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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Drumalban is ideal for both relaxing and active land- or water-based holidays. The house sleeps up to 8 adults and 4 children in 4 bedrooms.
Built in 1999 and updated in 2012, Drumalban is a unique, architect-designed Scottish home with a modern Scandinavian twist. The white walls, wood and local stone of the open plan living room, dining room (seats 12) and well equipped kitchen provide a convivial setting for a great holiday whether - breakfasting outside on the south-facing terrace or snuggling up to the impressive log fire.
There are 2 bedrooms downstairs (a double en suite and a twin), which, together with the living area, have large windows facing south and the view. There is a further bathroom with shower downstairs.
The upstairs is entirely oak-floored. There is a vast family bedroom (an emperor-sized bed and 3 singles) and a triple room (3 singles) separated by a gallery with a large south-facing picture window looking over Loch Craignish. In 2012 we added a new, and we hope stylish, upstairs bathroom, in response to our guests' requests.
Inside, the house is fully equipped both for cooking and in terms of entertainment. We have a 42" plasma TV and DVD, a good stereo system, free WiFi , a large selection of books (including cookery), CDs, DVDs and board games. There is also a Blütner piano.
Outside the views over the loch are outstanding and unspoilt. There is a large terrace with picnic benches and a BBQ. There is also a selection of sports equipment. We love the complete seclusion of the fenced 5-acre (2Ha) grounds which children can explore on their own. These comprise rough Highland lawns with deciduous and evergreen woods. Between Easter and June, the rhodenedrons and camilias are at their best. The land is carpeted with hazy purple drifts of bluebells in May.
Close by there is riding, sailing, canoeing, fresh water and sea fishing as well as walks and boat excursions.
Ardfern is 2.5 hrs drive from Glasgow, and lies between the busy port/rail head of Oban (24 miles) and Lochgilphead (16 miles). We offer both weekly and weekend rents and our rates recognise different party sizes. We accept well behaved dogs.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sea Loch 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow 150 km, Nearest railway: Oban 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house which was built in 1999 is spacious (200 sq m) and light: white walls are complemented by local stone and wood. Downstairs, the living area is open plan. It comprises a well-equipped kitchen overlooking a large living room (with stone gable and large wood burning fire) and a maple floored dining area (so you can cook and still be part of the party!). There is a large selection of books, a 42" flatscreen TV, CDs, DVDs and games - even a Blutner piano. We provide free WiFi access.
The remainder of the downstairs is taken up with 2 bedrooms, a kingsize en suite and a twin, a further bathroom, a hall and an entry porch. The living room, dining room and bedrooms have 1-metre wide windows to floor level facing south over the terrace and wooded gardens to the loch.
The upstairs is entirely oak floored. There are 2 family bedrooms separated by a gallery above which is large picture window with views over the loch. The larger of these bedrooms has a emperor-sized pine bed and 3 single beds. The smaller bedroom has twin 3' shaker-style pine beds. A new shower room was added in the Spring of 2011 ( a loo with a view!).
In summary, there are 4 rooms capable of sleeping 8 adults. In addition to this, there are 4 more beds for adults or children, 2 cots, a high chair, an off-road pram and a booster seat.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a large terrace outside (1000 sq ft/100 sq m) with 2 wooden picnic benches. This faces south and the view. The land, which is fenced, is a mixture of lawn, deciduous planting, fruit trees & bushes, rhododendrons, perennials and wild areas. You are welcome to help yourselves sustainably to herbs and any fruit or vegetables that we may have planted and that are in season. There is also a barbecue and a selection of outdoor games equipment, lifejackets, which are housed in our guests' shed. We also have an offroad pram. There are generally a couple of bags of golf clubs, some fishing equipment and life jackets.
Rents run Friday to Friday and are inclusive of linen and towels.
Departure time by 10:00 hrs / Arrival time after 16:00.
Dogs (£20) allowed with prior notification.
About this location
The Argyll and Bute region
Ardfern is situated in Argyll on the West Coast in the Southern Highlands. Argyll is a region of lochs, mountains and islands - that though wild and beautiful - is only 2 hours from Glasgow - Scotland's largest city. Argyll offers unrivalled holiday opportunities to relax and to explore the castles, islands, beaches whilst sampling some of the country's finest whisky and seafood.
In Mid Argyll, there are more prehistoric sites, stone circles, standing stones, cup and ring marks in these few square miles than anywhere else in Scotland. The first Scots kings were crowned at Dunadd fort. St Columba arrived at Iona in 563 AD - this beautiful island and its monastry - are a popular destination.
The bustling port of Oban is the "Gateway to The Isles".
Ardfern is a wonderful centre for a holiday with short walks to the village and along the loch. At end of the Craignish Peninsula (4 miles), fantastic sunsets can be seen looking between Jura and Scarba, where lurks the infamous Corrievreckan whirlpool. A mile nearer the house, there is a beautiful little mediaeval chapel with its ancient burial stones and a shallow bay where you can swim. There are beautiful sandy beaches within an hour's drive.
The focus of the village of Ardfern is the 200-year-old drovers' pub - The Galley of Lorne (+44 01852 500 284) - with its open fires and easy atmosphere. There is a restaurant and bar meals are also served. On sunny days, one can drink outside while the kids play on the grass. Opposite the hotel is The Crafty Kitchen for coffee, cakes and crafts as well as, in season, lunch and dinner. The church service is at 10:15 a.m.. There is also a well stocked, licensed, village shop (+44 1852 500 350) and post office 08:00 (08:30 Sun) to 19:00hrs, and a thriving marina (+44 1852 500 247) from which daily boat excursions depart.
Ardfern and its sister village of Croabh Haven boast an excellent riding centre with Appaloosa horses, daily boat trips and a watersports centre with canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. There are golf courses at Lochgilphead, Seil and Oban.
If canoeing and riding is all a bit too energetic, then you can just soak up the beautiful scenery or enjoy the many lovely local walks and gardens. The area is ideal for photographers and artists and there is also plenty of bird and sea life to be seen. Should you wish to venture further afield you are well placed for touring Argyll and the islands. The recently re-intoduced beavers can be found at Dubh Loch less than an hour from the house.
Mid Argyll is one of the most fascinating parts of Scotland to explore. There are more prehistoric sites, stone circles, standing stones, cup and ring marks in these few square miles than anywhere else in Scotland. The first Scots kings were crowned at Dunadd fort. Archaeological exploration is centred on the village of Kilmartin (15 minutes drive from the house) and its Museum of Ancient Culture. The adjoining café is a family favourite.
The bustling port town of Oban is the embarkation point for many islands including Kerrera, Mull, Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and the Outer Hebrides. Mull is an easy day trip. Its attractions include: Duart Castle, the fishing and distillery town of Tobermory, and Toronsay House and gardens (linked to Craignure by a narrow gauge steam railway). From Mull, it is a short hop to Iona (where St Columba landed in 563 AD) with its famous Abbey and white sandy beaches; and to the geological spectacle of Staffa and Fingal's Cave which inspired Mendlesohn's Hebridean Overture. There are several organised full day excursions from Oban which include Mull, Staffa and Iona.
North of Oban, via the Connell bridge, is the village of Port Appin; embarkation point for the island of Lismore and/or lunch stop at The Pier Restaurant - if you want to push the boat out – try the Michelin-starred Airds Hotel. Just to the north is Castle Stalker. On wet days, children might prefer the Sealife Centre at Benderloch (1 hour from Ardfern) or the subterranean Ben Cruachan Hydro Electric Visitor Centre. On hot days there are beaches and diving at Gannavan and Tralee. Around Taynuilt there is the Bonawe Iron Foundry museum (Apr – Sep) and cruises on the Loch Etive. Other attractions include: Kilchurn castle, Oban Rare Breeds Park and Oban Distillery.
The Island of Seil is halfway between Oban and Ardfern, and accessed by the 1793 Thomas Telford “Bridge over the Atlantic”, where lunch can be had at Tigh na Truish (House of the Troussers!). Further on, at Ballvicar, there is a rough-and-ready 9-hole golf course and next to the Inshaig hotel, the beautiful gardens of An Cala (Apr – Oct). The road ends at Ellanbeich from where the tiny car-free island of Easdale with its historic slate quarries and fascinating museum is reached in 3 minutes by ferry.
