Craig is an amazing holiday cottage and I hope that you grow to love it as much as I do. However, it will not suit everybody and it is important that you are aware of a few points before booking.
Craig has only recently been made available for holiday lets (summer 2016) and there is ongoing work being done to improve it. The photos on the website are being replaced as more work is done. If you have any concerns then please call me (01631 720192) for a chat. I would much rather you were sure that this is the right holiday for you, than have guests come and not enjoy themselves.
If you consider having warm duvets on the beds, and pine martens on your window sill as essential elements for your holiday then you should have an amazing time! If wifi, easy access to a pub and a tv are more to your liking then sadly this may not be the place for you.
There isn’t any mains electricity!
There is a Lister diesel generator which provides power. We provide sufficient diesel for you to run this for around a couple of hours each evening (20 litres). This enables you to use the immersion heater for hot water (in addition to the multi-fuel stove which is normally sufficient), plus have lighting and charge your devices. We find that some guests choose to not use it at all. In addition there are ample led lights and replcement batteries for them available.
Candles are only for use in the sitting room, and we ask that all guests be very aware of the risk of fire and the fact that help will not be swift from the fire brigade!
Heat and hot water is provided by a back boiler running off the wood-burning stove. By leaving doors open you can spread this heat throughout the house. There are hot water bottles for bedtime plus very warm duvets and blankets on all the beds.
There is a full size gas cooker with oven and hob in the kitchen, plus a full size gas fridge.
The cottage has a (new for 2018) wood-burning stove in the sitting room. This provides heat and hot water. I will provide you with sufficient seasoned logs and wood briquettes to keep the fire running each evening. If you are wanting the fire on for longer then you will need to provide extra fuel yourself – either seasoned wood or wood briquettes. These can be bought locally at eiher the Pink Shop In Benderloch, or at the filling stations in and around Oban.
Some of the flooring is lino or wooden, so warm socks or slippers are a very good idea.
Craig is served by a nearby stream and the water at present is not filtered, and will therefore need to be boiled for drinking and teeth brushing. We provide a couple of large bottles of drinking water to get you started.
If you are coming by car then you will need a vehicle with high clearance, such as a 4X4 or SUV. Please do not assume that you will be able to use a lower vehicle and just be careful because that is not enough, especially when heavily laden!
The cottage can also be accessed by the water, if you have a suitable boat or kayak and are proficient in their use.
You can get signal through most networks from just outside the cottages. Texts seem to send okay, and most of the time you can make phone calls but there are odd times when the signal does get weaker. I normally find that if I go slightly further up the track then I get a better signal if needed. Update 2018: I seem to be getting 4G (vodafone) most of the time close to the cottage, and sometimes in the attic room.
As you can image, there is no internet access, but there are plenty of cafes and pubs in the Oban area with free wifi so what a good excuse to treat the family to a drink or a meal.
I live locally and will always do my best to help, but I do work full time so may not be able to come out until the evening. There are details in the cottage about calling emergency services and the location information you would need to give them. There is a very good doctors surgery and pharmacy at Connel. However, if you have someone in the family that likes/needs to be in easy reach of a hospital at all times, then sadly this may not be the holiday for you.
what is provided?
The cottage is very well equipped, including:
- washing up liquid, tea towels, cleaning products
- salt, pepper and basic condiments
- bed linen
- a reasonable supply of wood, briquettes and kindling for the stove.
- a small supply of bottled water, but guests are then expected to boil water for their own use
- fresh air
- tea lights
As we have had issues with guests using excessive amounts of wood, we are now having to limit the amount that we make readily available. There is enough included in the rental for you to be comfortable and have sufficient hot water, but not enough to have fires burning constantly. Please bear in mind that we have to transport in all the resources that are available at the cottages.
what should we bring with us?
Warm clothes and waterproofs are essential all year round. Wellingtons are a godsend, as are slippers. Best to bring lots of old clothes for kids so you don’t mind if they get muddy and wet while exploring around the area. The cottage is old and stone built, so may not be as warm as you are used to at home.
Other things to think about bringing include:
- charging cables for phones and cameras
- any medications you may need
- plenty of dog towels
- towels for your own use
- a sense of humour and yearning for adventure