Ivybank Cottage is a gem of a cottage offering a high standard of furnishing and facilities with beautiful loch & mountain views. Ideal for a romantic break, rural retreat or just to treat yourself to what makes this part of Scotland so special – a break in a beautiful part of the Loch Lomond National Park. Excellent value for money. It welcomes back many repeat guests.
Ivybank was built around 150 years ago as the gardeners cottage for the large Victorian villa situated next door and despite total refurbishment to modern standards retains many original features.
Inverlounin Road is a single track private road leading from the village and following the east shore of Loch Goil. In parts the road is in an elevated position and there are many original grand Victorian homes built between the road and the grounds sloping down to the loch side.
Parking is at a premium so the parking bay for one car off the road at the entrance to the property is a great start. As soon as you step out of your car you will be drawn to the view. The cottage is elevated from the loch side and this is only a taste of the uninterrupted views to be enjoyed from the outside patio area.
Care has been taken to make sure access is suitable for all. There is a ramp with a slight slope to a side door and then one step to enter the property. From there all rooms, except the double bedroom, are on one level so Ivybank is suitable for anyone with limited mobility.
You enter the cottage via the patio area into the sun room. Being on the east side of the loch you have the sun till late in the day when it dips behind Beinn Bheula and Beinn Lochain. The sun room is private and perfect for relaxing and enjoying the view and looking out for the visits from the red squirrels and bird life in the garden.
From the sun room you enter a small hallway which has a full sized walk in shower and toilet off to one side.
The kitchen is modern and equipped with everything you need for a self-catering holiday. There is a wall mounted TV with its own signal. You can watch a different programme than what is being shown in the lounge.
The heart of the cottage is the spacious lounge. Who wouldn't enjoy the special effect that a wood burning stove adds to a cottage? The modern touch of a large wall mounted TV with Freeview and DVD makes for a cosy space to socialise and relax.
Bedroom 1: Is down 3 steps and has a King sized double bed and built in wardrobes giving ample storage space. An en-suite has a bath with shower over the bath.
Bedroom 2: Has twin beds 2ft 6inch wide and built in wardrobes with ample storage space. Beds are made up for your arrival.
Ample hot water on demand and the cottage is heated by temperature controlled space heaters. Towels are provided.
Free WiFi is available throughout the cottage.
To the front of the cottage is the patio area with a path leading down to the garden which is built on three terraces. The views across the loch to the far hills are stunning at any time of year, and sunsets are a delight.
It is a pleasant 10 minute stroll down Inverlounin Road into the village where you will find the post office and general good store, as well as The Goil Inn and the Shorehouse Inn. Both serve food and have bars. Either a 30 minute walk through the village, or around the loch side; or a 5 minute drive on quiet roads, you will find more dining and activities available at the Drimsynie Estate. For a small loch side village there truly is an impressive choice of places to go and things to do.
Boat hire is available in the village, with free fishing on the loch. There are endless walks from the doorstep for all ages and fitness and cycling and mountain biking give access to fabulous views
Short breaks are welcome all year round and you can arrive any day.
• Wood burning stove - starter pack provided
• Central heating - energy included in hire price
• Towels and linen included - beds made up for your arrival
• TV and radio in lounge and in kitchen so you can watch two different programmes simultaneously
• Kettle, toaster, Iron, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Cooker, hair driers in each bedroom
• Washing machine & tumble dryer
• Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4
• Free WiFi
• Off road parking for 1 car
• No smoking please
• Pets - sorry, Ivybank is a pet free property
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Pubs & Restaurants
A few minutes walk to the The Goil Inn which is the village pub. Bar meals & take-away, pool table and TV for watching sport
The Goil Inn has regular Friday night bar entertainment and acoustic nights.
Close to the Shore House Inn in a beautiful location at the head of Loch Goil. Restaurant and bar. Open Wednesday to Sunday. Take-away pizzas.
1 mile to the Drimsynie Estate. Regular entertainment and family nights (during holiday dates). They have the Rob Roy Lounge for bar meals and the Fireside Bar.
1 mile to The Bistro in the Drimsynie House Hotel. Not open every night.
1 mile to the Leisure Centre with 25m indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room & gym. Available on a pay-as-you-go basis
1 mile to a 9-hole loch side golf course - pay-on-the-day
1 mile to Argyll Bike Hire - will deliver bikes to the holiday home.
2 miles to Loch Goil Cruisers - all year boat hire
Fishing on the shores of Loch Goil - or hire a boat
River Goil - permits from the Post Office. Best when the river is in spate
Close to the Post Office, newsagent and small grocery store
1 mile to the Costcutter mini-market - open 7 days
No supermarket delivers to the village. Many guests shop at ASDA or Morrisons in Dumbarton or the Co-Op in Balloch on the way to Lochgoilhead
Petrol - there is no garage in the village. Nearest petrol stations are: Strachur, Arrochar and Inveraray
Mobile phone reception - Vodafone - if you use another service please check with your provider about cover
Get the most out of your stay. Services of a local agent available for walking and tourist information
Glasgow Airport 48 miles - 1 hr 15 min
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Shoreline on Loch Goil|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow 64 km, Nearest railway: Tarbet 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
This area of Scotland is known as Argyll, and is renowned for its wild and rugged scenery. Peppered with sea and inland lochs and miles of often remote coastline, it is a favourite area for visitors from all over the world.
Driving through the historic towns brings a variety of interesting curio shops, museums, places to eat and visitor attractions. Popular places include the living museum at Inveraray Jail, Inveraray Castle, the underground power station at Loch Awe, take a cruise on Loch Lomond or try Quad Biking at Quadmania overlooking Loch Long.
The area is also renowned for its food and produce, with Loch Fyne Oysters being just half an hour from Lochgoilhead, as well as the microbrewery Fyne Ales where you can visit their tap room and have a brewery tour.
Argyll offers a truly great variety of places to go and things to do.
Email us for a copy of our 17 page Destination Guide for Lochgoilhead. It covers everything you need to know about what is happening in the village as well as activities, restaurants, walks and touring in the area. There is much to tell about this special place. It is updated to make sure all the details are accurate.
Lochgoilhead, although only around an hour's drive from Glasgow, has a remote, relaxed feel to it. Situated within the Loch Lomond National Park, the village is a paradise for walkers, water sport enthusiasts, those who love 'the great outdoors', and those who are just looking for somewhere to crash out!
Due to the fact the village is at the end of the road, there is very little through traffic, couple this with good amenities at the local hotels leisure centre, the village is very popular with young families during the traditional holiday periods. The village has also become popular with retirees, many who visit to enjoy the tranquillity, or have retired to the area, often having enjoyed decades of memorable holidays in the village.
While some never leave the glen during their stay, many use the village as base to explore the west coast, either down through the Kintyre Peninsula, or further west to the Oban area. Just over one hour north is magnificent Glencoe which was the Scottish setting in the latest Bond film, Skyfall, as well parts of the Harry Potter movies.
Whatever your choice, active or relaxed, Lochgoilhead is a wonderful place that often captures the hearts of those who visit.