The Grange, Whiting Bay
House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
The Grange offers an impressive Scottish island retreat for large gatherings all year round. It is ideally situated with front-line panoramic sea views of the bay and Holy Isle, directly opposite a wide sandy beach, perfect for beachcombing and paddling.
The Grange is conveniently located in the coastal haven of Whiting Bay and within easy reach of the village amenities. It is directly opposite a shallow bay, perfect for paddling and kayaking. It's a short stroll to Coast Bistro, a vibrant spot for morning coffee, lunch and evening meals.
Formerly a hotel, the present owner-artist has taken care to upgrade the property to a high standard of comfort and style; it is spacious and well appointed with oil central heating.
The modern kitchen provides informal dining and is fully equipped to manage a large house party with a gas range, a big fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. A butler's passage leads off the kitchen to a separate formal dining room with views over the bay. The spacious drawing room features an open fire and a large bay window, an ideal place for gazing out to sea with a wee dram of Arran Malt. To help keep the peaceful atmosphere, there is a second lounge with a 32" TV for the children to enjoy.
The first floor provides five elegant bedrooms, three with en-suite shower rooms; and there is a fabulous family bathroom with roll-top bath complete with chandelier.
Outside there is a garden with established trees, herbaceous borders and lawns overlooking the bay. The sweeping gravel driveway provides plenty of space for parking. Please note the driveway is shared with Peacock Cottage appended to the rear of the Grange. This holiday cottage sleeps two and also available to let (Holiday Lettings Property Code: 280462)
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Opposite the property|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow / Prestwick International Airports 30 km, Nearest railway: Ardrossan Harbour 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
- Large well equipped kitchen/diner with with fridge/freezer, gas range (5 rings, 2 ovens + warming oven), microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
- Formal dining room with piano and sea views
- Spacious drawing room with bay window and sea views, open fire, flatscreen TV, DVD
- Second small lounge with comfortable sofas and flatscreen TV, DVD
First floor (sleeps 9 in 5 bedrooms):
- Master suite with king-size bed, flatscreen TV, en-suite shower room
- Two double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and sea views
- Twin bedroom overlooking the rear gardens
- Single bedroom
- Shower room with wc
- Family bathroom with roll top bath, basin and wc
- Gardens with herbaceous borders, lawns and sea views
- Garden furniture (2 dining tables and chairs)
- Coal bunker
- Driveway parking, with additional off-road parking opposite
- Use of garage to store bikes, golf clubs, etc by arrangement
- All utilities
- Bed linen & towels (please bring own swim/beach towels)
- Wi-fi in the kitchen/dining areas
- Complimentary toiletries
- Household cleaning essentials
- Coal for the open fire, starter kindling pack
- Travel cot - please request at the time of booking (bring own bedding)
- Highchair - please request at the time of booking
- Welcome gifts
Guest comments from the Visitor Book and Trip Advisor:
"Fantastic house - great scallops - great people :-)" (A. Gray)
"Awesome house, my friends loved it and we had an amazing time. Thanks very much." (R. Chand)
"Fantastic house in wonderful location! ... Like the island itself, The Grange is relaxing, beautiful and stunningly located and will not disappoint ..." (Joyce K, Apr-13)
“Fantastic family holiday - would recommend to anyone!” Monday 26th Aug 2013
Date of Stay: Saturday 10th Aug 2013
"The Grange was fabulous! We have spent many happy holidays on Arran over the years and being in Whiting Bay in such a lovely house was just perfect. The house was very grand and the gardens were beautiful. We had our whole family with us and there was plenty of room for the children to have their own floor in the house, while the older members of the group enjoyed the master suite and balcony. The lovely front room was our favourite, all of us enjoyed looking out of the window at the stunning view. We haven't been on Arran for about 10 years, but found the Island to be wonderfully familiar. It was just lovely to potter about on the beach at Machrie when the tide was out with my children as I had done every summer of my childhood. We fished, crabbed, bird spotted, climbed Goatfell, swam (well the kids did!!), walked, pony trekked, cycled, played golf, tennis and rounders and even loved a picnic hidden from the rain and wind behind the rocks at Drumadoon. Although we had dinner in the house most of the time we ate out at Coast in Whiting Bay one evening. We pre-booked as we were a big group and had a lovely evening. The owners were extremely welcoming and the food was great. I think we may have depleted his stocks of Arran Blonde and Bacardi though!! We had lunch at Machrie Golf clubhouse one day, and again had booked ahead. The lunch was great and we were made to feel very welcome even though there were 14 of us from ages 5 to 75 so quite a diverse, and sometime loud, group! We had a few hours to kill before the ferry home and decided to go to the Arran Heritage Museum. This was an ideal trip to keep the kids occupied. The museum was fab and real value for money. Also the little cafe was lovely, great bacon sandwiches! Overall the Grange was even better than we had expected. It was perfect and we are already trying to work out which week will be best to book for 2014. The owner, Nick, was lovely. I would recommend this fabulous house and of course recommend the beautiful Isle of Arran!"
