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Ard daraichWestern scotland
A Highland retreat for garden lovers
A gem – relaxed, timeless, gay welcoming and set amongst the wild beauty of the Highlands on the edge of Loch Linnhe. The two bedroomed accommodation is self catering, but you can choose to have breakfast provided. There's also the contemporary studio within the garden ideal for two extra guests. On arriving, it only takes a few minutes before you feel like you are a million miles away thanks to the seductive charm of this place.
Book a stay at beautiful Ard daraich and receive a 10% discount on the standard rates. Remember to mention Further Afield when you book
Ard Daraich is on the west coast of Scotland approximately nine miles south of Fort William. You can arrive by taking a long drive around the Loch or, better still, take the small car ferry at Corran which will transport you across in a matter of minutes. The house, once the holiday home of Constance Spry, is set in eight acres of landscaped gardens which are in keeping with the wild beauty of the location and which have views across to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe.
Two and half hours drive from Glasgow and three hours from Edinburgh.
About The Owners
In addition to Ard Daraich, Norrie continues to be a filmmaker and Anna an artist often taking inspiration from the time and place in which the house is set. They both share a love for gardening and horticulture and it was Norrie’s parents who, after Constance, added to the design of the gardens. Anna and Norrie accepted the baton and are now taking this living project to the next stage.
They know the area well and have been instrumental in setting up a local producers market. With their knowledge of the area and their connections they are the perfect hosts to help you plan your stay or are equally pleased to simply let you enjoy the garden.
Deb Gibbs : June 2015
We stayed for a restorative and enriching week, thanks to the warm hospitality and delightful surroundings at Ard Daraich. The house and gardens have the charm that comes from years of genuine care and artful living and Norrie and Anna are welcoming and considerate hosts. We had anticipated spending much of our time on the opposite side of the loch, but their local knowledge, experience and advice persuaded us otherwise and we easily and happily filled our days "off the beaten track". One highlight was watching otters in a nearby loch (exactly where they said we'd find them!) 5 stars plus!
By Cameron Munro
We booked to stay with Norrie and Anna at Ard Darraich as part of our honeymoon holiday after our civil partnership ceremony in July 2011. We spent three nights there having spent three nights in Argyll which was very special but from the moment we arrived their personal yet not intrusive touches were very welcome and warmly received. We had an email from Anna advising us of places to eat before our arrival and the time of the last ferry across was in order to avoid the longer drive round when the ferry is closed. Both Norrie and Anna have the knack of unobtrusively touching base with their customers every day at some time and imparting ideas and information but only when this is requested, working out in an uncanny way what people might like to do with their day and also what they had been up to since last seen, this is a wonderful skill. Breakfasts which were mainly cooked by Norrie were wonderful and mostly home grown and provided a relaxing start to the day whenever you wanted. The rooms were homely and had everything you might need to relax with use of the formal rooms in the house without the feeling that you were living in someone else's house, more the home of a close well know friend.
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