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Scottish country estate in Argyll

Achara is a country estate in Argyll in Scotland with a listed country property at its heart, nearly 200 acres of woodland and grassland, and an ancient standing stone. The principal residence, Achara House, is listed Category B. Built around 1900, the property sits in an enviable position overlooking its own parkland with views to the shores of Loch Linnhe.

Inside, the reception rooms are impressive and include a magnificent drawing room with a large bay window and the dining room, which seats 16. Upstairs eight bedrooms are spread over two floors.

Just a short distance from the house is the Coach House, which offers two bedrooms on the ground floor and living spaces up on the first floor. Watson’s Cottage lies to the rear and offers one bedroom, kitchen and a sitting room, all on one floor. Both cottages have been successfully let in the past. Padbury’s Cottage is a further one-bedroom cottage which is currently let.

 Achara means ‘field of the monument’ in Gaelic

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Outside, the gardens are a feature of the property and include fine lawns which centre around a beautiful, well-stocked trout pond, and a woodland garden with a path meandering up the hill. There is also a hard tennis court within the grounds.

In a field to the front of the property is an ancient standing stone believed to be over 3,500 years old: Archara derives its name from the Gaelic for ‘field of the momument.’

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The land comprises 194 acres of which 33 acres is good quality grazing and the remainder is woodland which is managed under a grant scheme

Achara is situated a short distance from the highland village of Duror, close to the shores of Loch Linnhe and the picturesque Cuil Bay. Ballachulish (8 miles) has a range of local amenities including a village store, coffee shop, a number of guest houses and a hotel.

There is a local golf course at Ballachullish called Dragon’s Tooth and a further courses within a two hour drive. Nearbly Glencoe offers legendary walking and climbing, as well as skiing. Fort William (19 miles) is the second largest town in the Highlands. A sleeper train that can be caught from Fort William to London Euston.

The local area is steeped in the history of the Scottish nation with the Glencoe Massacre and the famous Appin murder taking place nearby. It is this surrounding area that offers a wealth of outdoor pursuits.

The guide price is £1.25m. For further information please contact Knight Frank on 0131 222 9600or visit

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