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
Arran is a beautiful island off the west coast of Scotland with stunning mountain and coastal scenery. There are rugged granite mountain peaks in the north, green rolling hills of the south, pretty villages and stunning ever changing coastal views around every corner.
In contrast to the most of Scotland, Arran is blessed with a mild maritime climate due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, making it an ideal destination for year round breaks. However, it is also renowned for changeable weather and you may experience four seasons in one day! You are advised to bring comfortable, weatherproof gear and wear layers that you can take off when the sun shines.
Arran is easily accessible from the Scottish mainland, less than an hour from Glasgow, Glasgow and Prestwick International Airports. When you board the ferry, there is a feeling of leaving all the worries behind, as you set off on your Arran adventure.
There is also the option to travel to Kintyre from the north of the island on a short ferry crossing to explore Argyll or island hop to Islay, Mull and beyond.
Isle of Arran
With a stunning natural environment, the island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with outstanding wildlife, flora, fauna, geology, archaeology and history. There are high level mountain walks for the more experienced, miles of forestry trails and the Arran Coastal Way, a continuous 100k route. You can also follow circular paths to discover ancient sites, including the Standing Stones at Machrie Moor and King's Caves near Blackwaterfoot.
Brodick Castle & Country Park offers a programme of guided walks in the summer months and there are a number of woodland trails, including The Duchess Bathing Pools and a sculpture trail in Merkland Wood created by a renowned local artist, Tim Pomeroy.
Other activities available and places to visit include:
• 4* hotel leisure facilities open to non-residents include a swimming pool with sauna, steam and foot spa; sports hall, gym and studio, spa and beauty treatments and a children's play barn
• Seven golf courses and an automated golf range
• Pony trekking at Sannox and Shiskine
• Adventure activities - sea kayaking, gorge walking, paragliding, climbing and abseiling, mountain biking
• Boat trips from Lamlash pier including sea kayaking, powerboating and a ferry service to the Holy Isle
The village of Whiting Bay has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and is self-contained with a useful range of small independent shops and services for easy living. Coast is a popular vibrant spot for morning coffee and also offers a lunch and dinner menu and take-away. The nearby Eden Lodge Hotel also serves drinks and food. For family entertainment, the Village Hall plays host to an eclectic range of local bands, visiting musicians and ceilidhs.
Next to The Grange, you will discover the Arran Art Gallery with an inspiring range of original artwork, limited edition prints, ceramics and glassware together with a pretty courtyard garden.
Whiting Bay boasts a long sandy beach with plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. Village amenities include a pitch & putt course, a children's play park and the beach is wide enough at low tide for a game of rounders. There is an 18-hole golf course, where visitors are very welcome.
There are numerous good walks close by with forestry trails for mountain biking and walking, with circular trails to the spectacular Glenashdale Falls and the prehistoric burial chambers of Giant's Graves.
In Brodick we would recommend the 4* Douglas Hotel and the 4* Auchrannie Resort, both open all day for drinks, snacks and meals and the Heritage Museum cafe has a lovely riverside garden with picnic tables for lunch and afternoon tea.
