|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Balvonie House is located in Skelmorlie; just 45 mins drive from Glasgow. The house sits high above the town and enjoys sea views from many rooms in the house.
The accommodation comprises of:-
A large entrance hall with wood burning stove and 2 sofas.
Sitting Room with open fire, 3 large sofas and 4 occasional chairs and a cinema style screen that rolls down in front of the fireplace on which you can watch TV or DVDs.
The spacious kitchen and has 2 tables, one that seats 6 and the other seating 8. It is well equipped with 2 ovens, an induction hob, a combination oven / microwave, large fridge, large freezer and dishwasher.
Next door to the kitchen is the dining room with table and chairs to seat 22; there is a second table in the window that can seat further 4 to 6 guests. There are speakers that you can attach iPods and other devices to.
The games room has a pool / snooker table, a large TV with DVD and Xbox as well as a selection of childrens' toys and games.
There is also a utility room which has as a second fridge / freezer as well as washing machine and tumble dryer.
There is a ground floor twin room with en-suite wet room; this is suitable for wheelchair access. A ramp can also be provided for the front door.
There are 2 cloakrooms on the ground floor.
Bedroom One has a 4-poster king size bed. Next door there is a combined dressing room and bathroom with a square bath set in the window to enjoy the sea views, a walk in shower, wash hand basin and w.c, wardrobes, a sofa and dressing table.
Bedroom Two has a double bed and en-suite bathroom with teardrop shaped bath, walk in shower, wash hand basin and w.c.
Bedroom Three is the largest bedroom which has an Emperor bed (which is 7ft), 2 large comfy chairs and a day bed with a trundle, suitable for up to two children.
Bedroom Four has a double bed.
Bedroom Five has a bunk bed and en-suite shower room with walk in shower, wash hand basin and w.c.
Bedroom Six has a king size bed and en-suite shower room with walk in shower, wash hand basin and w.c. There is a freestanding slipper bath in the bedroom.
There is a house bathroom with bath, wash hand basin and w.c. Please note all bathrooms other than this one have under floor heating.
Bedroom Seven has a double brass bed.
Bedroom Eight has a wooden double bed.
The house shower room has a walk in shower, w.c and small wash hand basin.
Bedroom Nine has 4 single beds and an en-suite shower room with walk in shower, wash hand basin and w.c.
Bedroom Ten has a double bed and en-suite bathroom with freestanding slipper bath, wash hand basin and w.c.
The house has large grounds and children will need supervision. There is also a 7 seater hot tub.
The house has:
Gas central heating.
Open fire in the sitting room and wood burner in the hallway.
Cinema Screen TV and DVD in the sitting room.
Large screen TV and DVD in the games room.
Both TV’s have a full Sky package.
2 Cots and High Chairs
2 Pets welcome.
Hen Parties welcome, we regret no stag parties
There is a caretakers flat at one end of the house, this has it's own private entrance.
26 of us stayed here for a weekend to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was everything we could of hoped for and more. The whole house was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated with a mix of modern and traditional decor. The weather was terrible but the house had plenty to occupy us. The hot tub was fab (even in the rain) and the kids were kept amused in the games room. The ball room was perfect for our party on the Saturday night and the kitchen had everything we needed.
The only thing I would say is that the house was overly warm and the heating could not be controlled. However we opened some windows, being locals perhaps we are just used to the cold :D
Overall it was the perfect stay and a great place to celebrate my birthday with friends and family of all ages. Got to think of an excuse to come back now!
The house, the grounds and everything that came with it was absolutely fantastic!
The bride did not have a clue where she was going and it was so wonderful to be ale to surprise her with such a gorgeous house for the weekend. The photos really do not do it justice and it has to be seen to be believed.
The owner allowed us entry and hour early than planned which was very much appreciated! However, I do have one small complaint from a customer service point of view - on the morning that the final guests were leaving, one of the cars would not start leaving 5 young women (1 pregnant) slightly stranded. The owner was less than interested and made them feel rather uncomfortable (he clearly just wanted the guests out), so much so that they ended up carrying all their belongings down the long drive and waiting outside on the road for breakdown assistance. No harm done in the end, but a rather rude end to an otherwise lovely weekend.
