A short walk from the sea, and surrounded by some of the loveliest countryside on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, yet just two hours' drive from Glasgow, and with two world-class restaurants within walking distance - maybe it sounds too good to be true. Well, it's not. For that is precisely what's on offer at Lismore Cottage!
The cottage stands, detached, in its own grass garden, in a quiet corner of the historic little village of Port Appin, about midway between Oban (24m) and Fort William (28m). It is therefore perfect for island hopping, walking, climbing - Glen Coe (18m) is less than half an hour's drive - sailing, sea kayaking, riding (there's a riding stables just 5 miles away where you can canter across the sands at low tide) or just relaxing and messing about in peaceful and picturesque surroundings.
The house is recently built and has been appointed and furnished to the highest standards, with a large living room with wood burning stove and French doors to a decking area outside, a state of the art kitchen and separate utility room. There are four large bedrooms, one en suite, and the whole house is spacious, airy and bright.
From the pier at Port Appin you can take the little foot ferry across to the island of Lismore, after which the cottage is named. Lismore, 10 miles long by a mile wide, is reasonably flat and has one quiet road which runs its length. The ferry also carries cycles free of charge so you have all the ingredients for an active and relaxing family day out (there's even a conveniently placed and excellent Heritage Centre along the road for refreshments.)
Talking of which brings us back to these two world-class restaurants. Port Appin is home to Aird's Hotel, which over the years has graduated from an unpretentious wee country inn to the much-praised and award-winning eating place it is today. For seafood, there is the Pierhouse Restaurant down at the pier. Both of these are within a couple of minutes' walk of the cottage, so you can dine out in style and (st)roll home without any thought of breathalysers! The village also has a PO/general store and craft shop.
Further afield, from Fort William you can continue up to Loch Ness or west on the Road to the Isles, to Arisaig and Morar. Both are excellent day trips from the cottage. From Oban, there are numerous boat trips to the offshore islands, including Staffa and Iona.
Heating is by oil fired central heating (INCLUDED) and wood burning stove (start pack of fuel INCLUDED). Bed linen, towels and electricity are all INCLUDED in the rental. One well-behaved dog is welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Wi-fi INCLUDED, subject to provider.