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Tower Lodge

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Tower Lodge is an attractive and comfortable place to stay."

    It has character and charm and is laid out well for visiting families. Tim, the owner, was very helpful, providing information prior to our stay. There is much to do in the area. For us, the ability to walk from the Lodge up to Ben Cruachan was great, although challenging. There are plenty of scenic places, the Falls at Dalavich are a favourite. Inverary was a good place for groceries and we found the store in Dalmally more useful than the one in Lochawe. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tower Lodge. It's a beautiful area which we were happy to revisit.

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Tower Lodge."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful, the few minor problems that we had were solved immediately. The lodge was very clean and well equipped, the WiFi worked excellently. The place is absolutely quiet, we never heard anything but birds. It is important to note that you have to have a car to reach any trails or sights or supermarkets.

    Reviewed by Jasper4.7Jul 2023

  • "Great stay here with the kids, I don't think the photos do it justice."

    Really comfortable and clean, great base for exploring the surrounding areas. We had a fantastic holiday here!

    Reviewed by Lynsey5.0Jun 2023

  • "Enjoyed my stay."

    House is very comfortable and well equipped. Only complaint is my dog got out of the garden through the wire fence. So was a bit worried about that.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.4Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was idyllic."

    The owners provided for all our needs. It was clean and warm . There were two observations, the first being the provision on a set steps so the high cupboards could be reached and the upstairs bedroom with two single beds could benefit from a mirror. These did not effect the holiday but thought it is worth mentioning

    Reviewed by Steve5.0May 2023

  • "Charming cottage in stunning location."

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Apr 2023

  • "A great lodge , Swiss chalet style , set in some well kept gardens ."

    Full facilities , takes 4 easily with bunks for a further two . Nice and roomy , a really great cottage . All equipment provided . Great location too with Loch Awe, Cruacgan, Glen Orchy , Glen Lochy, Glen Lonan on your doorstep. Glen Coe a little further away . Nice well equipped cottage, superb location , well recommended

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Aug 2022

  • "A great property in a very good position for exploring between Loch Lomond and Oban ."

    Very comfortable accommodation . Some thoughtful touches such as a set of waterproofs . Great patio / garden area to sit out on . Loved the stay

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday at the house, it does say dog friendly but the garden isn’t and also we were told last minute that due to previous guests the gates had been removed."

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.4Jun 2022

  • "A lovely break in Tower Lodge."

    Very well placed for trips to Glen Coe, Oban and several woodland walks. Our second stay there, so must be good. If there is any fault to find it is the shower!

    Reviewed by Sandra4.1Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful stay, could of done with a bigger tv in the lounge, also the Hoover needs replaced, spent way too much time trying to Hoover than I should of."

    Reviewed by Vessc4.7Dec 2021

  • "Tower Lodge is in a great location for exploring the local area but quiet and feels secluded."

    You can glimpse Loch Awe from the balcony and a very friendly pub and village shop are both a short stroll away. We saw Deer, and red Squirrels in the forest and so many ypes of birds at the bird feeder. The lodge has everything we expected and need for a comfortable stay plus other homely touches like a slow cooker, firepit and breadmaker and some lovely treats on arrival. The house was warm and clean and the fire is perfect in the evening. We would highly recommend Tower Lodge.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2021

  • "The lodge is in a beautiful setting."

    There was plenty of room for everyone and the kitchen was really well equiped. We particularly enjoyed feeding the birds and spent ages sat looking out of the window in the comfort of the lodge seeing lots of different species on the bird feeder. There is lots to do and see close by so no need to travel far once you're there. Really enjoyed this holiday and would definitely recommend Tower Lodge.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Lodge is in a beautiful spot with stunning scenery and surroundings and we had a lovely week despite the weather."

    However after a 10 hour journey and wanting to relax I did not expect to have to clean the carpet in the living area or empty the hoover that was full of dog hair and had not been emptied in a while. The carpet was covered in dog hair. So there was no doubt in my mind that it had not been hoovered prior to our arrival, if it had then maybe one should have emptied the hoover beforehand!! Hence the reason for my rating. We are dog owners ourselves and always make sure we leave any cottage as we would like to find it and if that means I hoover every day then I do, and did. As I said at the beginning we had a lovely week and always give good ratings but just felt in this instance I needed to be honest. It would not stop us from returning.

