Fern Villa Guest House

A place for all seasons in the Scottish Highlands

Fine Highland Hospitality in Ballachulish

Comfy beds, tasty breakfasts, fresh air, recharge your batteries, get your Scotland fix

Our Story

Catherine and David Susans

It all started in August 2005 while on a camping holiday on the Ardnamurchan. As you do when you are on holiday we looked in the estate agent windows and saw B&Bs for sale. An idea was born. Catherine’s parents were elderly and were needing more time to look after them which didn’t fit around our jobs. So when we got back from holiday we said to Mum how do you fancy pooling resources and moving to Scotland and we’ll look after you. We got an immediate Yes!
Catherine and David

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Our Rooms

Fern Villa Guest House Ballachulish Room 1, colourful duvet and curtains and picture of birds.
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Garden Room


Bedroom 1 is a bright and cheerful small first floor room with a double bed situated at the rear of the house.
Views over gardens.

  • Cosy king sized feather and down duvet.
  • Small ensuite shower room.
  • Complimentary Highland Soap Co toiletries.
  • Set of Towels.
  • Hair Dryer.
  • Shaver Point.
  • Complimentary tray with tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Small TV
Fern Villa Guest House Ballachulish Room 2, Silver Birch, showing king sized bed, feature wall and painting.
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Silver Birch Room

Bedroom 2 is upstairs at the front of the house with the benefit of a bath to enjoy a soak after your days adventures.

Can be arranged as 2 single beds OR a superking.  Select your preference when booking.

Views over the village and to the Ardgour Hills.

  • Cosy double or superking size feather duvets.
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over
  • Complimentary Highland Soap Co toiletries
  • Set of Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shaver Point
  • Complimentary tray with tea, coffee and hot chocolate
  • Small TV
Fern Villa Guest House Ballachulish Room 3, the iris room,
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Iris Room

Bedroom 3 is an upstairs room at the front of the house and has a double bed. Have a view with your brew when you enjoy your morning cuppa in bed.

Views over the village and to the Ardgour Hills.

  • Cosy king size feather duvet.
  • Small ensuite shower room.
  • Complimentary Highland Soap Co toiletries.
  • Set of Towels.
  • Hair Dryer.
  • Shaver Point.
  • Complimentary tray with tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Small TV
Bedrrom 4 at Fern Villa Guest House Basllachulish
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Bee Room

Bedroom 4 is our small upstairs twin room, with 2 single beds,  at the rear of the house with views over gardens. and to the hillside.  Occasionally deer can be seen grazing.

Fans of Escape to the Chateau will recognise Angel’s Potagerie wallpaper and curtains.

  • Cosy double feather duvets.
  • Small ensuite shower room.
  • Complimentary Highland Soap Co toiletries.
  • Set of Towels.
  • Hair Dryer.
  • Shaver Point.
  • Complimentary tray with tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Small TV.
Room 5 Fern Villa Guest House Ballachulish
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Willow Room

Bedroom 5 is our small ground floor room at the rear of the house, with a double bed.

Overlooking a small walled courtyard with flower tubs and bird feeders.

  • Cosy king size feather duvet.
  • Small ensuite shower room.
  • Complimentary Highland Soap Co toiletries.
  • Set of Towels.
  • Hair Dryer.
  • Shaver Point.
  • Complimentary tray with tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Small TV.

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Special Offers

Front garden at Fern Villa

Stay for 2 consecutive nights and receive an automatic 5% discount.

Better still stay for 3 or more consecutive nights and receive an automatic 10% discount

These discounts are only available on direct bookings. 

The Art of Coorie book in front of the open fire in Fern Villa Ballachulish Guest Lounge

Returning Guests will qualify for a 5% discount.  We will email you a special Promo Code to enter when making your next booking.  This can be used in conjunction with our discounts. 

Please feel free to share this code with friends and family who you recommended us to.

Only available on direct bookings.

