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The Argyll and Bute region has been a favourite with holidaymakers for years and it's easy to understand why with so much beautiful countryside, lochs and coastline to admire.

The extensive choice of holiday cottages in Argyll and Bute provide the perfect base for great outdoor breaks, lovers of breath taking views and those who simply enjoy relaxing holidays!

With miles of unspoiled coastline, fantastic gardens, a wealth of history and heritage and lots of fantastic opportunities to get out and about amongst lovely countryside, there's so much on offer here it can be tricky to decide where to spend your days.

The region is perfect for walkers and cyclists who want to escape into an unspoilt landscape of mountains, forests and lochs and its extensive coastline offers visitors plenty of opportunities to get onto the water; there is excellent sailing, kayaking, surfing and windsurfing.

You'll find holiday cottages that aren't exactly short of beautiful surroundings that are literally right on the door step, for example take some of Argyll's stunning gardens such as Benmore Botanic Garden, which has an incredible mountainside setting and a world-famous horticultural collection, including a stunning array of flora from all over the world or Inverary Castle Gardens and stately home on the edge of Loch Fyne covering 16 acres.

Of course whisky plays a large part of Argyll and Bute's heritage so it goes without saying that a visit to the Oban Distillery is well worthwhile. Learn all about single malt production on the tour then maybe sample a wee-dram afterwards!

If you're looking for something a little more active then drop by Stramash Activity Centre where you can enjoy lots of adventure and activities including kayaking, mountain biking, orienteering and more.

The landscape of Argyll and Bute is rich and varied, offering a wealth of choice and a variety of different holiday themes to suit families and couples alike. The rolling open countryside and large expanses is a delight for humans and pets alike, which will enjoy the opportunity to stretch their legs!

Visitors can choose from a great selection of cottages and will find plenty of different ways to explore and enjoy the region.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Argyll and Bute to find your perfect retreat.

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Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Anchorage House Ref: 30649


Located in the quiet and picturesque coastal village of Tighnabruaich, with facilities including local shops and restaurants, this spacious, upper Victorian villa boasts stunning views over the open water to the Kyles of Bute. Known as ’Argyll’s Secret Coast’, Tighnabruaich is tucked away in a small corner of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Bordered by Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute, this is an area of stunning natural beauty, with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. ’Argyll’s Secret Coast’ is packed with places to visit and things to do, and sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its beauty. Explore the forests and coastline by foot, bike, kayak or boat. Abundant with wildlife, with deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and even, if you are very lucky, basking sharks. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. A short drive takes you to Portavadie, with its marina and the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula, with ferries to the islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. Beach 20 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

14 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Kitchen. 5 bedrooms: 3 double (one 5ft four poster), one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation 3. Wii. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£425-£1001
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

This holiday property is situated in a stunning, private, elevated position looking over Loch Awe and the ruins of Finchairn Castle. It has a square enclosed courtyard to the back of the property and a large garden to the front which is bordered by a dry stone wall with far reaching views across the loch. This detached, multi-storey farmhouse is located on Ederline Estate, a family-owned working hill farm, covering around 13000 acres of stunning scenery. The estate is made up of woodland, far reaching moors, 22 lochs; all with wild brown trout which guests are welcome to fish with a fly (£10 per day), and on Loch Ederline guests can fish for pike, perch and roach. Wildlife in the area is legendary, with red and roe deer, pine martens, foxes and red squirrels often seen. The famous Scottish wildcat and otter are also common but not seen as regularly. Golden eagle, osprey, peregrines, black and red throated divers and many other rare species all nest on the estate. The area is rich in history and archaeological sites, with the main concentration in the Kilmartin Glen only a short distance away. On the estate itself there are two ancient chapels and a castle to be explored. Activities include kayaking (£10 per half day, £15 per full day), local pony trekking, and in season, stalking can be arranged. The numerous forest trails and Crinan Canal tow paths are ideal for walking and cycling. Short ferry crossings to Islay, Gigha, Mull and Arran are easily made, or the Kintyre Peninsula offers white sandy beaches and some of the best golf courses in Scotland. There are an abundance of good restaurants in easy motoring distance of Ederline Estate which cater for all tastes with some excellent sea food. Shop and pub 5 miles.

Living room with wooden floor and wood-burning stove. Dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility. Games room with wood-burning stove. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate walk-in shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with zip & link bed, wooden floor and en-suite walk-in shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and wooden floor. Two twin bedrooms, each with zip & link beds; one with wooden floor. Bathroom with separate walk-in shower cubicle and toilet. Walk-in shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Two freesat smart TVs
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • ¾-acre lawned front garden with furniture
  • Rear enclosed courtyard
  • Shared 13000-acre landscaped grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge, to be kept on a lead - sheep country
  • No smoking
  • NB: Lochs, streams and burn in grounds

WAS
NOW
£807-£1985
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Rockcliffe Ref: S4231

Enjoying stunning views over Tarbert’s harbour and Loch Fyne, this spacious and comfortably furnished house is within walking distance of the quayside shops, inns and restaurants. A bustling fishing village, Tarbert also offers boat trips to Jura, Gigha, Islay and Arran, whilst opportunities for sea fishing and riding in the lovely surrounding countryside are available locally. There is golf, too, with the 18 hole championship links course at Machrihanish just a short drive away, and four other courses close by.The glorious landscape of the Kintyre Peninsula holds a rich variety of attractions, with excellent hill walking and beautiful forest scenery. At Lochgilphead, 15 miles, Kilmory Castle displays its world famous rhododendrons in its lovely gardens. A little further on, Dunadd hill fort and Kilmartin Glen’s wealth of standing stones are steeped in history. Shops and pubs within walking distance.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Dining room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH, elec and bed linen inc. Cot. H/chair. Video. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Payphone. Garden. Garage. NB: Steep steps and path in garden.

WAS
NOW
£601-£1318
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

In a stunning setting with direct access to Loch Awe this spacious detached property is set in its own 21/2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Acclaimed as one of Scotland’s most picturesque lochs, Loch Awe is surrounded by high mountains, and its calm waters are dotted with wooded islands, many with castles which recall the turbulent history of Argyll and its clans. The grounds are perfect for a peaceful and relaxed holiday and the external games room is ideal for guests with young families. There is good fishing and excellent walking can be enjoyed locally with many fine forest walks also suitable for cycling. May and June are a riot of colour with a variety of spectacular rhododendruns and there is much to interest the naturalist and bird-watcher. Argyllshire’s annual gathering takes place in August, featuring piping competitions and Highland games. The Oban Sea Life centre, Cruachan Hollow Mountain and Bonawe Iron Works can all be found nearby. This is a superb base for touring the Western Highlands, Oban is only 40 minutes by car, with a good choice of shops, restaurants and bars – as well as a cinema, sports centre, golf, tennis, sailing and ferries to the islands. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Living room with gas fire. Sitting room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Sun room. Two double bedrooms each with 5ft bed, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with patio doors. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with bidet and toilet. Shower room with bidet and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom and twin bedroom, each with coombed ceiling.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor in two bathrooms), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two satellite TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • Playstation 2
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone-honesty box
  • Large, enclosed 21/2 acre lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking; car port (for 1 car)
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with pool table, table football, board games and toilet
  • Natural water supply from loch
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond and stream in garden, 10 yards

