West Coast Scotland
Scotland is a land of craggy mountains and shimmering lochs and many of our cottages are to be found in settings which make the most of this stunning scenery. This is definitely true of Sunart House which stands on the shores of Loch Sunart on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, about 3 miles from Strontian, with only the single track road between it and the water's edge. You can sit for hours at the picture windows mesmerized by the constantly changing light playing on the water and the hills behind.
This is a large, modern bungalow which has been furnished with care to be both comfortable and well-equipped. The sitting room, from which you can enjoy the most wonderful views of the loch, has an open fire; there is a spacious kitchen-diner and utility room; two twin bedrooms, a double bedroom with en suite shower and a further bathroom complete the accommodation. The house is on its own surrounded by a rough grassy garden (furniture) and with the hill behind.
The cottage is on the Laudale Estate. In winter and early spring you may see groups of deer along the road in front of the house, (some of them even try to get into the garden) on their way to their winter feeding station in the old fish farm just along the road. This area has an abundance of wildlife – look out for otters, buzzards and even eagles. You can arrange to fish on the loch. Walking enthusiasts will find plenty of good walks in the surrounding mountains and may well find that they can spend a whole day without meeting another human being. If you come in winter and love ski-ing then you can choose Glencoe or the Nevis Range just above Fort William. Both of these are less than an hour away via the Corran Ferry.
If you wish to explore the peninsula there is a superb drive along the north shore of the loch out to Ardnamurchan point where you'll find a Stevenson lighthouse. Look out for the lovely beach at Sanna. If, however, you go north past Salen you can head for Morar and its silver sands or take a day trip from Mallaig over to Skye. To visit an even closer island go south on the road in front of the cottage, down to Lochaline where you can catch a ferry (no booking necessary) to Mull. Once there, try to make time for a visit to the enchanting island of Iona.
Strontian is a lively place with hotels, shops, petrol, and an excellent little caf�-restaurant. For more serious shopping Fort William has all you need. While there, why not nip up Ben Nevis if you're feeling like expending some energy or take the Jacobite Steam Railway out to Mallaig or watch the basking seals while on a boat trip on Loch Linnhe.
Bed linen, towels, oil CH and electricity are included. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Water is from a private source which is regularly tested. For £10, payable on arrival, tenants have the opportunity to purchase a weekly family pass allowing free access to the Nevis Leisure Centre in Fort William.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD
- Dining kitchen with gas hob and electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer etc
- Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier
- Double bedroom with en suite shower
- Twin bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin