Trying to come up with new and interesting places to visit and stay during half term is always a challenge. We are becoming more accustomed to self catering as we find that with the children (daughter Karam, 10 years old, son Jeevan, 8 years old) it can sometimes be easier.
For our February half term J.snr was scheduled to work in Glasgow so we had to go without him. In his place we invited our Turkish friends to join us. My good friend Tuna and her two children, son Ryan, 10 years old and daughter Sina, eight years old came along for a long weekend.
After extensive research on the internet we chose Sykes Cottages, we didn’t want to drive too far out of Central Belt, but far enough to make it feel like we had escaped from the city. We decided on Rose Cottage, which is located in Strachur, Argyll and the Isles. Also our most important and crucial requirement was that we needed wifi. And the Cottage didn’t disappoint despite being relatively secluded the connection more or less worked 95% of the time.
The Cottage is perched on the edge of the Loch and the views are quite spectacular even with the weather being particularly bad the weekend we stayed didn’t take away from the fact that we were in one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland. The only disadvantage is that we didn’t manage to go on one of the many walks to discover what the area had to offer. But to be honest we were more than happy to stay in and relax while taking a heat from the great log fire.
You book Rose Cottage, but you are actually getting two cottages for the price of one. The owner’s mother had the original cottage which was big enough for the family at the time, but for the current owner it was on the small side, so she extended the property adding two additional bedrooms, a bathroom and a dining lounge. The photos on the net don’t do the cottage justice. And it was a lovely surprise when we arrived that it was much nicer and far larger than we had thought.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner, a lovely lady who had very thoughtfully baked us a cake and provided refreshments to welcome us. Once she talked us through the workings of the cottage she left us at peace to enjoy our break.
The Friels (Tuna and the children) took the original cottage which consisted of a large double bedroom, bathroom and a reasonable sized sitting room. The kitchen was the common area that joined the new with the old. We were stayed in the new cottage, the children wanted the twin room, so that one night the girls could stay there and the next the boys could. I took the double bedroom.
The new lounge was without doubt our most favourite room in the cottage with the log burning fire as its centrepiece. If we wanted peace and quiet without the children they were banished to the sitting room in the original cottage where they were very happy as the owner had thoughtfully provided a Wii for their use.
There’s a local newsagent a stone’s throw from the cottage, it offers a range of basic groceries. A little further away, approximately a ten minute walk is The Creggan’s Inn. The children particularly enjoyed visiting the Inn as the owners have a dog named Hector and he really took to the children, he was happy to see them, both times that they visited.
Rose Cottage is the perfect Highland escape if it’s peace and tranquillity that you are looking for. It has all the advantages of being at home, but in a beautifully picturesque location. And renting a cottage is a good way to spend time with friends away from the city, especially when travelling with children, its great to have all the home comforts.
For the rental, it is from £296.00 for the week in our lowest season.
The price varies between seasons.
In the highest season, the rate is from £519.00.
Features of the property include:
- All fuel, power, bed linen and towels
- Lockable bike storage
- Lawned garden with summerhouse and BBQ
- No smoking, no pets