The house

 

The cottage has two floors with fantastic views from all windows. Internal walls and ceilings are mostly dry-lined with match-board timber. All rooms are comfortable and friendly. You might want to boost heat in cooler seasons using the convector heaters.

the kitchen at Liddesdale cottage

Kitchen, scullery and utility area

This is the old-fashioned ‘house place’, where guests cook, eat, relax on armchairs or a sofa and play table games - many supplied. The rayburn and a baby belling offer flexible cooking arrangements and warmth. There’s an overhead ‘clothes horse’ for drying swimming togs and washing on damp days. The telephone comes with an honesty box. (Reception for Vodafone mobiles is good; for other networks it’s a short walk up the road to get a signal.) The scullery bristles with pots, pans, plates and kitchen equipment and a stoneware washing up sink. An adjoining box-room has washing machine, boiler and cleaning materials.

Pantry

The pantry is spacious with big shelves for provisions, also a fridge-freezer and a microwave. You might find some basic dry goods which you can top up if you use. Bring your own favourite wines, coffee, tea and perhaps some meat and poultry. Nearby Strontian is good for most basics.

the sitting-room at Liddesdale cottage has a large, cozy fire

Sitting room

Wall-to-wall new carpet and rug, a sofa-divan, armchairs, reading lamps and a writing desk. Great views of the loch and Ardnamurchan. You may have to scout for wood for the fire, or buy in sacks from nearby Strontian. If two families are staying with children, one couple tends to sleep on the pull-out sofa.

the master bedroom

Master bedroom

Spacious with good views to the west over the loch and to the south up to the Morvern hills. Double bed, a single bed, plenty of room for a cot; chests-of-drawers for clothes and windows facing west and south. In cooler parts of the season the room benefits from rising heat from the kitchen below.

the ‘Dormitory’ bedroom

‘Dormitory’ bedroom

Four new single beds with side tables and lamps and two chests-of-drawers for clothes. Lovely views over loch and hills from two windows.

Liddesdale holiday cottage

Outside

The house sits in about four acres of ground. In front there is an area of grass and beyond this a large compound of marsh grass surrounded by an ancient wall. This is the ‘parc’. To the left of this, over a little bridge, you pass beside a bed of irises to approach the big stone barn. There’s a second entrance to the road here, where we keep cars. Beyond the barn is Liddesdale Burn which brings plenty of water down from the hills. You can often hear the spate a hundred or more yards from the house.

Below the house the grass takes you to the water’s edge and a magnificent ruin. High tides bring the sea right up to the ruin, once a customs house which serviced lead-mining activities at Liddesdale in the 18th century. Low tide exposes about four more acres of the bay, great for crab and shell hunting. Rough land extends to the east side of the house and along the loch. There’s a distinctive grassy knoll just after the ruin, perfect for sitting and sipping during the long summer evenings.

Light fades to the west towards midnight in mid-summer. Sometimes sheep and deer come into the grounds to feed. Eagles stay high normally but you can often see them from the house. Wild boar (fenced in against the sheer mountainside further down the road to the Laudale Estate), red deer, seals, oyster catchers, dippers, cormorants, and other sea birds are daily sights. Occasionally, you may see an otter.

Ruins near-by

What you need to bring

The most important items to remember are your linen and towels. You need under-sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases. Bring beach towels too - there are some spectacular white sand beaches a pleasant drive away for outings with a picnic. A cool-box is useful. You might also bring a couple of tea towels. Otherwise midge repellent. Midges are a nuisance from June to end-August but you may enjoy a long hot day without seeing one; sometimes they swarm when it’s damp or mild. Look out for sheep tics too; tweezers are helpful.

Cleaning

We no longer have a local caretaker helping us with the Saturday changes. This is reflected in the weekly rental price. We therefore beg you to clean up after yourselves, leaving the house as you would like to find it. If you do not find it quite up to scratch when you arrive, we apologise. If it is unclean and untidy, please let us know immediately.

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