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Hillview Cottage

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 0.7km

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

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Sea view
General CD player
Standard Kettle
Utilities Cooker
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
Access Secure parking
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 Central Scotland/Strathclyde region

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.

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Review 1-10 of 12

5 Feb 2014


"A Stop in Time"

In planning our trip to Scotland, we were looking for a rustic, off the beaten path to stay, and happened on Peter's cottage when doing a Google search. We were immediately smitten by the photos… More

15 Jan 2014


"A truly amazing, magical cottage"

We had a truly wonderful time in the cottage; I honestly can't remember the last time I was that relaxed for such a prolonged period, it did us all (including the dog) the world of good! We wante… More

23 Sep 2013


"Fantastic cottage"

This surely is the most beautiful house we've ever stayed in. It's very quiet but then it's only 30 minutes by foot into town. You could take the car, too. Having no electricity is a re… More

26 May 2013


"Even the snow couldn't beat our enjoyment!"

Peter, despite the wind, snow and freezing temperatures we had a wonderful five days at Hillview Cottage. We were able to make the cottage into a snug den, enjoying cosy nights in front of the log bu… More

29 Apr 2013


"Absolutely Fantastic"

Spent one week of the Easter holidays here with husband and two dogs (English Springer Spaniels aged 13 and 6) and we all had a fantastic time. Glad we had a Range Rover to tackle the track up to the cottage because of the amount of stuff we had to carry. The cottage facilities were excellent apart from the fact that there was no casserole dish although I had pre-prepared a meal in my own casserole dish for our arrival on the Saturday evening. The bed was comfortable and everything was very clean. Our dogs (and us) had a fantastic time - just the ticket to be able to open the door and let them out without any worries.

5 Mar 2013


"Peace, perfect peace!"

After viewing the photos of this rental property on line, we were quite excited about our stay at Hillview Cottage, but the pictures don't even do this beautiful escape justice.

I stayed with our two young children and had a wonderful time. The views from the cottage were simply stunning; out over the sea to the shores of the Isle of Bute and the snow capped mountains of the Isle of Arran in the distance. It couldn't have been better. We felt completely relaxed in the cottage, it was spacious and airy and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable, including a well equipped kitchen. The grounds stretch over a very safe bridge over a small stream to a large area of land beyond which was fun for the kids to explore and play.

The owners were wonderful to work with. All in all a great experience and we will definitely be going back!

3 Feb 2013


"Lovely location, a bit difficult to access"

Hillview was a wonderful place for two weeks of escape. Our little girl loved being outside and able to play in such a wide area with a swing and hammock. The steep access road proved difficult to us when we first arrived after lots of very heavy rain had washed away the top surface in some places and it was down to the bare rock. Many times we left the car at the bottom of the hill and walked up - a pleasure in itself. The stove was probably the best we've experienced in all the lets we've been to. The whole surrounding area was beautiful and a trip out on Donald's boat to fish for mackerel is a definite. One evening while reading quietly we were joined by a tiny bat - all part of the experience.
P.S. Teapot required!

14 Jan 2013



This is my third stay at the cottage and every time I've felt completely refreshed and ready to go on return. Thanks so much for such a great break, again; a real get away from it all, detune and relax. It's a very romantic rustic cottage; wonderful in the evening with the candles and oil lamps and fires. The freedom of space and silence was marvellous, and scenery and views breathtaking, we even had quite a bit of winter sun too! The stove is a marvel and works very easily, unbeatable at night.
We managed most of the recommended walks and hidden beaches and went out and enjoyed some lovely food too. Will be back again and probably again and will recommend to friends and family. A great place to think and write and play music and recover. Every time we go it seems to get better :-)

14 Jan 2013


"A very special place"

Hillview Cottage was everything we had hoped it would be and more.

The owners have done a wonderful job in retaining the rustic feel of the cottage whilst making it a cosy and relaxing retreat. It was lovely to go to bed with the fire glowing in the grate and flickering candle light.

A great spot for feeling away-from-it-all but also close to the lovely village of Tighnabruaich which had all we needed by way of a grocery store, dog-friendly pub, great food and friendly locals. Lots of scenic woodland and coastal walks right on the doorstep.

Be prepared for building fires and filling oil lamps, which we found a therapeutic change from our usual routine.

The journey from the ferry at Dunoon is absolutely stunning, have your camera ready - we spotted deer and red squirrels. Make sure you arrive in daylight hours as access is tricky in the dark until you get to know the track. We arrived mid day which gave us time to get our bearings before dark.

The cottage owner was very helpful and did all he could to make our stay wonderful.

9 Jan 2013


"Secluded, cosy and romantic"

We stayed at this lovely cottage for 5 nights in October. We took the ferry which was very easy and as you drive closer to Tighnabruaich the scenery gets more and more spectacular. The directions were excellent and we managed to get our bog-standard astra up the drive where we were welcomed by Peter at the cottage.

The cottage itself is lovely. In a beautiful secluded spot with a river running by and stunning views out to the Kyles of Bute. Although simple and rustic, it has everything you need. The fire keeps the cottage warm and cosy and as long as you've had it lit for a few hours the water is lovely and warm. The kitchen is well equipped. We kept all food and drink in a cool box in the back bedroom which kept it fresh.

We went for a relaxing break, which was very easy to achieve. I would recommend going in October as the autumnal colours were stunning. We went for numerous walks and there were a variety of pubs within walking distance if we fancied a pint or two.

A few tips: take slippers for inside and wellies for out. A headtorch is useful if you plan to do any cooking in the dark. Light a bonfire outside (Peter will show you where this is possible) and do some star gazing.

We had an excellent time and felt thoroughly relaxed by the end. We will definitely be returning. I can not recommend this place enough.

Review 1-10 of 12

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