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Achanlochan Farm

(Ref. 1092456)

Taynuilt near Connel, Argyll & Bute, Argyll & The Isles Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a really special place to stay."

    The house is very well equipped, warm and comfortable. The location is great making it a really relaxing place to stay. The owners are very friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2024

  • "Enjoyed our stay there."

    The house was perfect and peaceful, absolutely no issues. The grocer shop in Taynuilt reminded us of ‘open all hours’ The owners left a welcome back of some essentials which was much appreciated. We had ordered a grocery delivery from tescos to arrive that night which set us up perfectly. Would definitely recommend if a peaceful relaxing break surrounded by stunning countryside is what you’re after.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, finished to a really nice standard."

    Wonderful spot, very remote and quiet. Cottage is very well equipped and very cosy. Some wonderful touches from the owners that helped make our stay extra special so thank you.

    Thank you for your kind words and lovely feedback! We're so pleased to hear that you had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed your stay at Achanlochan Farm. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Dec 2023

  • "Excellent cottage."

    We really appreciated the beautiful decor and high quality home accessories. It is clear that great thought has been paid to making sure this is a home from home experience. We loved the setting with cows, a pheasant and deer for neighbours. Taynuilt is a lovely village which we visited every day for walks. Oban and surrounding areas are beautiful. Would highly recommend. One of our favourite holidays ever! in a stunning area.

    Thank you very much for your fantastic feedback! It's wonderful to hear that you had an excellent time and regard it as one of your favourite holidays! We would be delighted to welcome you back to Achanlochan Farm in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2023

  • "Just returned from an absolutely brilliant week in Oban, the only downside was it rained nearly all week."

    The house is in a lovely location, perfect for those who like seclusion but still only 20 minutes in to Oban centre. Facilities and decoration are first class there is really nothing not to like about Adanlochan farm.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had a brilliant week at Achanlochan Farm, despite the rain, and that you enjoyed the lovely secluded location, and all the facilities the house has to offer. We really appreciate your feedback, thank you. All the best, Hugo and Jen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0Sep 2023

  • "After going over a little stone bridge and down a lovely drive way/lane we were greeted by a lovely white cottage."

    When we entered we immediately felt at home. On the kitchen table was a small hamper with a bottle of prosecco (which went down well) with a hand written note wishing us a happy stay. The cottage has obviously been lovingly decorated. We were particularly taken with some of the original interior on show at the top of the stairs. The cottage was well stocked with every kitchen utensil, glass, and plates you could possibly need. There is also a well stocked utility room. The living room is very cosy and on a chilly evening we took advantage of the wood burner that made it even cosier. Bedrooms were just as comfortable. We managed to sit outside and eat on a couple of evenings surrounded by the mountains. We did lots of local walking but the most exciting part was seeing the resident barn owls flying around at dusk and several red deer appearing very near the fence in the adjoining field. Lots of photos were taken. My only disappointment is that we only stayed for a week and not two.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the cottage and were able to capture some photos of the resident barn owls and red deer. Thank you again for your lovely feedback, we hope to see you again in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "Would be good to mention the water situation in the listing and that you provide bottled water."

    Maybe list all amenities I.e. Iron & ironing board etc. Maybe good to invest in coffee machine or larger cafetiere. Would be good to have a recycling bin also. The shower head in the downstairs bathroom could be heightened as we couldn't fit under it. Storage for washbag in upstairs bathroom. Apart from that your place is exquisite and we had such a fantastic time and furnishings are impeccable and stylish, we felt very comfortable.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your stay at Achanlochan Farm. We're glad to hear that you had a fantastic time. We really appreciate your suggestions and will certainly take them into consideration. Thank you again for your feedback. All the very best, Hugo and Jen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sean4.7Sep 2023

  • "A fantastic holiday in this fabulous location."

    We felt at home as soon as we arrived. We loved the spacious accommodation, beautiful setting and feeling tucked away even though we weren't too far from the places we wanted to visit. We'd happily stay again.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic holiday and felt at home from the moment you arrived. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Aug 2023

  • "We had an amazing time staying at Achanlochan Farm."

