White Cottage and Islay Cottage
Near Tarbert, Argyll

Accommodation (two cottages)

White Cottage

White Cottage (sleeps 4)

White Cottage is a bandbox-fresh wee whitewashed, detached, stone, crofters cottage. Facing south-west, it stands in its own enclosed grass garden in an open situation. The cottage is part of the Carse Estate located in Knapdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty just above the Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, some 10 miles from Tarbert. Just a fifteen minute walk across the fields is Loch Stornoway, a horseshoe shaped sea loch with a large sandy beach at its head.

White Cottage Inside the thick stone walls, the accommodation is equally attractive. The cosy sitting/dining room has an open fire and the whole house is simply but comfortably furnished, with double glazing and night-store heating to keep it warm.

The nearest shops are at Tarbert, where there are also some good restaurants and sailing facilities for yachstmen. In the other direction the award-winning Kilberry Inn (open April-October) is just 10 minutes up the road. And what a road! Keep the camera handy, for there are magnificent views across to the Isles of Jura and Islay, and you are more likely than not to see seals basking on the rocks right beside the road. Sometimes they even raise a lazy flipper in salute as you go past!

Carse beach Fishing is available locally, and there is a golf course on the way into Tarbert. If you turn right when you reach the main road, you can head off down the Mull of Kintyre and take the boat from Kennacraig to Islay with its legendary distilleries, or from Tayinloan across to little Gigha where you can visit the Achamore Gardens. Further north you can visit Arduaine Gardens on the way to Oban. Those with an interest in history or archaeology will enjoy Kilmartin Glen, with ancient cairns and circles dating from 3000BC. The Crinan Canal, linking Loch Fyne with the Atlantic is another place to spend an enjoyable day, watching the boats pass through, or walking or cycling along the towpath.

Electricity is included!included and bed linen and towels may be hired. Well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Sorry, smoking is not permitted in this property.


Sitting room Sitting Room
kitchen

Single Storey:


Bedroom bedroom


Islay Cottage

Islay Cottage (sleeps 4)

Islay Cottage is a striking and beautifully appointed detached holiday home standing in its own extensive gardens, ideal for children and pets. It is part of the Carse Estate located in Knapdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty just above the Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, some 10 miles from Tarbert.

Islay Cottage Facing south-west, it looks out across the lawns and fields to the sandy bay at the head of Loch Stornoway which is just a 15 minute walk away, and beyond that to the Isles of Islay and Jura. And the best thing of all is that you can enjoy this lovely setting in all weathers and at all seasons, for the entire side of the house is given over to a magnificent conservatory, with dining and seating areas. Inside, there is a further unusually-shaped sitting room with an open fire, a well-equipped kitchen and a twin bedroom with additional pull-out bed. Upstairs there is a double bedroom with en suite toilet and wash basin. The house is double glazed and has electric central heating.

This is a perfect place for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. The quiet road meanders on up the coast, affording fantastic views across to the islands of Islay and Jura, and as often as not, of lazy seals basking on the rocks right beside the road, totally unfazed by your progress. There is an award-winning inn 3 miles away at Kilberry. The nearest shops are at Tarbert (10m) where there are several good restaurants, with the accent on fish, and where there is also a golf course and facilities for yachtsmen. Fishing is also available locally.

Trips are possible to north and south. To the south, you can head on down the Mull of Kintyre, or stop at Kennacraig and take the boat to Islay (2hr crossing). A little further on, from Tayinloan you can cross to little Gigha and visit the Achamore Gardens. To the north, through Lochgilphead (leisure centre, all facilities) you can head on up Loch Awe towards Oban, or visit the prehistoric cairns and circles at Kilmartin Glen, which date from 3000BC. This is good sailing country too; at Ardrishaig you are on the Crinan Canal, where along the interesting towpath walk (good refreshment stops!), you can watch the yachts passing through out to the Atlantic.

Electricity is included!included and bed linen and towels may be hired. Well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Sorry, smoking is not permitted in this property.


The Conservatory Sitting Room
Kitchen

Downstairs:

Upstairs:


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