Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Coille Diobhain cottage is situated in a historic wood sharing the same name, at the end of a 200m private winding road. The setting offers a wonderful sense of serenity, and harmony with the local environment (your neighbours will include our resident hare and pine marten families). Sitting at an elevation of around 500ft, the cottage is blessed with magnificent views of the local mountain and woodland scenery. The location is just minutes from the local amenities of Roy Bridge village, which include excellent general store, post office and several hotels, and also its railway station, which provides direct links to London (on the sleeper service), Fort William and Glasgow. It is only a short drive away from the major regional town of Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
The former shepherd's cottage has been recently extended and refurbished, giving it double, twin and single bedrooms (including a double and single downstairs), a shower-room and bathroom (the latter downstairs), and dedicated dining and sitting rooms. The fully equipped kitchen offers panoramic views of the local land and nearby 4,000ft mountains. The cottage is ideal for family and outdoor activity holidays (notably walking/hiking/climbing, fishing, cycling/mountain-biking and winter sports), as well as for couples seeking a quiet or romantic getaway, or those simply seeking relief from the stresses of daily life.
**NEW FOR 2013** Beautiful SW-facing sunroom extension with panoramic windows, wood-burning stove, oak wood flooring, stunning mountain and woodland views. This has resulted in the creation of a new ground floor double bedroom, in addition to the three existing bedrooms.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||SW end of Loch Lochy by the Caledonian Canal 15 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 110 km, Nearest railway: Roy Bridge 4 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|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Floors carpeted throughout (except for bathrooms, kitchen, sunroom)
Wood flooring in the new sunroom
Wood-burning stove in the new sunroom
A traditional wood-burning Rayburn stove in the dining room heats the radiators
Heating also available from both storage and electric heaters
High chair and two travel cots for infants
|Further details outdoors|
Parking space for multiple vehicles.
Land encompasses approximately two acres of open (grass) land surrounding the cottage, and seven acres of mixed native woodland, primarily Birch and Oak, but containing numerous other planted species including Scots Pine and Aspen.
Extensive local wildlife on and around the property. Animals including Roe and Sika Deer, Hare and Pine Marten; birds such as Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Wood Warbler, Scottish Crossbill, Goldcrest and Siskin, can be seen at different times of the year.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
The woodland slopes steeply to the east of the property, beyond the fence, down to a burn (river). We strongly recommend all young children are supervised if on this section of the property and that all guests exercise extreme caution towards the south east corner of the property (downstream of the house), where the slope is precipitous with cliffs.
There is an overhead power cable which crosses the property, approximately half way up the road to the cottage. Extreme caution must be exercised if carrying electrically conductive objects overhead, such as a fishing rod.
The 200m unsealed road up to the property may be unsuitable for certain low-slung vehicles (such as sports cars). When there is snow or ice present, chains or 4x4 traction may be required to reach the cottage (alternatively please park near the gate)
Vodafone mobile network usually available at the property. Other networks are available in or near Roy Bridge village.
The Scottish Highlands region
The Scottish Highlands region is renowned for its ancient and spectacularly beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife, profound human history and the warmth of the hospitality that its visitors receive.
The Atlantic Gulf Stream ensures that temperatures remain relatively mild throughout the year, for such a northerly latitude (57 degrees North), and the midsummer months bring only fleeting darkness each night.
Situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe, directly beneath the hulking mass of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, Fort William is the capital of the Lochaber region, and a principal gateway to the Highlands. In recent years the town has successfully re-branded itself as the UK's Outdoor Capital, and now plays host to many related events and competitions throughout the year. A gondola rising 2,000ft up the nearby Aonach Mor mountain provides access to the ski slopes in winter, and also to a world championship mountain bike descent course, along with magnificent views on a clear day, and extensive local hiking.
Other attractions in Fort William include the West Highland Museum (with its Jacobite memorabilia), the Treasures of the Earth Museum (exquisite gemstone and crystal collections) and seal-spotting boat trips onto Loch Linnhe. Another, personal recommendation, would be afternoon tea at the nearby Inverlochy Castle Hotel, one of Scotland's most exclusive hotels, or at the Old Pines Restaurant near Spean Bridge.
Excursions into the local area might include a drive SW to the picturesque harbour town of Oban, with its Sea Life centre and nature-spotting harbour trips. Or a trip West by road or rail (esp. on the 'Harry Potter' steam train, one of the world's top-rated rail journeys) to the coastal port of Mallaig and the beautiful sands of Morar. A drive North up the Great Glen leads to the mysterious Loch Ness and stunning Glen Affric Nature Reserve; heading East quickly takes you into the Cairngorms National Park.
The area immediately around Coille Diobhain and Roy Bridge, has much to offer. The cottage is on the lower reaches of Glen Roy, a National Nature Reserve, and famous as the finest example of an ice-age landscape to be found anywhere in the British Isles. Walk, drive or cycle up into the Glen, and you will observe its famous parallel roads, which are in fact the former beaches of a vast ice-dammed freshwater lake that filled Glen Roy some 10,000 years ago.
