Best Selling Holiday Homes Scotland 2018
Here are some holiday homes in Scotland that shine as some of our most popular in 2018. We wanted to celebrate them and the holidays they gave happy visitors last year, helping them make memories they will never forget. OK, here we go…
“When we first found this place online, we thought it was a bit too good to be true. And when we arrived, we still couldn’t believe our luck and spent the first day wondering when something was going to make the place ‘less’ attractive. It never happened. Absolutely gorgeous cottage with comfy beds and cosy living areas. Everything is as described and the pictures are spot on. Friendly and helpful caretakers and owner.” – Mrs Street Kolasa – April 2018.
Set in what can only be described as a spectacular, secluded, elevated position above Loch Ness, directly overlooking the historic Urquhart Castle, Strone Castle Cottage is a charming property fully refurbished in early 2017 with some of the most picturesque views we have ever seen. Several Loch Ness television documentaries have been filmed from the property over the years due to its unique vantage point overlooking both Loch and Castle. The property has been lovingly restored from a derelict building to a stunning, sympathetically remodeled cosy two up/two down but’n‘ben croft house sitting high in 3 acres of rough hill land.
The open plan kitchen/dining area has been refurbished with beautiful oak flooring and boasts a Rangemaster oven with induction hob which is sure to be loved by any serious cooks. The large original sandstone lintel over the fireplace compliments the newly exposed ceiling beams warmed by a generously sized classic wood burning stove. The sitting room has the same rich oak flooring, exposed beams, recovered sandstone lintel and wood burner as the kitchen and has been furnished tastefully with luxuriously comfortable couches and tartan chairs and stools that you can sink into at the end of each day. Its simplicity is elegant, with the considered, luxurious touches of the open fire and super comfortable sofas makes this a wonderfully cosy and delightful place to stay. Put some beech logs or peat on the fire and relax, whether it be reading one of over 50 rare books available on the history of the area and the monster or playing one of the numerous board games, with a dram in hand.
Upstairs, the newly installed wrap around dormer windows upstairs provide uniquely spectacular panoramic views up and down the loch as well as directly over the castle, which when lit up at night completely fill the windows, whilst those on the back look all the way down beautiful Glen Urquhart. The cosy bedrooms keep the traditional pointed stone structure on the gable walls as a feature while again exposing the wooden ceiling beams and the tartan curtains and lavish check patterned bedding pay homage to the cottages Highland heritage. As do some unique pieces of handmade furniture and décor; antique meal girnels, stag antler lamps, highland cow horns, railway carriage coat hook shelves, pig hot water bottle and old irons located downstairs with a spinning wheel and church pew seat upstairs. You are transported through time with glimpses into the past, all within the comforts of elegance and simplicity. The property grounds have several purpose made viewing points where you can spend the day to make the most of the various breathtaking views with accompanying gardening furniture and a barbeque. Wildlife roams freely around, with roe deer and pheasants regular visitors in the garden and the Loch itself is in constant motion throughout the year. Watch the video tour
“I could not stop saying out loud the whole six nights we were there “What a view!” every time I walked past a window or went outside to watch the last of the sun at one of the many sitting areas.” – Ms Henricksen – December 2017.
“We’ve been renting holiday homes for well over 30 years now, and this is one of the best, if not the best, we’ve stayed in. The owners have taken great efforts to ensure that everything you could need is provided. All the furniture and fittings are top quality. There is a great porch area from which to view the frequent wildlife, on the first morning 3 red squirrels put on a display for us! We also saw woodpeckers, hare, deer etc. The views are stunning, and there is true peace and quiet.” – Mrs Morgan – June 2018
Mar Lodge is a charming, secluded cottage, hidden away in the 300 acre Knockespoch Estate with superb uninterrupted views over the Aberdeenshire countryside to the prominent peak of the Tap o’ Noth, site of the second highest hill fort in Scotland. A traditional Victorian dwelling, the cottage has been renovated to provide wonderfully spacious, comfortable and stylish holiday accommodation.
