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Alba Ben View

(Ref. 973727)

Spean Bridge, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

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

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved this cosy cottage!"

    The view and setting are lovely. Even in the rain! The hosts were very helpful and lovely. It’s a great base from which to visit lots of interesting places and some lovely walking very close by. We would definitely recommend it :)

    Reviewed by Aisling5.0Apr 2024

  • "Fantastic place thank you"

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 2023

  • "Best place with have stayed so far will be recommending"

    Thank you, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at this property."

    The cottage was well equipped and the hosts were very approachable. Location was fantastic and the views from the property were amazing.. Our Grand daughter loved the tree swing in the garden.We really hope to return to this property in the near future

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Aug 2023

  • "A fabulous week at Alba Ben View."

    The cottage is comfortable, with all the facilities you should need. The very best points are the fantastic views of Ben Nevis from the living area , the friendliness of the hosts and their local knowledge of best places to visit, and the bonus of a hot tub and sauna. So many things to see and do, especially if you like walking. Ben Nevis summit offers the most fabulous views if you get a clear day and enjoy hiking up and down mountains

    Reviewed by Morvan4.7Jun 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week at Alba Ben View."

    The cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay, and the owners were very friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic: very peaceful with spectacular views across to the Ben Nevis range, and easy access to local attractions and many classic mountain routes. We climbed ten Munros during our stay and there are plenty more that we could have climbed nearby. We will certainly return in the future, we had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful location and the owners were so friendly and helpful."

    We will definitely be staying there again.

    Thank you . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2023

  • "Great views of the Nevis range mountains."

    Great position for all local attractions & many walks.

    Reviewed by Nick4.1Apr 2023

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay."

    Perfect location for day trips out to Ben Nevis range, Loch Ness etc. The kids really enjoyed the tree swing. Really friendly owners with lots of useful information about the area and it was a lovely warm cottage. Only 1 mile to the local spa and pub down the hill. We had had clear evening and was able to see so many stars it was amazing. We will be back again soon.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Feb 2023

  • "A nice comfortable cottage."

    Well equipped. Good views. Owner was very friendly although I was not around much to chat Could maybe do with new be-linen and towels.

    Reviewed by John4.4Feb 2023

  • "My recommendation score of zero is relating to Sykes cottages, rather than the actual property."

    I had originally booked this cottage for another date. Something cropped up and rather than cancel the booking I asked to move the date, which was duly done. However, my original booking had a cost of over £700 for the week. The revised date had a cost of £450. Sykes cottages continued to charge me the full amount! So, had the reverse been the case, would I have only had to pay £450 for a £700 week? I doubt it! I challenged this and Sykes tried to say that the matter was up to the owner... and refused to discuss it further. I booked this cottage through Sykes, not the owner. This should have been dealt with by Sykes. Needless to say, I will NEVER book another stay through Sykes Cottages. Customers beware. The actual cottage was located in a gorgeous setting with spectacular views. Inside the cottage, although comfortable, the facilities are dated and this property would benefit from investment. Particularly the hot tub and sauna area - very dated.

    Reviewed by Mark3.4Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was great and the owners were helpful with ideas of places to go although as a photographer I had researched a lot of where I wanted to get landscapes."

    Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate as there was a lot of rain and the autumn colour was not as good as usual but then we haven’t had any frost to help the colours. But when you come in October/November you take your chances and I only spent three days totally at home in the cottage, the rest of time I was able to get out and I had a couple of glorious days where I went to the best places.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very good value for money."

    our hosts were a fount of local knowledge.with excellent guidance, Would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Oct 2022

  • "A warm welcome from the owners of this beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    We couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Gwyn5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic view, near to explore everywhere"

    Reviewed by Debbie3.8Jul 2022

  • "Jo and Eric were excellent hosts - Very hospitable and helpful!"

    . Cottage was very comfortable and we would happily recommend it to anyone wishing to book a holiday there in the future. Thank you. Nancy Harris and Lynda & Tony Evans.

    Reviewed by Nancy1.3Jun 2022

  • "Alba Ben View cottage, Spen Bridge."

    Without a doubt this is one of the best, comfortable cottages we have stayed in (we have stayed in many, over the last few years). The owners Eric & Jo, welcomed us on arrival, and throughout our stay were most helpful and accommodating, with tips where to go and visit, and routes with good views, and local history. The views from the large picture windows, of the snow covered mountains were amazing, and changes to the sky super, even in the rain. We felt we had made new friends, and hope to return again in the summer. Marjorie & James from West Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2022

  • "Eric & Jo where amazing hosts nothing was too much trouble ."