    The property is clean, very comfortable, has all the facilities needed for a family stay and was a great place to come back to every evening after we have been busy in the Highlands. Highly recommended!

    Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing time at Achanlochan Farm, and that the location served as a great base for your adventures in the Highlands. We really appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marta5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved our stay - you’ve decorated the cottage beautifully and the setting is fabulous."

    We had everything we needed for lovely stay with our three children

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! We're really pleased to hear that you loved your stay at our cottage and enjoyed the beautiful setting. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you and your family back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a great week’s stay in the cottage."

    The cottage had everything you could need. Hugo and Jen were great hosts. There was a lovely welcome basket. The cottage was perfect for a quiet week and a great base for touring the area. We did get a glimpse of the owl and the deer. We would definitely stay again.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! We are really pleased to hear that you had a fantastic week at our cottage and even managed to catch a glimpse of the resident barn owl and wild deer. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future. All the best, Hugo and Jen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jul 2023

  • "Achanlochan Farm is such a beautiful cottage that has been thoughtfully renovated and decorated to a high standard."

    It is like home from home, but so much better especially with the wonderful views and the highland cows surrounding the cottage. It's a great base for enjoying the highlands and all that it has to offer. The host is wonderful too and very kind and helpful. Thank you and we hope to visit again soon.

    Thank you very much for the wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your holiday, and that our cottage was a great base for you to explore the beautiful Highlands. We would be delighted to welcome you back to Achanlochan Farm. Thank you. All the best, Hugo and Jen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage is absolutely stunning, beautifully decorated and very comfortable."

    It is quite remote but suited us perfectly. The kitchen is very well equipped and had everything that we needed. Lovely surprise of a beautiful welcoming gift and card from hosts. Would definitely recommend and would love to come back again.

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future. All the best, Hugo and Jen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Larraine5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay."

    The location wasn’t too remote although access road was a little difficult. Noise from nearby A82 and Railway was noticeable. The cottage was comfortable, adequately furnished and well equipped. There was a lack of walking opportunities from the cottage which was a little disappointing although there were some walks from Tynault, a short drive away. Overall good value for money.

    Reviewed by Robert3.4Jun 2023

  • "We had an incredible stay in an outstanding property."

    Everything was finished to a very high standard and we fully appreciated the personal touches, like the arrival gifts, beautiful art work, soaps and hand cream at all sinks and the helpful property information booklet. A wonderful setting with so much to offer in terms of days out and wildlife to watch from the bedroom windows.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review, it was a pleasure having you to stay at Achanlochan Farm. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, it means a lot to us. All the very best, Hugo & Jen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0May 2023

  • "Very well equipped and comfortable cottage in a great location."

    The only negative comment would be the en suite is very small and could do with a shelf or hook on the door to hang your things. beds were really comfy and we did see your resident barn owl.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Achanlochan Farm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne4.7May 2023

  • "Just Lovely!"

    Really well equipped cottage, everything you needed in the kitchen. Beautiful views from every room and a great location! Bonus is seeing deer’s in the early morning and we also spotted a barn owl one evening.

    We are really pleased to hear you had a lovely stay and enjoyed spotting all the wildlife. Thank you very much for your feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7May 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    a cosy fire made it very welcoming, and the good clean beds were much appreciated and the surroundings and views made it all worth while, thank you.

    We are very pleased to hear you had a lovely stay at Achanlochan Farm. Thank you for the great feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheena4.7Apr 2023

  • "A lovely holiday cottage, really well-equipped kitchen, and comfortable lounge."

    Very nice bedrooms and a good-sized family bathroom.

    Thank you very much for the lovely review. We are really pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Achanlochan Farm! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a truly lovely cottage set in the most beautiful countryside."

    The furnishings were marvellous and there was a supply of essentials such as laundry soaps, basic food stuffs and the like which are always welcome. I found Hugo and Jen to be very attentive in terms of responding to whatever queries we may have had during our stay, and it is obvious that they have put in a lot of love, hard work and effort into making their cottage as perfect a holiday destination as they could.

