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 her Mum first went to view the house in October 2005, on pulling into the car park without getting out of the car Catherine phoned David and said ‘We’ll have it’. The house still gives us that feeling.
In April 2006, only 8 months later, 4 adults, 2 teenage children, 3 dogs and 2 cats moved lock stock and barrel to Ballachulish. Now there is just Catherine and David, 2 new dogs and 1 new cat.
On the first morning we had 10 guests for breakfast, we’d never done anything like this before but we kept calm and were perhaps a bit haphazard as we juggled guests and removal men.
We love the house and it’s taken us 15 years to get it nearly as we want it. We hope you’ll love it too. It was built in 1895 and still has some of the original features like the decorative coving and stair spindles.
All our efforts are made to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable. We like to think that you’ll arrive as guests but leave as friends.
Our comfy bedrooms have everything we like to find in a Guest House. We are certain you’ll get a peaceful good nights sleep.
We have a great tasty breakfast selection and like nothing more than watching our guests tuck in. Many come back in the evening and say that they didn’t need any lunch as they were still full up.
If you want to head out to the hills early or catch the sunrise on Rannoch Moor then please talk to us about an early breakfast.
David’s porridge is talked about around the world. Just read some of the reviews.
We hold Visit Scotland’s Taste our Best Award for offering locally sourced Scottish produce wherever possible.
Should you get wet while out on your adventures we have a drying room. We can get most things dry and ready for your next day out and about.
In the evening you can relax in the Guest Lounge and enjoy your favourite tipple. We will light the fire on a chilly evening. And when the weather is favourable you’ll get to watch fabulous sunsets over the Ardgour Hills.
So if you are hankering to come to Scotland decide on some dates and check our availability.
We look forward to welcoming you to Fern Villa soon.