Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Mack Leven is in sleepy historic Glencoe village, a one-street crofting community which retains a rural feel while being convenient for all amenities and with excellent access to the main road network, both for getting here and for exploring the West Highlands. It is a quiet friendly home from home, surrounded by beautiful mountains visible from every room in the house.
The cottage is within a few minutes' walk of the sea, forest walks, a well-stocked shop, hotel /pub, folk museum and a cafe serving delicious food (and serious hot chocolate!). The world renowned real ale pub, Clachaig, is a mere 3 miles away, and the area has superb restaurants specialising in local seafood, or why not eat in - Mack Leven has a fully equipped kitchen which will easily cater for eight.
Sunsets over the loch and mountains are absolutely gorgeous. Our secluded garden is leafy and peaceful with a rich variety of birdlife. Red deer can be spotted on the hillsides, otters frequent the lochshore and seals are a common sight.
Glencoe is a fantastic base for exploring the West Highlands - stay local and discover the beauty of Glen Coe and Loch Leven, or head further afield, with Oban /Mull, Mallaig, Skye, Caledonian Canal, Fortwilliam, Loch Ness, Aviemore /Cairngorms all being within easy range for day trips.
Outdoor activities are well catered for locally, with a wide range of local providers offering everything from sea kayaking and canyoning to segway, boat trips and photography safaris.
Walkers can tackle local Munros on foot from the cottage (there are over 40 Munros within 20 miles), with many lovely but gentler walks for the less adventurous, some taking in the beautiful forest just minutes' walk away. Skiers and snowboarders have the choice of Glencoe ski resort (10 minutes by car) or Nevis Range (40 minutes by car).
Cycling opportunities range from world class downhill mountain biking to easy forest trails for families, or the excellent cycle path leading from Glencoe to Oban, with local bike hire available across the road from the cottage.
Climbers can get indoor practice and tuition on both conventional climbing walls and on real ice walls at the Ice Factor (15mins by car), and families /beginners are welcome. And then there's the wealth of outdoor routes to be tackled - experienced local guides are available if required.
Sea kayakers can enjoy some of the world's best paddling around the coast of the West of Scotland, with fantastic scenery, clear waters, wildlife, and uninhabited islands to explore. There are many providers supplying tuition and trips. ObanSeaKayakGuides offer Mack Leven guests 30% discount on coaching or guided trips (minimum two people booking). If you have your own kayak, you can launch almost from the cottage.
Mack Leven offers all the comforts of home in a stunningly beautiful location.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow 140 km, Nearest railway: Fortwilliam 19 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Luxury accommodation which includes four spacious ensuite bedrooms (one king room and one double room downstairs, one king room and one twin room upstairs). Rooms are clean, bright and airy, with mountain /garden views. The master bedroom also looks over the sea and superb sunsets. There is a separate fifth toilet downstairs
Relax on large comfy settees and pouffees in front of the open fire (coal supplied), and settle down for a cosy evening with a flat screen 32' HD LCD TV (freeview), a Blu-ray /DVD player with a large selection of DVDs, and CD player with iPod dock. Wi-Fi is free, and there's a printer /copier /scanner, handy for on-line tickets or if you really can't leave the office behind.
The cosy reading nook in the hall is ideal for curling up with a book from our wide selection of adult and kids books (lots of great kids books!), and there's a plentiful selection of games for all ages.
You'll fall in love with the heated south-facing conservatory, with mountain views and birch trees all around. There's a choice of comfy wicker armchairs or more formal table and chairs, and it's an ideal place to dawdle over breakfast.
Cooking for eight is a breeze in the well equipped kitchen, with double oven /grill, microwave, ceramic hob, 4-slice toaster, dishwasher, fridge /freezer, and plenty of pans /cooking utensils /plates /cutlery etc. The dining room has a large solid wood table which seats eight easily, but has been known to accommodate twelve, and there is a breakfast bar in the kitchen which seats two.
Wet weather isn't a problem - there's a washing machine and tumble dryer in the utility room, with several clothes airers available, and there is plenty of space for coats and muddy boots in both the entrance porch and the utility room.