A car is advised to travel to other parts of the island, but it is not essential as there is a regular bus service connecting the villages and an open top bus for scenic trips in the main season.
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29 Aug 2014
"Good family House - even in bad weather"
Great house, with two sitting rooms we had a quiet room and a noisy one. Great dining room, big kitchen well equipped for large groups. also booked adjoining property - stairs in there were very steep… More
We appreciate any feedback from our guests but would like to respond to a couple of small points made in this review (for a stay in October 2013). With regard to the adjoining cottage, Peacock Cottage is not advertised as being suitable for people with limited mobility or wheelchair users. We would not recommend it for this purpose and unfortunately the reviewer did not make us aware that there was a mobility issue prior to or during their stay. It is described as a typical Arran cottage, small but cosy and suitable for 2 adults. It is a comfortable base for exploring the island with a big beach opposite and the village amenities are just a short stroll away.
The other issue about the "damage" was due to some carpet stains left by the guests. This required the services of a specialist contractor and the guests were charged a modest £25. We do not always charge for damage or excess cleaning but the cost was actually much higher than this due to the time it took to rectify the problem before the next guests arrived. We do understand that accidents happen, particularly with large family groups.
8 Jul 2014
"Beautiful home in fabulous location"
Spent a wonderful week with a family group of 11 with great success. Celebrated a 60 th and a 4th birthday in style and comfort.Very well equipped kitchen and very family friendly, with lovely art wor… More
21 Jun 2014
"Stunning location and house"
a home from home type of a house. We wanted for nothing and had a most fsantastic and relaxing holiday. We had our 3 grown up boys with girlfriends and there was plenty of space for those who wanted t… More
15 Jan 2014
"Excellent house in a stunning part of Scotland"
We visited over the New Year week as part of a group consisting of 3 couples and 7 kids. The house exceeded expectations. Lots of space, very well equipped, beautiful art on pretty much every wall, very comfortable bedrooms - and fantastic views. The weather was atrocious at points, but watching the power of the waves, and seeing them eventually up on the road, was certainly memorable. So much to do nearby - great waterfall, beaches with seals, coastal walks with caves, and not too far from the leisure facilities at Auchrannie, which we made good use of. We also found that the Indian restaurant in Lamlash and the Chinese in Brodick were both good - with the Chinese delivering to the Grange, which was even better! In all, an excellent house, with a very helpful and friendly team making arrangements easy, and even having an open fire lit for our arrival!
29 Oct 2013
"Fabulous, immaculate and well equipped house with amazing views"
This is one of the best holiday houses we have ever stayed in. Pictures couldn't do it justice. It is immaculately kept, very well equipped and extremely comfortable. The manager and owner were v… More
21 Aug 2013
"does'nt get much better than the Grange"
Stayed for a week in July, weather was superb which certainly helped but the Grange made the holiday even better. Great accommodation and a garden that you could spend all day in enjoying the view. Be… More
24 Jun 2013
"A house and view to die for"
The photos don't do the house justice, it's truly lovely and the position is stunning. If you can find another view like that I want to know where it is. Watching Gannets, from the lovely bay window in the sitting room, diving for fish is quite spectacular. If anyone is suffering from stress this is the place to be. A meal out at Coast, just a couple of minutes stroll, is a must. I'd recommend taking a car as there are so many amazing places to visit. Brodick Castle and gardens were extremely interesting to me as they have close connections to Suffolk. Visit many standing stone circles or watch seals lazing on the rocks at low tide. And, yes girls, there are some lovely shops which specialise in locally produced art and artifacts and there's a distillery for the guys! Don.t miss the art gallery right next to the Grange. After a day of wonderful exploration curl up in a comfy bed and dream of what tomorrow might bring.
9 Apr 2013
"Fantastic house in wonderful location!"
We enjoyed a fabulous week on Arran just after the terrible snow storms and electricity problems the island had faced.The booking team were extremely helpful and kept us fully informed about the situa… More
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