A group of 27 of us visited and stayed at Balvonie House for a hen weekend. The house was unbelievable. As a group we have stayed in a number of these sorts of properties and this is by far the best in terms of 'wow' factor, cleanliness, facilities, service -
The customer service from the ladies at house parties to the owner Duncan, his sister and care taker were all just brilliant. Given the situation we were in - let down by another property - they were simply wonderful. Looking back we're so glad we ended up at Balvonie.
The dining room was fabulous for our formal meal on Saturday night which we brought in caterers for who were superb.
A group of 27 girls from 15-75 years old is hard to please and I can honestly say not one person had a moan about this house.
The utility room proved to be a very useful space to set up our bar.
A few little pointers - need bins in all the rooms and the big room with the massive bed could be doing with a bigger / more mirrors, would also be great if someone en suite facilities were incorporated into this room but that's us just being lazy.
We're already looking for a reason to go back.
We had 19 adults and 5 children plus 3 dogs, we were all very warm and comfortable and made very welcome.
Balvonie caters for all ages and stages; the views, garden and hot tub were much appreciated.
It was great that the ferries only take 1st Jan off.
Food shopping was easy and Nardini's visited by all (some more than once).
If we were to suggest changes then it might be nice to have curtains in the dining room.
We liked the signature lighting, the magnificent candle holders and the disco ball!
Would definitely recommend Balvonie for a great venue at any time of year, thank you.
Wonderful house and setting for my birthday weekend which culminated in a Murder Mystery party. Fab.
Invited 22 ladies to help me celebrate my 50th birthday in November. The house was just wow and was in a stunning location with amazing view overlooking Firth of Clyde and we were able to watch the ships/ferries sail back and forth-just magical. We even had lovely young deer in the garden first thing in morning which was delight to see.
My friends thought the house was amazing and equipped to very high standard. The amount of glasses, tableware etc on offer was just fabulous. We spent most of first night in the kitchen which happily was roomy enough for all of us to enjoy some singing etc. The sitting room was just marvelous and fantastic wood burning stove.
Saturday we used the formal dining room and dressed up for dinner which was just marvelous.
The caretaker was readily available for any requests/problems which arose during our weekend but was not interfering in any way.
Would love to use the house again for celebrations in future and really would recommend Balvonie House to give your celebrations that extra WOW factor.
Bute – Wemyss Bay (walking distance)
Cumbrae – Largs
Dunoon – Gourock
Mount Stuart – Isle of Bute
Culzean Castle & Country Park – Ayr
Dumfries House – New Cumnock
Newark Castle – Port Glasgow
Portencross Castle – Portencross
Kelburn Castle & Country Park – Largs
Benmore Botanic Gardens – Dunoon
Largs Yacht Haven – Largs
Kip Marina – Inverkip
Fairlie Moor Fishery
Loch Thom Visitor Centre
New Haylie Fishing Loch
Skelmorlie Golf Club – walking distance
Largs Golf Club
Greencock Golf Club
Gourock Golf Club
Other Things to Do
Scotsail condensed sailing tuition – Largs
The Waverley Paddle Steamer
Greenock Cut Vistor Centre – Loch Thom
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Skelmorlie Royal Observer Corp WWW1 Bunker (restored)
Diamond Beauty – walking distance
Kayaking/Canoeing – Cumbrae Sports Centre
Bicycle Rental – Cumbrae
Diving – Largs PADI Dive Centre
Viking Festival – Largs
Country & Western Festival – Cumbrae
Largs Music Festival – Largs
Kelburn Garden Party July 3-5th
Kelburn Psychedelic Forest Disco May 9th
Places to Eat
The Catch at Fins Seafood – West Kilbride
Scotts – Largs Marina
Lounge – Largs
Seaview Bistro – Wemyss Bay (walking distance)
Fusion – Gourock