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Sleeps 14 adults Bedrooms 8 Bathrooms 4 Pets 2 Welcome Region Argyllshire Town/village Tarbert
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West Coast Holiday House, near Tarbert (060)

Imagine the scenario - a great country home full of people on the west coast of Scotland with access to a sandy beach, there is no need to imagine with this holiday house.

Built in 1828 for Captain John Campbell, this refurbished Georgian house offers spacious accommodation in a traditional holiday house with a dash of modernity for up to 14 people. This is an up-and-down house, set on four floors, with the main reception rooms on the ground and lower ground floors, with the accommodation on the first and second floors. A games room and spacious garden is available for everyone to spread out further, as well as access to a secluded bay and sandy beach. Ideal for family groups, looking to make the most of a traditional holiday in the west coast of Scotland.

With comfortable sofas and an open fire the drawing roomThe kitchen has an oil fired range cooker, an electric hob and double ovenMany hands make light work of the cookingElegant and traditional dining roomA smaller sitting room is also availablePlus a TV roomThere is also a Games roomThe bedrooms are located on the first and second floors

Living Space

Reception rooms

The front door takes you to the upper ground level and main entrance hall with fine stairs, with the drawing room being one of the front rooms. This is a traditional reception room, with open fire, comfortable sofas and a grand piano (please note that the tuning may not be perfect), making this room a delightful room to relax in. To the rear is a morning room, which is a secondary sitting room with TV. On the other side is a small library, which has some board games, which leads onto the games room, which houses a table tennis table. On the floor below is a larger sitting room with TV and this is more suitable for leaving the children to their own devices, whilst the adults can get some grown-up time on the floor above.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room, being one of the front rooms, is an elegant room with lovely light coming in to the room. The dining table can seat up to 10 people and can be increased to 12.  Another table could be added to increase numbers to 14. The large kitchen can be found on the floor below. This modernised kitchen has an oil fired Esse range, as well as an electric hob and integral double oven, to cater for all the cooking requirements. There is dining capability in the kitchen for up to 10 people with the chance to extend the table further. Additionally there is a large storage room for foodstuffs and a utility room.

  • BBQ
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Garden Furniture
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen Table large
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Oven, double, hob, electric
  • Piano, baby grand
  • Rural and private
  • Seaviews
  • Table Tennis Table
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Walking, woodland
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • EPC Rating = E
Room 1 is the master bedroom on the first floorEn-suite bathroom to room 1Room 2 is a spacious bedroom on the first floorEn-suite bathroom for room no 2Room no 3 is a cosy single bedroomRoom no 4, another single bedroom, accesses the shared bathroomRoom 5 is one of four twin bedrooms on the second floorThe shared bathroom on the second floorRoom 6 is another of the top floor twin bedrooms

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 14

Accommodation is provided for a group of 14 adults in 8 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

Lower Ground floor - shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

First floor – room 1, master bedroom with super king size double bed with zip-and-link bed allowing for twin beds if required, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin (please note this bathroom can be accessed by via the single bedroom, room no 4); room 2, twin bedroom, with two single beds, with en-suite bathroom, with bath, separate shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin (please note this can also be accessed via the hallway); room 3, single bedroom with single bed and wash hand basin; room 4, single bedroom with single bed, with access to next door’s en-suite bathroom.

Second Floor – room 5, twin bedded room, with two single beds and wash hand basin; room 6, twin bedded room, with two single beds and wash hand basin; room 7, twin bedded room, with two single beds and wash hand basin; room 8, twin bedded room, with two single beds; bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin.

  • 2 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 4 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Super King Double/twin Room/s With Ensuite Bathroom
Your west coast holiday house is ready for youThe west coast always draws you backYou can drive right round the holiday houseView of the front garden to the sea beyondWithin a country setting close to the sea

Grounds & Surrounds

The holiday house is in a private setting, which is accessed off the lengthy single-track road from the Knapdale Peninsula coastal route. The grounds consist of woodlands and lawns, allowing for woodland walks and the exclusive use of the garden. A hill loch is available for those wishing to catch an elusive wild brown trout, whilst the main draw is the access to the sandy beach which is beyond the entrance to the drive. The property is 47 miles beyond Inveraray and 10 miles west of Tarbert, with a general store as well as hotels and other shops. The nearest fuel station is at Lochgilphead or Clachan. The property is well located for day trips to the Islands of Islay and Gigha. This area is ideal for walkers, ramblers and cyclists, with routes taking in the coastal scenery. Sea-fishing, water-sports, clay-pigeon shooting and horse riding are also easily accessible. Golf is available at Tarbert and at Machrihanish.


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; heating and an initial supply of logs 

Notes & Warnings

Stag/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.

Please note that whilst Internet connection is available here in the west coast of Scotland - it is not fast and it is not suitable for large data downloads. It can also be variable in strength and reliability. A monthly allowance for usage from a satellite is available, but once the allowance is used, the service is not available until the next month.

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

Please be aware that the piano at the property is unused and not tuned on a regular basis, and is more a decorative item than a functional playing piano. Guests are welcome to play the piano, but for those wishing to arrange a musical event, then the provision of a professional keyboard may be more appropriate.

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. An initial supply of bottled water is available.


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 Coastal Nearest shop 10 miles Nearest supermarket 10 miles Nearest pub 4 miles
Nearest Airport
Campbeltown 46 miles
Glasgow 102 miles
Visiting the nearby beach is worth the walkCheck on the 'catch of the day' at TarbertA view across West Loch TarbertWalking the Crinan Canal


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.

17th August 2016 Great 

Carse house is very good. Good location, fantastic grounds, clean and well maintained. Needs some attention to facilities and resources to cater comfortably for large groups. There were only just enough mugs and glasses and it really needs a second dishwasher. Having said that we had a great holiday.

Service rating : Many thanks for taking the time to leave feedback on our booking process, we do itemise any additional fee’s such a pet charge for example, at the enquiry stage and are always very happy to accept a payment over the phone if this is preferable to using the secure online payment page. 

Hope this clarifies and many apologies if you found our promotional emails meant our correspondence regarding your booking was tricky to spot. Had we of known you would have preferred not to receive this during the booking process we would have been very happy to remove you from this list, alternatively you can opt out at the enquiry stage yourself :)

Product : Thanks so much for the great feedback, glad to hear you enjoyed the lovely coastal position and found the house well maintained and clean. All of our properties are equipped for the house occupancy however we will certainly pass on your suggestions to the owner regarding additional crockery and a second dishwasher.

27th July 2016 Great 

Carse House is a spacious stone-built Georgian residence set in its own grounds and surrounded on three sides by woodland with lawns and extensive garden to the front. There are four floors - two main levels, a basement and an attic. The three upper levels are comfortably carpeted throughout; the bedrooms spacious, the public rooms on the ground floor more elegant then one might expect in a holiday house. We hardly spent any time in them with the exception of the TV room - the Euro football cup games were in progress - and the games room where the table tennis table was an attraction. Our four pianists enjoyed the baby grand in the lounge though it is badly out of tune. The TV was problematic; it took five minutes to get it working - maybe because of the remote location.

Our indoor time together was mostly spent in the kitchen/ dining room where the table was large enough to seat us all and we could eat together in warmth as a family. Full marks for that. To begin with the other rooms seemed cold - I think the radiators and landing temperature settings were set too low for the cold, wet weather which characterised our visit.

We experienced some other problems which may be of interest and use to you as you consider the accuracy of the material you send to prospective clients.
The dishwasher was temperamental. We discovered that when two green lights on the control panel flashed even if you set the machine it failed to work To remedy that it was necessary to switch the machine off at the wall switch and then start afresh. Before leaving we left a note about that to help future occupants.
Wi-fi reception was patchy and its capacity very restricted. My professor son from Australia had to go to Tarbert at 5am to be certain of an adequate uninterrupted connection with his department.
Though the information refers to a private water supply, it was only on arrival that we discovered three large plastic water containers and word that the purity of the private water supply could not be guaranteed. The water in the three containers were quickly used up and we could replenish them only at the Co-op in Tarbert where one of the staff announced that this had been going on for years and was a disgrace. Half way through the week the Co-op ran out of water and we had to get it from Lochgilphead twentyfour miles away. Had our group all been adults we probably should not have bothered, but we had some young children and did not want to take any risks. The volume of water was also a problem. The cistern in the WC in a first floor bathroom
took so long to refill that we had to put a pail of water beside it.
I understand from one of the local men who does work for the owner that the water supply is being renewed with two reservoirs up the hill and a deep hole (artesian?) behind the house. Until then a fuller description of the water arrangements should be included in the publicity.
On Sunday evening the bedroom lights in two rooms fused when a lamp blew. We made a makeshift arrangement because the fuse-box was in a locked cupboard. On request, the local agent, Mrs Brown, came the next morning to open it up and the supply was restored. She also most helpfully, with my younger son in attendance, sorted the hot water boiler which had seized up - we showered and shaved in cold water that morning!

Apart from the water and the heating, none of these problems were of major importance but together they Indicated that there are deficiencies in the house some of which should be made clear in the information you publish.

A further comment on the information on the website which refers to 'a private beach'. There is no such thing in Scotland. The Land Reform
(Scotland) Act 2003 and 2005 provides statutory access rights for responsible access to beaches for fishing, fires, BBQs, swimming, playing etc. Further I should tell you that access to the beach was not easy and involves a considerable walk down the drive along the road across two fields and a narrow plank on a grilled metal bridge across a burn then through rough ground to the sand.

I should emphasise that the local people involved with the house could not have been more helpful. I should also make it clear that in spite of the awful weather we experienced we all enjoyed our family holiday at Carse House.

Service rating : Many thanks for your feedback, and hope we can help again in the future. 

Product : Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a detailed review of your holiday. This house is due for a re inspection by our property manager and I’ve forwarded him your comments so these can be raised with the owners. Completely understand your concerns regarding the water supply and appreciate the trips to the Co-Op must have been time consuming, the same applies with the wifi. We will take up your recommendation and provide further information on the private water once we’ve fed your comments back to the owners and understood from them what we’re to communicate to future guests. So glad to hear you felt their housekeeping staff were helpful, it does make a big difference.

12th August 2015 Excellent 

So well stocked, comfortable, warm and well positioned.

Service rating : Super to hear you found our service prompt and excellent in general. It was a pleasure to of helped with your holiday plans and provide the information needed to finalise your family trip.
Product : Sounds like you had everything to hand to enjoy a comfortable stay at this beautiful property. We hope you managed to enjoy the lovely private beach at some point during your stay too! Look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

2nd February 2015 Excellent 

Beautiful, beautiful house and gardens in a wonderful part of Scotland. We felt so privileged to stay there. Very bright and airy, very spacious, both inside and out. We had the most wonderful time with close family members, to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. Our stay at Carse House was so memorable and such fun. We would like to say thank you to Scotts Castle Holidays and the owners.

Thank you for your lovely comments and it’s great to hear your family enjoyed the special birthday celebrations in this gorgeous house. If we can assist with any future holiday plans please get back in touch with us.

13th August 2014 Excellent 

A beautiful house, very comfortable

Thank you for your feedback. Great to hear you enjoyed your holiday.

Please dont hesitate to contact us again in the future if you would like to re book.

23rd July 2014 Great 

The house was lovely , ideal location and view , very spacious , lovely garden , we had lovely stay . If you love walking or cycling this is an ideal place ! My only concern was about the cleanliness . We left the house in a very reasonable condition but the cleaner wanted to charge us extra for the cleaning . We felt that for the amount we paid and the condition in which we left the house, this was entirely unreasonable . The house was not spotlessly clean on our arrival but we are very laid back and did not mind.The landlord however was very good and it was all settled in the end. I would be apprehensive however in future and suggest that you take photos of all the dirty areas as well as any broken bushes or trees on arrival and e-mail to Scott's castle . I would probably do this with any future rentals on fact ..

Many thanks for your feedback and as per our direct communication with you , the owner is extremely grateful for your input following your stay and she is liaising directly with the housekeeper.

So glad to hear you found our service helpful and after full investigation we are happy we could help bring a swift resolution for all parties. Hope your family enjoyed the stay in this beautiful part of Scotland and the owner looks forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

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