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Elder Cottage

(Ref. 971854)

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


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely warm, clean and welcoming cottage that is situated minutes away from the marina yet remains private and quiet."

    An ideal base for visiting the local area. The walk around the loch side of the marina provided good sightings of otters every day provided you were early. Also dolphins very close in on one occasion. A lot to like about the cottage. We would definitely use it again.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2024

  • "We absolutely loved our week in Elder Cottage."

    The house was so nicely arranged and equipped, and the owners were really helpful. The views and location is amazing, and well worth the visit. We would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Apr 2024

  • "Elder Cottage is every bit as comfortable and well equipped as it is advertised."

    The location is perfect for exploring the west coast. Just around the corner is a great pub serving a lovely choice of meals. A perfect place to stay….we will return!

    Reviewed by Evelyn5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a problem with leaking shower but was fixed on the same day."

    Enjoyed our stay, found it very quite and relaxing and plenty of information in the house about things to do in the area. Lounge chairs were really comfortable. Dining for 4 may be a little restrictive but perfectly adequate for us two.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage set in a beautiful location, kitchen is well equipped, tv could be bigger."

    Bedroom very comfortable. But the bathroom! The shower door did not close, but it didn't matter as the shower just dribbled out so showering was a real pain and you would not get the floor wet even if you tried. Otherwise we had an amazing time, thankyou.

    Reviewed by Graham3.4Sep 2023

  • "Elder Cottage was just what we wanted, where we wanted."

    Everything went smoothly, and the welcome pack along with cottage and local information were thoughtful touches. It all went by far too fast, but we cannot fault the service from Sykes Cottages.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2023

  • "What a beautiful cottage."

    All you need is there, Diane is a wonderful host. The beds are really comfortable, the shower is great, the kitchen is well equipped and the information book Diane has made about the house and local area is one of the best we have seen! Less than 2 minutes walk to the local pub/shop in the beautiful marina. We definitely recommend Elder Cottage if you are planning to stay in this area.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Apr 2023

  • "A cafetiere and a toast rack would be nice additions in the kitchen."

    Hi - cheers for your feedback - there is a cafetière - it must've been hiding in one of the cupboards. And thank you for the suggestion re the toast rack. x Property Owner

    Reviewed by V K4.4Apr 2023

  • "This was or 3rd visit to Elder Cottage and it is a credit the owner that she has continued to improve the accommodate and maintained her high standers over the years."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2023

  • "Had a lovely few days in Elder cottage."

    Everything was catered for, even WD40!! Should have tried it on my aching joints after our lovely walls. Beautiful scenery, breathtaking The weather well it rained a lot you can expect any weather in Scotland. All that we could ever want was in the beautiful Elder Cottage

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very nice cottage."

    Clean and good facilities. Good value. Plenty of parking space by the marina. Lovely location and very good pub in the marina (maybe their food could be a bit better quality, but not bad). Plenty to do in the area but it helps if you travel around a bit, as is normal in The Highlands.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Sep 2022

  • "A great stay Had 4 nights at short notice All good compact bathroom with good ..."

    A great stay Had 4 nights at short notice All good compact bathroom with good shower kitchen etc Good proper garden area

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely little house, with all the things you need for your holiday, owner always on hand if you have any questions too, the weather was a bit wet but we made the best of our stay at Elder cottage."

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, modern and clean."

    Perfect holiday accommodation for anyone wanting to spend time on the West Coast.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in an ideal setting."

    The accommodation was clean and welcoming and the kitchen well stocked with a great range of cooking utensils. The welcome pack of the coffee, tea, jam and Gigha milk was a lovely touch. The cottage was warm and comfortable with the wood burning stove. We really enjoyed out stay at Elder Cottage.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2022

  • "What an amazing little cottage."

