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Dundonald Landing Pet-Friendly Cottage in Benderloch, Argyll and the Isles

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sleeps 2
1 room
1 bathroom

Dundonald Landing Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
Dundonald Landing is a detached wooden chalet in a secluded location close to Loch Etive, 2.5 miles from the village of Benderloch on the west coast of Scotland. The chalet offers open plan, studio style accommodation all on the ground floor level, with a double bed (made up of 1 single with pull-out stacker bed), fitted kitchen and sitting/dining area. There is also a shower room with shower, basin and WC. The front doors open onto the lawned area with furniture and BBQ and the private jetty. Off road parking for two cars is available. With the tranquil loch right by your chalet, and wonderful, scenic walks to be enjoyed in the area, Dundonald Landing is a great base for a relaxing break on the west coast of Scotland.

Area
Benderloch is a village next to Loch Etive in the West Highlands of Scotland, part of the Lynn of Lorn National Scenic Area. Benderloch is amidst stunning scenery and has a bar, general store and two restaurants. Visit the Sea Life Sanctuary and Nature Reserve or travel to Castle Stalker, or Ardchattan Priory Garden, which dates back to the 13th century. Oban is 7 miles away with a variety of amenities.

Region
From the lush green farmlands of the Borders to the ruggedness of the Highlands, the Scots are proud of their land and identity. Scotland also has some of Britain's best beaches with glorious stretches of clean sand over which to roam.

Amenities
Electric heating. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview and DVD, selection of books. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Private off road parking area for 2 cars. Lockable external storage. Decked area to front with furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 2.5 miles. Note: Property accessed via seven external steps with substantial handrails on each side. Note: This property opens out onto a sea loch, young children/pets must be supervised.

Amenities

  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • By the sea
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Reviews

macadam950
September 2019
When we were there in 2014 it was a delight but rebookd in 2015 and all changd . Bed was filthy and damp dog had been sleping in it .. the chalet had been extended also and was not as nice and another one was bing built next door When we were there in 2014 it was on its own I was recovring from cancer and had to leave and go home as we wre going to stay after going ro Oban and buying new bedding but th owner came walking along with his friend and seemed drunk and just came in with his frind to show him the chalet I was in my nightware We just packed up after that and went home SHOCKING !
Mr Griffin
May 2019
The property is in a wonderful location right on the shore of Loch Etive.. We were lucky and the sun shone every day allowing us to eat a barbecued dinner on the deck, observe the loch's wildlife and enjoy glorious sunsets. The accommodation is exactly as described, not 5 star but quite adequate, anything more grand would have intruded into the ambience of the beautiful setting. A great place to get away from it all.
Mrs Mcmahon
February 2019
Isn't as secluded as what it makes out, road can b quiet noisy at times, could have done with an extra quilt on the bed as it was a bit cold..
Mr Blackburn
November 2018
The most amazing experience .. Geoffrey was a wealth of knowledge , the whole setting is just so special . Lasting memory will be drinking wine on the decking looking in awe at the unbelievable view over the Loch , truly breathtaking.
Ms Hall
August 2018
Just came back from Dundonald Landing, the time spent there was great, best holiday i have had in a long time, there were many attractions around the area, Ganavan sands and a boat ride to seal island from Oban being favourites.. the venue was just as we expected, small clean and well equipped, perfect! The owners lived behind and were very polite in introducing themselves, saying they were in the house behind if we needed anything. Definitely going back.
Mr Dalton
June 2018
The place had not been cleaned properly, cobwebs and dead flies around windows, bedding clean but very old.. It was very difficult to get TV to work obviously no instructions. Mop bucket left at front outside. The woodwork outside could certainly do with treatment. The location was fabulous, but certainly can say that it needs a bit more care & upkeep.
Mr Bradley
June 2018
The bed was far too small for 2 people, I had to sleep on a 2 seater sofa.. The shower was too small and water went every where when having a shower. the best thing was the view.
Mr Muir
March 2018
My husband put his back out and the owners were very helpful.. Facilities were perfect. One of the comfiest beds ive slept in for a long time. Wakening up to that gorgeous view every morning. Thankyou both .Meg n Jim Muir. 31st march 2018.xx
John C
November 2017
Three very pleasant days spent at Dundonald Landing, which is a very comfortable chalet on the shores of Loch Etive. In terms of the location it was superb with outstanding views and an excellent point from which to store and launch a sea kayak (or indeed any such similar small boat). The accommodation was compact and cosy and well appointed for a short break. The owner who lives close by was most accommodating and helpful. The accommodation was dog friendly which was an important consideration for us. A thoroughly enjoyable mini holiday and one I would be happy to recommend to family and friends.
John C
November 2017
Lovely location ideal for couple and pet with enclosed garden.. Very good for base. Lovely walks in Forestry Commusion areas, great views.
leedsunited2016
October 2017
Just returned from a weeks break and found the location very private with outstanding views across the loch. The building was very clean, comfortable and well laid out and my mild concerns about the bed being too small and firm were unfounded. Even though it's safe to say I'm quite a large chap my wife and I had no trouble sleeping and the very light traffic on the single track road at the back of the building was not a problem. The owner, Geoffrey, and his son ' Howie' are a mine of local information and very helpful. There is a boat to the right of the building that interrupts the view slightly, but it didn't really spoil or interrupt the evenings I spent sitting on the decking outside the building in the least, in any case it is to be moved as soon as the weather and tide permit. Oban is a must to visit and only a 10 min drive away and there a a fantastic beach only a few miles further on for those that with a pet. Close to the Landing, there are several excellent restaurants/ cafes. My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much and will certainly return next year
kramer2088
September 2017
I have attached a couple of photos to illustrate previous reviews. Great location but unrealistic pictures
happymacl
September 2017
This should be a 5* plus review BUT as others have said there is a massive ugly grey boat that obliterates view from cabin!!!! It is on a cradle by the dock so i assume it will not moving for some time? Therefore the photos need to be updated, particularly the ones taken from inside cabin looking out. You should be able to lie in bed with a cup of tea and enjoy the view but all you can see is a ruddy great boat. So sad as we loved the cabin and surrounding area with great cycling and walking opportunities. It is small but well laid out, cosy and warm. The storage shed is great and use of BBQ was good. The cabin does need a deep clean, the windows washed and new mats but we could put up with that. However, the main reason we booked was for the view that was advertised and were very disappointed when we arrived. It irked you every time you looked out the window. If it was dry/no midges you could sit on the dock or in garden and enjoy the view. It being the west coast of Scotland though we were regularly driven inside!
Mr Creamer
August 2017
The cabin was brill nice scenery, peaceful,saw a baby seal rabbits,swans,other wildlife.. Just right for a base and to go to other places which was our intention.
Kenneth W
June 2017
Very large boat belonging to owner blocking view of the loch,bed starts as a double and ends as a single.chipped plates, filthy oven trays, slippery steps when wet,shed offered for storage was damp and full of spiders,property smaller than pictured, kitchen has no storage space,human hairs in the draws,tea and coffee stains down the draws and on the ends of the sofa.
Melanie O
June 2017
This property is small, but that is clear from the photos. It is very well set out and the bed was comfy. Could have done with more pots than the ones supplied, as we had to wash up every time we wanted a drink. The parking is across the road, which wasn't a major problem, until it came to packing the car to come home in the pouring rain. There is a quarry a few miles down the road, so even though the property is off the beaten track, we did have lorries thundering past the cottage from 5.30am. There is a jetty and a slipway, which is why we booked it, so we could use our dinghy. However, the slipway is currently occupied by the owners large boat, which he is working on, so the slipway can't be used. This was a disappointment, as although the jetty can still be used once the boat is in the water, we did have to manhandle our boat over the wall to get it in. The owner was very kind, and did offer to help, but was away half of the week. Also, the owners boat on the slipway did impede the view from the sitting area in the cottage. The position of this property on the edge of the loch is fabulous, but the issues listed above did affect our enjoyment.
