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Bonawe House Holiday Cottages

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About Bonawe House Holiday Cottages

With a mountain (Ben Cruachan) on one side and a loch (Loch Etive) on the other, locations don’t come much better than this. Bonawe House Estate offers 2 apartments and 6 child friendly holiday cottages set in beautiful and secluded grounds, surrounded by mature beech trees and gardens and with views over the placid Loch. It is only half an hour away from Oban in the village of Taynuilt and offers fantastic family accommodation surrounded by breathtaking scenery..

Reviewed by Gary

Just to the east of Oban lies Bonawe House, a beautiful Scottish country house dating from the 18th century which houses 2 elegant self-contained apartments with cottages beyond.

Accommodation

In the main house The Edwardian Wing  sleeps 4 and Etive View on the top floor of the house sleeps 6. Both are furnished in period style with spectacular views down Loch Etive to the mountains beyond. Behind the main house in the courtyard there are 6 holiday cottages sleeping between 2 and 6 people. Beautifully furnished, their kitchens have the usual selection of equipment including a dishwasher, microwave, fridge (with ice box) etc. There's freeview flat screen TV with DVD player and all have a bath and shower. There are no washing machines in the cottages but you do have access to a communal machine in the main house for a small charge. There's a cosy living flame fire in each lounge and the owners have provided a selection of games, books and DVD's in the communal access reception area in the main house which kids can plunder. All the favourites are there. Bed linen (excluding cot linen) is included but towels are not. Stair gates, high chairs and cots are also included if required.

Provisions

As it is self catering you'll need supplies. The local shop in Taynuilt is a five minute walk away and has a good supply of foods, a lot of which are locally sourced. They will even deliver an order to the house for your arrival if you wish (arranged through the owners).  Oban is about 20 minutes away by car and has all the major shops and supermarkets you'd expect including a full range of eating out options if you don't fancy cooking. 

Out and About

All the accommodation has direct access onto the large garden behind which kids will just love. There's a living climbing frame in the form of a stripped back bush, rope swings and a few almost finished dens that are sure to keep kids occupied for hours when not out and about. The setting of the house and cottages is just beautiful - plenty of room to walk or run around in the gorgeous, mature gardens overlooking the loch (where you can take a cruise out to search for seals and eagles)! Bikes can be hired locally if you don't want to bring your own and for lots of healthy outdoor fun there are the fabulous beaches at Oban, Ganavan and Tralee only a short distance away. Take a look at their website from the link top right for an extensive list of activities and places to visit in the area.

Summary

This is a gorgeous location with excellent standards and facilities and comes recommended by Away with the Kids. As well as the immediate surroundings there's so much to do and see in and around Oban that Bonawe House makes an ideal base. Dates are usually snapped up pretty quick, especially around the school holidays, so if you are looking to book make sure you do it in plenty of time.

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