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The Steading

(Ref. 1061674)

Portsonachan near Lochawe, Argyll & The Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "All 6 of us were very pleased with the house and the hosts, who were extremely helpful during the blackout due to the heavy storm."

    From a very few cons, I might mention there was a leak in the top bedroom during heavy rains, but nothing major - I'm sure the owners will fix the issue once the weather gets better. We wish there was a dishwasher which a party of 6 would greatly benefit from, but since it wasn't listed we knew we would have to invest in manual labour. Another slightly negative aspect we experienced was the oven which didn't close properly so we mostly had to cook in an air fryer which we brought with us. Having said that, the pros outweigh the cons and shouldn't discourage anyone from enjoying this marvelous house. It's great for get-togethers as the house invites you to spend most of the time in the main living room whether you are dining together, dancing, playing board games, or watching movies near the fireplace. We also enjoyed the fact there was a pool room with darts. It was nice to change the atmosphere and activities while other people cooked or had a chill moment upstairs. The house was perfectly decorated for Xmas and was very clean and tidy. We highly recommend the house and hope to come back one day!

    Reviewed by Pavels5.0Dec 2023

  • "A lovely property in a beautiful and quiet location."

    Clean and comfortable and a really nice gesture of a welcome gift. We would recommendation as a great place to explore the surrounding area

    Reviewed by Rachel4.4Aug 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the Steadings."

    We really enjoyed the old fashiond charming character of the property, the spaciousness, atmosphere and peace of the place. A wonderful setting with lovely views and we loved the garden and woodland walks. We particularly loved the games room and had pool tournaments every night. The welcome pack was very generous and there is plenty to see around the area. My family consists of a teenage boy and adult son and the rest of us adults. It was perfect for us, very well equipped and cosy.

    Reviewed by S A5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great place to stay with direct access to the loch."

    The games room was brilliant for rainy days. The pictures show table and chairs at the edge of the loch but this is not accessible as it is private for the lodges.

    Reviewed by Keith3.8Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic location, wonderful house for our stay at loch Awe and we shall be returning to this house!"

    ! thanks again from Garry & Mirella

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Apr 2023

  • "Well stocked kitchen with a fantastic range cooker."

    Lovely big dining table which was ideal for our family of four adults. The open plan living room had plenty of comfortable seating and the wood burning stove gave it a cosy feel. The balcony had great views of the mountains and the settee situated in front of the patio doors was lovely to sit with a coffee looking at the views. The games took was well used in the evenings. The welcome pack was much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation in a fantastic location."

    We really enjoyed our stay, the welcome and facilities were excellent and would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2022

  • "Looking for a relaxing quiet holiday this was it."

    There wasn`t much to do near the house itself but, if you take the car there is a few places to go visit. Oban and Inveraray being the two most popular. The house itself was amazing but lacked a little bit of TLC and repairs to the wooden floor at the balcony doors. It was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay. Given a choice of pillows on the beds would have been good, as my husband has allergies to feathers and, I`m sure being given the option of different firm pillows would be a bonus to anyone suffering allergies. All in all we had a great time spent with family...Thanks! Mary & Jim.

    Reviewed by Mary3.8Aug 2022

  • "Listing undersells it."

    Really nice cottage. Lovely area. Very remote and quite. Could do with some TLC to the jetty but could still go for a swim with less than a min walk to the home. Outdoor furniture could do with a clean.

    Reviewed by Ryan5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely home in a beautiful location."

    We had everything we needed to make us feel at home and particularly enjoyed evenings playing pool in the wee pub. We had a lovely relaxing week and the property was the perfect base for us to enjoy day trips to Inverary and Oban. We would definitely head back again!

    Reviewed by Calum5.0Jul 2022

  • "The property needs a deep clean each time guests leave as when me and my family got there it was filthy!"

    There was dried on vomit in the bathroom toilet upstairs, previous occupants urine stains on toilet downstairs, showers blocked up with hair and the travel cot that I requested for my little one was covered in mould. I understand there is a limited window for cleaning a property between one guest leaving and another arriving, but at best the basics need to cleaned. Items within the household need updating as the microwave was rusty (which is a fire hazard), the oven door did not shut completely so it was difficult to cook anything, certain baking trays did not even fit in the oven. The whole house just needs some serious tlc and updating. Pictures advertised were misleading as it looked like such a nice property but it was a let down. However the views and the surrounding areas were beautiful and we had a fantastic holiday.

