THE OLD MANSE - MINARD - INVERARAY – ARGYLL
This is a big house, set on a beautiful loch. It has huge grounds and is well equipped. Lots of rooms, good mattresses with electric blankets (nice), Sky TV, two living rooms. Its near many attractions, and a main road, but is sufficiently set back that you can’t hear it.
However, there are also some negatives.
The house is crammed from floor to ceiling with antiques, nick-nacks, magazines, souvenirs and endless junk. Its not a rental house, it’s someone’s home, jam packed with their own junk. We found this unpleasant and uncomfortable.
There is twice as much furniture as needed, thick old carpets & rugs everywhere. The painted shut windows mean little ventilation. Its really smells. This is dust mite heaven. If you suffer allergies, or don’t like musty, damp houses, this is not for you.
Although this is advertised as a big house, it is so full of junk and furniture, that it becomes small. Its not nice to stay in the home of a collecto-maniac.
This is not a beautiful area of Scotland. There are tree plantations everywhere, making it dark. If you’re looking for beauty, landscapes and light, you have to drive for at least an hour.
It should be a nice place to stay, but we did not like it at all. In fact, it is the worst house we have ever stayed in. We did not enjoy staying in a warehouse packed with someone else’s junk, and our allergies flared up from the dust mites. The house is dark, cramped and musty not a pleasant place to relax in. It ruined the holiday.
If you are not planning to spend much time there, it would be fine. Though with the weather is so unpredictable, that may not be something to plan on.
I strongly recommend you stay somewhere else.