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Sobrachan

Kilmartin, Argyll & The Isles (Ref. 970960)

4.8

Excellent

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "We where excited to find somewhere that ticked all our boxes, of mountains/water/comfort and was reasonable priced, the house, location and even the weather did not let us down."

    Sobrachan was really excellent and Andrew could not have been a better host, lots of information about how to make the most of and respect this lovely modern, bright but cosy house. The garden was exciting to explore and shows how much care and effort is taken across the whole property. We will definitely look to come back, to see the stunning landscape in spring/summer and explore more of all that the location has to offer.

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 2021

  • "Fantastic house in amazing scenic area."

    Stars were so bright as nothing for miles. Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by KathrynOct 2021

  • "Fantastic property in a absolutely stunning setting."

    Perfect for relaxing and a good base to explore the the Highlands from. Excellent and helpful host.

    Reviewed by BenOct 2021

  • "The house and grounds were gorgeous and just what we expected based on the description!"

    The gardens were truly magical and we loved out stay here.

    Reviewed by LaurenOct 2021

  • "Stunning accomodation but, very remote."

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2021

  • "Fantastic house in the middle of nowhere the Gardens / Park are stunning you could easily spend a day exploring."

    Reviewed by FionaJun 2021

  • "Andrew deserves 5* in every way, we had a fantastic holiday."

    The gardens are so beautiful. Sobrachan gave us everything we wanted and more, comfort, space and spectacular views. We will return!

    Reviewed by GeorginaMay 2021

  • "Sobrachan is one of those places that you don't want to tell the rest of the world as its very special and you want to keep it a secret."

    The house is very well maintained and is totally off grid as the house boasts heating lighting cooking and copious hot water all generated by its own hydro pump house from the streams that run through the land . On the side of the house there is a very large sun terrace with cast iron table and chairs very nice , and leads to the well maintained fairytale gardens with streams , bridges , waterfalls , even a full sized suspension bridge built by the owners ...Great piece of engineering guys . The views from inside and out are breathtaking and the house is perfectly located on the 10 acres of land . On the rear of the house is a decking area with table and chairs with views across the Loch ( look out for the sunrise and sunsets ) amazing beautiful and just blown away how special this place really is. Andrew the owner was friendly and very helpful even offered to ask if there was anything we wanted from the nearest town as he was popping across there (30 minutes away) nice guy. Other people I would like to mention Ian I think he was the groundsman was very friendly and loved talking to him , also Andrews father sorry I can't remember his name but what a lovely 80 year old gentleman very nice to talk too . The water comes from the beautiful stream running through the land and goes through a group of filters and then is passed through a UV light before it gets to the tap Wi-fi is good and strong throughout the property and outside coverage is good as well , 4G is a bit of hit and miss but still connects outside . So the big question is would I go again ? ....YES IN A FLASH .

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "Beautiful house with an amazing garden."

    Lovely view of loch awe and mountains.

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2020

  • "Amazing house in an amazing setting."

    A cozy well equipped home from home with the most amazing views.

    Reviewed by ClaireOct 2020

  • "Sobrachan is the perfect getaway location Andrew is continuously helpful prior to your arrival and during your stay From the extensive gardens available for guest use to the various local attractions we filled our 2 weeks in Sobrachan with ease - in this new normal of socially distancing."

    This was our 2nd visit and we predict we will be back

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2020

  • "The house itself is finished to a very high standard but this is dwarfed by its spectacular location and the beautiful, well managed grounds in which it is set."

    We had an amazing week, blessed with wonderful weather. We’d definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2020

  • "The house overall is exceptional!"

    ! The rooms and beds were comfortable and the amenities were second to none. The owner Andrew was incredibly helpful and contactable in many forms. The house is in the top 1% of energy efficiency which is brilliant but also makes the house incredibly hot in the evenings, as all windows had to be shut due to midges. This being said, we all had an amazing time and the gardens and grounds are like walking around a National Trust park.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2020

  • "We’ve just returned from a weeks stay in Sobrachan House & would highly, highly recommend!"

