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Stable Cottage, Seafield Farm, Achnamara, Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute, PA31 8PS

Description of the self catering

Stable Cottage is one of two semi detached cottages on two floors, converted from the stone farm building attached to the farmhouse. The cottage sleeps four in two bedrooms plus a cot. There is a bed settee in the living room. On the ground floor there is a bathroom with bath and shower over, hallway, kitchen and spacious living/dining room.

Best Features

Stable Cottage is warm, comfortable and exceptionally well equipped for a self catering holiday. The central heating is provided by an environmentally friendly log fired boiler (we tend the boiler, you enjoy the warmth). The sound insulation between the cottages is very good - you won’t know you have neighbours. Situated at the head of Loch Sween in fifty acres of land, the cottages are in a beautiful location with access to miles of empty forest roads. We have two mountain bikes available for you to borrow.

Sleeps: 5

Pets: No

Contact Details

Contact Name: Jane Allan

Telephone: 01546 850274

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Reviews


10 of 15 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 08/2012
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We had a fantastic family holiday at Stable Cottage. A beautifully and tastefully decorated cottage with everything you need to spend a relaxing holiday. The surrounding area has lot's of beautiful places to visit from historic sites to stunning beaches and so many attractions and activities to choose from (cycling, horse riding, canoeing, walking, beautiful beaches and many attractive little villages to name just a few). We never plan our holidays greatly in advance but we did not even have one boring day. Jane and James are very welcoming hosts who are there when you need them and leave you when you want some peace - just perfect! We surly would recommend this cottage to anybody looking for a good break.

Make up of party:  Family of 4 (incl. 6 & 8 year old girls)
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: good
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: WhiteElephant Review Added: 05.08.2012
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8 of 12 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 07/2011
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We are not normally inspired to review places we have stayed but Seafield Farm and the all the fantastically beautiful and inspiring places to visit within 30 mins walk, cycle or drive have given us one of the best family holidays we could have wished for. Jane and james have made Seafield the very best home from home destination and all five of us could not recommend Bryre cottage, the beaches, woodland trails and amazing boat trips higher. Do not hesitate to book this place as your next holiday!

Make up of party:  Family with kids 7, 7 & 9
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: Powerlets Review Added: 06.08.2011
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8 of 13 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 04/2011
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Very well-appointed comfy cottage with excellent hosts (the lemon drizzle cake was great!) Masses of hot water and heating from the eco log-burning boiler, I can recommend the guided tour.April was a good month to go for those looking for walks and empty roads. Great views in easy reach,loads of history and beaches for happy paddling.

Make up of party:  couple
Cleanliness: good Location: good
Facilities: exceptional Views: good
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: Guest Review Added: 16.04.2011
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5 of 11 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 09/2010
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This is the best cottage we have stayed in, and good value too, and we will hopefully return. Nice friendly welcome and a beautiful home baked cake waiting for us in the kitchen. Cottage was spacious,comfortable, cosy and well equipped. It really did feel like home for a week. The only problem we had was the DVD player did not work but Jane very kindly replaced this within a few hours. It was also great to have a real cot for our son. Lovely location, very peaceful with the feeling of being very remote although you are only about 4/5 miles from Lochgilphead so there are shops and petrol not too far away. Plenty of forest walks on the doorstep. Nice little beach at Kilmory where our son ran about for hours. Good wee cafe at Tayvallich plus I'd recommend Kilmartin House Museum for food too.

Make up of party:  Couple with 18 month old child
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: good
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: mcconns Review Added: 30.09.2010
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10 of 14 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 02/2010
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A well equiped and reasonably priced self-catering cottage. I was delighted by the fact our baby had a "proper" cot to sleep in, plus a high chair, stair gate and even a bath mat. Oh, and a box of kids books - why did I bother packing any?! The location is stunning and the welcome friendly. It has inspired me to actively seek out self catering options when we go away in future. I would echo what another reviewer wrote about making sure you have some supplies with you before you get there though - it is a fair drive to the shops. I wish we had been able to spend longer there to explore the area further. You will certainly find an OS map useful to inspire your trips out, although Jane was happy to lend us hers.

Make up of party:  Couple plus baby
Cleanliness: good Location: good
Facilities: good Views: good
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: happytraveller Review Added: 29.03.2010
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8 of 12 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 07/2009
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The stable cottage is indeed a very nice cottage, in a very quiet area. Visitors have to make sure however, that, when they arrive in the evening/late afternoon they have their breakfast shopping with them for there is no shops within half an hour drive over a single track road (with passing places). The cottage itself is well equipped, warm, cosy and very pleasant to stay in. We can recommend the fresh made bread you can buy at the coffee shop in Crinan, really delicious. If you look for a nice, warm cottage to stay in a quiet area, this is the place to be. One minor thing (for us) is the caravan in the garden, but that's mainly because we are caravan haters....

Make up of party:  2 adults, 2 kids
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: good
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: jacqueline lievens Review Added: 03.09.2009
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6 of 13 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 06/2009
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We had a very warm, sunny and midge-free week at Seafield - until it poured for a hour on the Thursday, although we got a bit sun-burnt later while we watched the boats on Crinan Canal!.

Knapdale was a beautiful surprise - it was obvious from the OS map that the landscape was unlike most other parts of Scoland, but when we caught our first glimpse of what it was like in reality when we turned off the B841 it was love at first sight.

