House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This superb holiday home, called 'Braemar' with kitchen, dining room, lounge, family bathroom and three bedrooms (master bedroom with en suite) overlooks Oban bay and sits a few hundred meters above Oban's town centre. The harbour below 'Braemar' has many unique Scottish style restaurants, bars, pubs and shops. The famous Oban whisky distillery can be accessed quickly from the house via Jacob's ladder and above the house lies the magnificent landmark and folly 'McCaig's Tower' (built between 1897 and 1902). A short walk from the house is Atlants Leisure, which offers swimming and fitness facilities as well as a climbing wall, cafe and a children's soft play. Recently the Oban cinema has been fully refurbished, only 400m from the house this unique community run small screen makes movie going feel like going to the theater.
From every window 'Braemar' offers breathtaking and ever changing views over Oban Bay and the islands beyond. Guests can enjoy the long Scottish summer nights and its beautiful sunsets from the newly build viewing platform above the house in the rear garden.
'Braemar' has been brought onto the holiday letting market after substantial refurbishment and 2014 is its first year for holiday letting.
The white rendered property is a traditional 1920s style house with double bay windows. Access through a traditional front porch with partly glazed oak front door leads onto the hallway. To the right of the entrance we have the lounge with its large and comfortable corner sofa, fire place and TV set with DVD Player. To the left of the entrance is the dining room with extending dining table with seating for up to eight people, gas fire place and sofa bed. A door leads into the kitchen, which comprises of an array of storage with dishes and all necessary utensils, a washing machine, hob, oven and fridge freezer. The back door to the rear of the house leads into the fenced garden next to the house.
The three bedrooms are located on the first floor. The Master Bedroom has its own en suite bathroom with large shower, sink and WC. Two chests of drawers and a walk in wardrobe offer plenty of storage and from the double bed one can enjoy the beautiful views across Oban Bay and the sea.
The second bedroom has its own sink, wardrobe and chest of drawers as well as a double bed.
The third bedroom lies in between the other two and has a single bed and a chest of drawers for storage.
The property has two gardens - one on ground floor level, secured with railings and gates making it a safe place for families with small children and the second one with large viewing platform above roof level - accessed through stairs to the back of the house. This newly built viewing platform is the ideal place to make the best of the long Scottish summer evenings with a glass of wine and enjoy the magnificent views over Oban and beyond.
All in all - This property is the perfect family retreat for those that do not want to get into a car on a daily basis, but who enjoy the convenience of being in a town and close to local amenities - without compromising on the holiday feel with stunning sea views.
One of the most enjoyable days that we spent at 'Braemar' involved having breakfast on the viewing platform, walking down to the harbour and catching the small boat across to the island of Kerrera. We explored the island and its heritage and then had lunch at the lovely small timber restaurant looking back over the bay towards Oban and 'Braemar'. After an afternoon trip to Dunollie House and Castle we rounded the day off with a glass of wine and a BBQ on the viewing platform watching the Western sun setting over Mull.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Oban Bay 1 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
The West Coast of Scotland, Argyll and the Oban area in particular have a wide variety of visitor attractions, from distilleries, castles and museums to an unspoilt natural environment, in which Ballimore Farm is situated.
Throughout the year Argyll plays host to a large number of Highland Games and a variety of events and festivals: the Cowal Highland Gathering, Tarbert Music Festival, Cowal Fest - Cowal Walking and Arts Festival, the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival and the Islay and Bute Jazz festivals to name but a few. The Seafood Festival in Tarbert, the Mull Rally, the Tiree Wave Classic and the West Highland Yachting Week in Oban are also very popular.
In July - August 2014 the Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow, which is only a 2.5 hour drive South of Oban, giving you the opportunity to visit some of those sporting events on a day trip to the 'big city'.
Oban is known as the 'Gateway to the Isles' as the town's south pier harbours the ferry terminal with regular ferry services to Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay. From these islands you can travel further afield to Iona, Staffa and to many of the smaller less well known isles. There are many islands that make perfect day trip destinations from Oban and are very popular with our guests.
Kerrera is Oban's closest island neighbour and with a size of six and a half mile long it can be seen from most parts of the town. This island offers a lovely timber shack restaurant with its own ferry service and is the ideal place for a quiet walk or cycle. There are no shops on the island, but there are the well-preserved and wonderfully atmospheric remains of Gylen Castle.
In and around the area of Oban and Lorne there are a large variety of outdoor pursuits that can be undertaken and a number of companies offer a large selection of outdoor and adventure pursuits. From Canoeing and Kayaking, Gorge Walking or Coasteering to fishing, archery, stalking, golf and horse riding there are plenty of exciting activities to do!
During the summer months there are a number of Highland Games taking place in our area:
Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games: Saturday, 7th June 2014
Lorne Highland Games (Oban): Sunday, 22nd June 2014
Luss Highland Games: Saturday, 5th July 2014
Taynuilt Highland Games: Saturday, 19th July 2014
Inveraray Highland Games: Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
Mull Highland Games: Thursday, 24th July 2014
Killin Highland Games: Wednesday, 6th August 2014
Argyllshire Gathering (Oban): Thursday, 28th August 2014
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