Lochranza, Isle of Arran
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Arran is often referred to as "Scotland in Miniature" and once there you will see why. Mountains, beaches, golf, sand, sea, walks, wildlife, everything to make up a fabulous family holiday. The island has 9 golf courses, countless walks and Goat Fell to climb, Brodick Castle and gardens, cycling, riding, quad biking, the list is endless.
Catacol Farmhouse is set in a quiet bay at the northern end of the island, one mile from Lochranza where a ferry makes regular crossings to Clonaig (summer) and Tarbet (winter) for trips to the mainland. The Catacol Hotel pub is a three minute walk away as is the beach at the end of the drive, littered with mussels for eating and a treasure trove for children with buckets! For those who have a boat to bring, a mooring can be provided for the duration of your stay (by special request). Set in 9 acres of woods and fields, with views across the Sound of Kilbrannan to Kintyre, Catacol is a wonderful and restful place to relax, or to be energetic depending on your preference.
Nestled below the hills in Catacol Bay, Catacol Farmhouse enjoys stunning scenery and walks directly available from the house. There is a burn winding across the fields to the sea and the beach has glorious water for adults and children alike. Arran itself offers plenty of interest for all ages: The Arran cheese shop, Arran Aromatics, Lochranza Distillery, Creelers for fish, pubs, potteries, Goat Fell, art galleries, fishing shops, and don't forget the golf!
The house is warm and welcoming and filled with games, playing cards and puzzles for your use. Well behaved dogs are welcome as far as the kitchen, where they can lie by the aga after a long walk. There is table tennis and darts in the garage, and the owners' children make a cricket strip each summer for hours of fun right in front of the house. With wildlife in abundance and the sea on your doorstep, Catacol is a wonderful and comfortable place to spend time with your family, away from home.
- Sleeps - 12-14 guests
- Bedrooms - 6 (4 twin, 1 super king double, 1 family with 4 beds - Bothy for a cook available on special request, or with two extra beds)
- Bathrooms - 3 (three bathrooms plus a separate shower room and loo - one of those bathrooms is en-suite)
- Washing machine and tumble drier
- 2 dishwashers
- Aga and microwave
- TV (Freeview), DVD, stereo and iPod dock
- WiFi - free within limits
- Open log burning fire
- Large boot room and laundry room
- Cot available and booster seat
- Table tennis table, dart board
- Garden furniture and barbeque
- Pets welcome, but there is livestock on the property so must be kept under control at all times
- Weekend/short breaks on request (not in peak season)
- Brodick - 14 miles
- Prestwick airport - 20-30 mins from Ardrossan; Glasgow airport - 40 mins from Ardrossan
- Ardrossan station - mainland
- Nearest pub/restaurant - bottom of drive; restaurant and pubs in Lochranza
- Golf - nearest golf 1 mile at Lochranza
8 further courses on the island including the famous 12 hole course at Shiskine.
- Close to the beach
- Pony trekking
- Quad biking
- Brodick Castle and gardens
- Lochranza Distillery
Catacol Farmhouse is a completely renovated house within spitting distance of the sea, with views to Kintyre and just 25 minutes drive from Brodick, the main town on Arran. Set on two floors, there are 4 twin bedrooms on the ground floor with two bathrooms and 1 shower room, and at one end of the house, there is another bedroom upstairs, having 4 beds in, mostly used as a dormitory for children. Next to this is a TV/sitting room with a DVD player and Freeview TV. At the other end of the house is the master bedroom, with large double bed, ensuite bathroom, and small lobby (ideal for a baby).
There is a large, open plan kitchen where all can congregate for family meals. The kitchen has an Aga, two dishwashers, a conventional cooker, iPod docking station comfy armchairs and French doors which overlook the sea. Here too is a large boot room and laundry room with a washing machine and tumble dryer and plenty of space for hanging jackets, drying dogs, wet wellies etc.
The large family sitting room has an open fire and a full basket of logs is provided for guests' use. With comfortable sofas, plenty of games and books, this is the hub of the house after a day at the beach or a long walk up the glen. The overall feeling is of a relaxing, welcoming family home, which is exactly what it is.
On arrival at Brodick, turn right as you leave the ferry terminal and drive through Brodick, north towards Lochranza. Follow the coastal road out of Brodick and towards Lochranza, with the sea on your right, for 14 miles, until Lochranza. Once at Lochranza, you will pass Lochranza Castle and the small ferry terminal, carry on for 1 mile until you reach Catacol. Go past the 12 Apostles on your left, and the driveway to Catacol Farmhouse is the last on your left. This is a 25 minute journey from Brodick.
Heating is included along with 1 large basket of wood and kindling for the fire.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
Mooring on request.
Bothy for cook on request.
Cost and availability:
Catacol Farmhouse is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Saturday. Check out by 10am, check in after 4pm..
Short breaks available on request (not in peak season).
This is a non smoking house.
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Catacol Farmhouse, Catacol, Lochranza, Isle of Arran KA27 8HN Scotland