Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Ardyne House is a well-appointed ground floor apartment located on the seafront in the outskirts of Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute. It has outstanding views across Kames Bay towards Loch Striven and the Cowal peninsula. To the rear of the house there is an enclosed shared garden which is a suntrap both in morning and afternoon and which is perfect for children to play in.
The accommodation is spacious and comfortable, suitable for families, couples or just people on their own. The large living room is at the front of the house and offers spectacular views across the old pier towards Loch Striven. There are two sofas, a large coffee table and a 32 inch flat screen TV with DVD player. The main bedroom is also at the front of the house and offers a comfortable king size bed and two large wardrobes. The second bedroom is at the rear of the house and offers a double bed with a single bunk above. The kitchen has been fully upgraded and contains a gas cooker/oven, fridge freezer, microwave, washer dryer and a dining table and 5 chairs. There is storage available for bikes and the rear porch makes an ideal bootroom. A cot and high chair are available on request. Ample on street parking is available.
Ardyne House is located in the village of Port Bannatyne and is only a few minutes from Rothesay by car or bus.
The Isle of Bute is quiet and has great scenery. It is perfect for both young and old. Its quiet roads provide good cycling and there is plenty of walking, horseriding, golf and watersports for the actively minded. Alternatively, just sit back and relax in pleasant surroundings!
Ardyne House has double glazing and gas central heating throughout.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||In front of the property|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow International 35 km, Nearest railway: Wemyss Bay 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||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
The Isle of Bute is Scotland's most accessible island - only 45 minutes from Glasgow - yet still offers all the fantastic benefits of tranquil island life within stunning natural surroundings. Described as the 'Jewel of the Clyde', the island offers an array of captivating sceneries, sights and things to do.
The island was once the retreat of Scottish Kings, steeped in history as far back to 2000BC, you can explore standing stones at St Ninians and the vitrified Iron Ages fort at Dunagoil.
Bute is home to Mount Stuart, Britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic house and seat of the Stuarts of Bute, direct descendants of King Robert the Bruce. It is the architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The stunning, mysterious interiors of Mount Stuart reflect the romantic and the scholarly Marquess's passion for art, heraldry, astrology, mythology and religion. The art collection is arguably the finest privately held collection of family portraits in Scotland. Mount Stuart sits within 300 acres of landscape and woodlands developed by the 2nd Earl of Bute and his son, the 3rd earl, in the 1700s.
Bute is a haven for nature lovers. The Highland Boundary Fault runs across Bute resulting in extraordinarily varied landscape. The north of the island is rugged and dominated in heather moorland, whilst the south offers more gentle scenery with lush, rolling hills and farmland. A rocky crag rises at the most southerly tip, making Bute a haven for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and wildlife.
Animal Lovers will adore the island. The north of the island, with its variety of woodland and open moorland, is one of the most extraordinary bird habitats in the West of Scotland; while the waters around the island are among the finest in Europe for wildlife. Make sure you visit Scalpsie Bay to admire the large colony of seals relaxing on the rocks each day.
The Royal Burgh of Rothesay, the island's main town, has a most splendid Victorian frontage, reflected in the town's architecture which encircles Rothesay Bay. At the meadows you can enjoy tennis or squash, there are two putting greens at the esplanade gardens and bowling greens in Rothesay, Craigmore and Ardbeg. Rothesay leisure centre has a 25m pool, a fitness pool and sauna. There are three golf courses, all of which are open to visitors.
Isle of Bute
There is a host of interesting places to visit on the Isle of Bute. A "must-see" is Mount Stuart House, Britain's best example of Victorian Gothic architecture. You feel a sense of wonderment in every room, from the magnificent marble hall to the radiantly white marble-chapel. The 300-acre grounds, with their various gardens and glorious vistas over the Firth of Clyde, are a haven of tranquillity.
Another excellent visitor attraction is Rothesay Castle. The Stuart Kings spent their summers here; a stronghold whose circular design is unique in Scotland. Spend an hour or two exploring the castle, and you'll relive over four turbulent centuries of Scottish history — from when Vikings took control in 1230 to the burning by the Duke of Argyll in 1685.
Ascog Hall Fernery & Garden was built around 1870 and has now been fully restored. The fernery is a unique and beautiful feature housing 80 sub-tropical fern species including tree ferns found in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mauritius and Mexico, as well as a Todea Barbara, estimated to be 1,000 years old.
Additionally, there are the world-renowned Victorian Toilets - never was a call of nature answered with such splendour! Rothesay's palatial public toilets were commissioned in 1899 during Bute's heyday as a holiday resort. The ornate design incorporates fine ceramic tiles, marbled and enamelled alcoves and glass-sided cisterns.
Bute also hosts many events throughout the year, many of which, like the now famous annual Jazz Festival, are now 'must attend' events. From the spectacular Highland Games, to the traditions of the Agricultural Show, from concerts to art and line dancing festivals, whatever your interest it can be found on Bute.
The peaceful village of Port Bannatyne was originally a fishing village. In the early 1800s it was self sufficient. In the 1850s there were over 235 herring skiffs based there. However, the future of the village lay in tourism. The steamer pier (opposite Ardyne House) was built in 1857. Port Bannatyne then became a popular holiday location and many houses were built to accommodate Glaswegians who came “doon the waater” for their annual holidays. Perhaps the village's most significant contribution was during the Second World War when it became the centre of Britain's submarine capability. Much of Britain's submarine training took place from Port Bannatyne and in the neighbouring Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven. The crews of the X Craft midget submarines – which successfully damaged the German battleship Tirpitz in 1943 – were trained here and there is a memorial to them in the village. Today “The Port” is still a popular location for people seeking a peaceful seaside holiday.