Noddsdale Hydro

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The Hydro Electric scheme at Noddsdale has been in operation since the 1920s providing electricity to the House and cottages at the start of its life with 110DC, until the National Grid was brought into the Glen. Since then it powered the House with light almost continuously until the scheme was refurbished and upgraded in 2010.

The refurbishment included increasing the catchment area and replacing the old Power House with a new one further down the hill to make use of the increased fall and therefore output. All the electricity generated is now 240AC and is exported to the National Grid. Although we now have to buy the power back, we at Noddsdale benefit from this green energy source and the marvellous bit about it is that there is no blot on the landscape!

The head water is captured and stored in the Dam which is known locally as The Chinese Lake, although no one is exactly certain how it came to be known as such. This is a scenic spot which is visited by many locals enjoying a walk in the countryside. We have marked out a special route for the visitors to avoid disturbing those at the house and the holiday properties. Responsible Access has been encouraged with cars being parked in the public car park at the Cemetery and litter being taken home, dogs kept on a lead etc. Most people are very respectful, but as always there are some exceptions.

One of the old turbines is on show in The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh with a picture of my elderly father alongside it – so, if you visit the Museum, see if you can find the display.

 
 
What our guests say

We stayed Mon-Fri and had a great time. We had a very warm greeting from the hosts upon arrival which was a great start. Not only is the property beautiful (the inside is a clever fusion of period feel with modern gadgetry), but there was lots nearby to keep us entertained. We spent a lot of time on the tennis courts (rackets and balls all available in the porch to help yourself to), and there is a beautiful walk up the hillside with some beautiful views.

June 2021

What a gem!

We stayed for a week in Bell Loft on the Noddsdale Estate just a few mins outside of Largs. The accommodation was first class - warm, comfortable, high standard and so thoughtfully presented.

The Noddsdale Estate is just 5 mins drive from the centre of Largs with its ferry to Cumbrae and proximity to Arran, Bute and Glasgow. Lovely walks from the estate and two superb golf courses within a short drive.The owners could not have been more helpful and we even had access to their private tennis court. We highly recommend Bell Loft and as a family who had not been to Scotland before we had a wonderful time and hope to return.

Super Accommodation close to Largs

We came back. What better recommendation could there be?! A great base for visiting local islands, gardens, historic houses, etc. Stay and cook at home or visit one of the plentiful eating places. Good internet connection if you want that. All the major supermarkets will deliver there. And a log fire too!

October 2021

Another great stay!
 
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