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An 18th Century Farm Cottage With Stunning Renovated Interior

Bedrooms 1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Farmhouse in Minard, Argyll, Isle of Bute, Strathclyde, Scotland - Peaceful Location, With Large Garden Overlooking Loch Fyne

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.

Craig MacLeod
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2017

About Craig MacLeod

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

Craig MacLeod purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Craig MacLeod chose Scotland

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.


Cairndow Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • WC, single basin, large walk-in glass enclosed fully pressurised rainwater shower, separate free standing deep roll top bath, and candles.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: A heavenly comfortable bed with wrought iron headrest, two large built in wardrobes with ample hanging space, drawers and shelves, wood burning stove, electric heater, and bedside tables with reading lights.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
Outside: Stunning views from all parts of the garden, which includes two large paved patios, chairs with table rests, a locally crafted stone bench and a romantic wooden bench for two under a handmade canopy covered in honeysuckle. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedding are provided. The Cottage is cleaned on each handover. Other: Parking, Shed (to store wet boots etc) separate shed with logs for the stoves, and large garden


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

An 18th Century Farm Cottage With Stunning Renovated Interior
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews

A sweet homely cottage that was relaxing and quite.

  • 4 of 5

We loved the cottage but there was a few things such as the drive up to the cottage been full of potholes and not great for a car. We did ask if the track was ok for cars and we were told is was fine. There were areas of the track that could do with improving and filling in to make it safer for cars. Also there were quite alot of cobwebs and dust in the house which could do with a bit more of a clean. We appreciate it is a old cottage and spiders come with that but cobwebs in door ways ect should of been seen on the clean. Also drying facilities in the cottage are not great as the bathroom is quite damp and nothing drys. An airer to dry clothes on in the sitting room would be better as the fire make that room warm and ideal for drying clothes. Other than that it is a very homely cottage and we had a very relaxing time. The sofa is lovely and comfortable and the kitchen and bathroom have been done to a high standard. Lovely area with a beautiful view of the loch.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. I am glad you had a relaxing time! The access road is a shared farm track maintained by the houses using it - unfortunately, it does get pot holes from time to time which are then repaired. We'll speak to the farmer about these new ones. We'll certainly get a replacement clothes horse straightaway for drying clothes in the sitting room. Best, Craig
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Cosy, picturesque and romantic

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful cottage:) the views, area and interior of the cottage were all stunning.

Owners kept in contact and left all of the necessary information. Would recommend without hesitation :)

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good standard, room for improvement

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, relaxing & comfertable.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magical, perfect quiet escape for a honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended


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.

Further Details:

Local Restaurants

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.

Local Shopping

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.

Island Hopping

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.


Rates & Availability

Cairndow Farmhouse Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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