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, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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.
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde 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.