The living room with its high ceiling is a spectacular and bright room, and yet with its wood burning stove, comfy sofas and delightful furnishings, is a cosy setting to enjoy a relaxing evening. The kitchen is ideal for informal dining while enjoying the views, whilst the bedroom with its king sized bed and open fire is truly a haven for a peaceful night’s sleep. The sun porch enables guests to enjoy the views on chillier days and also to spot the extensive wildlife, which includes many varieties of bird, red squirrels and both roe and red deer. Outside the cottage there is only peaceful seclusion, bird song and the rustle of leaves in the trees; guests can choose to wander the lovely walks within the estate or venture further afield. And there is lots to explore!
This area of Aberdeenshire is steeped in history, with Pictish standing stones, one of which is at the front door of the mansion nearby, and the castle trail which includes 17 of Aberdeenshire’s famous castles; there are also battlefields, ruins and ancient monuments to be explored. The Lecht ski centre is less than 45 minutes drive and offers 18 pisted runs in winter and fun and fast downhill mountain biking in summer. However, for those wishing to take it a little easier there is plenty of opportunity for the fisherman to enjoy a peaceful cast or golfers to tee off; alternatively, perhaps a trip to the distilleries of Speyside to do a spot of whisky tasting. Whether it’s walking, biking, touring or merely sitting and taking in the view, it can all be enjoyed in one of the prettiest areas of Scotland. Mar Lodge’s splendid isolation allows for a break in the midst of a busy life, surrounded by forest and panoramic sweeping views with naught but the squirrels for company. Take a tour with The Content Wolf as she walks around Mar Lodge
“If you are looking for somewhere quiet and to get away from it all, then this is the place to be. We had an excellent stay at Mar Lodge, could not fault it from it’s stunning location, wildlife and walks.” – Mr Goddard – November 2017
“Claddochside is a truly wonderful house: it is very spacious, beautifully furnished and decorated, and it has great views over the loch. You have direct access to the loch as well, by means of a small beach. Even though the house is in a quiet location, literally at the end of the road, you’re not really far from anything and so the house makes for a great base for exploring the National Park and the area. There was a very helpful booklet with tips and information. In short, the perfect holiday home!” – Mr Van Damme – August 2018
Claddochside is a completely private and well-designed holiday home on the banks of the glorious Loch Lomond, a mere 45 minutes from Glasgow. Built in 2016, Claddochside House is designed to provide comfort and privacy, and that sense of wilderness whilst maintaining the modern comforts to provide the occasional luxury required for a break. The location on the shores of Loch Lomond is genuinely unique, giving real seclusion. In the winter months, it is a haven of peace, ideal for anyone wanting to watch migrating wildfowl and spend some quiet time away from it all.
An open plan sitting room with a wood-burning stove is the heart of the house: plenty of logs are provided. The weather, as well known in Scotland can be very unsettled but the house is so roomy and warm it is a pleasure to return to it whatever the weather brings. The bright, spacious and well-equipped kitchen and breakfast room connect to the open plan living area, allowing guests to spread out (for those moments of required solitude) but stay in touch (for those moments of required companionship!). There are clear views of Ben Lomond, Ben Arthur, Conic and other surrounding hills from every room. One double and two twin bedrooms on the first floor have comfortable hotel-quality beds and cotton linen to ensure a perfect night’s sleep. The double room is en-suite with a bath and shower. On the landing, there is a second bathroom with shower for the two twin rooms. In a separate wing on the ground floor, with its own entrance door, there is a spacious and easily accessible bedroom that may be made-up as twin or super-king beds with its own large bathroom adjoining.