    Views where amazing beds where so comfortable great night's sleep from day one . Can't thank them both enough for everything we will be returning highly recommend .

    Reviewed by Catriona5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage with a simply fantastic view!"

    Very friendly and helpful owners right next door. We were thrilled to see so many birds at the bird table just outside the two huge picture windows, and the morning views of Ben Nevis were amazing. Very comfy beds and both rooms had en-suite showers and toilets, with even a shower stool provided for one shower! Will definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Oct 2021

  • "Such a wonderful location with brilliant views of the Nevis range."

    Great hosts who know the area for recommendations. We took the Jacobite Train to Malaig and it didn’t disappoint. Visited Glencoe, Glengarry, Avimore and Glenfinnan for your typical Scottish scenery. Only thing to disappoint was the weather but then again this was Scotland and it does rain a lot.

    Reviewed by Julie4.1Oct 2021

  • "How welcome we were made to feel on our arrival."

    Eric shared his knowledge and experience of the area and we did visit one or two of his suggestions. The hot tub was an added bonus for us as we have not really experienced this luxury before. Please remember to remove all body lotions before submerging into the water. It affects the water and needs to be changed which is both a waste and very time consuming. The house itself is like a home from home . Everything we needed was on site. A delightful stay in a beautiful part of Scotland. The views from the windows are stunning . Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2021

  • "Owners were extremely helpful and informative."

    ...views to die for and an excellent centre for touring...would recommend without hesitation

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2021

  • "Really super location for all the outdoor goodness of the area and a view that could keep you in the cottage all day."

    Nothing fancy just all the things you need. We loved watching the local birds in the garden too

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2021

  • "For those of you who want a cottage that is pretty central for the Highlands we couldn't recommend this cottage enough."

    The owners actually live next door, which is handy if there are problems, but after the initial greeting they never bothered us once. The directions to get to the cottage are spot on. The beds were very comfortable and there are adequate kitchen utensils for making your own meals, if you want to. As to food shopping, there is a Spar shop in Speanbridge and there is a large Aldi, a large M&S Foodhall, a large Home Bargains and a large Morrisons in and close to Fort William, which is not far away, so plenty to choose from. The cafe in Speanbridge is good for food during the day, even do a good breakfast and if you want something just a bit special we can highly recommend the Old Pines Hotel and Restaurant next door, where the service and food were really good. There are plenty of places to visit within driving distance, however, there is also a lovely walk just across the road, if you cross the road you will see some wooden steps which lead to a gravel footpath, if you turn right the footpath leads you to the Commando memorial, if you turn left there is a lovely, safe, fume free walk into Speanbridge, where you can join further footpaths and walks, it is called the Highbridge Footpath. Finally, there is the fantastic view, from the lounge window, of the Nevis Range, including Ben Nevis, that greets you each morning, weather permitting. As to the weather, there is no such thing as bad weather, just a bad choice of clothing!

    Reviewed by Bernice5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was full of useful things such as washing up liquid, cafetiere, games, DVDs, cling film and kitchen roll."

    The owners have made every effort to ensure that the equipment and facilities are excellent. The view from the property is especially stunning (Ben Nevis and Aochan Mor).

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2019

  • "This was a lovely holiday cottage, the owners have thought of everything for a perfect stay."

    The hot tub was fantastic at the end of a busy day, the views from the cottage window in the lounge are gorgeous, we will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Aug 2019

  • "We have had a lovely time our cottage was well equipped with everything you need and more."

    Jo and Eric were able to give us good advice on things to do and where to eat. The views from the window was beautiful and watching the different birds coming to the bird table,which was constantly topped up was lovely. The beds were comfortable and we all slept well.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2019

  • "Has a mini (table top) freezer as well as freezer compartment in under counter fridge."

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Jul 2019

  • "Excellent cottage outstanding views bird table amazing"

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jun 2019

  • "Welcoming and friendly hosts."

    comfy beds. beautiful views. lovely garden rich in birdlife. Bird feeders topped up daily to keep them coming.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely place, great views nice and clean."

    Provided everything you need was like home from home. Definitely be returning had a fabulous time

    Reviewed by Jolene5.0May 2019

  • "Great location and very friendly host who was more than happy to give advice on the local area."

    Hot tub an added bonus after a day of hiking.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Apr 2019

  • "Brilliant holiday, the views and scenery where breathtaking."

    Fully enjoyed the hot tub and sauna facilities and the owner of the cottage was very kind and had plenty of lacal information and knowledge on things to do in the area. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Joel5.0Feb 2019

  • "As I found this property before showing my partner the person I was discussing the details of the property said they would reserve the property for 24 hours until I showed him."

