Dalilea Croft is situated on the north west side of Loch Shiel, in an area known as Moidart in the Western Highlands of Scotland. Fort William is 30 miles to the east and the cottage is approximately seven miles from Acharacle, which has a good general store, post office, tea room, bakery and pub. There are several good restaurants in the area. Boat hire on Loch Shiel is available and fishing can generally be arranged. The traditional single storey cottage is integrated with an architect designed extension with glass end-elevation, providing spectacular loch views and surrounded by its own established garden which is well fenced and bounded to the south by a small burn. The garden is completely secluded, no other house is visible, with Ben Resipol to the south and Loch Shiel, a short walk across a field, to the west. When the water in the fresh water loch is low, a sandy beach makes an ideal picnic spot.
- Cottage322 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
A get away from it all cottage in the hidden gem of Moidart, by Ardnamurchan. Perfectly situated for trips to Skye, Mull, the beautiful west coast beaches and hills.
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Why Steven Mitchell chose Lochailort
It is located in an amazing part of Scotland - very rural, stuffed with wildlife and scenery - if you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you!
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Heaven on a stick!
Dalilea Cottage is as near perfect as is possible to find. It is furnished and equipped to a high standard, yet has lost none of the warmth and charm of a traditional cottage. The rural location is perfect, the nearest neighbours are cows and sea eagles, yet Acharacle is only a short drive away with a shop, bakery, tea room, restaurant, hotel, and garage, should you need one. We have had a wonderful week of wall to wall sunshine, walks up hills and to beaches, a boat trip from Kilchoan to visit puffins and Fingal’s cave and swimming in loch, river and sea. Yet there is plenty to entertain one in the cottage if the weather is not so good. Books and games, DVDs and even a grand piano to play. Sitting outside sipping a glass of wine and watching Ben Resipole turn a deep rose colour in the setting sun is a perfect way to end the day. We were sad to leave and will be back!
June 23rd - 30th 2018
Perfect holiday location!
We had an amazing week staying at Dalilea Croft. What a magical place! Peaceful location, very relaxing, lots of wildlife to see and hear. Seals, Red Deer, Golden Eagle, and a wide variety of smaller birds.
The property suited us perfectly with our two dogs, plenty of space and very practical. The garden is spacious and our dogs loved exploring. We were lucky enough to have lovely weather all week, but there is a sizeable drying room adjacent to the front door which was very handy when the dogs had been swimming. The kitchen has everything you could need whilst away. A real home from home, but with a mesmerising view from the gable end over Loch Shiel. Our only minor issue was that all of the bedding provided contained feathers/down, which I have an allergy to. Luckily we had our own set with us as this has been the case in a holiday property elsewhere.
We liked the short walk across the field to Loch Shiel, the dogs enjoyed swimming there. The location is great for drives out to the sea lochs, the coast, forest and hill walks. Cafe Tioram is well worth a visit too. We had a fabulous time staying at Dalilea and will definitely be booking again.
Wonderfully peaceful with beautiful views. The best property I've ever rented.
There isn't another dwelling overlooking you, the garden is beautiful and the views are amazing. The cottage interior is great for dining, playing games, playing on the piano and just detaching yourself from all the baggage of the modern world. Our kids left home dreading it, and left the cottage loving it. Having a week of wall to wall sunshine and temperatures as though we'd been abroad helped as well, hot endless days on white sand beaches with emerald seas helped no end, but I'd have loved it whatever the weather. Ben Resipole took on so many different colours from one day to the next. We called in the pink mountain.
Lovely - remote but all mod cons (except WiFi!)
We had a lovely week in The Croft. The setting is beautiful - very peaceful and remote and surrounded by amazing wildlife, but within easy distance of a decent little supermarket. The Croft is very comfortable and feels like a much loved second home rather than a holiday cottage, with lots of interesting maps and pictures on the walls. The recently upgraded kitchen is great, with a dishwasher and large fridge freezer (but no microwave). The two bathrooms are stylish and with good quality fittings. The garden room has great views and was light and airy but was a little chilly when we were there - there is a free-standing radiator but it took a while to warm the room up. We still enjoyed sitting in there and saw a cuckoo in the tree! The sitting/dining room is very cosy and the solid fuel stove easy to light and very effective. All in all, we loved it. The lack of WiFi and landline, and very limited phone signal might be an issue for some, but not for us! It ensured we really did get away from it all.....we hope to return before too long!
The cottage was perfect for us all. Each couple had their own space which was very well presented. The sitting room at the end of the cottage had lovely views out over Loch Shiel and we all spent time watching the sea eagles resting near their nest, deer in the fields and every evening, out would come the bats. Good walks in the area, we did the silver one to Kinlochmoidart, views at the top were amazing. Great cruise on Loch Shiel although the weather was, to be blunt, atrocious. But the eagles and black throated divers came out in between the hail and rain storms and we had a lovely meal and warm up at Glenfinnan House Hotel afterwards. Araracle has a very good shop, cafe and we had a superb meal at Ardshealach Lodge. The holiday was everything we wanted and more.
We had a wonderful week at Dalilea Croft. The accommodation was comfortable and cosy and the situation was ideal for walking, swimming in the loch, seeing wildlife, visiting beaches and Castle Tiorum. I would definitely book this cottage again.
Special interest holidays: Food smoking courses available locally. Trout fishing by boat on Loch Shiel (available to hire locally) Mountain biking at Wolf Tracks 1.5 hours away by car. Several local Corbetts to climb and Munros in nearby Glenfinnan and Glencoe Summer steam train running between Fort William and Mallaig, which stops at our local station at Lochailort. Coast/Beach: Private sandy loch beach by the cottage and various sea beaches within 15 minute drive including the singing sands beach accessed via an hour long walk through mature woodland. Travel: Nearest airport is Inverness but it is more than 2 hours away. The cottage is 3.5 hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow by car. Use of a car is essential. Distances: Acharacle with shop 7 miles and Fort William with large Morrisons supermarket and 24 hour petrol, 36 miles away. Further Details: By car there are many excellent day trips to consider – Arisaig, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Morvern and the Inner Hebrides to name a few. The cottage is only 30mins from Mallaig and the daily ferry to Skye.
Booking Notes: We let Sat to Sat from April till October. Bookings will be confirmed after receipt of a deposit of £100. The balance is payable two weeks prior to the booked date. Deposits will only be returned if cancellation notice is given six weeks prior to booked date. Cheques should be made payable to Steven Mitchell. All payments will be confirmed in writing or by email. Changeover Day: Always Saturday