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The Shell At Ardtur

Port Appin, Argyll and Bute
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Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 4
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Family friendly
Quirky
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Spectacular contemporary yet classic holiday home with panoramic views of Loch Linnhe
  • Elegant living space with central wood burner, glass front and paved terrace for al fresco dining
  • Far from the hustle and bustle- enjoy the peace and quiet
Property code: CA370

This stunning property encompasses everything that is romantic about the Scottish Highlands, with panoramic views across lochs and mountains.

If you close your eyes and imagine the most picturesque, romantic Scottish Highland scene, the chances are it will look like this. This property enjoys the most spectacular setting with outstanding views across Loch Linnhe to the mountains of Kingairloch with the Isles of Lismore and Shuna and the historic Castle Stalker.

This lovely holiday house, approached by a long tree-lined private drive, is located on the edge of the pretty Argyll fishing village of Port Appin, halfway between Fort William and Oban. Newly renovated and extended to maximise its exceptional position, this inspiring self-catering property offers everything you could wish for in the way of luxury, peace and relaxation.

Throughout, the interiors are beautifully presented with a perfect mix of antique and contemporary creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Cooks will delight at the large, well-designed and generously equipped kitchen and the long dining table is a wonderful gathering place. The impressive double-height sitting room with its rich oak floor, central wood burner and huge glass front makes the most of the views and, when the patio doors are pulled back, this exceptional open-plan living space is at one with the outside. From here, you can enjoy the magical changing light and colours as spectacular sunsets disappear over the horizon or marvel at the enchanting morning mist skimming the loch.

Sleeping up to ten guests in five stylishly decorated bedrooms, great care and attention has been taken to provide everything needed for a memorable self-catering break with deep mattresses, crisp linen, generous fluffy towels plus many other thoughtful touches. The front king-size bedroom suite, cleverly positioned on the mezzanine level, offers a secluded retreat and the spacious ground floor bedroom with its luxurious super-king bed and en-suite shower room makes it ideal for the less-abled guest with unrestricted wheelchair access.

Outside, fire up the BBQ and cook up a tasty treat for fellow guests which can be enjoyed on the paved terrace.

  • 5 bedrooms - 1 super king-size, 2 king-size, 1 double, 1 twin
  • 4 bathrooms - 1 en-suite shower room, 2 en-suites with shower over bath, 1 bathroom with shower over bath
  • Range oven, 2 ovens, 2 American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave
  • Utility room with washing machine and dryer
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Wood burner, all logs supplied
  • Wall mounted, 30"TV/DVD player
  • Limited mobile signal in house
  • Garden with paved terrace
  • BBQ
  • Off-road parking
  • 2 dogs welcome -  restricted to lounge, kitchen and boot room (dog crates must be kept in boot room and kept on a lead at all times outside)
  • Shop, post office and restaurants within 1 mile
  • Short Term let License number - AR00536F
  • EPC rating – D 
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £500 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £50. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Stroll down to the beautiful and peaceful shoreline where you will find a long shingle and sand beach with an abundance of shells and discover the amazing wildlife that thrives in and around this beautiful sea loch. Seals, porpoises and dolphins can all be spotted, as well a large variety of sea and coastal birds including magnificent white-tailed eagles. Port Appin, with its award-winning seafood restaurant and renowned hotel, can also be reached by walking along the shoreline. There are regular passenger ferries from the village to the Island of Lismore and the cycle track from Glencoe to Oban can be reached by crossing the nearby impressive Jubilee Footbridge and boardwalk over the tidal marshes.

Argyll is one of the most romantic areas of Scotland, famous for its spectacular castles, coast and wildlife. Dreamy highland views of glens, rugged mountains and lochs can all be enjoyed from this secluded and tranquil location and there are endless day trips and outdoor opportunities all within easy reach.

