A Gentler Pace of Life: Ard Daraich sits within a large plantsman's garden. The Garden House occupies half the building with the owners living in the origianl Edwardian cottage next door. In 1929 an extention was built, doubling the size of the house and during your stay you will ocupy these grander rooms.
A Highland Welcome awaits.
Ard Daraich sits in a large plantsmans garden. The Garden House occupies half the building with the owners living in the origianl Edwardian cottage next door. In 1929 an extention was built, doubling the size of the house and during your stay you will ocupy these grander rooms.
Large sitting room with lots of comfy seating and large woodburner the dining kitchen is opposite in the old study. There are two large kingsized bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Downstairs there is an additional shower room. The house is painted in soft colours and decorated with family portraits and furniture. Some rooms are lined in painted wood, a highland tradition, and the bath is free standing. Visitors comment on the friendly unspoilt atmosphere.
Were you brought up cooking from the fat pink book that sat on both of our mothers kitchen shelves? If you too were taught to cook from the cookery bible of the 50’s and 60’s you will remember the name of Constance Spry. She, who designed the flowers at the Queens Coronation and invented that ubiquitous dish, Coronation Chicken!
Ard Daraich was the house and home of Constance Spry and was bought by Norries parents, David and Edith Maclaren in 1969.
The original 1909 croft cottage was extended in 1929. The larger, more formal rooms are now offered as our second self catering option. Built loosely in the Rennie MacIntosh style as a gentrification of the original Edwardian cottage, these rooms still have many of the 1930s features including original fireplaces and Crittall windows. Ard Daraich Garden House now offers stylish, upmarket, comfortable accommodation for five.
With a separate gate and path leading through the garden, the glazed front door gives lovely views of the planting beyond which is especially colourful in the Spring and Autumn. There is a large drawing room on the right with hearth and wood burner, comfortable seating, antique furniture, family portraits and a television. To the left is a kitchen and dining room. Up stairs, through selves full of books, are two large bedrooms, both king size, one with huge Tudor four poster bed from Kenilworth Castle (given to Norrie’s mother as a twenty first birthday present) the other, the Italian room, decorated with a fine painting of Umbrian landscape, Italian furnishings and stunning views of the garden. There is an extra single bed for children. The bathroom has wood lined walls and the original free standing bath, the perfect length for relaxing and looking at the garden in peace.