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

After a tumultuous few months working in the NHS and our long planned for holiday cancelled, we found Willow cottage online and contacted Jane, the owner. The cottage is in a lovely setting with a gorgeous garden to enjoy the sun when it shines! Willow cottage is in a great location for exploring lots of nearby sights. The owners, Jane and Chris have thought of everything in terms of making this a home from home and the cleanliness and condition of the cottage were excellent. There were some lovely touches like flowers, milk and homemade shortbread when we arrived. Chris and Jane responded readily to any issues we had and went over and above to resolve them. The weather wasn’t always kind to us but they were! I would have no hesitation in recommending this place.

August 2020

Just wonderful

Had another lovely week at Noddsdale. A unique house in glorious grounds which are beautifully maintained. An easy walk into Largs and spectacular views. The kitchen is better stocked than mine. Xx

August 2020

Wonderful to be back!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Willow Cottage. This was our first holiday with our five month-old baby, and we hugely appreciated the various appliances in the house (v. modern washing machine, tumble dryer, etc) and the extra effort Jane went to (setting up a cot for us) that helped keep things as easy and relaxing as possible. It was great to explore the various local walks and to make the most from the close proximity to Largs (fantastic 'carry oots' from Tinto tapas bar and Fish Works on the sea front). Have no doubt we'll be back.

June 2021

Didn't want to leave Willow Cottage
 
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