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Darach

Ardfern near Lochgilphead, Argyll & The Isles (Ref. 16245)

4.9

Outstanding

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

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

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62 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Darach, which is a great place to explore Argyll."

    We were greeted by John who provided useful insights on the local area throughout the week. The cottage was very clean, comfortable and well equipped. Lovely quiet location with nice views over Craobh Haven and the surrounding hills.

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2022

  • "The cottage was very clean and tidy, well equipped and very comfortable."

    John was very friendly and told us of local places to eat which were excellent. It is only 13 miles from Lochgilphead and 20 miles from Oban ideally placed for exploring the Argyll coast. The only downside is the track leading to the cottage is in need of some repair.

    Reviewed by SeanMay 2022

  • "The cottage was bright, spacious, dog friendly and ideally located for exploring mid Argyll with lots to do nigh on the doorstep."

    There is also excellent walking from the property itself. The views from the hill behind the house were breath taking as were the regular sightings of Eagles from the front door! The property owner was very helpful and we shared some good laughs together. A superb week for us at a perfect spot.

    Reviewed by StewartApr 2022

  • "What a glorious week at Darach we’ve had fabulous cottage great host John was always on hand if needed."

    Weather was glorious for us and the Area stunning.Also at Darach a wonderful time for our 2dogs who had a large safe field to free run .We’ll be back next year if not this autumn IF WE CAN.Margo and Martin Whittle

    Reviewed by MartinApr 2022

  • "Beautiful location."

    Cosy and well equipped cottage. Very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by KatherineApr 2022

  • "A bench and table in the back garden to sit in the sun and enjoy a coffee would of been great."

    Other than that I could not fault it,BRILL.

    Who knew that the weather at the beginning of March would be so beautiful? Sorry that the garden furniture was not available. It is now fully refurbed and in position! Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnthonyMar 2022

  • "This a beautiful place to visit and explore."

    The cottage is warm and comfortable. The paddock was perfect for exercising the dogs , but would equally be great for children...it has a breath taking view. There are beautiful walks straight from the cottage, and it’s easy access to the main road makes it a perfect place to explore the area. John and Sue are fabulous hosts...with extensive local knowledge. John even came to the rescue when our van broke down, and gave my partner a lift in his Porsche to sort it out! We will be back !

    Reviewed by SallyFeb 2022

  • "Hi the property was tucked away from the roads & backed onto Hills, On arrival John was ready to greet us & showed us around the cottage & showed us all we needed to know."

    We had arrived about 7.15pm in the rain so we where unable to see the scenery at that time, The next morning was wonderful, the views where breathtaking, I climbed the hills behind the cottage with my dogs & took some stunning photo's. I would like to thank John & Sue for letting us stay with them for a fabulous week's holiday. I Highly Recommend this Holiday Cottage & would definitely consider going back again, Many Thanks Val & Mark.

    Reviewed by ValerieFeb 2022

  • "The property was in a lovely quiet location, clean and very cosy."

    The owner was welcoming and very helpful. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by AlanJan 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our week at Darach , great place to explore the area ."

    Lovely equipped little cottage. Many thanks to John for all his help.

    Reviewed by GordonOct 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Darach."

    The owner John was really welcoming and helpful in letting us know the best places to visit. The cottage itself was clean and cosy, equipped with everything we needed. We will certainly be booking to stay here again soon!!

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2021

  • "We had a fabulous time at our holiday cottage, Darach."

    John the host was extremely helpful and told us where the good places were to visit. The cottage was very well equipped with everything that you could possibly need. Our two dogs were made very welcome, and there was plenty of field space for a good run! The surrounding area is so beautiful with spectacular sunsets, we certainly will be back for another visit in the future.

    Reviewed by JenniferSep 2021

  • "We stayed in Darach for two weeks and the weather could not have been better."