Note: There are two steps at the front door, with handrails to aid guests of restricted mobility.
|Further details outdoors|
The conservatory and kitchen both lead onto a large south-facing deck, and summer evenings equal barbeques – our gas barbeque (gas supplied), hardwood patio furniture and suntrap deck and garden are an irresistible invitation to crack open a beer and get the barbie going.... (Patio furniture & barbeque not available during winter months.)
The back garden is fully fenced and flat, with grass / gravel / bushes, edged with birch trees, and is rich in birdlife. There is a herb garden (fresh herbs for the keen cooks) and washing lines (pegs supplied).
An outside tap with hose is provided, perfect for washing boots /kayaks /bikes etc (not available during winter months).
There is off -road private parking for up to four cars in front /side of the cottage.
20% deposit secures booking (non-refundable), balance payable 6 weeks in advance. Balance refundable only if the property can be re-let for the cancelled period.
Paypal available for overseas bookings (2% surcharge) - UK bookings electronic transfer preferred.
The Scottish Highlands region
Glencoe is in the Lochaber area of Argyll, with wild beautiful romantic mountains and sea lochs, home to red deer, eagles, pine martins, seals and otters, but not many people. The area is steeped in history - the Massacre of Glencoe, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Wade's military roads (still in use as walking routes), Glencoe burial isles, and it has also been the scene of many films, best known being Harry Potter and James Bond's Skyfall. The climate is not extreme - we do have snow in winter, and it can be cold, but summers can be hot and sunny. And yes, it does rain in the Highlands, but not usually for too long, and the light on the hills is especially beautiful after rain, photographers love it.
Walking, climbing, ski-ing, sea kayaking, mountain biking are all on the doorstep - local guides will provide trips /training if desired. Boat trips on Loch Leven or out to Corryvreckan whirlpool can be arranged. Sea fishing, golf, canyoning, indoor ice-climbing, bike hire, photography safaris, segway trips are all available locally.
Glencoe has a thatched cottage folk museum and National Trust visitor centre which have excellent local history displays, and the Macdonald Memorial attracts visitors from all over the world, especially on their Clan memorial day in February each year.
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6 Oct 2014
"Perfect highlands retreat"
We stayed at Mack Leven for one week and thoroughly enjoyed our time there.Our first impressions were great and they improved with each day. The house is very well furnished and is very cosy with nice… More
30 Jul 2014
"Superb house in the middle of Glencoe and all the mountains"
Wonderfully appointed house with all bedrooms being en suite. Situated in the middle of Glencoe village next to the excellent tea shop. Easy access to many great mountain routes and also the much visi… More
29 Jul 2014
"You could not wish to find a more comfortable, well equipped place for a holiday"
I stayed at Mack Leven with four friends, one of whom has limited mobility. The two ground floor ensuite bedrooms are a real bonus! We were able to eat most meals in the garden at the dining table p… More
25 May 2014
"Great house, great location"
All the house provisions were very well thought off. The place was very clean, we found there all what was needed. Separate bathroom for each bedroom was a real luxury. The kitchen was very well equip… More
29 Apr 2014
First time in Scotland. Couldn ´ t find a better accompdation. Beautiful house, very comfortable and clean. There wasn ´ t a single thing we needed to buy, everything was provided, even shampoo and … More
6 Jan 2014
We stayed here as a group of friends (8 of us) and this place was ideal. The rooms are spacious and clean, the kitchen is well stocked with cooking equipment and there is a utility room in which you c… More
15 Nov 2013
"Amazing place to get away!"
Second time of staying at Mack Leven and I really would struggle to stay anywhere else. Everything is thought of in the house, the place is spotless and ideal for a big group of people. The location i… More
14 Nov 2013
"Five star welcome, comfort and value"
This is a newly renovated property well thought out for holiday visitors, including mountaineers. We came for a winter climbing and mountaineering week in February, and had a wonderful week. All the… More
16 Oct 2013
"Lovely cottage with everything you would need for a great holiday!!!"
Lovely spacious cottage with ensuite bathrooms in each bedroom. Very clean and well looked after. Great base for discovering the lovely scenery.… More
15 Oct 2013
"Reminiscing family camping holidays in Glen Etive"
Stayed in Glenco and visited surrounding areas to reminisce family camping holidays some 50 yrs ago and celebrate my Fathers 80th birthday with 3 generations of our family . We definitely made the rig… More
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