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Lovingly refurnished by local craftsmen Inverae Cottage welcomes you to relax on a comfy sofa, surrounded by locally handmade ash, oak and yew furniture, finished with cosy Harris Tweed furnishings. The cottage is located in the beautiful village of Minard with breathtakingly beautiful views of Loch Fyne and the local mountains. With four separate outdoor seating zones in the Cottage's large landscaped garden designed to follow the rising and setting of the sun you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and evening drinks outside, whilst listening to the soothing soundtrack of birdsong. However at times you will need to share...with red squirrel, pheasants, grouse, local deer, woodpeckers, bees and butterflies. At night the dark skies are covered with stars and the moonlight glistens on the Loch. The cottage is an ideal base for exploring this stunning part of Scotland. The Mull of Kintyre (with its long and winding road made famous by Paul McCartney), Crinan Canal, Oban, Tarbert, Arran, Bute are some of the many possible day trips from the cottage.
Hello, my name is Craig MacLeod and this cottage was bought as an escape from city living. My wife and I manage to switch off here and as we cannot be here all the time we wish to share the cottage's "magic" with others!
I am a photographer and work in both the USA and the UK. My website is craegphoto.com
Craig MacLeod purchased this farmhouse in 2009
In 2009 we discovered a run down cottage hiding in an overgrown garden. Using local tradesmen and craftsmen we renovated and modernised the cottage and garden. It is a perfect location to enjoy and use as a base to tour the local area that has undoubtedly some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Peace, quiet, a place to recharge and refresh either by sitting in the garden enjoying the local wildlife and views or by using the cottage as a handy base to explore the local area.
With not a sound at night a restful and refreshing night's sleep is guaranteed.
Property was nicely furnished and well stocked on first impression. Plenty of logs for the fire available and a kitchen with ample utensils/dishes (although no toaster). Was a fine location for us as we had a big 4x4 however the drive up to the house might be too much for smaller or lower to the ground cars that don't cope well with potholes. The weather was absolutely fantastic during our stay, and although cold outside it was fairly easy to keep the house warm enough - the floors are very cold though especially in the kitchen and bathroom, I would recommend bringing slippers. The bathtub is a great size too and we were able to fill it up with plenty of hot water without any problem.
Some areas where this listing could be improved would be the Wifi as it cut out every extremely frequently; the TV is also quite small; the couch was much too soft for our taste, as was the bed; the choice of pillows on the bed was not to our taste either as one was far too hard and the other too soft; there was a lot of dust in the house as well - mostly behind or under furniture, it appeared that only a surface attempt to hoover had been made; and finally after running a bath in the evening one night we were unable to get any hot water until the next morning - this caused some problems when we were trying to do the dishes after dinner.
Overall however many attempts were made to make our trip as comfortable as possible and we gratefully appreciate that. We had a lovely trip, the highlight of the house for us being the well stocked kitchen and the roaring fire, and of course the proximity to Inveraray and all it has to offer.
My partner & I absolutly loved our stay at Inverae Cottage. It was quiet, relaxing & very cosy. It has enough "old" style touches but with the mod cons. Nothing felt out of place. We left refreshed & recharged. Can't wait until next year to do it all again!
Just perfect, loved the cottage which was clean and well maintained with awesome views. loads to do even in the off season, will be rebooking for the anniversary next year as soon as we have saved up enough.
Inverae Cottage is a beautifully restored stone cottage that has been furnished with care and a passion for local materials. It is equipped to a high standard and very comfortable. It is both cosy and spacious; just right for two people. The library of books, maps and local information was fantastic and really appreciated. The garden has lovely places to sit and take in the changing moods of Loch Fyne or look at the night sky. The cottage is a great base for visits all over Argyll, as well as just a short walk away from treasures such as the Crarae gardens. Our week-long stay was just not long enough for all of the things we wanted to do within easy reach of Inverae Cottage.
Cosy, comfortable cottage, well-maintained and tastefully decorated with good amenities. Well-equipped kitchen and lovely bathroom with separate shower and free-standing bath. It was lovely to come back in the evening and light the log-burner. Polly gave thorough directions and useful information about local shops etc. The only reason we haven't given 5 stars is that the washing machine wasn't working during our stay and as we had a couple of soakings we wanted to use it. However I feel sure the owners will soon put that right. It is a great location for exploring the area. Lots of walks and cycle paths in the Forestry Commission parks. We would definitely recommend the cottage and would happily stay there again.
We had a brilliant stay at the cottage. Would highly recommend it. The cottage has all the mod cons, very well appointed. Spent many a nice evening out in the garden enjoying a glass of wine and the view over Loch Fyne.
We'll be back!
10 minutes walk to the shores of Loch Fyne.
Glasgow Airport - 1hr 25 minutes away.
Oban Airport - 1hr 9minutes away.
Car hire is recommended to enjoy the surrounding area. Although Minard is on the Glasgow to Campbeltown bus route and Inverae Cottage is a 10 minute walk from the bus stop.
Inverae Cottage overlooks the village of Minard on the shores of Loch Fyne, just off the A83. It is a 15 minute drive from Inveraray, 1hr 40 minutes from Glasgow (via stunning scenery including Loch Lomond, Rest and Be Thankful and Loch Fyne), 2 hours 30 minutes from Edinburgh.
When you stay at Inverae Cottage you are spoilt for choice with high quality restaurants all serving locally sourced, seasonal produce and all within a 30-minute drive.
Some recommendations are the world famous original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, the Loch Fyne Hotel, The George and Cairnbaan.
Lochgilphead, a 20 minute drive away has a large Co-operative superstore, a fish shop specialising in local smoked fish, a butchers selling arguably the best steak pie in Scotland, a delicatessen selling local produce and a fair trade shop selling a wide selection of clothes and gifts.
If travelling via Loch Lomond we recommend Auchentullich Farm Shop to stock up on local produce including local gin and produce.
Locally you can order fresh fish from Aray Fish or meat from Barbreck Farms.
There is a village shop and post office in Minard which sells newspapers, milk, rolls and essentials.
Exploring the outdoors
The cottage is perfectly situated for all levels of hill climbers and cyclists. It is less than an hour's drive to the Arrochar Alps. Less strenuous walks are nearby - some give you a chance to spot sea eagles, seals and otters! Crarae Gardens, a National Trust Property is a 5 minute drive away.
Tyrants, TV Stars and Villains
If you fancy catching up on local history, Inveraray is an ideal place to visit just 15 minutes drive from the Cottage. A beautiful heritage town with Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Historic Jail. The Castle was used as the perfect setting for Downton Abbey in 2012.
Want to explore Scotland's beautiful West Coast and Islands? Countless day trips are possible from the Cottage including ones to Islay, Jura, Gigha and Oban, Scotland's seafood capital and ferry gateway to Mull, Lismore and others. Kintyre can also be explored via the "long and winding road" made famous , of course, by Paul McCartney.
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3 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day is flexible. When there is a changeover, we kindly ask that you do not arrive before 4pm on your arrival day and leave by 10am on your day of departure to allow our Housekeeper to prepare the Cottage.
Notes on prices:
Minimum 3 night stay. £90 per night all year round, excluding Easter, Christmas and New Year. Please contact Craig for prices per night during these holidays.