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The Lodge - Achahoish

Achahoish, Argyll and Bute
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Sun
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels for hire
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Waterside cottage with beautiful loch views
  • Only 0.5 miles to Loch Caolisport, where you can kayak, swim or fish
  • Unique spiral staircase to cosy attic bedrooms
  • Modern and well-equipped kitchen
  • Enclosed garden with outdoor dining table and BBQ
  • 10 miles to Ardrishaig and 12 miles to Lochgilphead for pubs and restaurant
Property code: CA349

Relax in a modern property with views towards a beautiful loch and a vast enclosed garden in which to enjoy time outdoors. Explore the surrounding Scottish landscape and keep an eye out for resident red deer, golden eagles and peregrine falcons.

Situated on the private Ellary Estate overlooking Loch Caolisport, this traditionally built three-bedroom lodge house is a perfect retreat for those seeking peace and tranquillity. Just yards from the shoreline, spend your days walking along the banks of this idyllic sea loch, spotting the otters and seals that frequent the water. Get back to nature with a day walking the unspoilt countryside or through the shady woodlands of the estate. For your holiday essentials, the nearest stores, pubs and restaurants can be found 10 miles away in Lochgilphead.

Approached via a quiet road, your idyllic stone cottage is surrounded by mountains and fronts onto the loch offering scenic views in every direction. The cottage is perfect for restful country living, with cosy interiors full of rustic charm making it ideal for relaxing after a day of outdoor pursuits.

Step through the front door into the entrance hall, where you can leave walking boots, wellies and dog leads. Prepare family meals in the bright, contemporary kitchen to share around the dining room table, perfect for big holiday meals. Curl up in one of the plump living room sofas and chat late into the evening as the embers glow in the open fire. The first of the bedrooms is on this level, a comfortable twin, as is the family bathroom.

Take the steep, narrow spiral staircase to the first floor where you will find two further bedrooms, a double and a twin, with fantastic views across the mountains and loch.

Relax in the expansive, fully enclosed garden with a morning coffee as you listen to the seabirds call overhead or share an evening meal alfresco while watching the colours changing on the loch. Spread out your blanket for stargazing underneath the clear skies.

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

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 double and 2 twins
  • 1 bathroom - shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven, fridge, freezer, microwave
  • TV with Freeview
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Electric payable by meter reading taken at the start and end of holiday
  • Payphone in the property
  • Open fire (coals available to purchase from estate office)
  • Linen and towels not included – available to hire by prior arrangement please advise at the time of booking (£5 per bed inc linen and £5 per person for towels)
  • Enclosed garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Parking for 2 cars with additional roadside parking available
  • Shops and pub 10 miles
  • Property can be booked with The Coach House - Kirkcowan (CA341 - sleeps 8) and The Lodge - Achahoish (CA349 - sleeps 6) 
  • Please note – property has a spiral staircase which is steep, young children should be supervised

With the loch only yards from the front door, there is plenty to see and do straight from the cottage. Pull on your wellies for a shoreline stroll spotting the wildlife and wildfowl that make their homes along the coastline. Take to the water on your canoe or kayak and paddle your way around the small islands that dot the loch or cast your line for a relaxed day of fishing. If you're lucky, you may meet one of the dolphins or porpoises that occasionally swim in the water. Lace up your walking boots to explore the many routes through the estate, from the natural beauty of the hilltop Lily Lochs to the unspoilt sweep of beach at Kilmory. If you've brought your mountain bikes, then there are plenty of cycle routes through the estate to be enjoyed.

Enter the Knapdale Forest at Barnluasgan (17 miles) and follow the walking trail in search of the wildlife that flourishes in the ancient woodland and on the banks of the loch. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the elusive Scottish beaver swimming in the water. Discover the ruined village of Kilmory Oib as you stroll around the stunning waters of Loch Coille-Bharr and see the beaver dam from the floating pontoon.

Lochgilphead (10 miles) has a choice of independent stores, including a fishmonger selling fresh local seafood, and bars and restaurants for when you fancy an evening off from cooking. From the town, discover the Crinan Canal (16 miles) on a boat trip along its tranquil waters, play a round on the 9-hole family-friendly Lochgilphead golf course, or explore the Moine Mhor Nature Reserve (18 miles) with its ancient bogland habitat and towering oakland forest.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Marshall June 2019

This was a perfect house for two pensioners who like their home comforts. We were glad not to have to use the spiral staircase and we think the difficulty of using it should be emphasised in the brochure: really for youngsters only! The fact that blankets WERE supplied should be made clear. We would have valued a radio as we are not TV fans (TV radRead moreio not good). The length of the journey from Ellery to the main road should be emphasised. Helpful comments we hope because we really thought everything was A1. Hide

Reviewed by Dr Pardy May 2019

The Lodge at Ellary is located on a very quiet single track road at the head of Loch Coalisport. It's about a 20 minute drive to Lochgilphead, where food and so forth may be found. The house is well equipped and has a spiral staircase to the first floor. Heating is by electric storage heaters and a coal fire. In cold weather one may get through quiRead morete a bit of fuel, although temperatures were kind during my stay. I did see a fox in the garden one evening and there were a few traces of otter at the point off the road on the way down to the estate office. I much enjoyed using the private estate road from Ellary to Kilmory. The key is available to guests on the estate. The road is not for the faint hearted and has very few passing places. I was lucky. A wonderful remote place to see. I went there alone but there's room for six. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Ottewell February 2019

This cottage is set in a beautiful estate, perfect for those seeking to get away from it all. Forget mobile phone coverage, there is an old fashioned pay phone, but there is internet. However, despite being impressively clean, the bedding needed replacing and smelt of wet dogs complete with dog hair on the blankets. If you own a dog then this will Read morenot be a problem I am sure, we do not and I possess a strong sense of smell. The decor and fixtures and fittings are tired and need updating in every room apart from the kitchen, which is lovely and bright. In fact the vacuum cleaner when used, smelt like it has sucked up an old dog by accident! Access to upstairs is via the smallest of spiral staircases, something I hadn't realised, and having mobility issues this was a challenge for me and my tall husband; who couldn't stand up in the shower or indeed the entire upstairs or fit on the small 4ft6 double bed. You also have to pay for your electricity, which is rather old fashioned and needs to be done at the main house, which is about 2.5miles further away in the opposite direction to the exit. If this needs to continue to be the case, I'd prefer to have someone come down to the cottage to collect payment & be handed the key. Hide

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