Manor House | 13 bedrooms | sleeps 28
Balinakill nestles on a hillside in 7 acres of peaceful grounds on the west side of the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll, easily accessible by air, boat or road. This impressive victorian country house retains a wealth of period features and is set in mature gardens on the edge of the village of Clachan, one of the oldest settlements in Kintyre.
Balinakill has 12 double/twin en suite bedrooms, an additional children's play/bedroom, 3 large public rooms, a fully equipped country kitchen, a Victorian dining room, and a cosy gunroom bar with a wood burning stove. A separate catering kitchen is also available should guests choose to arrange full or partial contract catering during their stay. On arrival you will find fresh flowers in the public rooms, the fires and the stoves set.
The rental includes all fuel, bed-linen,towels and kitchen accessories together with a small selection of toiletries and cleaning materials. Full laundry and ironing facilities are available for guest's use and a house-keeping service is available on request.
The village shop can also supply a stocking and delivery service prior to arrival for fresh meat and dairy, fruit and vegetables, general groceries, wine and spirits.
Whether it's a holiday, weekend, family and friends get-together, wedding celebration, corporate/training event or surprise party, Balinakill offers the perfect location to make the occasion special and memorable. Balinakill comes alive when full of people enjoying themselves and whether you want live music or a quiet time watching the sunset in the upstairs lounge, with a choice of welcoming and comfortable public rooms we can cater for everyone.
The bar is often a magnet for those just wanting to chat over a drink while the dining room allows everyone to sit down to a meal together before ceilidh dancing, partying or just enjoying being together in the oak room. While staying in the house you stock your own bar and there are pipes for real and draft ale which can also be delivered prior to arrival.
If during your stay you feel the house needs a tidy, or you would like someone to come in quietly to service the rooms or reset the fires we will happily tailor our services to your specific requirements.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss any of your ideas or special requests!
|Size||Sleeps up to 28, 13 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||20 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cambeltown, Nearest railway: Oban or Tarbet/Arrochar|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||13 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms of which 12 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (11), Cots (3), Dining seats for 30, Lounge seats for 24|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors||
For guests use there is a pool table, a music corner (small selection of musical instruments for guest's use including a piano), reference books of local history, flora and fauna, a small book swap, golf clubs, 2 bicycles and 2 fishing rods (Balinakill has fishing rights on local Loch Ciaran). In the kitchen there is also a fully integrated coffee maker, food processor , hand mixer and blender.
|Further details outdoors||
BBQ, garden furniture and fountain. Sufficient space for garden games.
Only a short walk to the beach, also many interesting local walks including a half hour walk up the hill to the remains of an iron age fort.
Pets allowed on assurance of good behaviour at an additional cost of £20 each per week, ground floor only. Limited to 2 unless by negotiation.
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
Kintyre is a stunningly beautiful, but relatively undiscovered area of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Surrounded by water the peninsula is almost an island with only the very narrow stretch of land between East and West Loch Tarbert linking Kintyre to the rest of the peninsula north of Tarbert. The dramatic west coast has spectacular views to the islands , northern Ireland and the west, with many deserted beaches and huge Atlantic breakers which are becoming increasingly popular with surfers.
Ferries for Islay and Jura leave from Kennacraig , only 5/10 minutes drive from Balinakill, or to Gigha from Tayinloan, also only a 5/10 minute drive. The island of Arran can be reached by ferry from Skipness, a 20 minute drive and the Cowal Peninsula from the Tarbert to Portavadie ferry, 10 miles from Balinakill.
A single track road, ideal for cyclists, takes you from Cambeltown all the way round the east side of the peninsula where you can visit Carradale, Glenbarr Abbey, the local gold foundry , standing stones, Skipness Castle, the owl sanctuary, Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse and numerous other sites of historical or natural interest.
There are many walks on the peninsula, including the newly opened Kintyre Way, an 102 mile walk which is clearly signposted and criss crosses the peninsula in easily manageable chunks form North to South.
The climate is generally mild but very changeable with frequent changes of temperature and weather conditions , often in one day! Kintyre tends to have less rainfall then the more mountainous regions further north and when the sun shines there is no better place to be.
There are activities and places of interest for all ages and abilities in kintyre including; golf (5 local golf courses including the newly opened Machrihanish Dunes),riding, hunting , shooting fishing, clay-pigeon shooting, walking, bird/nature watching, surfing, sailing, kayaking, diving,visiting local galleries , gardens and craft workshops, Kilmartin Archaelogical Museum, Crinan Canal, and the Owl sanctuary.
We can also arrange cookery and art courses in-house at Balinakill, and are happy to help you arrange any activities in advance of your holiday/weekend.