    The house itself is immaculate, comfortable, extremely spacious, modern yet with character (beautiful antique furniture is in every room.) The kitchen facilities were excellent in terms of the cooker & hob, however an upgrade in pans/baking trays would really make a difference as well as a draining board for drying dishes. The location is off the beaten track, literally! But I think that this is the big appeal of this property. The feeling of complete isolation & privacy was something we’ve looked for and never quite found but this exceeded our expectation. In the evenings we would sit in the hot tub, switch all the lights off and watch the stars, without a single street light or light pollution... it was a special feeling and quite surreal at times. The log fire is just perfect after a day out in the cold weather. We did go through quite a lot of fire wood though as it’s a big stove! The house is down a very long and winding road but you soon get used to it; we were venturing out most days however if you’re looking to spend most of your time at the property I’d advise to stock up in the supermarket as the closest is about 25 minutes away. The private gardens were spectacular, like having your own wee secret garden. There are waterfalls and little bridges everywhere you turn, as well as beautiful stone work. The owner Andrew was very pleasant and helpful with all of our queries, although we didn’t have to be in touch much as the information pack is thorough. There are games provided which I thought were a nice touch - chess, cards, monopoly, Pictionary! As well as dozens of books & DVDS. If you’re looking for adventure then a day trip to Glencoe ski slopes are a must. We went up on the ski lift, where the scenery was breath taking. We tried again another day but the wind was too strong for the ski lift. I’d also recommend “the hidden valley” at Glen coe for a hike, or even just for pictures opportunities from the road side. Another nice day trip is to Oban. Loch Awe at the bottom of the road is stunning, and well worth a walk down for pictures & to watch the sun set. All in all a brilliant holiday with many memories to cherish, thank you!!

    Reviewed by TerriFeb 2020

  • "This is a stunning house in a gorgeous location."

    We had the most relaxing holiday here and would go back in a heartbeat. Andrew the host, made us most welcome and was there to greet us and show us round the house. He also provided a welcome basket which was very thoughtful and useful if you arrive late. It is very remote which was perfect for us but go prepared!

    Reviewed by CaroleOct 2019

  • "Sobrachan is a wonderful property and we would highly recommend it!"

    The house is in the most beautiful setting overlooking Loch Awe, it is secluded, perfectly quiet and truly relaxing. The gardens are huge, very interesting and stunning with streams, bridges, waterfalls and very well cared for. The house itself is of the highest quality, very comfortable, very well equipped, beds are comfortable and it is modern and well decorated and cared for, the kitchen was spotlessly clean and bathrooms lovely. The hot tub was very clean as Andrew (the owner) takes great care to ensure it is spotless, Andrew is exceptionally helpful in every way. The house is quite remote so if booking you can book an online Tesco order for the morning after you arrrive which was well worth it and recommended by Andrew. This is by far the most exceptional holiday home we have stayed at and whatever the weather, it is a beautiful place to be.

    Reviewed by BarryAug 2019

  • "A stunning property in an equally stunning location!"

    We had a fabulous week with excellent kayaking on Loch Awe and around the nearby Slate Islands!

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2019

  • "This holiday property is simply the best we have ever stayed at in the UK, the property is modern extremely well equipped with stunning views in all directions with a magnificent landscaped garden, the owner is friendly, helpful and their if needed, the addition of a welcome hamper was a lovely touch."

    It ticked all our boxes and I simply could not think of anything that was lacking, the booking process was quick and easy with frequent updates and reminders, a truly exceptional property that does not disappoint and we are hopeful of returning very soon

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • "Owner supplied an excellent welcome back it would have been useful if this had been mentioned in the listing as we duplicated some items."

    Reviewed by AlanMay 2019

  • "Sobrachen is a beautiful property in a stunning location."

    The well keep grounds are fantastic, with numerous paths and viewpoints to enjoy. The house is light and spacious with excellent views of Loch Awe for large windows. Sobrachan was a very comfortable house for the week, with all the facilities we needed. Perfect for a large family or group of friends to share. There is plenty to see and do within the surrounding area. You can walk down to the loch or take a drive out for the day. Kintail Birds of Prey, and Venture West boat trips are well worth the experience and good day out. We had a lovely week at Sobrachan in this beautiful part of Scotland.

    Reviewed by JasonApr 2019

  • "The house is set in outstanding gardens, with views of either the gorgeous gardens or Loch Awe from every room from the super size windows."

