Features

  • Impressive historic mansion house built in 1858
  • Unsurpassed location overlooking Loch Etive
  • 30 acres of attractive gardens - a delight for both serious plant lovers and non gardeners
  • Games room with full size snooker table
  • 6 miles from Oban
  • Boat tours from Oban to Mull, Iona and Staffa
  • Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary - brilliant day out for children, 15 minutes drive
  • Superb cycling on off road cycle routes
  • Mountain climbing and hill walking
  • Ready made meals by arrangement
  • Additional cottage for 7 on the shore of the loch - a short drive or pleasant walk from the house. See Rhunacairn listed separately on the website.
  • Brown trout fishing included
  • Boat and boathouse included
  • Salmon fishing by arrangement - 2 rods
  • Outstanding driven pheasant shoot by arrangement
  • Golf courses - Oban, Taynuilt and Dalmally
  • 4 Munros within 10 miles
  • Children welcome
  • All electricity and heating included
  • Linen and towels included
  • No dogs please (but those booking the cottage as well may take 2 dogs in the cottage - £20 per dog)
  • No smoking

Accommodation

  • Ground Floor
  • Huge entrance hall with grand staircase
  • Spacious drawing room
  • Games room with full size snooker table
  • Little drawing room which can be opened up to incorporate the above drawing room
  • Spacious well equipped kitchen with 4 oven Aga
  • Breakfast kitchen - seats 8
  • Formal dining room - seats 20
  • Utility room
  • Drying room
  • Blue room - Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and hand basin
  • Dressing room
  • Office with desk and printer
  • First Floor
  • Island room - King size bed
  • Garden room - King size bed
  • Shower room off Garden room (no WC)
  • Red room - King size bed
  • Pine room - bunk beds
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and hand basin
  • Writing room - twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and hand basin
  • Green room - twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, toilet and hand basin
  • WC
  • Shower and hand basin
  • Maple room - king size bedroom
  • Sweet pea room - 4 single beds
  • Bathroom with shower, bath, toilet and hand basin
  • Night Nursery - twin bedroom
  • Day Nursery - play room
  • Bathroom with bath, toilet and hand basin

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2017 rental rates
2018 rental rates
Low Season Jan. Feb, March £2,800
Mid Season Spring £3,300
Easter Holidays £3,750
Whitsun £3,750
High July/Aug £3,750
Mid Season Autumn £3,300
Mid Season Half Term £3,300
Low Nov/Dec £2,800
Christmas week £4,500
New Year week £4,750
2018 rental rates
2017 rental rates
Low Season Jan/Feb/March £2,800
Easter £3,750
Mid Season Spring £3,300
Whitsun Holiday £3,750
High Season £3,750
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Aug 5 - 12 12 - 19 19 - 26 26 - 2
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Apr 7 - 14 14 - 21 21 - 28 28 - 5
May 5 - 12 12 - 19 19 - 26 26 - 2
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Jul 7 - 14 14 - 21 21 - 28 28 - 4
Aug 4 - 11 11 - 18 18 - 25 25 - 1
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Oct 6 - 13 13 - 20 20 - 27 27 - 3
Nov 3 - 10 10 - 17 17 - 24 24 - 1
Dec 1 - 8 8 - 15 15 - 22 22 - 29 29 - 5
Short break prices
Low Nov/Dec 3 nights, commencing Friday (2017) £2,400
Low Season Jan. Feb, March 3 nights, commencing Friday (2017) £2,400
Mid Season Autumn 3 nights, commencing Friday (2017) £2,800
Mid Season Spring 3 nights, commencing Friday (2017) £2,800
Low Season Jan/Feb/March 3 nights, commencing Friday (2018) £2,400
Mid Season Spring 3 nights, commencing Friday (2018) £2,800
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Refundable good housekeeping deposit: £500
More information about Achnacloich

Property information

Achnacloich was built by John Starforth of Glasgow and has been in the current owner's family since 1890.This magnificent house sits in the middle of a 5,000 acre estate and is immediately surrounded by 30 acres of the most wonderful and magical gardens. A short stroll from the house brings you to elevated viewing point giving panoramic views across Loch Etive to the mountains beyond. A place to enjoy and store up memories for years to come.

Achnacloich House and gardens occupy a commanding position on a promontory, overlooking Loch Etive, with impressive views to the west towards Mull and Morvern and to the north to the mighty Ben Cruachan (3760ft). The 20-acre woodland garden has been knowledgeably planted over the last century with a wide range of trees and shrubs from the temperate regions of Asia, China, Japan, North America, Chile and New Zealand. Many have grown to considerable size in the mild, west coast climate, helped by the Gulf Stream. There are open glades carpeted with bluebells and numerous other bulbs. Two separate ponds, with attendant streams are planted with primulas, interesting iris species, lysichitum, and other wetland plants. The woodland contains innumerable species of rhododendron and azalea, of which the triflorum series: yunnanense, augustinii etc. etc. are quite outstanding and of unusual size. Apart from the plants, perhaps the most enduring feature of the garden is its position, surrounded on three sides by Loch Etive, which you constantly glimpse through the trees as you walk around, and the varied bird life which comes with proximity to the sea. the sea eagle is a common sight, as are red squirrels and in the spring can be heard the distinctive call of the numerous eider ducks which frequent the Abbot's Isle, which the garden overlooks. It is at its best in May and June and is open to the public on Saturdays only 10am to 4pm.

