A sumptuous trio of architect-designed rural retreats, breathtakingly secluded between sea and ancient woodland on Scotland’s unspoilt west coast.
  • Sleeps: 4 or 6 per lodge
  • Bedrooms: 2 or 3 per lodge
  • Bathrooms: 1 per lodge
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

The perfect setting for a dreamy escape into the arms of nature, Carry Farm is magnificently secluded on west Scotland’s rugged Ardlamont peninsula – part of Argyll’s ‘secret coast’.

Comprising 66 pure acres of ancient native woodland, heathland, beaches, and magical sea views, the friendly farm is home to grazing sheep, characterful donkeys, playful pygmy goats, and inquisitive free-roaming ducks and hens.

Owners Derek and Fiona have lived on the farm for 25 years, and with a little help from their family of creative artists and makers, lovingly crafted and styled their three wooden lodges themselves. Imbued with careful attention to detail and comfort, you’ll feel at home from the moment you arrive.

Named Heron, Buzzard, and Sandpiper, you’ll find the welcoming lodges nestled in a vast open field in-between ancient hazel woodland and sandy beach… offering plenty of scope to roam and explore! Don’t worry if you’d rather stay put, however, as you’ll be treated to glorious across-the-water views to the Isle of Bute over your drink of choice.

Suitable for whole-family breaks – well-behaved dogs included – Heron and Buzzard each sleep up to four guests, while Sandpiper is ideal for a larger group of up to six.

Whichever you choose, you can relax and unwind in an open-plan living space furnished with unique art and textiles from local creators, whose studios are located on the farm itself. Sandpiper also features a large refectory table to break bread around, accompanied by superlative sea views.

Your double and twin bedrooms (Sandpiper boasts two doubles and a twin) will be furnished with luxurious feather bedding for a snuggly night’s sleep. And when you wake, waiting in the kitchen is a Moccamaster – the last word in coffee machines! – ready to charge your morning in style.

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At a glance

  • Three hand-crafted, detail-rich wooden lodges, secluded in an open field amongst 66 private acres of coastal farmland on Scotland’s rugged, beautiful Ardlamont peninsula.
  • Boasting sea views to the Isle of Bute, two of the lodges sleep up to 4 guests and the third up to 6. Well-behaved dogs are also permitted to stay.
  • Each lodge features full kitchen and bathroom facilities, with a state-of-the-art coffee machine and accessories from local makers and creators.
  • Roam the surrounding beaches and woodland completely at your leisure. The farm is home to grazing sheep, donkeys, pygmy goats, and free-roaming ducks and hens – fresh eggs can be purchased when available.
  • There is a sailing school on-site during the summer months, along with a coffee bar and an art gallery showcasing work by local creators.
  • The nearest village is Tighnabruaich, home to galleries and tea rooms that make an ideal pit stop when walking or cycling.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks


Spacious open-plan kitchen/lounge with flatscreen Freesat TV, Wi-Fi, original artwork, gas central heating, full kitchen with large fridge/freezer, Moccamaster coffee machine, 1 double bedroom (2 double bedrooms in Sandpiper including 1 bespoke cabin double), 1 twin bedroom, all with feather bedlinen, walk-in shower room with towels (bathroom and rainfall shower in Sandpiper), furnished balcony, laundry facilities, on-site parking.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, beaches, stargazing, picnic spots, nature-watching, watersports, swimming, galleries, coffee stops.

Accommodation Options

Heron - sleeps 4

  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks

Buzzard - sleeps 4

  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks

Sandpiper - sleeps 6

  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks

More information

(If you don’t feel like making your own coffee, don’t worry. Argyll Coffee’s local speciality blend is also available from their on-site bar in the farm’s yard. Why not combine your visit with a browse around Hayshed Gallery, which showcases work by local creators?)

Fresh shellfish is available to purchase from Fiona and Derek’s son Theo who sustainably catches langoustines and lobster using creels in bay. You don’t get much fresher than delivered to your lodge when Theo comes ashore after a day on the water!

Spend the rest of your time luxuriating in the diverse natural beauty of the Great Outdoors, whether that’s storytelling around a beach campfire, feeding the resident donkeys Barney and Louis, or den-building in the coastal wilderness.

If you really want to wear yourselves out, the farm’s bay is home to a sailing school during the summer, while the wider peninsula is perfect for whizzing around on two wheels. Just a few miles away lies the picturesque village of Tighnabruaich, where you can stop for a well-deserved cuppa and slice of cake.

And of course, as the sun begins to sink over the shimmering sea, you’ve got mesmerising dark skies and twinkling stars to look forward to… all savoured with those you love the most.

Things to note

Check in from 4pm, check out by 10am. During July and August the lodges are available for 7-night stays only; outside of this period the minimum stay is 3 nights. Young children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times when on the farm, and dogs must stay on a lead at all times (please note there may be an additional charge for any extra cleaning needed following pets staying.) A cot and high chair can be supplied on request, please bring your own cot bedding.


Where you'll be staying

Tighnabruaich, Argyll and Bute

What the guests of Carry Farm Lodges say

“Thank you for such a wonderful week this Summer. Carry Farm provided us with wonderful self catering accommodation in the most fabulous setting. The lodge was really well kitted out with everything you could need. Fiona and Derek were excellent hosts and answered any questions we had. Our daughter was enrolled in Tignabruaich Sailing School for the week, so we were able to relax on our deck with a cup of coffee from Carry Farm’s on site cafe, and watch her enjoying her lessons. The Waverley chugged through the Kyles a few times over the week which was a joy to see, and the Cowel peninsula didn’t fail to show off some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. On site you will also find an inspiring gallery with local works to buy, including beautiful textiles made from Carry Farm’s own Hebridean Sheep. All in all it’s a top spot to stay! We were exceptionally blessed with the weather!”

“Fabulous lodge and beautiful location right on the waters edge. We loved Carry Farm and can’t wait to go back! Thank you!”

“Carry Farm is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday. It is located in the most beautiful setting with spectacular views from the lodges. The lodges are extremely comfortable and cosy with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. Fiona is a very welcoming host, we have visited Carry Farm twice now and will definitely be back.”

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