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 120 km, Nearest railway: Not applicable|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Sea view|
|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|
|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.
Some reviews from previous host site:-
A magical hideaway in January ... A fantastic little cottage that we fell in love with. This very special little property is in a beautiful isolated location. We were so lucky with the weather, cold frosty days, and amazing clear night skies for star gazing. We kept the wood stove burning all day and made lots of hotpots and soups to keep us cosy and warm. We did lots of walking from the cottage, saw loads of deer... the dog absolutely loved it too! Everything was just perfect. Rating 5 out of 5
Sharon, Justin and Hooch, Hillview Cottage, Jan 2012
Incredible cottage - brilliant holiday Thank you for the most amazing stay ever. The weather was bright, sunny and hot every day - we just could not believe our luck (we even came back to London with a tan!!). The cottage is so beautiful and rustic...which was exactly what we needed for a break from the city. We will certainly be recommending it to our friends and family. Thanks again for making our stay so glorious Libby Rating 5 out of 5
Libby, Hillview cottage, May 2011
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.