The Old House

Glen Orchy, Argyll & Bute

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


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, you can relax on the decking and help yourself to home-grown veg.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • 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


  • 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 £570
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £1505 beds3 bedrooms


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


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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.