Janice T
May 2017
We have just returned from our time at Dundonald Landing in May 2017. Previous holidays have been spent in secluded and isolated cottages which is why we were drawn to Dubndonald Landing. The photo' seemed to offer an ideal location, privacy and a place to relax and forget about the world. Unfortunately the chalet is only a few feet away from the single track road which has HGV' and Quarry vehicles rumbling down at quite a fair pace which spoils the tranquillity and would worry me if I had my dog with me. There are also houses all along the road to the back of the chalet and to the right of the chalet. The owners house is behind the chalet on the opposite side of the road. The photo' do not show it' location accurately, nor do they include the owner' boat which now spoils the ambience and the view that other' have found absolutely stunning and seem to have had a peaceful and private time. As stated the view is spoilt by the owner' boat which requires work doing to it which means the owner and others need access to it, which, again, means any thought of privacy is lost as you are never sure when someone may arrive, or the owner' caretaker who was busy painting the fence when we were there - in addition to the neighbour who is allowed to use the owner' jetty to land his craft. The car park is on the opposite side of the road which we didn't find too much of a problem. We thought a Visitor' book would be a good idea as the cottages we have stayed in have all had such a book which we have found useful in terms of suggestions where to visit/what to see as well as telling you what wildlife is about to look out for. With that in mind we had a an American Mink which arrived daily to be fed, as did a swan - we also fed the crabs which were easily seen in the clear waters...we had regular trips to Tesco (Oban) to buy food for every one :) We did find it surprising that there is no life saver despite being right on the water - all other cottages we have stayed in which have been near the water have had this. We also felt a welcome pack would be helpful - although there are leaflets as to what you can do, but a welcome pack feels more personal and usually has emergency numbers etc on - particularly useful for foreign visitors. And, just like another review, we have always arrived and have found milk and biscuits left for us - at Christmas there is usually milk, a bottle of wine and lovely home cooked scones or cake - which we feel is a very thoughtful touch that is missing at Dundonald Landing. Unfortunately the TV lost its signal on day 3 - we did not highlight this to the owner as we had downloaded films to our computer so this did not affect us and feel sure had we highlighted this the owner would have done his best to rectify the matter. There are about 8/9 DVD' supplied but if this is your only form of entertainment when you return after a day' exploring this would not be sufficient. Much like another review we would have preferred a full bed rather than one cut to allow more access, but we found the bed comfortable, but agree, it is hard. We felt that the sofa should be on the other wall so that you have a better view - particularly as the view you have where it is currently situated is obliterated by the owners huge boat. The owner is very friendly, as is his caretaker and his neighbour...the location is stunning....we loved seeing and feeding the American Mink and the swan and enjoyed sitting out when the weather allowed..we just expected privacy and seclusion which while it did not spoil our time it did detract from the overall experience.
Janice T
May 2017
Amazing location.. Accommodation is very small but that was obvious from brochure so not a surprise but felt a bit more like glamping than a holiday cottage rental. Would have felt v claustrophobic if weather hadn't been as good as it was which enabled us to pretty much live on the deck area. We took a couple of kayaks with us but with such a great location right on the loch shore, providing a couple of canoes/kayaks or a small tender for use of guests would be a great additional amenity for which I would gladly have paid extra to avoid hassle of taking our own.
PSM51
March 2017
Booked this as a late availability break ( but not discounted) that allowed dogs. Was attracted by the words "secluded" and "terrific views" needing a break from the rat race. The cabin is within feet of a single track road which runs directly behind the cabin where the local bus and a lot of construction traffic was running throughout our stay, inc early mornings. ( Road 6 ~8 feet from bed head!) The owner of the cabin has now berthed his large 'Naval looking' boat on the jetty which totally obscures the once panoramic view from the patio doors. This is going to be a permanent feature for some time whilst it is fitted out at weekends by owner and friend, which is also a bit of an invasion of privacy as its so close. The tethering ropes, cables and hoses pass around the area of the cabin ! You have to park your car the opposite side of the road to the cabin and make several trips to unload/load it, which we did in the pouring rain. The property is fenced but there is a big gap under the double gates where a dog could get out onto the road, so our dog had to stay tethered between walks when outside as he would have gone to explore !. Didn't have high expectations, but cabin does need maintenance as :- kitchen lights did not work (owner provided small lamp to cook by inlieu) and bed space/dining space lights overheated after about 10 mins and left us eating in the dark ( owner about to change) shower extract fan does not work leading to very steamy cabin each morning, cooker supply was repaired the day after we arrived and when had no cooking facilities on first night the owner graciously cooked our food for us. Bed is 'unique' being a piece of memory foam-- double bed size at the top and tapering towards the foot to allow space for the small table and chairs. Located against the sloping roof its not possible to sit up on one side of the bed. Memory foam is not that comfortable in comparison to a sprung mattress. Bed head is opposite to fridge in kitchen cupboard! Everything is that close you can turn on kettle when in bed! Stayed in a few wooden cabins and they have all had smoke alarms, but none fitted here! Although 'allows dogs' there is a patronising notice stating "not to allow dogs on settee or bed and to take all dog hair home with you! " Found that the general area is not that dog friendly with few places allowing dogs in, Oyster Bar at Connel Ferry and Creagan Inn at Apen allowed dogs in and had good food. Benderloch beach is 10 mins in a car, then 10 min walk but a pebble beach on one side leading to sandy beach otherside of Bay.. Take dog away every spring and usually find facilities are well maintained and as described, but not in this instance.
Moors_2014
July 2016
Dundonald Landing is an excellent chalet located on the shores of Loch Etive. The views from the chalet across the loch were magnificent and watching the wildlife was a treat. The location is absolutely brilliant to use either as a base to tour the highlands or stay more local because there is so much to do or see in nearby Oban and the immediate surrounding area. Whether you want to visit a castle, take a trip to the Isle of Mull, take a wildlife tour, visit the Whisky Distillery or just chill out on the lochside in the evening with a glass of wine this is a great place to visit. The chalet itself, although on the small side, has everything you need. The grounds were perfect for our labrador puppy to roam freely. The owners were very friendly and when we had a small problem they immediately sorted it. Nearby is a wonderful beach at Benderloch which was great for our puppy. Each morning we took him to this fairly secluded beach and he had a fantastic time. Dundonald Landing is a genuine retreat and we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
Mrs White
May 2016
The view from the property was stunning all week - we did have amazing weather. We loved watching the bird life pass by. Having our own private pontoon for sitting on, and launching the kayak too was an added bonus.The Pink Shop and Cafe both in Benderloch were great and we cycled, or walked, or drove there.Great Break.
Miss Daglish
February 2016
The setting and overall look was perfect. It was a beautiful and relaxing place to stay.
Miss Brown
January 2016
Beautiful setting! Cabin was very cosy and although not isolated it gave you the feeling of remoteness which was perfect. The owners were very nice and hospitable. The location is a good base for exploring nearby areas, as well as peace and quiet, really loved it.
Dogmother2112
January 2016
We stayed here over Christmas and had a lovely stay. The chalet is warm and cosy and in a fabulous location, even though the weather was extremely stormy! We slept really well and enjoyed the fact we were overlooking Loch Etive and had lovely views of the mountains too. We enjoyed great walks nearby, We revisited Port Appin where we stayed in September and also Glencoe. We enjoyed Christmas dinner at the nearby Hawthorn Restaurant which is excellent. Dundonald Landing is a great place to relax and explore the stunning scenery with your dog. We would happily return anytime of year to enjoy it's lovely facilities.
Mr McKenna
September 2015
The view from Dundonald was absolutely stunning. It was a real hideaway holiday which was peaceful and relaxing.
