A wonderful lifestyle opportunity amid stunning West Coast scenery
Airdeny Lodge and its self-catering chalets occupy a magnificent location, about a mile to the south of Taynuilt. They are set in about 3.5 acres with beautiful uninterrupted open views of Ben Cruachan and Glen Etive. The road continues westwards through Glen Lonan to Oban, providing an alternative and scenic route to the town.
Although set amongst some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery, Airdeny is only a short distance from the A85 and there is a railway station at Taynuilt with services into Glasgow for mainline connections to London. Taynuilt provides essential shopping requirements, a medical practice, a primary school, a golf course and a sports centre. Oban is the principal shopping centre for the area and provides excellent schooling and recreational and entertainment facilities, along with ferry services to the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Nearby Loch Awe is the longest fresh water loch in Scotland. Kilchurn Castle, at the northern end of the loch, is a dramatic ruin which has become one of Scotland's most photographed castles.
Argyll offers a full range of outdoor activities. There is spectacular hill walking, climbing and mountaineering in the area with skiing at Aonach Mor (near Fort William) and at Glen Coe. Loch Awe holds a variety of fresh water fish and is famed for its huge ferox trout. The loch also offers options for boating and water sports. The west coast is well known for its exciting sailing and varied coastline.
Airdeny Chalets have been established since the 1970s, and Airdeny Lodge was built in 2008. It currently provides private accommodation for the owner but could be adapted for bed and breakfast accommodation, if required.
There are seven timber built chalets in all, four with two bedrooms and three with three bedrooms. Each has an open plan living and kitchen area and outside seating area. The two bedroom chalets have a shower room and the three bedroom units each have one en suite shower room and a bathroom. One of the larger chalets has been adapted for wheelchair access. The chalets have all been refurbished, with double glazing and electric heating, and they and the grounds round them are exceptionally well-maintained. The business has been awarded Gold status by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
The grounds extend to some 3.5 acres. Woodland lines the river bank to the west and attracts a wide variety of wildlife including red squirrels. Within the grounds is a highly productive kitchen garden.
Airdeny is an exceptional opportunity for a family looking for a lifestyle business and a well-presented family home, all in one package, with the added benefit of further trading potential by way of future development on the site.
A bright outer reception area is used for the chalet guests has hardwood flooring and opens to an inner hallway. Off this hallway are a linen store, a wc and a fitted laundry room. An internal door leads through to the integral double garage and a staircase leads up to the first floor. The garage has a remotely controlled door and log store.
A further door from the hallway opens into the dining area of the open plan living space. With windows on all four aspects, this area enjoys an abundance of natural light. The kitchen has a fine range of modern base and wall mounted units with an island unit and built-in appliances. The seating area has an open fireplace, windows on two aspects and French doors to the garden to the south of the house.
A staircase from the living area leads up to the master bedroom suite, which is entirely self-contained. With north and east facing windows and French doors to a south facing Paris balcony, the bedroom enjoys magnificent views and has an open fireplace. There is a walk-in dressing area and a fully tiled bathroom.
The staircase from the hallway accesses three further rooms and French doors from the landing open onto a roof terrace above the garage. Again, the views are magnificent. The largest of the three rooms offers versatile space and has French doors to a Paris balcony, With windows on three aspects and to Velux rooflights, this room would be ideal as an artist's studio. There is also a sitting room on this level with double doors concealing a compact kitchenette. Off this room is a bedroom with an en suite shower room. The sitting room and bedroom could be used for additional letting purposes.
Message from the owner:
The twelve years that I have owned Airdeny have been extremely enjoyable and I have loved living in such a beautiful place. The views are stunning: I can lie in bed in the morning and look across at Ben Cruachan and down Glen Etive.
The business has been interesting and challenging, and I have met and made friends with some really lovely people, many of whom return every year. I knew nothing about self-catering when I bought the chalets so it was a quick learning curve, but a very rewarding one. However it is now time to retire and let someone else take over the reins.
Taynuilt is a great place to live. I was made welcome very quickly and I have made many friends, so much so that I plan to remain in the village. I wish the new owners all the best and hope that their time at Airdeny will be as enjoyable as mine.
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