|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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
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.
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.
Just had a super long weekend at Banlicken, 3 families, 3 nights. Banlicken was perfect. What an adventure the children had from the start, opening the gates and through the ford. Such excitement. The house was super, we all had our own little area to sleep and retreat to if needed. We cooked up some great meals in the large well equipped kitchen, sat around the cosy fire in the living room, reading, board games, and rugby for the men!! The children had the playbarn to work off some energy. A walk down to the shore with fantastic views and a very pretty sunset. Perfect.
Great location, magnificent view, peacefull, quite, isolated, unbelievable house, I Know Scotland for 25 years know, one of my best location, but forget about the road by car, we had a storm the first day, and could not cross the river (growing with the flood) threw the tiny road, you need a 4X4, but you can leave the car at the beginning of the road and walk.
Wonderful week in Banlicken, which is a remote haven on the remote haven of Arran. Perfection. The property is approached along a long track with 2 gates and a ford to cross. This only seemed to improve the sense of occasion on each arrival and adds to its special location overlooking Kintyre. The property itself was perfect for a large family wanting space to enjoy themselves, seek quiet corners to study or read and not be on top of each other. The kitchen/dining room is a super social place for cooking, dining and debating. Bedrooms are stylish and all with super views of the sea. Highly recommended.
Arran itself is a great place for uncrowded and scenic walks on the coast, or in the mountains, where we also enjoyed climbing on Cir Mhor. Some of the best easy,to mid-grade granite climbing in the UK - South Ridge Direct, Souwester Slabs, Labyrinth...all fantastic.
We spent the New Year period at Banlicken (2011) - and it was just what we were looking for. The journey up was eventful as we got stuck in the mud. I was flabbergasted when by father opened the boot and pulled out a garden spade of all things! (who on earth takes a spade on holiday - unless of the beach variety?!?), still it proved to be very useful and I just viewed it all as part of the adventure! When we arrived it was all worth it. If you love being remote and cosy then this is the place for you. We had taken a week's worth of provisions with us and didn't really venture out much. Cosy nights in front of the fire, lots of good wine and although we thought we had taken some really great fireworks for New Year's Eve, these were very much overshadowed by the spectacular views on the other side of the water across the Mull of Kintyre. What a show! A brilliant viewing point. Gorgeous countryside, even in the depths of winter - we had a further adventure travelling up the mountain to unblock the water inlet pipe - we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The kitchen has everything you need and with a large dining table. It turned out to be where we spent most of our time and also has lovely views out to sea. The "old folk" liked the fact that they could retire in peace to their own separate accommodation, when the children got too much (or the adults!). Fantastic.
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
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