Peaceful Location By The Sea at the Mouth of a Glen not far from the Town.
Anna & Norrie Maclaren
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. Part of the main house is now also self catering and Anna paints in her Studio whilst Norrie has a career in photography, film and television.
Anna & Norrie Maclaren purchased this House in 1969
Why Anna & Norrie Maclaren chose Ft William
Situated at the beginning of the Ardnamurchan penninsula, Ard Daraich is perfectly placed to get the best Lochaber has to 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 House is set within a plantsman's garden with an interesting collection of Rhododendrons and other ericasious plants with complete access for our guests.
What makes this House unique
A Garden Lovers paradise with full access to the plantsmans garden. Easy access to stunning Highland landscape from the door with a beach and seal island at the bottom of the lane. You can hear the silence.
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Ard Daraich is set in a beautiful location.
Norrie and Anna MacClaren have a great set up in this property. They are well used to people staying and are the perfect unobtrusive hosts, who happen to live next door. (Perfect for any queries)
The area of Ardgour is a fantastic area to discover and enjoy - its Scotland at its best! The property is great value for money if you are looking for something a bit different and more high end of the market yet a homely comfortable stay.
Hello Bronwyn and thank you for your lovely review.
I hope you decide to return one day as there is so much to talk about!
Fantastic stay. Perfect hosts.
Everything was even better than expected from the friendly hosts to beautiful house and gardens, idyllic location and small things like local whisky and oatcakes.
What a wonderful place. Charming and comfortable throughout. A "home from home" in an amazing environment. If you go, you must take a walk through the gardens. Very welcoming hosts despite us arriving wet and weary on 2 motorcycles. We soon dried out in front of their burner. Norrie could not have made us more welcome. Will we return ? You bet we will ! Already looking forward to the next time. Thank you..
Thank you for your lovely review and we look forward to seeing you again.....
If your heart is in the Highlands....
Hated to leave and would love to come back.
Glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you WILL come back.
Lovely home with a lovely garden on a beautiful peninsula
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful, historic house! The location was lovely & peaceful with stunning views across the loch. Glencoe & Ben Nevis are both near-by but the peninsula itself offers beautiful vistas! Norrie was very welcoming & helpful & we would love to return here one day!
Thank you for your lovely review.
Beautiful location & a cosy, comfortable house
We loved our stay at Ard Daraich! The house was cosy & comfortable & the large garden was beautiful with views out across the water. The log fire was a real treat after a day spent hiking! The peninsula offers beautiful views in every direction and, with Glencoe & the Ben Nevis areas near-by, you’re in for a visual treat! Norrie was very welcoming & helpful with tips on what to see & do - thank-you for a wonderful stay!
Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted you enjoyed to visit to Ard Daraich and Ardnamurchan.
With many thanks,
Anna & Norrie.
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.
100 yards from the sea and 500 yards from a big sandy beach. Rocky islands with grey seals. Otters often seen.
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.
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.
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.