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Sleeps 24 adults
+ 5 children
Bedrooms 12 Bathrooms 12 Pets 2 Welcome Region Argyllshire Town/village Tarbert

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Large Country House, near Tarbert (096)

The Mull of Kintyre, the mist rolling in from the sang this former west coast resident, Paul McCartney. Come and see for yourself what he loved about this area

Once a country hotel, this refurbished Victorian house 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 5 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. 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 at the visit stage.

The open fire in the drawing room is very welcoming Perfect for entertaining in comfort and styleThe dining room is a traditional roomThe 'sun room' can also be made into a larger dining room for an eventThe kitchen is modern and well equipped  There is also a breakfasting and living space in the kitchenThe old lounge bar is still in situ (un-stocked)A sitting room is situated on the first floorThe back stairs to the second floorThe second floor corridoor

Living Space

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. 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. Whilst 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

There are two dining areas, both at ground level, and which one you use will be dependent on your group size. The actual dining room is opposite the kitchen, and is a traditional dining room size with table that can seat 18, up to a maximum of 22 people. 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 integral double ovens and hobs, there is plenty of cooking capacity for the numbers required, plus breakfasting for up to 10 people around the pine table. The other dining area forms part of a later extension whilst as a hotel known as the ‘sun room’ and is a dining hall, which can seat up to 50 people if required. 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.

  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • Bath, Slipper
  • BBQ
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Catering Services Available
  • CD Player
  • Coffee maker
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Games Room, Pool Table
  • Garden Furniture
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • Heating, Central
  • Internet Access
  • Ipod Docking Station
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Microwave, Integrated combioven
  • Open Fires
  • Oven, hob, gas, electric
  • Payphone
  • Piano, Upright
  • Playroom
  • Shooting, Game, local
  • Sporting activities available
  • Telephone, Honesty System
  • TV
  • TV, Sky
  • View, Area of outstanding beauty
  • Washer Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Easy Access
Room no 1, ground floor double bedroomEn suite bathroom to room no 1.Ground floor cloakroom, with facilities for 'Ladies' and 'Gents'Room no 2, double bedroom on the first floorEn-suite bathroom for room no 2Room no 3, double bedroom on the first floorEn suite shower-room to room no 3.Room no 4, a four poster double room on the first floorEn suite bathroom to room no 4.Room no 5, double bedroom on the first floorEn suite bathroom for room no 5.Room no 6, double bedroom on the first floorEn suite bathroom for room no 6Room no 7, twin bedroom on the first floorEn suite bathroom for room no 7.Room no 8, double bedroom on the second floorEn suite bathroom for room no 8.Room no 9, double bedroom on the second floorEn suite bathroom on the second floor to room no 9.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 24 + 5

Whilst there is one double bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the ground floor, the rest of the accommodation is to be located on the first and second floors. With 12 bedrooms in total, they all have an en-suite bathroom or shower room. On the first floor there are five double bedrooms, one being a four poster double bed and one twin-bedded room. On the second floor there are four double bedrooms and one twin bedroom. Like all big houses, the higher up the house you go, the smaller the bedrooms become, so if you are choosing your bedrooms, then the best ones are probably on the first floor. For the + 5 children - this is the set-up. The playroom can house a double bed for 2 children; room 11, a double room can house an extra double bed for 2 children; and room 12, a twin-bedded room can house an extra single bed for 1 child. (If required an additional mattress can go on a floor in a top floor bedroom for another child).

  • 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
  • +5 Children Housed As Per Bedroom Description
Self-catering is now on offer at this former hotelThe drive takes you to the front with parking to the rear and sideExterior view looking across the main area of lawnThe driveway up to this large holiday house

Grounds & Surrounds

Situated in 7 acres of grounds, with a decorative fountain to the front and a sloping lawn beyond, there is an excellent patio area 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.


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, electricity and oil central heating and an initial supply of logs for the open fires.

Notes & Warnings

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only.


The tranquil town of Tarbert is built on the edge of the isthmus linking Kintyre with Knapdale. With Loch Fyne to the east, and West Loch Tarbert to the west, the town is the gateway to the Kintyre peninsula. Set around the attractive natural harbour and marina the town enjoys lovely views across the water, best appreciated from the hill-top ruins of Robert the Bruce’s Castle, located a short walk south of the harbour. Further west the ferry terminal offers important links across Loch Fyne. Tarbert has its own 9 hole course for a spot of leisurely golf, and the Kintyre Way walking route passes through the town. There are a number of other walking routes around the area, taking in the rugged landscapes of the peninsula. 


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 Countryside Nearest shop 10 miles Nearest supermarket 10 miles Nearest pub 10 miles
Nearest Airport
Campbeltown 26 miles
Glasgow 104 miles
Check on the 'catch of the day' at TarbertCrossing the Sound of JuraWalking the Crinan CanalIt will be sad to leave and get back onto the A83 again


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.

31st August 2016 Excellent 

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!

Service rating : 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.

Product : 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!

1st April 2016 Excellent 

Loved the house would certainly recommend it.

Service rating : Many thanks, great to hear you found our service excellent and that the weekend get together went well!

Product :  Thanks so much, glad you found the house perfect for your holiday and I’m sure all the lovely extras such as the bar, children’s play room and pool table made the stay really special!

9th October 2013 Excellent 

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.

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