What we liked best was the lack of "tartan tat" in the area. There are many lovely walks by the sea and through the forests with Kilmartin for a spot of history. And the cottage was a very comfortable and well-equiped base to return to each day.

In fact, we enjoyed our stay at Seafield so much we are returning in November to try Kirkland with its wood-stove!

Make up of party:  Couple
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: good
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: karin Review Added: 07.09.2009
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8 of 13 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 05/2009
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An absolutely adorable wee cottage. Very well equipped, with everything you could want and more. It was clean, the welcome was warm and friendly and the scenery stunning and great value for money. Off the beaten track, but well within reach of local amenities. Lovely secluded quiet area. By far the best cottage I have stayed in. 110% in every way.

Make up of party:  Couple, but could have slept a whole family.
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
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Review Added by: sku2 Review Added: 15.06.2009
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6 of 11 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 04/2009
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This was the third time we have stayed at Seafield Farm in one of the two cottages- the Stable and the Byre.The Stable was originally part of a barn but has been tastefully renovated into a two bedroom cottage that will comfortably sleep four people.

Located at the head of Loch Sween the property is in a beautiful spot, and provides a great base for exploring this unspolit part of Scotland. If you are looking for a relaxing place to stay this is ideal with great forest walks on your door step allied to fantastic scenery.

Make up of party:  Two adults one young child.
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: jim munro Review Added: 14.05.2009
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6 of 12 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 04/2009
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The Stable is a comfortable, cosy cottage in a woodland setting at the top of a loch. It is spacious, has all mod.cons. and is well equipped with things to do if you do get a rainy day. The surrounding area is beautiful with ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells when we were there and banks covered with primroses. The coastal scenery is stunning with views over to the islands. It is an excellent area for wildlife watching, we saw badgers from the comfort of the summer house in the garden and an otter when we were lunching in the Coffee Shop at Tayvallich. We will have to return to the Stable as we missed the polecat!!

There is lots to see and do in the area, gardens to visit, Kilmartin Glen is an archaeological trove and the Crinan Canal provides much interest with boats going up and down as well as providing easy walking along the tow path. We will have to return as there are still many things we would like to explore.

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Make up of party:  Two retired friends
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: good
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: mych editor Review Added: 28.05.2009
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7 of 13 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 03/2009
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The kind of well-kept but unfussy cottage, the kind you come back to with muddy boots, have a hot shower, whip up a real dinner, then kick back and relax in front of a DVD.

It's clean and easy-to-clean... as green as it's cosy, thanks to insulation and double-glazing... beautiful inside without being a child hazard... spacious enough for a family of four on a rainy day... and nicely private. And, a hall separates the bedrooms, so you don't feel you're living on top of each other.

There are good forest walks to be had just by stepping out of the door - fine for a 5-year old, and doable with a toddler in a backpack.

If you like to wallow in heritage, then Kilmartin Glen is only a few minutes drive away, and the area is riddled with standing stones, cairns and hill forts. A slightly longer drive will also take you to some of the best castles in Scotland.

Overall, I think this is best holiday cottage we've ever rented. We'll definitely be back.

Make up of party:  Family of 4: 2 adults, 1 5-year old, one 1. 5 year old.
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
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Review Added by: zornhau Review Added: 14.04.2009
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6 of 11 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 03/2009
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The best way I can describe Stable Cottage is, it's just like coming home. The warm welcome and well equipped cottage meant that it was only 5 minutes after our arrival that we were sitting down enjoying a slice of Jane's home made ginger cake and a nice cup of tea - ahhhh, to be there now!

Anyway, the cottage was quiet ( we were unaware that there was a family with 2 children in the other cottage until we met outside the following morning) and it's also well equipped, next time we come, we'll leave behind the towels, tea towels various washing powders and spare cutlery.

As we had our bikes with us we enjoyed cycling along the quiet local road along Loch Sween, various forest tracks (our favourite one was part of the Ardnoe & Faery Isles Cycle Route, which ended at an idyllic bay) and of course the Crinnan Canal. For the more adventurous there is the Fire Mountain Trail just outside Lochgilphead, lots of graded MTB routes of all abilities.

Beaches and wildlife were also on the agenda. If the weather is good, then take a little trip down Loch Sween to Kilmory Chapel. Here you will find a little path (to the left of the cottages) that leads down to a perfect U bay of white sand and jade green sea. If you are lucky, as we were, you may even see some otters. On the way back if you have time it is worth a trip around Castle Sween, (Cafe in caravan park).

The local Forests are also full of trails to explore, but we went hunting for red Squirrel in Knapdale Forest, no luck so perhaps next time.

As well as boat trips from Crinnan you can also make the trip up to Oban. There are a number of charter boats doing trips to see seals and other wildlife, but for our next visit we will organise a trip to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, might mean an early start though!

On the one rainy day we had, we did some road touring and drove down the coast to Tarbet and back towards Lochgilphead via Dumore and Kilberry. There were a number of little beaches where we stopped and explored the rock pools along with the odd seal joining us. The views of Jura with moody breaking cloud were wonderful.

After each day it was great to come 'home' and relax a little further. I can see us coming back for more over the coming years.

Make up of party:  Father and child
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: good
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: david c Review Added: 14.06.2009
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