Manor House | 10 bedrooms | sleeps 20
Killean Estate is an exceptional Scottish country estate, beautifully situated on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. Spread over approx 4,000 acres, the land encompasses over 1 mile of coastline and beaches and rises gradually to about 1,200 feet at its highest point, from where there are many vantage points enjoying panoramic views over the sea to the islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay, all the way to Northern Ireland!
The landscape is dramatically varied with farmland, tree-clad lower slopes, woodland policies, and the heather clad Killean Hill where there are rocky outcrops and tranquil hill lochs. Killean Estate also has a number of interesting Iron Age sites, including Burial stones and chambers, cup and ring marked stones and the remains of a prehistoric fort. The ruins of the original 12th Century church of Killean and Killkenzie, one of the oldest in Scotland is beside the Killean burn. This huge expanse certainly makes for fantastic, highly entertaining walks, right from the doorstep and an opportunity to explore without seeing another person all day!
For those with an interest in countryside sports, complementary trout fishing can be enjoyed on the estate's lochs or from the gorgeous sandy beach, where you might also spot a seal or otter, basking in the sun on the rocks. Excellent shooting can also be arranged on the estate - from a day's clay pigeon, to grouse shooting or deer stalking. The estate also runs a successful farming enterprise with sheep, Highland and Aberdeen Angus cattle grazing on the land.
Whilst the estate is situated within the highlands of Scotland, the Kintyre Peninsula benefits from the Gulf Stream, a warm flow which stretches across the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean, bringing with it a temperate climate, so it is usually far warmer here then the rest of Scotland, and even allows for tropical plants to grow within the gardens!
Killean House is the largest of the estate's 18 properties and is a splendid grade A listed property dating back to the early 1880's. It is a fine example of the Scots Baronial style of architecture, with crow step gables, crenellated parapet and tall French roofs and is uncharacteristically light inside, which is generated by a huge number of large astragalled windows and a glass cupola lighting the hall and galleried first landing. Exquisitely restored, whilst maintaining all of its original features, Killean House now exudes a grand and luxurious yet homely and welcoming atmosphere and is certain to impress you and your guests.
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 10 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Killean Estate 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Campbeltown 22 km, Nearest railway: Tarbet & Arrochar 100 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (7), Dining seats for 34, Lounge seats for 20|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Killean House is approached through a stone pillared gateway, over a drive which snakes through the woodland past a waterfall, terminating at a gravel sweep at the front door. Stone steps lead up to a fine wooden porch built by famous shipbuilders, Denny of Dumbarton. Large wooden storm doors then open onto an internal glazed and astragalled door, which in turn leads into the Inner Hall with its ornate marble fireplace and galleried landing.
The house itself consists of three wings, accommodating a variety of reception rooms on the ground floor, including two cosy TV rooms, formal drawing room, and stunning circular library which provides the perfect setting, with its real fire and comfortable sofas, to enjoy an after-dinner-drink. The large country kitchen provides ample facilities in order to accommodate large parties, with its fabulous oil-fired 4-oven aga cooking range and separate pantry and cooking area. The atmospheric formal dining room overlooks the lawn and views beyond, and has a beautiful table capable of seating 20. After climbing one of the three staircases, you will discover the first floor, where there are ten bedrooms, comprising seven double rooms and three twin rooms, served by five bathrooms (two with en-suite and dressing room). Stone steps lead to the upper floor, where you will find the sluice room with original porcelain fittings, a fantastic games room, with access to the turret, roof terrace and the best views of the house (Northern Ireland being seen on a clear day).
Whether it’s a shooting weekend, conference, short break or Film location, Killean House is the ideal venue to spend some quality time, here on the beautiful Kintyre coastline. Discreetly sheltered within the lush woodland gardens, with fabulous views over the lawn down towards the coastline of the Sound of Gigha, and the islands beyond, this really is the ideal setting for a country retreat. You will be made to feel most welcome, but able to spend the most private of stays. Rentals are on a self-catering basis, however, we can arrange for local chefs to pamper to your every culinary need should you desire.
|Further details outdoors|
Killean Estate emcompases 18 properties and you are free to roam the entire estate. Please ask for advice to accommodate larger parties.
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
Welcome to the Kintyre Peninsula, Scotland's Only Mainland Island! Join us on the Kintyre Trail, journey from Tarbert through Campbeltown on the way to the Mull Of Kintyre and find out what captivated and inspired Sir Paul McCartney to wrote one of the world's best selling hit songs, 'Mull of Kintyre'.
Kintyre is on the extreme west coast of Scotland, joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus at Tarbert and has all the characteristics of island living without the inconvenience and expense of essential ferry crossings, although Kintyre is accessible by both road and ferries from Arran and further north at Tarbert.
The Kintyre Peninsula is about forty miles long and contains fantastic family days out, plenty of things to do and see and Scottish attractions making Kintyre an attractive family holiday destination. On your journey to and around Kintyre you will find the stunning hills & lochs, sandy beaches and stunning sunsets, history and archaeology, and of course seafood which have made this part of Scotland famous. Additionally there are small extras that make Kintyre almost unique; the palm trees in Campbeltown shows the effect of the Gulf Stream, low rainfall (less than 40% of the rest of the west of Scotland), rare golden eagle nesting sites (the most expensive eagles in the world), the absence of traffic jams (our one traffic warden is the last example of an endangered species), two world class golf courses on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean featuring the 'best first hole in the world', and a great established Scottish walk that has to be attempted. Kintyre's a land which is the very cradle of Celtic Scotland, and much more bedsides.
