Taynuilt, Argyll & Bute
+44 (0)7894 090251

High in Argyll on Scotland's west coast, a modern eco-friendly cottage up a track, surrounded by trees, wildlife and views


6 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

A great setting for this timber cottage designed by Leonie. Sithean is gaelic for a fairy knoll: the sun rises over Ben Cruachan, sets over the Morven Hills, glints off Loch Etive.  On this sprawling hill farm you may be visited by deer, red squirrels, hen harriers, Leonie’s horse… but few humans, although the village is only two miles.

You enter the cottage on the upper level, one bedroom up here, the others downstairs, all with underfloor heating. Green credentials are impeccable (solar panels, earth bricks, hemp insulation) and the house blends quietly into this fabulous landscape of heather hills, soaring mountains and – ten miles away – Oban, gateway to the Hebrides.

Cycle the winding ten-mile route to Oban, visit Castle and distillery, or set sail to find basking sharks; return for seafood on the waterfront. Back here you have the best views ever from a barbecue and a tiny sauna with a sheltered wooden deck.

Sithean - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being so close to so much wildlife
  • Being so close to so much wildlife
  • Walking all day then having a sauna with views
Sithean - Gallery

You should know

  • You're on a working farm
  • The track up is bumpy and narrow
  • Sithean is remote – not for nightlife lovers


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 9.30am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks November to March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £525
1 House for 8
From £756 beds3 bedrooms


An ideal place to unwind either watching the wildlife at your leisure or walking in the nearby hills, returning to a house that is totally secluded, eco friendly and welcoming.

Anne, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're nowhere near anything here other than gorgeous countryside, glens and lochs. If you need to find a butcher, village shop, local bar and train station, Taynuilt is a ten-minute drive or 40-minute walk. Fearnoch Forest lies half a mile away for leafy walks, or Angus Woodland Garden has dedicated walking and cycling tracks.

Local points of interest from Martin & Leonie Charlton

  • A family of red squirrels makes regular visits to the bird feeder, along with their kits at certain times of the year. The feeder is also frequented by a greater spotted woodpecker family, and we see tree creepers on the birch trees outside the window.
  • A ten minute walk up through birch woods takes you to a surprise bench where the views are spectacular. A lovely spot for a flask or a G & T. We go there to drink bubbles on Christmas Day, whatever the weather! Always a lovely spot to be still and ponder.
  • Angus' Garden is ten minutes walk away. Created by Martin's grandmother at the death of her eldest son, Angus MacDonald. Betty spent the rest of her life creating this exquisite woodland garden around a loch where swans breed amongst water lilies.
  • The back road to Oban, through Glen Lonan, is a treat in itself. There is a fold of Highland Cattle that roams loose and is a joy to see at all times of the year, especially when they have their young at foot - Highlanders have the most adorable calves!
  • Kelly's Pier in Taynuilt (a grass covered beauty) is a wonderful place where we swim all year round, best at high tide. We often see the resident otters on their crab-catching sorties. If you are;lucky you can swim in phosphorescence on a summer's night.
  • On the days you don't want to go anywhere, but wish to enjoy the fresh air, you can while away hours under the glass-roofed south-facing outdoors seating area, or walk up the spiral pathway to the picnic bench where you feel on top of the world.


Martin & Leonie Charlton

Martin and Leonie designed the cottage and live in the farmhouse tucked around the corner. Their cows and sheep roam the fields and they're on hand if you need them.