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fiona mcdonald

Member since: 2013
Speaks English

Detached House With Stunning Loch And Mountain Views

33 Reviews
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Fort William & Lochaber - SC1398

House Nr. Glencoe, Scotland - Brilliantly Positioned For Exploring The Highlands And Islands Of Scotland

The Old Schoolhouse is located on the side of Loch Linnhe between Ballachulish and Kentallen.It has stunning views over the loch towards the mountains of Ardgour.There is a loch side cycle path across the road providing easy walking and cycling with great views.

The house is excellently positioned for travel in all directions-east to Glencoe and Glen Etive west to Ardnamurchan,south to Oban and north to Fort William,Glenfinnan and beyond.

The unique lounge was once a schoolroom.It's high ceiling and double,west facing windows make it spacious and bright.Storage heaters and a wood burning stove make it cosy year round.

The kitchen is fully equipped.The dishwasher and ample crockery make it easy to cater for family meals.A variety of cafés and restaurants nearby,some within walking distance,make eating out an easy option.

There are three bedrooms-double,twin and bunk

There are a variety of guide books and maps in the house to help you discover and enjoy the area.For quieter days there is a large is enclosed garden,TV,dvds,toys and games.

All in all a great base for exploring or relaxing in a fabulous area!

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
fiona mcdonald (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks English

About fiona mcdonald

We live and work in Edinburgh but have always loved the Scottish Highlands. We spent so many weekends and holidays exploring the west we decided to make a permanent base there. The house had been empty for years when we bought it and it has been a labour of love(and despair sometimes) to renovate it. As we have children at school we cannot use the house as much as we used to. It now makes sense to let other people use it and discover what a fantastic area it is.

fiona mcdonald purchased this house in 2006

Why fiona mcdonald chose Fort William & Lochaber

We chose this house for its location and stunning views.

We have holidayed in most parts of Scotland but nowhere else can beat the variety of scenery and activities we have on our doorstep.

The Munros in Glencoe, the views at Port Appin, fresh seafood on the pier at Oban,cycling off road from almost the end of the garden,walking to the local hotel for a beer on the sun deck or pier,ferry trips,castles,history,fabulous beaches a bit further afield....We really do have it all. When the sun shines there is no better place to be.

What makes this house unique

We use the property a lot ourselves so we know it is comfortable and well equipped.

We want everyone to love the house and area as much as we do so we have left lots of information,maps,books,guides etc to make sure you have a good holiday.

The house itself is unique.The former schoolroom-now the lounge -gives it a 'wow' factor especially when watching the ever changing loch views.

Guestbook comments from the owner

One of our best holidays. The cottage was fantastic. There were lots of great places to visit nearby. We loved the view and our sons loved the cycle path. It was even warm enough for our oldest son to try swimming in the loch.

-Jane McMillan



The house was very comfortable with fantastic views. It was great to sit in front of the stove in the evening with a glass of wine watching the sun set over the loch. We all loved our time there and intend to go back.

-Susan Conti
Jun 2013
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Reviews

4.8
based on 33 holidaymaker reviews

Detached House With Stunning Loch And Mountain Views
average rating of 4.848485 based on 34 reviews
5

Truly stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the old schoolhouse was the highlight of a two week tour through the UK. The cottage not only provided a convenient starting point to explore the west, but was also a nice place to just sit and relax. The view from the front room was one of the most spectacular of our entire trip, made even more comfortable by the wood burning stove. Easy access to the beach which had a few tide pools (nothing too exciting) and apparent seagull rookery on the rock. This is not a place to come if you necessarily want to meet the locals, but great for a very quiet, private getaway in beautiful scenery. Would definitely do this again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very pleasant stay at Loch Linnhe

  • 4 of 5

Very cosy and spacy house with a great view across Loch Linnhe. Ideal Location for trips in the vicinity; e.g. Isle of Mull, Iona, Glen Coe, Oban etc.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautifully decorated, clean and very well equipped property in a great location. Very well situated for visits to Glencoe, Glen Nevis, Ben Nevis. Oban, Fort Wiiliam, the "Road to the Isles" and many more.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Loch no further!

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful place to stay- both inside the four walls (lovely décor) and out. Stunning views- and what a joy watching the sun go down across Loch Linnhe. Many have stated it already but Fiona really seems to go the extra mile to keep her guests happy. We were blessed with gorgeous weather so did not get chance to try out the wood burner - might have to come back in Winter and go skiing in Glencoe!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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- SUPER -

  • 4 of 5

Wij waren met onze drie kinderen de laatste week van april in Kentallen (The Old Schoolhouse) en hebben het super gehad. Het weer zat dan ook mee.

