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Luxury Scottish holiday house on the shores of Loch Awe with boat house, jetty,

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Lochside Victorian Villa in Kilchrenan, Nr. Oban, Argyll, Scotland with Hot Tub - A unique loch side location and stunning Victorian house in the Western Highlands of Scotland

Achnasmeorach House is a luxury Scottish holiday house with magnificent scenic views and accommodation for up to 10 adults plus 2 children on the edge of Loch Awe. It enjoys an exceptional loch side position with its own private shoreline, jetty, boathouse, slipway and 7 seat hot tub. Surrounded by the dramatic and wonderful scenery of Argyll with magnificent Ben Cruachan as a backdrop and stunning views across Loch Awe, this delightful Victorian holiday house is furnished to a very high standard and offers everything required to create a relaxing and memorable Scottish short break or family vacation. Achnasmeorach House has the space and facilities to for all age groups. With plenty of living space, a wonderful large garden with football goals and play fort for the kids, a games cabin with darts, pool table and competition table football, a hot tub which seats 7 and all in a unique location and all within 12 minutes walk of one of the best Gastro Pubs in the Western Highlands, making it perfect for special occasions, memorable gatherings and short breaks for family and groups of friends. What more could you want? Strictly no pets.


Owner
Scott Gibson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 7, 2017

About Scott Gibson

My wife and I live in central Edinburgh with our 6 teenage and twenty something children. We have owned the house for 15 years now and over the years have enjoyed many happy holidays and short breaks/long weekends with family and friends at this beautiful loch side house. Achnasmeorach House is where we 'get away from it all' and where we chill........and all within a minutes walk of the shore and 12 minutes walk of one of the best Gastro Pubs in the Western Highlands of Scotland, the Kilchrenan Inn which has recently undergone a major refurbishment. The house has everything you could expect of a family home and is a real 'home from home'.

Scott Gibson purchased this villa in 2002

Why Scott Gibson chose Scotland

The house enjoys an exceptional loch side position with its own private shoreline, jetty, boathouse, slipway and 7 seater hot tub! Surrounded by the dramatic and wonderful scenery of Argyll with magnificent Ben Cruachan as a backdrop and stunning views across Loch Awe, this Victorian house is furnished to an extremely high standard in a contemporary style and offers everything required to create a relaxing and memorable short break or vacation. We are also within walking distance of one of the best pub/restaurants in the West Highlands, which reopened on October 2016 following it's first major refurbishment in over 40 years! The house has the space and facilities for all age groups. With plenty of living space, a wonderful large garden and a unique location making it perfect for special occasions, memorable gatherings and short breaks for groups of family or friends. Over the past few years we have invested heavily in the house making it, in our opinion, one of....if not the most luxurious of Scottish holiday homes currently available on the market as a holiday house. You will not be disappointed.

What makes this villa unique

The stunning views, the shoreline and the magnificent scenery are what make the situation of this house truly unique. On the one hand it is in a relatively remote location offering peace and quiet, however the house is only a short walk from the village centre and the newly refurbished Kilchrenan Inn, a unique gastro pub with over 50 covers plus a wonderful bar fully stocked with your favourite Scottish Gins and Whiskies The house is also close by the Taychreggan Hotel which offers a 2 AA Rosette dining experience. The Ardenasaig Hotel, which offers a 3 AA Rosette dining experience is only a 5 minute drive away and Taynuilt Hotel (2AA Rosette) is 10 minutes drive away. The nearest village, Taynuilt has a train station, a 9 hole golf course, Post Office, tea room, Taynuilt Hotel (excellent restaurant/pub 2AA), grocers and butchers is a 15 minute drive. The nearest main town, Oban has great shops including a Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Homebase, Argos, New Look, Boots, Specsavers, Waterstons Books, WH Smith, Costa Coffee, Wetherspoons plus many other local shops. The town also boasts the Oban Distillery, a harbour, the main Ferry terminal to the Hebridian Islands, a train station, swimming pool, a micro brewery, and an 18 hole golf course. Oban is also has some amazing restaurants and calls itself the Sea Food Capital of Scotland. Oban airport is less than half an hours drive away giving quick and inexpensive access by plane to many of the inner and outer hebridean Islands.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic week at your beautiful house, it could not have been better for us. You have thoughtfully furnished and equipped it to a fantastic high standard. Our week was a mini-family reunion and Dad kindly footed the bill, at least for the rental! The weather improved through the week and we had a lot of very warm dry weather. We made excellent use of the water and had taken our own double and single kayak. The kids swam a lot off the jetty. We had some good trips down to the Black Islands and in fact on our last day all the way down to Kilchurn Castle. Smith Family. July 2014