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Tasty Breakfasts to set you up for the day

Think about a Scottish Breakfast what springs to mind?  Oatmeal Porridge, Kippers, Haggis, Black Pudding, Smoked Salmon? Also a good choice for Vegetarians and Vegans. We are happy to serve them all!

Catherine’s parents were elderly and needed more time to care for them, who were not suitable for our work. So when we came back from holiday we told mum how you love to pool resources and move to Scotland and we will look after you. We have an immediate “Yes”! In Scotland, there is an option to buy Strattera online from this website. Scotland has a production of this medicine.

Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 8.45am :

Choose from our 4 breakfast options for meat and fish lovers or from a choice of 4 dishes for vegetarians/vegans. 

Pre-Prepared

Slow Cooked Hamlyns Oatmeal Porridge made with full fat milk.

Our own recipe Bircher Muesli – maybe better known as overnight soaked oats.  A mix of 10 dry ingredients stirred through yoghurt and apple juice on a bed of fruit.  

Please let us know if you’d prefer either made with non dairy. 

At our Self Service Counter

  • Selection of cereals 
  • Yoghurts 
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fruit Juice

Followed by a choice of Fern Villa's freshly cooked breakfast options

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Choice 1

Select From :

  • Our Butcher’s own Dry Cured Back Bacon
  • Our Butcher’s own Pork Sausage
  • Free Range Eggs
  • Grilled Tomato
  • Naughty but nice Mushrooms sauteed in butter
  • Stornoway Black Pudding
  • McSween Haggis
  • Baked Beans

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Choice 2

Select From :

  • A Loch Fyne Kipper (a whole smoked herring, minus the head!)
  • Free Range Eggs
  • Naughty but nice Mushrooms sauteed in butter
  • Grilled Tomato

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Choice 3

Select From :

  • Toasted Bagel
  • With either Cream Cheese or Scrambled Egg
  • Smoked Salmon

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Choice 4

Served on Toast

  • Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Haddock, Cherry Tomatoes, Chives and Flat Leaf Parsley

Or if you'd prefer a vegetarian or vegan breakfast

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Choice 5

Select From :

  • Vegan Bacon
  • Vegan Sausage
  • Vegan Black Pudding
  • Vegan Haggis
  • Grilled Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Baked Beans
  • Plain Scrabled Tofu
  • or Egg if desired

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Choice 6

Select From :

  • Scrambled Tofu with onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and spices on toast

07

Choice 7

Select From :

  • Herby Mushrooms on toast
  • Egg if desired

08

Choice 8

Served on Toast

  • Avocado on Toast with olive oil, lemon juice, chilli flakes and salt
  • Add some seeds
  • Add some grilled peppers
  • Egg if desired

Please advise at the time of booking if you would like a Vegetarian or Vegan Breakfast, this allows us time to shop further afield as not all items can be bought in our local CoOp.  

All breakfasts are accompanied by a pot of tea, cafetiere of coffee or a hot chocolate, toast, butter, jam and marmalade.

Occasionally we may have to substitute some items from our menu due to availability.

 

 

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Check out the provenance of the products used in our breakfast menu.

Meats

  • Letterfinlay’s own Dry Cured Back Bacon
  • Letterfinlay’s own Pork Sausages
  • Charles MacLeod of Stornoway Black Pudding (Letterfinlay)
  • Macsweensof Edinburgh Haggis (Letterfinlay)

Seafood

Loch Fyne Kippers* are bought from our fishmonger in either Oban or Fort Wiliam. We buy these by the stone and we then freeze them individually.

The smoked salmon comes from Wester Ross Fisheries and is smoked by Letterfinlay.

The smoked haddock comes from our fishmonger in Fort William orOban.

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Tomatoes and mushrooms are Scottish when in season and available.

Dairy and Eggs

  • Scottish large free range eggs (Letterfinlay or local supermarket)
  • Butters used for sauteing mushrooms (supermarket)
  • Butter Portions (Letterfinlay)
  • Yoghurts (Letterfinlay or supermarket)
  • Scottish Milk

Preserves

Mackays Jams and Marmalades which are made in Dundee.

Other

Hamlyn’s Oatmeal, which uses Scottish Oats.**
Ingredients for the Bircher are bought on line from Healthy Supplies.
Other items like bread, fruit, cereals and vegan items are bought from supermarkets.
* Kippers are whole herring, split in the middle and opened out, salted and cold smoked on the bone.
** David gets rave reviews about his porridge, check out what people are saying.

Letterfinlay mentioned several times above is a family business in Fort William. They deliver to us twice a week which helps us reduce our carbon footprint and the need to freeze items.

Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or food requirements.

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Relax in the Guest Lounge

Enjoy your favourite tipple while you browse through our books and guidebooks of the area

5 Bedrooms

10 Guests

Village Location

Free Wifi

Free Parking

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can check in after 4pm.

Please check out by 10.30am.

We will be happy to hang up your wet gear in our utility room. We have a dehumidifier which gets most items dry by the morning.

Unfortunately we don’t accept pets. Although service animals are welcome along with their well behaved owners.

There is a local bus service which runs between Fort William and Kinlochleven. Plus an infrequent bus service that runs to Oban. We are also on the City Link route that runs from Glasgow to Skye. The nearest train station is in Fort William where you will be able to catch a local bus to Ballachulish.

Yes, we have a selection of vegetarian/vegan breakfast options.   See our Breakfast page to see what’s on offer.  

There is a maximum of 2 people allowed in each room. If you wish to bring a child they will have to share a room with 1 adult.  

Unfortunately it is not possible to predict the weather. There is a saying that in Scotland we can get 4 seasons in one day, which quite often proves to be the case!

Yes we are!  We are just 1 mile from Glencoe Village which is just off the A82.  You can can continue on this minor road, which is single track with passing places, for around 4 miles where it rejoins the A82.  The glen opens up after this point into jaw dropping scenery.

We have free parking for one car per room.  4 spaces can be found directly opposite the house in the walled carpark outside of Quarry Cottages.  The fifth space is at the side of the house by our cottage.  

Sorry we don’t.  However the CoOp, open from 7.00am to 10.00pm, have pre-made sandwiches, drinks, fruit etc.  Or if you’d like to knock up your own we can lend you utensils to do this in the Breakfast Room and keep items in the fridge for you.  

During peak times we have a minimum night stay of either 2 or 3 nights, depending on the room.  This is due mainly to the time taken to do the additional cleaning and the huge price increase in power.  Each time  guests check out we have 5 loads of washing and drying per room which consumes a lot of electricity.  

We recommend that guests take out travel insurance, including those in the UK, in the event that they are unable to travel to their destination. Then if your cancellation falls within the period where the full payment is due you will not be out of pocket. 

It’s pronounced Balla-hoo-lish

Fern Villa Guest House Ballachulish Room 1, colourful duvet and curtains and picture of birds.

Accommodation

Discover Our Rooms

Wake from a restful nights sleep ready to enjoy the day ahead.

  • Small ensuite shower room.
  • Complimentary Highland Soap Co toiletries.
  • Set of Towels.
  • Hair Dryer.
  • Shave Point.
  • Complimentary tray with tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Small TV.

See & Do

Discover the Area

With so much to see and do you’ll never have time to be bored

Fern Villa is situated right in the heart of the West Highlands, so regardless of how relaxed or high-octane you want your holiday to be, you will find it close by.  We are classed as the West Coast of Scotland although we are about 30 miles from the open sea.  Loch Leven is a sea loch, it joins Loch Linnhe, at the Ballachulish Bridge, which then flows into the sea near Oban.  

Corran Ferry lighthouse

Eating Out

Enjoy Eating Out

We live in a fish and seafood lovers paradise, taste the difference as it comes straight out of the sea and onto your plate. Plenty of options for meat and vegetarian lovers too.

Gallery

Inspiring Photo Gallery

Remember to bring spare batteries and your charger as they will soon run down with all the photo opportunities.

Loch Leven Sunset with boats

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Tel: 01855 811393
Email: ghfernvilla@gmail.com

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