A home from home…
The Garden Apartment (created from the formal rooms of Ard Daraich) has its own separate gate and path through the garden leading to the front door. Once inside, the glazing on the door offers views of the planting in the garden beyond which is especially colourful in the spring and autumn.
The Apartment is painted with soft colours and decorated with much-loved paintings and family furniture. Some rooms are lined in painted wood, a Highland tradition, and the freestanding bath upstairs is original.
From the hallway, enter the spacious drawing room with its windows that flood the room with light on sunny days and offer views out onto the camellia hedge at the front and rich herbaceous borders to the side. The focal point of the room is a large hearth of Caithness stone and wood burner, which is surrounded by comfortable seating and antique furniture giving the room a cosy, homely feel. There is a 32″ television.
Across the corridor is the kitchen/dining room. The kitchen is modern and beautifully appointed with everything you will need for your stay. There is an oval gate-legged dining table and chairs. To the rear of the kitchen is a small cloakroom with WC, handbasin and shower.
The stairs rise to the first-floor landing, passing shelves of books set into the wall. There are two large bedrooms and a bathroom under the eaves.
The Tudor room has a huge Tudor four-poster bed, made from solid oak and hand carved. The bed came from Kenilworth castle and was given to Norrie’s mother as a twenty-first birthday present. The views out of the window, across the fields towards Ben Nevis are spectacular.
The Italian room has a king size Norwegian bed, Italian furnishings and a beautiful painting of Umbrian landscape above the original fireplace. The windows offer stunning views of the garden.
The bathroom has wood-lined walls and the original freestanding bath, the perfect length for relaxing and looking at the garden in peace.
Outside there is a small terrace area overlooking the garden. Paths climb up the rocky hillside behind the house and there are more benches and a viewpoint from which you can look out across Loch Linnhe down towards the Isle of Lismore and beyond to the hills of Morvern and the Isle of Mull.