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. Yes - we allow well behaved pets!
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Farmhouse in Minard, Argyll, Isle of Bute, Strathclyde, Scotland - Peaceful Location, With Large Garden Overlooking Loch Fyne
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- Jul 21, 2018
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 craegphoto.com
Craig MacLeod purchased this Farmhouse in 2009
Why Craig MacLeod chose Cairndow
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.
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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.
Peaceful cottage in amazing location
The cottage was the perfect size and very comfortable. It was very quant yet the modern updates made it a perfect place to stay for a week. The location is great for taking various day trips. Or you can enjoy the view and the peace and quiet. Look forward to going back to this same cottage.
We loved this cottage! It was perfect for rest and relaxation and the view of the loch was stunning!
We stayed almost two weeks at the cottage and found it to be absolutely perfect for our needs. It was beautifully decorated and very well set up as far as comfort and modern appliances go.
We especially appreciated the gorgeous yard, flowers and sitting areas which we took full advantage of.
We made several day trips from the cottage—-saw all sorts of historical sites, visited the nearby attractions in Inveraray, Talbert and beyond.
We were able to enjoy many lovely drives and walks in the surrounding countryside.
It truly was a memorable holiday in a beautiful cottage!
We found this property to be the perfect getaway! It has all the charm you'd expect from an old country cottage without sacrificing any modern convenience, and the area can't be beaten either.
A perfect getaway
Lovely cottage for a relaxing getaway. Well equipped, modern and clean. Location is perfect and the host was helpful. Loved it
Lovely cosy cottage
Came here at the end of Feb just as all the bad snow came. Fabulous cosy cottage with everything you need. Spotlessly clean and stunning views.
If you want peace and quiet this is the place to go.
Due to the bad snow we were unable to travel home, however owner arranged for us to stay one more night till snow had cleared.
Nothing a problem and fantastic friendly service. Will def come again.
Many thanks, natasha and alan.
Lovely cottage - modern yet cozy interior. Stocked with everything you could need.
Coast/Beach: 10 minutes walk to the shores of Loch Fyne. Travel: 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. Distances: 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
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.