    Hi thank you for your comments, I am finding this really hard to believe, we called you prior to your arrival and I think if I remember rightly you were running late. I then called you to see if everything was ok and not once did you mention anything at all about the items you talk about in your review. You did enjoy our welcome gifts of Prosecco and chocolate's and shortbread I assume. I can only assume you arrived in a bad mood and everything was wrong. Our cleaners are full time professionals and take their work extremely seriously with pride and are very good at what they do. They don’t rush and have plenty of time. No one has ever had a problem with cooking or the oven (it’s a double oven of two sizes hence two tray sizes) or the microwave, I think you may be better suited to a 5 star all-inclusive hotel with butler service. Our reviews have been fantastic, and I am unhappy that you see fit to leave a review of this nature. The accuracy of the listing is correct and if anyone reading it looks at the older reviews, they state that the pictures don’t do it justice. Comfort…. again you are so wrong but for the record we had already purchased two new Sofas and a wing back chair for the lounge even though they weren’t needed as we continue to renew and keep the place up to scratch which unfortunately you didn’t get the benefit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise2.2May 2022

  • "Pictures don’t do the holiday home justice a lot nicer and bigger in real life."

    Neighbours friendly loved meeting the dogs. fully equipped house will definitely be booking again. Owners contacted me enroute to ensure everything was ok welcome pack much appreciated only downside mattress too soft for our preference.

    Reviewed by Holly4.4Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful place to say, right close to the loch."

    Clean and cosy. Big living area upstairs with stunning views. Nicer than it looks in the pictures.

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic house and facilities, the owners even arranged for us to get the keys an hour early so we could watch the Scotland 6 Nations game."

    I would highly recommend here to anyone wanting to get away from it all with friends in a tranquil setting.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2022

  • "Took elderly parents, Dad having dementia so wasn't sure how it would go."

    I needn't have worried , it was like home from home. The views amazing, the welcome gifts a lovely touch. The biggy for us that brought so much joy was the bar area with the pool table. We played every night , so much fun and laughter. The short walk to the Loch was amazing. All in all a fab place to spend time and make new memories. Will definitely go back. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "The views from the cottage and the grounds were amazing."

    We loved the peace and quiet and the access to the shore. The cottage itself gave everyone their own space. The games room was a great place to spend the evenings. There is no doubt that the weather helped us to have one of our best ever holidays.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Aug 2021

  • "House and conservatory both tired and in need of update."

    No dishwasher was disappointing. Bathroom shower was too low to get under and water flow was poor. Bar was a good facility but dart board needed a light. Property situation was lovely but no local walks so any outing was at least 5 miles of single track road. A good week but premium price should provide 5 star accommodation.

    Reviewed by Paul3.4Aug 2021

  • "We loved our time in this cottage."

    It is set in a beautiful location and was perfect for our family of four. Whether playing pool or x-box when inside or heading down to the loch when outside there was always something to do. It is also a great place to explore the highlands from too. Would definitely book here again.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2021

  • "Better directions to this property would be advisable, was very hard to find and the brief directions we were given didn’t give a starting point or an idea of distances."

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jun 2021

  • "If you're looking for a peaceful holiday in beautiful surroundings and you want to stay in a spacious, tastefully decorated and furnished house with everything you could want to provide comfort et be cosy at the same time, look no further than The Steading."

    We were absolutely delighted with everything this property had to offer and would have no hesitation at all in recommending this anyone looking for all of the above.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

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  • Reverse-level accommodation
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double with en-suite shower, basin, WC, 1 x ground-floor twin and 1 x first-floor double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area leading out to balcony
  • External utility with fridge/ freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Games room/ bar
  • Conservatory
  • Oil fired central heating and woodburning stove
  • Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge in kitchen, TV, radio, WiFi, pool table, dart board and bar with fridge in games room
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Private multi-level garden with seating, BBQ and access to woodland
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 10.7 miles, pub 2.3 miles
  • Note: The garden is not enclosed and dogs may need to be kept on leads outside

The property

The Steading is a gorgeous detached cottage surrounded by rural woodland and Scottish open countryside in the estate of Sonachan House, with the exceptional Loch Awe in reach.

Perfect for a family gathering, this stunning abode offers charm and character, mixed with stylish fittings for a luxury stay.