    It is in a beautiful setting and is exceptionally well appointed. One of the best we have ever stayed in. The neighbour's were very friendly and welcoming too. There are a couple of lovely walks from the doorstep and it is ideally located for other local walks that arenjust a short and very pretty drive away. We received such a warm welcome with home made jam, teas, herbal teas, coffee, milk. Lovely little touches around the cottage make it feel very homely and very relaxing. A real gem! Thank you Diane for a perfect stay.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely property - warm, snug, well equipped."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cottage was so relaxing ."

    It was immaculately clean and comfortable . We were grateful for the lovely welcome pack . It sits within a beautiful village with many different scenic walks straight from the cottage . The garden to the rear stretched to open countryside and we enjoyed a relaxing seat with a glass in hand - pure bliss ! We walked to Lord of Isles pub on many occasions and met many friendly locals . Seating outside takes in the surrounding water and the marina . We are keen to go back for another stay and will look to book Elder Cottage !

    Reviewed by Pamela4.4Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic location, lovely scenery."

    Cottage was small and cosy but had the right fittings for two. (I think it would have been awkward with more than two.) Would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Sep 2021

  • "Well equipped cottage, with sumptuous towels & comfortable beds."

    The village has a pub and small shop, and there is a cafe/eatery in the posh watersports centre. But the best thing is the tranquility and abscence of ambient noise, after living in a city, and the friendly laid back atmosphere. Has to be said we were lucky with the weather but its in a microclimate anyway. Stunningly beautiful coastline.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2021

  • "The photographs on the website appear to have been taken some time ago and whilst I appreciate that changes will have had to have been made due to COVID restrictions I feel they don't provide a true representation of its current condition."

    Only one sofa in the lounge, very rickety bedside tables with no storage capacity and put you up beds in the second bedroom. The furnishings and floor coverings were tired in particular the kitchen floor. Whilst the property had been cleaned in preparation for our arrival it could do with a good 'spring clean'.

    Reviewed by Guy2.5Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage on the village green."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Elder Cottage Cottage is at Carobh Haven, which is one of those places that has its own climate, it always seemed warmer."

    The cottage has a lovely interior; everything you could need, light and bright, comfortable too.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage is situated in a stunning part of Scotland with a beautiful view around every corner."

    Croabh Haven is a peaceful and friendly place (we chatted to a lot of the neighbours who gave us good advice!). We really appreciated the Elder Cottage FB posts which had some great recommendations to help us decide where to go. The cottage is comfy, warm and well equipped and we had a fantastic week.

    Reviewed by Rhian4.7Apr 2021

  • "Once more an excellent stay"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2020

  • "The facilities and thoughtfulness that has been put into creating this little holiday home are amazing."

    It is a lovely location and a great choice.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Aug 2020

  • "After we had to delay our arrival by a few days, we eventually made it up for a few days and it definitely didn’t disappoint."

    Great cottage in a wonderful location (lovely pub 2 mins away that serves excellent meals

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Jul 2020

  • "Just so wonderful with beauty"

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Oct 2019

  • "Excellent holiday and cottage."

    Will return.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2019

  • "Everything went well and the cottage was extremely comfortable, with some nice little gifts."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2019

  • "Really lovely cottage and area This was our second visit Close to the marina , pub and shop."

    Surrounded by stunning countryside and interesting places to visit we will certainly go again

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2019

  • "This was the second time in 9 years going to this cottage."

    It was nice and quiet, and equipped with everything needed for a stay away from home. The area is lovely and the cottage central for exploring all points of the compass. Would we go back - definitely.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Jun 2019

  • "Craobh Haven is attractive & conveniently located."

    Elder Cottage is well-equipped with excellent Wi-Fi (to our pleasant surprise). The art made the cottage special. Kilmartin Glen, nearby, is full of interesting things to see.

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Jun 2019

  • "Really lovely cottage very clean & very comfortable,lovely location and very peaceful."

    Could not fault this cottage and can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Sarah Jane5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was far more spacious than we expected and there were little touches that we truly did not expect."

    Phone charger for example, we just never thought this would be in the cottage for use.Everything was on hand and this was a lovely quiet space but felt like home from home.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0May 2019

  • "Slight untidiness of rear garden of adjacent cottage could put visitors off eating outside."

