Rothesay holiday apartment accommodation with internet access, walking and TV and rural retreat

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Apartment / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 94232

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Apartment / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Academy Apartments is situated in a quiet, elevated position in the town of Rothesay, yet still within walking distance of the ferry terminal, town centre and local attractions. Just a few minutes walk down Chapelhill brings you to the impressive Victorian shore promenade that runs the entire length of Rothesay Bay, from Port Bannatyne to Kerrycroy.Your holiday flat is one of six in a converted former manse building and is comfortably furnished in a contemporary style. The main living room is bright and spacious, and is open plan with the kitchen and dining area. This room offers glorious unrestricted views across Rothesay Bay and beyond to Loch Striven and to the Cowal peninsula and hills. Some guests have described the views as "inspirational" - most settle for "amazing" ! This main room has four tall windows to the front and side, allowing maximum enjoyment of these wonderful sea views. The elevated position and large windows also allow lots of natural light to flood in, and as the room faces east, the sunrises can be spectacular, weather permitting. Remember, in mid summer you need to be up very early! ! The side window means that the room catches the evening sun from the west, right by the dining area! Enjoy the views at any time of day - over breakfast or dinner, or when simply relaxing in front of the TV in the evening. Enjoy a different view every time you look out across the bay, depending on the time of day and weather conditions. Watch the ferries come and go, and in the summer months, the Waverley paddle steamer calls in regularly to drop off and pick up on its summer sails. The apartment is ideal for friends, couples or families, offering 2 bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin. Rothesay and the Isle of Bute offer a wide variety of activities and days out for visitors of all ages, including walking, cycling, fishing and golf. The location of the apartment is ideal for anyone looking for a quiet place to relax and chill, but with easy access to all amenities and attractions.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Nearest beach Ettrick Bay 4 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow International 30 km, Nearest railway: Wemyss Bay 12 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The apartment is on the top floor of a 3 storey building - entrance from the street is at level 2, so there is only one short flight of stairs to the apartment from the entrance hall. The principal open plan living room is spacious (approx 17' x 18') and comfortably furnished - lounge area with TV and a separate dining area, which is at the front of the room, overlooking the bay. This room is a light and welcoming space, with superb views from every angle.The kitchen is compact and well equipped, including microwave, gas hob, electric oven and under counter fridge/freezer.

The internal hall leads to two bright, comfortable bedrooms, one double and one twin, and the bathroom has bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC.The apartment has a good selection of board games, CDs and DVDs, as well as a well stocked bookcase - feel free to swap your books here!

Travel cot available (with linen if required) - no extra cost, please just ask.

Further details outdoors

Academy Apartments sits within Rothesay's conservation area, so the location is quiet and well kept, yet only minutes from all local amenities. Although a car can be useful, it's definitely not necessary on the island - the local bus service is excellent. Buses for all points around Bute start from Guildford Square in Rothesay, just a 10 minute walk from the apartment.

The Skeoch woods are just at the end of road, with excellent walking trails, for both dogs and humans !.There is a shared garden and drying area at the rear of the house and there are some folding chairs in the apartment available for use in garden, or for the beach and picnics. You'll find street parking right outside the apartment building. There is also easy access to the West Island Way walking route from directly opposite your holiday home.

Academy Apartments is on a hill so may not be suitable for anyone with restricted mobility who doesn't have access to a car.

Further details

A deposit is required to secure your booking and the balance is due 4 weeks before arrival. For bookings within 4 weeks of your arrival date, full payment is required at time of booking. Cancellation within 2 weeks or less of arrival date will incur a cancellation charge of 100%. We recommend that you take out holiday insurance when booking your trip. Please contact the owner for short break rates, if you don't see the price on the website.

We also offer longer term lets over the winter period November to March - please contact the owner for details

The Argyll and Bute region

Argyll and Bute is one of Central Scotland's most beautiful areas, offering a very varied landscape of coast, woodlands and hills.

Often referred to as “The Jewel in the Clyde” the Isle of Bute is an area that draws people back year after year. Renowned for its beauty, and offering a variety of coastline, moor and woodland walks, the island has a mild climate due to its location on the Gulf Stream. Palm trees and many other exotic plants flourish thanks to these mild influences, and a wide variety of wildlife can be seen including deer and seals. Bute is steeped in history, with stone circles and chambered cairns, beautifully remote locations of early Christian sites, mediaeval Rothesay Castle, which is the ancestral home of a Royal dynasty and Mount Stuart House, arguably one of the finest examples of Victorian domestic architecture to be found anywhere in the UK.

The island is only 15 miles long and 4 miles across and is one of the most accessible of Scotland 's islands, less than 2 hours from Glasgow, door to door. Bute is also the ideal base to explore mainland Argyll, by simply hopping the 5 minute ferry from the north of the island at Rhubodach over to mainland Argyll at Colintraive, located on the Cowal peninsula. These ferry crossings are very regular and take only 5 minutes. From there, you're just over an hour away from Inveraray, where you can visit the Old Jail, stroll along the banks of Loch Fyne and enjoy lunch in the award winning George Hotel. And the drive is spectacular !


The Isle of Bute has some outstanding bays and beaches, the best of these are Ettrick Bay on the west of the island and Kilchattan Bay to the south. Walking on Bute is a joy, because of the varied landscape and the quiet roads and footpaths. The West Island Way was Scotland's first long distance island footpath, developed and opened in 2000 as part of Bute's events to celebrate the millennium. The path is 30 miles of way marked walking which runs in a circular route from south to north and takes in track, moor, forest and coastal walking. Opposite Academy Apartments, a flight of steps takes you up to a high road that will give you direct access to the West Island Way. You can do the route in sections and catch local transport back to Rothesay, or choose to do the whole thing in 2 days with an overnight en route. If you prefer to stay closer to base, there are some lovely marked walks in and around the town itself, for instance up Canada Hill to enjoy the spectacular views from the top! There is an excellent selection of local walking maps and bus timetables in the apartment, along with lots of other local information.

For a more relaxing way to see the island, why not take a tour on the Discovering Bute open top bus. This departs from Rothesay town centre 4 times a day in high season (stops in September) for a round trip of the island. Enjoy lunch in the Ettrick Bay café, with its excellent home baked cakes (try the meringues!), take a long walk across this beautiful beach, then catch the next bus to complete the tour. Your ticket is also valid on local buses for the same 24 hour period. Even in the off season, there is still an excellent local bus service serving the island.

During the summer months, the Waverley Paddle Steamer calls into Rothesay harbour on a regular basis. The Waverley offers a great day out, weather permitting, sailing from Rothesay up the Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruaich, or across to the Isle of Arran or to Loch Fyne.

The island is host to a wide variety of events and festivals, including the annual Jazz Festival, usually held early May, which is now one of the UK's leading jazz festivals and attracts visitors from around the world.

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      Calendar last updated:27 Nov 2015

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