A very nice holiday accommodation, pleasingly decorated and feeling very much a home from home. Facilities are exactly what one would expect from high quality self-catering - a well-fitted kitchen; bath and shower; lots of storage space in the bedrooms; wi-fi, television and dvd. Parking is ample and the garden is a pleasant bonus. Acorn Cottage is tucked away on a quiet lane a few miles out of Fort William and is well situated for a family wishing to explore the Great Glen and Inner Hebrides.
This cottage is perfect for a holiday in the Scotland highlands and very good value for money. Great accommodation, Kate was very welcoming (including a home baked cake as an arrival gift!), you're only a few minutes drive from the main road and Fort William but it felt secluded and peaceful. You can walk to the caledonian canal in a few minutes and it's about a 2 mile walk to Neptune's Staircase. From there you can walk into Fort William (about a further 3 miles) or catch a train from Banavie station.
We were very lucky to get a tour of the new 1 bedroom cottage (Little Oaks) while we were staying in Acorn Cottage - it's brand new and has been furnished to a really high standard (as has Acorn Cottage). It would be perfect if there's just two of you.
We would definitely return to either Acorn Cottage or Little Oaks.
We stayed for a week in this lovely cottage. We booked the cottage because it had 2 double bedrooms with bathrooms. The accommodation was clean and spacious. The double bed and pillows were comfortable. Watching the birdlife on the many feeders from the open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area, was a delight. The location of the cottage was excellent for exploring the region. Our favourite was a day trip to Skye.
The only negative about the cottage was the upstairs shower lacked water pressure.
When we arrived at Acorn Cottage Kate was there to give us a warm welcome and the drizzle cake was beautiful. The cottage was very clean and well equipped. If we wanted anything Kate was on hand to help us help. With the cottage being upside down layout it was nice to look out of the lounge window to see all of the wildlife, Siskins, Jays, Woodpeckers etc on the feeders. There were Red Squirrels also and a Red Deer in the field opposite. We hope to return in the future and would highly recommend the cottage to anyone wanting a peaceful base to tour the Highlands and islands. There is plenty to do around the Fort William area.
My husband and I were revisiting the west coast of Scotland after 25 years. It was as good as we remember - breathtaking scenery on a large scale in all directions. Acorn Cottage was the perfect peaceful base with the added bonus of some beautiful birds in the garden visiting the feeders. Kate was an excellent hostess and the lemon drizzle cake lived up to it's reputation (so no pressure there Kate!)
We travelled in all directions between Oban, Mallaig and Fort Augustus. Stunning scenery wherever we went.Took a rather exciting 90 minute rib ride on Loch Ness from Fort Augustus to Uquhart Castle - this was a great way of seeing more of the Loch and our excellent young Scottish "skipper" provided atmospheric "en route" stories (especially about Boleskine House!) Jacobite Railway was excellent but make sure you book well in advance. We drove to Morar (near Mallaig) and were amazed to find white sand beach and turquoise water on the coast road (Glenancross). On a nice day take a picnic - you won't be disappointed.
Tips: Turn left at the end of the Acorn Cottage drive and you will find a fabulous route which takes you past Loch Lochy and across the Caledonian Canal to Spean Bridge. If you want a special restaurant, try Russells in Spean Bridge.
All in all a great holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed.