Sleeping 5 and 4
Following the little single-track road from Crinan, near Lochgilphead in the west of Scotland, you come to peaceful Loch Sween, and by heading a few hundred yards up the hill from the tiny village of Achnamara you will find the even tinier group of cottages at Inverlussa.
One of these is the Steadings, a detached, traditional stone dwelling, now beautifully renovated to form a holiday home of great charm and character. The spacious living room is particularly attractive, with the original stonework on one wall, beams and a welcoming open fire for cosy evenings. French doors open from the sitting room to an attractive and sheltered terrace (furniture) and the large sloping and enclosed grass garden is a delight, affording lovely views of the hill behind and the loch below.
For peace and relaxation, this area can scarcely be bettered. The road below the house ends a few miles further on, and you will be constantly entranced by the wonderful views across to the Isle of Jura on the way. You will also pass some lovely silver sand beaches, Castle Sween (shop and restaurant at the caravan site there) and Kilmory Knap Chapel, which has some fascinating ancient headstones. Kilmory Bay is well worth exploring, with some spooky caves, which will delight younger members of the party.
In the other direction you can drive round to Tayvallich (cafe, hotel), a famous yachting haven. Walking or cycling along the Crinan Canal is another pleasurable experience with well-placed hostelries at either end for refreshment. To the north are the archaeological wonders of Kilmartin Glen and then of course Oban and points north. Lochgilphead (10m) has all facilities and a swimming pool, and from there you can go south to explore the Mull of Kintyre. The 'back road' via Carradale, may not be the fastest route on earth, but you are on holiday, after all, and the views are, once again, stupendous.
Bed linen, towels and £20 of electricity are included in the rental. One well-behaved pet is welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Water is from a private source.
Accommodation (sleeps 5):
- Sitting room/dining room with open fire and TV/DVD.
- Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, deep-freeze and microwave etc
- 6 steps up and 4 down to utility room with washing machine.
- 6 steps up and 4 down to shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.
- Double bedroom.
- Twin bedroom.
- Single bedroom.
- Bathroom room with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.
Inverlussa Cottage (sleeps 4)
In a tiny enclave of houses above Loch Sween near Lochgilphead in Argyll, Inverlussa Cottage is situated across the track from its sister cottage, Inverlussa Steading.
It backs right on to the hill, with a sloping, enclosed back garden, accessed by doors from the superb first floor conservatory dining area via a series of decking areas, all of which gives you the opportunity of enjoying the wonderful views whatever the weather. In the evening, you can retreat beyond the conservatory area into a snug sitting room with woodburner, beyond which is a spacious modern kitchen. The entire living area is open plan, and downstairs are two bedrooms, one en suite, a bathroom and utility/boot room. There is parking right at the door. To the front is another enclosed garden, this time with views of the loch.
A tiny road leads down to the scarcely larger road which leads along Loch Sween, where there are sandy beaches, Castle Sween (shop, cafe at the caravan site) and Kilmory Knap Chapel with fascinating ancient burial stones. Tayvallich, round the head of the loch, is a famous and picturesque yachting haven. Lochgilphead, reached along the Crinan Canal, is your place for major shopping and from there you can explore the Mull of Kintyre, Kilmartin Glen, Loch Awe and, a little further, Oban, Inveraray (golf course), Loch Fyne and the NT gardens at Crarae.
Heating is by electricity (included) and wood burning stove. Bed linen and towels are included.
One pet welcome by arrangement but sorry, no smoking in the cottage. Broadband available subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Double bedroom with en suite Shower, WC and wash basin
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with Bath/Shower, WC and wash basin
- Utility area/boot room with washer-drier
- Open plan living area with wood burning stove, CD player, electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, deep-freeze etc.