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  • 18 Guests

  • 9 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "What a Heavenly spot!"

    We loved all of the space in the house, the magnificent gardens and the coastal setting. Swimming and rowing to and from the island each day was a real highlight. We do hope to have the opportunity to return again.

    Reviewed by AlasdairJul 2023

  • "A grand house in a glorious garden with a great view down Loch Etive, suitable for large parties."

    There is lots to do in the area.

    Reviewed by DonaldJun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Achnacloish."

    The situation is unbeatable with beautiful grounds and a stunning view down Loch Etive. Wendy prepared a delicious and spectacular meal for us and we were generally very well looked after. Would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by JeremyJun 2023

  • "Wonderful house in beautiful gardens."

    A great location near to Oban, mountains, lochs and the sea. Plenty of activities to keep all our group occupied.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2023

  • "This was our second year at Achnachloich."

    Group of 10. It is a fantastic property. Lots of space, kitchen has everything you need, all well maintained and lots of character. Loads to do in the surrounding area helped by a fantastic week of weather.

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2023

  • "Fabulous property, amazing grounds, we had a fabulous stay over the new year period."

    A few points on what could have been better. The property was freezing cold on arrival and it took a few days to heat up. The host Wendy was very helpful and changed the heating settings. One of the guests went out and bought a heater for their bedroom. It would be good to invest in a longer tv aerial to allow the tv to be watched from the comfortable sofas around the living room. We felt the pictures made the property look plush but instead it was more ‘shabby chic’.

    Reviewed by HanifDec 2022

  • "Very beautiful location with stunning views."

    Having a boat and an island to explore was fantastic. House was great and Wendy very helpful. Thank you.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2022

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay in a beautiful, well equipped and well located house."

    Everyone was very helpful and friendly. We would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by FionaAug 2022

  • "Great house for a family holiday."

    perhaps a note to say the boathouse and jetty are a 'difficult' walk away........we had some wee ones with us and hadn't appreciated the tricky access.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2022

  • "A magical place - space, warmth, incredible views, stunning flora, invigorating swimming in the loch."

    A unique opportunity for such a large group to all sit and eat around one table and in such style. Attention to detail from benches placed in scenic locations to all necessary cooking utensils. A perfect time and place to celebrate 60 year birthdays, treasure old friendships and make new ones.

    R. Davey, London.Nov 2018

  • "We've now stayed 5 times in Achnacloich and it is always a privilege to be able to enjoy this fabulous house and stunning grounds."

    The beds and bedrooms are great, bathrooms are plentiful with loads of reliable hot water, there is a lovely spacious kitchen with excellent storage for a large group like ours. Drying room also very useful for our walking parties! The property is very well looked after and has always been spotlessly clean upon our arrival. It's one of our favourite places to stay in Scotland. We shall return year on year!

    Martin ForsythNov 2018

  • "We have had a marvelous time and have been blessed with super autumnal weather, love, friendships of friends and family."

    We have climbed two Munro's, cycled on Lismore, strolled on Kerrera, fished and had lunch at the restaurant Pier House. Backgammon, 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, snooker and so much more.

    E & A Astle, Cumbria.Nov 2018

  • "Superb house and grounds with everything you want, boat, island, billiard room, great company and excellent food."

    Children had a great adventure. Views from Easdale were stunning in the Autumn sun. Not far for us but a superb time away with friends.

    J & K Ball, Fort William.Nov 2018

  • "On behalf of all my friends who joined me at Achnacloich House last week, I want to thank you and your team for making our stay so wonderful."

    As I think I have said before, we have been gathering for this kind of holiday every October since the year 2000, staying at various large houses all over Scotland. We are all agreed that Achnacloich is just about the best house we have stayed in.

    Visitors BookNov 2018

  • "Has to be the highlight of our Scotland journey."

    The view of the house from the road was awesome. The house is beautiful and we had great fun! This was booked for our 'Buddymoon' and certainly one to remember.

    J & B Wood, Brisbane.Nov 2018

  • "Our family had a wonderful week here."

    Achnacloich is a welcoming and homely house, with a very high standard of equipment and comfort. And the grounds are fabulous!.

    R. Kennedy, EdinburghNov 2018

  • "Great house with large fantastic gardens leading down to the shore."

    Wonderful views, marvellous sunsets and the availability of little rowboat boat for trips out to the island was a great bonus. We loved it.

    John JacksonNov 2018

  • "We are a group of 15 hillwalkers, all male, and we have stayed in the Highlands and Islands for a long weekend in February for many years, at different houses each time."

    In 2018 we stayed at Achnacloich, and I think the whole group agreed that this was possibly the best house we have stayed in. Wendy the housekeeper was friendly and helpful. We found the house to be comfortable, clean, warm and welcoming. The catering facilities were very good, and there were plenty of bathrooms, hot water and logs for the fire. There is also plenty of walking on hand at all levels - from several Munros in easy striking distance, to easy low level walks, and interesting island walks on Lismore and Kerrera for example. Thoroughly recommended for a group such as ours, or for families.

