Craignish Lodge is a pretty Victorian gate lodge to Craignish Castle with a fenced garden and parking in a sheltered position but with the sea close by on all sides. The cottage has been completely refurbished in 2012. The village of Ardfern has an excellent village shop with a post office as well as the Crafty Kitchen, a delightful café offering fine food and gifts. The local hotel, the Galley of Lorne, offers liquid refreshment as well as bar meals and a restaurant overlooking the water. Ardfern Yacht Centre has a marina as well as a chandlery, and offers boat trips from here to the Corryvrekan whirlpool and to local islands to observe wildlife. Lunga Riding Centre, a couple of miles away in the neighbouring Lunga Estate, offers trekking, western riding and lessons on their Appaloosa horses. Almost opposite the cottage is a ruined chapel of Kilmarie, dating from the 13th century, with a collection of standing stones and a beautiful view across to Ardfern marina.
- Cottage161 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Cottage in Ardfern, Lochgilphead, Scotland - Peaceful Sheltered Location With Stunning Sea Views 5 Minutes Away
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- Jul 14, 2018
About Virginia Bird
Hi! I am Virginia Bird and I live north of London with my husband and, sometimes, two daughters. We love Scotland and are hoping to retire to Ardfern. However, with daughters at university this is still a few years away, and so we decided to invest in a cottage to see if we really wanted to live in Scotland. Hence the purchase of Craignish Lodge a couple of years ago. Whilst we are still both working we obviously don't get up to Scotland as much as we can, although living next to Luton airport does mean that we can get there for a weekend without too much difficulty. We wanted to share the property with other people and cover some of the costs of owning a second property.
Virginia Bird purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Virginia Bird chose Lochgilphead
We have been holidaying on the West Coast of Scotland for 10 years and have really enjoyed getting to know the area through sailing and renting holiday cottages. Over the years we have especially fallen in love with Ardfern, with the dramatic scenery of the area and the amazing seascapes and sunsets. We often attend the summer art festival and enjoy the cafe and pub in the village. When Craignish Lodge came up for sale a couple of years ago we fell in love with it, both the cottage itself and the location. It soon became apparent that we needed to invest in improvements, and after a year we knew what we wanted; a complete change around so that the kitchen diner became the focus of the downstairs, and an old pantry, bathroom and corridor turned into a wonderful sitting room. We love it!
What makes this Cottage unique
The property is very peaceful and sheltered with the benefit of neighbours but not too close! It is convenient for the village but also for walks and water activities. It has the feeling of history with the castle just down the road, and wonderful views to the Paps of Jura. We just love it; the wood burning stove means that it is very cosy even in the cooler months of the year, and I find that the kitchen and utility room are better than mine at home, because I was able to design the Lodge as I wanted it to be. I love having the shower downstairs as I can come in straight from swimming, biking or running and jump in the shower without the worry of wet or muddy feet! The garden is delightful, very established, and if the sun is shining you can find a sunny and sheltered spot!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 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.
Homely cottage in perfect location
We absolutely enjoyed our stay here - unlike many other rental cottages this is a house that is lived in and you can feel it. All the small things you could possibly think of are here - including a stunning selection of books about local hikes, culture and history. The gardens surrounding the cottage are stunning and we have spotted a red squirrel on more than one occasion. The Loch / beach is only five minutes down the road whilst Ardfern is a fairly long walk away, but the scenery is so beautiful that it's definitely worth the effort.
If I had to criticize anything about our stay than it is that the WiFi didn't work because the owners had changed their service provider and we had to install a new router and call the helpline. I guess we were just unlucky with that and Virginia tried her best to sort it out for us remotely. Since this has now been successfully solved it shouldn't affect anyone in future. Anyway, it made us spend more quality time together, trying out some of the board games of which there are plenty in the house.
What a perfect spot to call home during our time in Scotland. Beautiful countryside, wonderful locals and so much history. The kitchen was well stocked with the comforts of home, and the pub, cafe and village store proved invaluable. Thank you so much for sharing Craignish Lodge with us, we hope to be back!
Beautiful cottage in a very peaceful location
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Ardfern. The weather was capricious but the cottage was cosy especially around the wood-burning stove in the evening. The area around the house is full of places to explore (the beach, the chapel, the road to the point) with loads of wildlife and interesting walks to take. All in all, a great place to recharge your batteries.
Super emplacement à 2 pas de la mer, au calme, dans un endroit vraiment charmant. La maison est spacieuse.
Nous y avons passé de très belles vacances !
It's good to hear that travellers coming from across the sea have enjoyed staying in this beautiful part of scotland with its sea, mountains and peace and quiet. Nothing beats a holiday in such a location!
Coast/Beach: There is a beautiful bay 5 minutes walk away with a beach at low water. This is very suitable for swimmers and other sea activities. There are other small beaches at low water below the Chapel 5 minutes walk away. There are stunning sea views at the end of the peninsula and some small beaches here too suitable for canoes. Travel: Glasgow airport 90 miles 2.25 hours away by car. Use of car is strongly recommended, although once you are at the cottage you could easily enjoy a week with a bike or at least a day or two without the car if you wanted, as there is a lot to enjoy in the immediate vicinity of the cottage. Distances: Ardfern village 3 miles Lochilphead town (swimming pool, banks, supermarkets, shops) 18 miles Kilmartin (museum, stone circles, castle, pub and cafe) 10 miles Oban (ferries to islands, more and larger shops, railway station) 27 miles Glasgow 100 miles Further Details: The village of Ardfern has an excellent village shop with a post office as well as the Crafty Kitchen, a delightful café offering fine food and gifts. The local hotel, the Galley of Lorne, offers liquid refreshment as well as bar meals and a restaurant overlooking the water. Ardfern Yacht Centre has a marina as well as a chandlery, and offers boat trips from here to the Corryvrekan whirlpool and to local islands to observe wildlife. Lunga Riding Centre, a couple of miles away in the neighbouring Lunga Estate, offers trekking, western riding and lessons on their Appaloosa horses. Almost opposite the cottage is a ruined chapel of Kilmarie, dating from the 13th century, with a collection of standing stones and a beautiful view across to Ardfern marina. Standing stones and neolithic burial grounds are fonund within a short distance at Kilmartin Glen and in Kilmartin there is an excellent Museum and café. Carnassaire Castle and Dunadd Fort are nearby. Arduaine Gardens are a short drive away and Oban is 27 miles by road with boat trips to the islands of Mull, Tiree and Colonosay. Shopping is available here and Lochgilphead, 18 miles away.
Booking Notes: £150 deposit at time of booking. Remainder of payment 6 weeks before holiday. Changeover Day: Saturday is preferred changeover day. Arrival time 3pm departure time 10 am. Notes on prices: The prices include linen and all electricity and gas, as well as use of the internet. There is wood available for the woodburner.