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10
Bedrooms
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Pets
2
Barnhills Farmhouse Ref: CC537160
This 19th century farmhouse has spectacular views to the Mull of Kintyre, Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde and across the Irish Sea. On a clear night, lights from the Irish headlands, can be seen and the sunsets simply take your breath away. This is Galloway at its best. It is simply breathtaking. With en suite shower rooms to every bedroom this traditional farmhouse offers cosy cottage accommodation together with beautiful views across open farmland to the stunning seascapes beyond. Corsewall Lighthouse is within walking distance of the farmhouse and is a perfect choice for that special occasion as the restaurant is open to non residents. The Lighthouse is just perfect for an evening stroll watching the ferries coming and going from Ireland as the breakers roll onto the shore. The Lighthouse is 26 metres high and was built in1815 by lighthouse engineer Robert Stephenson. This is a great place for watching grey seals and gannets.

Ground Floor: Property is on two levels, heated by oil central heating and comprises:
Sitting Room: With lovely views, coal effect electric fire, TV with Free view and DVD
Kitchen: With electric oven, ceramic hob, slim line dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
Dining Room: Lovely spacious room perfect for a dinner party

First Floor: Bedroom 1: ’Arran View’, double bed and beautiful views across the sea. Feature fireplace and TV. En suite with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail
Bedroom 2: ’Ailsa View’. Family room with double bed, small bunk beds suitable for children only. Lovely views across the sea, TV. En suite with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail
Bedroom 3: ’Farm View’ Twin room with TV. En suite with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail
Bedroom 4: Double bed and TV. En suite with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on requestSmall grassed garden accessed via steps with picnic table. Off road parking for 8 cars.

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£295-£600
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Harbour House Ref: UEJ

With magnificent views across the Sound of Jura, Scarba and Mull, this listed building, dating from 1815, stands at the water’s edge in a sheltered peaceful bay known as Crinan Harbour. Attached to the owner’s home, it retains many original features, to provide very comfortable and spacious holiday accommodation on three floors. Perfect for family holidays, the house boasts an established garden with a sitting-out area overlooking the bay.
Fascinating walks from the house allow visitors the opportunity to explore this area of great natural beauty and to observe the abundant local wildlife, including small red deer, owls, otters and seals. Harbour House is also ideally situated for all forms of boating, sailing, canoeing and diving, and there is a small slipway in front of the house for those wishing to bring their own boats. The famous Crinan Canal flows into the sea just around the corner, and offers quayside coffee shop and bar. There are several excellent restaurants in the area, including the renowned Crinan Hotel.
From Crinan, a walk or cycle ride along the canal towpath leads to Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig (7 miles), and Lochgilphead (7 miles) where there is a variety of shops, restaurants, a sports centre, swimming pool, and 9-hole golf course. Kilmory Woodland Park boasts an Iron Age fort, bird hide and lochside views, and Castle Riding Centre runs highly enjoyable riding courses as well as renting out bicycles and golf equipment.
There are many places of interest to visit, including the prehistoric linear cemetery at Kilmartin Glen. Island trips to Mull, Iona and Staffa can be made from Oban (30 miles). Oban is also home to the Oban Sea Life Centre and the Oban Rare Breeds Farm Park. Sea fishing can be arranged and there is fly fishing within 3 miles. Boat trips and riding are also available locally. Shop 7 miles.

Sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove. Spacious kitchen/breakfast room. First floor: Double bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom. Two single bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Digital TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars only), additional parking 75 yards foc
  • No smoking
  • NB: Drop in terraced garden

WAS
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£517-£1575
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Martnaham Bothy Ref: SDDC

At the heart of a secluded country estate on the edge of Martnaham Loch, one of the foremost bird sanctuaries in Ayrshire, this charming traditional house commands stunning views over the loch to an ancient oak forest. Although a secret getaway, Martnaham Bothy has the supreme advantage of being close to both shops and the tourist highlights. The bustling town of Ayr with its sandy beaches, excellent shops and restaurants is only 6 miles away, whilst Culzean Castle is just 12 miles. Close by are golf courses for every level. Shops 2 miles.

