with the stream stunning esp with the summer bloom of flowers, though that does bring the midges ! For some reason they didn't bite my girlfriend but ate me alive !! But DONT let that put you off, they are a minor inconvenience to a lovely place. Next to the garden two lovely horses enjoyed the apples and carrots we got them and whilst we didn't see the Pine Marten, Red Deer appeared on the other side of the garden, in the field every night ! Lots of Garden Birds, Buzzard's visit the property and the Owls certainly scour the place in the evening

Tom is a great host and Archie/Sharon who look after the place, have a nice shop in Port Appin and are very helpful with things to do of which there are plenty, including Oban (whisky tour is a must),The Sea Life Sanctuary (seals and otters are fantastic) to the south and Fort William for Ben Nevis, to the north.. Plus numerous stunning loch's all around you'll struggle to see everything !!

Creagan Inn and Laroch Restaurant are lovely places to eat and if you are lucky with the weather like we were, (my girlfriend got sun burnt !) you'll just wish you can stay longer.

Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Glen for a wonderful reaction to your stay. It sounds as if you found it just as I wish it to be, particularly as the wildlife showed up. I have several ideas to attract more fauna in future and make it a bigger feature of the Polanach experience. Usually there is enough breeze coming up from the loch to keep the midges at bay, but, yes, when it is still and humid they can be diabolical! Hopefully future guests will be forewarned and forearmed.
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Warm and Cosy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from this beautiful cottage, it was so welcoming and cosy with the stove. Absolutely everything you could require and more is there for you. The only problem was that we had to leave. Cheers V Wall

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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loved it

  • 5 of 5

on arrival at polanach we were so pleased with our choice. there is everything you need for a great holiday.. the kitchen is equipped with everything you may need (& more) the beds are comfortable & warm with extra bedding if needed.. a wood burning stove makes the evening -magical.the views across the loch are stunning with the sun on them & the burn just adds to it all..don't forget to feed the birds theres food in the cupboard for them but we went & got some extra..although we didn't see the pine martin we did get the red squirrel performing for us.. I would not hesitate to recommend to polanach to anyone.. we are hoping to book into it again next year as I said to us - magical.. Phyllis & barrie

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review: generous in that I know you encountered the odd problem and the weather wasn't too good this time. I'll be delighted to take a rebooking for you and hopefully you'll see the pine martens next time! Tom
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  • 5 of 5

We've just come back from a week at Polanach (myself, husband & brother) From the minute you arrive you begin to relax the cottage is situated in the most perfect place, set nicely back from the main road so it's peaceful & quiet with the most amazing views from every room. The garden is such a joy & it's great to be able to walk down to the bottom & find a little gate so you can cross the road & walk onto the shore of Loch Linne. The little burn was a fantastic bonus for two keen anglers, the first night they caught a wee trout that they put back, it was just the fun of catching it. Tom has everything in the house to make your stay very comfortable & he kindly rang us on our arrival to see if there was anything we needed & if we'd settled in ok. The area is fantastic for wildlife lots of different birds, but the highlight of our stay was the visits we had from the Pine Martens, day or night they'd come down for what we'd put out for them their favourite is peanut butter so make sure to take a jar or two with you & you'll be rewarded by visits from these magical little guys.

Thank you so much Tom for letting us stay at your cottage, we will certainly return.

Juuls, Bruce & Donnie

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: t gives me great pleasure to know you had a good time and appreciate the place as much as I do. Thanks you very much for all your kind comments. Tom
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  • 5 of 5

Location was excellent, very quiet and private, with amazing views. Very near to Port Appin, Appin, Oban and Fort William.

The cottage was lovely, clean,comfortable and very welcoming. The log burner was an added bonus and kept us very warm. Fantastic views from all rooms, especially the sun room and kitchen. The gardens are fantastic, with the bridge and stream meandering through.

We were very lucky having Bob and Jack (Viviennes ponies), in the adjacent field, which Lily , our 8 year old daughter, was thrilled about.

The stables (1 mile away) were fantastic and we had two wonderful treks around Castle Stalker, through the waters on a sunny and rainy/stormy day, both days were amazing!

Our favourite place to eat was The Creagan Inn. Superb panormaic view of the loch, excellent service and food. Staff very welcoming and family orientated. Excellent!

Booking now for next year!

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Polanach - what a location!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Polanach for a week in April for a family holiday Children aged 10 and 7). We knew the area a little and chose the cottage because of its great location, midway between Oban and Fort William which makes getting around the area really easy. The locality and views are stunning - over the other side of the main road running past the bottom of the garden is Lock Linnhe with amazing snow capped mountains in the distance.

The house is nice - a good well equipped kitchen and comfortable bedrooms. The wood burner works really well to keep the living room really warm. There's ample space for a family. That said, the garden and location are the selling points. A lovely stream running through the garden was an added bonus for the kids, as were the horses in the nearby field which liked to say hello!

Port Appin nearby is beautiful and Lismore (reached by boat in 5 mins from Appin) is amazing with fantastic walks and views.

Glencoe is around 25 minutes away and the skiing there was great fun for our beginner children, plus yet more stunning views. around 40 minutes to Ben Nevis for some great (child friendly) walks.

We would definitely recommend and stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Henry. It makes me very happy to know others, children especially, appreciate this place as much as I do.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Appin, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
20% within 14 days of booking
Balance due 4 weeks before take-up

Changeover Day:
Changeover Saturdays but other options considered (especially in low season)

Notes on prices:
Prices do not include electricity. Typically this is between £20 and £40 a week. Guests take their own metre readings

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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