Keys to the house are to be found inside a small plastic box, in a large black plastic box, on the shelves in the back porch at the back of the house.
Dawn Stewart is our housekeeper, 07717 500722. Contact her if you have any problems, and cannot solve them yourself or by using the Troubleshooting section in this book. The washing machine and tumble drier instructions are in the Utility room.
Dawn is also a very good cook and can prepare a meal for you to pop in the oven when you arrive, or at any other time too. Please see our website www.lerigoligan.co.uk for options and prices.
We operate a no smoking policy. Please do not smoke in the house.
We accept dogs, but please do not allow them on the furniture, or upstairs. Thank you.
We extended and refurbished the house 8 years ago. A glass conservatory (“The Link”) joins the old house to a new extension
The studio building, known as “The Bothy”, behind the house is sometimes used by the owners and their close friends/family.
An allocation of 2 baskets of logs is provided. If you would like more logs, please take bags from the shelves in the back porch. The cost for each bag is £5, and payment can be left in the envelopes on the shelves at the back of the sitting room. Thanks.
The open log fire in the sitting room
There is a metal slider below the grate, the air intake. Left is open, right is closed. Before lighting check that it is fully open. Close it to slow the fire down, and conserve wood.
Always use the fire screen if you are leaving the fire unattended.
The wood-burning stove in the kitchen only has one control, the lever at the bottom—out opens the air intake to burn faster.
Please don’t empty the ash from the firebox, as wood burns better on a 2 inch bed of ash. We will use the ash on the garden. There is a metal bucket with a lid for surplus ash from the fire or stoves in the back porch. Please do not burn coal on either fire.
The water supply in house is from the mains, and it is also physically and UV filtered.
It has to be electrically pumped from a holding tank in the shed just below the house.
Waste water – if possible try not to overload the septic tank by over-using water.
Make sure nothing extra apart from toilet paper goes down the loos. The drains can block, and the septic tank doesn’t like it either. Please use biodegradable products which are septic tank friendly, no bleach down toilets, no wet wipes, etc.
Heating & hot water
An air source heat pump and solar hot water panels power underfloor heating, radiators and the hot water in the taps.
Thermostats etc. The heating is all underfloor downstairs, with controllable thermostats in the kitchen (behind the door) and the two downstairs bedrooms. The thermostat outside the utility room will step up the overall level of heating, but responds slowly—it’s better to use the open fire and kitchen stove if you want quick warmth. The upstairs radiators are larger but not as warm as normal ones, and have thermostatic valves.
There is, at certain programmed times, hot water circulating in a loop in the pipes to the West Wing shower room. This is because you would have to run the tap for ages to get hot water. So in the morning and evening it should be instantaneous, and at other times it will take a while to come through.
If you need extra hot water, there is a press-switch high up just inside the utility room door. Press it once and it turns on an immersion heater for three hours
The Link (dining conservatory) and the Sunroom both cool down at night, so to conserve heat keep those doors shut.
Switches for towel rails
The switch for the towel rail in the large downstairs shower room is by the bedhead in Bedroom 1. (we know it is confusing!) Upstairs bathroom and Hall small shower room switches are outside the doors.
There are TV sockets in the sitting room and Bedroom 1 at the far end of the West Wing. The TV has a broadband connection and usb slots. The Bose iPod dock has been temporarily removed.
There is Wifi. Access BT-RHA3J9, password is 9n9UqEPx3y9EXN. You can also find this password (WPA key) on the underside of the router, which is in the sitting room built-in cupboard.
The cooker hob works by induction – It will heat up when you turn a ring on and put a steel or cast iron pan onto it. It will not work with aluminium or copper-bottomed pans. It is very responsive and great to use – but takes a bit of getting used to.
The pans are non-stick and you should use plastic utensils to avoid scratching. Please clean up any spills on the hob and ovens before they get baked on.
Fridge in kitchen, and fridge freezer in utility room. Kitchen fridge main switch on wall next to it, and then turn on the panel at the top of the fridge.
Dishwasher – tablets are provided
Please don’t throw out the washing-up liquid bottles as we refill them.
Used fat and oil
We have had huge problems with fat gathering in the drains. Please don’t put any down the sink (or toilet). Use the fat trapper with the absorbent liners, and dispose of the used liner in the household rubbish. Spare ones under the sink.
Instructions for washing machine, tumble-drier and fridge-freezer are provided.
Cleaning materials and equipment under sink in kitchen or in the utility room.
Rubbish, recycling and compost
The dustbin is located at the main door of house. Please make sure it is empty when you leave.
General household waste should be taken to the large grey residents’ wheelie bin at the upper end of the village hall car park beside the hall. Please compact your bags as there is limited bin space, and only 3-weekly collection on Wednesdays. If you have a lot of rubbish please take bags to the Council dumps at Lingerton (Lochgilphead) or Moleigh (Oban) to leave enough room for the neighbours’ waste. Rubbish issues have caused problems in the past.
Paper, card and plastic recycling goes in the blue bin next to it (no plastic bags please). There is a separate bin for this next to the main kitchen bin.
Glass recycling goes into bins lower down in the Village Hall car park.
You can put raw vegetable peelings etc on our compost heap, which is down three steps from the outdoor tap east of the house, if you like. There is a small bin for compost under the kitchen sink. (No meat or fish, please)
If any post is delivered to the house, please leave it on the open shelves in the sitting room for us. Thanks.