    Why do so few Scottish Cottages have bread bins? Elder Cottage is one of a good number of cottages I have stayed in that do not possess such a basic facility. There is no public access to the marina and the boats berthed there tho it is easy to view the marina as a whole from the adjacent parking area. Regular boat tripsaround the nearby Islands operate from the marine a a day are well worth going on.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7May 2019

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Felt welcoming and homely. Setting stunning.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2018

  • "First time we have used Sykes and would definitely use again for the below ..."

    First time we have used Sykes and would definitely use again for the below reasons: 1 - Very easy website and easy to book 2 - Very accurate description of the property that we booked 3 - very helpful customer service when we phoned to check the weather situation as we were booked to travel at the time of the severe weather

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Mar 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size, 1 x Twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric wall-mounted intelligent radiators with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with DVD combi, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Rear lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 4.9 miles
  • Beach 2 mins walk
  • Note: There are sloped ceilings in both bedrooms, care to be taken
  • Note: The garden is open to the countryside beyond, children to be supervised
  • Note: Mobile signal can be variable depending on provider
  • Note: Property has a private water supply.

The property

This lovely mid-terrace cottage is situated close to the marina in the popular sailing village of Craobh Haven.

Situated on the scenic west coast of Scotland, this charming property is well-located for couples or families looking to explore this area.

Two steps lead up into this beautifully-appointed cottage and into the sociable open plan living area.

Here there is a cosy sitting area with eco multi-fuel stove, the ideal place to curl up after a busy day out with views of the pretty terraced houses opposite.

The well-equipped kitchen has everything you need to rustle up a tasty meal which can be enjoyed together at the drop leaf dining table.

The owners have tastefully appointed the property with a delightful coastal theme throughout.

Upstairs there are two pleasant bedrooms; a king size double and a twin.

There is also a contemporary shower room.

To the rear of the cottage there is a small patio area where you can bask in the suns rays as you enjoy a morning coffee, and a large lawned garden which is open to the woodlands beyond giving it a lovely sense of space and tranquillity and is perfect to sit and watch the visiting wildlife.

If you fancy a night off from the cooking, why not head down to Loch Melfort Hotel, and enjoy a meal or drink whilst soaking up the glorious surroundings.

Begin your day in Croabh Haven which boasts a lovely marina where you can view the wide variety of boats or for the more energetic lace up your walking boots and enjoy one of the spectacular walks into the countryside; The Giving Tree provides a lovely spot to refuel during the summer months.

The nearby village of Ardfern hosts another marina, the Ardfern Village Store and Lucy's Cafe; you can also treat your loved ones to a cold beverafe at the Galley of Lorne Pub or try your hand at a range of watersports at tge Craignish Village and Ardfern Yacht Centre.

There are riding stables nearby if you fancy viewing the countryside from horseback or hop on board and enjoy a boat trip around the clear waters.

The towns of Oban and Lochgilphead are well worth a visit and offer a wide variety of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and a cinema.

At the end of your day of adventures return to this welcoming cottage to relax and re-charge.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AR-00089-F

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About the location


Ardfern 2.5 miles; Oban 22 miles; Lochgilphead 17 miles.

Craobh Haven is a small village situated across the water from Shuna Island on the scenic west coast of Scotland approximately 20 miles south of Oban. The village which was built in 1983 as holiday village and marina, consists of four small terraces of houses and some further cottages located around the edges. It has one pub with a small shop for essentials called The Lord of The Isles. Situated on the Craignish Peninsula the waters surrounding the area are extensively used for sailing. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will enjoy the vast array of birds and wildlife which can be seen in this area and there are a number of spectacular walks for visitors to explore the surrounding countryside. There is a second marina at the nearby village of Ardfern. Ardfern is an ancient settlement, with evidence of a population dating from 600 AD when contemporaries of St Columba were here, plus there is a ruined church on the peninsula dating from 12th century. Ardfern village today contains a pub, shop, craft centre, tea room and a large marina. 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. Craobh Haven is a lovely base for exploring the area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas