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Balinakill Country House – Home 146055 Manor House

  • 13 bedrooms
  • 26 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Balinakill Country House – Home 146055

  • Manor House
  • 13 bedrooms
  • sleeps 26
  •  min stay varies

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Manor House / 13 bedrooms / 12 bathrooms / sleeps 26

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


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!

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • 2 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed
    Bedroom 5: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 6: Double Bed
    Bedroom 7: Double Bed
    Bedroom 8: King Bed Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 9: Double Bed
    Bedroom 0: Double Bed
    Bedroom 1: Double Bed Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 12 En suites


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Sea view
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

Getting around

This is quite a remote area so if you wish to get out and about and explore this stunningly beautiful area please bring your own car or hire one locally. There are also many nearby islands to visit including Gigha, Islay, Jura and Arran. Please contact Ann for further details and suggestions for local day trips from Balinakill.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £550.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

No refund If you cancel, any money you have paid cannot be refunded.

Check-in date

House rules

We are perfect for family and friends get togethers, special birthday and anniversary celebrations, reunions, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies.
Balinakill is grand but warm and welcoming wth plenty of space for all generations to relax and enjoy all that this wonderful old house , and Kintyre, has to offer! Please contact Ann for information on catering ,deliveries ofsupplies and local services and events.
You even have your own bar!
Late check out (4pm ) on Sundays


About the owner

Ann D.
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
16 Jan 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
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Languages spoken: English

This Manor house has 13 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and sleeps 26. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 25 Mar 2011. Located in Kintyre Peninsula, it has 70 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £5496 to £9046.

The Owner has a response rate of 79% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 16 Jan 2019.


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Guest reviews

70 reviews

Very Good

“Wonderful weekend”

Reviewed 1 Oct 2018

We had the best time at Balinakill house for our mum’s 80th birthday. Beautiful house and grounds, every need catered for. I can’t wait to go back!! Would highly reccomend to anyone who wants a relaxing time in a fantastic old period house. Love love loved it!

“Fantastic Time had in Magical House”

Reviewed 18 Mar 2016

We have stayed at Balinakill on 3 occasions with a large group and each time we have had a wonderful time. The house is set in beautiful grounds which are kept in a very good condition. The House itself blows you away. The bedrooms are all fitted out very well and to a very good standard. Some of the master bedrooms furnishings really blow you away. There were some great times had in the large living room on the ground floor which we called the brown room. The size of the room means you can have a large party inside with out ever feeling over crowded. With the fire roaring and the perfect lighting, together with the panelled walls and comfortable sofas a really good time can be had. For those who need a break from the group or to nurse their heads, after perhaps a few too many drinks the night before, the equally large room (white room) on the 1st floor is perfect for relaxation. I often felt I was in the John Lennon 'Imagine' music video as I drifted off to sleep hiding from the rest of the group for an hour or so. Perhaps this was the contribution of the whiskeys the night before! The kitchen facilities were idyllic and many cups of coffee were drank in front of the kitchens blazing fire. Everything was there you need to cook all your meals and a good sitting area to have your breakfast and lunch. The Dinning room across from the kitchen was, like the rest of the rooms, is a litter gem. The room sat our large group with ease and like the brown room has great views over the grounds. My favourite room, was without question, the bar. I spent many hours in that little gem of a room, singing and dancing and listening to and telling stories late into the night. Everything about this room from the furnishing to the items on the walls made you feel like you were in a real bar. The drive up from Newcastle took us no time at all and the views from Glasgow to Balinakill are really something else! A must see! There is lots to do up there and we went on many adventures to nearby Islands on ferries, explored castles, eating seafood and finding ourselves in lovely pubs along the way. There is a garage just near the entrance to the grounds which supply most things and the nearest town is 10 mins away by car which not only has great pubs and cafes but great views over the port and everything else you could possibly need. Balinakill has become our families favourite holiday of the year and I can't wait to get back there! For those who haven't been there go and live the dream! ;)

“Excellent for 5 Families with Kids”

Reviewed 17 Mar 2016

5 Groups of friends, all with 2-3 kids each, easily accommodated in this fantastic Country House. This was the third visit in 3 years with the same families, although it looks like there may be a couple more families next year. Kids range from 3 - 9 years old and is a great adventure for them. There is a bar and a dining room which is nice for the adults once the kids are in bed. And the Oak room to relax. We tend to have a visit to the beach and/or a ferry trip to Ghia, which has a great little restaurant (and beach) a short walk from the ferry stop. Very highly recommended!

“Perfect for large family celebrations”

Reviewed 8 May 2015

We rented the house for a week at Easter for my wife's birthday and had a fabulous time. There were 17 adults and 4 kids and the house accommodated us all easily. It had everything we could have asked for and allowed everyone to relax and have a great time. The house is really well equipped and the housekeeper Uta couldn't have been more helpful. It's really well located to allow exploration of the Mull of Kintyre with lots to do and see.

