Achuaran HouseGuest Rating
Island escapes have always been popular. Some people prefer them to be simply an extension of the mainland, with all facilities and conveniences. Others like to get completely away from it all, living for a week without shops, roads, cars and the other intrusive trappings of modern living.
|Sleeps: 8||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 3|
Sometimes, however, you can have the best of both worlds and the island of Lismore, where Achuaran House is situated, is surely one of these! Easily accessed either by a short car ferry crossing from Oban or an even shorter foot ferry from Port Appin, about 20 miles further up the west coast, it has one wee road which runs the length of the island.
The house has a lovely situation just a kilometer from the foot ferry pier, flanked by woodland to the rear and with wonderful views across the water to the mainland on the other side.
Inside, Achuaran is spacious and comfortable, in a traditional, homely, farmhouse style, where families of all ages can relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings. It would be have been one of the principal houses on the island and this is reflected in such features as the fine cornicing in the sitting room, where a large bay window makes the most of the view and the welcoming fire in the original Victorian fireplace.
The dining room too, with its quality antique furniture and large windows harks backs to the convivial elegance of times past. The kitchen is very much in typical farmhouse style, spacious, practical and with adjoining utility and laundry rooms in what would probably once have been sculleries and the pantry. The bedrooms upstairs are uniformly large and attractively furnished.
Achuaran is surrounded by a sloping grass garden, with woodland to the side and rear extending to two acres and enclosed by a low wall. The shore is just across the quiet, single track road from the house. Parents will delight in the fact that children can play, cycle and explore in safety (always remembering that the water is close by). There is secure storage for cycles, for the island is fairly level and cycling is an excellent way of getting around. There is also cycle hire on Lismore itself. You can fish for mackerel off the rocks, or explore the raised coastline and cliffs.
Both historically and geologically, Lismore is a fascinating place and has been inhabited since neolithic times. In fact, an arrowhead of Appin stone dating from 3500 BC was found in 1974 and is now in the Heritage Centre.
The well preserved Broch at Tirfuir bears witness to Pictish occupation some 2000 years ago and there is also a most interesting walk over to Coeffin Castle, named after the Viking prince who first built a stronghold there.
Naturalists will be interested to learn that Lismore is a geological oddity, being comprised of Dalradian limestone with basalt dykes crossing from south-east to north-west. With no mountains, surviving peat bogs and little heather, the ground is fertile and home to many species of flora and fauna not found elsewhere.
There is one well stocked general store on the island and one small but excellent Heritage Centre, which also houses a café/restaurant. The island hall is also a very lively place with many ceilidhs and dances, to which all are welcome.
If you do crave the odd gourmet meal, however, you have the Pierhouse Restaurant and Aird's Hotel, both rated among the leading eateries in Scotland, just at the jetty on the other side of the foot ferry (ferry tickets are £1.50 per person, so not exactly bank breaking). You can eat and drink your fill there and roll home again without worrying about breathalysers.
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Sitting room with open fire, TV (Freeview)/DVD/V
Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer etc.
Utility Room with dish washer and sink
Laundry room with washing machine and tumble drier
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin
Twin bedroom with en suite shower
Twin bedroom with cot
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric panel heaters and open fire (1 bag of fuel INCLUDED). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- 2 Week Discount (£25)
- Save 15% - Christmas 2016 From 19/12/2016 to 27/12/2016
- Save 10% - New Year! From 27/12/2016 to 03/01/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 8|
|29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016||£450.00|
|20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016||£850.00|
|28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017||£895.00|
|05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017||£495.00|
|11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017||£595.00|
|18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017||£495.00|
|04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017||£595.00|
|08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017||£695.00|
|22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017||£595.00|
|06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017||£695.00|
|27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017||£895.00|
|03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||£695.00|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£895.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017||£695.00|
|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£595.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£695.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£495.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£895.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018||£895.00|
|06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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A really beautiful location yards from the sea and a magnificent house. It was perfect for us as we had fantastic weath...Read More
We loved the house, comfort, location, the island, character etc but our holiday was almost spoiled by a smoke alarm sys...
Thanks for the review. The owner let us know that the issues with the smoke alarm and mice have been rectified, so hopef...Read More
Gorgeous house and perfect setting
Lismore is a beautiful island as is Achuaran house. My only issue was the bedding... it really is time to change up to b...
Thank you - we have passed your comments to the owner. He let us know that he is in the process of replacing the bedding...Read More
Lovely view, very relaxing. Enjoyed our week