The house offered everything that one could imagine for an extended faimily holiday covering 3 generations set against the backdrop of Loch Awe. Even though we were blessed with good weather it wouldn't have mattered as there was something to do regardless. The setting of the house is something to behold. Would have no hesitation in recommending this property. Mrs M Duffus. May 2014



My family stayed for a week starting on the 19th July 2014 and we seemed to time it perfect for the weather. The house itself is perfect in every way with a warm homely feeling in every room. There was more than enough space for us all and the large TV room is great for movie nights. With the great weather we spent most of our time outdoors and the gardens are well tended and very peaceful with beautiful views over the loch. We enjoyed the jetty and boathouse and swam in the loch every day. The jetty is great for jumping in and getting over the cold straight away instead of inching into the water! The 3 kayaks were great fun and there were life vests to fit all sizes. Unfortunately I only got a small amount of fishing time but we used the equipment which was available and it worked perfectly well. After the cold dip in the loch we warmed up in the Jacuzzi Hot Tub and it was great at night with the lights on staring at the stars. My daughter enjoyed the pool table and darts board too. Also handy is the local hotel which is only a 5min walk away so the men enjoyed a bit of peace with a beer and a game of snooker. Oban is only 30min drive to stock up on supplies. All in all it was a great break with superb communication from the owner leading up to the break. We will definitely be back. The Kershaw Family. July 2014
May 2014
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Amenities

Inveraray Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower Room 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Twin wash hand basins
  • Master En Suite Bathroom - Bath, Shower, wc and whb Main Bathroom - Cast iron roll top bath, separate rain shower, wc and whb Ground Floor bathroom - separate power shower, wc & whb Ground Floor WC
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Large double bedroom with view over loc. Wash hand basin
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Large double bedroom with view, dressing room and en suite.
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Twin bunk room with views to loch. Beds suitable for adults.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Super King/twin with Juliette balcony and view to hill
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , SuperKing or Twin bedroom with wash hand basin
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 Adults (5 Bedrooms) and 2 children (put-me-ups) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom - King Size Bed. Loch View. Dressing room/en suite with large shower and twin wash hand basins. Bedroom 2 - Double Bed with sink. Loch View Bedroom 3 -Super King or Twin Beds with sink. Bedroom 4 -Super King or Twin Beds with balcony and hill view Bedroom 5 - Two full sized (adult) built in cabin/bunk beds. Loch View
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The elegant and richly decorated Drawing Room has sumptuous seating and a wood burning stove with doors opening onto a delightful and comfortably furnished Garden Room boasting stunning loch views. French doors lead to the front terrace with BBQ and garden - perfect for summertime drinks and barbecues.The large superbly equipped open-plan kitchen/dining room provide the ideal space for gathering. With an open fire at one end and a AGA at the other, this inviting room is warm and welcoming throughout the seasons. The large table with spectacular views across Loch Awe. For those wishing to play games or watch TV there is a second Family Room. The original sweeping staircase gives a traditional Scottish country house ambience and all the bedrooms have spectacular views over Loch Awe or Ben Cruachan. The house offers comfortable and flexible holiday accommodation in a wonderful part of Scotland, suitable for family groups with or without children as well as friends or corporate groups. Outside: The house benefits from extensive secure gardens, including a burn and pond. The highlight of the house is the shoreline just yards from the front door. This is a glorious setting with a private beach & seating allowing guests to fully relax and enjoy the views. Day long barbecues and picnics can be enjoyed on the decking around the boathouse and children will delight at the opportunity to play games on the large lawn area, jump off the pier or take advantage of the private fishing rights on the loch. The jetty and slipway are ideal for those who wish to bring their own boat and boats can also be rented nearby. 3 Canoes/Kayaks and life jackets are provided for your use as well as some fishing equipment and two sets of football goals for the more energetic of you! For walkers there are some lovely walks direct from the house, along the lochside road or to the surrounding hills. After all this you can relax in the 7 seater hot tub with a glass of bubbly! 2 BBQ's are provided. Utility Room: Whirlpool America Style Washing Machine Whirlpool American Style Electric Tumble Drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen is provided. We provide bath and hand towels for guests including a separate 'beach' towel for the Hot Tub. All logs for the wood burning stove and open fire are provided. Cleaning can be arranged during your visit if required. Other: Garden Room - Newly upgraded. Doors to external patio. Loch Views. Patio table and chairs & gas BBQ, overlooking loch. Games Cabin - Pool Table, Table Football, Darts. Table & chairs by Hot Tub plus BBQ. Seating on foreshore deck.

