Bellanoch, near Lochgilphead, Argyll
Have you ever looked at a house on a postcard and and thought 'I wish I could go there for a holiday'? Well, now you can!
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: No|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
Smithy Cottage is idyllically situated by the water in the tiny Argyllshire village of Bellanoch, which is at the western end of the Crinan Canal and is a sailor's paradise. A whitewashed, traditional, stone-built cottage, it features prominently on postcards from the area.
Inside, it is no less of a delight. Its owner bought it as her dream home and in consequence has spared no effort in its refurbishment. Now lucky holiday makers also have the opportunity to enjoy the results. The cosy living room has comfortable seating around its wood-burning stove that is perfect for cuddling up in front of after a day out and about. There is also a charming little window seat and a spacious dining table at the back of the room with plenty of room for convivial evening meals.
The beautifully fitted kitchen is modern and well-equipped, with a lovely slate floor and an Aga-style cooker. It is supplemented by a utility room in an outbuilding that houses the laundry facilities and is very handy for storing wet clothes and muddy boots.
Upstairs there are two good bedrooms, a double and a twin. They are both pleasantly presented and continue the house’s nautical theme that is entirely appropriate with the house being so close to the water and the marina. The twin room even has amazing rustic driftwood headboards on the beds. A modern, tiled shower room completes the indoor accommodation.
Outside, to the rear, is a charming and enclosed garden that is surrounded by trees. To the front there is the little road (leading only to Crinan Harbour), a small expanse of grass and then the water! There is also a small burn in the garden and a boat launch just around the corner, if you wish to bring your own craft.
The forestry area behind the house offers great opportunities for walking, while the Crinan Hotel and coffee shop is barely half a mile away.
From there you can take the Sea Leopard out to see the spectacular whirlpool at Corryvreckan, off the northern tip of the Isle of Jura.
Tayvallich, which is on the way down to Ulva and is another famous sailing centre, has a PO, while Lochgilphead (3 miles) has shops, restaurants and a leisure centre. Excellent boat trips can also be had from Craobh Haven which you will reach from Lochgilphead by way of the historic Kilmartin Glen, with its 5,000 year old cairns, stone circles and carvings.
The area also is part of the Heritage Wetlands Trust and is a World Heritage Centre for wildlife, in particular wetland birds. Another date for your diary has to be the Wooden Boat Festival at Crinan in July.
Garden enthusiasts will find that the Arduaine Gardens are within a few miles, or, from further down the peninsula at Tayinloan you can take the boat over to visit the gardens on the Isle of Gigha. Further afield, you can explore the length of the Kintyre peninsula or head north to Oban.
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 wood burning stove and TV/DVD
Kitchen with Aga style cooker, dishwasher, microwave etc
Outhouse with washing machine and tumble drier
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £20 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by gas central heating and wood-burning stove. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking. No infants. No children under 10.
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Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£595.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£435.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£695.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£695.00|
|07 Jan 2018 - 09 Feb 2018||POA|
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|28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA|
|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.
'Excellent base for walks and cycling without have to drive anywhere and the hide for watching birdlife is worth a visit.'
'Lovely cottage – very comfortable. We will definitely be back!'
'What an amazing place! Cottage very well kept and homey with so much wildlife. Would love to come again.'
'Have thoroughly enjoyed our week staying in this lovely warm comfortable cottage. Enjoyed many of the walks that the area has to offer.'
'Thanks for a lovely stay. We particularly liked Kilmony Beach and a boat trip with Duncan.'
'We have had a great break. Beautiful scenery, so peaceful and blessed with lovely weather.'