Set amongst the pines, birches, heather and rocks on the hillside above Loch Awe, about 30 miles south-east of Oban and 15 south of Taynuilt – in a truly Scottish ‘dream’ location 10-15 minutes walk from the loch – this traditional farmhouse dates from before 1745. It has now been architecturally re-designed internally to make a light and airy, spacious, warm, double-glazed house, whose original exterior still harmonises well with the beauty of its own grounds.
From patio windows off the sitting-room at the back of the house there is a large deck with views across a tiny stream to the wooded hills (many waymarked walks and waterfalls); while from the front (barbecue, garden furniture), there is a wide vista up and down and across Loch Awe.
There are many mountain bike trails nearby (bikes can be hired in Dalavich and Taynuilt); and fishing and boating can also be arranged. The remains of the old Caledonian Oak Forest (now a nature reserve) can be seen, as can evidence of charcoal-burners. The Wild Rowan café in Dalavich (1m), which doubles as PO and shop, serves good snacks and lunches. The nearest pub/restaurant is at Kilchrenan (7m, also two excellent lochside hotels); there are small shops and cafes at Taynuilt, reached by a spectacular but twisting single-track road. Oban (40 minutes away) offers main shops, and boat trips to Mull, Iona, Staffa, etc. For climbers, there are several Munros within one hour’s drive, and for those who just want time to relax in peace and quiet, there are wonderful views from every window.