The Old House

Glen Orchy, Argyll & Bute
+44 (0)1838 200399

An old sporting lodge renovated from top to toe with sensitivity. Plunder veg from the garden, walk to the river, climb Ben Udlaidh


5 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

An extremely comfortable home for a family holiday, or a secret hideaway for two. You feel miles from anywhere (and the night skies are gloriously unpolluted), yet the train from London chugs into the local village. The former sporting lodge has been renovated from top to toe with sensitivity and along green lines with solar panels and a micro hydro powerhouse. On the ground floor is a golden yellow sitting room with a wood-burning stove and a railway-sleeper mantelpiece, and the four-poster bedroom is next door – along with a utility room and a Belfast sink for washing the day’s catch; the ‘wet room’ is so large the whole family could scrub up at once. Upstairs are two light and pleasingly simple twin rooms with valley views. Leave the car behind – delightful Erica or John can pick you up from the village station – and hike to your heart’s content. You are spoilt for choice – walk up the hill on the other side of the river for magical woodlands, or climb 2,500 feet up Ben Udlaidh for views to the islands. The pretty garden slopes towards the river, and you can relax on the decking.


  • 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
4pm-5pm, please get in touch for early or late check out
Check out
Booking restrictions
Prices based on 2 people. Additional guests £75 per week each. Well behaved dogs welcome, £15.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Biscuits, water and blankets. Expert advice on wild, carefree walks and a special welcome from terrier Boris the Arbuthnott.

Dogs £15 per pet per week.

Secure garden, river to jump in, woodland walks. Working farm - sheep, be careful!

Pub 4 miles.


Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £600
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £1505 beds3 bedrooms


Just the most magical combination of location, accommodation and hosts. Erica and John have created a haven of comfort that is totally off grid. Coming at the end of autumn we have loved the sense of being off the beaten track with no other people around. Perfect base for exploring, hiking or just chilling in the wonderful gardens and spacious lodge.

Sue, Bristol

Lovely location and environment. Spacious and comfortable with just short drives each day to the mountains. Quiet and magical in the evenings. A short drive off the A82 to peace.

Mike, Kelsall

We stayed with you last September. We have been dithering about where to go for our 30th anniversary; Florence, Capri, Sicily, Amsterdam,.... Then brainwave....Glen Orchy!

Tess, Carlisle

The Old House is an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts to stay. Walk straight the from the door and climb up your first Corbett - remember to take your binoculars to spot the amazing wildlife. I watched a Dipper catching his lunch in the River Orchy. John and Erica are next door and full of good advice on where to visit and walk. Enjoy the stars on a clear night; they are quite magical.

Karen, Sawday's inspector

A perfect place to get away from it all, the owners are very welcoming and helpful but not at all intrusive. They have made the house very comfortable and homely . The setting is very peaceful and beautiful. It’s a great base from which to access both the coast and the mountains with ease ,good roads and transport links if required. Would recommend to anyone.

Billy & Elaine, Edinburgh

We and our friends had a most enjoyable stay at Glen Orchy along with our 2 dogs. The location is quiet, beautiful as well as being unspoilt with the house being very spacious, comfortable as well as being well equipped. It is an ideal location to tour the highlands with both Fort William and Oban being less than an hours drive. I would fully recommend a stay at Glen Orchy and would also suggest you purchase your eggs from Erica, they are so fresh and taste beautiful.

Peter, Ripon

A fantastic cottage in beautiful surroundings. A fully equipped cottage with nothing left out, 4 adults and 2 dogs had ample room, it was really comfortable and very warm. If you are looking for quiet this is the place and I would recommend without hesitation.

Stephen, Sheffield

John & Erica are the perfect hosts and have created a very special place at Arichastlich. The old house Is very homely and bright with great atmosphere. It is a very comfortable place to stay and is in a great location to explore the southern & western highlands. There is real peace and tranquility in the glen. Highly recommended.

Charlie & Sonia, Strathpeffer

We love this cottage which feels like a home from home. This was our tenth visit. Glen Orchy is beautifully quiet and unspoiled. The cottage is homely, spacious, comfortable and well equipped. We have found it an ideal centre for mountain walking. We appreciate the fact that the cottage is heated and powered ecologically. The hosts are exceptionally kind and welcoming.

Deborah and Malcolm, Cambridge

This is a super place and am loth to recommend it in case we have trouble being able to rebook! Great place to stay with a Springer Spaniel as the deer proofed garden means he can wander without us worrying (luckily for us he ignores the chickens!). Always have a lovely welcome from John and Erica and next year will be 10+ visits.

John, Darlington

Always a great place to stay. Lovely cottage; lovely people (all thumbs up). We'll be coming back.

Liesbeth, Tielt

This is our third stay so that says how much we love it. Fantastic house in splendid surroundings with friendly helpful hosts, nothing is too much trouble. If you need to chill and re-charge the batteries this is just the place. Truly wonderful


Read more reviews


The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John & Erica Kerr

  • Ice climb open all year at Kinlochleven, a 45-minute drive.
  • Seafood restaurants in nearby Oban.
  • Marine life and seal-watching boat trips from the Argyll coast.
  • Skiing and snowboarding, a 20-minute drive away.
  • Within walking distance of the Caledonian Pine Forest.
  • Smokehouse and Hollow Mountain, both within a short drive.