Scottish Highlands

Fern Villa Guest House

A place for all seasons

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!

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Our Rooms

Bedroom1Green
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

A bright and cheerful small upstairs double room at the back of the house. Views over gardens.

  • 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
Bedroom2Single
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Our upstairs twin at the front of the house with the benefit of a bath to enjoy a soak after your days adventures.
Double duvets to make it more cosy.
Views over the village and to the Ardgour Hills.

  • 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.
Bedroom3
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Our upstairs double room at the front of the house. Have a view with your brew when you enjoy your morning cuppa in bed.
King size duvet to make it more cosy.
Views over the village and to the Ardgour Hills.

  • 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
Bedroom4
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Our small upstairs twin room at the back of the house. Fans of Escape to the Chateau will recognise Angel’s Potagerie wallpaper and curtains. Double duvets to make it more cosy.
Views over gardens.

  • 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.
Bedroom5
Fern Villa ,Loanfern, Ballachulish, Highland PH49 4JE

Our small ground floor double room at the back of the house.
Overlooks small walled courtyard.

  • 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.

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? We are happy to serve them all!

We have changed how we run our breakfast service :

There will be 2 breakfast sittings at Fern Villa – 7.30am – 8.15am and 8.30am – 9.15am. Please adhere to these time slots to allow for social distancing and cleaning between sittings.
Some choices may be subject to availability.

Pre-Prepared

Slow Cooked Hamlyns Oatmeal Porridge made with full fat milk (please ask if you’d prefer it made with water or a dairy alternative).

Our own recipe Bircher Muesli – maybe better known as overnight soaked oats

Self Service items are to be pre ordered:

  • Selection of cereal (ask what is available)
  • Yoghurts (ask what flavours are available)
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Mixed Tinned breakfast fruits – e.g. grapefruit, mandarin, apricots
  • 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
  • McSweens Breakfast Haggis (just like normal haggis but comes in a slice)
  • Baked Beans

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Choice 2

Select From :

  • A Loch Fyne Kipper (a whole smoked herring)
  • 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

Please advise at the time of booking if you would like a Vegetarian or Vegan Breakfast.
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.

We are delighted to have achieved Visit Scotland’s Taste our Best accreditation as recognition of our sourcing policy and the quality of food we provide at breakfast.

We take pride in using quality produce and showcasing some of the best local and Scottish Food producers in the breakfast we prepare. Scotland’s food comes from unspoilt habitats and varied weather, which are perfect for producing a wide variety of high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and much more.

Below is a summary of the provenance 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)
  • Macsweens of Edinburgh Slicing Haggis (Letterfinlay)

Seafood

Loch Fyne Kippers* are bought from D Watt & Son, Oban or from the visiting Fish Van. 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.

Fruit and Vegetables

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

Dairy and Eggs

  • Scottish large free range eggs (Letterfinlay)
  • Various Scottish butters used for sauteing mushrooms
  • Grahams Family Dairies Butter Portions (Letterfinlay)
  • Grahams Family Dairies
  • Yoghurts (Letterfinlay)
  • Scottish Milk

Preserves

Mackays Jams and Marmalades which are made in Dundee.

Other

Hamlyn’s Oatmeal, which uses Scottish Oats.**
Other items like bread, fruit and cereals are bought in the local 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 our reviews to read what people are saying.

Letterfinlay mentioned several times above is a family business in Fort William. They deliver to us three times 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.

Take a look at the world map on the wall, it is great to see how far people have travelled to the small village of Ballachulish to stay with us. Maybe you will be able to add a pin into your home town if it’s not already been taken.

During Covid times:

Please use the hand sanitiser in the hall before going in and after coming out of the Breakfast Room.

We are currently trialling contactless breakfast ordering. Before your arrival you will be emailed an order form for you to complete and send back to us. We usually have a buffet running but at the moment these items will also have to be pre-ordered. Breakfast choices for other days of your stay can be discussed and changed as required.

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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

Special Offers

Stay for 3 or more consecutive nights and receive an automatic 10% discount.  Only available on direct bookings. 

Returning Guests will qualify for a 5% discount.  We will email you a special Promo Code to enter when making your next booking with us.  Can be used in conjunction with other offers.  Only available on direct bookings.

What Our Guests Have to Say

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 get 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.

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

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Get in touch

Call or email us with your dates and any questions
Tel: 01855 811393
Email: ghfernvilla@gmail.com

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Receive a 10% discount for stays of 3 or more nights and a special discount for returning guests. Must be booked on line and applies to direct bookings only

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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.

We ask at time of booking if you have any special dietary requests. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any requirements. This allows us time to travel further afield if our local shop doesn’t stock certain items.

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.