Large living room with open fire and bay window overlooking the loch. Spacious kitchen/dining area with laminate floor. Utility. Single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet and Velux window. All rooms with loch views.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large lawned garden with furniture
  • Shared natural woodlands
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced lochside area in garden

WAS
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£296-£1001
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Castle Hill Ref: W43030

Enjoying a peaceful location and stunning panoramic views across open countryside towards the River Brora and on to the Moray Firth, Castle Hill makes an ideal base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands and Islands. This bright and spacious detached house has been equipped and furnished to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. On the doorstep is the local links golf course with many other superb courses within easy reach. There are miles of unspoilt beaches and rugged coastline where you could enjoy a large variety of water sports including kayaking, windsurfing and sailing, or for the mountain bike enthusiast there are numerous forest trails to test you. Travel north and visit John O’ Groats, Wick or Thurso, along with the lovely Orkney Isles which can be reached via ferries from Gills Bay or Stromness. For the less energetic, you could sit back, relax and enjoy the ever changing views from the comfort of Castle Hill. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. 2 steps down to dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (two 5ft), one with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two digital TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£368-£1239
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sunnyhill View Ref: W42728

Attached to the owner’s home, this semi-detached holiday cottage is on a working farm with views over open countryside. Located close to Dumfries with connections to the poet Robert Burns. Popular with cyclists and walkers, it is within easy reach of the 7 Stanes mountain bike centres. The area has many villages and sandy and rocky beaches. Attractions include Drumlanrig Castle and Queensberry. Nearby is Thornhill and Mabie Farm Park with quad bikes, trampolines and astro turf slides. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity included (£30per week, £15 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two satellite TVs. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£248-£809
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Taigh Geal Ref: CC511299
Taigh Geal is one of two newly built cottages set in their own garden grounds in one of the most beautiful parts of the Highlands, in the heart of Wester Ross. This spacious single storey cottage offers bright, open plan accommodation, with three good sized bedrooms. Built to a high standard with solid wood doors and a large wood-burning stove in the main living area, Taigh Geal provides ideal holiday accommodation for up to six people. The combined lounge/dining/kitchen area has large picture windows that look out across unspoilt open countryside. Patio doors lead through to a delightful outdoor dining area and thence to the main gardens. There are two double bedrooms (one en-suite), a bunk bedroom and a spacious family bathroom.  Situated in a quiet no through lane that leads away into the hills, Taigh Geal is ideal for visitors who enjoy walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, sailing or simply relaxing away from the crowds in one of the most scenic areas of the Highlands. The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife and a photographers’ and bird-watchers’ paradise. Otters, red deer, seals, pine martins and a wide variety of birds including red-throated divers and corncrakes are all seen in the region. There are some wonderful walks direct from the property and with the Torridon Mountains, the Skye Cuillins, MacLeod’s Tables and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain ranges all within easy reach, hill walkers and climbers are spoilt for choice. The picture post card village of Plockton is just over a mile away.  Made famous as the venue for the television series Hamish Macbeth, it is well worth a visit. With its picturesque flower filled gardens, little winding streets and pretty cottages lining the foreshore it is easy to see why it has also become a haunt for artists. The surrounding area offers a wealth of activities, places of interest and historic sites. The fairy tale castle of Eilean Donan, enchantingly situated on a promontory in the loch and accessed by a small causeway, is a short drive away. A spectacular route takes you past this famous castle and through the amazing mountain range known as the Five Sisters of Kintail and beautiful Glen Shiel, before reaching the shores of Loch Ness. .
Please note Taigh Geal may be available to let with Parth Galen, an adjoining property which sleeps 8, and/or Plockton Studio, which sleeps 4.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level, has electric panel heating, ramp at front door for wheelchair access and comprises:
Open plan lounge / kitchen / dining:
Lounge area:  with wood-burning stove, Satellite Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD,  Patio doors lead out to an attractive garden area with patio and outdoor furniture.
Dining area:  with dining furniture
Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher
Utility room:  with fridge/freezer, sink, pulley and washing machine
Bedroom 1:  with double bed and en-suite shower room with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2:  with double bed
Bedroom 3:  with 3’ bunk beds
Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All electiricy included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove provided. Bed linen supplied. Cot and Highchair available. Wifi internet access available.Gardens with lawns and patio area with picnic table and chairs and BBQ. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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£350-£725
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Bailebeag Ref: W40267