    Reviewed by Lesley3.4Sep 2021

  • "Cottage was excellent in a wonderful location."

    Really comfortable and clean. We would definitely stay again fantastic base for some great hill walks including Ben Cruachan from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2021

  • "Our holiday was wonderful from start to finish ."

    Tower lodge is situated in the most beautiful place and had everything we needed. We would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Jade5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very quiet with lots of birds including woodpeckers and red squirrels to the feeder in the garden."

    Was made aware by the owner before hand that they control the heating to the main living area and if we wanted it on we had to message them to turn it up, we would have preferred to have been able to do this as and when we needed. Also had to go around and dust on arrival in some areas, the double room upstairs and around the bunk downstairs were thick with dust. In all was ok, well equipped although if 6 are staying there wouldn’t be enough seating in the main living area.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.8Jul 2021

  • "Quiet spot away from the main road but walking distance to the pub and shop."

    Very nice location for a break!

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage for exploring the beautiful surroundings."

    We were 2 adults and 2 dogs so had plenty of room. The living room is limited but the owners have cleverly made the downstairs bedroom an additional living area with TV/ perfect for children to have their own space. The cottage is well equipped with excellent area for removing dirty boots and clothing after a long day in the mountains. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2021

  • "The location was superb, the lodge had everything we needed for our stay."

    Remote enough and a good base to explore the surrounding area. In order for supplies, you really need to shop in Oban which is around 20 miles away. The one and only thing that caused both frustration and mild disappointment was the log burner. It just didn't want to keep alight, despite all efforts and lots of firelighters etc. We have a log burner at home and we think it could have been the logs we bought hadn't been dried out enough and/or were too large for the burner itself. We just couldn't get a sound enough ash base to keep it going. Pity. Otherwise we would highly recommend this place for a secluded and laid back holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Ciaran5.0May 2021

  • "Tower lodge set in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands just above Loch Awe, ..."

    Tower lodge set in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands just above Loch Awe, brilliant accomodation, wildlife , walks & so much history , so much to see

    Reviewed by Maryanne5.0Oct 2020

  • "Tower Lodge is a superb cottage in glorious surroundings on the shore of Loch Awe, with views over the tree tops to the loch."

    We have had a fantastic week with visits to Oban and Invarary, we have been to these places before but they never seem to lose their appeal and the fish and chips in Oban are delicious. We were very lucky with the weather which made the whole week much better. The cottage is very light and airy with a great view of the Ancient Castle Keep close by. There is lots of storage for food and clothes with extra bedding if needed. The wood burning stove in the living room was very efficient and warmed the whole house quickly in the chilly evenings, it was really cosy. The owners have conveniently placed a bird feeding station directly outside the living room window, and you can watch the wonderful variety of birds come to feed, it really was fascinating we watched them for hours and also outside on the bench and chairs provided, thr Robin's were particularly tame and almost took peanuts from your hand. There was two little voles that kept popping I and out of their home which made it even better. On our last night we had dinner at the Cruachan Inn, we had a fantastic dinner in fantastic surroundings and views and very efficient staff although they were busy took time out to chat and make the whole evening great. All in all the whole week was a great triumph inspite of the Covid restrictions , thank you Tim and Claire for the use of your fabulous cottage.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was a lovely home away from home ."

    The surroundings were breathtaking a truly wonderful place locals very friendly and extremely helpful would recommend to everyone to spend some time here . Can’t praise the cottage enough and a wonderful touch to have a bottle of wine and some short breads waiting for us when we arrived I can see myself spending many a week here in years to come

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2020

  • "It was a comfortable cottage and we had a good holiday."

    Reviewed by Morag3.8Sep 2020

  • "Lovely house, beside Loch Awe and a train station (for the few who need it)."

    There is a good pub/ restaurant a short walk away at the bottom of the hill and a shop. It is a fantastic location to explore the highlands. The house is light, clean, very well kept and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped and the location secluded from other people. As other reviewers have said there is more bedroom space than living space. We are a family of 5 and this was fine for us but a group of 5 adults could find the space downstairs a bit tight. We would go back.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2020

  • "Not enough seating, listed for six people as long as they don't want to all sit down together unless they sit on the floor."