WAS
NOW
£581-£1883
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

With stunning views over the Kyles of Bute, these detached holiday properties lie just yards from the shoreline. Bute offers lush, fertile and rolling hills, craggy, heather-covered moorlands, and sandy beaches around the coastline; it is a haven for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. Visit the Victorian Gothic mansion of Mount Stuart, Bute Museum, Rothesay Castle and the gardens of Ascog Hall and Ardencraig. Shop and pub 2 miles.
With stunning views over the Kyles of Bute, these detached holiday properties (refs SVVT and SVVU) lie just yards from the shoreline. Bute offers lush, fertile and rolling hills, craggy, heather-covered moorlands, and sandy beaches around the coastline; it is a haven for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. Historical sites include standing stones at Ettrick Bay, the ancient chapel of St Blane, and the vitrified Iron Age fort at Dunagoil. Visit the Victorian Gothic mansion of Mount Stuart, Bute Museum, Rothesay Castle and the gardens of Ascog Hall and Ardencraig. Events hosted include the annual jazz festival, Highland games, agricultural shows, concerts and art festivals. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Large hallway. Large comfortable living and dining room with open fire. Spacious kitchen with gas aga (for cooking), open fire, dining area, tiled floor. Utility, tiled floor. Games room. Twin bedroom. Shower room with large power shower (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor (stairlift from utility to en-suite bedroom). Two double bedrooms, each with seating area; one with 5ft bed, one with 5ft 6in bed, en-suite bathroom, roll-top bath, double basins, bidet, toilet. Bathroom, shower attachment, bidet, toilet. Annexe: Double bedroom with 5ft 6in bed (for +2). Twin bedroom (for +2). Bathroom, shower attachment, toilet.

  • Full LPG central heating April-September £25per week, October-March £50 per week
  • Three TVs (two Freeview)
  • Two DVDs
  • PS3
  • Gas Aga included
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone-incoming calls only
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with pool table, table tennis, darts
  • Garden furniture

  • Open fire(s) - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • iPod dock
  • Lawned garden
  • Shared 28-acre natural woodland grounds
  • Natural water supply from borehole
  • Catering and packed lunches available by arrangement
  • Fresh eggs available
  • Guided walks by arrangement
  • Additional cleaning by arrangement
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Loch frontage

WAS
NOW
£805-£1985
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Harbour House Ref: UEJ

With magnificent views across the Sound of Jura, Scarba and Mull, this listed building, dating from 1815, stands at the water’s edge in a sheltered peaceful bay known as Crinan Harbour. Attached to the owner’s home, it retains many original features, to provide very comfortable and spacious holiday accommodation on three floors. Perfect for family holidays, the house boasts an established garden with a sitting-out area overlooking the bay.
Fascinating walks from the house allow visitors the opportunity to explore this area of great natural beauty and to observe the abundant local wildlife, including small red deer, owls, otters and seals. Harbour House is also ideally situated for all forms of boating, sailing, canoeing and diving, and there is a small slipway in front of the house for those wishing to bring their own boats. The famous Crinan Canal flows into the sea just around the corner, and offers quayside coffee shop and bar. There are several excellent restaurants in the area, including the renowned Crinan Hotel.
From Crinan, a walk or cycle ride along the canal towpath leads to Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig (7 miles), and Lochgilphead (7 miles) where there is a variety of shops, restaurants, a sports centre, swimming pool, and 9-hole golf course. Kilmory Woodland Park boasts an Iron Age fort, bird hide and lochside views, and Castle Riding Centre runs highly enjoyable riding courses as well as renting out bicycles and golf equipment.
There are many places of interest to visit, including the prehistoric linear cemetery at Kilmartin Glen. Island trips to Mull, Iona and Staffa can be made from Oban (30 miles). Oban is also home to the Oban Sea Life Centre and the Oban Rare Breeds Farm Park. Sea fishing can be arranged and there is fly fishing within 3 miles. Boat trips and riding are also available locally. Shop 7 miles.

Sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove. Spacious kitchen/breakfast room. First floor: Double bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom. Two single bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Digital TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars only), additional parking 75 yards foc
  • No smoking
  • NB: Drop in terraced garden

WAS
NOW
£517-£1575
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Ballochyle Cottage Ref: 26273

Located a mere 5 minutes from the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park this spacious semi-detached holiday cottage is one of four dwellings created from a restored courtyard farm steading and is located within a quiet private estate. Woodland walks are available directly from the door and it is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities with a magnificent diversity of scenery boasting dramatic peaks, waterfalls, hidden caves and mysterious, forest covered slopes. Providing a tranquil location to either relax and escape from the trials of everyday life, or a fantastic base from which to explore the spectacular scenery and history of the area. The deep glens and narrow sea lochs are typical of the West Coast and there you can find a huge selection of Scottish wildlife. Red deer, roe deer, buzzards and golden eagles to name but a few. The area is also full of history. Standing stones, burial cairns and rock carvings abound. The town of Dunoon is within easy reach and has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a steamer cruise and explore the hills and lochs of the Cowal Peninsula. An abundance of outdoor activities are on offer with sailing, sea fishing, windsurfing, fast speed RIB boat tours, quad bikes, clay shooting and more. Nearby, the magnificent woodland gardens at Benmore Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Second living room. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with toilet. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (two 5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, two with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin.

Woodburner in second living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included (£35per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural woodland. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: River in grounds (150m).

WAS
NOW
£538-£1314
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
Castle Lachlan Ref: CC523060
Castle Lachlan is a beautiful Scottish baronial house set within the Strathlachlan Estate, which has 1500 acres of land and provides a stunning view down to Loch Fyne and Lachlan Bay.  The Castle is the home of the Clan MacLachlan and the owner, Euan MacLachlan is the 25th Clan Chief. The ruins of Old Castle Lachlan can still be found on the shore of Loch Fyne. It was the Clan home until bombarded from the sea in 1746 by an English warship following the defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden. This was retribution against the MacLachlans for joining the unsuccessful rebellion.  Lachlan MacLachlan, the Chief, ADC to Bonnie Prince Charlie, was killed in the battle.  The New Castle started life as a Queen Anne style house at the end of the 18th century.  Then at the end of the 19th century the Scottish baronial transformation was undertaken. It has now been cleverly divided so that the grander southwest facing front is now available for self-catering holidays.  The accommodation is spread over four floors with the kitchen, playroom and shower room on the ground floor.  The first floor has the main living area with drawing room, dining room leading to a billiard room with full sized table; all first-floor rooms have the benefit of a sea view.  The second floor has four bedrooms, all except one have a sea view; the master bedroom has an en-suite and dressing room.  The third attic floor has the remaining three bedrooms, with a single bedroom positioned within the Tower.  The Estate is mainly sheep farming with some woodland.  There are three miles of coastline, nearly all of which is only accessible on foot.  Many different levels of walks are available locally from gentle strolls to more adventurous trails.  The gardens have a tennis court which is available for use by guests.  Seasonal sporting activities are available locally, booking essential.  Clay pigeon shooting and quad bike safaris can also be arranged. The family also owns the Inver Cottage Restaurant which is only a 15 minute walk away providing food throughout the day and evening. A village shop and petrol station can be found in Strachur, only 6 miles away.  Strathlachlan is a great location to explore.

Ground Floor: The property is heated by oil and wood and comprises:
Kitchen: With electric four ovens Aga, gas oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, dishwasher, breakfasting area and large larder room leading from the kitchen
Utility/drying room: With washing machine and tumble dryer
Playroom: With TV, DVD, video, sofa bed (for +2) and a selection of games
Shower room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Stone staircase (please take care!) leads up to first floor

First Floor: Main entrance: with sweeping staircase to front door.
Main hallway: with wood paneling, open fire and grand staircase to second floor.
Drawing room: with Italian marble fireplace and open fire, TV with full Sky package, DVD, Steinway grand piano and hi-fi.
Dining room: with Italian marble fireplace and open fire with large wooden table and chairs.
Billiard room: with full sized billiard table.

Second Floor: Bedroom 1 (Red room): with two single beds and garden view.
Bedroom 2 (Blue room): with double bed and sea view
Bedroom 3 (Rose room): master bedroom with double bed,  en-suite with bath, WC and basin, large walk-in dressing room and sea view.
Bedroom 4 (Green room): with double bed and sea view.
Bathroom: with bath with shower over, WC and basin and shaving point.