    The property was perfect great views of the mountains, hosts were very welcoming and let us just relax no rush on getting out and let us check in early as travelled up from Southampton over night. Great facilities within the property, hot tub, sauna and all cooking equipment including slow cooker which was great to put on before we heading out for the day and come back to a lovely homemade dinner.

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Feb 2019

  • "Eric and Jo were very welcoming and helpful."

    The cottage was very cosy with the most amazing views outside the front. The hot tub and sauna were a wonderful extra bonus. Would definitely stay again. Was in the perfect location for skiing at the Nevis range.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Feb 2019

  • "The owners of the cottage were extremely helpful with local knowledge of the best places to visit and which restaurants to avoid and which to patronise."

    Their help was better than any guide book and made our holiday much better.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2018

  • "Had an amazing week"

    Reviewed by Megan5.0Sep 2018

  • "Great location overlooking the Nevis range."

    Run by a lovely couple, who are very helpful and have a wealth of local knowledge. Fully equipped. Convenient location for sight seeing and the mountains.

    Reviewed by Gerard5.0Aug 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday at alba Ben cottage Jo and Eric were brilliant, giving us ideas were to go and places to eat."

    The cottage is beautiful all mod cons very roomy and beautiful views of the Ben all we had to do is bring our own food. We would certainly book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Gabrielle5.0Jul 2018

  • "Great wee cottage set just outside Spean Bridge."

    Very homely and welcoming. The views from the living room window are simply stunning! Looking over Anoach Mor and Ben Nevis. Eric and Jo (the owners) were welcoming and recommended some places to eat, a few of which we tried and were not disappointed. My wife and I spent a week here and it passed so quickly. I will certainly be making a return visit

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2018

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Summary

  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip link can be super king size double on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathrooms have grab handles for toilet and shower and a shower stool is available
  • Open-plan sitting, kitchen and dining area with electric woodburner.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, undercounter fridge and table top freezer, slow cooker, air fryer and washing machine
  • Smart TV in each bedroom and lounge
  • Guests will need their own log in details for aps and please do log out before check out
  • DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power incl in rent April - September
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed garden to rear with furniture and unfenced pond
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and restaurant 1 mile
  • Note: Steep slopes in the garden and a unfenced pond, children to be supervised at all times
  • Note: maximum of 4 people including infants
  • Note: Check-in time is from 4pm
  • Note: There is a power supplement charge in Winter months between 1st October - 31st March
  • From 1/10/24 this will be £40 per week
  • Note, as the owners appreciate guests have different preferences for washing powder or capsules, these are not provided, can guests please remember to bring some with them

The property

Resting adjacent to the owners cottage, this retreat is a breath of fresh air, with views over Ben Nevis creating a scenic backdrop.

Suited for couples or families, the interior has been thoughtfully designed with an almost country feel, to ensure you and your loved ones can unwind in comfort and style.

The open-plan setup includes a lounge with an electric woodburner, which sits in front of two sofas, elevating those cosy nights in.

Relax with your favourite movie on play, and take in the wonderful interior.

Further ahead, a delightful kitchen boasts a homely arrangement, complimented by a table for four, and a selection of appliances.

A natural landscape lies in the distance, which you can admire from the window, morning through to evening.

Two bedrooms will become your own little escape for some peace and quiet, the first comes as a double, and the second a twin, each joined by classic en-suite shower rooms.

Pine furniture and lovely bedding finish the cottage to a lovely standard.

For a change of scenery, stroll outside to the enclosed garden, which is really something special, with its own pond and beautiful mountain views.

Standing amidst the junction of roads north to Inverness and the Isle of Skye, this village makes an excellent choice with its wide selection of outdoor activities including hill-walking, climbing, watersports and wildlife watching.

The Great Glen Way and West Highland Way are two long distance walks which pass through the area, and close by, Fort William lies on the banks of Loch Linnhe, boasting a wide variety of shops and pubs.

A one-of-a-kind cottage in a relaxing location.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-40139-F

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About the location

SPEAN BRIDGE

Fort William 9.5 miles; Inverness 56 miles.

The village of Spean Bridge is set in the parish of Kilmonivaig in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Spean Bridge earned its name from the Highbridge over the River Spean and the village today is a lovely holiday base, with transport links heading north to Inverness and south towards Fort William. The main town in the Western Highlands, Fort William lies on the banks of Loch Linnhe, and offers a wide variety of shops and pubs which serve a fine selection of meals.

Note: Steep slopes in the garden and a unfenced pond, children to be supervised at all times. Note: maximum of 4 people including infants. Note: Check-in time is from 4pm. Note: There is a power supplement charge in Winter months between 1st October - 31st March. From 1/10/24 this will be £40 per week