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Beach House at Carrick Castle

Endrick, Carrick Castle, Lochgoilhead, Cairndow PA24 8AF, UK
Mid season price£850/Per Week

Description

About the property

A spacious holiday home perfect for family or friends in a get-away-from-it-all location overlooking Loch Goil in the Loch Lomond National Park. Piano player in your party? The baby grand in the lounge is a nice touch.

Welcome to Carrick Castle

Thank you to the Carrick Estate for allowing us to share this video giving you a taste of the wonderful setting of Carrick Castle. When you are planning your big event have a look at The Lodge at Carrick Estate. (Opens in a new tab)

Beach House

This characterful, 2 story villa offers a good standard of accommodation and facilities while still retaining many of the original Victorian features.

Just yards from your front door you are on the shores of this scenic, tidal sea loch. Perfect for fishing, exploring the waters between the rocks with nets and strolling along the quiet loch side road. With views north towards Lochgoilhead, south to the entrance from Loch Long and mountains all around, this is a scenic and peaceful place to stay.

Ground floor

Entry from the roomy, off-road parking area to the rear of the house with space for 3 or 4 cars, is via the back door, leading into a porch area. Carry on into the house to the spacious hallway where you will find a WC cloakroom and a broad, dramatic staircase. The drawing room is at the front of the house with a magnificent bay window giving you a full sweep of the ever changing panorama. This is the place to relax and socialise – with a baby grand piano, you can even enjoy live music if anyone in the party plays!

At the rear of the ground floor is a TV/games room with a 32″ TV, DVD, iPod docking station as well as a selection of board games, plus mountain and loch views for added distraction. There is a single bed in the room to sleep a 9th guest. Please be aware that if you are a larger party the TV room has limited seating. It is ideal for some of your party to have a quiet room to watch TV. There is no TV in the main lounge.

Across the hall is a separate dining room with a table for up to 8 guests, who can also feast their eyes on the view of the loch and the 14th century castle through another huge window.

The modern kitchen is behind the dining room and is fitted with all the appliances, crockery and utensils you will need for a self-catering holiday – it also has views across fields to the farmstead behind and up onto the mountainside rising beyond to distract you from the washing up!

First floor

Large landing and four spacious bedrooms to sleep 8 (9th guest is in the ground floor TV room)

  • Bedroom 1: 4-poster bed, loch view, en-suite shower and WC.
  • Bedroom 2: double bed, loch view, en-suite bath with shower over bath and WC.
  • Bedroom 3: sleigh style double bed plus single bed, mountain and loch views.
  • Bedroom 4: twin bedroom
  • Family bathroom with shower over the bath and WC.

Facilities

  • WiFi
  • Central heating throughout
  • Freesat TV, Hi-Fi and Docking Station
  • Fridge, freezer, microwave, 4 hob cooker, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer & BBQ
  • Linen included – beds made up for your arrival
  • Piano in the lounge – tuned in early 2017
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Towels not included – optional towel pack available – £25
  • Cot and highchair available
  • No smoking property
  • Off road hard standing to park 3-4 cars
  • Games & books
  • Starter pack of liquid soaps in all toilets plus toilet paper, 2 black bags, 1 bottle of surface cleaner, scourer, cleaning cloths

Pet

One well behaved dog is welcome. Please be aware that your dog is not allowed upstairs in the house. £30 per stay.

Outside space

Beach House has a raised patio area at the front of the house with a viewing bench and steps down to a lower lawn, which finishes just yards from the bank across the lane with further steps down to the high tide mark. There is a grassy area to the rear beyond the parking area, with extensive open views to the surrounding mountains, in the middle of which the house nestles as if in a bowl of green and purple peaks.

Straight out of the front door, there are low level coastal walks along the side of the loch round to the next villages in each direction; mid level forest walks across the face of the mountains; and high level peak walks over the tops – not for the unprepared or the inexperienced at this level though.