    The cottage was spot on very clean and spacious. The kitchen had everything we needed, great shower over the bath and good sized bedroom. The owner was very helpful and friendly we spent lots of time talking to him and finding out about the local area. The runner beans from his garden were great too. Our two Labradors loved the garden and the paddock area to explore safely. The view from the paddock into the bay is gorgeous and the sunsets are spectacular. We loved our two weeks at Darach and wouldn’t hesitate to book it again.

    Reviewed by JeffreyAug 2021

  • "John and Sue went above and beyond expectations to make our holiday memorable and very enjoyable."

    we could not of asked for better hosts with the amenities excellent and extremely clean on our arrival. John was very knowledgeable and always on hand if anything was needed and an excellent host and gave us plenty of reccomnedations of where to visit If the cottage was closer or if we ever visit that part of the country again we would not hesitate in booking this again and fully reccomned

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2021

  • "Our second visit to Darach was a thoroughly enjoyable experience."

    We hope to return in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2021

  • "Excellent host we're very good accommodateing ..."

    Excellent host we're very good accommodateing Very friendly realy good facilities area was beautiful shame restaurant was closed would definitely go again

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2021

  • "Great location and a beautiful cottage , the 0wners were very helpful , if you want ideas of where to go or things to do just speak to them ."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything you wanted and the views we just amazing , had a great week and will definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely, the scenery stunning."

    The owner, John, is a fabulous host. We had car problems after we arrived, and he could not have been more concerned and helpful, connecting us with a mechanic who fixed the car and taking us for a ride in his car one day to see some local places of interest while our car was in the shop. We now consider him a friend and can't wait to return! Also our two dogs loved the location, especially the paddock and the lambs in the adjacent field. The area is truly stunning. Most highly recommended!

    Reviewed by RogerApr 2021

  • "In the listing there was no photograph of the bathroom - we didn’t expect it to be so good, a bath and excellent shower."

    The cottage is comfortable, well equipped, and the owner helpful. We would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by PaulineNov 2020

  • "Great cottage for a cosy autumn break."

    Very clean and extremely well equipped kitchen.

    Reviewed by KirstenOct 2020

  • "A lovely week spent here with lots of useful tips of places to go from the owners - didn't quite manage all of them!"

    Fabulous garden and paddock for the dog to run in which was really useful. Grea views of a sunset Everything very comfortable, warm and cozy for autumn evenings.

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2020

  • "We loved the area of the cottage was in easy reach to some very beautiful places."

    The cottage was spotless clean comfy bed we were very cosy there and had everything we needed. Sue and John were very helpful and friendly and on hand if we needed anything. The garden was huge and had great views we saw deer in the field across from the garden :)

    Reviewed by SueSep 2020

  • "This is a great property to stay in, particularly with dogs, as there is a fabulous field for exercise with stunning views towards Craobh Haven and we enjoyed just sitting looking at the sun going down."

    The access road is interesting! The hosts were very welcoming, available if needed and gave tips on interesting places to visit. The property itself was clean and airy with good basic equipment and a great shower. Lovely to have a heated towel rail too! The bed was a bit firm for my liking but perfect for my daughter, and I imagine nice and cosy on cooler nights with the heated blanket. We didn't use the TV, WiFi could be a bit patchy but my phone signal was adequate if WiFi dropped, this wasn't an issue for us at all. All in all, it is the perfect base for exploring the area, a bit of RnR, and perfect for dog lovers like ourselves. Very much recommended.

    Reviewed by JacquelineAug 2020

  • "Amazing place and location."

    Set way back from the road up the farm track so you feel like you've really got away from it all with breathtaking views of glens, hills and the sea, and the cottage itself is surrounded by gardens and paddock, vyou could just spend a week there without going out! Having said that, it is well located to get out into Kilmartin and surrounding areas. John and Sue were perfect hosts, John tipped me off about some of the great spots I might have missed. I should say I was up and down the farm track all the time, turned up in pouring rain (the only day) and came up it in the night, and my beaten up 15 year old Mondeo had no trouble. It takes you straight up and that's the pleasure of it, it gets you away from everything. I'll definite go back. Didn't want to leave. You'd be hard put to find such a spot like this. Cottage had everything you'd need to, and there are local shops.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2020

  • "We have just returned from a two week holiday and it was so lovely."

    The cottage was very well equipped, clean and cozy and warm with an amazing shower and very comfortable bed, we loved coming back here after a busy day exploring. The garden was very big with the best views ever and on the front another very large grassy area for the dog to run with views over the loch. The owners Sue and John were very friendly and always there to chat and help us find different places to visit. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by DaranJul 2020

  • "We had an absolutely fantastic time at this cottage."

    It may partly have been due to lockdown cabin fever. It was just so great to have a change of scene. The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything we could possibly wish for. The hosts are very friendly and helpful but at the same time discrete. The cottage is next door to their home but we didn’t find this a problem at all. They have a beautiful garden in the front of the cottage. They would rather dogs were kept on the lead in this area as they have chickens. However there is a fantastic paddock 20 seconds from the cottage which is completely enclosed and safe which has wonderful views of Craobh Haven and the islands beyond. We did great walks in the area and all in all had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by CJul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, extremely clean & very well stocked."

    The bed is very comfortable. Storage heaters which keep the cottage lovely & warm. Ample hot water which heats up overnight. Extremely peaceful. Owners live next door but don’t bother you once they have checked you in. Chickens live at the bottom of the garden & are well fenced in so dogs can’t get to them. Massive garden for dogs to roam freely with a massive grassy area behind the cottage for dogs to run & play, fenced in with spectacular views. The drive up is on a hilled farm track, stay in low gear & take your time & it’s easily passable. There is a gate at the top which the satnav wants to take you through, but turn sharp left & carry on up the hill to the cottage. The nearest shop is in Ardfern a 5 minute drive away (a small convenience store). The nearest supermarket is Tesco in Oban, half an hours drive away, so take your groceries with you. Storm Dennis accompanied us on our weekend break but we managed to do some site seeing.

    Reviewed by WendyFeb 2020

  • "This was a great base and absolutely perfect for our dogs who could run free."

    We had everything we needed and the cottage was spotless. The road to the cottage is a bit steep but not an issue. Fresh flowers in the kitchen were just lovely.

    Reviewed by LauraJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet location."

    John and Sue were great with information and their cottage was spotlessly clean and well equipped, with everything you needed on hand. Loads of room for the dog to run around and views that are beyond compare. We recommend that you go on the boat trip to see the wildlife, and there’s more history than you can see in a week, so we will have to return!

    Reviewed by PaulineJun 2019

  • "Drive very rough and steep so need to takecare!"

    Reviewed by MaryMay 2019

  • "Very well equipped cottage and very helpful hosts."

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2019

  • "The track up to the property is very steep and rough with 2 hairpin bends Low vehicles beware ."

    Once at the cottage its fantastic .

    Reviewed by BarryApr 2019

  • "Very well equipped cottage comfortable and spotless"

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2019

  • "This cottage is perfect for exploring the west coast of Scotland."

    It is exceptionally clean and has everything one would ever need for a perfect holiday, including glorious views. The owners are the most welcoming people and added to the perfect stay.

    Reviewed by BenjaminFeb 2019

  • "Sue and John are a lovely couple and nothing was a bother to them you can even ..."

    Sue and John are a lovely couple and nothing was a bother to them you can even get fresh eggs from them the cottage it'self was well equipped there was everything you needed right down to bin liners

    Reviewed by ASep 2018

  • "Very quiet and peaceful holiday, rained everyday, but that did not put us off , wonderful scenery and the views were amazing."

    our hosts John & Sue were lovely people always ready to chat and give local information, plenty of walking and fishing although fish were a bit scarce, i got the wrong tides ,but still a good holiday

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2018

  • "Great Cottage to make as base for exploring local areas, John and Sue could not be more friendly and helpful."

    Very relaxing , would defiantly book again when we ate next in that part of Scotland.

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2018

  • "Excellent value for money in beautiful location."

    Our hosts John and Sue were welcoming and friendly. The surrounding area is breathtaking with a visit to the Crinan canal and Oban a must.