    An excellent location for getting away from it all The newly installed hot tub is an excellent addition which was enjoyed by all ages. The plus for us is that it sleeps 7 adults, 1 teeenager and 1 child with ease, not many places have 4 double beds and 2 good size singles (zip beds so could be 5 doubles) The kitchen/utility with its 3 ovens, 2 fridges and numerous cupboards was ample for our Tescos delivery service (get in quick if you want this as it goes the same day) Cannot wait to return next year

    Reviewed by LouiseApr 2019

  • "We had a really amazing time at the cottage."

    It’s warm, comfortable and has all the facilities you need. The hot tub was beautiful and warm after days of walking/cycling. There is plenty walking and cycling in the area but the house and gardens are beautiful to relax in and walk around. Would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by KirstenFeb 2019

  • "This was a gorgeous home on a spectacular property, and the pictures don't do it justice."

    All of the facilities were elegant and modern, and the views of the loch and mountains were breath-taking. The garden on the property was an oasis. We were particularly pleased about how accessible the house was, as one of the guests had significant accessibility needs; the entire first floor of the house (with bedroom and bathroom) was entirely accessible.

    Reviewed by RussellDec 2018

  • "Host and house were absolutely perfect."

    Just the orad leeding to the house was quite difficult (10 miles single track road).

    Reviewed by Dana AileenOct 2018

  • "Sobrachan is set amongst some amazing scenery and countryside with 10 acres of beautiful gardens to explore."

    Extremely rural but exactly what we wanted, peace and tranquility in abundance. The owner met us and was extremely helpful, a great host, he even provided us with lots of goodies and the essentials in a welcome hamper, thank you. There were 8 of us and although the seating in the lounge area was a little uncomfortable for all of us, it certainly did not spoil things. The bedrooms are spacious, the master especially with fantastic views towards Loch Awe and the en-suites, especially the showers were amazing. Everyone commented on how comfy the beds were. I cooked the family meals and found the kitchen very well equipped, although a few more pizza trays would have been useful. Loved the island, great when dishing up. All in all a fantastic break away, thank you for everything. We can not recommend this beautiful property enough. Perfect 10 from us.

    Reviewed by AngieSep 2018

  • "We found the owners of the holiday home very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them."

    The gardens were absolutely stunning and exceeded our expectations particularly the waterfalls and the suspension bridge over the stream and the views were amazing!

    Reviewed by DanielAug 2018

  • "This cottage is simply wonderful."

    It is the dreamed house you would like to have in your daily life, equipped to the highest standards and very well designed. The large bay windows make you feel outside, in the stunning views on Loch Awe (although the perfect insulation allows you to never feel cold nor too warm). WiFi connection, phone connection and plenty of DVDs for those who like the cottage so much that they want to stay inside. But also plenty of other marvels on hand for those who like outdoor activities: an incredibly beautiful and huge landscaped private garden (with a suspension bridge and many benches to enjoy what is, in fact, more like a royal park than a mere garden), plenty of places to visit Historic Scotland (castles, chapels, dolmens, cairns), many fishing spots (licences can be bought locally, very close), plenty of other activities (sailing, treetop adventure, horse riding, etc) and walking paths galore for those who, like us, enjoy hillwalking. The owner was always here to help when we needed his advice on where to go, what to do ou where to find this or that. He was also very respectful of our privacy (we mainly exchanged by text messages) although we knew he could pop in in no time should we needed him to be there. In short: a perfect place to stay in Scotland!

    Reviewed by AurelieAug 2018

  • "Sobrachan is a beautiful house full of space and light with the most stunning views."

    Andrew was incredibly helpful and welcoming and gave us useful tips on places to visit. Having said that we were very happy just chilling at Sobrachan and exploring the beautiful estate with its gardens and bridges. We were a group of 2 families with lots of teens and they even loved it, partly assisted with good wifi! Shame weather wasn't kinder but still had a fantastic holiday, thank you.

    Reviewed by RachelJul 2018

  • "Sobrachan was set in a scenic lochside location with wonderful views."

    The accommodation was very spacious and comfortable and met all the needs of our party. The garden, with its glades, gorge, waterfall and suspension bridge proved to be a unique recreational area that we all loved to relax in. To top it all, our host Andrew was extremely helpful, friendly and informative and we soon felt at home there.

    Reviewed by MelindaJul 2018

  • "We all had a wonderful stay at Sobrachan!"

    The fabulous house, peace and quiet, beautiful gardens and the view across Loch Awe makes for an amazing setting! We will definitely be back again!

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2018

  • "Absolutely stunning property."