    Thank you so much for your feedback, John. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time in the Highlands, it is a beautiful place! Achanlochan Farm has certainly been a labour of love for us, and we do try our best to make sure everything is perfect, so we really appreciate the lovely feedback. We hope to welcome you back next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage has all the appearance of a peaceful beautiful remote location whilst being close to the main A85 road and Glasgow-Oban rail line."

    The rough access track joins the former and crosses a narrow bridge over the latter. We were relieved to be in a vehicle with good ground clearance for that approach, though within the curtilage of the property the track surface is good. The property is a contemporary renovation of an old farmhouse, which has been solidly executed and has a welcoming feel, and very personalised with multiple watercolours by what appears to be the same artist. The lounge sofas are generous, with one facing the TV and fire, and the other tangential to the screen. The TV has locally-available terrestrial channels and a Netflix account, though the smart apps on it accept logins for a range of other streaming services. The broadband has a decent speed of around 16Mbps incoming, but typically is single figures outbound. This means that devices that sync online (with automated photo uploads for instance) can hog the connection temporarily, but otherwise streaming is just fine. We didn’t try video communication services like FaceTime or Zoom, but the upload speed would suggest that embracing the sense of remoteness would make more sense. There is plenty of wood available for the fire, though we were glad to have plenty of kindling and some of our own very dry kiln-dried wood to start the fire and keep it going, because the burner’s door latch was missing. This meant that smokiness in the room on lighting and creating a strong draw were problematic. The owners are committed to replacing the latch so this should not be an issue in future. For us, it was slightly more problematic because the central heating thermostat read 12C degrees when we arrived, and the air source heat pump system took well into the next day to reach warmth during March. The system once reset again to 12C whilst we were there, but we were able to readjust again easily. An earlier power cut had caused the initial failure. But our experience is (as with our own house) that most rural properties like this can have unexpected minor temporary blips, and the important factor is how easy it is to rectify and/ or how the owners/ caretaker responds. They responded speedily and thoughtfully - another example was that our tall dog had an insecurity with the polished stone floor tiling in the hallway and kitchen. Some floor runners were provided that enabled him to have enough confidence to see him through our visit. So all well with minimum fuss, and the multiple positives of the property far outweigh these minor niggles. One of the three bedrooms has a cut-away to form a compact en-suite, and the others have the use of a downstairs bathroom with shower and short bath tub (welcome after a long hike, but for a 6ft person, a choice is to be made between torso or body underwater). The showers are rain-style, which makes the most of gravity to enhance the moderate but adequate flow. The spacious and contemporary kitchen was well-equipped with modern appliances, and had enough crockery and utensils for the two of us. As all cupboards were full, our food was instead kept on the counter in the pantry/ heating/ laundry/ utility room or spacious fridge/ freezer. The table in the kitchen was comfortable for dining, and the local delicacies basket and bottle on our arrival provided a pleasant welcome. Outside, there are some old farm outbuildings and surrounding fence and gates. The main drive gate was solid and gave the sense of utter privacy, but another gate leading to the adjacent field nicked our dog as he squeezed through, as it had no way of securing it fully at the time of our visit. The unused outbuilding had an entrance barrier warning not to enter, but another open entrance caused some nervousness with the dog until he understood he was forbidden to explore inside. That aside, the outside space is otherwise secure, generous and nicely tended. Though our March weather meant we couldn’t sit amongst the daffodils, they were nevertheless lovely to see. The deer in the nearby woodland were clearly visible from the farmhouse grounds, as were the well-fenced cattle either side of the approach track. This is a great base for upper Argyll, lower Lochaber, the inner Hebrides - and farther afield. Oban is a short distance from Taynuilt and there are several trains per day from the village’s station. The rail line also intersects with the West Highland Way 45 minutes in the other direction at several places. This made it simple (subject to walking speed and the sparse train timetable) to catch the train from Taynuilt to Crianlarich and walk to Bridge of Orchy - some of the easiest 21.5km of the long-distance walking route yet well-worth doing. There’s a shorter option of 10km-ish to Tyndrum on the same rail line as Taynuilt. There is also a very quiet back-road (20km-ish) from Taynuilt to Oban which is on the National Cycling Network and was so quiet that walking it was possible. The location is also good for driving, with the Oban-Craignure, Lochaline and Tobermory-Kilchoan ferries providing plenty of options for visiting the Isle of Mull in a circular itinerary with the Ardnamurchan peninsula/ Moidart/ Glenfinnan, etc. Fort William provides the end/ start points of both the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way, and of course Ben Nevis and its skiing, mountain biking, and other activities. There is also a good driving loop via Glen Coe village, Rannoch Moor, Glen Orchy and Loch Awe through classic Scottish landscape. And nearer to the farmhouse is Taynuilt’s own proximity to the tranquility of Loch Etive and the bens and glens of its eastern shoreline. In summary, really good cottage in great location with plentiful facilities, attentive owners, and much to enjoy. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Mar 2023