There is a second, smaller kitchen area with breakfast bar, a private sitting room with wood-burning stove and its own area for sitting out in the evening sun – ideal for a break from the kids! Three separate terraces catch the sun at different times of the day: perfect for eating out & barbecues in the summer, or a cup of tea as you admire the constantly changing views across the water. A fenced walkway leads down to the shoreline and a secluded, private sandy beach providing hours or escapism and exploration for all ages, and if you are feeling brave, a dip! At the end of the drive, a path leads to a good walk along the shoreline and the Endrick River, most suitable for well-behaved dogs. Claddochside is not far from Glasgow, but by the time you get to the house, you are in a different world. The view from the house is simply beautiful. The views race down over a field and through a row of trees onto Loch Lomond itself, and in surround, the mountains rising high above the water.
“Our stay at Claddochside Farm was superb. The house is large, tastefully decorated and has everything you need. The view from the house is also beautiful and we enjoyed waking up to magnificent views of a snow covered Ben Lomond. We also received incredible hospitality and would happily book again. Thank you so much.” – Mrs Bull – March 2018.
“A very comfortable, well designed and kitted out, cottage. Stunning views over to Kintyre. Abundant wildlife including red squirrel, red deer, otter and a vast population of birds. A beach just 50 yards away, a restaurant a mile away, and very good other restaurants a short drive away. We have already booked for next year we loved it so much. Our dog Molly was also in 7th heaven! The Isle of Arran is stunningly beautiful.” – Mr Sims – June 2018.
Poppies is a traditional stone cottage set in a stunning location with spectacular views across the Kilbranon Sound towards the Kintyre. Literally just a stone’s throw from the beach, this cottage is wonderfully light and airy and would make an idyllic romantic getaway for two, as well as an ideal base for walkers and cyclists alike. It enjoys the peace and tranquility of a charming village, yet is within 10 minutes drive of the villages of Blackwaterfoot and also Lochranza. In addition there are many high and low level walking routes accessible nearby, and visitors here can look forward to the prospect of some incredible sunsets.
With very comfortable accommodation for up to four over two levels, the cottage includes a master bedroom with views towards three different aspects and a very useful sofa bed downstairs in the sitting room. The kitchen is well equipped and has everything that guests could need. However, for those who prefer to dine out, there are numerous excellent restaurants nearby. Closest is the Lighthouse in Pirnmill but there are many more to choose from in Blackwaterfoot and Lochranza.
Poppies has a lovely little garden, accessible from the sitting room double doors, that offers some privacy for a sunbathe or a quiet moment to read one of the many books provided by the cottage, if the weather permits! The views to the sea are incredible and when the sun floods into the cottage, the light and brightness inside and the colours of the garden are quite spectacular. The house itself offers an ideal location to make the best of the island, particularly the mountainous region in the north, as well as access to beautiful sandy beaches on the north west coast and the golf course in Lochranza. The ferry from Lochranza takes 30 minutes and runs regularly to Claonaig in the summer season and Tarbert in the off season. From there, the Kintyre peninsula can be explored. For those interested in historical sites, the King’s Caves in local Blackwaterfoot are a series of natural sandstone caves with fragile ancient carvings on the walls. In addition, the Neolithic and Bronze age site of the Machrie Standing Stones is just a short drive from the cottage. For whisky lovers, the famous Isle of Arran Distillery is less than 10 minutes by car. It offers tours and tastings and has an excellent restaurant and visitor centre.
“This cottage has all you need for a lovely relaxing holiday. Right next to the sea and a short walk to a lovely restaurant The Lighthouse, would recommend this cottage to anyone.” – Ms Price – September 2017.
“The house didn’t disappoint & neither did the views. I’ve been taking short breaks with my gal pals now for 10 years we all agreed this is the best yet. The house was really well equipped & the views were spectacular including seals & porpoise playing in the water 30 yards from us. Other than a wee lunch at knockderry house (which has really recommended) we didn’t leave the house all weekend.” – Mrs Murphy – November 2018.
Cape Cove, situated 1 hour from Glasgow, is an architectural award winning modern self catering beach house commanding spectacular views. This unique stylish holiday home not only enjoys a fabulous waterfront location but also a thrilling interior.
