Tigh Ban Lek
Arduaine, Nr Oban, Argyll
Tigh Ban Lek is a traditionally built stone and wood cottage and is set in an area of dramatic natural scenic beauty. The house enjoys a hillside location from where there are spectacular views south and west to Craobh Haven, Shuna, Luing, Scarba and Jura. On a clear day Islay can also be seen.
There is a wealth of activities all within a short distance from the cottage. Argyll is one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland offering everything from beaches, lochs, history, walking and stunning scenery. The cottage is furnished in a modern and comfortable style providing spacious accommodation for up to 6 people. Everything is provided at Tigh Ban Lek for you to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a wonderful location.
The choice of walks from the area are numerous. A steep climb of less than 15 minutes from the back door (depending upon how fit you are!) brings you to a stunning view. A little further afield, there is a network of forestry walks of varying distances and, for the less energetic, a gentle stroll along the towpath of the Crinan Canal.
Craobh Haven is a short distance by car from the cottage and is a popular purpose built holiday and sailing village. The village overlooks a group of small inshore islands which now shelter a fine yacht marina. The village has an excellent pub serving good quality food; horse riding and water sports are also available near to the village. Approx half a mile north from Tigh Ban Lek is the Loch Melfort Hotel, lying at the entrance to the famous Arduaine Gardens. The hotel has an excellent bistro, bar and formal restaurant so there is a good choice of places to eat if you want a break from cooking on your self-catering holiday!
A choice of local boat trips are offered leaving from nearby Craobh Haven, Crinan and Easdale. These allow you to take in closer views of the islands and the famous Gulf of Corryvreckan (the third largest whirlpool in the world). For those wishing to travel further afield then Oban is the Gateway to the Isles with ferry services to many Inner Hebrides locations.
The garden of the cottage attracts wildlife and many guests have seen red squirrels and deer. A lot of birds visit the bird feeder on the balcony and we have bird books available for those interested in distinguishing the different visitor types.
- Sleeps - 4 -6
- Bedrooms - 2 (1 double, 1 twin (or kingsize), 1 double sofa bed)
- Bathrooms - 3, 2 are en-suite
- Jacuzzi bath
- Washing machine
- TV with Sky FreeSat connection and DVD
- Stereo with mp3/ipod player connectivity
- WiFi - included in the rental price
- Gas powered stove in living room
- High chair and travel cot (not cot linen)
- Garden with table and chairs, garden bench and gas barbeque (available May to Sept)
- Turning, car parking and standing area for around 4 cars
- No pets
- Craobh Haven 2 miles, Ardfern 4 miles, Kilmelford 4 miles
- Lochgilphead 18 miles, Oban 19 miles
- Glasgow Airport - 97 miles
- Oban station - 19 miles
- Loch Melfort Hotel - 0.5 miles, pub in Craobh Haven - 2 miles
- Golf courses: 18 hole at Oban, 9 hole at Lochgilphead
- Farsain Loch Cruises (Craobh Haven) - 2 miles
- Horse Riding (Lunga)- 2.5 miles
- Ardfern Cycle Hire (Ardfern) - 4 miles
- Craignish Cruises (Ardfern) - 4 miles
- Swimming pool in Oban
- Diving available year round through the Puffin Centre in Oban
- Oban - ferries to the Isles
Tigh Ban Lek is an imaginatively conceived and individually designed purpose-built house in distinctive Swiss Chalet style, having been built from stone and substantial natural timbers. The design award
winning house was built in the late 1990s and has been carefully incorporated into the hillside and oriented entirely to maximise on the island views and seascapes extending over 30 miles to the south and west. This is an extremely comfortable, spacious and sophisticated holiday home.
Accommodation is laid out over two floors: an entrance vestibule leads to the reception hall and onto ground floor accommodation of two bedrooms. The ground floor also has an under stairs storage cupboard and WC/utility room. The master bedroom features an ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi tub and two shower heads over the bath utilising power showers. The second bedroom features an ensuite shower room with a large shower cubicle and a power shower. This room has twin beds that can easily be made into a zip-link King size bed. Both bedrooms have French doors out to the garden and take in the stunning views. Both en-suite bathrooms have heated tiled floors.
The spacious and bright open plan first floor consists of a neatly fitted and well equipped galley style kitchen, dining room and sitting room with French doors to the large balcony. The furniture comprises a three seater sofa, which can be converted into a full double sofa bed, a two seater sofa and two easy chairs. There is a gas fire in the corner of the living room, a TV with Sky freesat, integrated DVD player and stereo system with MP3 and ipod connection. A selection of books, DVDs, audio cds and games are supplied. Wifi is available and the oak dining table allows for six spacious settings. The kitchen has a good range of quality cookware, basic supplies and is well stocked for children.
The gardens are laid out over a number of levels with gently sloping gradients. They feature productive fruit trees, ornamental trees, numerous shrubs and border plants and extensive bulb plantings. Turning, car parking and standing area for around 4 cars are to the side of the house.
Tigh Ban Lek is located just off the A816 road halfway between Oban and Lochgilphead on the west coast of Scotland. The cottage is approximately 200m up a private road and is signposted on the fence at the road end. The sign of 'Traighuaine' for the area is the most visible from the road.
From the south: Take the M8 through Glasgow and leave at Junction 30 to cross the Erskine Bridge and join the A82 North to Tarbet (40miles). At Tarbet take the A83 to Lochgiplhead (48 miles). At Lochgilphead take the A816 north for 17.5 miles. You will pass "Craobh Haven" road end on your left at 16.5 miles. Tigh Ban Lek road end is a further 1 mile beyond this on the A816 and is sign posted on the fence at the road end on your right. The sign of 'Traighuaine' for the area is the most visible from the road. The cottage is approximately 200m up the road and on your right.
From the north: If travelling from the north head for Oban (Gateway to the Isles) on the coast. From Oban travel south on the A816 road going through Kilmelford at 15 miles and Arduaine at 18.5 miles. Tigh Ban Lek road end is a further 1/2 mile south from Arduaine and is signposted on your left on the fence at the road end. The sign of 'Traighuaine' for the area is the most visible from the road. The cottage is approximately 200m up the road and on your right.
Heating, gas and electricity are included in the rental price.
Bed linen and towels are included.
Wifi is available.
Cost and availability:
Tigh Ban Lek is rented out throughout the year.
Change over day is Saturday with 3pm entry, 10am departure.
Short breaks available outside peak times.
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Tigh Ban Lek, Arduaine, Oban PA34 4XQ Scotland