    DavidNov 2018

  • "A lovely property in which to spend New Year's week, and would be equally good in summer."

    Large public rooms with a very well-equipped kitchen. Lots of bedrooms, all well appointed and plenty of bathrooms! Superb grounds stretching right down to the loch. Overall excellent.

    ColinNov 2018

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  • Nine bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor twin with en-suite with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail, WC and dressing room, 2 x doubles with Jack and Jill shower room (no WC), 2 x doubles, 3 x twins, 1 x child’s bunk
  • Three bathrooms with baths, walk-in showers, basins, heated towel rails and WCs, bathroom with bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Two kitchens
  • Utility room
  • Drying room
  • Play room
  • Dining room
  • Drawing room
  • Sitting room
  • Games room
  • Office
  • Partial oil central heating and electric heating with open log fire
  • Aga oven, two electric ovens, hobs and grills, microwave, 3 x fridges, chest freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • TV and DVD player, collection of DVDs, Wifi- Superfast Fibre Boradband available through parts of the house
  • full-size snooker table
  • Fuel, power and logs for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Two highchairs and travel cots
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Extensive gardens with lawns, woodlands, garden furniture, swings, climbing frame and ropes, barbecue
  • Clay pigeon shooting can be arranged by separate arrangement- please contact the office for further information
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.4 miles, pub 4.4 miles
  • Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars isn’t included in the rental
  • Note: Please bring own linen for travel cot

The property

Connel 3.5 miles.

If you fancy yourself as lord or lady of the manor then you’ve come to the right place.

Achnacloich in Argyll and Bute, is a strikingly beautiful country house set within a stunning 500 acre country estate on the shores of Loch Etive and is just perfect for large family gatherings or as a venue for a reunion of old friends.

Dating back to the mid-19th century, the house is literally bursting with original features and character and the grandeur of the property oozes from every part of the building.

Walk into the huge entrance hall and it is like stepping back in time.

The generous drawing room could be straight out of the set of Downton Abbey and boasts feature windows designed to showcase the stunning views, wood flooring and a wealth of original features.

Recline on one of the pristine sofas in front of a roaring open log fire and you really can transport yourself to another time but with all the mod cons of the 21st century of course!

A smaller sitting room offers a more snug experience and talking of relaxing, check out the fantastic games room with full-size snooker table and there is also a play room.

It would be a shame not to make use of the formal dining room which has an abundance of traditional features so why not rustle up a banquet (or just a simple meal!) in one of the two spacious kitchens?

Imagine sitting down around the giant dining table and enjoying a candlelit meal with loved ones – it really is the perfect setting.

With nine bedrooms to choose from there is a boudoir for everyone including twin and double bedrooms as well as children’s bunk beds and there’s no shortage of bathrooms either.

The adventure doesn’t stop there with extensive grounds to explore including formal lawns, shrubbery areas, woodlands, a children’s play area and a brick-built barbecue, perfect for balmy evenings spent outdoors, eating, drinking and soaking up the wonderful views over the estate and Loch Etive beyond.

Tempting as it is to spend the whole holiday exploring Achnacloich and its grounds, there is so much else on offer right on the doorstep so what adventures await?

If you love the great outdoors then there are a number of superb cycling routes nearby, golf courses at Oban, Taynuilt and Dalmally, mountain climbing and hill walking, brown trout fishing and salmon fishing (by arrangement) and boat trips on the loch.

The town of Oban has loads to offer or you could hop a boat over to one of the adjoining islands such as Mull, Iona and Staffa.

Achnacloich is a country house with character, style, elegance and most importantly, space.

EPC Rating: Band G

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

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About the location


  • Oban 5 miles
  • Inveraray 32 miles

Connel is a village in Argyll and Bute close to Oban and is situated on the southern shore of Loch Etive It is known for the Connel Bridge an attractive cantilever bridge which spans Loch Etive and the Falls of Lora. Get your timing right when you visit the Falls of Lora and you will see just how stunning the waterfalls and whirlpools really are and you might even spot a seal! Connel has a number of shops, bars and restaurants including The Glue Pot, The Oyster Inn and The Falls, all serving the best local produce on offer in delightful surroundings. While you are here, you can stock up on essentials at any one of a number of convenience shops including Connel Village Store and Dunbeg Stores. Within easy reach of Connel is the popular town of Oban with its array of shops and boutiques. Take a tour around the Oban Distillery and just a short drive away is the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary which is well worth a visit.

Note. This property cannot accept short breaks. Full weeks only accepted due to housekeeper restrictions.
Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars isn’t included in the rental.

Clay pigeon shooting available by separate arrangement. Please contact office for further information.
Ideal property for family holidays and celebrations, walking groups and friends coming together to explore all that Argyll and the surrounding Isles have to offer, as well as gardening enthusiasts who will enjoy the magnificent gardens at Achnacloich. Sorry, no hen or stag parties or similar.