Ard Daraich Garden Studio

Fort William, Highland

In a magical garden a charming and quirky open-plan Garden Studio with a snuggly bed under the eaves. Walk to the beach or the glen


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Cross Loch Linnhe on the Corran ferry and you shed a layer of stress. On to Ard Daraich (Gaelic for ‘the house beneath the oak’) and relaxation begins. The open-plan Garden Studio, next to the former holiday home of Constance Spry, has had several lives already – as a potting shed and, not so long ago, as an artist’s studio. Now, charming and quirky, it’s simply and freshly decorated to maximise space. Family heirlooms, shelves of books and pop art prints by Gerald Laing create an exciting alternative to the natural world framed in the picture windows: the Studio sits at the foot of a magical hill garden renowned for its rhododendrons and acers, resplendent in late spring. Climb to the top and drink in the views from Ben Nevis to Mull, sit still on the beach or tramp the old drove road that passes your door. Or walk to the village pub – it’s two miles. Come home to a romantic soak in the double-ended bath upstairs, choose a good book and sink into a sofa in front of the wood-burner. At night, climb up into your bed under the eaves, absorb the silence and look up at the stars. Heaven.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Special offer: Come and enjoy the beginning of the flowering season at Ard Daraich. Over 400 species and varieties of Rhododendron as well as Camellias. Look out for Sea Eagles and Otters.......

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights at weekends. 4 nights on weekdays. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £475
Damage deposit
Self-catering house for 5 also available from £685 per week.
1 Cottage for 2
From £751 bed1 bedroom


We had a great week in the garden studio which is beautifully furnished and we couldn't fault it. The owners were delightful and we felt very comfortable. The surrounding region has wonderful scenery and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.


We stayed at this delightful studio in June. This is a gorgeous place to just chill out & that's what we wanted to do. Everything you need is in the cottage & if there's a problem the lovely owners are just next door. The weather was mixed so we just sat by the fire, read books & relaxed! Lovely area for walking & some super restaurants a drive away!


We had stayed at the B&B in 2011 and this time returned for a week in the garden studio - what a wonderful week it was, the sun shone all week, the garden was in full bloom and the studio was everything we wanted as a base to explore the area from, was a restful place to spend the night and relax and also eat some great local produce with various restaurants within an easy drive. Anna and Norrie were welcoming as ever but did not intrude while always being there with tips if needed - truly a lovely place to spend some time!


We stayed in the B&B in June, and because of the stunning location, peaceful surroundings, and the friendliness of Norrie and Anna, we decided to book the studio for a 3-night mini-break. We had a fantastic time, just what we needed. The Garden Studio cottage itself is immaculate, cosy and comfortable. It is next to a quiet lane at the bottom of a majestic glen through which the River Gour flows. Forget Fort William and Ben Nevis for activities, just go out of the cottage, turn left, and walk up the glen on a peaceful walkers track where there is beautiful scenery and an abundance of wildlife


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Norrie & Anna Maclaren

  • We are a short distance from some beautiful MOUNTAINS and GLENS; you might want to CLIMB Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, or loose yourself in the awe-inspiring Glen Coe. The Ardnamurchan peninsula in one of Scotland’s most accessible wildernesses.
  • Walk the 12 mile 18th century drove road
  • Romantic setting with views of Ben Nevis and great solitude, perfect for garden lovers. Great undiscovered walking territory with Munros and Corbetts. Here you are walking distance from both the sea and the glen.
  • The local PRODUCE from sea and land is world-renowned and there are award-winning restaurants and bars all around: The White House in Lochaline and the Loch Leven SEAFOOD Café are two we’d recommend.
  • We can help you with your ITINERARIES, as we have a lifetime of knowledge of the area; we love chatting about routes to get the very best of the restaurants, mountains, wild goats, otters, whales, eagles, beaches and woodland walks.
  • All in all, we make every effort to make your visit MEMORABLE with our enthusiasm for the Highlands for newcomers and returning visitors alike.