Loch Awe Self Catering Boathouses are located at Loch Awe, the longest freshwater loch in Scotland.
Loch Awe runs south west from the A85 about 20 miles east of Oban and is one of the most beautiful and most photographed of the Scottish lochs, having the iconic ruin of Kilchurn Castle at its northern end. About a quarter of the way down its peaceful western shore and right on the water, are Achnacarron and Lochawe Boathouses.
The house stands in secluded, south-facing grounds with its own loch frontage and is reached by about a mile of meandering private track (some potholes and not suitable for low suspension vehicles) which will bring you to this haven of peace and tranquillity. A hunting lodge stood on this site for several centuries until 1954. The current property is an architect-designed, expertly refurbished and most comfortable house, quite alone in its stunning lochside situation.
It is surrounded by lawned gardens and mature wooded areas and is sheltered by a variety of magnificent trees. There is parking alongside the house, which also has its own private pier, slipway and fishing rights. There is also access to a Canadian canoe, a kayak or a paddle board by arrangement are available for use included in the rental subject to signing the electronic disclaimer. . As you would expect in such a location there is an abundance of wildlife here, including deer, pine marten, red squirrels and otters and an even greater variety of birds, including barn owls and osprey.
Downstairs is bright, spacious and open plan, with a modern kitchen, dining and seating areas and wood-burning stove, together with a door to a decked seating area above the water. The master bedroom, with en suite facilities, is also on this level, along with a utility room, a further bathroom and drying room. Upstairs are a further double bedroom and cosy lounge, with a glass wall to provide panoramic views over the water, both of which have coombed ceilings. Furniture and fittings are of the highest quality throughout.
Small, intimate weddings can be arranged down on the shoreline against the beautiful backdrop of the loch and the owner has all the local contacts needed to set this up.
At the heart of it all is the main living area that is elegant and open plan with a fully-equipped kitchen and a seating area by the wood-burning stove where two sets of French doors frame the delightful loch views. From there a large deck wraps around the house with infinity glass balustrades that allow the water to be fully appreciated. Underfloor heating provides a warm welcome throughout the ground floor.
A huge dining table accommodates all meals and there is also a breakfast bar with wine cooling fridges, etc. The attractive twin bedroom downstairs makes use of a bathroom with both a bath and separate shower and there is a larder, office and utility room with washing facilities all on this level.
Upstairs the spacious landing has a TV area and well stocked library for those wishing to sit quietly with a good book. The master bedroom is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the house with its super king-size bed and luxurious en suite shower room, not to mention the enormous windows that show off the gorgeous view of the loch. If all that wasn’t enough it also has its own wood-burning stove and a sumptuous rolltop bath set on a raised plinth for relaxing soaks whilst taking in the wonderful scenery.
The beautiful shoreline makes an absolutely idyllic spot for an intimate wedding and all of the local contacts needed to arrange this can be made available through the owner.
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