    Reviewed by CarolAug 2018

  • "Darach is an excellent cottage."

    Very clean and comfortable with all the utensils you need. Mr & Mrs Holmes are very friendly and want you to have a good time. Great for a peaceful getaway. So quiet. Well behaved dogs are welcome and there’s a field for toilet and exercise. Lovely garden for guests. Came home relaxed and rejuvenated.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2018

  • "This is a wonderful compact and useful cottage."

    And in a great location. Calm, plenty of walks around.

    Reviewed by Pieter JanJul 2018

  • "This is a dog friendly, small cottage in a tranquil rural setting."

    The owners live on site. They are friendly and helpful but non-intrusive. Most importantly the cottage is spotlessly clean and everything, without exception, works perfectly. Large numbers of garden birds come to the feeders in full view of the cottage window. Some four or more ravens soar effortlessly in the thermals above the five acre site and interact with each other while on the wing. Less sociable interactions between the ravens and a family of buzzards add interest from time to time. There are two National Trust Gardens nearby; one only five minutes away the other some 20 minutes. The whole area is historically important. Christianity was introduced to Scotland in this region. Prior to the Christian era the west of Scotland Kings were 'installed' here. Once the church was established and the Kings converted, pre-existing pictish stones were modified, to carry Christian symbols on the reverse, and the burials of the deceased royalty was better organised by the Church. There are two thriving marinas within five minutes of the cottage, both offering day trips to inner Hebridean islands or to view the famous whirlpool off Jura or to fish. There is an important marine canal at Crinan and separately, on the road north towards Oban, there is a canal-like stretch of Atlantic Ocean, between the mainland and Seil Island, crossed by a large old stone bridge. Logically this is the 'Bridge over the Atlantic' and quite an adventure for the (grand)children. A number of woodland walks exist, graded and signposted by the Forestry Commission. The most accessible of these are by the Crinan Canal.

    Reviewed by GavinJul 2018

  • "A great welcome at this personally run pair of cottages; lovely setting, well equipped and comfortable cottage, and excellent area around the cottage if you have a dog; the access road is not as intimidating as it looks once you get used to it, and the cottage is an excellent base for this lovely part of Argyll."

    We certainly hope to go back in the not too distant future. David and Sheila Jackson

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "We liked our hosts, they lived next door but did not intrude and were always interesting,helpful and wanted us to enjoy their cottage."

    The accommodation was of a very high standard,well equipped and scrupulously clean. The property had a nice garden with lovely views and the Argyll & Bute countryside is beautiful with plenty to do and interest.

    Reviewed by MartinMay 2018

  • "Excellent place to chill out and use as a base for exploring the fantastic scenery."

    Well thought out cottage with all the basic needs catered for. One bedroom with separate bathroom and a large open plan lounge/kitchen/eating area.The cottage was prepared to a very high standard and was spotless.The cottage is in effect totally isolated from the other rented cottage by John's workshop ( Man cave with RC planes and other big boys toys ) and the owners own property which is adjacent to the cottage. Total silence each night apart from the local sheep and the geese which fly in to an adjoining field each night for an hour or so. Each cottage gets it's own large piece of grass garden so there is a feeling of having total privacy. The owners (John and Sue ) are very friendly and helpful. They have been renting for some 20 years and seem to have everything covered. Would we go back? OH YES !!!

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2018

  • "Nice and friendly host, nice environment, missing on 1rst day of arrival: tea, coffee, sugar etc."

    Reviewed by JoopMay 2018

  • "I loved the cottage and the hosts were very welcoming."

    It was ideal for our purposes. However I absolutely hated the volume of emails from Sykes and look forward to unsubscribing to everything. I would never use you again because of this or recommend you.

    Reviewed by DianeApr 2018

  • "Such a scenic peaceful location and even though the owners are on site if needed we were simply left to enjoy our stay."

    Super walks nearby for dog owners.

