Accommodation for five at Ard Daraich with full use of the garden.
The original 1909 croft cottage was extended in 1929. The larger, more formal rooms are now available as a self catering option. Built loosely in the Rennie MacIntosh style as a gentrification of the original Edwardian cottage, these rooms still have many of the 1930s features including original fireplaces and Crittall aluminium windows. Ard Daraich Garden House offers stylish, upmarket accommodation for five.
The house is painted in soft colours and decorated with family portraits and antique furniture. Some rooms are lined in painted wood, a highland tradition, and the bath is free standing. Visitors comment on the friendly unspoilt atmosphere.
There is a large drawing room with hearth and wood burner, two sofas, antique furniture, family portraits and a television. Opposite is a kitchen and dining room.
Up stairs, through shelves full of books, are two large bedrooms, both king size, one with huge Tudor four poster bed from Kenilworth Castle (given to Norrie’s mother as a twenty first birthday present) the other, the Italian room, with a king sized bed and extra single if needed.
The owners live in the original cottage through the wall, next door.
Were you brought up cooking from the fat pink book that sat on both of our mothers kitchen shelves? If you too were taught to cook from the cookery bible of the 50’s and 60’s you will remember the name of Constance Spry. She, who designed the flowers for the Queens Coronation and invented that ubiquitous dish, Coronation Chicken!
Ard Daraich was the house and home of Constance Spry and was bought by Norrie’s parents, David and Edith Maclaren in 1969.
We have locally sourced meat of various sorts in our freezer, venison, beef and lamb, all from a local farm. Please ask if you are interested.
Herbs are almost always available in the poly-tunnel.
A fish van visits the house on Wednesday at about 9.45am.
The nearest big shop is in Fort William and it is best for you arrive with provisions with you.
Arrival is from 3.30pm.
Departure is by 10.30am.
The Ferry runs every half an hour and so the waiting time is short.
From the other side, the sailings are quarter to and quarter past the hour and the crossing is five minutes.
The last ferry is at 21.30 but we strongly recommended catching the 21.10.
For dog owners, we ask that you stick to a few house rules.
No sitting on the furniture, sofas and bed.
Not left unattended at any time
Active pooper scooping in the Studio Garden and kept on leads at all times in the vicinity of the main house and garden as we have four cats and free range hens who often sit on your doorstep!
Anna & Norrie Maclaren, Owners
Artist and Gardener, Anna Raven and her husband Norrie Maclaren have lived at Ard Daraich for over 15 years. Norrie took over the Hill Garden and Shrub Nursery in 1999 from his parents who bought Ard Daraich in 1969. Once the holiday home of Constance Spry, The Maclarens, both father and sons, developed a garden that is now of special interest. On her arrival, Anna converted the potting shed into a self catering cottage within the garden making it an ideal retreat for garden lovers. The main house offers a self-catering option for 5 and Anna paints in her Studio whilst Norrie had a career in photography, film and television. The house is full of art and personal memorabilia and The Maclarens welcome everyone as friends. In the spirit of Highland hospitality!