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An impeccably styled, architect-designed ‘castle'-inspired retreat set close to Loch Awe, with expansive views of the surrounding woodland.

A contemporary take on a fortified castle, architect-designed The Keep holds court in the charming village of Cladich, close to Loch Awe and with commanding views all the way out to the Ben Cruachan mountain.

Sleeping up to six guests and their two well-behaved dogs, the relaxing retreat is ideal for those who appreciate a polished touch of style, combined with truly captivating scenery.

You'll revel in the huge picture windows throughout, cleverly positioned to showcase the very best of that incredible woodland vista. Inside, the visual effects are both stylish and pared down, with high-end accessories and minimalist furnishings that provide plenty of comfort, yet allow the scenery to take centre-stage.

Discover the elegant living space upstairs, with a beautiful wood-burner and feature flue at its heart. There's plenty of seating to help you warm those toes by evening, while the built-in sound system will help you set the perfect background mood.

On sunny evenings, why not head out to the balcony instead, and watch the sun sink gloriously over the trees?

Whip up feasts fit for royalty in the stunning kitchen, where the designated chef doesn't have to cook alone! With seating at the large island in the centre, friends and family can enjoy a drink while all the hard culinary work is being done.

When you're ready, claim your favourite from three downstairs bedrooms. The kingsize master features a sleek en-suite shower room, and there are two chic double rooms accessible from the central corridor. Whichever you choose, beautiful morning views from huge windows are guaranteed.

Now...what to do with your days? Water babies will enjoy hiring a rowing boat or a kayak to explore Loch Awe in all its glory. Fishing permits are also available, for those who've eagerly packed their rod, while Loch Awe Argyll Adventure is on hand with a range of invigorating activities, from laser storm to crossbow shooting.

Stock up on groceries in nearby Dalmally, where you'll also find a nine-hole golf course to practise your swing on. Why not stop in the dog-friendly Ben Cruachan Inn on your way back, for a delicious locally-sourced meal...or just a wee dram?  

Of course, Ben Cruachan itself is suitably impressive, whether you're tackling the mountain itself, or taking a tour deep inside to the power station. And for those who appreciate history, Inveraray Jail is a must-visit. Now a popular visitor attraction, the former courthouse and prison has a wealth of stories to tell.

However you choose to spend your time, you'll be unable to resist the lure of The Keep by evening, where you can gather together in comfort, sharing excited stories about your day with a snifter or two.   

Things to note

Smoking is not permitted. There is a small additional charge if bringing your dogs. Short breaks may be possible - please enquire for details.
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The basics

The basics

Region: Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute
Cost (from): £570 (7 nights)
Sleeps: 2-6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
Property ref: 1281

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Architect-designed retreat, sleeps up to six guests.  Ground floor: entrance hall with storage, kingsize master bedroom, en-suite shower room with wash basin and WC.  Two double bedrooms.  Shower room with WC and wash basin. Cupboard with washer/dryer.  Stairs to open plan living area: wood-burning stove with feature flue, seating, TV, DVD player, surround sound music system.  Kitchen/dining area: table and chairs, electric oven with induction hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave.  Underfloor heating throughout.  Exterior: furnished balcony, private parking.  Provided: WiFi, linen and towels, fuel starter pack.

Local Activities

Walking, hiking, cycling, mountain climbing, rowing, kayaking, fishing, wildlife watching, adventure, pubs, historic sites, shopping, whisky tasting.

At a glance

At a glance

  • Stylish, architect-designed retreat sleeping up to six guests, set amongst woodland close to Loch Awe, in the village of Cladich.
  • Up to two well-behaved dogs are also permitted.
  • The contemporary living space is upstairs, with three bedrooms to choose from downstairs. Huge picture windows throughout showcase the woodland and forest scenery, all the way out to Ben Cruachan beyond.
  • Hire a boat and explore the loch, try your hand at fishing, or visit nearby Dalmally to stock up on groceries and sink a wee dram in the local pub.

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