Upper Sonachan Farmhouse
Loch Awe, Portsonachan, Argyll
Tucked away up its own track in a secluded private loch-side estate is Upper Sonachan Farmhouse, near Dalmally (9 miles), in Argyll on Scotland's west coast.
|Sleeps: 6||Bedrooms: 3|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
This traditional detached farmhouse is set in a commanding position overlooking the majestic Loch Awe, just 11 miles from the popular tourist centre of Inveraray.
The farmers who originally lived here certainly picked the best spot for themselves. The house stands in its own large enclosed wildflower garden and boasts absolutely stunning views of the loch. Entering through a handy cloakroom, you come into a large, bright, open-plan living area, which has a cosy wood-burning stove at its centre with comfortable seating around it for toasting yourself after a day out in the hills or exploring the loch.
The fresh, modern kitchen area, with traditional Belfast sink, has plenty of room for cooking and is right next to the dining area, so the cook doesn't have to miss out on all the fun! Also on this level is a utility room that leads through to a smart tiled shower room.
Up the open stairway and off a sunny landing are two charming double bedrooms and a twin room, all of which have coombed ceilings and soft furnishings that add splashes of highland charm. Velux roof windows provide further views of the fantastic scenery and ensure that the rooms feel refreshingly light and airy. There is also a bright contemporary family bathroom with a large bath and shower over.
Outside, there is parking for up to 4 cars (the gate is to be kept shut to keep out the sometimes over-friendly sheep). There are some farm buildings to the back of the house which are occasionally used by the local farmer.
Children and adults alike can have fun walking in the woods and hill country around the 180 acres of private land surrounding the house, which is bordered by the shores of Loch Awe. There is easy, direct access to the pretty shoreline from which small dinghies and canoes can be launched and the waters can be further explored.
Loch Awe is the UK's longest freshwater lake at 25 miles long. It is perfect for all sorts of water sports including dinghy sailing, motor boating and canoeing.
Private launching facilities are available if you have your own boat or boats/kayaks can be easily hired from Loch Awe Boats just down the road. The loch is famous for its fishing and, in particular, its record breaking pike and brown trout (the largest caught is said to have been 39 pounds)! Fishing permits are available from the caretaker.
There is an abundance of lovely picnic spots on the shores of the loch and cycling is popular along the quiet loch-side road. Mountain bikers can take to the fields and paths immediately surrounding the house, as well as the many nearby forestry tracks.
If you don't feel like cooking, two local pubs serve delicious food within easy walking distance of the house. Dalmally (9 miles) has a pub, a PO, pharmacy and golf course. There are also golf courses at Inveraray (11 miles), Taynuilt (19 miles), Lochgilphead (30 miles) and Oban (30 miles). Inveraray has a leisure centre, supermarkets, riding stables and cycle hire, as well as the award winning George Hotel and the original Loch Fyne Oyster Restaurant.
Once a week by arrangement a local food van can drop by the house, with an excellent selection of fresh produce and fish on offer. Both Lochgilphead (30 miles) and Oban (30 miles) have lots of shops, supermarkets and restaurants, while Oban, known as 'The Gateway to the Isles', is also a major port for ferries to the Hebridean Islands.
Nearby Kilchurn Castle (9 miles) is one of Scotland's best loved architectural monuments. History enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to Auchindrain Township Open Air Museum (18 miles), the last remaining example of a township, which would once have been typical in Scotland, now carefully preserved to show us what life would once have been like.
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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/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, gas hob and oven, belfast sink, microwave, etc
Utility area with washing machine and dryer
Cloakroom with fridge/freezer
Shower room with WC and wash basin.
Double bedroom (king-size) with TV
Bathroom with bath, separate shower, wash basin and WC.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
- Cot (excluding linen)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by gas central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. Water is sourced from a private spring and is UV filtered and regularly tested. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 2 medium, 2 small). 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).
From 28/05/2022 to 30/05/2022
From 04/06/2022 to 06/06/2022
From 20/05/2022 to 23/05/2022
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 6|
|07 May 2022 - 27 May 2022||£895.00|
|28 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022||£1,195.00|
|04 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||£895.00|
|25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||£1,195.00|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||£1,350.00|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||£895.00|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||£795.00|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||£895.00|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||£695.00|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||£1,195.00|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||£1,195.00|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||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.