Photos and Description of this 13 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Isle of Bute & Cowal Peninsula - Argyll House
Beautiful country house with Swimming pool and tennis court
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.
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About Oliver's Travels - UK
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.
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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.