Craobh Haven Cottages - self catering holiday homes on the west coast of Argyll, Scotland


Craobh Haven Cottages - view of exceptional self-catering rental holiday cottages right beside the sea in Argyll, Scotland

Craobh Haven Cottages self-catering holiday cottage accommodation right beside the sea on the coast of Argyll near Oban, Scotland.

High quality traditionally built Scottish homes with open fires and timber beams. Both our cottages combine the warmth and comfort of home with wonderful views of many West Coast islands.
Cleaned and cared for every week by the owners.

Situated in the historical heart of Scotland just south of Oban, they make a well equipped base for a romantic break, exploring local history or family names, touring, walking, riding, golfing, sailing, fishing, wildlife watching or just relaxing!

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Loch Shuna from Craobh Haven

Things to See and Do Around Mid-Argyll

Argyll is a beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland with an ancient story to tell reaching back into prehistory.

Nearby towns and villages offer many visitor attractions and shops, cafes, local activity, fishing quays and yachting centres:Craobh Haven looking south-west to the Paps of Jura

  • Ardfern, on the other side of the Craignish peninsular has long had a reputation as the 'left bank of Argyll' and is home to an eclectic mix of engaging locals, 'white settlers' and ageing hippies!
  • Oban

  • Lochgilphead

  • Crinan

  • Tarbert

Walking, wildlife and wonderful views are here in abundance...

Wanderlust magazine said of the area, "This might be one of the most sparsely populated corners of Britain, but there is plenty to keep visitors enthralled.  Outdoor enthusiasts can follow trails through glens and up hillsides, on foot or on horseback.  And for rainy days, or more leisurely paced visitors, there are castles and ancient sites to explore."

Exploring the History, Landscape and EnvironmentHistorical Argyll Celtic cross

Argyll is the ancient homeland of the original 'Scots' who came over from Northern Ireland to claim the kingdom of Dalriada.  It has a unique place in Scottish history and there are many sites of historical and archaeological interest in the area, including pre-historic stone circles of awesome mystery. 

   

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Oban Area

Oban BayOban is the epicentre of Argyll holidaymaking, with visitor attractions, places to eat and interesting shopping.

The island of Mull has many popular visitor attractions such as...

A bit further south, Iona is famous for its Abbey and religious community.

Eating out

There are many good places to eat within a few miles, from good pub grub to fine restaurants

Other ideas are given in a list of Our Recommendations available in the cottages.

   

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Visitor AttractionsInverary View

Within a short drive there is much education and entertainment to be found around Argyll - things to see and do whatever the weather...

Heritage and Culture

Animals and Wildlife

Indoor Attractions (just in case it rains!)

 

   

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Activities

Walking - many coastal, hill and forest walks for all abilities and interests (but don't forget to follow the new Outdoor Access Code!).

Gardens - fine and special gardens to explore, including National Trust collections.

Fishing - loch and river fishing is available BY PERMIT ONLY from Loch Awe in the north all the way down to the southern tip of KintyreOban and Lorn Angling Club are very helpful and have a useful website giving further details of fishing in the area.

Golf - there are eight different golf courses to the north and nine to the south.

Sailing - for RYA dinghy sailing courses, boat hire and canoes, Craobh Haven Watersports is right in the village, just a few minutes walk away. Great for getting the kids (or partner!) out of the way for a few hours!

Boat Trips - Local trips aboard Farsain from Craobh Haven, and Sea Leopard from Ardfern both come highly recommended.  Kids and adults alike seem to love the Sea.fari boat trips round the islands - a cross between a wildlife tour and a funfair ride!

Other local activities - A couple of other website which list activities across Argyll and in the nearby Loch Awe area.. 

 

Our Own Recommendations

A wide selection of brochures and information sheets from local attractions is provided in a special information folder in each cottage, for you to browse during your stay.  We also offer our own particular selection of things you really should do, or you can click to view Our Recommendations right now!

 

   

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Craobh Haven Village - click to see larger picture

In and Around the Village of Craobh Haven

The village of Craobh Haven (the first word is pronounced 'croove', after the Gaelic for a small tree or shrub) is a small, relaxed and welcoming community which was established in 1983.