Make use of your very own private pub in the games room, a unique addition to the home where Saturday nights can be spent pouring pints and catching up over pool and darts tournaments with a handy fridge under the bar to stock up with extra beverages if need be, whilst low-key afternoons can be spent with a captivating book in the peaceful conservatory.

The ground floor houses two beautiful bedrooms, including a charming twin and a double room with its own luxury en-suite shower, perfect for those with limited mobility.

The third bedroom is located upstairs, comprising of a stunning double with countryside views and access to a family bathroom where you can unwind and relax.

Settle down after a long day of adventure in the first-floor living area, boasting characterful features throughout exposed brick walling, oak beams and snug décor, here you can throw together a hearty home-cooked meal in the amply-equipped kitchen before sitting down at the dining table with a well-deserved beverage and views out to rural woodland and countryside.

Spend a frosty winter's evening in front of the woodburning stove and TV, or open the balcony doors on a summer's day as you take in the sunshine and exceptional views all year round.

Find an external utility holding all your essential holiday needs, equipped with a fridge/freezer, a washing machine and a tumble dryer.

Access the first-floor exterior and private garden area from the front of the property, following several stone steps up to a private AstroTurf area where you can enjoy woodland views with a morning cup of coffee.

The Steading is a charming property where you and your loved ones can relish in rural Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref 1054855, together sleeping up to 11 guests.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AB-00697-C

Burnside Cottages

Properties 1061674 and 1054855 can be booked together, sleeping 11 in total. Prepare for an unforgettable escape to Scotland at these two amazing cottages found among the tranquil woodlands and grounds of Sonachan Hotel, a 19th Century building resting on the edge of the shores of Loch Awe, overlooking scenes of gorgeous woodland and out to views of rugged mountains in the countryside. Both dwellings beam with character and charm, fitted with stylish amenities throughout, ideal for a large gathering of two families or a group of friends. Prepare hearty meals in the amply-equipped kitchens, relax in front of the toasty fires, or enjoy fun-filled evenings at The Steading as you gather for a pint and game of pool in your very own pub within the games room. Explore enchanting woodland straight from the doorstep, taking a sleepy afternoon stroll along remote pathways over to the glistening shores of Loch Awe, an ideal hotspot for fishing, boat trips and spotting local wildlife. Venture out on a wide range of walking and cycling trails in this area, as well as challenging hikes up steep Scottish mountains nearby, soaking up the picturesque scenery of idyllic landscapes and rustic lands. Head over to the loch side and try your luck at some fishing, and a choice of water sports, from kayaking, canoeing, and swimming, journeying over to the quaint village of Dalmally for a wander into the local shops and pubs, whilst Oban town centre boasts an even wider selection of amenities. Take the ferry over to Scottish Islands such as Mull and Iona, or discover Inveraray with its historic castle, jail and the awe-inspiring Loch Fyne. Discover a delightful break away to this stunning part of Scotland, where adventure and history and scenic wonder awaits.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Inveraray 16.1 miles; Oban 21.2 miles; Glencoe 45 miles; Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park 55.7 miles

The village of Lochawe lies on the fringes of the spectacular Loch Awe with its wild, dramatic hillside and beautiful scenic landscapes. In addition to the Scottish baronial-style St Conan’s Chapel built in 1883, it has a railway station and steamer pier bordered by picturesque countryside. Discover the marvellous Kilchurn Castle, an ancient ruined structure on a rocky peninsula at the north-eastern end of Loch Awe and one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. To the west of the town lies Cruchan Hydro Power Station hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan, amongst some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery. Here you can take a guided tour and stop off in the cafe, a great place for a light bite to eat or a refreshing beverage, boasting spectacular views in a light, modern setting. There are many walking and cycling opportunities in the area, if you're feeling adventurous and particularly energetic, why not climb Ben Cruachan? It is a 1126m mountain that is the highest point in Argyll and Bute, offering simply breath-taking views from the top on a clear day. A bit further out, Ben Lui is the nearest mountain (20.4 miles away) at the north-western edge of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and if you want to make a trip to The Trossachs on the other side of the park, you'll have a breath-taking drive around the north-eastern edge via Bridge o' Turk and past the tips of Lochs Tay and Earn, and Ben Vorlich. How could you miss an opportunity to explore this stunning and tranquil area of Scotland?