About the home
Available to let all year round, Hillview Cottage is a traditional 2 bedroom property situated in a stunning 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. 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 properties 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 less than 2 hours 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 are 2 excellent supermarkets, garage with petrol and workshop, 4 hotels, sailing school, Kyles of Bute (current Camanachd Cup holders) shinty pitch, tennis courts, and 9 hole golf course with spectacular views over the Kyles of Bute.
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, 400m|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Sea view|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 5, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, Swing set|
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 with and wooden painted floor boards in the main two rooms and stone floors to the rear rooms. Heating is by virtue of a new (late 2011) wood burning stove, log fire with additional calor gas heaters for those cold nights. The wood stove has a back boiler which produces piping hot fresh water from a wholesome mountain stream source in which you can bathe in a wonderful long and deep Victorian cast iron bath. Take the candles in with some wine and music and a good friend and keep topping up the hot! Lighting is by virtue of oil lamps and candles, and there are torches for when after the lights are out. For cooking there is a 4 ring gas cooker with oven and grill. 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 tall boy chest of drawers, two small bed side 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 wadrobe 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, Hilview 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
We would ask that that no smoking takes place in the property with respect to future guests. Smokers respectful of this request are very welcome!
The Central Scotland / Strathclyde / Argyll and Bute 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:-
The Tighnabruaich area
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.
How to get there
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Hillview Cottage can be accessed by car, public transport or cycle. The journey takes around 2 hours from Glasgow and glasgow Airport. There are 2 distinct journey routes from Glasgow, the drive around Loch Lomond, th Rest and Be Thankful and Loch Fyne, or over the Clyde Estuary via Gourock, by car and ferry. or train, ferry and bus. Full details will be provided, including discounted ferry tickets. Please note that the last 200 metres of track to the cottage is quite steep and bumpy at a couple of points and will not suit some vehicles, especially low ground clearance cars, although we always manage with our front wheel road car. Safe and secluded lay-by parking lies at the entrance to the last 200 metres. Full information will be provided in our courtesy call and with the information package.
Activities near Tighnabruaich
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
29 Apr 2013
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.
05 Mar 2013
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!
03 Feb 2013
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!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 5|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|21 Jul 12||30 Sep 12||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|30 Sep 12||22 Dec 12||£ 355||-||-||3 Nights|
|22 Dec 12||29 Dec 12||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|5 Jan 13||27 Apr 13||£ 355||-||-||3 Nights|
|27 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||28 Sep 13||£ 415||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Sep 13||21 Dec 13||£ 355||-||-||3 Nights|
|21 Dec 13||28 Dec 13||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
During the summer season we can be more flexible for length of stay other than 1 week periods, depending upon timing and availability. Please contact us if you require further information.
Shorter stays are also available from £225 for 3 nights in off peak periods.
Payment includes wood for the fire and stove, candles, lamp oil, linen, towels and tea towels.
Please note the above tariffs relate to linen and towels for 1 double bed. For additional linen and towels, a further £10 is applicable for the second double bed and a further £5 for the single.Enquire now
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