April McKillop

This property is personally managed by April.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 40 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ruth 10th February 2024

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We had a wonderful holiday at The Shell. Fabulous house, breathtaking views and location. There was nothing lacking in the accommodation, everything had been catered for. Thank you Maria and James and thanks also for the welcome pack and the introduction to whiskey Mac! Enjoyed by all! We had a great night in The Old Inn, excellent food and serviceRead more with a great atmosphere. We look forward to returning to The Shell and the friendly people of Port Appin in the future Hide

Reviewed by Lucy 30th December 2023

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Reviewed by Amanda 23rd December 2023

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We had a wonderful stay at The Shell for Christmas. The cottage is really well appointed, good Wi-Fi despite previous comments on here. Well appointed rooms and kitchen and the views are stunning. We will definitely be back!

Reviewed by Georgina 11th November 2023

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Beautifully appointed & well equipped house, warm & clean, fantastic location. Plenty of hot water and logs! A wonderful stay.

Reviewed by Emma 14th October 2023

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Absolutely stunning house in a fabulous location with the most amazing views. The house is well equipped with everything you need for a true home from home stay. We were a party of 6 adults plus 1 dog. The house was spacious and comfortable and the large living area and dining area were great for us all to either be together as a group or sit separRead moreately. The house is well located with easy access to local restaurants and easy drives to towns and the mountains. Hide

Reviewed by Iain 9th September 2023

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Delightful property with stunning views, making it a very relaxing weeks holiday. Lovely and secluded.

Reviewed by Edwina 26th August 2023

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Excellent all round.

Reviewed by Avani 22nd July 2023

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Reviewed by Kerstin 15th July 2023

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Reviewed by Lesley 8th July 2023

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Reviewed by Andrew 1st July 2023

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Reviewed by David 3rd June 2023

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This was a holiday for a group of 6, mixture of ages. For some it was their first holiday, for others the first in over 10 years. I can hand on heart say it was idyllic, we were blessed with the most amazing weather, (1st week of June 2023) so gloriously sunny every day. The property is fully equipped, when I say fully I really do mean it. even dowRead moren to herbs and spices. We are already looking at making another visit back ASAP. Hide

Reviewed by Peter 20th May 2023

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Reviewed by Michael 13th May 2023

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Wonderful location, cottage excellently equipped and great kitchen diner for all the family to sit at. Generous welcome items of fruit, flowers, shortbread and whiskey Mac were appreciated. Great views across the loch from large lounge with cathedral window, large lawned grounds in safe environment for children. Outside seating and barbecue provideRead mored. Hide

Reviewed by Steve 6th May 2023

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It was our first time staying at The Shell but it definitely won't be our last, what an amazing property! It has everything you could possibly need whilst on holiday and the location is absolutely stunning. Nice coastal walk into the village and lovely restaurant just a short stroll away. This place is a little gem!

Reviewed by Christopher 22nd April 2023

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The Shell is a superb house in a wonderful location with views across Loch Linnhe to the mountains beyond. We found it ideal for our group of 10 active senior citizens with good coastal walks from the doorstep and easy access to excellent cycling both on the nearby NCR 78 and on the Island of Lismore which is reached by a short ferry ride from PortRead more Appin. Golf is available both at Ballachulish and Oban. We found The Shell to be tastefully furnished and extremely well equipped. Highly recommended Hide

Reviewed by Richard 1st April 2023

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Reviewed by Nichola 25th March 2023

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We loved our stay! Perfectly situated with stunning views. Home has everything you could need. Thoughtfully equipped and furnished. Owners couldn't have been more helpful.

Reviewed by Geert 18th February 2023

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Well equiped lodge on a stunning remote location with amazing Loch view. 15 min. drive from main road, very peacefull garden. Large rooms, very comfortable lodge with cosy living room and spacious kitchen. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Colin 11th February 2023

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Reviewed by Susan 7th January 2023

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It was a perfect setting and had everything you could possibly want - and more. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Perfect tonic for the January blues. Thanks

Reviewed by Tracy 29th December 2022

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Fabulous place, amazing views. Wonderful family new year. Invigorating swims in the Loch! Just a beautiful location. The Shell more than lives up to our expectations. Would love to go back.

Reviewed by Christine 3rd December 2022

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The house is in a good location for discovering the local area by bike or on foot. It is near a National Cycle Route and the passenger ferry to Lismore both of which offer plenty of opportunities for safe exploration. The view from the sitting room is stunning.

