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An 18th Century Farm Cottage With Stunning Renovated Interior

Bedrooms 1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


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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:
December 5, 2016
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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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

An 18th Century Farm Cottage With Stunning Renovated Interior
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
Canberra, Australia

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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Tastefully decorated cottage with secluded, landscaped gardens.Ideal location for exploring the area

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely cottage, with all mod cons, in a wonderful picturesque location.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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This is a gorgeous little cottage in amazing surroundings exactly as in the pictures

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic few days in Inverae cottage, there are lots of walks, beautiful scenery and lovely places to eat a short drive away. It is the perfect place to leave any stress behind and come and completely relax. We would love to visit again soon

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay! Hopefully, you'll have the opportunity to come back soon!! Craig
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Charming Cottage in the Inveraray Area

  • 5 of 5

Inverae Cottage was everything it was described to be...beautifully renovated interior, clean, warm, cozy, incredibly quiet and offered stunning views of Loch Fynne. We thoroughly enjoyed our week. Thank you Polly for your directions, without them we surely would have wound up in the neighbor's front garden! From the cottage it was an easy and beautiful drive to Inveraray, Oban, Fort William and Glasgow. We toured Inveraray Castle one rainy afternoon and highly recommend both the castle tour and their tea room.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Hope to welcome you back in the future!
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Marvellous Minard

  • 5 of 5

The property was better than we had hoped and more!

The pictures on the website do not do it justice.

The cottage looked as if had just been whitewashed especially for us (obviously hadn't been!).

The interior was marvellous and well fitted out with everything that could be wished for.

Polly was extremely helpful and gave us a few pointers regarding the general area.

The view of Loch Fyne was fantastic.

If peace and tranquillity is what you're after, then this is the place!

We will be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back!
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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

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3 night minimum stay

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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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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
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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