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Large Country House | 096

map Tarbert, Argyllshire

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Overview

  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 30 (24 adults + 6 children)
    • Sleeps 2 infants
    • 12 bedrooms
    • 12 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £4,900 - £6,500 per week
    • Security Deposit £550 (refundable)
    • Friday changeover
    • 4:00 PM check in
    • 10:00 AM check out
    • 2 pets welcome (£20 pppw)
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 4
    • Facilities

      • Dishwasher
      • Washing machine
      • Washer dryer
      • Central heating
      • Wifi
      • Microwave
      • Garden furniture
      • BBQ
      • DVD player
    • Features

      • Sky TV
      • Playroom
      • Ground floor bed
      • Piano
      • Table tennis table
      • Pool table
      • Hot tub
      • Four poster bed

Description

Subsume yourselves in the Victorian grandeur of this former hotel where panelled drawing rooms denote another time while 7 acres of grounds call you out to play.

Once a country hotel, this refurbished Victorian large holiday home is situated in seven acres of grounds, with a south westerly aspect and offers spacious accommodation, which is perfect for entertaining friends and family. Beautifully decorated, retaining many original features, such as wood panelling and open fires, the large front facing drawing room is a lovely example of this. Year on year it is being improved and it has become one of the best party houses on the west coast and well worth travelling to.

With one bedroom at ground level, the additional bedrooms and bathrooms are on the two floors above, which can sleep 24 adults and 6 children in total. This delightful country house is ideal for a family holiday, an event, a wedding, or for those just wishing to base themselves within this wonderful part of the west coast of Scotland. There have even been rumours of a resident ghost, but you will only be able to judge for yourselves if this is fact or fiction.

For wedding or events to be held here – then the initial booking would be made on a standard self-catering basis and all other costs would be advised over the enquiry/visit. Wedding fees apply over and above the maximum occupancy.  

*A newly installed Cedarwood hot tub was made available from 17th August 2019**

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • Reception Rooms
    The reception rooms are the largest rooms in this beautiful house and they mirror each other, one above the other. At ground floor, with large bay window, is the drawing room with wood panelled walls, ornate ceiling and open fire. The seating is all comfortable leather sofas and this is a superb room to gather and catch up with the events of the day.

    The sitting room above is a little more elegant and is lighter in touch with whites and softer coloured sofas, as well as TV. There is also a play room opposite which is great for children. The SKY TV has sports and childrens packages.

    Games Room/Conservatory
    The games room is the conservatory room (also used for functions) with pool table, table tennis top and a piano (that is regularly tuned). There are bluetooth speakers available for guests to connect their iphones/pods to with a cable. Guests are advised to bring a spare connecting cable as the one the owners leave out often disappears, so the owners cannot guarantee one will be made available during your stay.

    Back on the ground floor, the old lounge bar is still in situ (un-stocked) and this is also a great place to have a quiet drink. There are pipes for real ales. Many guests bring a keg or order one from Loch Fyne Ales for delivery prior to arrival. The owners are happy to put it in place if delivered a few days before (it should be allowed a few days to settle). Pipes are left clean and cleaning fluid is made available, however guests will need to connect the key to the pipes as the owners do not have anyone on site to does this.

    The sun room opens out to the patio or you can stay inside and play a game of pool. A ‘ladies’ and ‘gentleman’ dual cloakroom is available at ground level.

    Kitchen & Dining
    The country style kitchen is a delightful space with modern fitted units, an island with plenty of work space and an area of seating for a few people in a less formal fashion. With 3 ovens - one large, one small and one combo/microwave oven, there is plenty of cooking capacity for the numbers advertised. Additionally you'll be provided with all the equipment you'll need plus there's breakfasting for up to 10 people around the pine table.

    There are two dining areas, both at ground level, and which one you use will be dependent on your group size. The main Victorian dining room is opposite the kitchen of proportionate size for that era, with a table that can comfortably seat 18, or up to a maximum of 22 people. Previous guests have managed to squeeze 30 around the table by adding tables to the main one in a T-shape. It works but is cosy so we're told!

    Events above capacity of the house
    The other dining area forms part of a later extension (a conservatory) which can seat up to 50 people if required. The conservatory room is the games room with pool table, table tennis top and piano.

    Whilst this area is only used for events in reality, there is also a commercial kitchen off this room, which can be made available to cooks if they are cooking for larger numbers than the capacity of the house, otherwise this is not available to use. The catering kitchen will only be made available to professional cooks.

    If you wish to gain access to the catering kitchen and conservatory to host an event, additional charges will apply as these areas will need to be staffed.

  • Accommodation is provided for a group of 24 adults and 6 children in 12 bedrooms with 9 bathrooms and 3 shower rooms, as follows:

    • 2 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 6 Double Room/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 3 Double Room/s With Ensuite Shower Room
    • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Bathroom Suite
    • +6 Children Housed As Per Bedroom Description

    Ground Floor
    Bed 1: Double, walk in shower and bath with grab rails and shower hose attachment (front facing over garden)

    First Floor
    Children’s bedroom. Small double (3/4) bed. Shares en suite with Room 2 (bay window view over back garden, drive and trees), 2 travel cots and a children’s mattress which can be moved to any bedroom.
    Bed 2: King size double,  bath only (bay window and side window view to garden and beyond, and hillside)
    Bed 3: Four poster, bath only (back view over trees)
    Bed 4: Double - shower only (front facing view over garden band beyond)
    Bed 5: Double - bath with shower over (front facing view over garden and beyond)
    Bed 6: Double - bath only (double aspect to front and side garden)
    Bed 7: Twin - bath with shower over (view to side garden and field)

    Second Floor
    Bed 8: King size double and double bed settee - bath only with shower over (back view over trees)
    Bed 9: Double - bath with shower hose attachment (front facing view over garden and beyond to the sea and the Isle of Jura)
    Bed 10: Double - shower only (front facing view over garden and beyond to the sea and the Isle of Jura)
    Bed 11: Double bed and double bed settee - shower only (front facing view over garden and beyond to the sea and the Isle of Jura)
    Bed 12: Twin - bath and separate shower (back view over trees)

    How the + 6 Children can be catered for: - 

    The children's bedroom has a double bed 2 children can share

    Bed 8,  Double can accommodate 2 children on a double bed settee
    Bed 11, Double can accommodate 2 children on a double bed settee

    If required an additional children's mattress can be moved to any bedroom.

  • Situated in 7 acres of grounds, with a decorative fountain to the front and a sloping lawn beyond, there is an excellent patio area with a Cedarwood hot tub to the side for additional entertaining. Accessed via the A83, the property is 48 miles beyond Inveraray, 10 miles south of Tarbert, in the area known as the Mull of Kintyre. 

    Whilst there is a fuel station within walking distance, Tarbert offers a general store, as well as hotels and other shops. The property is well located for day trips to the Islands of Islay and Jura. This area is ideal for walkers, ramblers and cyclists, with routes taking in places of archaeological interest and coastal scenery. Sea-fishing, water-sports, clay-pigeon shooting and horse riding are also easily accessible. Golf is available at Machrihanish. The nearest distillery is Springbank in Campbeltown.

  • PRIVATE WATER SUPPLY
    There is a private water supply at this property, which is checked on an annual basis by the local authority. After periods of heavy rain the water is prone to discolour due to the peat, which takes some getting used to if you have not experienced this before.

    WEEKEND LATE CHECKOUT
    Where possible the owner will accommodate a late check out of 4pm  for weekend changeovers, please enquire when making your arrival arrangements..


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Map

Area
Nearest shop
10 miles
Nearest supermarket
10 miles
Nearest pub
10 miles
Airports
Nearest Airport
Campbeltown Airport 23 miles

Photos

The view on arrival from the drive
The open fire in the drawing room is very welcoming
Perfect for entertaining in comfort and style
The \'sun room\' can also be made into a larger dining room for an event
The dining room is a traditional room
The kitchen is modern and well equipped
There is also a breakfasting and living space in the kitchen
There is plenty of space to entertain outside
Relax in the stunning cedarwood hot tub
The old lounge bar is still in situ (un-stocked)
Room no 1, ground floor double bedroom
En suite bathroom to room no 1.
Ground floor cloakroom, with facilities for \'Ladies\' and \'Gents\'
The fine wooden staircase leads you to the accommodation above
A sitting room is situated on the first floor
Room no 2, double bedroom on the first floor
En-suite bathroom for room no 2
Room no 3, double bedroom on the first floor
En suite shower-room to room no 3.
Room no 4, a four poster double room on the first floor
En suite bathroom to room no 4.
Room no 5, double bedroom on the first floor
En suite bathroom for room no 5.
Room no 6, double bedroom on the first floor
En suite bathroom for room no 6
Room no 7, twin bedroom on the first floor
En suite bathroom for room no 7.
The back stairs to the second floor
The second floor corridoor
Room no 8, double bedroom on the second floor
En suite bathroom for room no 8.
Room no 9, double bedroom on the second floor
En suite bathroom on the second floor to room no 9.
The front view of the house from the garden
A nice long view across the gardens
The driveway up to this large holiday house
It will be sad to leave and get back onto the A83 again

Guestbook

31 August 2017
Rated 4 out of 5

Fabulous mansion. Only comment is that such early check out and late check in are not appropriate for visitors travelling from afar, or overseas. The company and owners need to take this point into consideration. If someone hAs spent 6 to 10 hours travelling then they would surely prefer an earlier check in. Otherwise no complaints

Sounds like you had a fabulous time at this mansion, for what was a very special trip! The standard check in times are advertised on the website prior to booking and we can see an earlier check in was discussed with you before arrival, which the owners were unable to confirm until nearer to the time. As with all of these large holiday houses the window for changeover is quite short in between groups and the housekeeping team require the usual time to prepare the property to standard for the next guests, however where possible this is accommodated. 

