Set within private grounds, access is via a long 3-mile (seems longer) single track drive which terminates at this house.
Access to the property is on an unsealed track. The final stretch of the drive 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 track 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.
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!