Self catering rental
Self-catering rental farmhouse and cottage
accommodation on the Island of Arran
Wi-Fi for guest laptops
Sleeping up to 12.
(Banlicken Farmhouse and Cottage)
Isle of Arran
Banlicken is completly private, sheltered in a wild garden at the end of its own 3/4 mile track on the side of a heathery hill overlooking the ocean on the West coast of the island of Arran.
Jenny and James Thomson's much-loved family holiday home has been restored and renovated and made into one of the most idyllic and inspiring island hideaway rentals you could imagine.
The house and its smaller cottage are contemporary and comfortable yet in keeping with its origins as a traditional Scottish Croft.
There is wood panelling, Shaker furniture, Kilims and subtle decoration in harmony with the light and colours of the land and seascape of the West Coast of Scotland.
Around the house and small cottage are the ruined remains of what was once a small clachan or farming community. There is a stream running through the garden, a large barn used as a games room, and an overgrown path through woods which leads down the hill to the pebbles and rock pools of the seashore.
Altogether the accommodation is 5 bedrooms with two bathrooms, kitchen/dining area, and a cosy sitting room.
Arran is one of Scotland's most accessible Scottish islands (55 minutes by ferry from the mainland at Ardrossan which is 40 minutes from Glasgow), and due to the mild climate of this part of Scotland this is an ideal self catering holiday retreat at any time of the year.
Banlicken Main Farmhouse Accommodation:
Bathroom with huge traditional freestanding bath with shower attachment.
Double bedroom. The window looks out to sea.
Bunk bedroom. Both these bedrooms have windows looking over the garden towards the sea.
Between these two bedrooms is another small bedroom suitable for a child.
Looking towards the Kitchen area.
Looking towards the Dining area.
The Kitchen/dining room has wonderful views across the sea to the Mull of Kintyre. In the photograph above you can see the door leading onto the garden where there is a table and chairs for eating and drinking al fresco.
The kitchen has a fridge, freezer, and large double oven/cooker.
There's also a pantry/walk-in cupboard with washing machine and tumble drier.
Cosy sitting room with and open fire, television and VCR.
Banlicken Cottage Accommodation:
The cottage is separate from, but right next to the Main Farmhouse.
It has, below right, a large wood-panelled Family Bedroom with a double bed, a bunk bed for two and a single bed. There's a bookcase with interesting books, and the window looks out to sea.
This bedroom has an adjoining bathroom, below left, en suite.
Across the stream in the garden is a large barn which can be used as a playroom.
It has a full-size table tennis table, lots of floor space, and a table and chairs under a window that also looks out to sea.
All three buildings are heated with electric storage heaters.
The surrounding hill grazing has been set aside under a regeneration scheme for 5 years so area is teaming with birds of prey, swallows, butterflies and red squirrels.
Early morning sun through the Playbarn window.
Looking from the house towards the Playbarn and ruined outbuildings.
Prices per week:
|Low season||£215 per night, minimum stay 3 nights|
|Mid season||£275 per night, minimum stay 3 nights|
|High season||Last minute short Breaks £325 per night|
To enquire or to book:
Jenny and James Thomson
Midlothian, EH27 8DA
Tel: 01506 881 688
(or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 01506 881 688)
Please tell Jenny and James you found Banlicken through About Scotland!
About Scotland Editor's Note;
See this extra page of Photographs of Arran taken when we stayed at Banlicken.