And bring your binoculars! Depending on the time of year the gannets put on a marvelous display diving for fish, and you can look out for seals, which are common. The oyster catchers are great fun running frantically around on the foreshore, stopping to thrust their long, bright red beaks into the ground; the hooded crows are fascinating as they fly up with shellfish and drop them onto the road and the rocks to break them open; deer are regular visitors to the shoreline in search of seaweed; and a rare red squirrel has recently been seen scampering along a bridge parapet barely 50 yards from the house.

Porpoises are also regular visitors to the bay and in the last two years there have even been sightings of what are believed to have been minke whale. No matter what, you’re in a perfect spot to look out for all of them with easy access to the shoreline, the woods and the mountains.

We have to admit that the beach is not golden, tropical sand but primarily pebble and shingle, although there are sizeable areas of sand exposed as the tide retreats. However, the nooks and crannies among the rocks and the clarity of the water make for fascinating exploration territory as you paddle along the waterline, following the tide out and back – getting the kids back in for meals can be hard work!

There is a collection of ‘House Wellies’ in a variety of sizes in the back porch to facilitate such adventures, even for those who only brought sandals – the water can be chilly on the toes and nobody comes to Scotland with a plan to lounge around working on their tan now, do they!

Who will enjoy staying at Beach House?

This spacious and well-appointed house will be ideal for larger families or groups of friends looking for good facilities within the property in a get-away-from-it-all location. Carrick Castle is at the end of a 5-mile single track road from Lochgoilhead, which is 5 miles down a single track road from the high point in the pass through the Arrochar Alps known as Rest And Be Thankful. Having made the effort to get here, Carrick Beach House is the ideal base for enjoying time together as well as getting out on foot and exploring what the area has to offer. This is a place for people looking to enjoy a family holiday, a get-away-from-it-all break or perhaps a special birthday or anniversary.

You can be as relaxed or as energetic as you wish; you can choose the pace of life that you want to live for a truly magical break in a world that really does seem to be somewhere else entirely, in the house on the beach at the end of the road.

Good housekeeping deposit – £100

We require a GHD from you representing your agreement to leave the property as found. The owner may claim for any loss or damage, extra cleaning costs, smoking in property or undeclared over-occupancy. You pay this by a pre-authorised debit or credit card the day before arrival. The pre-authorisation is released within 3 days of departure, unless there is a claim.

Location and What is in the area

What is nearby

The Loch Goil area has possibly the best range of Activity Options of any small community in the west of Scotland. Go seal spotting or fishing on a boat from Loch Goil Cruisers, head off one a number of marked Walking Trails, enjoy a round of golf at Drimsynie. Be sure to check out the leisure centre with it’s choice of indoor and outdoor activities. For Entertainment The Goil Inn has live music every Friday night. The nearby holiday park also has regular entertainment, including fun-times for the youngsters. Eating Out options in the village and at the holiday park.

When you are ready to head out the glen, we are pleased to share some of our favourite Scenic Drive options to help you discover what is best in our area. Note: Links open in a new window

In the area – Restaurants, Activities & Shops

  • The Goil Inn – 5 miles
  • Rob Roy Lounge – at Drimsynie – 4 miles
  • Loch Fyne Oysters – sea food – 16 miles
  • Leisure Centre – Swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, indoor play area. Open to the public on a pay-as-you-go-basis – 4 miles
  • Loch Goil Cruisers – boat hire – 3 miles
  • Grocery store and Post Office – 5 miles
  • Costcutter mini-market 5 miles
  • ASDA home deliver to this property

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Additional Details

Finding the holiday home: It’s easy – we send you a map and directions.

Entry: By a key safe code. You are not met any anyone – you let yourself in.

Arrival & departure: From 4pm until 10am.

How to book: £100 deposit – Balance due 42 days before arrival

What the guests say

Amazing house, peaceful place The house is absolutely amazing. We loved it, kids as well. It is so quite, nice and peaceful place. Beach within reach, so many walks around. We tried fishing from the rocks as well. We visited Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens- beautiful place, family friendly, kids had fun with the Gruffalo Trail there. So many beautiful woodland walks around with waterfalls and amazing nature. The house is also dog friendly, which was important for us. We really enjoyed our stay.
Guest review from TripAdvisor - Apr 2017