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average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
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Luxury with a homely feel!

  • 5 of 5

We booked Archnasmeroch House for a family holiday which included our grandchildren.We were delighted with what we found on our arrival.Beautifully appointed house,huge family kitchen with lovely AGA fully equipped with high quality goods included a Sonos sound system.The bedrooms were spacious stylish with amazing views over the Lich to the front and the hills to the rear.

The grand children loved the space,best game ever running round the massive island in the kitchen! Can't say enough positives about this house.Lots for the grown ups too,hot tub,fishing ,kayaks.We hired a boat locally and it was a great way to explore the Loch.Scott the owner super helpful.We are planning a return.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this amazing house in late May / early June. We were two families of 8, including 4 children aged between 10-14.

The house is immaculate and incredibly well-equipped, and the children had one of their best holidays playing in the dedicated games room, taking canoes onto the loch or playing football on the pitch in front of the house.

As for the adults, we all agreed the house was perfect. The owners have thought of everything, which meant we immediately went into holiday mode.

The views from the house were utterly breathtaking and the long hours of daylight meant we could enjoy looking out onto the loch until late at night.

The house was very spacious, with five good sized bedrooms and an extra room off the huge master suite that can easily accommodate another two people. The size of the living areas meant that we were all able to find a quiet area whenever we wanted and no-one felt as though they were on top of each other.

The property is located towards the end of a no-through road, so there was very little passing traffic. The nearby village of Taynuilt (about 9 miles away) has essential items, and we ordered a Tesco delivery for our arrival. There is also a fab pub less than a mile from the house. We ate there twice during our stay and had great food and friendly service both times.

There is lots to see and do in the area. We went to Inverary jail on a rainy day, did an afternoon horse riding trek, visited Oban, went out on the water with Sea-fari (a definite highlight) and climbed Ben Nevis. There is still loads we want to see and do in the area, and we all hope hope to return one day to this piece of paradise.

A huge thank you to Scott, who was very responsive to emails. We all had the most perfect holiday and have many wonderful memories from our time in Achnasmeorach House.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Achnasmeorach House

  • 5 of 5

This old (possibly once a farmhouse) home is beautifully situated on the edge of Loch Awe. It is south facing and has large and well kept gardens ablaze (at this time of year) with azaleas and rhododendrons. Inside it has five spacious bedrooms, one with a very modern en suite bathroom. There are three other bathrooms, all well equipped. The kitchen is warm, thanks to the Aga, and easily fits a ten adults around the counter or the long dining room table. There are two big lounges with TV and comfortable chairs. Our week was warm and sunny so the outdoor facilities were more important to us. These included the "football field" overlooked by the patio with chairs and table where drinks in the evening sun were enjoyed every evening. To the rear was the hot tub, the games room (pool, darts, bar football) and the children's play centre. Across the road there was a boat house with three canoes, paddles and life jackets all available for the use of guests. Everything was in working order and just as described in the owner's brochure.

Our family week (eight adults, two 'teens and two toddlers) was a big success because of the comforts and facilities of Achnasmeorach House and its position in the heart of wonderful walking country. The drive to Oban (about 30 minutes) was easy and we loved the town for its harbour, interesting shops, restaurants and distillery.

This note does not do justice to the fun we had together in this lovely place. I can only say go there and try it yourself, it will not disappoint.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding property and location

  • 5 of 5

Exceptional property that is beautifully decorated but also has a relaxed ambience with pleasant public rooms. It was very well maintained and clean while enjoying a wonderful aspect very close to the loch.

We had a delicious lunch in Oban at Ee-Usk, the fish restaurant on the seafront while the local inn does good pub food and is a short walk from the house. We had also pre-ordered meat from Grant's, the local butcher in Taynuilt, which was very high quality.

There are lots of things to do locally and the highlight for our group (of 10) was the boat trip from Easdale with Seafari. Only regrets are that I wished we could have stayed longer and brought bicycles given the proximity of the house to the quiet loch-side road.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Winter Holiday in a superb cosy home

  • 5 of 5

We simply had the most wonderful Xmas holiday at Achnasmeorach ! From the moment we arrived to a welcome bottle of champagne & shortbread and walked into a beautiful, spacious and superbly decorated house. We all thought WOW!

