Loch Sween House
Near Achnamara, Lochgilphead, ArgyllGuest Rating
Loch Sween House is a substantial, traditional house set up a private drive only 200 yards from a lovely sandy beach. It has a beautiful outlook of Loch Sween and the Sound of Jura and is just 18 miles from Lochgilphead on the picturesque Kintyre peninsula.
|Sleeps: 7/16||Bedrooms: 7|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (3)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 3|
The house dates back to 1929 and has been in the same family ever since, known locally as Dun a Bhuilg, meaning ‘hill of the fairies’ - the hill the house stands beneath. It has been lovingly renovated whilst retaining lots of interesting original features throughout, such as the brass bell at the front door that was once used to call back children playing down on the beach.
The spacious sitting room has a wooden-beamed ceiling and is very light and bright due to its large sash windows. Comfortable seating is centred round a cosy open fire and there is a dining area alongside that is ideal for lingering family meals. Off the sitting room is a pantry with a useful serving hatch through from the kitchen.
The quarry-tiled kitchen is well-equipped and has plenty of traditional built-in storage and a large electric range cooker with gas hob. It even has a larder with original slate shelves and its own chimney that helps it stay cool. The raised dining area with gas stove is the perfect spot for informal breakfasts and there is also a door out to the garden. The useful WC and boot room has a handy drying rack and a man hole that used to be used to pour coal down to the boiler.
Upstairs on the first floor are three double bedrooms, a single bedroom, a bathroom with modern free-standing bath and a separate shower room. The bedrooms all have charming views out over the garden to the sea beyond and the Isle of Jura in the distance.
A spiral staircase leads you up to the top floor where there are two further large bedrooms that provide a touch of adventure with each having four original bunk beds (full size singles) that are set into the wall with ladders up to the top (not suitable for children under 9 years old). There is also a neat single bedroom and a shower room on this level.
Outside there is parking right by the door and an extensive enclosed garden (with furniture) that wraps all the way around the house – some 3 acres in total! It is a very intriguing garden with lots of different paths, woodland, a little burn and even a pond (care to be taken with children). There are wonderful views from the garden and an array of wildlife right on the doorstep. Deer are often seen wandering the grounds and sea eagles have even been spotted from the garden.
Across the road from the house are two secret paths which lead down to a delightful, secluded sandy beach that is usually totally deserted, one of four beaches that are within half an hour’s walk of the house.
Further north on the shore of Loch Sween are the impressive ruins of Castle Sween (2 miles), one of the earliest castles in the country that has some absolutely stunning views of the loch and plenty to explore and photograph.
A few miles before Crinan is the Scottish Beaver Trail, a conservation project that has reintroduced wild beavers back into Scotland, where you can try and spot the shy creatures on one of the wildlife walking trails. Crinan itself (15 miles) is a lovely little village with a famous seafood restaurant, a shop and a café. It sits at the western end of the famous Crinan Canal that comes up from Ardrishaig. You can fish, kayak or canoe on the canal, hire a bike or just relax on the banks and watch the boats negotiating the series of locks.
Boat trips run to the islands of Islay and Jura that are both famous for their whisky. Boat trips also go out to the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest whirlpool in the world that has standing waves up to 10 feet high! There is a wildlife spotting trip where you can see seals, otters, golden eagles, sea eagles and even dolphins or, for an adrenalin rush, you can try the faster boat that goes right up close to the whirlpool.
Lochgilphead (18 miles) is the most convenient place to stock up on supermarket supplies and it also has a bank, PO and petrol station, as well as a range of interesting little independent shops. Oban (47 miles) has lots of shops, pubs and restaurants and is also home to the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary.
Local Events and Attractions
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/dining room with TV/DVD, open fire, etc
Kitchen/breakfast room with gas range stove, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer, gas stove, etc
WC and wash basin.
Double bedroom with TV/DVD
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin
Shower room with WC and wash basin.
Bedroom with four full-size single bunk beds and TV/DVD*
Bedroom with four full-size single bunk beds*
Shower room with WC and wash basin
* Please note that the top bunks are only suitable for older children 9 years and above.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £35 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £35 INCLUDED) and gas stove, open fire (1 basket of logs INCLUDED). Satellite broadband up to 5GB is INCLUDED, subject to provider (not suitable for large downloads or video/TV streaming i.e. YouTube, Netflix, etc). Any additional usage will be chargeable at the end of your stay. 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 3 dogs are welcome (2 large, 2 medium or 3 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
Parents should be advised that there is a pond and a burn within the grounds, so care should be exercised with children.
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 (£100)
- Save £155 - mid-week breaks (DB2) From 01/01/2016 to 19/12/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 7||Sleeps 16|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£850.00||£1,195.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£1,895.00||£1,895.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£1,895.00||£1,895.00|
|07 Jan 2018 - 09 Feb 2018||£995.00||£1,295.00|
|10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018||£1,095.00||£1,450.00|
|24 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018||£995.00||£1,295.00|
|03 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018||£1,095.00||£1,450.00|
|31 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018||£1,395.00||£1,695.00|
|14 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018||£1,095.00||£1,450.00|
|05 May 2018 - 25 May 2018||£1,395.00||£1,695.00|
|26 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018||£1,895.00||£1,895.00|
|02 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018||£1,395.00||£1,695.00|
|30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018||£1,895.00||£1,895.00|
|01 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018||£1,395.00||£1,695.00|
|22 Sep 2018 - 05 Oct 2018||£1,095.00||£1,450.00|
|06 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018||£1,395.00||£1,695.00|
|27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018||£995.00||£1,295.00|
|21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018||POA||POA|
|28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||POA||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This is allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. 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.
For Loch Sween House, the tariff for 7 persons is based on the first floor bedrooms only (ie three doubles and one single bedroom) being made available.
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