    Was basically clean but needs a good deap clean, had to check the crockery before use, does have all the basic essentials which was good

    Thanks for your feedback. We do have three double bedrooms, but agree our lounge is small for 6 adults. We think Tower Lodge is ideal for up to four adults and two children as our 'kids' bunkbed room also has a sofa and TV/DVD which gives them their own space. We have four comfy chairs in the lounge, plus the option of the dining chairs and two fold our chairs if needed. We are just finishing re-painting the cottage, installing new heating, and a new cooker and hob so we hope it will be a great place for a break for families or adults during 2020. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah2.8Nov 2019

  • "Wonderful location and warm comfortable house which is a nice mixture of traditional and modern."

    Very nice pub 10 mins walk away along quiet country track. House owner is dog friendly and very cooperative. We all thoroughly enjoyed the break.

    Reviewed by John Stuart5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely location, so many beautiful spots all in close proximity and other lovely places within an hours drive."

    Cottage lovely and characterful. Not much comfy seating for 6 but we loved it and the owners have thought of everything. Very enjoyable in beautiful Scotland.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Oct 2019

  • "Nice location and Cottage was comfortable and cosy"

    Reviewed by Rod4.4Oct 2019

  • "Tower lodge was quiet and lovely, just what I needed."

    Reviewed by Scott4.1Sep 2019

  • "We lived our time away and it was really easy through your site"

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Jul 2019

  • "A superb cottage."

    Very comfortable and characterful, and very well placed for touring Argyll.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor bunk room, 1 x first floor double and 1 x first floor twin
  • Bathroom with a bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area, with woodburning stove.
  • Electric storage heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine, TV, DVD player, a selection of books, games and DVDs and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • There is private parking for one car within the property, and space for a second car on the access lane immediately opposite
  • Enclosed stone area with bench
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles and pub 0.2 miles

The property

Tower Lodge is a superb detached cottage, located in the pretty village of Lochawe, situated just above the loch of the same name.

Kick off your boots and coats, leave them in the porch area by the front door and walk through to the open-plan living space.

The cosy lounge has comfortable seating for four adults to curl up of an evening while watching your favourite shows, with the delightful woodburning stove to keep you warm during those chilly winter months.

For the children, there is room to join the adults in the living room but the large downstairs bunk bedroom has a couch, TV, and DVD player to keep them entertained in their own space.

The dining area comfortably seats four adults and makes for a wonderful social space to enjoy your delicious home-cooked meals, prepared in the well-equipped kitchen, with all modern appliances on-hand.

The dining table can be folded out for up to six (there are two other chairs in other rooms; plus two fold out chairs in the cupboard).

Follow the stairs up to the first floor, where the remaining two bedrooms are located, consisting of a spacious twin room and a double bedroom which opens directly onto the balcony overlooking the Loch through the woodland.

The family bathroom offers a bath and electric shower, so you can decide how best to prepare for your day or freshen up after a day in the Scottish hills.

Outside has a well-kept garden with a sheltered west-facing stone area with a bench and chiminea, so you can sit out by the fire enjoying the country views through the woodland across to St Conan’s tower.

While you're in the area, take the time to visit the wonderful ruined structure of Kilchurn Castle, which dates back to the mid-15th century and offers stunning views across the loch, or the quirky St Conan’s Kirk built in medieval style in the late 1800s.

For those sporty types, visit the mountain of Ben Cruachan, which has opportunities for climbing and hiking.

Due to its rural location, you are ideally placed for walking and cycling opportunities, with scenic views all round.

Take advantage of Loch Awe, the third largest freshwater lake in Scotland, which is on your doorstep and enjoy some fishing or hire a boat.

The welcoming Cruachan Inn is a convenient 10 minutes’ walk away offering excellent food.

Travel a few miles to Dalmally Golf Club, which has a 9-hole course, suitable for amateurs and professionals alike.

Visit the towns of Oban and Inverary, which are both only 45 minutes away, or drive less than an hour to beautiful Glen Orchy or dramatic Glen Coe.

So much to do in this remote location, you won't want to miss it!

Tower Lodge is the perfect choice for a relaxing break to the countryside.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

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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?