Excellent views

Killin with its spectacular falls of Dochart, is situated at the west end of Loch Tay. Situated in an elevated position above the village this delightfully stylish detached holiday home, set in a residential development, enjoys magnificent views towards the Tarmachan Ridge and Ben Lawers. Nearby Loch Earn (approximately 8 miles) is a popular watersports centre. Golf, fishing, horse riding, walking and mountain biking are popular local pursuits. Well situated for touring with the picturesque towns of Aberfeldy, Callander, Crieff, Perth and Pitlochry within easy travelling distance. Shop, pub and resaurant 500 yards.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

Ground floor: Separate toilet. First floor: Living room. Dining room with patio door and wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

WAS
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£269-£853
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

A fittingly historic Borders setting

Superbly set within the 1,200 acre estate surrounding magnificent Duns Castle, and just 30 minutes’ drive from sandy beaches, these holiday cottages are perfectly positioned to make the most of a holiday in Scotland’s Border country. Providing comfortable accommodation, they both enjoy access to walks in the extensive grounds, which include deciduous woodland, hill vistas, a nature reserve and a splendid lake. At the heart of the Estate, Duns Castle is the owner’s home where generations of the Hay family have lived since 1696. Today it is a splendid Gothic Revival building which has evolved around a pele tower given in the 14th century by King Robert the Bruce to the Earl of Moray. Step back in time with dinner in the grand castle dining room, available by arrangement. The Castle is just under a mile from the quiet market town of Duns which has good local shops, pubs and restaurants along with a swimming pool, sports centre, tennis courts and 18-hole golf course. Enjoy peaceful lake and woodland walks from the doorstep, where the patient observer may spy roe deer, badger or red squirrel, and mute swans and numerous ducks take right of way on the lakeside road. Activities to suit all ages and tastes are nearby, with 7 golf courses within an hour’s drive; sandy beaches at Scemerston and Coldingham; visit ancient Holy Island; historic houses at Manderston, Floors Castle, Paxton House or slightly further afield at Bamburgh or Alnwick; shooting, salmon fishing and trout fishing, permits available locally or by prior arrangement; archery and clay pigeon shooting available by arrangement or simply savour the peace and quiet of this secluded setting. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Set in its own large, secluded garden, this charming house is tucked away next to the old walled garden of the Estate.
Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Second living room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room (fuel at cost). Cots and high chairs on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Easy walking access.

All properties: Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of tennis court. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£726-£754
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Harbour Cottage Ref: 24721

This holiday home sits in a harbour village with access from the garden to a sand and shingle beach. Boasting views over Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man, Port William, known as the ‘Machars of Galloway’ has been presented with the ‘Pride of Galloway’ award. Walking, cycling, golf and fishing nearby, with beaches and rocky coves to explore. Shop and pub 50 yards. Can be booked with 27960 (100 yards) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

Ground floor: Kitchen with slate floor. Conservatory with French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed and Velux. 1 double bedroom with Velux and en-suite shower room with toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity included (£30per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden. Sea 150 yards.

