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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5
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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5
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.
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 Athletic shinty pitch, tennis courts, and 9-hole golf course with spectacular views over the Kyles of Bute. The Tighnabruaich Sailing School lies 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 Airport 137 km, Nearest railway: Greenock 48 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Sea view|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, 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 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 and log fire. 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 local hotels and cafes are very accommodating to allow visitors charge up their media devices.
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 some large wall shelfs.
We have just installed a small conservatory to the rear side of the cottage with a lovely view over the Kyles of Bute.
The Argyll and Bute region
Argyll and Bute is located on the West coast of Scotland, stretching from Campbeltown in the South to Oban in the North, and includes the inner Hebridean islands of Islay, Jura, Mull, Coll and Tiree to the West. Much of the landscape is wild and remote, with mountainous areas, hills, glens, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, sea lochs, fresh water lochs and ancient forests.
Ferry links from Portavadie to the Kintyre Peninsula and from Colintraive to the Isle of Bute provide excellent opportunities for exploring more of the region.
The microclimate that subsists due to the prevailing Gulf Stream from the South West provides significantly more sunshine than Glasgow, and significantly less rain!
Tighnabruaich and it's adjoining neighbouring village of Kames are located on the Kyles of Bute at the southern tip of the Cowal peninsula, which lies between the Isle of Bute and the Kintyre / Campbeltown peninsula. The sheltered coastal waters and breathtaking scenery of the hidden peninsula combine to make the area an idyllic choice for people looking for tranquility and a peaceful getaway.
There is no real throughput of traffic, people visit specifically as their destination, and the laid-back community feel of the peninsula is much akin to that of an island.
The villages are approximately 2 hours from Glasgow, whether you chose the ferry route from Gourock over the Clyde estuary, and the drive past Loch Tarsan, Loch Striven and Loch Riddon, or the drive round past Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Loch Fyne and Loch Riddon; both journeys equally spectacular.
The Scotsman newspaper identified the road from Glendaruel to Tighnabruaich as the best scenic drive in Scotland in its issue of 29 March 2007.
The area is popular for bird watching, sailing, hill walking, rambling, cycling, sea kayaking, art, sea and fresh water fishing, (fresh water permits obtainable from the post office), etc. There are also facilities for tennis, golf (9 hole course with glorious views over the Kyles of Bute), sailing tuition at the Tighnabruaich Sailing School, etc. You can also catch a game of shinty on Saturday during the season, when you will see the famous Kyles Athletic play.
Only a few miles drive, and a subsequent walk will find you at Ostle Bay, a kilometer of white sands overlooking the North of the Island of Arran, or Auchalick Bay with it's beautiful lagoon and views over Loch Fyne to the Kintyre peninsula.
The Waverley, the world's last ocean-going paddle steamer, docks at Tighnabruaich during summer months.
Kames, and the adjoining village of Tighnabruaich, provide a range of services, including 2 supermarkets, 4 hotels with bars and bistros, bistro, cafe, art and antique shops, 2 post offices, petrol filling station, car maintenance, hair dresser, massage, etc.
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5 Feb 2015
""I'll be back" :) said Arnold"
I was temper to title this as "Do NOT stay here - Leave bookings open for my return" lol ... I loved it so much.Now, four months later, as we are booking another trip we are very tempted to … More
2 Feb 2015
"Stunning little setting"
Its set back from the main roads and feels like a standalone wilderness despite being only a few minutes away from civilisation.Its back to basics no electricity, only logs and gas but like us we'… More
29 Jun 2014
"A charming cottage with a breathtaking view"
Hillview cottage is accessed by a challenging track but its definately worth it when you reach the cottage. The view is stunning and the cottage is lovely, it has all the facilities necessary for a re… More
4 May 2014
"A beautiful hamlet of tranquility"
This holiday was just what we expected and more.A beautiful hidden location it was a delight to drive up towards see it all on its own with beautiful scenery and surroundings.The cottage was so rustic… More
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
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
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!
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