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Craobh Haven near Ardfern, Argyll & The Isles Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a very relaxing week away with our dogs."

    Lots of lovely walk from the lodge. The lodge was well equipped and comfortable. Enjoyed watching the seals while having a coffee.

    Reviewed by WendyNov 2023

  • "Due to ongoing diversions spoilt our holiday because Skye/Mark should have rescheduled or cancelled holiday."

    As they were aware of situation on area, Mark also made comment on low cars not being good for the surrounding areas and damage to the road. as previous person Katie who stopped even commented on locals and people having to be airlifted out of the area due to the previous storm. I can appreciate diversions however not 2 and a half hours every day to get and visit surrounding areas. We understand it is Mother Nature however this could have been rescheduled as Skye and mark would have known about the local conditions prior to us arriving. We were looking forward to this break and left after 2 days out of 7, I genuinely feel like I have been ripped as current cost of living situation, we worked hard to pay for this trip for 2 days I genuinely feel like I have just burnt £600 which could have been rescheduled or put towards another stay later in the year.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Kelpie."

    The property is in a lovely location looking onto the water, perfect for watching the local wildlife. It was very comfortable and was well equipped with everything we needed. Croabh Haven is a good base in the area with lots of nice walks and beautiful views looking towards the islands.

    Reviewed by YvonneOct 2023

  • "We should of been told our holiday was cancelled, it was dangerous to be there."

    We asked if we could move our booking to another week on Saturday late afternoon when all roads were blocked with landslides or flooded, it was extreme weather conditions with many people being airlifted out. It would be dangerous for us to be there, but you didn't cancel! We managed to get through by early evening on Monday having taken a two hour detour. Then spent the whole of Tuesday with no heating waiting for a plumber to arrive! First one 7.30am, then spare towels to help with the leak late morning, spare part early afternoon finely being fixed about 7pm. Leaving us with just two days holiday and more landslides! This holiday should of been rescheduled.

    Reviewed by KateOct 2023

  • "Everything was perfect very peaceful and great weather"

    Reviewed by DonaldSep 2023

  • "Everything in the lodge was just perfect and exactly as the photos show."

    It was more spacious than we thought and very well equipped. Helen was never far away if we needed advice. The views were inspiring and we were lucky to see a seal right outside. The area is just so peaceful, we didn’t spend enough time there as we wanted to make the most of our time in Scotland. The local pub does amazing food and a great choice of beer. We went on a local charter boat tour with Tony at Farsain who gave us a great 3 hours out in the local waters. All in all a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by TinaAug 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our stay at Kelpie and hope to book again for next year soon."

    Reviewed by GraemeAug 2023

  • "Fantastic ,we loved everything about this holiday home,so much so we have booked it again for next year."

    A real gem of a find.

    Reviewed by LyndaJun 2023

  • "A fantastic stay in a lovely property surrounded by natural beauty."

    We spent mornings and evenings relaxing outside with views across the Loch, watching the wildlife right in front of us including seals and various birds. It’s so quiet and peaceful there and the perfect place to get away from a busy work life and relax. There’s plenty of places to explore in the local area and we enjoyed a boat trip from Craobh Haven marina to watch wildlife including sea birds, eagles, red deer and harbour porpoises! The property itself has everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. I highly recommend this property and will definitely be booking again in the future!

    Reviewed by JacobJun 2023

  • "A quiet and peaceful location, with a beautiful view."

    An excellent centre for exploring the coast of Argyll. The cabin is secluded, comfortable and well equipped. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2023

  • "A beautiful peaceful location within easy reach of so many other fabulous places to visit."

    Our lodge was perfect and our hosts were friendly and kind. We were sad to leave Kelpie and Croabh Haven and will be telling everyone we know all about it!

    Reviewed by KarenApr 2023

  • "Neat cabin with great view, good value, very helpful owner, excellent location with much interest in the immediate surroundings - wildlife, marina and boatyard, the estate and its tracks and interesting local residents met on dog walks."

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2022

  • "A great little cottage in a fabulous location"

    Reviewed by KatherineSep 2022

  • "The property was fantastic, the owners very welcoming and accommodating."

    Lovely location. Lots to do, walking, horse riding, fishing, mountain bike riding, swimming, kayaking, places to visit etc... you only have to look! 35 mins drive to Oban and 25 to Lochgilphead, where you can find all the normal shops i.e., Tesco (Oban), Co-op (Lochgilphed) take outs, restaurants, pharmacies etc. The view on to the loch was stunning with lots of wild life. The owners very kindly placed a pair of binoculars in the window of the lodge for you to use, which we did and spotted the seals. If you are thinking of staying at Kelpie, you WILL need a car.

    Reviewed by DebraJul 2022

  • "Loved Kelpie."

    Homely, spacious and well equipped and in a great location with fabulous view over the bay. The owners, Mark and Helen, who live nearby to property were very welcoming and did everything to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Hope to be back

    Reviewed by AlasdairFeb 2022

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x bunk bed
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Front garden with decking, gravelled area and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.9 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Note: The decking may become slippery when wet, please take care
  • Note: The lodge is located next to the owner's property and the owners can organise boat trips for guests Note - This property only accepts weekly bookings starting on a Friday

The property

Ardfern 5.1 miles.

Kelpie is a homely, all-ground-floor lodge nestled on the bay in Craobh Haven near Ardfern, Argyll and Bute.

With off-road parking, excellent facilities and idyllic countryside views, this pet-friendly lodge welcomes a family of four to discover the beauty of Scotland.

Find your new home-from-home down a gravelled path overlooking the bay, where you'll surely spot boats and wildlife during your stay, such as seals and sea otters.

Kick off your boots and step inside the open-plan living area with thoughtful décor and all the self-catering essentials; prepare picnics and home-cooked meals in the contemporary kitchen area, with stylish fittings and a built-in fridge/freezer.

Savour your breakfast at the dining table for four to plan the day's adventures over a heart-warming feast.

Set in front of the patio door framing lovely views, the sofa is a prime spot to snuggle up and watch TV or admire the sun setting across the bay.

Why not take a hot drink out to the decking with seating to make the most of your beautiful surroundings?

As the night draws in, choose a hot shower, before crawling under the sheets in one of two bedrooms.

The double also hosts the washer and dryer to freshen up muddy walking gear, whilst the bunk room is ideal for two younger guests.

Venture out on a boat trip from Craobh Marina to explore the surrounding isles of Argyll, followed by dinner and a well-earned drink at The Lord of The Isles, a bar and restaurant with sea views!

The nearby village of Ardfern has plenty of history to discover, alongside a pub, shop, craft centre and tearoom, whilst a sailing trip of the west coast also set off from the marina; perhaps you'll see some of Scotland's marine life, from porpoise to sea birds, and maybe even dolphins and minke whale!

Jump in the car and head to Lochgilphead to the south, whilst north lies Oban for panoramic views of the bay from McCaig's Tower and Battery Hill, Oban War & Peace Museum and coastal walks to marvel at the unforgettable sights.

Choose Kelpie for a family-friendly lodge in the great outdoors with all the home comforts.

EPC Rating: Band G

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location


Lochgilphead 16 miles; Oban 21 miles.

The picturesque coastal village of Ardfern sits on the Craignish Peninsula in Scotland’s beautiful and dramatic Argyll region. An ancient settlement, there is evidence of population at Ardfern dating from 600 AD when contemporaries of St Columba were here, plus there is a ruined church on the Peninsula dating from 12th century. The village today contains a pub, shop, craft centre, tea room and a large marina, ideally placed for sailing off the west coast. A second marina is nearby at Craobh Haven and the towns of Lochgilphead and Oban are well worth a visit offering many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The surrounding scenery is what makes the area, with the hills, lochs and mountains offering spectacular walking, plus there is fresh water and sea fishing nearby to delight the angler. Ardfern is a lovely base for exploring the area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season