Highland retreat for sale, complete with resident cat

The ecoYoga Centre sits in five acres at the south end of Loch Awe. Photograph by Coni Horler.

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A luxury retreat situated at the south end of Loch Awe is up for sale at a cool £1,350,000.

Founded and built by Nick and Rachel Loening in 2006, the ecoYoga Centre is set in five acres on the banks of the loch near the village of Ford and comes with its own renewable energy supply.

Built on the site of a former baronial mansion, the Loening’s spent five years refurbishing the property from a former active outdoors centre. The couple are now moving to Edinburgh and have put their labour of love on the market.

‘After 15 years we wish to simplify our lives, find new directions; still in the Yoga world but also working with meditation and mindfulness,’ said Nick.

‘The 14 years that we have owned ecoYoga have been extremely enjoyable and we have loved living in such a beautiful place.’

The establishment also boasts the three-bedroom Inverliever Lodge, a second building with 10 bedrooms, a ‘Geo Dome’ with hot tub for eight and cold plunge pool, and an underground sauna.

Various other buildings include a yurt with insulation ‘made from hi-tech NASA fabrics’ that sleeps three.

The centre is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic with Nick, Rachel, their family and staff all electing to self isolate there.

‘We have been living here as one happy family, enjoying the peaceful nature and doing lots of gardening,’ added Nick.

‘One of the most wonderful parts of running a Yoga retreat centre is being part of a community of lovely people from all over the world. Working with a team of young, enthusiastic people who share our ideals has created a sense of extended family.’

Whoever buys the property will also inherit resident feline Lily, an 11-year-old hybrid Scottish wildcat who loves to get her claws into visiting mice. Human visitors are warned to pet her at their own risk.