From the drive down the Loch road past woodlands and waterfalls we saw some potentially nice walks which we never managed due to the changeable weather, but that didn't spoil our time as the house was so well positioned to look out and just watch the weather happen across the Loch & mountains. We knew we were going to enjoy a very relaxing stay here.

We couldn't wait to light the log fire and settle down for a cosy relaxing time. We were spoilt for choice of what to do next, by enjoying the games together in the family room, relaxing in front of one of the many films from the collection, chatting & relaxing in the dining room in the front of the fire, the sitting room in front of the wood burner or some competition in the games room - of course we all loved the daily early evening hot tub !

The recently refurbished Kilchrenan Innis only a short walk (10 mins) away is very warm & friendly - we enjoyed lovely food and a pleasant welcome.

Thank you so much Scott & Marrion for a very memorable Christmas in your beautiful house. We will definitely be looking to return sometime soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Holiday House

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house in a stunning location, which has everything you could possibly need for a fabulous holiday. The house itself is very nicely furnished and decorated, with all the kitchen equipment etc that you might need. There are many toys and games for children both inside, outside and in the separate games room. The hot tub is a nice feature and we all enjoyed a few evenings in there. The loch-side location is simply stunning and we spent a lot of time picnicking down by the water, taking out the kayaks, fishing in the loch (unsuccessfully sadly!) and enjoying the beautiful scenery. There is also so much to do in the surrounding area that you almost can't fit it all in to a week. We did a day trip to Mull, a "seafari" trip and a distillery tour, amongst other things. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in a fantastic home. I would not hesitate to recommend it!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Coast/Beach:

The house benefits from it's own shoreline with unforgettable views. Day long barbecues and picnics can be enjoyed on the decking around the boathouse and children will delight at the opportunity to jump off the pier or take advantage of the private fishing rights on the loch. The jetty and slipway are ideal for those who wish to bring their own boat. Boats can be rented nearby. 3 Canoes/Kayaks and life jackets are provided for your use as well as some fishing equipment. 2 BBQ's are provided.

Travel:

A car is not essential but desirable.

Taynuilt train station, which is on the famous West Coast line from Glasgow is only 15 minutes drive away. Taxi collections can be arranged.

Glasgow is 2 hours drive away and Edinburgh 2 hours 20 minutes drive away both through extremely scenic countryside. Why not make this journey part of your holiday by stopping at the various villages and hotels en route.

Distances:

Kilchrenan Inn - 12 minutes walk. Recently Refuibished top Gastro Pub

4 star, 2 AA Rosette dining, Taychreggan Hotel - 5 minute walk

4 Star, 3 AA dining, Ardenasaig Hotel - 10 minute drive.

Taynuilt village - Hotel/restaurant - 2AA Rosette Dining, tea room, grocers, butchers, Post Office & 9 hole golf course - 15 minute drive.

Oban - Tesco supermarket plus all the usual High Street shops, craft shops, superb fish restaurants, distillery & west coast ferry terminal to Mull etc - 30 minute drive.

Dunstaffnage Marina & restaurant - 20 minute drive.

Further Details:

Fishing available on the loch. No permit required.

We provide 2 Kayaks and one Canadian style canoe plus various life jackets, all for the use of the guests to be used at their own risk.

Pool Table

Dart Board

Table Football

Board Games.

Sky TV inc Sky Sports

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Rates & Availability

Inveraray Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Rate 4
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,016
 
 
Rate 5
Aug 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$877
 
 
Rate 5
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,887
 
 
Rate 6
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
From
$786
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,372
 
 
Rate 7
Sep 25 2017 - Oct 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
From
$786
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,372
 
 
Rate 8
Oct 14 2017 - Oct 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,759
 
 
Rate 9
Oct 28 2017 - Nov 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
From
$877
Thu
$3,759
 
 
Rate 10
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
From
$786
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,372
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $450.51

Booking Notes:
Please visit our web site www.achnasmeorachhouse.co.uk or contact the owner on 07836 705109

Changeover Day:
Usually a Saturday however we can be very flexible depending on house availability.

Notes on prices:
Please contact us for special short break rates or for last minute deals. We can usually be very flexible.

30% deposit required at time of booking with the balance plus security deposit due and payable 12 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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