Reviewed by Dee 12th November 2022

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Great location with beautiful views from the house and garden. Perfect for large groups. Owners on site and very pleasant and helpful.

Reviewed by Susan 22nd October 2022

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Reviewed by Alex 24th September 2022

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A lovely, quiet location with amazing views. The house is beautiful and well maintained. The photos really do not do it justice. The kitchen is very well equipped for cooking for a large group and it was very useful to have two large fridge freezers.

Reviewed by Ray 17th September 2022

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Reviewed by Bill 20th August 2022

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A beautiful house with an amazing view. Very well equipped and handy for Oban activities.

Reviewed by Katleen 6th August 2022

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Hidden at the back of an amazing lane, there it was... The Shell! There really were no words to describe the view from the house and garden. As a hobby-cook, I can tell you, this kitchen has all and more to prepare a great meal for a small army :-) The beds are amazing, the local soap in the bathrooms a treat! We were spoiled with amazing weather, Read moremeaning a swim in the Loch and a bbq were extra's we had wished for but did not count on beforehand. Thank you Maria and James for your hospitality! Hide

Reviewed by Avani 30th July 2022

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This is my happy place. Our third visit did not disappoint. The weather meant that we spent a lot of time outdoors. My husband and family went fishing, diving for scallops (a bumper crop), while I whiled away many peaceful hours beachcombing, reading or drawing the spectacular scenary from the amazing glass front. Owners made us very welcome. NothiRead moreng was too much trouble and what this place so very special. See you again next year! Hide

Reviewed by Krisztina 23rd July 2022

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Beautiful well designed and thoughtfully equipped cottage with a breathtaking view. A treat to visit.

Reviewed by Christopher 25th June 2022

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The Shell is in a quiet location at the end of quite a long drive. We were pleasantly surprised how long the building was. While the rest lived up to the site photos. The sunsets were amazing from the window with a view of the castle in the distance. From the lawn. We found everything catered for and attention to detail exceptional. One of our partRead morey went paddle boarding with his dog and encountered seals close to the shore line. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Hide

Reviewed by MOIRA 18th June 2022

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Superb holiday home extremely well kitted out comfortable beds absolutely amazing views - the midgies were wee bit troublesome but it is west coast of Scotland James and Maria excellent Landlords. Holiday Heaven.

Reviewed by George 11th June 2022

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The Shell combines the comforts of a lovely home with interesting architecture and spectacular views! Spacious bedrooms, very comfortable beds and lovely bathrooms. A cooks kitchen which is a great social space too. Wet weather meant we didn't use the lovely garden much, but we walked the beach to The Pierhouse for cocktails - rocky and difficult sRead morealt marsh terrain in places, sturdy walking boots & poles recommended. Attentive and supportive owners. We would all love to return. Hide

Reviewed by William 28th May 2022

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The location and the view are what makes this an outstanding place. The property is generously roomy and very well equipped.

Reviewed by Lynn 14th May 2022

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Beautiful house in a superb location! We are a family of 6 from 3 houses and we still had our own space and privacy, very limited WiFi which we loved!! Gets everyone off the technology and talking and enjoying the outdoor space. Would definitely recommend staying at the shell

Reviewed by Craig 7th May 2022

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Beautiful property in a beautiful location with plenty of space inside and out. Bedrooms are nicely spaced out and plenty of bathrooms though we had to put the smaller of our group upstairs as the ceiling were quite low up there. Wonderful presentation and made to feel welcome. Would return in a jiffy.

Reviewed by Murdoch 23rd April 2022

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Fantastic house in a beautiful location Friendly welcome

Reviewed by Iain 2nd April 2022

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This is an absolute ideal location, sensational property, beautifully appointed and tasteful interior design. The views from the living room are idyllic looking onto the water. Loved the Pierhouse and cycling on the local cycle track network Route 78. A wonderful getaway location for both friends and family. The pictures seriously don't do it justiRead morece ! Hide

Reviewed by Jennifer 19th February 2022

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Five stars all the way. Fabulous house, the whole party ranging from age 4 to 75 had a great time. We didn't want to leave, despite the weather. We would love to stay again.

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