Third Floor: Bedroom 5 (Tower room): with single bed and sea view.
Bedroom 6 (Attic 1): with two single beds, coombed ceiling and sea view.
Bedroom 7 (Attic 2) with double bed, coombed ceililng and sea view.
Bathroom: with bath, WC and basin and heated towel rail.

All fuel and power are included. Wood for fires also included. Bed linen and towels provided. Cot & highchair available. Telephone (honesty box) & wireless broadband internet.  Additional 2 camp beds available (sleep a further +2)Off road parking for 10 cars. Outdoor seating & BBQ (coals not included). En Tout Cas tennis court with balls & rackets available for use. Private front grassy garden and access to 1500 acres of estate grounds. Two dogs welcome (must be kept on lead - working farm). Cook and daily housekeeping available by arrangement. Licenced for civil weddings – small parties within house or larger weddings outside in marquee; weddings can be fully organised if required; catering, firework display also available by arrangement and all subject to additional charges.

WAS
NOW
£2280-£3675
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
Craigivar Ref: 30582

Situated in an elevated position, at the southern most point of the idyllic Rosneath Peninsula where the rugged Argyll mountains meet the sea, this spacious, detached Victorian holiday villa has panoramic loch views from several rooms. This quiet area is popular with walkers and climbers, and trig points can be found closeby. Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park are close by and offer water sports, cruises, gardens, golf courses and an aquarium. A popular area for fishing with the sea nearby and course fishing available on Loch Lomond. Ayrshire and Burns country lie to the south, and the Western Highlands to the north. Excellent public transport links and city shopping in under an hour. Beach 300 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin, one with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fires in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Two high chairs. Two Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. Electric range. Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Small book library. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden

WAS
NOW
£651-£1575
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
2

Amidst a stunning secluded location with a 1½ mile private beach, this really is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or family celebrations and is just 4 miles from the nearest villages. Nestling in 460 acres of unspoilt natural woodland, Ardlamont Estate is ideal for large parties and weddings. It is located in an area of stunning natural beauty with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. Argyll’s Secret Coast is packed with places to visit and things to do; sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its beauty. Abundant wildlife can be spotted such as deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and if you’re very lucky, basking sharks. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. The town of Dunoon is within easy reach and has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a steamer cruise and explore the hills and lochs of the Cowal Peninsula. Loch Lomond National Park is just a short drive away and is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities, and boasts a magnificent diversity of scenery with dramatic peaks, waterfalls and hidden caves. Portavadie with its plush marina and restaurant is approximately 5 minutes’ drive away, or you can catch the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula with ferries to the islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. The historic Ardlamont House is a classical example of a Scottish country house, dating back to at least 1646 when it became the ancestral home of the Lamonts, one of Scotland’s oldest clans. Sumptuous public rooms with blazing open fires, and elegant four-postered bedrooms makes this ideal to enjoy the fabulous surroundings. Beaters Cottage is stone-built with many original features, The Dovecote and Doocot offer a romantic retreat for couples. Chauffeurs and Coachmans are situated in the east and west wings of Ardlamont House with their own private entrances. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

4 steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Laundry room. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Two bathrooms with shower over bath and toilet. Seperate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 4 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one 5ft four poster, one 4ft four poster, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Lower ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

Open fire in living room, dining room and 3 bedrooms (initial fuel included). Woodburner in second living room (initial fuel included). Electricity aga. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking.

All properties: Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 460-acre natural grounds. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Unfenced access to beach 500 yards.