Glen Roy has a rich human history, though sadly it has become mostly de-populated over the years. The mother of the recently canonised Mary MacKillop of Australia , Flora MacDonald, was born and brought up (as were some of our other ancestors)in the now disused Cranachan farm, visible across the Glen . However the wild beauty of the Glen remains undiminished and it is home to such wildlife as the Golden Eagle, Raven, Ring Ouzel, Pine Marten, Red Deer and Atlantic Salmon, fighting its way to the upper reaches of the River Roy.
Coille Diobhain has its own evidence of human history. An ancient road passes up though the woodland from an old ford near the road bridge. There is evidence of mining and other human excavations on the land. Just down the road from the cottage, a cairn marks the 1688 Battle of Mulroy, between MacDonalds and Mackintoshes and their respective allies, the last inter-clan battle fought in Scotland. The battle took place in the field just opposite the cottage.
Roy Bridge village has an excellent general store, post office and hotels, offering a selection of places to eat. There are further places just down the road in Spean Bridge.
The A86 to the East of Roy Bridge quickly becomes wild and isolated, and leads to such places as the stunning church and graveyard of Cille Choirill, the natural treasures of Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, mountain biking and pony trekking at Laggan Wolftrax, and on to the Cairngorms National Park. The rail link to Glasgow heads into the wilderness after it leaves Roy Bridge, providing wonderful day-hiking opportunities from remote stations such as Carrour.
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18 Nov 2013
"Delightful Cottage in Beautiful Setting in site of Ben Nevis"
From the moment we meandered up the wooded drive we knew this was a great place for our 2 weeks in the highlands! The cottage ticked all our boxes and the new conservatory gave glorious views across t… More
30 Oct 2013
"A truly excellent cottage accommodation set in wonderful surroundings"
A fantastic base for all that there is so see in and around the Highlands. The cottage is equipped to a high standard. The minute you walk through the door you have that lovely homely feeling. The surrounding scenery is amazing. It' was also very nice that we were able to take our family dog along with us. We really did just fall in LOVE with the place.
4 Oct 2013
"Fantastic home away from home at Coille Diobhain"
Five adult ladies stayed at Coille Diobhain and loved every minute. The cottage itself has every amenity that one could want, it was a home away from home. We used it as a base and toured Fort William, Oban, The Isle of Skye (lunching at The Three Chimmney's) as well as walking the surrounding cottage grounds. We traveled from the U.S. and were delighted with the comfort the cottage has to offer. We would stay here again. The owner was very easy to work with. The was a book listing all the tourist information one could wish for including restaurants etc. This gets an A+. N. Parr
26 Aug 2013
"Great cottage in fabolous surrounding"
We've stayed in this cottage for a week (10-08-2013 17-08-2013)
And we really had a great week, the cottage has everything you need and the view from the sunroom is just perfect.
There is absolutuly nothing that we've missed in the cottage during our stay, games, dvd's information about the region etc.
We did a lot of exploring during our stay, we walked to the ice age landscape wich was very nice and quite.
Loch ness was also on our to do list but that was a bit to touristic for us, the Jacobite train was just brilliant !! This is something you really should do.
After all the exploring and sightseeing it was very nice coming "home" to Coille Diobhain !
All together a stay we will remember and that's absolutely recommandable.
16 Aug 2013
"if you are thinking about booking this cottage - just do it!"
I spent a lot of time researching the internet to find a holiday cottage for 2 weeks near Fort William. My choice of Coille Diobhain was a fantastic location to spend our holiday. The cottage is set in ancient oak woodland just a mile up a very quiet lane from Roy Bridge. As soon as we arrived at the gate leading up to the property, we all knew that we had arrived somewhere very special. As you drive up the track through the woods, the house appears ahead of you and sits wonderfully in it's surroundings. There are 2 bedrooms upstairs (a double and a twin) and a double and a single downstairs. The new sunroom is a great space and really adds the 'wow' factor to the cottage as it had a fab large screen tv with blue ray player and sound bar. There are 2 really comfy leather sofas and a very modern wood burning stove (plenty of wood in the barn).
The sunroom also contains lots and lots of dvd's, board games (try Ingenious - we loved it), and laminated maps (1/25000) of the area plus a plethora of books on Scotland. There was very good free internet access and a phone to take incoming calls. We never got a mobile signal at the cottage but found a good spot behind the house up on the hill (5 mins walk) if we needed to phone out.
There is a well stocked kitchen with very modern appliances and a utility area with drier and large fridge freezer. There is also a useful front porch with lots of hanging space for wet coats and even a dehumidifier.
We had a great time exploring the Glen which is accessible by car or on foot and the Parallel Roads are amazing. We saw a host of wildlife in the garden and surrounding area. Deer were spotted most days and there are lots of hares in the area.
