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Am Bruaich

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "All was good except for the building work."

    We were only warned about it on 17/4 just 10 days before arrival there and too late to reconsider/cancel. And the warning downplayed how intrusive it was - major groundwork immediately in front of the picture window with the view. We think you should have done better and the picture on your website is misleading and needs updating.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Apr 2024

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Am Bruiach and we were a little disappointed with the building work going on in front of the cottage during our stay."

    We would have expected to be told about the works either by the owner or by Sykes as it did have a negative effect on our experience.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Feb 2024

  • "Lovely accommodation and good base for exploring the area and wildlife."

    Locals very friendly and happy to chat.

    Reviewed by John4.7Nov 2023

  • "This was our second visit ,a comfortable property and again we were not disappointed just loved the swinging rocking armchair in front of the window ."

    A lovely area

    Reviewed by Ronald4.7Oct 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ambruaich."

    The house was spotless and extremely well fitted out. Fiona and her family were exceptional. We wanted for nothing in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2023

  • "It was great."

    Just one issue. We couldn't understand how to get into the property. The details we were given simply said enter a given code. We duly did this and expected the door to open. What we didn't know was that we were dealing with a key safe. I'm used to inputting codes and doors open automatically. Could the instructions about gaining access to the property state that the entry code operates a key safe. That way we'd have understood we had to extract a key from the black box.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2023

  • "A very last-minute booking and we hit the jackpot!"

    Comfortable, beautiful view, well maintained and very clean. Set back from the road so incredibly quiet and relaxing. Shop a few steps away, with the basics plus delicious local bread and Gigha ice cream and a great wee cafe behind it. Lovely food at the Tayvallich Inn a couple of minutes' walk away (book in advance). Very responsive owners - I think they have addressed most of the suggestions in the reviews, but for the avoidance of doubt... The bed IS now a UK kingsize bed. There is a hairdryer. There is now a cafetière... and iron, ironing board and drying rack. So in the spirit of trying to make this absolutely perfect, we thought we would rack our brains for what we would love to see for our next visit. All we could come up with was hooks on the back of the bathroom and bedroom doors... and somewhere to put our soap when using the fabulous shower. It is that close to perfect for us. Can't wait to come back!

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Aug 2023

  • "The property is comfortable with everything you need for your stay."

    The shower was excellent with plenty of hot water for a family of 5 adults. The property is adequate but this is my personal opinion the lounge suite is a little tired and if the front garden was cut back and tidied up it would be on another level. A patio and garden furniture would be fantastic too. Do not let this comment put you off though. We particularly enjoyed the ever changing view from the lounge and master bedroom.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jul 2023

  • "Had an excellent stay - comfortable, open plan,with big picture window in the lounge to enjoy the beautiful views of Tayvallich Bay and its boats."

    Don't miss the delicious seafood at the friendly Tayvallich Inn! The garden is not suitable for unsupervised children. Beautiful woodlands at Taynish. Beaver hide at Loch Barnluasgan - take a thermos and your patience in evening or early morning, you might be lucky!

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Jul 2023

  • "This is a 5 star property in a 5 star location with fantastic views over the bay We will be returning."

    One thing missing from description it has patio furniture Carpet strip between front bedroom and passage screw heads are sharp and needs attention

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Jun 2023

  • "Our second visit this year."

    Beautiful property with stunning views. The large kitchen/ dining/ living space is great. The weather was also truly amazing, breakfasts outside on the picnic table! Thank you

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage in many respects, but our stay was spoilt by the fact that the king size bed, as advertised on the Sykes website, was infact only a double."

    We were amazed to find that several others had made similar comments in the past and certainly the main bedroom is large enough to take a king size bed with ease. Also the duvet barely overlapped the bed and the bed linen was coarse. Sykes website needs to be updated or (our preference) the owners fit a king size bed in the main bedroom to reflect the Sykes listing. If this was done we would gladly book again.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Apr 2023

  • "This is the best holiday cottage we've ever visited."

    Both the cottage and its location. It's a beautiful, well-equipped, cosy cottage, well laid out, and the most amazing views. We had a fantastic week exploring the area, with its interesting natural history, coastline and heritage. We'll be back.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Mar 2023

  • "Property lovely, had everything you needed."

    View amazing, locals friendly. Great place to stay if you want to completely relax.

    Reviewed by Tracie5.0Mar 2023

  • "We love everything about this house."

    The view, the stove, the shower, the paintings, the layout. Great situation close to the sea, shop abd restaurant. Wish this was our own holiday home.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2022

  • "A great holiday home in a marvellous location, right at the heart of the small community of Tayvallich."

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Aug 2022

  • "The accommodation was first class, everything was nice and clean with soap and towels provided."

    The beds were really comfortable. The views were stunning. Having the shop was very handy and being able to buy local Scotttish products. Stuart was very helpful, keeping us updated over the powercut. we had a lovely surprise with all extras. Made to feel very welcome. We hope to return June 2024.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and great views, our second visit."

    Thanks for the outside table, our weather was a little mixed but got lucky on a few evenings. One suggestion on facilities, a larger duvet and a king size bed in the main bedroom, it is a big room so plenty of space.

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2022

  • "Only a couple of negatives about the cottage, 1) It felt very cold on arrival after a very wet journey up and we had to turn the heaters on a little higher to warm the cottage through."

    2) We found the kitchen equipment a little bit short of good sized saucepans, if it was occupied to full capacity it needs at least a bigger saucepan and possibly even a slow cooker for when visitors have been out all day in bad weather to come home to a hot meal. Overall we had a enjoyable week with stunning views.

    Reviewed by Anne3.4Mar 2022

  • "Really comfortable cottage with stunning views across the adjacent loch."

    The cottage was well appointed, the only thing I would change would be a larger bed in the master bedroom. I would definitely recommend the cottage to friends and family and wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely holiday home."

    It was very clean and comfortable, had everything we needed for our week's holiday. In a fantastic location with beautiful views from lounge window. In an excellent area to explore with plenty to see and do. Good shop just across the road too.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Sep 2021

  • "This was a return visit for us."

    The house is ideal -clean and comfortable with all the facilities one could reasonably expect. The location and views from the windows are wonderful although the acer in front of the house is growing and will soon encroach on that view. It needs to be trimmed and that would be a good time to get the garden under control. It lets the look of the house down somewhat. We would still return though.

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Sep 2021

  • "We felt the front garden could have had some attention ."

    The hopper windows in the house were difficult to close .

    Reviewed by Muriel5.0Sep 2021

  • "Absolutely fantastic views from Am Bruaich!"

    ! Lovely comfortable home to spend a holiday in. Our weather was mixed, but if we had nicer weather, an outdoor table and chairs would have completed what is a very good holiday let!!

    Reviewed by Jayne4.4Aug 2021

  • "This property is truly very good."

    The owners have clearly spent a lot of money on the refurbishment. The house is clean, well maintained, excellent kitchen and bathroom, the shower for a holiday rental was the best we’ve had in all our years of using Sykes. The location is really pleasant overlooking the loch and the town itself , although quiet did have enough facilities to help stock the cupboards or eat out. The main downside we found were the beds were tiny, the rooms were pleasantly large and spacious but the beds were small doubles which was odd considering the money spent here and the ample room for larger. The garden needs a lot of work, could be spectacular considering the view. All in all this home was really very good, the small beds stopped it from being truly excellent. I would recommend a family stay here as the cottage and area are worth it.

    Reviewed by Alex4.7Jul 2021

  • "The property was in a superb location and had been refurbished well."

    The garden needs attention as it is beginning to hinder the wonderful view. A few more home comforts such as a coffee machine, iron and ironing board and some comfortable outside furniture would transform this lovely cottage to a phenomenal holiday home.

    Reviewed by Colin3.8Jul 2021

  • "The house inside is well renovated, very spacious, and comfortable."

    The location and views are fantastic. The outdoor area needs landscaping but there is easy access to public space for sitting by the loch and enjoying a cuppa.

    Reviewed by George4.7Jul 2021

  • "This cottage is in a fantastic location, the view from the front window is one of the best weve ever had."

    The owners have put in a lot of effort to ensure a comfortable stay. Not quite home from home as there were a few things missing. No hairdryer, no outside table and chairs, we missed being able to eat outside. There is a washing machine but strangely no iron or pruning board, this is a first for us but perhaps it's normal for scotland. We enjoyed our stay here the village is lovely if a little quiet for some but just right for us. Lots of walking in the area and a cafe and pub on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful location and a lovely comfortable place to stay."

    A really enjoyable holiday. King size & double bed was advertise but both beds were double. For such a well equipped property we were surprised that a clothes airer was not available given we could use a washing machine. And as noted by several people in the guest book, it was a disappointment that there was still no cafetière.

    Reviewed by Keith4.1Jun 2021

  • "The house was very clean, comfortable and smart with a very good shower."

    It was well equipped (apart from a lack of coffee-maker which is a common problem in Scottish self-catering - we've got used to taking our own with us. I wish there was an agency or industry standard on this) The view from the living area was superb - two comfortable chairs to sit and watch all the activity in the bay - we could have sat there all day! We only had the car out three times in a fortnight - there were plenty of lovely walks from the house. We rarely revisit an area but if we were back in Tayvallich we would look forward to staying in Am Bruaich again.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

  • "Great accommodation Great area Everything you want and need for a quiet break"

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2020

  • "The house and its location were excellent."

