Ard Daraich was once the holiday home of Constance Spry and is situated in Ardgour, opposite Glencoe on the shores of Loch Linnhe and within easy reach of Fort William and the Nevis range. It is now run as a self catering holiday home with seperate Garden Studio and hill garden. Ard Daraich is the perfect place from which to explore the Ardnamurchan peninsula as well as the Nevis Range, Glencoe, the Isle of Mull and on to Iona, or as a stepping stone to the Isle of Skye and beyond.
A warm welcome with local produce available to all those keen to move off the beaten track and enjoy a gentler pace of life.
The Garden Studio
With distant views of Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain), sited opposite Glencoe, on the shores of Loch Linnhe and at the entrance to Glen Gour - Ard Daraich is well placed to enjoy all that is good about the Ardnamurchan peninsular and this little known part of the West Highlands.
Ard Daraich Garden Studio is a self-catering romantic cottage for two. Set within the eight -acre garden, started by Constance Spry and now a large and well-known collection of Rhododendrons, the Studio offers accommodation within easy reach of several ‘Corbetts’ and only a short walk from a sandy beach.
The living space is open plan with fitted kitchen and integrated appliances at one end and wood burning stove with two sofas at the other. French doors open onto a small self-contained garden and terrace looking towards the River Gour and on to Ben Nevis. Upstairs is open-plan with king-size bed and ensuite bathroom and more spectacular views.
The Garden House
The Highlands of Scotland are famous for hospitality. Ard Daraich is no exception and as an old-fashioned highland home, we welcome our guests as friends. The house is painted in soft colours and decorated with family portraits and furniture. Some rooms are lined in painted wood, a highland tradition, and the bath is free standing. Visitors comment on the friendly unspoilt atmosphere and with our local knowledge, we hope to help you find enjoyable things to do and see.
Were you brought up cooking from the fat pink book that sat on both of our mothers kitchen shelves? If you too were taught to cook from the cookery bible of the 50’s and 60’s you will remember the name of Constance Spry. She, who designed the flowers at the Queens Coronation and invented that ubiquitous dish, Coronation Chicken!
Ard Daraich was the house and home of Constance Spry and was bought by Norries parents, David and Edith Maclaren in 1969.
As the latest development at Ard Daraich, we are now offering self-catering in the main house with full use of the garden.
The original 1909 croft cottage was extended in 1929. The larger, more formal rooms are now offered as our second self catering option. Built loosely in the Rennie MacIntosh style as a gentrification of the original Edwardian cottage, these rooms still have many of the 1930s features including original fireplaces and Crittall windows. Ard Daraich Garden House now offers stylish, upmarket, comfortable accommodation for four.
With a separate gate and path leading through the garden, the glazed front door gives lovely views of the planting beyond which is especially colourful in the Spring and Autumn. There is a large drawing room on the right with hearth and wood burner, comfortable seating, antique furniture family portraits and a television. To the left is a kitchen and dining room. Up stairs, through selves full of books, are two large bedrooms, both king size, one with huge Tudor four poster bed from Kenilworth Castle (given to Norrie’s mother as a twenty first birthday present) the other, the Italian room, decorated with a fine painting of Umbrian landscape, Italian furnishings and stunning views of the garden. The bathroom has wood lined walls and the original free standing bath, the perfect length for relaxing and looking at the garden in peace.