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“Perfect chill out time”
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14 reviews
Modern bungalow
Living area
Skylight in open living area
Modern kitchen
Double bedroom with crisp linen
Main bathroom
Luxury ensuite double bedroom
Ensuite bathroom
Twin bedrooms
Terrace views
Fishing on your doorstep
Stunning lake views
Portavadie Marina 15 minutes walk
Nearby castle ruins
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Portavadie, Cowal Peninsula, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

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PSM51
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Perfect chill out time”
Reviewed October 18, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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A modern lodge in an 'off the beaten track' location with two cottages adjacent to each other . The other lodge probably has the better outlook as it is orientated 90 degrees differently with more glass facing the loch .
Although has 6 beds it would be a crush for 6 and probably not enough crockery, but was fine for the two of us.
Furnished well , equipped with Next crockery , Jamie Oliver glasses etc and now has a SMALL bench top freezer which may have been added in response to previous criticism.
Comfy beds with thick duvets and cotton covers proving a good nights sleep.
Heating works well , too well until you master the controls !
Has a local water supply which is a little brown but a plentiful supply of bottled drinking water . Wouldn't be washing a white shirt in the washing machine here !!
Electric shower pressure in en suite was a little weak but over bath shower in bathroom had a bit more oomph !
Gravelled area surrounding cottage , but poor dog was like walking on hot coals ! A dirt track road up and over the hill with a few pot holes so watch the front of your car if its low .
No one in the other cottage after the first weekend so we had the area to ourselves with was fab although the other lodge is 6m away if you wanted privacy you may not get it if this was occupied.

No mobile signal or broadband connection for those that need to stay connected .

If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the deer on the hill behind the cottage and kites and eagles soaring in the sunshine, yes we had 21 c in Scotland in September , brilliant .

Some lovely hidden beaches just a couple of miles away where you need to walk 20 mins from the car but its worth it to have an expansive sandy beach all to yourself !

If you are heading here from the south it's worth getting the ferry over to Dunoon where you can pop into the off license to get return ticket for 2 with a car for about £23 which saves a long drive up past Loch Lomond and back down peninsula .
Some nice walks nearby but some are more of a rock scramble than a walk .
Pop down to the barn cafe at the cross roads for the best chocolate chip scones with Nutella cream , but dogs not allowed inside. Outside seating if weather is fine .
Had lunch up at the Oyster catcher pub just up the coast and they let dogs in too .
Nearest restaurant is just down the hill in the Marina at Portavardie , once you are back to the road it's just 5 mins away .

Overall did what it was supposed to , chilled and relaxed although had to pull out a day early due to a crisis back at work.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
18 Nov 2014
Thank you very much for your kind remarks. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Alt Na Breac and the wonderful location. We look forward to you visiting again soon.
Kind regards
Chrissie ... Argyll Self Catering Holidays.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very good”
Reviewed September 2, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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I cant recomend this enough. House was clean spacious had everything you needed and credit to owners and location was beautiful being next to the loch on a nice day was very pleasing. Area was stunning and local food was very good. Really was great trip.

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Management Response
8 Sep 2014
Thank you very much for your kind remarks. We look forward to you visiting again soon. Please spread the word. Iain ... Argyll Self Catering Holidays.
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Fiona G
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful Cottage in an extremely scenic spot”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

My husband and I have just returned from a 3 night stay at Allt Na Breac and can't recommend it highly enough - beautifully situated on the banks of Loch Ascog, the cottage boost beautifully scenic views. Our West highland terrier loved going for a dip in the Loch when he needed to cool down and we never had to worry about him wandering off,

Allt Na Breac is extremely well appointed and comfortable - very high grade bed linen and towels, stylish and functional crockery and glassware not to mention a washing machine, dishwasher and sky tv!
We found the cottage to be secluded and peaceful - we were lucky not to have anyone staying in the adjacent cottage and therefore had this beautiful spot all to ourselves.
A 5 minute drive (down a dusty single track road) takes you to Portavadie Marina which is very modern and chic with the feel of an upmarket marina in the Costas - you can take the ferry from here to Tarbet (we arrived via this route), or a 10-15 minute drive into Kames or Tighnabruaich.

All in all we found this to be a wonderful break (the glorious weather no doubt helped) and we would love to return. The only negative comment is more in line with the general signposting in the area - we struggled to find Ostel Bay which everyone raved about and initially missed the entrance to the cottage as someone had parked at the end of the road and obscured the signs.
This did not blight our stay however and we would recommend this spot to people looking for a quiet getaway.

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Liked best: Views, seclusion and general cosiness
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
6 Aug 2014
Thank you very much for your kind remarks. We look forward to you visiting again soon. Spread the word. Iain ... Argyll Self Catering Holidays.
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RoseSed
Prestatyn, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not only met, but exceeded our expectations”
Reviewed May 21, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Wonderful property, idyllic location, property warm and cosy.

Everything had been catered for, including the barbecue.

Can't wait to stay again when the weather improves.

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Liked best: Beautiful location and the tranquility
Liked least: Gnats
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
23 May 2014
Thank you for your kind review, it really is much appreciated. We love to hear our guests have had a wonderful stay. It's certainly a lovely part of the Cowal Peninsula. We look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Chrissie, Argyll Self Catering Holidays.
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 26, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Liked best: The house, the views and the peace and quite
Liked least: You are out in the middle of nowhere
Travelling group: Extended Family
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GH84_13
East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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“Absutley fantastic!!!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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We have just returned from a 3 night break at Allt Na Breac. It was absolutley fantastic & we definatley would recommed it. The house is in a secluded spot right on Loch Asgog. The outlook is stunning & it is so peaceful. We were very lucky with the weather & had a great time fishing & swimming in the Loch & enjoying drinks & a bbq on the terrace.
The house itself is stunning & very tastefully decorated. No expense has been spared- even down to the crockery in the kitchen haha. The only thing I would mention is that there wasnt a freezer. There is a freezer compartment in the fridge apparently but we couldnt get it working properly so we had to fill a bucket of cold water to try keep the beers cool haha.
Ideal base for exploring Tighnabruich, Kames, Portavaddie & Tarbert. A trip to the beautiful white sandy beach of Ostel Bay is a must.
Both Iain @ Argyll Self Catering Holidays & Mrs Jo Coley were very helpful & pleasant.
We will most definatley be back & might even bring friends & rebt out the house next door- An Calla.

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