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Matthew Atkinson

Situated on the shores of Loch Melfort, on the West Coast of Scotland, near Oban, our 150 acre Ardenstur Estate offers a tranquil retreat in magnificent surroundings.

Our stone-built, self catering holiday cottages provide comfortable accommodation for parties of  2 to 10. Each cottage has an open fire or wood burning stove to supplement the electric heating.

We welcome well-behaved pets.

Ardenstur Holiday Cottages offer a tranquil home-from-home retreat for ramblers, anglers, history buffs, whisky connoisseurs and wildlife lovers alike. With seven stone-built, self-catering holiday cottages, Ardenstur Estate is the perfect place to unwind and shake off the chaos of modern day life.

Sleeping parties of two to ten, Ardenstur Estate is ideal for a romantic getaway or a large family gathering at any time of year, but especially late winter and early spring, when all kinds of flora and fauna are buzzing and the weather creates dramatic scenery that has to be seen to be believed.

Owned by the Atkinson family, the Ardenstur Estate has been welcoming holiday makers to this corner of Scotland for over 50 years, however the family have owned the estate for the past 35 years. Over the last three decades, we have slowly but lovingly restored the estate’s ruins into habitable and comfortable self-catering holiday lets to allow others to marvel at this unspoilt Scottish gem.

Our seven properties all have an open fire or wood burning stove to supplement the electric heating, making them ideal for cosy winter nights after a day exploring the breathtaking scenery and numerous walks and trails around the estate. The estate and the surrounding countryside are perfect for walkers, anglers, dog owners and wildlife lovers because although much of the wildlife around here is wild, it’s actually pretty tame, often coming right up to the window or front door. It’s an outdoor lovers haven.

Ardenstur House is the largest property on the estate; sleeping ten, the house boasts a downstairs family bedroom with four beds, a downstairs double bedroom with wash basin, an open-plan lounge/diner, well-equipped kitchen, two upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom. Thanks to an elevated position, Ardenstur House also has breathtaking views across the loch to the hills beyond.

Ardenstur Croft sleeps six and offers an open-plan lounge/ diner/kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms, one of which is a downstairs en-suite double.

Also sleeping six, Top Ardenstur boasts a ground floor double bedroom and shower room, an open-plan lounge/ diner/kitchen and two upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom.

Located yards from Loch Melfort’s high tide, Shore Cottage sleeps six and boasts three bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room, a laundry room, kitchen, dining room and lounge with open fire.

Finally, the three original one-up-one-down cottages, Ardenstur 1, 2, and 3 offer comfortable and cosy accommodation for couples looking for a quiet retreat in peaceful surroundings.

Out of season prices for a week-long stay at Ardenstur start from £160 (based on two people).


Tel: 01429 267266

Facebook: /ArdensturHolidayCottages

Last minute discounts of 25% available.

If you are booking within 14 days of the start of your holiday we will offer you a discount of 25% off the normal 7 days rental price. Subject to availability. Please enquire via email from our availability calendars page.

“I wish I had known about the holiday cottages sooner as I would have been holidaying there long before now. .it's like heaven on   earth! I hope to holiday there again in the not too distant future. (If we haven't moved to the west coast of Scotland by then) I can't  remember which cottage my brother stayed in but he was thrilled to bits and glad I told him about Ardenstur. We both can't praise  you enough for our fab holidays.”

“We’ve had another fantastic week, we had to drag ourselves away and cannot wait to return.”

“I have seen an otter and red squirrel.”

“We had a marvellous time, the cottage is perfect. We saw an otter and a seal on the loch and watched a fantastic sunset.”

“Thank you for a lovely holiday. It was hard to leave such beautiful surroundings.”

“A week is never long enough.”

“We saw a deer grazing at the edge of the woodland.”

“A million times thank you for the most marvellous stay at Shore Cottage. What a wonderful cottage in a beautiful, peaceful and fascinating spot. We were lucky enough to see otters, deer, seals and friendly swans too. We would love to return next year as both our children cried when we had to leave as they loved it so much.....Many thanks.”

“The wildlife at Shore didn’t let us down. The otter dined on its rock and stood up looking like a large dog. The highlights were at the smaller end of the scale. Right at our feet, a common lizard, and of course the irony is that it’s not common at all. Also a Wood Mouse, normally nocturnal, and ridiculously cute. However the rarest sight of them all was a Chiff Chaff, but not the usual one. There are three types seen in the UK and this was one of the two rare ones.”

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