For things to do, the area is a delight and we still didn't do all we wanted in 2 weeks (good excuse to come back!). Highlights were climbing Ben Nevis, dolphin watching at Inverness, train trip to Mallaig, mackerel fishing at Fort William, the white sands of Morar, the Steall Falls walk, mountain bike hire at the Ben Nevis Centre and many others (some further away by car using Tesco rewards were really good too). There are also books on local walks in the cottage and laminated sheets that you can take with you.
Roy Bridge village is just down the road and has a very pleasant and well stocked shop and we ate in the Roy Bridge hotel one night which was very tasty. Fort William is 20 mins away by car (easy drive) and has lots of shops including a Morrisons and Lidl for your 'big' shop when you arrive.
To sum up, if you are looking for a holiday cottage with the most amazing views (they are just awesome and no photo gives the mountains justice) which is very private, spacious and clean plus is in a great location for seeing the local area then book this one.
I would also like to add that Ruari made the whole booking really easy and the information that he supplied before we arrived was really excellent.
We all had a very happy holiday and were sad to leave including Tinky the dog who had a lovely time too.
13 Aug 2013
"Your own magical place in the Highlands"
From the moment you reach the gate to the property you know that you are somewhere special. Driving up the windy track through your own wood is fantastic with the children looking for glimpses of the cottage.
Once at the top of the drive the feeling of space, privacy and remoteness is absolutely wonderful, together with more woods at the rear of the property to explore and large grass areas for ball games.
The views to the mountains in the distance are great and the sound of silence is a fantastic way to unwind.
Coille Diobhain is a beautiful cottage with loads of character and has everything there that you could wish for to make your stay feel like a home from home.
The new sun lounge really adds to the feeling of space and has views all around towards the distant mountains and garden and woods.
The kids loved going to the woodstore at the top of the garden to get some logs for the wood burner fire.
We had two curious sheep on the land while we were there which often came to the sun lounge windows in the evening, to watch the television maybe.
We also saw hares in the garden together with bats in the evening and even some mischievous crows that kept tapping on the windows.
The perimeter of the property is securely fenced off so it is great for the children
to be able to roam about and explore.
The cottage is in a great position for local walks for which there are many and also for getting out and touring, for which if you want to explore you need to drive approx an hour to reach places like silver sands of morar,Caingormes, Glen Coe, Loch Ness for which the Rib boat trip is awsome.
All in all if you are looking for a cottage with lots and lots of space that is away from the hustle and bustle of daily life then it will not disappoint, the only problem is you have to leave.
Would definitely recommend and when we visit this part of the country again would love to come back to Coille Diobhain.
30 Jul 2013
"Perfect Highlands Retreat"
My family of seven stayed at Coille Diobhain for four nights - wished we could have stayed longer!
We loved sitting in the newly completed family room, which has enormous picture windows that look onto Ben Nevis. We watched the changing moods of the weather as clouds would roll in and out again. Stunning views of Ben Nevis when clear.
The house is about a mile up a lane from the village of Roy Bridge (about 25-30 minute drive from Fort William), and is a nice balance between being near town and out in the country. We took several walks along the lane, and saw rabbits, foxes, and of course - sheep! If you cycle, this would be a wonderful place to bring your bikes, as the road/lane is lightly traveled and goes several miles into the countryside.
The house was very clean and the beds comfortable. The welcome basket with goodies was an unexpected and lovely treat.
25 Jul 2013
"Very comfortable accommodation in a peaceful setting with beautiful views"
Well equipped spacious accommodation with plenty of homely touches. We received excellent communication from the owner, with lots of helpful advice about the cottage, and the immediate area, emailed through in advance. There were further information packs at the cottage making it easy to plan outings. It's well placed and easy to get to all the local sites and attractions - the views from the sun lounge are lovely. It's peacefully situated but within easy reach of amenities and Fort William.
The whole area is beautiful and we ran out of time to do it all but will mention the steam train to Mallaig; it's better to book in advance as it can get very busy. The gondola is also great as there are tremendous views from 2 easy walks at either end if you get good weather (or a heat wave as we had!). Missing it already....
5 Nov 2012
"Fantastic location, excellent facilities, great value for money."
We really enjoyed our stay, the surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay.
5 Nov 2012
"Clean, cosy, well equipped with acres of space and marvellous views."
Just as all the other reviews have said, this is a lovely clean and well equipped cottage with fabulous views. It has more than adequate heating for those chilly Scottish nights, even electric blankets on some beds. The grounds are well secured so no problems letting the dog out for a good mooch around but the track up to the cottage would be dicey in the snow. Good selection of DVDs and games although maybe a few more PG or U certificated ones might be needed for younger children.
All in all we had a thoroughly enjoyable 5 days away, our only disappointment was that we couldn't stay for longer.
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