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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. Yes - we allow well behaved pets!

Craig MacLeod
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 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

Craig MacLeod purchased this farmhouse in 2009

Why Craig MacLeod chose Inveraray

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.


Inveraray Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
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


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An 18th Century Farm Cottage With Stunning Renovated Interior
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage - modern yet cozy interior. Stocked with everything you could need.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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A great cosy cottage in a picturesque location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very well appointed, has everything you need, cosy and warm. Lovely garden with chairs to sit in with a glass of wine to take in the view of the loch in the late afternoon sun. In a great spot to explore this area of Scotland. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy clean homely and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage, stunning outlook and scenery, every effort made to Make our visit enjoyable.well equipped, heating excellent, bed very comfortable and everything supplied for our needs. All info left simple and helpful, good directions and polly especially welcoming and helpful. Great place to unwind and enjoy the benefits of peace and quiet and lovely outlook and garden overlooking loch fine. Would reccomend heartily. INVERARY GREAT PLACE TO VISIT AND SOME NICE SHOPS, ALSO THE CASTLE.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Very nice cottage with a good variety of guide books for the area.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has a well equipped kitchen and was clean. The location is nice and quiet. We received good detailed instructions prior to arrival. We found there was lots to do in the area and expect to return to the cottage one day. The co-op in Lochgilphead is much better stocked than Inverary. No restaurants in the immediate vicinity - we didn't mind as we cooked most nights.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Absolutely stunning home from home

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing stay in a wonderful croft cottage. Really good quality fixtures and fittings, a really comfy sofa and super comfy bed. We took our 6 month old and there was plenty of room for the travel cot in the corner of the bedroom. A great selection of books and local maps to use. Plenty of logs for the wood burner. Stunning views of loch fyne. Very quiet location.

We would recommend this to anyone looking to get away from hustle and bustle.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Fabulous cottage close to the lake. Beautiful views and several walks from the cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Ideal for walkers with dogs

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.