Review: A visit to Roshven House.
To all those without a boat or helicopter, Roshven House is remote. Until the 1960s there was no road access at all but these days the car journey is somewhat more practical. You shall pass through spectacular countryside and feel like your holiday has started an advance of arriving.
Roshven House is owned by Angus and Michie MacDonald and was purchased a few years ago in a poor state of repair. They live elsewhere in Scotland and bought the property and its 50 acres of land (no neighbours to be seen/heard!) as a holiday home. Since purchase the house has been completely refurbished and rebuilt, whilst maintaining the outer walls and original features. The entrance hallway has been opened up to show a rather lovely staircase that is not a million miles away from the moving one seen in the Harry Potter films (see photos). On the ground floor there is also long dining room with sea views and a TV room to keep the children amused when not outdoors.
Upstairs there is a large living/sitting room with bay windows and more spectacular views. Adjacent to it is a library with more seating which would be a great way to bring some peace and quiet to the end of a busy day’s walking and water-skiing. All are well furnished and decorated, not too busy and not too sparse with excellent Scottish artwork on the walls.
In terms of accommodation, the ten bedrooms are comfortable, of a sensible size and have exclusive access to a bath/bathroom. Nearly all have sea views (failing that the rather splendid garden) and there is even a shower room with a large window overlooking Loch Ailort. The bedrooms can mostly be configured as twins or doubles.
Finally there is boathouse at the end of the garden which has been turned into a single bedroom and huge living room – large enough for a drinks party for fifty! The boathouse is often rented out with the main house to ensure privacy and meals can be eaten down there. Like the rest of the property, the standard is far above the typical boathouse that one sees alongside rivers.
Perhaps key to any decision on whether to rent Roshven House is to understand how the property is run. It is not a one-in, one-out property but rather a family holiday home that other families are allowed to use. The price (roughly £11,000 for a week, including a cook, daily staff and boatman in the summer) makes it unsuitable for those on a tight budget but for families and groups with suitable means Roshven is a very unique house. You can enjoy its wonderful loch views without a neighbour in sight and will be well looked-after. The activities on offer are numerous, from water-skiing to canoeing to island-hopping to walking to Scottish reeling.
Landed Houses thoroughly enjoyed its visit and so should you! View Roshven House.