Comprising only about 40 houses, it nestles on the north shore of the Craignish peninsular overlooking a group of small inshore islands which now shelter a yacht marina. The stunning views take in the local islands of Shuna, Seil and Luing, as well as many better known islands from Jura in the South to the highlands of Mull in the North.

Arial view of Craobh Haven Village - click to see larger picture

The village is particularly friendly and welcoming to visitors, having been built specifically to offer a top-quality marina for the MalinWaters area.  You can now enjoy the busy coming and going of yachts visiting the marina every day throughout the year. It is the ideal spot to get you away from your daily routine, where you can relax and enjoy the peace, and where children can play and explore in safety.

 

The blue arrow above shows the location of the cottages just a short stroll from the village.  Click the image to see a bigger version.
 


Picture by Mike Burberry 19 June 2005 - click for full screen version

 

   

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Local Features within and near Craobh Haven

There are so many things to do immediately in and around the village that there is really little need to spend too much time in the car once you've arrived. 

Village Pub - The Lord of the Isles has just been refurbished and has an excellent reputation, not only for creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, but also for introducing high quality restaurant dining and serving tasty bar meals for all the family.

Riding Stables - The BHS-approved Lunga Riding Stables is just behind the village, offering Western riding, trekking and hacking on pedigree Appaloosa horses.

Sailing and Watersports - Craobh Haven Watersports can provide RYA dinghy sailing courses, boat hire and canoes, right in the village, just a few minutes walk away.

Boat Trips - Duncan Phillips' Farsain boat trips among the numerous local islands have been wowing visitors for the past 20 years.
 

Lord of the Isles pub

But if organised activity is not your thing, there is plenty of bird and sealife spotting to be done and lots of easy and spectacular walks and views right from the doorsteps of the cottages.

Craobh Haven is also very close to the village and yachting centre of Ardfern, with

Or, heading north, do call into The Quaich village shop and cafe in Kilmelford for great home cooking and more.

 

   

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Getting There

Click here for large map of the area Craobh Haven is easy to find (click here or on the map to the left to see a detailed map. (Or click here for a Google Map). 

It is south of the well-known town of Oban, about half way between Oban and Lochgilphead. It is just over two hours drive from Glasgow via the A82 and A83, about 17 miles north of Lochgilphead on the A816.

 

For SatNav users, the postcode is PA31 8UA.  We send detailed directions to the cottage on confirmation of booking, but TomTom users can also download the location as a Point of Interest file by clicking here and downloading the zip file.

 

The nearest railway station is in Oban, about 20 miles north, but unfortunately trains from Glasgow are fairly infrequent. Oban is also the main port for Mull and the Islands where you can get ferries to visit Mull, Iona, Colonsay and other islands as day trips or for overnight stays. They also do sightseeing cruises.

 

The bus from Glasgow stops in Lochgilphead before turning south to Campbeltown. A separate service leaves Lochgilphead in the morning calling in to Craobh Haven on its way to Oban and returning in the afternoon.

 

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Craobh Haven Cottages - self catering holiday homes on the west coast of Argyll, Scotland - The Cottages Craobh Haven Cottages - Jura and Islay on the right

Situated less than 100 yards from the sea, Craobh Haven Cottages combine the warmth and comfort of home with wonderful, unspoilt views of the islands and sounds of Argyll, from Jura in the South to Mull in the North.

Jura Cottage interior

Living Area

Traditionally built to ensure local character and charm, both Cottages have exposed timber beams and feature a real fireplace built with local stone, for which coal is provided free of charge. They are fitted and furnished to an award-winning standard throughout, and undergo continual renewal and improvement. The open-plan downstairs has a well-appointed kitchen beside a separate dining area and a spacious, comfortable sitting area with views to the west across the sea. The fireplace can burn coal, logs and peat. Other features of the living area include a remote controlled 23" flat screen digital TV ('Freeview' channels), a DVD player/VHS video recorder and a CD/cassette player with radio (although radio reception in the area is not good, unfortunately).  The cottages have free broadband WiFi and there is also a coin operated telephone for making and receiving calls. There is a selection of DVDs, games and books, and we also maintain a folder of local information and brochures on things to do and places to visit.