  • "Thank you for the most wonderful holiday, it was idyllic."

    From the moment we arrived after a very long drive, we immediately felt at home. Everything was pristine and it’s clearly a well loved and cared for farmhouse in the most beautiful location. We will definitely be returning! Thank you!

    Thank you very much for the lovely feedback. We are delighted to hear you had a wonderful stay, and will be returning. We would love to welcome you back. Thank you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was very warm and comfortable, and beautifully furnished to a very high standard throughout, with lots of personal touches, such as pretty blinds and cushions, and nice watercolours decorating the walls."

    The kitchen and the bathrooms were attractive and stylish and the kitchen was well equipped. There was a generous welcome hamper, lots of bottled water, plenty of logs for the wood-burner and plenty of information about the area. There is lots to see and do in the area, and there are many stunning landscapes. Even though it rained for most of our stay (not unexpected in January!), we had a wonderful time.

    Thank you for the lovely review. We are pleased to hear you had a wonderful stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jan 2023

  • "A warm and welcoming home, well placed for exploring and yet lots of privacy."

    We saw deer in the paddocks below the house, a resident barn owl and of course the local cattle who would greet us every day. The house had everything we could possibly need and our holiday ended far too soon!

    Thank you for your wonderful review, we really appreciate it. It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your stay and got to see all the wildlife around the house. We would love to welcome you back. Happy New Year to you and your family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Dec 2022

  • "Superbly appointed restored farmhouse in a lovely private setting."

    Tastefully modernised with plenty of character and original features, especially original sash windows!! Both kitchen/diner and lounge were simultaneously cosy and spacious. Loved Taynuilt and Oban and trips to the Falls of Laura on a spring tide was a highlight. Don’t miss a visit to the Bonawe iron smelter and pier.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such nice feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your Christmas at Achanlochan Farm and loved exploring Taynuilt and Oban. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at this property which has been recently refurbished to a very high standard."

    Despite the time of year, the weather was generally kind to us and we enjoyed outdoor activities such as climbing Ben Cruachan, cycling the back way to Oban, and walking around Kerrara Island (easily accessible from Oban). The welcome pack was the best ever! Highly recommended.

    Thank you for this lovely feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Achanlochan Farm, and managed to make the most of your time in the Highlands. We hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "A delightful and well equipped property in an ideal location!"

    Thank you for your lovely review, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the location. We would love to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "What a find!"

    This delightful farmhouse is set in its own well-kept grounds, surrounded by rolling countryside and is in an idyllic holiday spot but to call it a holiday cottage would be a massive understatement. It's beautifully and stylishly decorated, has a well equipped kitchen with induction hob, range-style cooker and everything you could want in the way of crockery and cutlery. The showers are great, the main bathroom is a nice size and the owners had thoughtfully provided luxury soaps from the Highland Soap Company and soft towels. All the bedrooms are of a good size and the beds are really comfy. The woodburner in the lounge made for some cosy evenings and there's even Netflix on a wide-screen TV! And the icing on the cake? A lovely welcome surprise with jam, honey, oat cakes and a bottle of Prosecco on arrival! We had a fantastic time and enjoyed our stay enormously. Can't wait to return!

