Near Inveraray, ArgyllGuest Rating
Hills and lochs - that's what Scotland means to a great many people and at Merrylee Cottage you are surrounded by both.
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: No|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
The cottage stands detached on the shores of Loch Fyne, just south of Inveraray in the west of the country with the hills of Argyll just across the road. The garden sweeps down to the lochside and the views from the windows are quite stunning. The ever-changing play of light on the water, not to mention the abundant wildlife, provide a constant source of interest.
This whitewashed, traditional Victorian cottage is at the end of the little hamlet of Minard (with shop and PO) on the road between Inveraray and Lochgilphead.
It has been beautifully renovated, furnished and equipped to a high standard by its owners, with a great sense of style. There is a cosy sitting room with an open fire to toast yourself by and there is also an additional den/sitting room with a bed settee. Having these two separate rooms is ideal if some of the party want to watch television while others want to chat or read quietly.
The kitchen is very well designed and attractive with the benefit of a separate utility room meaning that cooking and clearing up can be done in one area and clothes washing and drying can be banished elsewhere. There is a folding table in the kitchen that is useful for snatching quick breakfasts and there is a separate elegant dining room for more formal meals. Also on this level is the family bathroom that is the last word in luxury, with its large walk-in shower, separate bath, wooden floor and feature tiling.
There is a handy WC on the mezzanine landing and upstairs there are two bedrooms, a double (with king-size bed) and a twin. Both of the bedrooms are cosy, comfortable and beautifully decorated in delicate, restful tones with lovely views over the loch.
Outside there is off road parking for one car beside the cottage and further parking past the Hall just up the road. Secure storage is also available in a lockable shed.
This area is famous for its gardens - the National Trust's Crarae Gardens are just up the road while the Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens are at the top of the loch and the Benmore Botanic Gardens about 40 minutes drive away on the way to Dunoon.
Also close by, the Brainport Heritage Trail starts from the shore winds round the headland for over 2 miles and provides opportunities for spotting otters, roe deer, seals and porpoises. It also has a selection of lovely picnic sites.
The cottage is well placed for touring to north and south. To the south there is Lochgilphead (shops, restaurants, swimming pool etc) and the Crinan Canal with a lovely walk along the towpath. From there you can continue down the Mull of Kintyre to Campbeltown and Machrihanish, the latter of which has a famous golf course and a fabulous beach, or you can take a ferry to Arran, Gigha or even Islay. From Lochgilphead too you can head off towards Loch Awe and Oban past the Bronze Age monuments in Kilmartin Glen. Oban opens more possibilities in terms of island hopping to Mull, Iona, Lismore, Tiree and Colonsay.
To the north is Inveraray with its castle and jail, that are both well worth a visit. This picturesque village is something of a tourist honeypot and has a good selection of shops and eating places, as well as a golf course.
Walking is a given here, but fishing, riding, cycling and sailing are all available locally. Given Merrylee's lovely situation, however, you may well be tempted just to relax in the garden with a good book with a pair of binoculars to hand to spot the life on the loch.
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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 and TV/DVD
Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave, etc
Den with double bed settee
Utility area with washing machine, tumble dryer and deep-freeze
Bathroom with separate shower.
Double bedroom (king-size)
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (first £20 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and open fire. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Sorry, pets are not accepted. 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).
- Save 15% on Christmas 2017! From 20/12/2017 to 23/12/2017
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Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£395.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£660.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£660.00|
|07 Jan 2018 - 09 Feb 2018||£395.00|
|10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018||£495.00|
|24 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018||£395.00|
|03 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018||£495.00|
|31 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018||£575.00|
|14 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018||£495.00|
|05 May 2018 - 25 May 2018||£575.00|
|26 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018||£685.00|
|02 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018||£575.00|
|30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018||£685.00|
|01 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018||£575.00|
|22 Sep 2018 - 05 Oct 2018||£495.00|
|06 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018||£575.00|
|27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018||£395.00|
|21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018||£685.00|
|28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||£685.00|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA|
|06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||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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An excellant very comfortable and well appointed cottage always enjoy our stay there and will return in future
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We always enjoy our stays in this beautiful cottage it is well equipped and clean a credit to the owners, housekeeper an...Read More
Lovely house in Minard, great facilities, great location.
'Talk about living the dream again! Just loved every minute. Thanks so much. I’m sure others will follow from N Ireland....'
'Wonderful week in very well appointed, clean, comfortable cottage. Superb views and perfect location for walking. Merrylee is the best cottage we have stayed at in Scotland - we will definitely be back.'
'We’ve had a marvellous week - delightful cottage, so comfortable and spotlessly clean. Our first visit here but definitely not the last. Beautiful weather all week – lucky us!'
'We had a fantastic time on our first trip to Argyll - the cottage is lovely and so comfortable with amazing views. Great times playing by the loch and fab walks at Pucks Glen and Dun Na Cuaich. Will recommend and hope to be back!'
'We’ve been here 3 times and each time it gets more magical and amazing than the last. We’ve seen seals, brilliant birds and lots more. Thanks for giving us the most perfect week you could wish for.'
'Another fabulous Hogmanay at Merrylee! A wonderful cottage, amazing views and entertaining wildlife on the loch.'