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Sleeps 16 adults Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 4 Pets 2 Welcome Region Argyllshire Town/village Tighnabruiach
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Indoor Pool Holiday House, near Tighnabruiach (310)

With a heated indoor swimming pool, a games room and some of the most outstanding scenic views of Scotland from the front door, this could be your perfect holiday house.

This west facing former dower house, set above a private bay on the east side of Loch Fyne, enjoys stunning views across to the Mull of Kintyre and Arran beyond. It is located a few miles along a private road in a secluded part of what is known as “Argyll’s secret coast” and makes an ideal venue for a Scottish getaway with family and friends. In WWII the house was used as a base for the Norwegian commandos who went on the 'Heroes of Telemark' raid, which was one of the most successful acts of sabotage in the whole war.

This is a holiday house that has tripled in size over the years and has been designed specifically for your enjoyment, with the inclusion of an indoor swimming pool and a games room. Even the large drawing room has larger picture windows so you can enjoy the views across the loch in maximum comfort. The kitchen is well equipped and the spacious dining room can seat up to 16 people in comfort and style. The bedrooms are a good mix of double, twin and triple rooms, making them ideal for a family group.

Set in a beautiful location in 50 acres of grounds the sloped lawns lead down to the bay in front of the house. Access to the beach could not be easier for children out with their bucket and spades or those seeking shells. For more activity minded, there is a motor boat moored in the bay for guests’ exclusive use, subject to conditions (see below) or it is possible to bring your own boat to use from the jetty. However you wish to enjoy your break here, this is a superb venue for those wishing a family holiday in a beautiful coastal location.

If you want to have a truly relaxing holiday, where time both flies and stands still in this unspoilt, unfettered pocket of Scotland - you'll have come to the right place! 

The modern kitchen has everything you needwith plenty of work spaceThe games room is great for evening entertainmentAnd a sauna for winding down after the activity of the day

Living Space

Reception rooms

The very large sitting room is located at the front of the house and the two bay windows offer stunning views across Loch Fyne, With a wood-burning stove and comfortable seating at one end and a TV with further seating, this is a room that you can spread out in or be as one. A door leads through to the front facing games room, which houses a pool table and a table tennis table. Access from here can be out to the decking area or through to the indoor swimming pool next door. Here there is a 30ft by 15ft heated pool, with sun loungers, a sauna and a shower, with further access to the decking area. Additionally, there is a cloakroom, which is perfect for storing all your outdoor footwear and where you can find life-jackets for trips out on the boat. Pet friendly with two dogs allowed.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room is a light airy spacious room, next door to the kitchen, with a long table that seats a maximum of 16 people. Gathering the group in one place for all the meals could not be easier, and there are two high chairs available for younger children. There is excellent light coming in as the larger west facing windows look past the games room across to the sea view.

Direct access takes you to the well-equipped modernised kitchen with work-island. Cooking is all electric, with 5 hobs, 3 ovens with a grill and a microwave oven, as well as 2 dishwashers. A utility room is next door with washing machine, tumble dryer and chest freezer. In the summer months, dining can take place outside at the various tables.

  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • Board Games
  • Cooker
  • Cots, 2
  • Dishwasher, 2
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer, chest
  • Fridge
  • Fridge, extra
  • Games Room, Pool Table
  • Grill
  • High chair, 2
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Microwave
  • Night storage heaters
  • Oven, double, hob, electric
  • Private jetty for boat access
  • Seaviews
  • Swimming Pool, indoor
  • Table Tennis Table
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV, Sky
  • Walking, hill
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
  • Mobile reception
  • Boat
  • Beach
  • Ground Floor W.C.
Bedroom 2: Triple Single Room, great for kidsModern bathroom shared between rooms 4 and 5Attention to detail within the bedrooms

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 16

Accommodation is provided for a group of 16 adults in 7 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms, as follows:

Ground Floor 

no. 1 bedroom, is a twin room with 2 single beds, wash hand basin and rear view, with en-suite bathroom, with bath and w.c; steps from pool area to; 

no. 2 bedroom, is a triple room with 3 single beds, wash hand basin and pool and rear view; bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin; 

no. 3 bedroom, is a triple room with 3 single beds, wash hand basin and dual side and pool view.

First Floor

no. 4 bedroom, is a double room with double bed, wash hand basin and front view, with access to jointly shared bathroom with room no 5”  with feature bath (with sea view), separate shower cabinet and w.c;

no. 5 bedroom, is a double room with double bed, with wash hand basin and front view, and shared bathroom (as described earlier); 

no. 6 bedroom, is a twin room with 2 single beds, wash hand basin and rear view, with access to jointly shared bathroom with room no 7,  with bath and w.c;

no. 7 bedroom, is a double/twin room with zip-and-link bed, with wash hand basin and rear view and shared bathroom (as described earlier).

Please note that 2 cots can be put in any of the bedrooms.

  • 1 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Family Room With Three Single Beds With Shared Bathroom
Life jackets for exploring the water ... safety first!

Grounds & Surrounds

Set within private grounds, access is via a long 3-mile (seems longer) single track drive which terminates at this house.   

Your journey to the property will take you down an unsealed track. The final stretch of the road belonging to the owner has been sealed with tarmac for ease of access. The track leading down to this section belongs to the surrounding estate and is continuously monitored and repaired.

Standard vehicles driven with care and common sense can easily navigate the track, albeit slowly. This may mean not always driving centrally down the road but directing your vehicle left or right as you come across a change of contour in the central reservation. Cars ranging from BMW’s to Mini’s have managed to drive to and from the House & Lodge without issue. We do not recommend low slung sports vehicles or cars with similarly low suspensions try navigating the track given the changing contours of the road.


It is positioned to the South of the Cowal peninsula between Kinfinan and Tighnabruaich, as part of “Argyll’s secret coast”. Surrounded by a rocky outcrop with mixed woodlands and heather, there is a sloped lawn that leads down to a small bay, which consists of pebble and sand.

Day Trips

This is an excellent location for day trips, with a ferry service to East Loch Tarbert available locally. Golf is available in Tighnabruaich.  Alternatively you could enjoy a trip the Isle of Bute and do a House and Garden Tour at Mount Stuart. The trip takes about an hour and 15 minutes which includes the ferry crossing. 

Want a spin on the boat? 

A motor boat is available to your group, with one tank of fuel provided, as part of the booking – on provision of an RYA level 2 powerboat (coastal) qualification or higher. All certificates need to be checked in advance and brought on holiday. If you wish to arrive by boat or bring your own boat, that is possible, but please check in advance to confirm.

Will we be bored? 

If you're worried about it being isolated, think again. Once most guests get down to the property they don't want to leave.  There's so much to keep you occupied, a week will whizz by.  You've got walking, the beach, fishing, boat excursions, the indoor swimming pool, a games room, a huge garden and day trips to places like the Isle of Bute and Tarbert. You can also use the Visitcowal website and download a map on the touring routes around the quiet roads of this beautiful peninsular or check out their events page for things to see and do. 

Where can we shop & eat? 

There's an excellent village store 20 minutes away (Kames Village Store) run by an extremely accommodating proprietor called Andy.  He can pre-order groceries and dry goods and arrange a click and collect style service.  The meat, veg & fish will all be locally sourced.  The local butcher delivers to the village on a Friday and there's also a local fish monger.  On prior arrangement, the caretaker will be happy to collect and unpack provisions prior to your arrival.  Best to have a chat with her first so she can give you an idea of collection & delivery times. 

In addition to this a local restaurant (Botanica Restaurant & Rooms) can provide pre-cooked tray-bakes or help with catering one or more meals, so in-house fine dining can be made possible!  Or how about booking a table and dining out - the restaurant is in nearby Tighnabruaich. 

If you want to have a truly relaxing holiday, where time both flies and stands still in this unspoilt, unfettered pocket of Scotland - you'll have come to the right place! 


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels (and swimming towels), electricity, heating (electric night storage) and fuel for the open fire is included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

The maximum number of people which the house will accommodate is 16 (plus up to 2 babies in cots) and this number must not be exceeded at any time.

Guests who wish to use the boat are obliged to sign a Boat Request Form and be in receipt of a RYA Level Two Powerboat (with coastal endorsement) qualification or higher.  Please let us know so the relevant additional legal documentation can be provided during the booking process. All certificates need to be checked in advance and brought on holiday. Use of the boat will not be permitted otherwise. 

Whilst this property can supply a cot, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

There is a private water supply at this property, which is checked and approved on an annual basis by the local authority.

Please note that short breaks can only be booked within 4 weeks of the start date.


Tighnabruaich is a coastal village on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll, which is popular with the seafaring community for sailing and yachting. With a small vibrant community with a village store, it is a quiet place apart from in the summer months. This area is promoted as part of “Argyll’s Secret Coast” and it certainly boasts many fine scenic views over the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne, with Jeremy Clarkson, the former Top Gear presenter rating the route between Colintraive and Tighnabruaich as among his best driving experiences.  A 9-hole golf course is located by Kames, which is a great little course, by all standards. A ferry from Portavadie takes you across Loch Fyne to the Mull of Kintyre to East Loch Tarbert, allowing for great day trips on Kintyre. Access to the isles of Bute and Arran are also available by ferry.


Argyllshire is one of the larger of the Scottish counties. Located in the west, Argyll incorporates the coastline and isles between the Mull of Kintyre up to Ardnamurchan. The area’s biggest attraction is its immense range of landscapes; with miles of rugged cliffs and mountainous highland scenery to discover, as well as beautiful woodlands, the area is a dream destination for nature lovers. Why not visit the magnificent volcanic rock island of Staffa, where the puffins make their summer home? Or join the Beaver Trail to spot the elusive mammal recently reintroduced to the area. You could also take in the Gulf of Corryvreckan on the island at Jura, the third largest natural whirlpool in the world! Island hopping tours are a great way to discover the isles of Argyll, and for keen walkers, the mountainous landscapes of the likes of Ardgour, and the westerly range of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park are well worth a visit. Towns to take in include Oban, a resort town nestled on the Firth of Lorn; Dunoon, home to the famous Cowal Highland Gathering, an annual highland games; and Campbeltown, the county’s historic centre for whisky, fishing and ship-building.  

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 


Area Argyllshire Type of location Coastal Nearest shop Tighnabruaich 8 miles Nearest supermarket Dunoon 32 miles Nearest pub Kilfinan 5 miles
Nearest Airport
Glasgow by ferry 58 miles
Glasgow by road 79 miles
The local roads are for sheep tooThe views across the Kyles of Bute


Feefo is an independent feedback service used by Scotts Castle Holidays to give you an opportunity to see how other guests feel about this property.

3rd October 2018 Great 

Propert as expected. Very poor private road to property, not really suitable for any vehicle bar 4x4

Service rating : Glad to hear we were able to answer all your questions. We try our best to be as helpful as possible in the decision making process.
Product : Glad to hear you had a nice time. I agree about the drive. It's why we've always mentioned it may not be suitable for low slung vehicles in the Grounds & Surrounds section of our web description. However it would be helpful to know where else we might mention the drive so it doesn't get missed.

19th June 2018 Excellent 

A beautiful house, fabulous views, peaceful, tranquil and very comfortable. Pool was gorgeous, house was well kept and well stocked for large groups. We had a wonderful stay.

Service rating : Great to hear, thank you!

Product : We think this is one of the West Coast's best-kept secrets! Glad to hear you had a great time. Please don't forget to ask about our Loyalty Discount next time you'd like to book a holiday with us.

7th September 2017 Great 

The house is a great escape being on a remote loch side location with lawn running down to the water front. The house inside feels much grander than the photo impression of a small dormer bungalow. The children loved the pool and was great for the adults for a morning swim. The pool is about 30ft long and about 4ft to 8ft deep. The pool shower lights up with blue LED's. You feel that you have your own holiday complex. The only issue is the 3 mile drive is quite rough. We managed with a Mazda 3 with a couple of scrapes. At least is keeps out people just having a snoop around!

The new caretakers are friendly and helpful and live about 100m from the property. The owner also greeted us on our arrival. The caretaker Andy took our children out on the boat to see seals and to go fishing, which the children really loved. If your party desires complete isolation from other people this property may not be for you.

If we were to go again we would get a certificate so we could use the boat. This would have transformed the whole holiday as it would have given us much more freedom to explore the area including going across to Tarbet to go shopping, site seeing and go to reasturants and bars with no need for a car.

Service rating : Thank you for all of your comments, so glad to hear you found everything to your liking. As all of our properties multi list we do need to reconfirm with the owners before proceeding and usually this is received within 24 hours however I understand that on this occasion the house manager was away when you enquired, but glad that we could hold your dates over the weekend until the diary was confirmed on Monday for you.  If we can temp you back in the future just let us know. Oh and don’t forget - we offer a loyalty discount to our Scotts guests. T&Cs apply

Product : Wow, sounds like you all had a great time at the house. It’s great to hear that the swimming pool was a big hit for all and what a lovely bonus that the caretaker was able to offer the boat trip for the children. I will certainly pass your comments on and we would be more than happy to help in the future if you wished to visit another stunning property, or return to this Lochside house with a boat certificate in hand – what a great idea!  Thank you once again for your feedback

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