The Ploughman's Bothy, Sliddery, Isle of Arran
The old ploughman would hardly now recognise the Bothy, which is a skilful reconstruction, to high modern standards, of his former somewhat primitive accommodation. The original stone end-wall, however, complete with the old fireplace and its cooking 'swee', has been retained and forms a nostalgic backdrop to the present Bothy lounge.
The front door opens south onto the old farm courtyard, now a landscaped garden. The main entrance to the Cottage, however, is up a set of steps from the parking area to a raised patio, enclosed within a wrought-iron balustrade, and through patio doors to the ground-floor living area.
The lounge/dining area is separated from the kitchen by an open-tread spiral staircase. This leads up to a central landing with doors leading off to either side giving access to the twin and double bedrooms.
Downstairs the dining area has a circular glass-topped table with four chairs while the lounge has two dark leather sofas and an oak coffee table. The TV with DVD player and "freeview" box sit in the recess of the old fireplace, in the attractive exposed stone wall.
The ground-floor bathroom has a full-size bath with fitted 'instant' shower, WC and washhandbasin, extractor fan, heated towel-rail, wall-mounted fan heater, mirror and shaver light.
The fitted kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, cooker hood, built-under fridge with ice-box, washer/tumbledrier, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, electric kettle and extractor fan. There is also a full range of crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and implements.
Please note that we supply the 'Ecover' range of detergents and dishwasher tablets for the use of guests.
For seclusion, rugged beauty, pastoral tranquillity and clean sea air, this corner is truly one of Arran's better-kept secrets. It's ideal for anyone wanting to get away from the daily hurly-burly - just to relax or do some quiet study, watch birds, paint seascapes, or explore a rocky coastline with some interesting volcanic geology, a history of shipwreck, and local seal colony.
It's great for families too - children will love the sandy beaches nearby, and there are also two indoor swimming pools on the island, one of them at Blackwaterfoot just four miles north of Far Horizons. Alternatively you can indulge in some of the many outdoor activities for which Arran is famous - serious climbing, hill-walking, golf on seven courses, river, loch and sea fishing, cycling, quad-biking, sailing, pony-trekking, in fact most things that people like to do on holiday anywhere, you will find you can do here on Arran.
Closer to home, our own rocky shore offers great barbecue/picnic opportunities, with plenty of collectable driftwood. It's quite a steep and rough track down to the shore, but the views from the top are stunning. And of course there's birdwatching, rockpooling and beachcombing - which can keep all ages happy for hours.
3 Star Visit Scotland.
1 dog allowed.
Telephone: 01770 870295
Email: [email protected]
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