Aside from the obvious attractions of the house and gardens and surrounding Loch Etive, there is a huge range of activities in the area to suit all ages and interest. Achnacloich offers wild brown trout fishing on a chain of three hill lochs, ideal for beginners. No charge is made for the loch fishing or the use of the estate boats. Season: April to September inclusive. Salmon fishing on the famous River Awe is available for 2 rods from may to September. This must be booked in advance and is £100.00 per day for the 2 rods. The river is 7 miles from Achnacloich (15 minutes by car).

During November to January Achnacloich offers an outstanding driven pheasant shoot in the foothills above Loch Etive, known for its high birds and fine oak and birch wood drives. Golfers can enjoy 3 courses within 10 miles; Oban, Taynuilt and Dalmally. All are open to visitors. We recommend the course in Oban. Those happy to travel further can reach the spectacular Dragon's Tooth course at Ballachulish (45 minutes north) and the famous Loch Lomond course is an hour distant.

Hill walking is spectacular and there are 4 Munros within 10 miles of Achnacloich, and Ben Nevis and Glencoe are less than an hour away. Ben Cruachan is the most accessible and presents a very rewarding 4-6 hour walk.

Achnacloich Estate runs for several miles along the shore of Loch Etive, a beautiful sea loch. A boat and boathouse are provided giving wonderful opportunities for picnics, mackerel fishing and access to the historic Abbot's Isle. The loch is fully tidal and extends inland for a further 17 miles.

Sailing and Boat Trips: Whale watching, bird watching and expeditions to the Corryvreckan whirlpool are accessed from Oban.

For children: The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary (9 miles) has sharks, seals, turtles and conger eels and makes a good family expedition on a wet day. The beach at Tralee (5 miles) is unspoilt and good for children.

Facilities

  • Partial oil central heating
  • Electric heating
  • Open log fire (logs included)
  • Full size snooker table
  • TV/DVD
  • Wireless-Broadband
  • AGA with 4 ovens
  • 2 further electric ovens and hobs
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Large chest freezer
  • 3 tall fridges
  • Heated towel rails in bathrooms
  • Beach towels provided
  • Garden swing
  • Charcoal barbecue
  • 2 cots and high chairs

Further information

  • Catering Options - A cook can be arranged but bedroom allocation is needed. Ready made meals or freezer stocking can be arranged with the housekeeper.
  • Eating Out - Oban has some excellent restaurants, especially seafood.
  • Grocery Delivery - Tesco delivery
  • Horse Riding - Riding Centre - 40 minutes drive
  • Of Historic or Architectural Interest - Built by John Starforth. Gardens are magnificent and will be a delight to any gardener.
  • Child Friendly - Children very welcome. Children's playroom.
  • Indoor entertainment - Superb games room with full size snooker table
  • Internet/Wifi - Wireless - Broadband
  • Beaches - Shoreline nearby. Tralee Beach 3 miles
  • Fishing & Stalking - Brown trout fishing included on three lochs in season. Salmon fishing on River Awe - 2 rods available - £100 per day per rod. Excellent driven pheasant shoot November to January
  • Golf - Courses at Oban. Taynuilt and Dalmally. Further afield - Dragon's Tooth - 45 mins; Loch Lomond - 1 hour
  • Hillwalking - 4 Munros in 10 miles. Glencoe and Ben Nevis less than an hour drive.
  • Remote or secluded - Not remote but totally secluded
  • Watersports/outdoor activities - Oban is a big sailing and kayaking centre. Plenty of opportunity for the experienced sailor and kayaker but lots of day courses for beginners too.
  • Wildlife & Birdwatching - Boat trips to see sea eagles, seals and dolphins. Plenty of birds to spot in the gardens from the regular to the rare.

Travel information

Glasgow Airport - 2 1/2 hour drive Oban railway station - 6 miles (sleeper from London)

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Visitor comments

  • E & A Astle, Cumbria.
    We have had a marvelous time and have been blessed with super autumnal weather, love, friendships of friends and family. We have climbed two Munro's, cycled on Lismore, strolled on Kerrera, fished and had lunch at the restaurant Pier House. Backgammon, 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, snooker and so much more.
  • J & K Ball, Fort William.
    Superb house and grounds with everything you want, boat, island, billiard room, great company and excellent food. Children had a great adventure. Views from Easdale were stunning in the Autumn sun. Not far for us but a superb time away with friends.
  • R. Davey, London.
    A magical place - space, warmth, incredible views, stunning flora, invigorating swimming in the loch. A unique opportunity for such a large group to all sit and eat around one table and in such style. Attention to detail from benches placed in scenic locations to all necessary cooking utensils. A perfect time and place to celebrate 60 year birthdays, treasure old friendships and make new ones.
  • J & B Wood, Brisbane.
    Has to be the highlight of our Scotland journey. The view of the house from the road was awesome. The house is beautiful and we had great fun! This was booked for our 'Buddymoon' and certainly one to remember.
  • R. Kennedy, Edinburgh
    Our family had a wonderful week here. Achnacloich is a welcoming and homely house, with a very high standard of equipment and comfort. And the grounds are fabulous!.
  • John Jackson
    Great house with large fantastic gardens leading down to the shore. Wonderful views, marvellous sunsets and the availability of little rowboat boat for trips out to the island was a great bonus. We loved it.
  • Colin
    A lovely property in which to spend New Year's week, and would be equally good in summer. Large public rooms with a very well-equipped kitchen. Lots of bedrooms, all well appointed and plenty of bathrooms! Superb grounds stretching right down to the loch. Overall excellent.
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