Islay Cottage bedroom

Bedrooms

Upstairs each cottage has a double-bedded master bedroom, with a very comfortable 5ft divan and kingsize duvet, a fitted wash-hand basin and full length wardrobe cupboards. The master bedroom has the west-facing sea view. The second bedroom has twin beds and plenty of storage space. Jura's twin room also has a wash basin and its third bedroom has twin full-size bunk beds. All beds except the bunk beds are fitted with electric blankets. The bathrooms in both cottages were recently refitted and have an electric shower installed over the bath, as well as new basins and baths. Bath, basin and WC are all sparkling white.

Bath and hand towels for each guest, duvet covers, sheets and pillowcases are all provided at no extra cost.

A cot is available if requested, but this does not have linen as most guests prefer to bring their own.

   

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Kitchen

Jura KitchenIn the kitchen we provide best quality crockery and cutlery, and lots of pots, pans and cooking utensils. There is even a dishwasher to relieve the drudgery of washing up!  Also in the kitchen are a microwave oven, toaster, kettle, food processor, filter coffee machine and cafetier, large fridge/freezer, automatic washing machine, tumble drier and an electric oven and hob. A highchair can be provided on request.  An 'Arrival Pack' can easily be arranged prior to your arrival if you wish, or you can arrange your own delivery of groceries from The Quaich in Kilmeford.  Please contact us, or the shop directly, about this if it would be of interest.

Cleanliness and Comfort

The cottages are cleaned and cared for every week by the owners, Alison Hampton and Matthew Haggis.  We pride ourselves on making sure that they are spotlessly clean and that everything is well maintained and working.  We believe that only by doing it ourselves can we ensure that the cottages consistently meet our high standards.  Both cottages are heated throughout by thermostatically controlled electric panel heaters. Therefore the open fire is not needed to keep you warm, and is really there to provide the unique comforting glow that only natural embers can. Coal for the fire, and all electricity is provided at no extra cost.

Following very clear guest feedback, in 2009 we decided to introduce a NO SMOKING policy and all smoking within the cottages is prohibited.

View from Craobh Haven Cottages by Pete Fletcher August 2010Guests' Comments

But don't take our word for it - read what previous visitors have had to say by clicking here...

“The extremely high-quality cottage made up for the initial wet weather.  It is obvious that the owners have an eye for detail:  full equipment, splendid views, cosy decoration, up-to-date multi-media facilities, useful books and guides…  In short, we have spent a memorable week at Craobh Haven.”
The Vanhercke family, Belgium 

 

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The View Looking West

This is the view from the sitting room windows, main bedrooms and front door of the cottages.  The picture was taken in November 2013.  Lovely autumn sunshine after a day of showers...

View looking west from the front door/windows of Craobh Haven Cottages

Click on the picture or here to see more of this view through the seasons. 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cottage Details

If you want to know more about either cottage in detail, please click the links below:

Cottage

Floorplan

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Description

Jura Cottage

Jura Plan Living Room
Kitchen/Dining
Main Bedroom
Twin Bedroom
Bunk Bedroom
A full Description of Jura Cottage's rooms and equipment inventory

Islay Cottage

Islay Plan Living Room
Kitchen/Dining
Main Bedroom
Twin Room
View to the West
A full Description of Islay Cottage's rooms and equipment inventory
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cottage Grounds

The cottages have small lawned garden areas to the front, back and side. These are shared between the two cottages and are not fenced or enclosed, so small children and pets should really be supervised at all times. To the front of the cottages the lawn slopes down to a dead-end road that runs between the cottages and the sea. Only occasional cars venture along the road, wondering where it goes, and they tend to do this slowly and carefully (Although, it must be stated, that Craobh Haven Cottages cannot be held responsible in any way for the result of the public using this road, or for the consequences of unsupervised play). The lawn to the side sports a picnic table which is provided for the use of guests in both cottages. To the rear, a lawned bank (and steps) take you up to the gravelled car parking area.

This animated graphic will hopefully give an idea of the grounds described here.

Although Craobh Haven and its environs is private land, the landowners welcome well-behaved visitors who respect the necessary farming and recreational constraints and you should have no difficulty finding interesting walks and secluded coves to explore.