WAS
NOW
£1203-£2470
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Magnificent setting in mature woodland by Loch Awe

Ideal area for fishing, walking and cycling

Children’s play area, pool table and darts

Traditional bar - ideal for family functions

Motor boats, rowing boats and canoes for hire, 300 yards, launch facility

Late 16th century Ardbrecknish House is in a magnificent Highland setting with wonderful views of mountains and glens. These attractive holiday properties are set amid 20 acres of mature woodland close to beautiful Loch Awe - 26 miles long and Britain’s longest freshwater loch. A whole host of indoor and outdoor amenities are available on site, and although the setting is quiet and peaceful, it is within easy reach of restaurants, shops, golf courses, and the small village of Kilmartin Glen and museum, the richest area in Europe for prehistoric remains, making these properties an ideal holiday location and a perfect touring base. A visitors’ reception/library area provides a wealth of information on the local history, archaeology, wildlife, gardens, forest and hillside walks, as well as the year-round activities available around Argyll and the West Highlands.
The Ardbrecknish Room has a welcoming open fire, small dance floor, pool table, darts and Scottish Carpet Bowls. The adjoining cosy traditional bar with its woodburner provides a perfect way to end the day; perhaps sampling one or two of the many malt whiskies.
At the shore, just 10 minutes’ walk, motor boats, rowing boats and canoes can be hired to explore the enchanting islands and ruined castles of the loch, or maybe fishing the loch for salmon, char, monster pike and brown trout. A British record brown trout of 31lbs 10oz was caught in March 2002. Tuition and/or a fishing guide is available by arrangement.
The surrounding area offers a wealth of interest and fantastic scenery. Opposite Ardbrecknish is majestic Ben Cruachan, and further north are the impressive Glen Coe and Ben Nevis ranges, a mecca for hill walkers all year round. Both regions have ski centres and within an hour’s drive is the busy town of Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’, from where modern ferries take you to Mull and Iona, the cradle of Christianity, Staffa, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture, and to other Hebridean gems. Oban has a sea life centre and an excellent golf course. The elegant town of Inveraray on Loch Fyne only 12 miles away, to the south is the Crinan Canal with its stepped locks, you can walk or drive a delightful route along its 9-mile length. Family-friendly bar and restaurant on site.

First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. Separate toilet. Second floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with 2 additional singles, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Fridge/freezer.

All properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry. Shared garden grounds. Children’s play area. Picnic/barbecue areas. Ample parking. Access to pool table, darts and Scottish Carpet Bowls. No smoking. NB: Loch 300 yards from properties.

WAS
NOW
£514-£1317
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Rothmar West Ref: SNNK

This substantial stone-built house is located on the coast overlooking the world famous Machrihanish Championship Golf Course and the Atlantic Ocean. One of a pair, the holiday property offers stunning views over Machrihanish beach and the Inner Hebridean islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha. Glasgow is only 20-30 minutes’ flying time from Machrihanish Airport, which in turn is 10 minutes’ driving time from the property. British Airways operate two flights daily, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. Campbeltown is one of a handful of areas in Scotland categorised as a whisky producing region and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malt - at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself the whisky capital of the world. The town boasts two distilleries as well as a museum, heritage centre and harbour, with an annual regatta and music festival. Other attractions in the burgh include The Wee Picture Cinema and a recreation centre (fitness centre, swimming-pool, café and library). The town is well served with supermarkets, independently-owned local shops and excellent hotels and restaurants offering the finest local produce. The surrounding area is well known for its fine beaches, unspoilt countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of the Kintyre Way making this an ideal location from which to explore the Kintyre Peninsula, including Skipness Castle, the village of Carradale, the Mull of Kintyre and Gigha. Lying just off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha offers a pleasant day trip. Within a short distance there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura. Jura, one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides, is an ideal place to go for peace and quiet. Islay is great for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese, and a Wildlife Information Centre. For the outdoor enthusiast there is walking, cycling, loch and sea fishing and watersports in abundance. Shops 3 miles, pub 100 yards.

Large living room with open fire, wooden floor and sea views. Dining room with tiled floor. Simple kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. All bedrooms with wooden floor. Bathroom with wooden floor and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full oil central heating included (November-March £75per week, £50 per short break)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed lawned rear garden with furniture; large front lawned garden
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

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£485-£1341
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