Fyne View Cottage
Fyne View certainly fulfils the promise of its name. It has an outstanding location in a little group of houses right on the shore of Loch Fyne, just four miles south of Strachur and less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow. The views across the loch to the Knapdale hills south of Inverary are truly breathtaking.
The semi-detached cottage once belonged to the current owner’s grandfather. It has been stunningly restored and renovated from its former near-ruinous state to that of an airy, bright and up-to-date holiday home. Huge windows in the roomy open plan dining room look out over the loch, the kitchen is well-equipped and the raised wood-burning stove in the sitting room adds to the feeling of snugness. There are two charming bedrooms with coombed ceilings upstairs, and a modern shower room.
The grassy garden stops right at the shore. There is garden furniture for lounging in during relaxing days or evenings spent gazing out over the loch. There is hardly any traffic as the single track road which accesses this secluded hamlet runs out at the pontoon just beyond the cottage. The pontoon has recently been upgraded and can be accessed from the shore. It is ideal to fish from and is used for securing small dinghies and fishing boats.
Dunoon (22m) is the closest centre for serious supermarket shopping but the first-rate general store at Strachur easily caters for immediate requirements. The café attached to the store is of the same high quality. Just half a mile further up the road the Creggans Inn enjoys a fine reputation as does the Coylet Inn on Loch Eck as you head south to Dunoon. Another treat for gourmets can be found at the world famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at Cairndow (14m) at the head of the loch.
Two miles away Inver Cottage Restaurant is handy for lunch or dinner. While there you can take the opportunity of a delightful walk along a purpose-built path to visit the ruins of Castle Lachlan and drink in the view of the island of Arran.
Alternatively you can take a walk after lunch at the Ardkinglass Gardens near Cairndow. Garden lovers will not know which way to turn here as there are more gardens at the Benmore Botanic Gardens on the Dunoon road while on the opposite side of the loch beyond Inveraray there are the well known Crarae Gardens owned by the National Trust. If your taste is for something less formal try a stroll up the eloquently named Puck’s Glen right opposite Benmore. The sheltered path borders a rushing stream and you can just imagine that there might be impish ‘little people’ lurking here.
The castle and jail at Inveraray (24m) are always good for a visit as is the Cruachan Power Station (40m) built right inside the mountain, Ben Cruachan, on the shores of Loch Awe. From there you can continue to Oban and the seaside. All of this can be done in a one day trip.
More active visitors will find plenty of excellent hill walking. There are also possibilities of sailing and riding locally.
Heating is by electric underfloor central heating downstairs and electric panel heaters in the bedrooms. Electricity, a starter pack of logs, and bed linen are included in the rental and towels may be hired. Up to two well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Sorry, no smoking in the cottage. Wi-Fi is available, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD (satellite), CD player and ipod dock.
- Kitchen/dining room with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, etc.
- Utility room with washing-machine, WC and basin.
- Double bed room.
- Twin bedroom.
- Room with shower, WC and basin