We can see the owners did try their best to facilitate this for you and we hope you found it helpful dropping of your luggage and groceries early after a long trip. 

Thanks again for your review, all guest feedback is greatly appreciated and should you wish to visit another property with us in the future we would be more than happy to help.

A beautiful stately mansion in magnificent grounds. Well equipped and beautifully furnished, yet very comfortable. Comfy settees, comfy beds, and a cute comfy bar. Our group of 24 of different ages enjoyed different aspects that the property offered, from snooker to kiddies play room, to lounging in huge living rooms. Central position for exploring the lakes. Only minor point was two cooker gas jobs not functional, and cold in the late evenings, and late check in otherwise a fabulous experience

Thank you so much for your review, we are glad to hear your group enjoyed the house, it’s location and overall rated the service highly. We understand that you have already been in touch with the owners who have investigated these points you’ve raised and improvements have been actioned for future guests.   

31 August 2016
Rated 5 out of 5

From the excellent tour and welcome from the housekeeper, to the stunningly well-equipped kitchen and dining room, to the comfortable living rooms and beautifully-decorated bedrooms, this was a wonderful house to bring the entire family to. We all fit around the dining room table for some incredible meals, and gathered in the large living room for games, all managing to fit most comfortably on sofas and armchairs by the fire. There was a piano and other musical instruments, which allowed us to play music together. And the bar was a lovely place to hang out in the evenings. The garden was great for playing sports, and the sunsets from the view down the road were stunning. Our day trip to Gigha was a high point, and so easy and close to travel to. We couldn't have been happier and are definitely planning on returning!

Wow, sounds like you all had a great stay enjoying this holiday home and grounds. Great to hear you felt the kitchen was well equipped and all rooms were comfortable!

I bet you have some lovely memories to cherish from this stay, with great fun being had both in and outside the house. We look forward to helping with a return visit when - don't forget to claim your loyalty discount next time!

The staff at Scotts Castle Holidays were very helpful in helping us find the right property.

So pleased to hear your excellent feedback, glad you found our service helpful and we would love to be of assistance again in the future.

09 October 2013
Rated 5 out of 5

Fabulous house with everything you could possibly want, fantastic owners who could not have been more helpful, just the best long weekend ever

Many thanks for your feedback. It's always nice hearing happy holiday stories. So pleased you had a great time!

We now offer a Loyalty discount scheme so don't forget to claim this next time, should you wish to book with us again.

Scotts Castle Holidays

Easy and efficient service

Many thanks for your feedback. It's always nice hearing happy holiday stories. So pleased you had a great time!

We now offer a Loyalty discount scheme so don't forget to claim this next time, should you wish to book with us again.

Scotts Castle Holidays

10 May 2013
Rated 5 out of 5

As a group we have been meeting for over 10 years and Ballinakill House was one of our best venues

So pleased to hear you had another great holiday, and that Balinakill House was such a hit with your group! Don't forget our Loyalty discount for your next trip!

Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: [email protected]

I have used Scotts several times and have always found them very helpful.

So pleased to hear you had another great holiday, and that Balinakill House was such a hit with your group! Don't forget our Loyalty discount for your next trip!

Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: [email protected]

09 November 2012
Rated 5 out of 5

The house is magnificent, and yet homely, with lovely extra touches like fresh flowers in the living rooms and hairdryers and kettles in the bedrooms. The owners were very helpful, and anxious that we should enjoy the house. It suited our needs perfectly, and we definitely intend to return to the house.

Always a pleasure hearing people have had a lovely time. Thank you. We look forward to helping with your next booking!

Harriet Filewood
Managing Partner
SCOTTS CASTLE HOLIDAYS
Tel: +44 (0)1208 821 341

The staff at Scotts Castle Holidays have been pleasant, friendly and most helpful regarding this and previous holidays booked through them - I cannot fault them.

Always a pleasure hearing people have had a lovely time. Thank you. We look forward to helping with your next booking!

Harriet Filewood
Managing Partner
SCOTTS CASTLE HOLIDAYS
Tel: +44 (0)1208 821 341

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