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Keepers cottage – Ardtornish

The Jewel in the crown

We are so excited to be restoring this property back to its former glory. Spring 2019 will see Keeper’s cottage join our holiday let portfolio, and we think it will be very popular with our guests.

From its position located high on the hill just outside the Ardtornish garden boundary, Keeper’s cottage commands the most impressive views.

Built in 1867 to offer accommodation for one of the many estate workers, it’s a solid lime and rubble construction with the ornate wooden eaves and bargeboards that characterise many Ardtornish properties. It was destined to house the estate’s gamekeeper – a very prestigious role.

The first gamekeeper to live at Torr Molach was Thomas Dalgleish. He perished from bronchitis the year after the property was completed, but his son George picked up the reins, giving between them more than fifty years of service to Ardtornish. It’s from them that originated the name “lower George’s” and “George’s bridge” on the river Aline near Craigendarroch.

In almost 150yrs only a further seven gamekeepers have come to Ardtornish and reside in Torr Molach.

Simon Boult, our current ‘keeper and his family said their goodbyes to Torr Molach after 10yrs in 2015, relocating to Claggan Cottage opposite the old Claggan school house on the main road to Lochaline.

The cottage is being carefully renovated, but will still retain its character, charm and many original features.

Concealed high up within one of the internal kitchen walls is a curious little cupboard. It was once used for storing ammunition and gunpowder – very appropriate to the employment of its intended occupants.

Sleeping six across three bedrooms, the layout is identical to Rose Cottage with the exception of the sitting room and kitchen being in opposite locations. Its three bedrooms comprise a double & twin upstairs with bunk room on the ground floor. There two bathrooms are a ground-floor wet room with underfloor heating with sink & WC, and a cosy upstairs bathroom with a traditional cast iron bath / shower & WC.

Both the sitting room and kitchen are south facing, taking in the uninterrupted views down the Loch onwards to the Isle of Mull.

The self-contained garden is perfect for children and dogs to play safely.

A wonderful escape for family holidays in one of the most spectacular regions in Scotland

Open for 2019 bookings now. Availability and prices online or call the office to discuss tel:01967 421288

 

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