“Best Christmas ever”

Reviewed 9 Mar 2015

Balinakill really is an amazing place. We travelled via plane, train and automobile to reach our destination and everyone was dumb-struck at just how beautiful the house is. Our party ranged in age from 1 to 73 and we all agreed it was the perfect setting for the best Christmas ever. Gorgeous décor, roaring fires, huge rooms, an amazing setting and your very own bar. What else could you possibly want! The owners and staff were tremendously helpful, even helping organise all the food and drink to be delivered to the door, which made the logistics of organising a big family Christmas so much easier. A truly fantastic experience that we will always remember.

“amazing house with fantastic garden space.”

Reviewed 3 Jun 2014

A wonderful birthday weekend for a big bunch of friends. The house has plenty of space for everyone staying without feeling on top of each other. Two very big living rooms not to mention the sunroom with snooker table and a dining room to seat around 18 people. The house is well maintained and equipped but has plenty of character too. the gardens are perfect for garden games. A short drive to the Arran ferry makes a great day out - especially on bikes and the gigha ferry is only about 30 mins drive away. One of the highlights of the house for us was definitely the bar which we stocked and ran ourselves.

“Great stay”

Reviewed 12 Nov 2013

We stayed here with a group of friends and had a brilliant time. The location of the house is great and there was everything we needed to ensure we all enjoyed ourselves. Ann, the owner, was helpful and professional. As the house used to be a hotel it was particularly suitable for such a large party. We'd love to return one day!

“Absolutely fantastic! Had everything we needed!”

Reviewed 22 Oct 2013

Our stay at Balinakill was absolutely spot on! I could not have wished for anything better! I hired Balinakill for a week for my birthday party. We had 19 adults and 5 children (under 6 years old) at peak. We had enough rooms, enough bathrooms and enough space for everyone. The house is extremely well equipped and in an absolutely outstanding area. The staff were helpful and available if we had any questions or needed help. The booking process was really easy and Ann was able to answer and give advice on any questions that I have very promptly. The drive to Balinakill is descirbed as 'something that everyone should do once in their life' and was amazing. The scenery is spectacular. We were able to find the house easily and there were staff there to let us in and show us where everything was. The house is enormous! There are two lounges, one downstairs were we all usually retired after dinner with the fire on and one upstairs with a TV for more day use. The rooms are all different and all have individual bathrooms. There was enough space that we could spread out and it meant that those with young children could get up early, run about and have breakfast without disturbing those guests who did not have children with them and wanted a long lie! There was plenty to do - you can walk to a loch behind the house or to the beach beside Clachan. You can visit Tarbert, Campbeltown - we even went to Inveraray one day. We did all the catering ourselves (as there is a group of us who are keen cooks, chefs, foodies) so we had different meals everynight - a BBQ on the Friday and a black tie cocktails, canapes and four course dinner with wine pairing on the Saturday. We were able to set up the dining room so it looked absolutely beautiful with everything provided in the house. We were also able to party until 6am and not wake up those who had gone to bed at 2am :-) We paid extra for the catering kitchen as we had catering experience. Again, the level to which this is equipped is absolutely fantastic and we had an enjoyable few days getting all our meals prepared! The cleanliness of the property was of a very high standard, absolutely immaculate. Our deposit was returned extremely promptly the next week. All in all, extremely highly recommended - it was absolutely fantastic!

“Large group with Kids - Wished we could have stayed longer”

Reviewed 17 Sep 2013

15 kids (aged 1-9) and 14 Adults stayed for a long weekend; and it was absolutley brilliant. Everybody loved the house; it is very grand with quite a history, but still feels very homely. It is big enough that there is something for everyone; the kids would be playing in the playroom or the large conservatory, while some adults would be catching up in the private bar and you could still find peace and tranquility in the Oark Room or in the White Room. On the Friday we visited the Crab Shack as it is closed on Saturdays and enjoyed our lunch. There is a ruin just by it for the kids to expore. On the Saturday we took the ferry to Gigha from just down the road. From the ferry stop you can walk to a lovely bar/restaurant by the beach called "The Boat House". The food was lovely and the staff very helpful. I would definitely recommend this on a sunny day. Kids had a great time on the ferry and on the beach! In summary I would definitely recommend this house to anybody wanting to spend a week or weekend away in a large group, whether this includes kids or not. A few of the girls mentioned that they thought it was a great destination for a wedding and I think it would be. Its just a very nice place to spend time with people.

“The Balinakill Country House, inside and out, was perfect for our extended family's time together.”

Reviewed 22 Aug 2013

There were 18 of us in a spread from 2 to 67 years old, and every last one of us was delighted with Balinakill. The house itself showed both its diverse history and impressive attention to its preparation for us. The grounds were beautifully cared for, with gardens and plenty of lawn for soccer (oops, football), and we could only begin to enjoy the short hikes into and around the village of Clachan. Self catering worked perfectly for us. Our en suite bedrooms were spacious and beautiful. The impressive dining room made a meal for 18 a pleasant experience. The sun room was perfect for family music sessions and "hanging out." There was ample space throughout the house for relaxing, reading, conversations, and for the younger ones, the greatest hide & seek ever. Out time at Balinakill became the prized centerpiece of a varied and wondrous visit we had into and around Scotland. It is hard to imagine not returning there again.

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