Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Available to let all year round, Hillview Cottage is a traditional 2 bedroom property situated in a beautiful sheltered scenic setting in an elevated position over looking the sparse western shores of the Isle of Bute with the mountains of the island of Arran in the distance. Heating and hot water are provided by a wood burning stove and lighting by enclosed candle lanterns. There is no electricity or landline, and you won't miss them! The cottage is a wonderful place to stay for rest, relaxation and recreation.

Built in 1896 as a game keepers cottage for the former Caladh House Estate, the property's rustic and antiquated nature have been retained to provide an opportunity to escape from all mod cons and the demands from everyday living. Set in 3 acres of land.

The cottage is located close to Tighnabruaich on the Cowal peninsula in the Argyll and Bute district on the West coast of Scotland approximately 2 hours drive from Glasgow. Situated 1.5 miles north of the villages of Tighnabruaich and the adjoining Kames, the Cottage feels serenely remote yet all services required are close at hand. In the villages you will find 2 excellent supermarkets, garage with petrol and workshop, 4 hotels with public bars and restaurants, restaurant, vegetarian cafe, Kyles of Bute (current Camanachd Cup holders) shinty pitch, tennis courts, and 9-hole golf course with spectacular views over the Kyles of Bute. The sailing school is located about 2 miles from Kames at Carry Farm.

Hillview Cottage was featured as one of the three best Scottish hideaways in the issue of the Observer Magazine on 26 August 2012 as part of a weekly travel feature called 'Joanne O'Connor's Great escapes'. It's also featured briefly on the Guardian website as part of the same article.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Caladh 700 m
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow Airport 137 km, Nearest railway: Greenock 48 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Sea view
General CD player
Standard Kettle
Utilities Cooker
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Comfortably rustic, the cottage, which sleeps 5, was constructed of stone and slate in 1896 for use as a gamekeepers abode for the Caladh Estate. The interior has stone walls and pine clad ceilings throughout, with exposed beams and wooden painted floor boards in the main two rooms and painted stone floors to the rear rooms. Heating is by virtue of a recently installed (late 2011) wood-burning stove, log fire with additional gas cabinet heaters for those cold nights. The wood stove has a back boiler, which produces piping hot fresh water from a wholesome mountain stream source so you can bathe in the wonderful long and deep Victorian cast iron bath. Light the candles and take some wine and music and a good friend and keep topping up the hot! Lighting is by virtue of enclosed candle lanterns, and there are torches for when after the lights are out. For cooking there is a 4 ring gas cooker with oven and grill and the kitchen is well equipped for most purposes. There is also a stereo CD radio cassette with lead to accept stereo media input and additional stereo tape player. Please note there is no electricity or land telephone line, and be assured you won't miss them!

The main bedroom has a pine double bed with tallboy chest of drawers, two small bedside chests of drawers a recess for hanging clothes and log fire. The second bedroom has a bunk bed with double bed on the bottom and single up top and a small wardrobe for hanging and storing clothes and some large wall shelfs.

We have just installed a small conservatory to the rear side of the cottage with a lovely view over the Kyles of Bute.

The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region

The best scenic drive in Scotland: The Scotsman newspaper identified the road from Glendaruel to Tighnabruaich as the best scenic drive in Scotland in it's issue of 29 March 2007. Follow the link for description:-


Should you wish to stay at the Cottage you will be forwarded an information sheet which will provide information of must do's, time permitting; amazing secret beaches to visit and have a picnic, scenic rambling routes, the best routes to walk up the mountain to the rear of the cottage - stunning views of peninsulas and islands, excellent places to eat and have coffee and cake, and does and dont's for those not familiar with wood stoves, log fires and oil lamps, etc.

Also note that the cottage is a really beautiful place to visit all year round and winter is a favourite time for getting warm a cosy and spending some quality time. Repeat bookings receive 10% discount.