There's plenty to see and do in the area. A boat trip to Gigha is highly recommended where we suggest you hire the bicycles from the beach-shack, tour the Achamore Gardens and take lunch at the boathouse overlooking the bay. A 25-minute drive north from Killean Estate will take you to Tarbert harbour, home of some of Scotlands finest restaurants, and if you continue another 15-minutes onto Skipness, you'll discover a castle, fabulous bay and our previous guest's top-rated destination for seafood. A short trip south from Killean will uncover horse-riding and a historic house at Glenbarr, a couple of superb surfing beaches at Westport and Machrihanish, the Mull of Kintyre and the harbour town of Campbeltown which has plenty to do - whiskey tours, museums, leisure swimming pool, pubs and the opportunity of boat trips such as whale watching. If golf is your bag, there's plenty of choice - there are five course nearby including Owd Tom's famous Machrihanish Links! But why not take a quick tour around the Kintyre Trail and find out for yourself?
FESTIVALS & EVENTS 2012
Year-round - Campbeltown Museum (Library building Campbeltown) 01586 552366
May – September Concerts at Crear (Kilberry) 01880 770369 www.crear.co.uk
Jan 27th (Fri) Taste of Loch Fyne (Clachan, Cairndow PA26 8BL) all day £95pp
Feb 24th (Fri) Taste of Loch Fyne (Clachan, Cairndow PA26 8BL) all day £95pp
Mar 28th (Wed) Taste of Loch Fyne (Clachan, Cairndow PA26 8BL) all day £95pp
Apr 7th – 8th (Easter) Geocaching mega event (Carradale)
9th TBC Easter Bunny Hunt (Carradale Forestry Commission)
14th – 20th WalkIslay (Islay & Jura) walking week
27th – 29th Mull Music Festival (Isle of Mull) www.mishnish.co.uk
May 3rd – 6th Highlands & Islands Music/dance Festival (Oban) www.obanfestival.co.uk
4th – 6th Isle of Bute Jazz Festival
(TBC) Wildlife week (Isle of Mull) www.wildisles.co.uk
13th (Sun) Gourock Highland Games (Gourock) 12pm-6pm)
19th – 20th Loch Fyne Food Fair – Inverary Castle (11am-6pm)
May 25th – 3rd June Islay Festival of Music & Malt www.islayinfo.com
June 1st – 4th Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series Yacht Race – Tarbert’s annual regatta
1st – 3rd Kintyre Song Writers Festival – various locations, Campbeltown
2nd (Sat) Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games (Loch Lomond)
2nd – 3rd Fyne Fest (Fyne Ales Brewery, Cairndow PA29 8BJ) www.fyneales.com
3rd (Sun) Mull of Kintyre half marathon (10K) – Campbeltown. 10.30am
16th (Sat) Kintyre Way Relay Run – 6am start. www.kintyrewayrelay.co.uk
24th (Sun) Round Britain Race….land-sea-air (Campbeltown 4.30pm) www.RB12.com
June end (TBC) Gigha Music Festival (Isle of Gigha)
July early (TBC) Tarbert Seafood Festival – Harbourside, Tarbert
July early (TBC) West Highland Tennis Championships (Oban)
1st – 7th Mendelssohn on Mull (Isle of Mull) classical music festival (www.mullfest.co.uk)
14th (Sat) Taynuilt Highland Games, Taynuilt 11am-5.30pm
15th (Sun) Rosneath & Clynder Highland Games, Rosneath
17th (Tues) Inveraray Traditional Highland Games (Inverary) 10.30am-5.30pm
19th (Thurs) Mull Highland Games (Tobermory, Island of Mull) 10.30am-4.30pm
19th (Thurs) TBC Dalmally Annual Agricultural Show (Dalmally, PA33 1AP)
July (w/c 28th) TBC Tarbert Fair - Harbourside
July 27th – 3rd Aug West Highland Yachting Week (Craobh, Oban, Tobermory) (www.whyw.co.uk)
July 28th (Sat) TBC Southend Highland Games (Campbeltown)
July 30th (Mon) Kilmore & Kilbride Highland Games (Kilmore, Nr Oban)
Aug 3rd (Fri) TBC Kintyre agricultural show (Campbeltown) 10.30am-4.30pm
4th (Sat) Brodick Highland Games (Isle of Arran)
4th (Sat) TBC Lorn agricultural show (Oban) 10am-5pm
8th (Wed) Bute agricultural Society Summer Show (Rothesay, PA20 9NW) 10am-4pm
Aug (TBC) Islay agricultural show (Isle of Islay) www.islayinfo.com
9th (Thurs) TBC Salen Show (Isle of Mull) one of Britains longest running agricultural shows
16th – 19th Mull of Kintyre Music Festival (Campbeltown)
18th (Sat) Bute Highland Games (Isle of Bute)
23rd (Thurs) Argyllshire Highland Gathering & Oban Highland Games (Oban)
23rd – 25th Cowal Highland Gathering (Dunoon, PA23 7RL)
Sept 2011 (date TBC) Taste of Mull & Iona food festival (Isle of Mull) - week-long festival
Sept 14th – 16th Black Bottle Islay Jazz Festival (Isle of Islay)
15th – 16th Best of the West (Inverary Castle/George Hotel, Inverary) www.bowfest.co.uk
16th – 18th Tarbert Music Festival
23rd (Sun) World stone skimming championship (Easdale Island, Oban)
24th – 26th TBC Jura Music Festival (Isle of Jura)
Oct 2010 (date TBC) Tiree wave classic (Island of Tiree) – annual windsurfing competition
Oct 7th – 16th TBC Cowalfest – 10-day programme of walks, arts & events (Cowal Peninsula)
12th – 14th Tour of Mull Rally (Isle of Mull) – vintage car race www.2300club.org
12th – 19th Royal National Mod – Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival (Dunoon) www.acgmod.org