    It has been renovated very recently to a very good standard. The pictures of the house on the Sykes site are beautiful and the house matched up to the high standards they set. There were more electric power plugs than one could possibly use - including USB plugs. Wonderful! The only niggles were very small - the lack of a hairdryer, 2 pin shaver point, nothing to play CDs and DVDs. I know there was Netflicks available by subscription but not everyone has that. The current lock-down restrictions meant that local facilities were very limited - but that is not a reflection on the house. We would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Allan4.7Oct 2020

  • "The view was so relaxing and at times breathtaking, especially the Sunrise and full moon that we witnessed."

    As a base to explore the surrounding areas we could not fault it and we would never tire of the drive along the loch to the property. We hope to be back soon as long as it's available as but we guess it will quickly become a firm favourite.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Sep 2020

  • "Really beautiful location with lots of walking around area."

    Comfortable and clean. Seafood restaurant very good in Tayvallich. Good to come home to see Scotland again!

    Reviewed by Sue3.8Sep 2020

  • "This accommodation far exceed our expectations."

    And the views are just fantastic. Hats off to the owner .we will return.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Aug 2020

  • "This cottage has been recently reburnished; clean, spacious and has everything you need for a great holiday."

    Our teenage boys enjoyed having a TV in their rooms for the odd rainy day. Location and view is amazing. Could happily watch the boats in Tayvallich harbor all day from the lounge. Lovely fire and lots to do from the cottage including a local pub doing great seafood. Bring fishing rods and water stuff. Beautiful area we will be back. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Interior to a very high standard. We loved it and will definately be back!

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Jul 2020

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, heated towel-rail, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric convection oven and microwave, induction hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 4 x TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.01 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Please Note - There is building work being carried out in front of the property for the rest of this year

The property

This idyllic, detached bungalow is set on the shores of Loch Sween, within the fishing village of Tayvallich in Scotland.

Ambruaich is a lovely choice for those eager to break away from their normal routines and relax amidst the peace and tranquility of this coastal location.

Enter into a small porch where you can leave your boots and jackets behind after a long walk around the Scottish highlands.

The open-plan living area is the hub of the house, comprising of a cosy sitting area where you can really appreciate views of the loch, a contemporary kitchen with sleek units and integrated appliances and a dining table for those formal mealtime moments.

When it comes to rest, there are three bedrooms to choose from, each with its own TV; a king-size, a double and a twin, ideally suited to a family of six seeking a secluded Scottish escape.

Serving these bedrooms is the elegant bathroom, complete with luxurious double-ended bath and a separate walk-in shower.

Just opposite the cottage is a local grocery store and cafe, where you can enjoy a coffee whilst watching the boats pull into the harbour.

If you fancy a night off cooking then stroll into Tayvallich to find a pub hosting a seafood restaurant, whilst further eateries can be found in the Lochgilphead, 11 miles away.

The area is a haven for any outdoor enthusiast, with beautiful walks to be enjoyed along the stunning Knapdale Peninsula and Crinan Canal, as well as throughout the picturesque countryside.

From the Tayvallich Jetty you can catch a ferry to the untamed island of Jura, one of Scotland’s wildest locations, or venture into mainland Scotland to find plenty of things to see and do - perhaps a visit to the scenic Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is on your to-do list?

A truly idyllic escape, sure to delight any time of year.

EPC Rating: Band F

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About the location


Arichonan 3.5 miles; Crinan 8 miles; Kilmartin 11.5 miles; Lochgilphead 12 miles.

Situated on the Knapdale Peninsula to the west of Scotland, in the region known as Argyll and the Isles, Tayvallich is this charming harbour village with an excellent seafood restaurant, inn, coffee shop, shop and post office. The town’s name has Gaelic origins, and translates to 'the house of the pass’. It sits on the shore of Loch Sween in a horseshoe bay surrounded by woodland. A mecca for boating and sea kayaking with public slipway and pontoons. An all purpose sports court sits next to the village hall, where ceilidhs are regularly held. A 10 minute walk takes you to the opposite side of the peninsula, to a pretty little beach called Carsaig Bay where you can enjoy views across Jura Sound and spectacular sunsets over the Isle of Jura. Fast ferries travel across the sound so you can easily explore the island. On the peninsula itself, there is plenty to see and do to explore the history of this delightful area. Visit the medieval Chapel of Keills and admire its display of carved stones, as well as its beautiful view of the MacCormaig Islands. You can also explore the National Nature Reserve on the Taynish Peninsula, which is home to one of the oldest oak forests in Britain or explore the Scottish beaver trail in Knapdale Forest. The 12th century Castle Sween sits on the opposite side of the loch, and Kilmory beach is easy to reach and a lovely destination for an afternoon stroll and picnic. The village is an ideal base to explore the Mull of Kintyre and enjoy it’s world class golf courses, surfing and beaches or visit Oban, 1hrs drive north, gateway to the western isles. A stunning, secluded corner of Scotland, with endless heritage and beauty to discover as well as plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and fishing.

Please Note - There is building work being carried out in front of the property for the rest of this year.