19 Sep 2013
"Absolutely idyllic - if only we could rent the place all year!"
We booked The Glen Cottage fairly late in the day after deciding on a holiday in Scotland. The booking process was painless, with great email communication with the Estate and helpful notes leading upto the stay. We were a little apprehensive over the Scottish Tourist Board 3-star rating property, based on our experience with 3-star ratings in England and Wales, but they must be measuring on a different scale, as the cottage was absolutely lovely, certainly better then most 4 star ETB rated cottages we've stayed in.
Firstly the location. The cottage sits at the entrance to the Kingairloch estate in Glengalmadale on the B8043. Now this is only a small single track road, so no passing traffic to speak of - we only saw perhaps 3 cars per day. Coming from Fort William or Glencoe the quickest way is across the Corran ferry which runs every half hour costing £7.30, although there is a longer route to Fort William along the west shore of Loch Linnhe. The B8043 is an experience in itself, being a narrow single track road with plenty of twists and turns to keep you occupied, not to mention cows, goats and the odd deer to avoid. But it is very scenic, hugging the Loch in many places with glorious views across the loch. The Glen Cottage is adjacent to another rental cottage, The Steadings, but this property was empty the week of our stay so we had complete privacy. There is a small shop in Clovullin near to the Corran Ferry, although we liked the shop in Strontian as it seemed to stock everything you needed and more! Fort William has a good sized Morrisons as well as a Tesco Extra and a range of high-street shops.
The Glen Cottage is all on one level with a ramp to the front door so ideal for the less able. There are 3 steps out of the back door however. A double glazed door opens into a tiled porch with a table with guide books on the area. A further double glazed door opens into the lounge, with two triple sofas, log burning stove, widescreen HDTV, Freesat HD box and DVD player. A large window faces south with view towards the loch and the beach. Three double bedrooms (2 double, 1 twin) are all well appointed and have crisp cotton sheets and duvet covers. Each bedroom has plenty of storage and of course, views either towards the loch or to the mountains at the rear. The bathroom is nicely fitted with a bath with power shower over, tiled floor with underfloor heating, and some lovely Sea Kelp liquid soap and moisturiser on the hand basin. The kitchen/dining room is very well appointed, with a large built in fridge/freezer, built in dishwasher, electric fan oven and touch control halogen hob. Kettle, toaster and microwave all sit on the worksurface. Everything you need is there, including ample cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots and pans etc. Some nice little touches like dishwasher tablets, fairly liquid and cleaning products are provided, as well as an initial supply of tea, coffee and sugar. We loved the Portmeirion Botanic Garden dining plates.The dining area has a large table seating 6 with a pvc tablecloth and an ipod dock/radio on the windowsill. To the rear of the kichen is a utility room housing a washing machine, the oil fired boiler and the central heating controls. We could't get a phone signal at the cottage, but picked one up a few yards down the road. Water is provided by a hillside stream, but goes through a filtration and UV process to make it safe to drink - nice not to have chlorinated water for a change.
Outside the cottage is open plan, with a fenced off area immediately to the rear if you have a dog which needs to be contained. Our dogs loved being able to wander where they wanted, over the back to the stream or out to the front down the lane towards the beach. A nice walk is to follow the track to the rear of the cottage upto the small reservoir, but perhaps the best is the short walk to the beach, which is is simply lovely. We spent a good few hours paddling in the crystal clear water whilst the dogs chewed the washed up kelp stalks. The stream from the reservoir runs just behind the beach and forms spit of land at the western edge of the beach, with a view to some of the other cottages on the estate and the church.
If there were any suggestions for improvement I could make, it would be minor things - some further instructions on how the central heating worked would be good (as it seemed the radiators come on when the hot water was on!) and also join the satellite box to the TV by HDMI (not scart) to enjoy glorious HD. But as I say, very minor stuff.
Out and about, we enjoyed a trip up the cable car at the Nevis Mountain Range, a scenic drive to the Ardnamurchan lighthouse, Fort Augusta for a boat trip on Loch Ness, picturesque Glencoe and the breathtaking scenery all around. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Boathouse restaurant one day and whilst the menu doesn't perhaps suit children, the food was suberb, especially the saddle of venison was absolutely divine. Everywhere we went, the locals were really friendly and seemed to genuinely want us to enjoy our holiday! Highlights out and about were seeing red deer both on the estate and on our trip to the lighthouse.
Myself, partner, 12 year old daughter and 2 dogs had a simply fantastic time here and were really sad to leave. It is a beautiful cottage in a really beautiful location and we certainly hope to come back.
14 Sep 2013
"Lovely cottage in a fantastic tranquil setting"
Had a fantastic break with the family at The Glen Cottage. We were surprised at how well equipped the cottage was for self catering - they had though of all the details....all the things we would usually forget! The cottage was really clean. The estate boasts fantastic scenery and lots of wildlife. The beach is about a 5 min walk...nothing too fantastic but the kids loved it. The nearest shops were about 20 mins away so you needed to be organised when you went out for the day.
18 Aug 2013
"If Kingairloch would sell me the house, I'd move there."
For our family holiday we opted for Glen Cottage, largely based on the pictures of the cottage and garden and the proximity of the beach. Being my wife and I, three children (aged 2, 6 & 8) and a 3yr … More
7 May 2013
"A lovely cottage ideal for a relaxing quiet holiday"
The Kingairloch estate is a fantastic place to go on holiday to get away from it all. Glen cottage is very well equipped and a lovely cottage for a family holiday. We were two couples and two children and the cottage did not feel over crowded. The estate is very well run, and the owners are not at all intrusive and leave you to get on with enjoying a peaceful holiday.
Make sure you have everything you need for your stay before you get there. It is a long drive to the nearest shop, which is not particuarly well stocked (by city standards) either.
If you enjoy clubbing and late nights on holiday, this probably isn't the place for you. If on the otherhand you like quiet, long walks, beautiful countryside etc. then it probably is.
The Boathouse restaurant on the estate is also excellent should you tire of cooking dinner for yourself.
Couldn't recommend it highly enough.
6 May 2013
"An ideal location for exploring the Morvern Peninsula"
Glen Cottage is in a superb, if remote, location facing Loch Linnhe at the head of Glen Galmadale. There is direct access to the hills of the glen from the cottage as well as to the shore-line alongside the loch. The estate offers access to some challenging hill-walking. The nearby Boathouse Restaurant serves locally-resourced estate produce (fish and game) at very reasonable prices and has a good selection of wines and local beers. The cottage is warm and comfortable. It has a lounge with a wood-burning stove, TV and video-player, three good-sized bedrooms (2xdoubles;1xtwin), and a well-equipped kitchen-diner with a nearby washing machine. However, the single bathroom (with loo included) could be challenging for six people! More hanging space would also be helpful, especially for wet or damp clothing. There are no hooks on the back of the doors and there is no wardrobe in one of the bedrooms! The information booklet also does not contain information about how to use the cottages amenities (e.g. TV, cooker, dishwasher, video, etc). However, the views from the cottage are superb and its quiet location provides a perfect location for relaxation. There is no light pollution and so the night-sky is a wonder to behold. Deer graze nearby, bird-life (and song) is abundant, and sea otters were spotted playing in the kelp at low tide on the loch shore. The estate staff were friendly and helpful and quick to respond to requests for help. Food shopping at Morrisons in Fort William is essential in advance, where petrol prices are also lower. Also, come to the cottage with a full tank of fuel!