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Balinakill Country House Manor House
- 13 bedrooms
- 26 sleeps
- min stay varies
Balinakill Country House
- Manor House
- 13 bedrooms
- 26 sleeps
- min stay varies
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
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!
Location description from owner
The Kintyre Peninsula 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.
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Nearest beach 1 km
- Great for children of all ages
- Car advised
- Pets welcome
- Private garden
- Great for children of all ages
- Pets welcome
- 2 Cots available
- High chair available
Bed & bathroom
- 2 Super King Beds, 9 Double Beds, 6 Single Beds, 2 Cots available
- 12 En suites
- Wi-Fi available
- Private garden
- Sea view
- Private fishing lake or river
- Bicycles available
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Pool or snooker table
- Games room
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking
- 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 owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
- Response rate:
- Calendar updated:
- 04 Jul 2016
- Years listed:
- +44 (0) 141 342 5401
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
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 49 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £4290 to £6600.
The Owner has a response rate of 80% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 04 Jul 2016.
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– based on 49 reviews
- Very Good
“Fantastic Time had in Magical House”
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”
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”
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”
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.”
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.
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!”
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”
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.”
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.
“Perfect venue for a large group celebration”
We chose to stay at Balinakill country House because each of the 12 double / twin bedrooms have either en suite shower or bathrooms, giving guests privacy and flexibility. Having a bedroom on the ground floor also enabled us to accommodate elderly parents, especially as the entire ground floor is wheelchair friendly indoors (there are two low steps at the front door and gravel outside). All rooms are remarkably spacious and provided ample space for our group of 24 adults. Although there is a more than adequate kitchen for guest use, we used this just for breakfast and packed lunches, while having the worthwhile convenience of amazing caterers for evening meal (as recommended by Ann, the owner of Balinakill). The bar area, as well as either of the beautifully decorated lounges were perfect for evening socialising and entertaining. One evening we had a ceilidh band and great fun was had by all as we danced in the sun lounge. Another evening we had a local piper playing the bagpipes for an hour in the garden - a lovely setting- before dinner. A short walk to the beautiful Clachan beach is also not to be missed, however several ferries a short car ride away, run to nearby islands for easy days out. Wildlife, golf, distilleries are all available! There is plenty to do here whatever your interests, to fill a fantastic week in paradise.
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