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melvyn5.0Aug 2022

  • "This property was amazing."

    Beautiful setting for wildlife spotting and exploring west coast and gorgeous rooms and decor. It was incredible well thought out. The arrival hamper and copious amounts of loo roll, soap, water etc was terrific. We loved every minute. It felt really special.

    Thank you so much for such lovely feedback. We are delighted you had a great holiday at Achanlochan Farm and enjoyed exploring the beautiful West Coast. We would love to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2022

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove
  • Air source central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric Range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, and wine cooler
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden with lawn and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 6.8 miles
  • Please note the property is located down a short one track road which may not be suitable low ground clearance cars

The property

Connel 6.8 miles.

Resting in an elevated position down a farm track in Taynuilt, Argyll & Bute is Achanlochan Farm, a charming, three-bedroom cottage.

Perfect for a family of explorers or group of friends, this cottage boasts stunning views and a peaceful area home to wildlife including red squirrels and deer.

On arrival at the cottage, off-road parking allows you to unload your bag with ease, before stepping into the home and starting your holiday.

Fit with an electric Range cooker and dining seating for six guests, the kitchen/diner provides space to catch up on the day's activities while the chef of your group whips up a tasty meal.

From here, the sitting room welcomes you in to snuggle up and flick on the TV while the woodburning stove crackles and warms the space around you.

Outside, you can enjoy the view with your morning coffee spent in the garden; trees, hills and wildlife are in abundance in this scenic area.

Completing the ground-floor is a family bathroom with a roll-top bath inviting you to take a long soak after a day of walking or cycling.

When it is time to rest, head upstairs and choose from three well-presented bedrooms; the first is a double with yet more picture-perfect views and a handy en-suite shower room where you can freshen up.

The remaining two bedrooms, king-size and a twin, offer a flexible sleeping arrangement for friends sharing or children in the group.

If you can tear yourself away from this idyllic cottage, why not head into the local village of Taynuilt and treat your loved ones to an afternoon in the tearoom, The Robin's Nest?

If you're feeling energetic, you can cycle to Oban, stop for a bite to eat, then catch the train back to save some energy for the next adventure.

During your stop in Oban, there is so much to see and do, such as Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel, Oban Distillery, Dunollie Museum, and Castle and Grounds for a taste of Scottish life.

A great day out from the cottage is a visit to the peaceful village of Glencoe which sits at the western end of Loch Leven, where you will find a wealth of fantastic walks and hikes with some wonderful wildlife to look out for along the way.

While you’re here take a trip to the National Trust Visitor Centre and discover the story of the infamous Glencoe Massacre.

You can also make your way to the gorgeous coast, or go inland to Fort William, a charming town in the Scottish Highlands, situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles.

The town is a popular tourist destination due to its many attractions, including Neptune's Staircase, the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, and Old Inverlochy Castle.

If you really just want a relaxed break, you can pack a picnic and make your way around all of your nearby Loch, including Loch Nant and Sior Loch, to take in the breath-taking landscapes.

Choose Achanlochan Farm for a quintessentially Scottish holiday, any time of year.

EPC Rating: Band C

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location

TAYNUILT

Oban 12 miles.

The small attractive village of Taynuilt is situated 12 miles from the bustling town of Oban, known as the 'Gateway to the Isles'. Taynuilt sits on the southern shore of Loch Etive, in the shadow of the towering munro of Ben Cruachan. This peaceful village boasts a Post Office, pub, hairdresser, newsagent, butcher, grocer, Robin's Nest tea rooms and a 9 hole golf course. The area is a haven for hill walkers and nature lovers, with its spectacular scenery and the beauty of Loch Etive.

Note: The property is located down a one track road (less than 0.5miles) which may not be suitable low ground clearance cars

This property offers the following short breaks:

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