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Lochead Chalet on Ellary Estate

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
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Our Lochead Chalets are situated at the head of Loch Caolisport, giving fantastic views out over the Loch. We have 3 in total (all can be booked separately or together), and each has 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 bunk room - full sized single bunks), a living room with kitchenette off, and a shower room. There are large picture windows in the living rooms to make the most of the views from, and there are generous verandahs in front of each, to enjoy the summer sun. Argyll is located on the West Coast of Scotland, presenting what is often considered Scotland's most beautiful scenery. It is home to lots of small villages, and perfect for those who love the great outdoors. It is increasingly popular with photographers, with the sunsets regularly being spectacular. Ellary Estate lies between t...Our Lochead Chalets are situated at the head of Loch Caolisport, giving fantastic views out over the Loch. We have 3 in total (all can be booked separately or together), and each has 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 bunk room - full sized single bunks), a living room with kitchenette off, and a shower room. There are large picture windows in the living rooms to make the most of the views from, and there are generous verandahs in front of each, to enjoy the summer sun. Argyll is located on the West Coast of Scotland, presenting what is often considered Scotland's most beautiful scenery. It is home to lots of small villages, and perfect for those who love the great outdoors. It is increasingly popular with photographers, with the sunsets regularly being spectacular. Ellary Estate lies between the shores of Loch Caolisport and Loch Sween. The cottages of Ellary are spread out along the edge of Loch Caolisport, and the caravan site is located around Castle Sween, on the Loch Sween shore. Ellary is about half an hour from Lochgilphead, an hour and a half from Oban. Tarbert (with ferries to the islands etc) is about 35-40 minutes away, and Inverary is about an hours drive. It really is the heart of Argyll. WILDLIFE - The unspoilt countryside of Ellary and Castle Sween makes it an ideal place to observe wildlife. There are large areas of oakwoods on the Loch Caolisport site and considerable areas of the Loch Sween site are wooded mainly with birch and alder. These areas are home to many of Scotland's native species, and it is not uncommon to see foxes, badgers, otters, roe deer, sika deer and red squirrels. ARCHAEOLOGY - The remains of ruined settlements, chapels, castles, forts and graveyards indicate that, long ago, this area was much more populated than it is in present times. HILL WALKING - As an occupier of accommodation at Ellary and Castle Sween, you are welcome to use the whole of the area of the estates which extend to approximately fifteen thousand acres. The enthusiastic hill walker will find all he could possibly wish for. Lochead Glen, for example, is one of the prettiest glens in Scotland, and from the heights of Corrbhan on a clear day, you can see as far as the Nevis range to the North, the head of Loch Fyne and Ben Arthur to the East, Kintyre and Northern Ireland to the South and the Isles of Jura, Scarba etc. to the West. At the same time, the less energetic, who may not feel the need for such exercise, can experience the same kind of adventure taking a comparatively easy stroll, for example the walk from Balimore down to Stronefield beach, or from Ellary down past the golf practise area to the Salmon Pool and beyond takes you into fascinating countryside, and there are many alternatives. Remember, you are free, when you are staying here, to go wherever you please. TOURING - The impression of being isolated, at Ellary and Castle Sween, is because not very many people visit this area. But in fact you are right in the middle of the most attractive part of Scotland's west coast. Day trips can include destinations as far as Fort William and beyond to the North, most of central Scotland to the East and as far as Glasgow to the South. To the West, take ferry trips to Arran, Gigha, Islay, Jura, Mull and Iona and these can all be accomplished in time to get back for tea leaving plenty of time to do or see whatever motivated the trip. Such excursions might be to visit some of Scotlands most famous gardens (Brodick, Achamore, Arduaine, Crarae etc.) a trip on the steam locomotive from Fort William to Mallaig, a game of golf or a visit to a distillery on Islay, a day skiing at Glencoe or Aonach Morr or one of the hundreds of other attractions which the West of Scotland has to offer. Or perhaps you prefer to just drive a bit to explore the area and enjoy the scenery. BOATING - Staying at Ellary and Castle Sween you are never far from the water. If you are a boat owner, you should certainly bring it, - there is a slipway at Castle Sween where it is possible to launch anything likely to be towed by a car. If you are staying on the Loch Caolisport side, assistance is available to launch any reasonable sized craft from the beach. The slipway at Castle Sween makes it very convenient to take boats in and out, and at Ellary there is a small harbour, if it is thought more convenient to leave it in. All of our cottages are let Saturday-Saturday, short breaks welcome outwith Peak and High season or at short notice - please contact us with your requirements. Dogs and children are always welcome - the first dog stays free of charge, and it is £10 per week for the second (maximum of 2 unless by prior arrangement). There are also various other cottages available on the estate - search Ellary. Electricity is not included in the price - it is metered and charged at the end of your stay, at cost price. Bed linen is not included, so you will need to bring sheets and towels (duvets, pillows and blankets provided).More
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About the Owner
Caitlin H
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:June 2010
Interaction with guests
There is somebody in the office (or available by phone) 24/7 in case of an emergency, and 9-5 for everything else. The payphone in the property will phone the office for free.
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

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Date of stay: September 2018
StephanieG4192, VR Owner at Lochead Chalet on Ellary Estate, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2018

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Reviewed May 22, 2018

The drive along the single track road gave a hint that we would be staying in very special place & we were not disappointed. On arrival at the chalet we where greeted by the resident roe deer buck. The chalet although basic, provided everything that...More

Date of stay: May 2018
1  Thank carnegie67
Management response:Responded July 30, 2018

Glad you enjoyed your stay and got to experience some of the wildlife we have here at Ellary, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed September 27, 2017

The Lodge we stayed at was right on the shore of Loch Caolisport, perfect for casting a line in the hope of a catch any time of day. The first night we stayed the sky was perfectly clear, with a lovely view of the Milky...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank Sarah H
Management response:Responded October 16, 2017

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed September 24, 2017

...without sounding as if we had a terrible time! Positives: fantastic location, loved the private drive across the estate, really enjoyed sitting on the decking watching the tide roll in and out of the loch, a very relaxing break. Negatives: not terribly clean, old damp...More

Date of stay: September 2017
1  Thank DavidJanetMonty
Management response:Responded October 16, 2017

Sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with your stay at Ellary. We do find that in certain weather conditions at this time of year, the chalets are bad for condensation, and as such advise people to leave vents etc open. All duvets etc...More

Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenery, peaceful location ideal for getting away from it all. Lots of walks and good fishing. Staff couldn't have been friendlier. Will definitely be back.

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank Fiona17Stewart
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Highchair
Ocean Views
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
Cycling Trips
TV
Parking
Shared Yard
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
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Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
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Freezer
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Iron
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Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
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Kettle
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About the neighborhood
The distance from Glasgow to Ellary is about 100 miles and it will take around two and a half hours. Although the journey can be accomplished faster than this, it is a beautiful drive and well worth the time. Take the M8 through Glasgow and cross the Clyde on the Erskine Bridge. This takes you straight on to the A82 wich at that point is a fast dual carriageway which takes you past the suburbs of Glasgow. Immediately when you leave the dual carriageway you are suddenly in the Highlands. What were the promise of some mountains in the distance, are suddenly all around you. Look across the water at the steep steep sides of Ben Lomond, and soak up the views of Ben Lui, Ben Vorlich and many others. You are in the heart of 'Ben' country.
Getting around
There is no public transport here, so a car is necessary. We are not far from Tarbert (about 30 minutes), and the ferries to the islands. Similarly, Inverary is about 50 minutes away, and Oban just over an hour.
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