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The Seashell - Acharacle

Acharacle, The Highlands
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Romantic
Quirky
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Architect-designed cottage on the shores of Loch Sunart
  • Incredible views and not another house in sight
  • Open fire for cosy nights in
  • Thoughtfully designed open-plan space
  • Luxurious touches including a spa bath and underfloor heating
  • The perfect, peaceful rural sanctuary
  • Within reach of ferries to the Isle of Mull
Property code: CA368

A beautiful cottage inspired by the curves of a seashell, on Scotland''s wild west coast. This is a real escape from the world, perfect for romantic couples.

It's hard to imagine a more romantic setting. Inspired by the natural curves of a seashell, this breathtaking architect-designed holiday cottage on the west coast of Scotland is undoubtedly in a league of its own. Set amongst the stunning scenery on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, this home is an extraordinary luxury haven created exclusively for couples looking for the ultimate dream escape.

Utterly secluded on the side of a hill overlooking Loch Sunart in one of Britain's last great wildernesses, this exquisite eco-friendly, curved house is made of glass, timber and stone with a gentle sloping turf roof allowing it to blend seamlessly into the stunning Scottish landscape that surrounds it.

As soon as you step inside, the impressive design and blissful tranquillity will envelop you. The bright and airy fully open-plan living and sleeping space is thrilling, and the natural light and far-reaching views from the floor-to-ceiling windows are magical. This mesmerising room, curving round the central chimney with a circular open fire, features a stylish kitchen and living area which then wraps round to the hand-crafted wooden bed and onto the elevated double spa bath and rain shower. The beamed fan-shaped wooden ceiling, heated ceramic tiled floors and state-of-the-art lighting add to the joy of this wonderfully comfortable house. This is a fabulously cosy love-nest for two and the perfect setting for a romantic Scottish escape, special occasion or cherished honeymoon.

Outside, the gravel terrace with a stone-built BBQ and seating area is a delightful spot for soaking up the stunning views across the little tidal island of Eilean Mòr and over the loch to the mountains and glens beyond. A path leads down to a lawn where deer can often be seen quietly grazing, and the surrounding grounds are rich in wildlife including pine martens, otters and eagles.

  • Open-plan sleeping area with a double bed
  • 1 bathroom with shower and a spa bath in the sleeping area
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave
  • Open fire - logs provided
  • Wi-Fi included
  • TV with Freesat, digital radio and DVD player
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Private water supply – UV filtered/tested
  • Limited mobile signal
  • Off-street parking
  • Shop and pub within 9 miles

Ardnamurchan, with its glorious sunsets and star-filled skies, is home to beautiful white sandy beaches and ancient woodland providing endless opportunities and enjoyment for those who love the great outdoors. Seals, dolphins and even the occasional basking shark have been spotted on Loch Sunart.

If you want a taste of Scotland, try the Ardnamurchan Distillery for an informative, exciting and personalised tour. There are a selection of tastings and tours on offer as well as an incredible history to learn about. The best part is it's just under half a mile from the property, so you can walk home afterwards.

There are plenty of beautiful beaches to be found on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Just under 2 miles from this property is the sandy bay of Camas nan Geall. The bay lies to the west of the promontory Rubha Aird Slignich, and the east of Ben Hiant and Maclean's Nose. For extraordinary white sands, clear turquoise water and fabulous views of the Small Isles and Ardnamurchan Point, head to the magical shores of Bay MacNeil Beach (15 miles away).

To the west of Bay MacNeil Beach is the lighthouse at Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the UK mainland. The 8-mile drive down to the actual point is exceptionally scenic with plenty of wildlife to spot (16 miles away).

Carol Gall

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 24 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Donald 16th October 2020

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Reviewed by David 9th October 2020

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Have been going to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula for the last few years and the Seashell is up there with the best location for a stay. Waking up to that view every morning is the closest you'll get to perfection.

Reviewed by Mark 2nd October 2020

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Beautiful location and perfect property for a romantic getaway. Stunning views and a well equipped lodge. Spotlessly clean, warm and comfortable. Everything was of a good/high standard (furniture, kitchen, bathroom etc), and much better than other rentals we looked at, which often looked very dated. Open fire in the centre of the room, and stunningRead more 180 degree views are worth a special mention. If youre looking for a romantic, isolated and peaceful break, The Seashell delivers. Hide

Reviewed by Lynne 18th September 2020

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Exceptional accommodation in the most perfect spot. The views are breathtaking.

Reviewed by Stuart 31st August 2020

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Reviewed by Steve 21st August 2020

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Reviewed by Karen 14th August 2020

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Our stay at the Seashell far exceeded our expectations. The accommodation was so clean and comfortable it made us feel totally relaxed. The views from the cottage were superb there was so much to look at. If you love nature this is the place to be, eagles, pine martens and deer on your doorstep. We will definitely be back.

Reviewed by David 7th August 2020

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The lodge is a fabulous place to stay, the location is spectacular. We had a marvellous holiday and the weather was a real bonus. Anyone who likes solitude will not be disappointed, really great to get away from it all. The "welcome pack" of a huge delicious sponge cake and a bottle of prosecco was a nice touch.

Reviewed by Kenny 17th July 2020

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Fantastic place to get away from it all. Cottage was spotlessly clean and fully equiped with everything you could need. Scenery was amazing no matter which window you looked out of.

Reviewed by Rod 17th March 2020

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The Seashell is a very special place to stay. We felt privileged to have our short break there and the weather was kind to us resulting in spectacular views at all times of the days. The perfect retreat for some peace and tranquillity.

Reviewed by Vhairi 9th March 2020

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Had an amazing stay at The Seashell and loved every minute. The property itself is set in such a beautiful location we could've stayed home everyday just looking out the windows. There's lots to do around the area and plenty little shops that aren't more than a 30 min drive to get you by, but I'd reccomend do a big shop at Fort William before arrivRead moreal. The cottage itself is immaculately clean, well kept and super cosy. The log fire was amazing. Thank you so much to the owners accommodating us! Hide

Reviewed by Chris 2nd March 2020

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A unique cottage in a superb location. The solitude and the views are well worth it.

Reviewed by Jane 21st February 2020

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We had a lovely holiday at The Seashell. Despite the weather- rain, hail, snow, wind and sunshine all in one week! - it was great to get back to our cosy and warm cottage at the end of each day. Pour yourself a glass of wine , throw some logs on the fire and watch the amazing landscape through the huge windows. Wonderful!

Reviewed by Raj 17th February 2020

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A truly stunning cottage in a stunning location. Exceptionally clean and well maintained fixtures and fittings made for a delightful 4 night break in blissful surroundings.

Reviewed by Allison 14th February 2020

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We Absolutely love the location and shell coach it was amazing beautiful views considering we had storm Dennis

Reviewed by Jessica 7th February 2020

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Absolutely amazing place. Weve visited two Februarys in a row and love it. Be aware at that time of year its very quiet, nothing is open. But perfect isolation. Just take all supplies with you and you can hibernate in total bliss. The cottage is spectacular, clean, stunning views and completely private. Just love it!

Reviewed by Anne 30th December 2019

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This cottage was truly magic! if you are looking for a romantic place and love nature it will be your perfect place. To add to this, the seashell cottage is managed by fantastic people which are kind and very efficient if any issues! I wish you all to build beautiful memories (as we did :) )

Reviewed by Jeanette 20th December 2019

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This was our first visit to this property and we weren't disappointed. What a beautiful location, view and residence. Even when there were showers around, it was amazing to watch the shower clouds moving across the loch. Sunset was lovely too.

Reviewed by John 20th November 2019

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Reviewed by Judith 23rd October 2019

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We loved the cottage. Better directions needed. Very romantic. Dont book this cottage if you cant cope with single track roads with passing places - that last hour of the drive was never ending. If you want beautiful views , and a place to relax then definitely book this cottage as it is beautiful.

Reviewed by Mr And Mrs Tatham August 2019

A beautiful unspoilt part of the world which was made more special by holidaying in this wonderful cottage. The cottage was very well equipped and secluded whilst being within walking distance of other cottages and a great little cafe in the nature centre. I specifically went hoping to spot a golden eagle and could hardly believe my eyes when one fRead morelew over the ridge on the first evening!! Hide

Reviewed by Mr Weber March 2019

The Seashell is a precious that we discovered after intense research on the internet. Having been there twice during the last few months allows us to rate the place during August and March - we can recommend the Seashell all year round. It is far out, quite a long drive away from things like big supermarkets etc. but probably one of the most beautiRead morefully located and crafted cottages around Scotland. Marvellous views, a dramatic landscape and perfectly well equipped cottage - what else can you ask for? Prepare a nice dinner, light the fire or jump into the whirlpool with views across the sea to Morvern. Simply genious. Go and experience this unique place to be. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Barr February 2019

The Seashell is a small but perfectly formed luxury home on the hills looking out over Loch Sunart... Your neighbours are mostly cows, herons, buzzards, otters, wild goats!, seals, (and eagles although we didn't see them) and not forgetting a distillery (the human neighbours in the nearish hamlets are also very friendly). The facilities are wonderfRead moreul, a place of total peace and tranquility and I'd go back and live there tomorrow given half a chance... Barbecues in February were a little unexpected treat in the Highlands but I'd have been happy here rain or shine. We'll be back. Only a four-hour drive from Glasgow including a wee ferry trip, would highly highly recommend. Sanna Sands are wild and beautiful, the distillery well worth the tour and tasting session, and the wildlife spotting round about was the best. The highland bull and bullocks in 'the garden' are very friendly and lovely to see them playing about. Bring your books, and your binoculars, and some wine. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Poole November 2018

The most stunning place I have ever seen , panoramic views top top quality throughout, I could go on all night but go on and book yourself in you will not be disappointed . Thank you for allowing myself and my wife to enjoys this place , we will be back .

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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