Stepping into the vast open-plan living space with its seamless glass wall overlooking Loch Long is a jaw-dropping experience. Contemporary yet elegant, this is a wonderfully comfortable room to relax in and absorb the breathtaking sea and mountain views or enjoy watching the storms and weather move across the sea. The well designed kitchen is fully equipped and will delight the most enthusiastic of cooks and the large dining table creates a wonderful gathering place. The oak floors and white painted walls make the bedrooms calm and relaxing. Stairs lead down to a large, bright and airy double bedroom where doors open onto a terrace with steps down to the shoreline. Sink into the comfortable leather sofa and enjoy a good book or perhaps a favourite film.
Set aside from the main house, “The Look Out” provides extra accommodation and the same spectacular views. The outside is just as comfortable, the teak decked terrace with its huge table, fireplace and barbecue is a real highlight as is the cedar hot tub. Among the multitude of features and user-friendly technology, the house has been super insulated and enjoys the comfort of heated sandstone and slate floors, atmospheric lighting, a wood burning stove and solar powered (generating more energy than it consumes). Being set on the shoreline, this unforgettable house also has the luxury of its own private, sheltered pebble beach and jetty. Charter a sailing boat and board it from your house, canoe or Kayak to explore the wonders of this beautiful sea loch, wander down to the local pub or fish off the pier. If you fancy a run the shore road is perfect or mountain bike the peninsula for a challenge. For a slower pace golf in Loch Lomond or simply sit and relax on the surrounding rocks and marvel at the many birds, seals and porpoise that thrive here.
“Absolutely fantastic weekend.So good that on return home one of our party re-booked for a family event next year and our group are hoping to plan another break to cape cove.House was beautiful and very well equipped.Knockderry country house served a delicious Sunday lunch.” – Mrs Montgomery – November 2016
“The moment you walk into the lounge you know you are going to have a great stay at Lochside house. This house is exceptionally well presented and we found it perfect for our party of 6. It felt like a home from home. The kitchen is a delight to use. We were lucky enough to see a seal swimmimg in the loch which was a true delight. You never get bored with the constant changing landscape viewed from both lounges. I would definitely stay in this property again and would highly recommend it to family and friends.” – Mr Chapman – September 2018
Rarely do you have the opportunity to enjoy such a stunning location in so much comfort and style – Lochside House is superbly positioned on the shoreline of beautiful Loch Leven and surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery that Scotland, and a holiday in Fort William, has to offer. Inside this spacious home, the interiors are creative, stylish and uncluttered allowing you to truly relax and get away from it all.
The welcoming fully equipped kitchen, with its large table and smart slate floor, is perfect for holiday dining and the main sitting room has a calm restful atmosphere with large glass sliding doors that open out onto the terrace and shoreline allowing you to enjoy summer evenings and beautiful sunsets. The three delightful bedrooms are fresh and luxurious with comfy beds and crisp linen and the bathrooms contemporary and stylish. But the real surprise comes when you discover the upstairs sitting room – this wonderful room with its double height ceiling, wood panelling and endless glass creates a mountain chalet feel. From here you can enjoy the continually changing light and colours across the magical landscape and marvel at the amazing variety of birds and wildlife that live around the shoreline.
The water is so close and the tide can been observed as much as many sea birds. The flowers in the garden offer home to many birds. Although the house is close to the village, it is really quiet. The cries of the seagulls are the only sounds to hear. Return home to this charming holiday house after an exhilarating day spent exploring this magical part of Scotland and enjoy a relaxing soak in the fabulous double-ended bath before sinking into the deep sofa and warming your feet by the wood burning stove. Heaven. Lochside House is positioned on what was once part of the historic and famous Ballachulish slate quarry where slabs of slate would be taken by tram to the shoreline and split to the required thickness. Still standing around the immediate shoreline is a fascinating collection of slate workers’ boat houses and sheds dating back to the 1860s.
“Wonderfully Magical Views!!!!! We really enjoyed our stay. The house is absolutely beautiful and the views are GORGEOUS!!!!!!” – Mr Cotter – September 2018