    Reviewed by LynMar 2018

  • "It was a perfect relaxing holiday, just what we needed away from all the hustle and bustle of home, no traffic jams and so little traffic, beautiful scenery plenty of things to see and loads of walks."

    Reviewed by MarkNov 2017

  • "Too close to owner felt like we were being watched all the time and not happy the cottage was enter while we were out"

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2017

  • "We arrived using the sat nav and wow wow wow the place is beautiful the views."

    We then met John soon followed by Sue. The cottage was perfect there was even a vase of my favorite flowers on the table. We had the perfect week we needed away from everyone. The cottage had everything we needed and the bed was really comfy. I always worry about the bed because i have back problems. Were looking forward to a return visit. We even found a hedgehog one night hoping to find tidbits the birds had dropped off the table.

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2017

  • "Fabulous wee cottage, very clean, well equipt and cosy."

    Owners very helpful and welcoming. Fantastic surrounding area, full of beauty and historical sites.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2017

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very secluded but with the owners on hand. John and Sue very friendly and had very useful advice about the area and various routes to walk.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2017

  • "Fabulous location very peaceful scenic and relaxing."

    Great for dogs need a car to get about but lovely walks- beaches and historic Kilmartin not far away. Owners very friendly and on site if any issues questions. Lots of homely touches.

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2017

  • "John and sue were wonderfull great hosts The views were outstanding would recommend to any one."

    J,kelly

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2017

  • "Lovely hosts, extremely helpful."

    Fantastic cottage with glorious view. By eck, what a flippin great week. Could not recommend highly enough. Julie. West yorkshire

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2017

  • "Great hosts great location very clean and warm accommodation"

    Reviewed by GDec 2016

  • "Brilliant would recommend to any one marvellous area steeped in history would certainly go again."

    The scenery is stunning so many beautiful walks and dog friendly . Would like to say thank you for your recommendation

    Sep 2016

  • "We had a lovely week at this cottage."

    Ideal location and our lab bruach loved his walks. The owners were very helpful in planning our day's activities. We will be back soon.

    Reviewed by NigelSep 2016

  • "Great place to stay."

    Every comfort.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in rural setting."

    Friendly hosts who made us vey welcome and provided local information on suitable off road walking with our dog. Lovely weather and beautiful scenery. A very restful enjoyable week

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2016

  • "Sue and John, the owners were very friendly and helpful."

    The cottage was better than expected, we only wouldn't re-book as we go to a new location for every holiday rather than return to a place but I will recommend the cottage to friends.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2016

  • "Fabulous cottage, clean cosy and very friendly owners"

    Reviewed by EmmaAug 2016

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Summary

  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, DVDs and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden to front with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Note: This property has a private treated water supply
  • Note: The approach road to this property should be accessed with care.

The property

This welcoming single-storey, semi-detached Ardfern cottage has one double bedroom, a bathroom and an open plan living area comprising a fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area.

With tranquil views over the spacious garden to the hills beyond, this Argyll cottage is ideal for a couple seeking a relaxing break.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref 16246, to accommodate six people.

Lergychoniemhor Cottages

Ardfern 4 miles. Situated up a farm track just off the coast road between Ardfern and the harbour at Craobh Haven, these two cottages are located next to the owners’ house, on a non-working farm, amidst tranquil surroundings. Set within spectacular countryside, these charming Ardfern cottages, lovingly developed from old farm buildings have open outlooks, one over the large garden to the hills behind the property and the other over the front garden to the hills above Ardfern and Craobh Haven. These Argyll cottages have outdoor seating and lawned areas, which are ideal for enjoying alfresco dining after a busy day exploring the area. The nearby village of Ardfern provides a shop, pub, craft centre and tea room as well as a yacht centre, and is located on one of Scotland’s most sheltered sea lochs. Boat trips are available to the famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool and within driving distance are the towns of Lochgilphead and Oban, plus there are wonderful walking and fishing in the area. These two delightful Argyll cottages are ideal for a romantic break or family holiday.

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About the location

ARDFERN

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 spectacularwalking, 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
  • Christmas