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Ardtalla Estate Holiday Cottages

Ardtalla Cottages near Port EllenArdtalla Estate Holiday Cottages can be found on the south east corner of the beautiful island of Islay, with views towards the Mull of Kintyre. The four detached cottages have their own unique character and are set in peaceful and scenic locations on the fifteen thousand acre Ardtalla Estate, with over one thousand red and fallow deer at your doorstep, eight miles of deserted coast, filled with sand, seals and sea-birds, Scotland’s finest Celtic Cross dating from 800 A.D. and the largest of only three original Oak forests remaining in Scotland.

Ardtalla Farmhouse - sleeps five. At the end of the road sits Ardtalla Farmhouse in its own enclosed garden, with lovely sea views and access across the fields to a sandy beach (approximately 200 yards). There is a great feeling of tranquility and relaxation here. Gaslights or candles, an open fire – and NO ELECTRICITY.

Ardilistry Cottage sleeps four and has one double bedroom, one twin bedroom, bathroom, open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with open fire and south facing glass panelled sun lounge. Sorry no pets allowed.

Contact Details:
+ 44 (0) 1496 300 045

Pets Welcome: On Request

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I have stayed here at least three times and it is one of the most essential experiences on earth. Having stayed in November and in July, I can say without reservation that it is delightful no matter the season. Truly an adventure and an education, on an island that enchants and haunts with its beauty and unadorned way of life. Yes, after Ardbeg the road is single-track, and you will have to open and close two gates once you reach Ardtalla Estate on the way to the cottage. It's part of the adventure. You pass Kildalton Cross, skirt the edges of the sea, are met by red deer and hares and the odd pheasant or two as well as sheep and cows. (If you fancy lunch, the Ardbeg distillery does have an excellent cafe; check hours first.) Nights at Ardtalla are rich with the experience of an almost-lost way of life—coal fire in the sitting-room, candles up to bed—while days are just as rich with the many paths along the seashore or across the fields. Try to find Flora McNiven's grave, overlooking the sea. Drive back through Port Ellen and visit other sites. Have lunch at The Drome Cafe at the airport, or travel all the way down to Portnahaven and have lunch at An Tigh Seinnse.... I can't wait to go back.
Comment by Honore Date: 01-05-2009

If you are looking for a peaceful, secluded experience in a beautiful setting then Ardtalla is heaven. No electricity, untreated peat-water, and no people (other than the farmer in the morning, and the odd intrpid walker). Lots of rabbits, deer, seals (and sheep!). In many respects we felt it was like 5* camping, rather than a 2* cottage. It's a LONG way from Port Ellen, on a road which you have to go slowly on and can take it's toll on regular suspensions - it takes close to 30 min driving - so if you do want to spend time in the fleshpots of "the big city" then it can be a long way home. It's even further from the beaches at the top of the island, so frequent trips back to 'home base' during the day are pretty much out of the question.
Comment by martin Date: 08-07-2008

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