This is a review of Jane and James’s Seafield Farm self catering accommodation (the old farm house itself), not The Stables, The Byre, or Kirkland. The Stables and The Byre are accommodation in an adjacent stone building; Kirkland is about 1.5 miles further along Loch Sween, past Achnamara, and is an isolated chalet-style building. Kirkland has outstanding views. Although we have also stayed variously at The Byre, The Stables and Kirkland many years ago, and enjoyed our stays, it was too long ago to review these now.
The Farm is a comfortable self-contained traditional stone house with a spacious farm house kitchen and an equally spacious sun-room which has sofas, a TV and a large family dining table. There is also a large utility room. A particular appeal is that the rooms have a more homely feel than other self catering places, with many useful extras – perhaps because Jane and James move into the Farm in the winter.
Upstairs is a large double room with adjacent bathroom, making the upper floor quite self-contained. Downstairs the living room becomes a bedroom with double bed, with a twin room combined with ensuite bathroom beyond. Access to the twin through the double is not ideal, but the ensuite for the twin, along with a separately accessible bathroom for the double means that it works quite well.
The location is isolated near the head of Loch Sween, with little to disturb apart from the call of buzzards. Jane not only works hard at keeping the accommodation running, but took messages for us, does basket weaving, makes cakes (for sale) and tends a productive kitchen garden and hens. James was equally busy doing things such as managing woodland and renovating windows, but both were really friendly and chatty despite this!
There is a shop in Tayvallich, about 8 miles away, for essentials, and a friendly pub. Otherwise, Lochgilphead is only a little more distant and provides supermarkets and a wider range of eating places. However, we self catered for all our meals as it was convenient and enjoyable.
The location is perfect for biking, either on-road (I enjoyed the Castle Sween , Loch Caolisport and Ardrishaig loop) or off-road on the many forest trails of the Knapdale Forest. Cross over from Tayvallich to Carsaig for views of the Paps of Jura and the Sound. Our friends had a canoe and saw an otter and even a Basking Shark. For dinghy sailors like us, it is perfect Wayfarer country. Explore sheltered Loch Sween and the Faery Isles (look out for the Ospreys) or, if you are adventurous and the weather is really kind, go across to Jura. It is a long sail down to Castle Sween first, but the turn into the sound of Jura will be memorable. Alternatively, try drop the boat in at Carsaig for a shorter trip to Jura, but do watch the currents. We have been to Jura one-and-a-half times (the “half” was when the wind threatened to die half way across and we turned back).
There are simple slipways in Achnamara, Tayvallich and Carsaig. Canoes can be launched near Seafield Farm but this dries at low tide so dinghies need to use the slipways.
Downsides? Well this is lowland Scotland; you won’t be wowed by towering mountains and glens, although the Rest and Be Thankful pass is impressive, but it is beautiful in a gentler way and really quite accessible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seafield Farm Cottages are three lovely self catering holiday homes around Loch Sween, Argyll near the village of Achnamara. Byre and Stable Cottages each sleep 2 in two bedrooms and Kirkland Lodge sleeps 2 in one bedroom. All of our accommodation is exceptionally well equipped and comfortable and situated in a beautiful and little known part of the west coast of Scotland. Walking and wildlife in abundance. The perfect place for a relaxing holiday just two hours from Glasgow. We do not accept pets in any of our accommodation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seafield Farm Cottages Lochgilphead, Scotland