WAS
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£266-£865
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Mar House Ref: UWR

Nestling in a secluded, wooded position overlooking the River Dee valley, this superior stone house has been totally restored to offer the finest facilities and provide every comfort to ensure an enjoyable stay. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and fine views, and the drawing room has an open fire making the property ideal for all year round holidays. Herds of red deer, stags and hinds, graze by the river during the evenings giving a feeling of tranquillity amidst the beautiful Highland scenery. It is situated in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the Cairngorm National Park and offers access to some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland, with the challenging Cairngorm mountains within easy reach. Fishing, stalking and shooting may be arranged through the estate. Winter sports are also catered for with skiing at Glenshee only a 20-minute drive.
For the less energetic a visit to the 16th-century Crathes Castle and Gardens at Banchory (40 miles) offers an exciting day out. The gardens provide a wonderful display at any time of the year with great yew hedges and a fascinating presentation of the art of topiary dating from 1702. There is also a children’s adventure playground. Closer to Mar House is Balmoral Castle – the Royal family’s Highland residence which offers the opportunity to pony trek and the chance to view various exhibitions, including one on the local wildlife. Golf is available at Braemar only 4 miles away and there are also excellent courses at Ballater and Aboyne.
Inverness is within easy reach and offers many attractions for all the family. Unusual places of interest include the Kiltmaker Centre, where a small visitor centre explains the whole process of making tartan, and the novel Balnain House, which explores the development of Highland music. Inverness Castle, perched above the river, offers the Castle Garrison Encounter, an entertaining interactive exhibition in which the visitor plays the role of a new recruit in the 18th-century Hanoverian army. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Drawing room with open fire. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast table. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; two double (one with 5ft bed) and two twin.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Acres of grassed land surrounding the property
  • Parking (for 3 cars)

WAS
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£513-£1772
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Benvane Cottage Ref: 30301


This delightful, semi-detached holiday cottage is situated in the hamlet of Balnaha Forest and has a traditional cedar shingle roof. It is located immediately adjacent to the forest, where hill walks and cycle routes abound, and is also within easy walking distance from the Victorian village of Strathyre. There are endless miles of forest roads and trails to explore, both for walking and cycling, from a gentle stroll by the River Balvaig to a vigorous hike to the summit of Benvane, or a relaxing boat trip on Loch Katrine. The tree-clad slopes around the village which sweep down to the shores of Loch Lubnaig change from spring greens to autumn russets and golds, making the surroundings spectacularly beautiful all year. The area is also rich in Scottish history, with many stories relating to Rob Roy Macgregor, whose grave can be found in the kirkyard at Balquidder. The bustling tourist town of Callander is only 10 miles away and can also be reached on the cycle path. Within easy driving distance are Loch Lomond, Gleneagles, 50 minutes, and Stirling, 1 hour. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth can be reached in 1½ hours. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

9 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (one bed is a small double), both with sloping ceiling.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: 3 steps at the rear of the property.

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£212-£632
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Silver Birches Ref: 30416

Surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside

This delightful, detached holiday cottage situated on the outskirts of the hamlet of Kettlehill, is surrounded by beautiful and picturesque rolling countryside. It is idyllically positioned for family and friends seeking a spacious cottage in a tranquil, rural setting. Outdoor pursuits include walks in The Lomond Hills, angling at Loch Leven, The Fife Coastal Path through pretty seaside villages and The Fife Cycle network, all being within easy driving distance. For the golf enthusiast there are over 50 courses within a 25-mile radius including the Old Course at St Andrews and Ladybank golf course is just 3 miles away. For exploring rich wildlife there are several Nature Reserves, such as The Isle of May, Vane Farm and the Tay Estuary, all well-known bird watching areas. Glorious sandy beaches at Tentsmuir, Elie and St Andrews are all within a short driving distance. After a long day of exploring the local delights, why not try your hand at putting at the local putting club where they regularly hold competitions throughout the summer. Edinburgh 40 miles, Perth 23 miles, St Andrews 16 miles. Beach 17 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

One step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with French door/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double bedrooms (6ft zip and link, can be twin on request). Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Second living room. 2 double bedrooms, both (zip and link, can be twin on request) with velux and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. Two high chairs. Satellite TV (full package). DVD. Playstation 2. Ceramic hob. Two electric ovens. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. NB: Step in garden.

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£401-£966
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