2 bedrooms ● Sleep 4 ● FREE WiFi ● No pets please ● Loch and mountain views ● Strolling distance to Lochgoilhead village ● Short breaks welcome ● A real gem of a cottage
“Ivybank Cottage is new on the letting market in 2013. The owners have completed a total refurbishment and in doing so they have created a real gem of a holiday home. The thought, standard of fixtures and fittings and the attention to detail that have gone into this modernisation make it a true gem, ideal for a romantic break, rural retreat or just to treat yourself to what makes this part of Scotland so special – a break in a beautiful part of the Loch Lomond National Park. Ivybank in its first year of welcoming guests is excellent value for money. Without doubt it will build a following of repeat visitors.” Leonard Gow, Lochgoilhead Holidays.
Ivybank was built around 150 years ago as the gardeners cottage for the large Victorian villa situated next door and despite total refurbishment to modern standards retains many original features.
Inverlounin Road is a single track private road leading from the village and following the east shore of Loch Goil. In parts the road is in an elevated position and there are many original grand Victorian homes built between the road and the grounds sloping down to the loch side.
Parking is at a premium so the parking bay for one car off the road at the entrance to the property is a great start. As soon as you step out of your car you will be drawn to the view. The cottage is elevated from the lochside and this is only a taste of the uninterrupted views to be enjoyed from the outside patio area.
Care has been taken to make sure access is suitable for all. There is a ramp with a slight slope to a side door and then one step to enter the property. From there all rooms, except the double bedroom, are on one level so Ivybank is suitable for anyone with limited mobility.
You enter the cottage via the patio area into the sun room. Being on the east side of the loch you have the sun till late in the day when it dips behind Beinn Bheula and Beinn Lochain. The sun room is private and perfect for relaxing and enjoying the view and looking out for the visits from the red squirrels and bird life in the garden.
From the sun room you enter a small hallway which has a full sized walk in shower and toilet off to one side.
The kitchen is modern and equipped with everything you need for a self-catering holiday. There is a wall mounted TV with its own signal. You can watch a different programme than what is being shown in the lounge.
The heart of the cottage is the spacious lounge. Who wouldn’t enjoy the special effect that a wood burning stove adds to a lounge? The modern touch of a large wall mounted TV with Freeview makes for a cosy space to socialise and relax.
Bedroom 1: Is down 3 steps and has a King sized double bed and built in wardrobes giving ample storage space. An en-suite has a bath with shower over the bath.
Bedroom 2: Has twin beds 2ft 6inch wide and built in wardrobes with ample storage space. Beds are made up for your arrival.
Ample hot water on demand and the cottage is heated by temperature controlled space heaters. Towels are provided.
Free WiFi is available in the double bedroom area as well as on the outside patio. In addition there are three public access areas in and around the village where you can get online.
To the front of the cottage is the patio area with a path leading down to the garden which is built on three terraces. The views across the loch to the far hills are stunning at any time of year, and sunsets are a delight.
It is a pleasant 10 minute stroll down Inverlounin Road into the village where you will find the post office and general good store, as well as The Goil Inn and the Shorehouse Inn. Both serve food and have bars. Either a 30 minute walk through the village, or around the lochside; or a 5 minute drive on quiet roads, you will find more dining and activities available at the Drimsynie Estate. For a small lochside village there truly is an impressive choice of places to go and things to do.
Boat hire is available in the village, with free fishing on the loch. There are endless walks from the doorstep for all ages and fitness and cycling and mountain biking give access to fabulous views.
Short breaks are welcome all year round and you can arrive any day.
• Wood burning stove - starter pack provided
• Central heating - energy included in hire price
• TV, DVD and radio in lounge. TV in the kitchen. You can watch different programmes simultaneously
• Kettle, toaster, iron, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, cooker, hair driers
• Washing machine & tumble dryer
• Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4
• Free WiFi
• Off road parking for 1 car
• No smoking please
• Towels & linen included - beds made up for your arrival
Leisure options in and around Lochgoilhead
There is no doubt that the choice of things available in the area is a major attraction. Take to the water, head off on one of the marked walking trails, hire a bike, book some adventure at the Lochgoilhead Centre or head to the all year Leisure Centre which has an excellent choice of activities.
Outdoors - Argyll Voyageur Canoes - escorted trips on Loch Goil in a 10 seater canoe. Ideal for all the family. Hire a boat from Loch Goil Cruisers or D&M Auto Marine. Head off to explore the hills on one of the marked walking trails or hire a bike. All information detailed in the Destination Guide for Lochgoilhead.
The Drimsynie Estate Leisure Centre
The Drimsynie Leisure Centre is 1 mile from the village and offers: 25m indoor Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Gym • Crazy Golf • Indoor Bowls • Snooker • 9-hole loch side Golf Course • Snooker • Badminton • Table Tennis • Children's Indoor Play Area. From Spring 2014 activities are being added - information to follow. The centre is open to the public and all activities are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.
The Lochgoilhead Centre
If it's adventure you are looking for The Lochgoilhead Centre is in the village. Subject to availability visitors are welcome to join in with other groups. All activities are led by qualified instructors. Please check with them by phoning 01301 703217. Sailing • Orienteering • Rock Climbing • Burn Run • Archery • Jacobs Ladder • Kayaking