Half an hour south of the house is Crinan, a busy hamlet (with upmarket hotel and coffee shop) by the lock gates at the seaward end of the Crinan Canal. From here, excursions run to the remote north end of Jura (where Orwell wrote 1984). Beyond Crinan, at Kilmory lie beautiful large white sandy beaches (a sinuous 1-hour from the house). There is a small beach at Carsaig (30 mins). If the sea is too cold(!) then you can try the warmer hill lochens above the house or the swimming pool at Lochgilphead. Further down the Kintyre peninsula, the island of Gigha (house, gardens and hotel) makes a great day trip. Islay and Jura are reached from Kennacraig and Ireland from Campbeltown.
Argyll is walking country with 25 Munros within 90 minutes including Ben Cruachan, Ben Lui and Glencoe (where one can also ski). Sea fishing can be arranged from Oban and Croabh, and there is good fresh water fishing in Loch Awe and in other smaller lochs. There are fine gardens: Arduaine NTS (15 minutes) and Old Portalloch (20 minutes),
It is 1 hour south to Inverarey with its beautiful white houses, castle (home to the Duke of Argyll) and historic jail. The Auchindrain Crofting Village Museum, Crarae gardens and a wildlife park are on the way. Glasgow and its museums/shopping is 1 hour further.
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10 Oct 2014
"A 60th Birthday"
We stayed on the cottage for my dad's 60th birthday and it was just the perfect place to celebrate. The cottage itself is amazing very warm, comfortable and has everything you could ever possibly… More
4 Sep 2014
"Wonderful place, great for kids"
We spent a week in Drumalban with 3 adults and 5 kids aged 2, 4, 11 and 13. All of us loved it!My heart was conquered as soon as I opened the door to the house for the first time and an amazing view o… More
24 Mar 2014
"Et flott, lyst og romslig hus med plass til mangen i nydelig omgivelser"
Vi reiste tre par pluss to tenåringer i juli 2013. Vi satte pris på at alle fikk store og fine soverom og at det var flere bad. Felles areal er lyst og trivelig og kjøkkenet velutsyrt. Spisebord e… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is much appreciated and helps our future guests get a feel for Drumalban and all it offers. Should you choose to holiday in Argyll again we would be delighted to welcome you back for another relaxing break.
13 Dec 2013
"Perfect Cottage in a stunning location - couldn't ask for more"
Nine of us booked the cottage to celebrate my PhD defence.The cottage itself was perfect for our needs: going for walks during the day and spending the evenings in front of the fire with delicious ho… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your helpful comments. It is useful for other guests to know that winter breaks work well at the house, when a day of walking and exploring ends with a cozy night in front of the fire. We are so pleased that you chose to celebrate at Drumalban and would be delighted to welcome you back should you decide to holiday in Ardfern again.
21 Sep 2013
"Truely Fabulous! Definitely has the WOW factor!"
We (and our two furry/hairy 'babies') have just spent a wonderful week at Drumalban. We knew the moment we came down the secluded driveway, which opened up to expose the most spectacular and uninterrupted and far reaching views of the loch and distant hills, that we were going to just love our stay here in Drumalban. We were not disappointed!
Situated in a very peaceful and private setting the house is beautifully done and kitted out with everything you could possibly need. We found the sofa's and king sized bed extremely comfortable and it was lovely to see views from every area in the house. So uplifting! We never closed our bedroom curtain as waking to 'that' view every morning was tremendous!
We especially loved the large and 'secure' grounds with lots of different area's to explore, gardens of colourful flowers, lawns, meadows and woodland (and of course those views). There was so much outside space you would never need to leave to walk elsewhere (if so inclined) and it was perfect for our 2 dogs. Another bonus was being able to let our dogs wander unsupervised without the worry of them escaping for adventure further afield - not that they needed adventures elsewhere there was enough to be had right here. Kids would love it too.
Although we didn't partake there was lots of indoor board games, outdoor games and young children's toys available. There was also equipment for outdoor pursuits such as fishing and wetsuits etc. all free to use. Care has also been taken to provide useful and helpful information manuals including an invaluable detailed guide to Drumalban outlining everything you need to know about the running of the house e.g. heating controls, appliances etc. They've thought of everything!
Tempting as it was to just stay and spend our week at Drumalban we did of course venture further afield. We took lovely walks close by, through the village and off road. Just a few minutes drive (or long walk) along the loch shore road and you're at the end of the Craignish Peninsula with spectacular views of the sea and Islands beyond. We took a nice gentle walk up to the trig point from here. We enjoyed trips to Oban and other places of interest but the highlight was returning back to Drumalban - a very welcoming sight.
Thank you Kirsty for helping to make our visit so welcoming and pleasant. We had a truly wonderful, relaxing and restful time. Drumalban was everything we hoped it would be and we hope to visit again soon.
We highly recommend Drumalban as an outstanding place to stay (the large number satisfied and returning guests was evident from the visitors book).
There's just one downside - we can't stay more often!! JJO&T
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Drumalban, we really appreciate this, as your comments help future guests to get a true picture of the house and area. If you should choose to holiday in Ardfern again we would love to welcome you back - there are plenty of walks left for yourselves and the "boys" to enjoy!
19 Sep 2013
Just back from a week at Drumalban. We adored the open plan layout of the house with it's Scandinavain influences, it was very clean and well presented thoughout but not too precious that you could not relax. The garden was fantastic - we have two small dogs that were able to run around until their hearts content. The views from the house are spectacular....you would have to go a very long way to beat them. The village of Ardfern is a hidden gem conveniently situated between Oban and Lochgilphead. We are already looking forward our next visit.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is much appreciated and helps our future guests get a feel for Drumalban and all it offers. I'm glad the dogs enjoyed the garden, I wonder if you saw the roe deer that regularly visit? Should you choose to holiday in Argyll again we would be delighted to welcome you back.
14 Jan 2013
"If you're going to Scotland, this is the place to stay!!"
Drumalban. What a place!! We went with a group of friends for Christmas and had the best time. Kirsty made everything easy from beginning to end. The place is better in real life than the pictures (which were already great). The house was fantastically equipped with everything we needed, plenty of heating and situated in a lovely little village. Loved every minute of it and cannot wait to be back!
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Drumalban - we really appreciate this and if you should choose to holiday on the west coast of Scotland again we would love to welcome you back. We know you enjoyed your Christmas barbecuing and might like to know that we know that we replaced the original one this year with a new "super-sized" one! We liked the idea that you could barbecue outside and then dine in front of the roaring log fire in December!!
3 Nov 2012
"Precious memories in a wonderful setting."
I stayed at Drumalban with my partner and my extended family, as we accompanied my elderly mother on a weeks holiday in Ardfern. The house provided a wonderful base, with the 1 mile long off road tra… More
Thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to write a review. It was lovely to meet you. I'm so pleased you had great family gathering- the house lends itself well to large family groups. I noted your comments about the fire and instead of a "when needed" we have switched to a regular programme of sweeping the chimney, which seems to work better all round. Should you choose to holiday on the west coast of Scotland again we would be delighted to welcome you back.
8 May 2012
"Brilliant - house, views, weather - ideal for a short or long break"
10 of us went to Drumalban to celebrate an 80th birthday. Ages ranged from 10 - 80. The children loved the garden and the football goals and the adults loved the peaceful location and outstanding views. All the bedding and towels etc were new and the kitchen had eveything we needed. We loved the wood fire and the dining table is large enough to accommodate everyone. It is at the end of a single track and probably not too suitable for a low car but we were aware of that before we booked. We walked into Ardfern in 10 minutes and enjoyed a drink in the pub.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is much appreciated and helps our future guests get a feel for Drumalban and all it offers. I'm glad the celebrations for the big birthday went with a bang! Should you choose to holiday in Argyll again we would be delighted to welcome you back.
25 Mar 2012
"Our 2nd Christmas at Drumalban, drawn back by unique ambience, elegant interior + top class log fire."
Drumalban's view down the loch, the colours changing through the day with the varying light, is reason enough to want to spend a week here. In 20 years of taking self catering lets, both summer and Christmas, I have not found a better stocked and equipped kitchen, unique feature of which is its mezzanine location. The kitchen layout allows the chef both freedom of space , and opportunity to be included in the wider buzz of the group. Add on relaxed and helpful support from Kirsty - Drumalban is a very reasonably priced self catering gem.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. we really appreciate your kind comments particularly since you have had a lot of experience in booking self catering houses. We are keen cooks ourselves and have made sure everything we would need for our own kitchen is in place in Drumalban. As for the view, you're right it is fantastic! We would love to welcome you back to Ardfern again.
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