Sandra G
September 2015
Location Location Location, it was perfect. The views were amazing and you have a feeling of peace and tranquility. Not too far away was the beach and some great scenic walks around Benderloch. We were lucky we had great weather on our week and indeed like an earlier reviewer we came home looking relaxed and tanned. I do have a couple of gripes though, and one of them could have easily ruined our stay if it were not that we are a hardy pair and compromised our sleeping arrangements. The bed has been 'cut to shape' with the bottom right hand corner lopped off to fit it into the tiny tiny space between us and the kitchen, i would have rather struggled with a smaller walkway and had a proper full size adult bed that we could both comfortably sleep in. to accommodate this customisation the owners had used some sort of 'memory foam' as a mattress which was incredibly hard and uncomfortable. After a few nights i was missing my bed at home and indeed had to sleep on the settee in order to get a diecent nights sleep. There is room for improvement and more attention is needed for storage, in such a 'tiny' space you must utilise everywhere but there was precious little and we ended up keeping everything in our cases. there is a wet room which opens up directly to the kitchen and its deadly as there are no bathmats so again we had to compromise and lay down kitchen roll before we went into the shower or made sure we wore flip flops. a couple of personal touches would have been nice also, like 'welcome' information, there was nothing and it took an age to work out the oven, we found the wifi password on a post it note crumpled up in the drawer. and i dont think i have ever stayed anywhere like this were there hasnt been at least a pint of milk and a few teabags on arrival, like i saw a few touches would make all the difference but overall the views and the location would sell the place to anyone.
Mrs Ryan
June 2015
We particularly liked the overall setting, the chalet, the exclusivity and the general feeling of being away from it all! The chalet is positioned very well at the Loch side and the views are magnificent. As it is the only chalet, one has the feel of being very much alone and undisturbed. This added to the overall feel good factor.
macadam950
April 2015
We were here in 2014 and have booked again this June ! So peaceful this wee lodge and private pier and beach all on its own completely private. all amenities .. and this year has been extended new photos to be posted this week .Did not think it could get any nore perfect ! Can not wait to go back in June ,Last year I was recovering from cancer ! I genuilly feel this PEACE helped me HEAL
Mackay
September 2014
We loved the location, so private and peaceful, beautiful views from the property. It was also great because it was about 10 mins from Oban, we would love to go back.
Miss Payne
July 2013
The lodge is perfectly compact and has everything you need. Views amazing and location ideal. We had an amazing time and will be going back.
Miss McClelland
June 2013
We went for a very active week of kayaking, cycling and walking. The chalet was perfect for this as access to the water was great, with good tracks and scenic walks within easy distances.
Heather M
June 2013
Just spent a wonderful week at this chalet and have come back with sunburn! We wanted a space to relax and enjoy our bikes and kayaks. There was plenty of space for all our kit outside, great access to the water and plenty of places to walk and cycle safely. The owners know the water well, which is really useful. We caught fish for dinner in the loch, had roe deer walk past the door, and a multitude of birds/life to watch from the door. The inside space is small, but feels just like camping but in a much drier space with full amenities. Our only concern was that at the minute it is open to the road while a fence is being constructed, so we had to be careful of the dog. Felt completely at peace in this property.
jimkirk53
April 2013
far to small for two adults to have a comfortable weeks holiday .we stayed two nights very cold on second night the 13/4/2013 halogen heaters provided but they light up the whole room, ceiling very low in bathroom hand basin unusable,storage for clothes consists of 4 coat hangers on a towel rail@ bedside cabinet, outside very nice,
Mr Mrs Robinson
March 2013
The location was excellent with beautiful views. Very peaceful and relaxing. Easy access to all the surrounding area.
Mr Fraser
September 2012
Location was fantastic, quiet and peaceful. Great base to see the surrounding area. Pretty good value for money.
Miss Wilson
September 2012
It had a spectacular view, the location made our holiday special.
Mrs McKay
August 2012
The surrounding area was very quiet and peaceful. It was really nice and we were able to sit at the end of the Jetty and just relax as there was no one around. The owners were very pleasant and happy to help. Oban is one of the nicest places we have visited and the locals were lovely.
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