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

Our family visited Scotland for the first time this September and we were recommended to stay at Noddsdale. As there were 5 of us we stayed in Bell Loft which had a lovely homey ambiance with the welcoming homemade shortbread and flowers. Loved sitting around the fireplace and relaxing.

Beautiful rooms, décor and grounds of the estate which we hiked up in the morning to see beautiful views of Largs. Great base for exploring the area.

"Amazing stay in Bell Loft"

We really enjoyed our stay at Willow Cottage. The Cottage is a very high standard and has everything you could possibly need on holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the local area as there is lots to see and do. We also loved the local walks and enjoyed playing tennis on the courts. Many thanks to Jane and Chris for a great holiday, we hope to return for another visit!

"Fantastic stay at Willow Cottage"

Willow Cottage and surrounding area was a welcome break away from home, especially after lockdown began to be lifted.

Jane and Chris are excellent hosts and catered for all our needs. The home is set up so as to not want for anything away from home, the house and setting had everything we needed, except good weather which is never a guarantee. A nice touch too was the home-baking on arrival, Jane even catered for the nut allergy in the family. They could not be any more attentive.

The house is set in lovely greenery and was great to have the Tennis Court and walks on tap in the surrounding area, with amazing views towards Cumbrae and Bute. A short walk or drive into Largs is so easy too. And its wonderful to come back to the house after a day exploring to the peace and quiet.

As a family of 5 adults, we had a terrific time.

Thank you.

July 2020

A welcome home away from home
 
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