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.


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

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


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £495
Damage deposit
Self-catering house for 5 also available from £685 per week.
1 Cottage for 2
From £1001 bed1 bedroom


A midwinter break like no other. We wanted wild nature and it's here in abundance. Loch Linnne's quiet north shore unfurls right across the road bringing seabirds, waders, eagles and seals. There are forest trails, mountain paths and lochans within striking distance and returning from explorations, the Ard Daraich nook is exactly what you need for comfort, friendliness and relaxation, 'Highland Hygge' Maclaren style.

Alice, London

The Garden Studio is one of the nicest places I have ever visited. I will definitely come back and make sure I spend more time in the garden when I return. The surroundings are also great for hikes. Ard Daraich is beautiful and quiet. It has a strong country charm to it. Norrie and Anna has managed to create a small and gentle paradise on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. It feels a bit like home.

Henrik, Stockholm

What an incredibly charming, cozy and romantic spot! We hiked the property, prepared dinner from the garden on premises and curled up by the wood stove. Anna and Norrie were wonderful hosts, and we could not have enjoyed our stay more.

Greg, New york

We had a wonderful week as part of our honeymoon in the Garden House at Ard Daraich. The house is cleverly designed and self-contained at one end of the main house, with its own access, and feels very private and peaceful, but with Anna & Norrie as the perfect hosts close by for any queries and suggestions. We particularly appreciated the well appointed little kitchen, wood-burning stove in the very comfortable living room, and extensive library and film collection, as well as the stunningly beautiful surroundings in the garden Anna & Norrie have created. Planning our next visit already!

Calum, London

If I say we have stayed at Ard Daraich before then you will know that we are smitten. It is very beautiful and peaceful. The calm eternity of the trees and hills seeps into every pore. I'm a writer and it's the perfect place for the creative soul. Anna and Norrie and terrific hosts. We will surely return again.

Jeremy, Bradford-on-avon

It’s not often that I manage to choose somewhere to stay that is just as nice as the pictures on the website – but Anna and Norrie’s Garden Studio was just wonderful. I’d have quite happily moved in! Everything felt welcoming from arrival - from the beautiful garden to the wood burning stove. Furnished and equipped to perfection (and the hosts are just across the garden if there are any queries). So much scenery to explore and wonder at on the doorstep and a wonderful view of the sunrise from the bedroom window (if you don't mind an early morning!) Highly recommended.

Kirsten, Aberdeen

My husband and I had a lovely stay at the Garden Studio. The cottage is warm, cosy (loved the wood-burning stove!!) and beautifully decorated. The location is peaceful and remote but ideal to use as a base for exploring Fort William and the surrounding areas, and the views are spectacular. Our hosts (including their very cute dog) were friendly and welcoming and made us feel at home. We would definitely try to stay here again if we end up coming back for another visit to the area.

Amanda, London

We stayed in the cottage for four nights in March. The hosts were welcoming and approachable, the cottage is beautiful and our stay was very comfortable and relaxing. The location is a perfect base for exploring the stunning Lochaber area. Visiting some sights requires a short ferry trip (or a scenic drive around Loch Eil), but there is more than enough exploration to be done on the north-west side of Loch Linnhe. The wi-fi in the cottage was fast and reliable.

Chris, Glasgow

I had three great nights here. Anna and Norrie were very helpful and accommodating, without being intrusive. The cottage was wonderful as were the views from it. One thing of a special note is the view of Ben Nevis from the bedroom window. I've never been to the highlands before but will be definitely returning!

Stephen, Sunderland

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


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 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 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.


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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.