    It was like staying in a 5 star hotel. The gardens are also a gem. Be aware it is a long way to shops - you will be very isolated. Andrew and his father were perfect hosts. Do take every midge repellent available. They were the only negative to a truly wonderful holiday

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2018

  • "Fantastic large house which is very well equipped."

    Remote location with stunning views over the Loch, and beautiful gardens with large variety of rhododendrons to wander in. Saw birds of prey circling overhead most days.. Highly recommended if you’re after a peaceful getaway.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2018

  • "Don't bother to look anywhere else because this is simply the best holiday I have had in the UK."

    From the outset, this trip with my large group was brilliant, all down to wonderful hosts. The hosts Andrew and Felicity (Flic) were most accommodating, allowing us some flexibility with nights stayed and turnover times to suit those of us who had to drive back home for work after the Bank Holiday Monday. Upon arrival, the cottage was a wonder to behold inside and out. Beautifully crafted and time and care was taken to complete it to a very high and professional standard, especially with the furnishings too. Even though there was plenty to do outside, you would not be disheartened about staying in if the weather takes a turn for the worst because indoors is an experience in itself. The beds were very comfortable and no one had any complaints about them, and the place was spotless too. The facilities were great - the gas BBQ was enough to keep churning out chicken and burgers for 10 hungry men 2 days in a row, internet was very fast with no drop in the connection for those who needed, and there are plenty of games puzzles and even TV. The gardens around the cottage we learnt have been kept by Andrew's father, Philip, for the past 20 years and they are just beautiful. On the first day we went around exploring them only to find a suspension bridge built across a valley with a river which I later learnt was built by said Philip! This on top of the fact the cottage was built by the hosts too was simply amazing. I've stayed in cottages before where the key was left in a lock box and I never even met the host before so this was the first time ever meeting a cottage's owner, and Andrew was most helpful during the trip, coming to make sure our water was running, checking if we needed anything, leaving us a beautiful hamper with local produce on arrival, and just being a joy to talk to and learn about the surroundings and also his and Flic's own history. The surrounding nature and landscape was nothing like we had seen before. We went down to Loch Awe which was beautiful to walk along, and found paths up into the hills and mountains for those of us who liked to do so, but best of all was we discovered a little rock pool at the foot of a waterfall just 10 minutes walk from the cottage. After we met with Andrew after and told him, he enthusiastically told us that we went to the wrong one, and that there was an even bigger waterfall and pool just 5 minutes away! Which we promptly went to and this was certainly the highlight of the trip which we would have missed had it not been for Andrew's local knowledge. Andrew, put it in your brochure! Your guests will miss out! All in all I honestly couldn't fault the hosts nor the accommodation and I am sure had I had any issues, the hosts would have been more than accommodating and helped us in any way. Thank you Andrew, Flic and Phillip for an amazing stay and I will most certainly be returning, hopefully when you've installed your sauna! Regards, Mo PS if you like dogs then there are plenty to play with who just love guests

    Reviewed by MohammedMay 2018

  • "Exceeds and excels in every aspect."

    We have been to rural Scotland a few times with our young 3 children, usually with another family of similar size with us also. Sobrachan is a hidden treasure. It exceeded every expectation for both families. Stunning design, views and light all throughout. Then the hilly landscaped private gardens, with small bridges, streams and waterfalls running throughout and then the amazing suspension bridge at the top. Kids can roam free and safely. The interior is amazing. Pics don’t do Sobrachan justice. I really don’t want to give too much away as i would really want you to feel the continuing pleasure of surprises Sobrachan has. It really is a credit to Andrew and his efforts. He is brilliant, helpful and overall a lovely person. Truly a family experience.

    Reviewed by BilalApr 2018

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The property

Kilmartin 10 miles.

This luxurious, modern house overlooks unspoilt Loch Awe and mountain Ben Cruachan.

It’s a unique opportunity to get away from it all, in the utmost comfort.

Sobrachan also has a private, ten-acre semi-landscaped woodland garden, with streams, waterfalls, decorative bridges, and even a suspension bridge across its gorge, offering magnificent views down to the loch and Ben Cruchan beyond.

Far from the traffic and bustle of daily life, there are glorious forest, river and hill walks from the doorstep, and the loch itself is under half a mile away.

In this fairytale location, Sobrachan is finished to the highest of standards, making it an ideal stay for families, groups and couples who want a thoroughly relaxing break in one of the area’s most well-appointed holiday homes.

There is a large, fully equipped utility room with washer and dryer, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, supplementing a separate kitchen prep area with induction hob, two ovens and large fridge, overlooking the vast open-plan space that forms the main area of the house.

There are also three different dining areas — the informal breakfast bar, perfect for drinks and snacks, a comfortable, scrubbed pine kitchen table, and the formal dining area with its exquisite antique Hepplewhite table and chairs.

There is also a large open-plan lounge area, with a two huge corner sofas, a cosy wood-burning stove, large flatscreen TV and a wide array of DVDs, games and books to enjoy.

Guests can even have a sing-along (or musicians can gather safe in the knowledge they won’t be disturbing anyone) with a fabulous antique grand piano resting underneath the staircase.

This eco-friendly house is beautifully illuminated by natural light as the walls boast floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing astounding views of the loch, mountains, and garden in every season.

Sobrachan offers five zip/link bedrooms providing flexible sleeping for guests, while four of the bedrooms host immaculate en-suites and the fifth is right next to the bathroom.

The Master suite has its own dressing room, floor length windows overlooking the loch, and a bath.

All bathrooms have generously proportioned raindance showers.

Outside, there is decking with comfortable seating for a pre-dinner drink or lunch on the terrace.

From Sobrachan, some of Scotland’s most beautiful destinations are easily accessible.

Historic Rannoch Moor and Glencoe is an hour away, the Tayvallich peninsula with sweeping views of Jura, and Kilmory beach, perfect for bracing walks and sealife-spotting boat tours are all ideal days out, while the charming harbour town of Oban, with regular ferries to the Western isles, is a 36 mile drive.

The nearest pub can be found in Kilmartin, along with an ancient church, museum and coffee shop.

On way are historic Carnassarie castle, standing stones and bronze age cup and ring marks.

Slightly further afield is the small but appealing town of Lochgilphead, with a variety of places to shop and eat.

The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is also nearby, providing even more incredible scenery and opportunities for walking, cycling and wildlife spotting.

Sobrachan is a spectacular house in a peaceful, historic and stunningly beautiful area of Scotland.

Summary

  • Five bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king-size zip/link (can be twin on request), 1 x first floor king-size zip/link (can be twin on request) with en-suite bathroom with separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor king-size zip/link (can be twin on request) with en-suite bathroom with separate shower, basin, bath, and WC, 2 x first floor super king-size zip/link (can be twin on request) with shared Jack-and-Jill en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with a basin and WC (adjacent to ground floor bedroom)
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, island breakfast bar, large kitchen table, dining area and sitting area with a woodburning stove
  • Large utility room
  • Carport and separate garage.
  • Eco underfloor heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric 5 zone induction hob, 2 x electric ovens, 2 x fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Two highchairs and travel cots available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Decking with furniture, hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 10 miles, shops, supermarkets, garage, restaurants 16 miles
  • Note: The property has an open-tread staircase
  • Note: This property has a private water supply.

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About the location

KILMARTIN

Crinan 7 miles; Lochgilphead 8 miles; Tarbert 21 miles; Oban 30 miles.

The village of Kilmartin sits at the heart of Kilmartin Glen, one of the most important prehistoric sites on the Scottish mainland. In the area there are rock carvings, standing stones, burial cairns and the remains of the Iron-Age fort at Dunadd, the home of the first kings of Scotland. Kilmartin is home to a church, pub, a castle and the Kilmartin House Museum with visitor centre next door, housing a café. The town of Lochgilphead is eight miles away, offering a good selection of cafes and small shops selling a range of goods, foods and crafts, while the village of Inveraray, home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, is within driving distance. Close by is Crinan Canal, which is surrounded by the stunning scenery of Argyll and Bute. From end to end the canal is nine miles long, and its sheltered waters make it an ideal place for beginners and the more experienced paddlers to explore. There are beautiful walks to be enjoyed throughout the area from Kilmichael Forest, to those at Port Ann and Dunardry and up over the hill from the stoney beach at Crinan Ferry, from where you can look out over Jura and north towards Mull. A trip to the Scottish Beaver Trail in Knapdale Forest also provides a fun family day out, plus the fishing village of Tarbert gives you superb access to all the ferry points across Kintyre that travel to Gigha, Arran, Islay and Portavadie.

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