out of 10
We stay in approx 10 cottages a year as we are lucky enough to be able to work remotely so have visited in excess of 60 cottages across England, Wales and Scotland in the last 6 years........ The views from this cottage are superb. Yes you can hear the road at times, but we didn't find it particularly busy and with the stunning views and wildlife to focus on didn't find the noise to be a problem. Porpoise, otters, gannets, heron, cormorants, many garden bird varieties and voles, passing boats, all kept us entertained, and the sunset and fantastic clear night skies, including shooting stars....... what more could you ask for! Even in the iffy weather we took some chairs to the old boathouse and was still able to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. The cottage itself is comfortable, if a little dated, but everything you could need for a comfortable stay is provided. Well stocked kitchen, including a slow cooker (which is great if you are going out the for day). Yes the water is discoloured, but not a problem as plenty of drinking water provided for drinks, cooking etc. As mentioned in other reviews the turn into the cottage if coming from Lochgiliphead side is very tight, but absolutely no problem going past the cottage, turning in an open driveway further down the road and turning into the cottage driveway from the Tarbert side. The mirror over the road when driving out of the cottage made that manoeuvre fine too. Owners extremely friendly and helpful when called to get key code etc. Went through everything with us so no surprises on arrival at the cottage. They also responded very quickly to one issue we had. Big thank you for speed of response! Lastly the broadband service. It was fine, which is a pretty big deal for us due to having to work whilst way. Speed was fine. Service did keep dropping off now and then, but we probably only noticed this because we were using it so much, and a quick reset of the router sorted it every time. In fact a newer router would probably fix the problem altogether (we work in the industry so feel able to make this comment). We are looking to move to Scotland in the very near future and wouldn't hesitate living in this beautiful part of the country. We choose cottages for either their location or their interior dependent on the time of year. This one was definitely chosen for its views and outside space and it certainly didn't disappoint! If it ever came on the market wouldn't hesitate to consider it in our search for our home in Scotland and can't give a better review than that! A very special place to relax and unwind and if you choose not to leave during your stay you wouldn't see or hear another human during your time there! Tarbert is prettier than we expected and worth a visit. Crinan Canal also lovely for walking, and we also went to Crinan itself which is where the canal enters the loch, again very pretty - take your camera, some lovely shots.