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Gorstain Bheag

Balindore, Argyll and Bute
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Idyllic and romantic hideaway in the Highlands
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Ben Cruachan
  • Visit the bustling harbour town of Oban
  • Walk along the tranquil shore of beautiful Loch Etive
  • Take a ferry trip to Mull, Tiree or Lismore
  • Spot local wildlife including red deer and red squirrels
Property code: CA425

Gorgeous, traditional, stone-built cottage set in the midst of the spectacular Argyll countryside, perfect as a romantic retreat for two.

This charming cottage tucked away at the end of a farm track is the perfect place for couples to get away from it all and enjoy a romantic, rural retreat. With Ben Cruachan as its backdrop, the views from this property are outstanding and showcase the best of the Scottish countryside. And with majestic mountains, sparkling lochs, forests and beaches nearby, outdoor enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice as walking, horse-riding, cycling, fishing, sailing and kayaking are all on offer.

Situated on a working farm in a secluded position, this delightful semi-detached property has been lovingly decorated to create a comfortable space for its guests. Contemporary grey tones and classic modern furniture blend effortlessly with exposed stone walls to create a light and airy home with touches of character.

As you enter this single-storey property, you can discard coats and boots in the hallway with its convenient storage. From here, you can access the cosy lounge with its comfy sofas and wood burner (starter pack of logs supplied) – the perfect place to snuggle up of an evening. One of the sofas is even a double sofa bed (available on request), allowing the property to sleep up to four guests. There is also a dining table and chairs in the lounge. The galley-kitchen has a country-cottage style with wooden floors and worktops adding character. Moving along the corridor, you will find the bright and spacious bathroom with its walk-in shower and then the light and elegant king-size bedroom. Most of the rooms have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Outside, there is a private enclosed garden with furniture, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquillity with a morning coffee or evening tipple. There is also shared access to an extended garden and grounds. Please be aware that outside of the garden, dogs must be kept on a lead because of the working farm.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 king-size bedroom and 1 sofa bed
  • 1 shower room with hand basin and WC
  • Electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge with ice box, microwave, washer/dryer
  • Highchair and cot available on request
  • Wood burner – starter pack of logs supplied - extra fuel available to purchase
  • Central heating
  • TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Small, enclosed private garden with seating
  • Private parking for two cars
  • BBQ
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Local shop and restaurant 2 miles
  • Shared access to extended garden including ponds – small children must be supervised

Despite the remote location of this property, the large village of Taynuilt is only 2 miles away and has a shop, tearoom, hotel and golf course.

A little further away is the seaside town of Oban (13 miles) which is considered to be the seafood capital of Scotland. Its stunning coastline contrasts beautifully with the surrounding countryside. From here, you can take day trips to the three nearby islands including Mull. The compact town centre boasts a wealth of museums, galleries, shops and eateries.

One trip from Oban allows you to explore Loch Etive which is just north of the property. If you’re lucky, you will not only be able to appreciate the stunning scenery, but you’ll also see seal colonies and sea eagles.

Guests at this property can enjoy free access to the beautiful 9-acre Angus’s Garden (part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme) which is less than a mile away. This magical and unspoilt garden is ideal for all the family with marked pathways leading around its glorious loch and surrounded by a collection of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs.

For history, combine a boat trip to Mull with a visit to Duart Castle (27 miles including boat ride) or in the opposite direction, head to Kilchurn Castle (13 miles).

There are plenty of walking paths/trails on your doorstep, but Munro-baggers will be pleased to know that the magnificent Ben Cruachan is only 14.5 miles away.

This property is personally managed by Carol.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Julia 1st February 2020

We had a lovely time at Gorstain Bheag. We were glad to be in a Land Rover to negotiate the track!

Reviewed by Sandra 27th January 2020

This cottage is pretty special - isolated with stunning views, spacious for two people, cosy during our stay in January (snow part of the time) with a lovely wood burner (plenty of logs supplied), well stocked with equipment in the kitchen and throughout. Large entrance hall and a spacious bathroom with homely touches throughout. Thoughtful and kinRead mored of the owners to leave us tea, coffee, bread, butter, chocolate cake, biscuits and other bits and pieces. A real gem of a property for a holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Gareth 11th November 2019

Newly renovated cottage with all new furniture and fixtures - very spacious rooms, cosy and warm even during November, with a log fire that creates a fantastic atmosphere! Extremely comfortable bed, huge bathroom and good size kitchen area, along with a living room with beautiful views. Lovely touches, such as the provision of a few fridge essentiaRead morels - bread, milk, butter, cakes and biscuits - on arrival, along with a big basket of logs to see us through the chilly evenings. We'd come back! Hide

Reviewed by Ben 26th October 2019

We were both absolutely gob smacked how lovely and remote the property was and the pictures do not do it justice. Both with excellent views of the surrounding mountains and the really nice nearby pubs We were looked after very well and would love to go back sometime in the near future.

Reviewed by S 28th September 2019

A truly wonderful, cosy and immaculate cottage in a stunning, peaceful location, around 1.3 miles along a farm track, with Taynuilt only a couple of miles away for all the essentials. Sean could not have been more helpful, providing excellent directions and was available to help with any questions. The logs for the stove and the cake in the welcomeRead more pack were much appreciated! It was a superb base to explore this area of incredible beauty and I hope to be back. Hide

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