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Vernon's review of Roshven Boathouse romantic seaside cottage Scotland
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Roshven Boathouse romantic seaside cottage Scotland

Romantic seaside self catering accommodation with lovely views right on the water's edge - sleeps 2 + 4


The tide is high and the pale, glassy sea just ten feet from the door when we arrive. It's a magical time of day when late afternoon blends seamlessly into evening, golden sunshine flickers beneath the surface of the water and the light is other-worldly; time appears to have stopped still just for a while. Lift your eyes and islands rise from the water, hazy and shimmering and behind these more islands, the depths of colour altering as they go back and back to the far horizon. During our stay we'll discover that on some days we can see all the islands clearly, while on others, the far ones disappear and re-emerge as the light changes with the weather and the time of day. The constant, though is that the view never fails to be stunningly beautiful. And this is the west coast, so we shall be spoiled with the most amazing sunsets.

Roshven Boathouse really does seem too good to be true, yet we are really here, on another romantic mini honeymoon (who said there was a limit to honeymoons?) and we are bowled over by this wonderful seaside cottage. Being a boathouse, of course the sea is very close and the view fantastic, but on top of that, we are in the grounds of lovely Roshven House, with lawns and formal gardens stretching to the water's edge, which we are at liberty to enjoy, as well as some lovely strolls along the coast and in the woodland and hills behind.

Built around the original boathouse, the holiday cottage is spacious yet homely with a New England feel, high beamed ceilings and pale cream decor. From the enormous, comfy sitting room, windows look out to the sea and the islands; the open fire creates a cosy atmosphere in the evenings. Hardly noticeable in here are four bunk beds which would be great fun for children, small or large. A few steps lead up to the bright, well planned kitchen area where we find an Aga and all the usual appliances and gadgets to make cooking a pleasure and a doddle.

An enormous, deliciously comfortable bed is the focus of the luxury bedroom which has an equally luxurious bathroom supplied with endless hot water for soaking limbs after a refreshing swim in the sea or a strenuous (or not!) day's exploring. At night with the window open, we can hear the sea murmur or churn close by and be lulled to sleep by its rhythm.

Across the gardens, the beautifully majestic Roshven House sleeps a further twenty people and may be booked along with the Boathouse for larger groups or intimate wedding parties. I can't think of a more perfect setting.


luxury self catering seaside scotland

luxury seaside self catering

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Further details about this accommodation

The Boathouse accommodation comprises:

  • Huge sitting room with log fire, TV, slow internet/Wifi
  • Kitchen with table, Aga, gas hob, larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and drier
  • Dining area within sitting room
  • Master bedroom with gas imitation fire, with refurbished (this year) ensuite bathroom with bath and shower
  • Two two-tiered bunk beds sleeping 4 children/teenagers
  • Separate WC

All linen and towels are supplied as are logs for the open fire. There is also a  barbeque for use on the terrace and deckchairs.

Use of the Kayaks and Paddleboard are permitted if they are not being used by the Main house. Life Jackets are available.

No dogs in the house, but they may use the kennels outside.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at this excellent self catering property
local watersports available The beach right outside your door is brilliant for pottering about, admiring the scenery, swimming and collecting unusual pebbles. From here it's lovely to walk along to other nearby secluded beaches and coves including the beautiful white sands of Smirsary.You can launch the sea kayaks here and there's a mooring available for larger boats.
good area for walking and hiking Wander through the gardens of Roshven house, along the coast or about the woodland paths up the hill behind the house. For serious walkers, there are around a dozen Munros within a fifteen mile radius of Roshven and even Ben Nevis itself can be managed if you set aside just five hours.
good area for fishing The terrace is a fantastic and convenient spot for watching animal and bird life, including seals, the occasional otter or basking shark, sea eagles, and especially if you take a boat trip around the coast or out to the wee islands, skuas, petrels, terns and puffins.
hotel Take the Sheerwater from Arisaig to Rum and enjoy a tour of Kinloch Castle, or go with Ardnamurchan Sea Charters to Staffa and FIngal's Cave, where there are puffins nesting. Travel on the ferry to Skye, drive north and go around Dunvegan Castle, have lunch at The Three Chimneys or drive along the beautiful route to the Connel ferry via Strontian, eat at Crannog Restaurant in Fort William and come back the quick way via Glenfinnan.
hotel There is no shortage of good places to eat in the area. Some of our favourites are: The Whitehouse Restaurant Lochaline, know for its home grown, foraged and locally sourced fresh produce, The Old Forge, Inverie (a fun day out by ferry), Crannog Restaurant in Fort William and for world class dining, the famous Three Chimneys or Kinloch Lodge on Skye.