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Hillview Cottage

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
Minimum stay varies
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Available to let all year round, Hillview Cottage is a traditional 2 bedroom property situated in a beautiful sheltered scenic setting in an elevated position over looking the sparse western shores of the Isle of Bute with the mountains of the island of Arran in the distance. Heating and hot water are provided by a wood burning stove and lighting by enclosed candle lanterns. Completely off grid, there is no electricity or landline, and you won't miss them! The cottage is a wonderful place to stay for rest, relaxation and recreation. Built in 1896 as a game keepers cottage for the former Caladh House estate, the property's rustic and antiquated nature have been retained to provide an opportunity to escape from all mod cons and the demands from everyday living. Situated 1.5 miles north o...Available to let all year round, Hillview Cottage is a traditional 2 bedroom property situated in a beautiful sheltered scenic setting in an elevated position over looking the sparse western shores of the Isle of Bute with the mountains of the island of Arran in the distance. Heating and hot water are provided by a wood burning stove and lighting by enclosed candle lanterns. Completely off grid, there is no electricity or landline, and you won't miss them! The cottage is a wonderful place to stay for rest, relaxation and recreation. Built in 1896 as a game keepers cottage for the former Caladh House estate, the property's rustic and antiquated nature have been retained to provide an opportunity to escape from all mod cons and the demands from everyday living. Situated 1.5 miles north of the villages of Tighnabruaich and the adjoining Kames, and set in 3 acres of land, the Cottage feels serenely remote yet all services required are close at hand. In the villages you will find 2 excellent supermarkets, garage with petrol and workshop, 3 hotels with public bars and restaurants, bistros and cafes, Kyles Athletic shinty pitch, tennis courts, and 9-hole golf course with spectacular views over the Kyles of Bute. The Tighnabruaich Sailing School lies about 2 miles from Kames at Carry Farm. Hillview Cottage was featured as one of the three best Scottish hideaways in the issue of the Observer Magazine on 26 August 2012 as part of a weekly travel feature called 'Joanne O'Connor's Great escapes'. It's also featured briefly on the Guardian website as part of the same article. More
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About the Owner
Peter R
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2012
Interaction with guests
We prefer a very hands-off approach to interaction in keeping with this quiet, serene experience. Entry on arrival to the cottage is very flexible. We will provide a text message to check guests have arrived and all is well, receipt being subject to connectivity, Vodafone being the best service provider in the area. We are happy to answer any questions at any time via text, email or mobile phone, and local assistance is on hand if required.
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Reviewed August 3, 2019

Date of stay: July 2019
Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

What a beautiful and peaceful location with fabulous views from the cottage. It far exceeded my expectations. So many nice places to visit in the surrounding areas and The tea room and local pubs/restaurants were lovely. Highly recommended and I’m sure we will be returning...More

Date of stay: May 2019
Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed March 28, 2019 via mobile

This was our second visit and coming back felt like coming home. This cottage sits in an amazing location with breathtaking views. Our dogs loved the open ground and coming back to the wood burning stove after a long walk!this time we tried some of...More

Date of stay: March 2019
1  Thank Kevin R
Reviewed March 12, 2019 via mobile

is no exaggeration to say my partner and I, along with our 2 dogs adore the cottage and location. We have visited 3 times since 2016, including a visit over new years where we sat outside at midnight and saw shooting stars overhead...it was magical,...More

Date of stay: February 2019
Thank f w
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Tucked away nicely on a hillside with stunning views. This little gem is for the slightly more adventurous type but a great place to tune into nature. Well worth the 350 mile drive.

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank AdeBrown
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Stove
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Alarm Clock
Water Views
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
Private Yard
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Mountain Views
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Swingset
Fireplace
Additional amenities & feature info
Comfortably rustic, the cottage, which sleeps 5, was constructed of stone and slate in 1896 for use as a gamekeepers abode for the Caladh Estate. The interior has stone walls and pine clad ceilings throughout, with exposed beams and wooden painted floor boards in the main two rooms and painted stone floors to the rear rooms. Heating is by virtue of wood-burning stove and log fire. The wood stove has a back boiler, which produces piping hot fresh water from a wholesome mountain stream source so you can bathe in the wonderful long and deep Victorian cast iron bath. Lighting is by virtue of enclosed candle lanterns and the candles are supplied. For cooking there is a 4 ring gas cooker with oven and grill and the kitchen is well equipped for most purposes. There is DAB radio and also a stereo CD radio cassette with lead to accept stereo media input. Please note there is no electricity or land telephone line. The local hotels and cafes are very accommodating to allow visitors charge up their media devices. The main bedroom has a pine double bed with tallboy chest of drawers, two small bedside chests of drawers a recess for hanging clothes and log fire. The second bedroom has a bunk bed with double bed on the bottom and single up top and some large wall shelfs and clothes hanging rack. A small conservatory with chairs and table is attached to the rear side of the cottage with a lovely view over the Kyles of Bute.
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About the neighborhood
Tighnabruaich and it's adjoining neighbouring village of Kames are located on the Kyles of Bute at the southern tip of the Cowal peninsula, which lies between the Isle of Bute and the Kintyre / Campbeltown peninsula. The sheltered coastal waters and breathtaking scenery of the hidden peninsula combine to make the area an idyllic choice for people looking for tranquility and a peaceful getaway. There is no real throughput of traffic, people visit specifically as their destination, and the laid-back community feel of the peninsula is much akin to that of an island. The villages are approximately 2 hours from Glasgow, whether you chose the ferry route from Gourock over the Clyde estuary, and the drive past Loch Tarsan, Loch Striven and Loch Riddon, or the drive round past Loch Lomond, Lo...
Getting around
From the cottage there are tracks and pathways to the explore the vicinity and the Cowal Way path route is only 250 metres away. The peninsular is ideal for cycling to get around, especially for the more intrepid, to go further afield. Ferry links from Portavadie to the Kintyre Peninsula and from Colintraive to the Isle of Bute provide excellent opportunities for exploring more of the region. Public buses provide access to the ferry terminals and beyond, but make sure of the timetables before venturing forth as times can be limited, especially at the weekend. Check out lovely quiet tracks and roadways online and on ordinance survey to explore quiet and serene places, some of which are mentioned in the information pack supplied.
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