Ardshiel is an amazing property situated in a rural location near Gorthleck, on the quiet and unspoilt south side of Loch Ness. The house with its striking appearance was built by the Wee House Company and featured on the BBC programme 'How Scotland Works'.
Inside the property is all located on the one level, tastefully furnished throughout the property has an open plan living area with kitchen off, two bedrooms, a double and a twin and a shower room, the main bedroom and the sitting room have French Doors which offer direct access to a small area of decking at the rear of the property, ideal for relaxing on after a day exploring. The owners live in the adjacent property, although Ardshiel has its own private space.
The area which is threaded with quiet roads, runs parallel to Loch Ness but several hundred feet higher in altitude and closer to the wilderness country of the Monadhliath mountains. Room to wander at your leisure amongst wild crags and heather covered moors, resplendent in summer in their purple haze of bloom or covered like icing with dazzling winter snows. This is a breathtakingly beautiful location for a holiday where peaceful forests, hills and lochs dominate.
With wildlife, dramatic as the scenery, herds of red deer wander the hillsides, and many a buzzard will be seen wheeling effortlessly above the property, scanning the wild country below. Osprey fish in the surrounding lochs in the summer months and hundreds of wild geese populate the loch shores during the winter. If you want to feel part of this, the wildness of Scotland, even for a few days, then a stay at Ardshiel will help you experience it all.
Within a fifteen minute drive to the shoreline of Loch Ness, you will find picnic sites and lochside walks on the stretch of road between Inverfarigaig and Dores. The village of Foyers (2 miles) offers a good range of facilities including cafes, farm shop, post office and a local pub. Further afield The Whitebridge Hotel is a short drive from the house and serves excellent food, as does the Dores Inn which is located on the banks of Loch Ness.
Inverness (20 miles) has plenty of supermarkets, varied shops, theatre, swimming pool and many other visitor attractions. Fort Augustus (15 miles) in the opposite direction, a charming village centred on the locks of the Caledonian Canal, with a good choice of eating places and interesting heritage centres and shops. There’s plenty of scope here for restful relaxation, watching the river craft plying their way through the locks of the Caledonian Canal. The west coast and the Isle of Skye and Inverewe gardens are only about 90 minutes drive away – a great day out.
The owners who speak German offer walking tours and yoga, and more information regarding these can be found by visiting their website.
Included in the rent
Good Housekeeping Deposit
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is required at the property.
Returned recently from a very pleasant stay at a very remarkable little cottage. Arshiel is cosy, homely and well presented throughout. The outside, a replica of the Scottish tabernacle, is truly magical! The log burner was very efficient, the leather sofas comfy, and all appliances worked as they should..... i.e. kettle, microwave, television, etc. The shower was powerful and hot; the cottage very warm. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the property again; the location is simply stunning with breathtakingly beautiful walks from the door. Very peaceful too...no road noise! If I wanted to be really picky, the only things I think could be improved on are: There were no wine glasses anywhere - tumblers only. A teapot would have been useful. A DVD player would have been handy as we took a couple of films with us (always great to watch a movie after a trek in the Scottish Highlands!) Beautiful curtains at every window except the kitchen and back patio doors. Personally, I'd like to see curtains/blinds everywhere, as I like to draw them at night; keeps the place cosy! :-) Other than that, lovely!! The owners who lived adjacent were very helpful, and showed genuine concern when I told them I'd fallen off my bike. They were very friendly and I enjoyed meeting them. They have two gorgeous cats; my son adored them. In all, we had a wonderful break. Thank you very much Wilderness Cottages! :-)
Wilderness Cottages Replied...
Dear Sarah, Thank you for your feedback, we have contacted the owners and can confirm that wine glasses, a teapot and DVD player are now provided.
This is a lovely cottage, suitable for a quiet getaway. I stayed there for 6 days with friends. We enjoyed our stay a lot. The cottage is well-furnished and well-equipped. The hosts were pleasant and helpful. One can find card games to play in free time and many guide books about the region and Scotland. All in all, our stay there was very pleasant. We will surely stay there again if we go back to the region.