How many times have you seen a house on a postcard and wished you could go there for a holiday? Now you have the chance!
Smithy Cottage is in a perfect setting right at the water's edge in the hamlet of Bellanoch which lies at the western end of the Crinan Canal, a popular centre for sailors. Postcards of the area often include this whitewashed, traditional, stone-built cottage.
Inside it is as charming as its exterior. The owner was looking for her dream home and has done her utmost to make it so, and now all her hard work can also be appreciated by very lucky holiday makers. There is a wood-burning stove in the cosy living room; the beautifully fitted kitchen has a slate floor; there are two good-sized bedrooms and an ultra-modern shower room. In an outbuilding you will find washing machine and tumble drier, also storage space for wet clothes and muddy boots.
At the back of the cottage lies a delightful enclosed garden bordered by trees. At the front, there is a little road which leads down to Crinan Harbour, a small grassy verge and then the sea. There is even a small stream in the garden. Should you wish to bring your own boat there is a boat launch close by.
The wooded area at the rear of the house is splendid for walking and the Crinan Hotel with its coffee shop is only half a mile away. If you are feeling adventurous you can take the Sea Leopard out to view the impressive whirlpool at Corryvreckan, off the northern tip of the Isle of Jura. Craobh Haven offers other possibilities for boat trips.
On the road to Ulva is another well-known sailing centre, Tayvallich. There is a Post Office here while Lochgilphead (3m) has shops, restaurants and a leisure centre. Craobh Haven is reached via Lochgilphead and Kilmartin Glen, famous for its 5,000 year old cairns, stone circles and carvings.
This area belongs to the Heritage Wetlands Trust and is a World Heritage Centre for wildlife, especially wetland birds. July sees the Wooden Boat Festival at Crinan and garden lovers are spoilt for choice with the nearby Arduaine Gardens, or the gardens on the Isle of Gigha which you can visit by catching a ferry at Tayinloan a little further down the peninsula. If you wish to explore further there is the whole Kintyre peninsula to the south or you can turn north to Oban.
Bed linen, towels, and the first £20 of electricity are included. Sorry no pets and smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Please note that the cottage is not suitable for very young children. A refundable householder's deposit will be required.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove and TV/DVD
- Kitchen with Aga style cooker, dishwasher, microwave etc
- Outhouse with washing machine and tumble drier
- Double bedroom
- Twin Bedroom
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin