Oliver's Travels - UK

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Sleeps31
Bedrooms 13
Bathrooms10
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Isle of Bute & Cowal Peninsula Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful country house with Swimming pool and tennis court

Overview:

Argyll House has been described as “probably the best party house in Scotland.” The dining hall seats 24 in style and comfort, and the rest of the house lends itself ideally to big groups for family celebrations, anniversaries, corporate bonding sessions, whatever!

Argyll House is as luxurious as a boutique hotel, but at a fraction of the cost and without any of the formality you’ll find in a hotel. There is also the option of being completely self catering if that’s what you want or fully catered if you really want to kick back during your stay. It’s not got the grandeur or intimidating historic atmosphere of a castle or a stately home proper, but as some of our first guests have said, that makes it a very comfortable place to be at home in - even with 30 people.

A river runs thorugh the grounds just 100 yards behind the main house, and shared facilities include the indoor swimming pool and a tennis court (although both of these can be privatised for certain hours in the day).

With the two other renovations now complete, there is space for an even bigger party! The Mill sleeps 20 with a fabulous open plan living area of nearly 1,000 square feet. The old barn sleeps 16 in some style and comfort. All can be hired together for groups of up to 60. All properties are entirely independent of each other so you maintain utmost privacy.

Interior and Grounds:

The house has been pretty luxuriously equipped and nicely furnished, mostly with antiques. The new, comfy beds feature fabulous quality goose-down and feather duvets and gorgeous bed-linen, we’ve put some original Scottish art on the walls, bought half decent crystal for the table and generally tried to ensure that it’s as comfortable and well-equipped a place to stay as you’ll find in Scotland, without having any of the formality or grandeur of a castle or stately home. The house has a lovely, relaxing feel.

With a drawing room, TV room/snug, full-size billiard room, playroom, large kitchen with AGA and breakfast room downstairs - as well as the impressive dining hall seating 22 - the house has sufficient accommodation to cater for any large house party. We have laid out the bedrooms to offer real flexibility; two rooms are set up as twins, three as king-size doubles, and one as a quadruple bunk room. The other seven bedrooms can be set up either as super-kingsize doubles, as twins, or even sometimes as triples. All bar two of the bedrooms have either an en suite bathroom or a basin. There are four further bathrooms, two separate loos, and a sauna. Altogether, the house has nine showers and ten WCs.

We also have an indoor heated swimming pool that is shared between the three houses on the estate. Each house gets their own hour of exclusive swimming time in the morning and in the afternoon – outside those six hours, it is a ??free for all” in the pool. The same rules apply for the tennis court within the estate.

Set amidst the 20 acres of woodland, and enjoying lovely views across the glen and up the mountain, the gardens are mainly laid to lawn and terrace with hydrangeas, rhodedendron and azalea, as well as reputedly the tallest Grecian fir in Scotland. Our own woods feature numerous tree species and adjoin thousands of acres of forestry commission land through which guests are welcome to wander. One of our terraces features a Grade A listed sundial. A tributary of the river Ruel runs through the gardens, from the Lochen that supplies our private water supply. There is a lovely waterfall walk within the garden, and a rope-assisted climb down to a pool for outdoor bathing. It’s a fabulous location for kids.

We’ve added a trampoline, croquet set and football goal to what nature has provided as a playground, and we???ve installed two midge machines. Other facilities include the 10 person sauna, a table-tennis room, five sets of golf clubs and 10 bikes.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FULL PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AVAILABILITY & PRICES ARE KEPT UP TO DATE ON MY WEBSITE WHICH YOU CAN VISIT BY CLICKING ON MY PERSONAL WEBSITE LINK BELOW.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
Guestbook comments from the manager
Just to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay in Old Argyll House. We just loved the house it was gorgeous. Despite the time of year it was warm and welcoming and had everything we needed to keep the young and young at heart among us occupied and amused (the snooker and table tennis being favourites!). It was our first time doing something like this and such a success we plan on making it an annual event, we wouldn't hesitate in coming back to Old Argyll House.
Jan 2013
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Simply Chateau was set up in 2003 after two old school chums enjoyed a fantastic holiday with friends in a French chateau in the Dordogne. Oliver & Ravi, the two directors of the company, were amazed at what terrific value these stunning chateau rentals represented and decided to spread the word. Soon after the website www.simplychateau.com was born.

Today we deliver a wide range of luxury villas, private chateau and charming farmhouses throughout France, Italy, Spain, the UK and the Caribbean. We have something for everyone from charming manor houses representing great value for money to fully catered & serviced luxury chateau, all handpicked and chosen with care. Bookings are made direct with the owner of your chosen property to guarantee you get the best booking price available.

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We have properties to suit every taste and budget, all chosen with care by our expert team for their unique character, fantastic features and stunning countryside locations.

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Sleeps31
Bedrooms 13
Bathrooms10
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Edinburgh
Nearest Train
37 Miles
Dundee
Nearest Barpub
5.3 Miles
The Glenisla Hotel

Although just an hour and a half from Glasgow, the house sits in some of the loveliest scenery in Scotland. The Kyles of Bute are renowned amongst both walkers and sailors as amongst the most stunning bits of coast in Scotland. Whatever the weather in Argyll ??? and we do enjoy a remarkably mild micro-climate - this is great country for site seeing, with every corner revealing a new variation on the theme of mountain, loch, valley, sky, woodland, sea, rock, beach. The Cowal peninsula is a fabulous base for an active holiday with marvellous wildlife, numerous gardens and other tourist attractions to visit, and all sporting activities catered for.

The house has grounds of 23 acres, and sits about a mile above the head of Loch Riddon, enjoying complete privacy and lovely views down the glen to the river Ruel. The Island of Bute itself is as little as 15 minutes away from the house ?? accessed via a ferry from Colintraive – and was a “must visit” destination long before Stella McCartney got married there or former racing driver Johnnie Dumfries moved into Mount Stuart House as the new Marquess of Bute.

Inverary with its famous Jail and Castle, seat of Clan Campbell for the last few hundred years, is only 45 minutes away, as is Loch Lomond. Dunoon is another tourist destination in its own right, and just under half an hour away. You can get to Glen Coe in an hour and a half, to Stirling, Oban or Fort William in under two. Loch Ness and Edinburgh are easy enough day trips ?? reachable in less than 2 and a half hours.

As well as general site-seeing and trips to the Island of Bute, Inverary and further afield, there are a host of other activities you can undertake around Glenaruel. It’s fabulous walking country and we??ve also provided twelve mountain bikes for those who want to explore on two wheels rather than four. There are some really excellent and quite varied routes direct from the house, involving all sorts of terrain and levels of strain!

Golf – there???s a lovely 9 hole pay and play course ten minutes away above Tighnabruaich. We’ve supplied five bags of golf clubs for the house and they probably won’t be too fussed about the usual rules re golf shoes provided you don’t arrive in jeans and carve the course up. The same applies to the almost equally spectacular nine hole course at Blairmore & Strone, half an hour away. Cowal Golf Club at Dunoon and Inellan are the 18 hole courses in the area that welcome visitors.

Fishing - too many options to go into here, but you can spend anything from ??9 per day to over ??1,000 for river fishing in the area. You can fish for trout in our own stream for nothing or in the Lochen at the head of the river. Mackerel on a line in a boat on the Kyles is a right of passage for hundreds of West of Scotland kids every year. They swim in shoals all around these waters ??? the mackerel, not the kids - and there??s no permit payable.

It’s a fabulous part of the world for water-sports of all sorts. Horse-riding, climbing, canoeing, caving, archery, quad biking, paint-balling, and clay pigeon shooting are also all available either on site or in the area. It’s not our thing, and the house ain???t full of antlers, but we can help you arrange a day’s grouse or pheasant shooting, or stalking in season, if some of your party want to do that.

There is a wee shop selling all the basics at the camp-site in the Glendaruel valley, about a mile’s walk away, beside the historic Kilmodan standing stones. You get a slightly bigger choice in the Spar at Tighnabruich five miles away, and all year round opening. Dunoon is 16 miles away and is a thriving market / harbour town with award-winning bakeries, cafes and butchers, as well as a big Co-Op and a big Somerfield supermarket.

Scotland isn’t really well served by pubs in general; this area is definitely an exception. The Glendaruel Hotel is a lovely wee pub, a two mile drive away – or about a mile and a quarter as the crow staggers – and serves good pub grub or better. The Colintraive Hotel and Tighnabruich Hotel are each a tad busier and a tad more ambitious in terms of menu. Chatters in Dunoon is highly recommended, and the Whistlefield and Coylet Inns on Loch Eck are also worth a visit. Our favourite restaurant in the entire universe is on Loch Fyne, overlooking the old Castle Lachlan. (The view from the Inver Cottage terrace is one of the Robbie Innes pictures on our drawing room wall.) It’s less than half an hour away from the house. The Benmore Gardens tea room is not half bad, either, and the Otterferry Inn and Loch Fyne Oyster Bar have good reputations (on which, it might be said, they trade slightly) All in all, though, there are few areas of Scotland where you can enjoy such a variety of excellent, reasonably priced menus.

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Isle of Bute & Cowal Peninsula Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July to August
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
£2,212
From
£2,212
£5,395
 
 
September
Sep 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
£1,958
From
£1,958
£4,895
 
 
October
Oct 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
£1,715
From
£1,715
£4,395
 
 
November to Christmas
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
2 night minimum stay
£1,461
From
£1,461
£3,895
 
 
Christmas to New Years
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 5 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,461
From
£1,461
£3,895
 
 
January to March
Jan 6 2015 - Mar 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,461
From
£1,461
£3,895
 
 
April
Apr 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,715
From
£1,715
£4,395
 
 
May
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,715
From
£1,715
£4,395
 
 
June
Jun 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,958
From
£1,958
£4,895
 
 
July to August
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
£2,212
From
£2,212
£5,395
 
 
September
Sep 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,958
From
£1,958
£4,895
 
 
October
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,715
From
£1,715
£4,395
 
 
November to Christmas
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 19 2015
2 night minimum stay
£1,461
From
£1,461
£3,895
 
 
Christmas to New Years
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
£1,461
From
£1,461
£5,770
 

Notes

  • Guide Price: £3,895 - £5,694 per week.

    Short Breaks: £2,922 - £4,047 for 2 nights.

    Security deposit: £1000. This is paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
  • Terms:

    - Capacity: The house comfortably accommodates up to 24 adults and 7 children or teenagers.
    - Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
    - Energy costs: Included in the rental price.
    - End of stay cleaning: Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
    - Arrival time: 4pm onwards.
    - Departure time: 10am.
    - Pets: Please enquire.
    - Smoking: No smoking in the property.
    - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
  • Services upon request at additional cost:

    Catering and other services are available. Please check the property listing on Stately Escapes for further information.

Amenities

Isle of Bute & Cowal Peninsula Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 22 people
Bathrooms:
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
    Bathroom 10 -
Bedrooms:
  • 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 31
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Tennis Court
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Patio
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Please note that full property descriptions, photographs, availability & prices are kept up to date on my website which you can visit by clicking on my personal website link below.

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