An idyllic, romantic and remote self catering holiday house, situated on the side of a heathery hill, perfect for families or romantic couple. Beautifully decorated combining comfortable and contemporary with outstanding sea views. 5 lovely bedrooms all with sea views and 2 bathrooms, large well equiped kitchen and dining area overlooking the sea and a cosy sitting room with open fire, TV, Sky and DVD. A games room with table tennis and outside patio area for al fresco dining. From the house there is easy access to coastal walks for spotting otters, dolphins, porpoises and seals and an easy climb up the hill will reward you with breathtaking scenery, sea eagles and numerous species of birds or just sit and enjoy the beautiful sunsets over the sea. There are many local activities, wildlife and bird watching, hillwalking, climbing, 7 golf courses, fishing, boat trips, pony trekking, historic castles and standing stones, beaches and caves. Excellent restaurants, Shops and local produce
Self catering house with easy access to golf, hillwalking, wildlife and beach
- Calendar last updated:
- 5 Nov 2018
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Wonderful remote farmhouse
Loved this house. We were 2 grannys' with 9 children, aged between 16 and 18 months and 2 dogs.
Weather wasn't very good but the children didn't care as they had plenty of room to play both inside and out.
The play barn was great and the children put on a talent show. (We laughed but the judges took it very seriously)
The house and the cottage were well equipped and comfortable. We all loved the kitchen as we could all gather round the table.
Initially we were taken aback by the instructions for the water source but once the children knew where it was and what to do it wasn't so much of a chore. Although it wasn't great walking up the hill when it had been raining and the midges were out.
The midges were no problem in the house but loved to nibble at bodies playing in the garden.
The road up to the house should be treated with great care but you shouldn't let it put you off.
Halloween week 2018
I have just returned from a marvellous holiday in Banlicken. There were 3 families of four and a spaniel. The house was very remote, well equipped and just what we were looking for. There were plenty of games for the evening.
The route to the house was fun but I am glad we arrived in the light. The ramble to the beach down the shortest route was slippy in the rain and sturdy boots were required. Sausages on an open fire were the reward. What more could you want!!
Seals and porpoise, we saw them too. Great week, great island, fantastic property with lots of helpful information.
Peaceful,picturesque, near perfect.
The house and bothy were comfortable, beautifully furnished , with the arrangement of the accommodation ideally suited for extended family. The big kitchen diner was a great space to congregate, and was very well equipped. Loads of crockery and big pans. We really enjoyed the views over the water to Kintyre. The farm track to the property had had some work done to it, and was easily passable with a heavily loaded family hatchback. Finally, both owner and housekeeper could not have been more helpful and friendly throughout our entire dealings.
A gem of a place, isolated and a long farm track with views making it all worth while
Although remote as described, this house offered seclusion,a sense of peace and views which were quite outstanding. It offered our children and grandchildren a sense of freedom. The road has been described fully and can be a bit tricky for those not used to farm tracks. It was well maintained though and was passible by our 2 saloon cars, though there is a ford which was full flow after a stormy night. Would be impossible if two cars met! The house was one of the best stocked holiday homes I’ve been to, regarding kitchen equipment, games, dvds and videos. Reading material really interesting too. Play barn was used but we were reasonably lucky with weather so out and about a lot. After a long spell of drought water flow to tank really a trickle but luckily the rain came just at right time and with quick clean of input pipe and clearing of airlock no issues over the course of week. Full instruction were given and we were well warned that this is one of the quirks of this isolated farm house... it’s a gem of a place and we left with every intention of returning. Thank you for allowing us to share the experience of living in your home. Many lovely memories made.
Fantastic rural setting for a big family get together
We ranged from 4 to 70 years old and very much enjoyed our stay at Banlicken. The beautiful big farmhouse kitchen is the perfect place for a large group to gather round the table and the kitchen is very well equipped. We stayed during a cold spell in February but the heating was efficient enough plus the fire in the cosy living room to keep us warm. The kids had a great time all sleeping in the annex together. It is certainly remote and the track up to the house not for the faint hearted (or low slung car!) but we found it all part of the adventure! There is only one bathroom in the main house but not a major issue for relaxed holiday mornings. Book your ferry early!!
Very, comfortable and remote house for 3 families
We are three families (6 adults, 6 kids now aged 8-14) who take holidays together every other year - previously Crete, Brittany (twice) and Wales. We had a great week on Banlicken and Arran generally. Banlicken is very quiet, with lovely views across to Kintyre. The house is very comfortable. We appreciated the well-appointed kitchen (we like preparing big meals) and table we could all sit around. The bedrooms are very nice with comfortable beds. Some lovely pictures and ornaments give Banlicken a nice homely feel. The kids spent a lot of time playing table-tennis. Another loo in the main house would have been the icing on the cake!
The track is memorable and not for the faint-hearted. It fords a small river and was at the limit of our low-slung skoda - so mostly the passengers had to walk.
One of the reviews here says there isn't a restaurant nearby, but since that was written the Cafe Thyme has opened a couple of miles down the road - good food, big portions, children's playground, rabbits. Worth a visit. There are lots of nice walks for youngish children, including a particularly nice one around Lochranza (buy lunch at the Sandwich Shack). Bring your own frying pan for making bacon rolls on the beach - an adventuresome and steep walk down from the house.
On the North West of Arran on a heathery hill looking across the sea to Kintyre. Between the coastal villages of Pirnmill and Machrie which have a restaurant and tea room, golf course, tennis court, beaches, caves and bronze age stone circles. North is enchanting Lochranza with its ancient Castle, whisky distillery and scenic harbour where you can see seals,and otters. Deer also graze along the shore and on the popular golf course. The Waverly, the last paddle steamer on The Clyde makes its regular summertime visits to the quay. From here you can also do a bit of Island hopping on the Cloanaig Ferry across to Kintyre, Gigha , Islay and Jura. For keen walkers and climbers there are beautiful gentle coastal walks to catch glimpses of porpoises, miinke whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters and birds; and for the more energetic hillwalker there are dramatic routes through valleys, past waterfalls, up hills and to lochs all with stunning views, birds and wildlife.
Additional pricing information
Special rates available for 1 or 2 couples for romantic or 'get away from it all' breaks in Mid or Low Season for short breaks or weekly bookings - contact Jenny Low/Mid Season - short break for 1 couple £550 - For 2 couples £750 Low/Mid Season - weekly rate for 1 couple £750 - For 2 couples £950 Last minute deals also available