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Crinan House


Crinan Ferry, near Lochgilphead, Argyll

Crinan House
Crinan House
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Crinan House is a quite remarkable property in an idyllic situation on the shores of Loch Crinan about 7 miles from Lochgilphead on Scotland's beautiful west coast. 

It is a 250 year old detached historically listed stone cottage which once belonged to the tackman, who in bygone days collected the rents on the Estate, standing in its own charming, enclosed gardens (furniture, parking) with a little gate which leads right on to the sandy beach, where guests can walk for hours, with fantastic westerly views and breathtaking sunsets. 

And if you think the exterior is picturesque, just wait until you get inside!  It has been most carefully and superbly  refurbished to combine all its original character - exposed stone walls, beams, rustic fireplace - with all modern comforts in a way which cannot fail to delight the most fastidious of guests.  Downstairs are a twin room, a room with full size bunk beds, a bathroom and a utility room, while upstairs are a magnificent living and dining area with open fire, and beautifully furnished with many antique pieces.  The cosy kitchen has an electric Aga, and there is a double bedroom and shower room on this level too. 
Here, you are on a sandy peninsula between Loch Crinan and the estuary of the River Add.  The nearby Crinan Canal, where yachts  sail out into the Atlantic from the inner waters of Loch Fyne, is sometimes called the most beautiful short-cut in Britain.  Right at the end of the road, with no passing traffic, it's a place where you can relax and recharge your batteries in the most heavenly surroundings.  Crinan House would also make a quite idyllic honeymoon retreat.

Yet there is also far more to do in the area than can possibly be accomplished in just a week.  For walkers, there are the hills of Argyll and Knapdale to explore.  The comparatively flat countryside in the immediate area and the quiet country roads are ideal for cycling.  (Two mountain bikes are available for hire.)  This, too, is one of the most popular sailing areas in the country and fishing can also be organised locally.  Lochgilphead (all facilities) has a swimming pool and golf course and there is trail riding at nearby Ardrishaig.

For exploring, you can visit the amazing prehistoric remains in Kilmartin Glen, just up the road, or continue on up to Oban (37m) where you can take a trip to Mull and Iona or several other islands of the Inner Hebrides. 

Ferries are very much a part of life in these parts.  Travelling south down the Kintyre peninsula you will find ferries to the Kyles of Bute from Tarbert, to Arran (in summer) from Claonaig, to Jura from Tayvallich (in summer), to Islay from Kennacraig and to Gigha from Tayinloan.  Continuing south down the peninsula, on whichever side (the little road on the east side affords glorious views across the Kibrannan Sound to Arran and also the pretty village of Carradale) you will come to Campbeltown and Machrihanish, where there is a magnificent beach beloved of kayakers and surfers and an excellent golf course.  Garden enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the NT Crarae Gardens about 20 miles away near Minard on Loch Fyne.

The unspoilt marshland of Moine Mhor is home to a large variety of birds, while canoeing, kayaking, and dinghy sailing can also be enjoyed nearby (there is a slipway at the end of Crinan Ferry.)  Guests can also enjoy a good variety of pubs and eating places in the towns and villages round about.

Bed linen, towels, domestic electricity and the first 20 of electric heating (40 between November and February) are included in the rental.  Sorry, no smoking.  A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small).  If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do.  There is a payphone and FREE wi-fi internet connection is available.  A refundable householder's deposit will be required.

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Guest Comment

Cruzado party, Germany 19/04/2014

Thanks again for sharing this beautiful place with us. An incredible house with spectacular view, a garden with direct access to the beach and of course the AGA (after getting used to it we will now really miss it at home!). We had a really good week and especially the three little ones now feel like kings, knights and princess. Thanks for taking care and the welcome wine.

Crinan House - Guest Comments

Staples party, London 09/02/2013

Had an amazing time here in this wonderful cottage. Thank you so much. Thank you too for all the little touches for our honeymoon that certainly did not go unnoticed - roses in every room! We've been lucky enough to have two beautiful days filled with sunshine and blue sky - and two very stormy days where we huddled by the AGA and spent quality time with our little boy. A wonderful woodland walk at Knapdale forest looking for signs of beavers too. Thank you again for everything. We'll be back, maybe with a couple of extra little ones to fill the other bedrooms!

Lloyd party, London 15/04/2013

What a great relaxing time we have had despite arriving in freezing gale force winds, the house has warmed up and we had wonderful instant fires. Not a single drop of rain - snow - but not rain. Amazing sunshine and loved all the many walks. Loved cooking on the AGA and just unwinding from busy lives. A great place and wish we had longer to explore more.

Smith party, Leicestershire 30/03/2013

We have found a little slice of heaven here at Crinan House! We will be back but for two weeks next time!

Churchard party, Surrey 04/05/2013

We very much enjoyed our stay here and regret the fact that we cannot stay the full week - maybe a fortnight next year to compensate. We walked every day despite a rather damp weekend and yesterday was glorious, warm sunshine from dawn to dusk. No better place to be when it is like that!

Magan-Rensen party, Netherlands 15/06/2013

It's sad to leave Crinan House after a stunning week with everything glorious, even the weather. What a lovely cottage, a real home for the week. Just sitting on the beach in the evening by the cottage was awe inspiring. We never return to the same holiday destination twice, but Crinan House could well be the exception to the rule. For us the visit to Staffa was spectacular. The prehistoric sites nearby are very special. Goodbye for now Crinan House and its owners.

Manson party, Aberdeenshire 27/04/2013

Nice cottage in a wonderful location. Many interesting walks in the area. Once more the West coast of Scotland has delivered. We will be back.

Heidi, Heike and Kirsten, Germany 18/10/2013

Scotland has shown its best side for two weeks. We have felt extremely comfortable in Crinan House. After many exciting excursions we were always very happy to return "home" to our cosy Crinan House. Dear family Parsons, we thank you for a very lovely time in fantastic surroundings. Our expectations were far exceeded. We shall recommend you further.

Hermann party, Germany 26/10/2013

This house is a real dream - in an absolutely peaceful location right beside the sea. Top furnishings - better than at home. The friendly landlady has kindly rented out this fantastic house to us. It was a great pleasure to cook on the AGA. Sipping Whisky every night beside the open fire was very relaxing too. We can highly recommend this holiday cottage!

Irwin Family, Northumberland 07/03/2014

Thank you for a fantastic week in a beautiful setting. The house has been very homely and lovely to return back to each day. P.S. Thank you for the wine too!

Smith Family, Cheshire 22/03/2014

A lovely family holiday here at Crinan House. Fantastic views and a very relaxing week in a comfortable cottage. Beach is fantastic and we had a magical day paddling our feet and collecting shells in the beautiful Scottish sunshine. Thanks for the fab accommodation.

Morley party, North Yorkshire 29/03/2014

We have all had a wonderful week here. We've thoroughly enjoyed this cosy cottage with its lovely furniture, roaring fire and its fantastic beach location. We have also eaten mussels collected from the rocks. It's been great and it was nice to have a bottle of wine and fresh tulips on the table on our arrival.

Weekly Price 2014

  • Sleeps:6*,
    Bedrooms: 3
  • No Smoking
  • Sorry no short breaks
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wi-fi Internet (FREE)

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* - babies are not included in the stated maximum for each property

  • Twin Bedroom
  • Room with full-size bunk beds
  • Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin
  • Utility room/secure storage area with washing machine, tumble drier and deep freeze
  • Open plan sitting room/dining area with open fire, TV/V/DVD, iPod docking station and CD player.
  • Kitchen with electric Aga, dishwasher and microwave etc.
  • Double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin

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