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pets

We welcome well behaved dogs, cats and the occasional exotic beast. By 'well behaved' we mean that we ask you to keep them off the soft furnishings in the cottage (sofas, chairs, beds etc.) and downstairs rather than allow them in the bedrooms. We ask also that you clear up any dog mess deposited on the lawns around the cottages. Although it is quite easy to find areas where dogs can be walked off their leads, we would, of course, expect them to be kept under control at all times and on leads around children and farm animals.

There is a charge of £10 per dog per week and a few specific Conditions of Booking which apply to guests who bring pets.  Housetrained cats, birds (kept in their cages), hamsters, fish, newts and most other animals smaller than a turkey are free of charge but still subject to the terms of let.

An additional charge may be made for any excessive cleaning or damage repair necessary following your stay.

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Telecommunications & Computers


 

Each Cottage has a coin operated telephone, and guests are provided with the number for incoming calls on confirmation of booking. If communications are important to you on your holiday, please contact us for advice.

Mobile Phones

The coverage for mobile phones is not good in Argyll and you may not be able to rely on your mobile phone working in the Cottage. Of the UK networks, Vodafone and O2 are probably strongest in the cottage, and Orange is, curiously, available on the shoreline outside the cottage, but not inside!

Laptops, Email, WiFi and the Internet

We do not provide computers in the cottages so that it is easy to 'get away from it all'.  However, we have installed a broadband WiFi internet connection for anyone who wishes to bring their laptop with them. 

The broadband service in Craobh is still a bit flaky, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee a continuous connection and we cannot be held liable for any consequences from a lack of wifi or broadband connection.  Also, it is the guest's responsibility to ensure that they have appropriate hardware and software to connect to our standard BT Homehub router.

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting There

 

Click here for large map of the area Craobh Haven is easy to find (click here or on the map to the left to see a detailed map. (Or click here for a Google Map). 

It is south of the well-known town of Oban, about half way between Oban and Lochgilphead. It is just over two hours drive from Glasgow via the A82 and A83, about 17 miles north of Lochgilphead on the A816.

 

For SatNav users, the postcode is PA31 8UA.  We send detailed directions to the cottage on confirmation of booking, but TomTom users can also download the location as a Point of Interest file by clicking here and downloading the zip file.

 

The nearest railway station is in Oban, about 20 miles north, but unfortunately trains from Glasgow are fairly infrequent. Oban is also the main port for Mull and the Islands where you can get ferries to visit Mull, Iona, Colonsay and other islands as day trips or for overnight stays. They also do sightseeing cruises.

 

The bus from Glasgow stops in Lochgilphead before turning south to Campbeltown. A separate service leaves Lochgilphead in the morning calling in to Craobh Haven on its way to Oban and returning in the afternoon.

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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Matthew Haggis, Craobh Haven Cottages

Do get in touch - we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

You can Check Availability using a special online form.

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Or why not simply email us if you want to know anything at all about the cottages or the area.  Email using the address: 2013@NOSPAMcraobhcottages.co.uk (please remove the word NOSPAM before sending - this helps prevent junk email.)

Or, of course, you can write, phone or fax...

Craobh Haven Cottages
53 Lockharton Avenue
Edinburgh EH14 1BB
Scotland

Telephone: 0131 443 2079
(Answerphone in use when we are not at home)

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  Craobh Haven Cottages Self Catering and other Links

There are many links to other websites throughout these pages, especially in the Local Area section (click on words highlighted with blue underline or equivalent).  Here we have collected some further links which may help with planning your holiday in Scotland.

If we can't help with your self catering accommodation, or if you are looking for alternative places, perhaps to spend a second week or short break, try these:

Visit the Embrace Scotland website EmbraceScotland, www.embracescotland.co.uk, the website of the Association of Scotland's Self Caterers, the only trade association working exclusively for the self catering sector.

   logoArgyll Area Tourist BoardThe official VisitScotland website for Argyll and a lot more. Things to do, places to see etc.
 

Craobh Haven Cottages Recommended Partners

Links to other self-catering properties across Scotland who we recommend as known personally to us or as Members of the ASSC.
 

This is the official Scottish tourism website, which has a big collection of self catering and other accommodation and visitor information.  BEWARE their tendency to make it look like you can only book using their online or telephone service - all operators can be contacted directly, and their phone numbers, website links, email and postal addresses are all there if you keep clicking!

   

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