Het huisje was mooi en van alle gemakken voorzien, behalve een gewoon koffiezetapparaat..... maar ach....

Er is genoeg te doen in de omgeving. Voor herhaling vatbaar.

Familie Bosma

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Beautiful house in lovely area

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday at the School house cottage. The house is a real home from home, very well equipped and all the toys were a big hit with our two kids. The house is very comfortable, fab views and great stove. We loved the area, so much to see and do...a week wasn't enough! Great base to see all the famous Scottish landmarks. Thanks Fiona for all the advice and for the big book of info you have at the cottage. Very useful and great reading!

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Location

Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The loch foreshore is 2 minutes walk away.

Heading south there are small beaches at Cuil Bay and Port Appin,both around 20 minutes drive away. There are sandier stretches closer to and in Oban.

The Ardnamurchan Peninsula has a number of beautiful sandy beaches,especially Sanna Bay.

To the north Arisaig and Morar have a string of white sandy beaches and can be reached in approximately 90 minutes.

Travel:

Both Glasgow and Inverness Airport are approximately 2 hours 15 minutes drive away.

Edinburgh Airport is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes drive away.

Car use is recommended.

Distances:

Nearest bar/restaurant 0.5 miles;Nearest shop 3 miles

Glencoe Village 7 miles

Corran Ferry(to access Ardnamurchan Peninsula)8 miles

Fort William 17 miles

Glenfinnan 34 miles

Oban 27 miles

Further Details:

Some of the best hill walking in the UK at Glencoe, the Mamores and Ben Nevis.

Great mountain bike routes in the area, including Glenachulish, accessed from the cycle path opposite the house. Cycle path itself ideal for family outings.

Wildlife all around with the chance of seeing golden eagles, otters and herons.

Two hotels with swimming pools nearby. Larger public pools at Fort William and Oban.

Soft play, tennis, full sports centre and cinema also available in Oban.

Golf, segway, watersports centre all within 10 minutes drive. Indoor wall and ice climbing 30 minutes drive.

Scenic boat cruises down Lochs Linnhe and Sheil and ferries to Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Lismore and Mull nearby. Ferries to most Scottish Islands operate from Oban and Mallaig. Faster boat trips to Muck, Eigg and Rum from Arisaig.

History everywhere. Re-trace the route of the fugitive Jacobite Alan Breck in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped close to the house or visit Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the standard in 1745 to gather the clans. The Glencoe Museum has the haunting story of the Glencoe Massacre. Or follow the castle trail and see Castles Tioram, Stalker or Dunstaffnage.

The nearest bar/restaurant is a 20 minute walk away along a scenic loch side cyclepath. Tea and cakes, good lunches and dinners available at a number of excellent cafes, restaurants and bars within a 10-30 minute drive.

There is a well stocked small Co-op supermarket 3 miles away in Ballachulish and further larger supermarkets and more specialist shops (including outdoor shops) at both Fort William and Oban

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Glencoe, Fort William & Lochaber

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 5
1 Jul 2016 - 30 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Rate 6
1 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
Rate 7
29 Aug 2016 - 18 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£625
for 7 nights
£625
 
 
Rate 8
19 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£575
 
 
Winter Season
1 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£450
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£450
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
£100 non refundable deposit payable on booking. Balance payable in full 6 weeks before arrival date.Payment can be retained in full if booking cancelled within 6
weeks of arrival date.Travel insurance recommended.Refundable deposit of £100 payable when balance of holiday paid. This will be refunded in full unless damage is caused to the property or extra cleaning is required. In such circumstances the deposit will be refunded less the cost of repair/additional cleaning.

Changeover Day:
Bookings usually taken from Sunday to Sunday. Entry is from 4pm on day of arrival. Departure time is 11am. We will try to accommodate other requests.
Shorter breaks,of no less than 3 days,are sometimes available.

Notes on prices:
Discount of 10% on second week if 2 weeks booked. Discount of 10% for return bookings.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fort William & Lochaber in Scottish Highlands & Islands

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • lake
  • mountain
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedside cabinets and lights, Ipod dock Bedroom 2 with twin beds, bedside units and lights Bedroom 3 with bunk beds All rooms have wall mounted electric heaters and large built in cupboards with lots of storage space
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Fun,characterful property in stunning location. Non smoking throughout. Outside: There is a large fully enclosed sunny garden giving views over the loch with parking for 3 cars. A small table and folding chairs for outdoor use are stored in the utility room. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner. Small outdoor table and chairs Also provides storage/drying area for walking boots and golf clubs Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned weekly. Bed linen is provided.Towels can be provided for a small additional fee. Other: Free wi-fi,good selection of books, games, DVDs and toys.

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