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Old Kilmun House - stunning historic house for 18

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8 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
18 guests
1 night minimum
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Old Kilmun House is a lovely, luxurious holiday home picturesquely situated in two and a half acres of private gardens at the side of the Holy Loch in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in Argyllshire. We've tried to make it more luxurious and better equipped than our own house, so that even a wet weekend will be a comfortable and memorable one. Jamie Oliver stayed in it a couple of years ago and featured it in his 'Around Britain' TV series. The house is well situated for sight-seeing around the West Coast. The immediate area is renowned for some of the best walking in Scotland, and it's a great base for fishing, riding, and shooting, golf, sailing or cycling. We've put in 6 fishing rods, 8 bikes for different sizes (with helmets), and 4 bags of golf clubs. There are loads ...Old Kilmun House is a lovely, luxurious holiday home picturesquely situated in two and a half acres of private gardens at the side of the Holy Loch in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in Argyllshire. We've tried to make it more luxurious and better equipped than our own house, so that even a wet weekend will be a comfortable and memorable one. Jamie Oliver stayed in it a couple of years ago and featured it in his 'Around Britain' TV series. The house is well situated for sight-seeing around the West Coast. The immediate area is renowned for some of the best walking in Scotland, and it's a great base for fishing, riding, and shooting, golf, sailing or cycling. We've put in 6 fishing rods, 8 bikes for different sizes (with helmets), and 4 bags of golf clubs. There are loads to do in the area, and some great local pubs and restaurants. We've also tried to make it comfy enough for people who don't want to go anywhere else. There's a croquet set, football goal, cricket and badminton sets, plus the 13 foot trampoline, barbecue and all important “midge machine” in the garden. As well as the ¾ sized billiard table in its own room, there is a little games room downstairs with a dartboard plus a multifunction / convertable entertainment thingy with table football, air hockey, table tennis, mini-snooker etc. Or you can go and play in the sauna. We've supplied Monopoly, Outburst, Pictionary, Scrabble, Backgammon, Chess, a few jigsaws etc for days or evenings when you don't fancy anything more energetic. There's a pretty decent library with loads of Scottish authors represented, and over 100 CDs. The snug features 32” widescreen telly with CD surround-sound plus a variety of videos and DVDs. Our package includes Sky Sports and Movies. Another option is to use our friends at Osprey Catering to cook a celebration meal for you so you can make the most of the opportunity to relax in our gorgeous panneled dining room They can do anything from a kitchen supper for the Aga to a full-blown formal four course dinner. After nine seasons, now, we hope we are getting nearer to our aim of making it the most comfortable and best-equipped holiday house available in the West of Scotland. We've got 4 stars from the STB and a fifth is apparently pending if we want it… More
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John D
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2010
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in Old Kilmun House for Christmas 2018. There were twelve of us, ranging from Grandparents in their 60s to a bunch of kids, the youngest of which was under two, plus the five family dogs. It was ideal for us; we are not...More

Date of stay: December 2018
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Old Kilmun House - stunning historic house for 18, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks you so much for the lovely review. I also appreciate you taking the time to refute the specifics from the negative one the Americans had posted from earlier in the year!! I am glad you appreciated the houses, our attempts at service, the area...More

Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

We stayed from 28 December until 2 January and had a fantastic time in our party of 12. The house has loads of character and is very spacious inside. There was loads to do and we spent a lot of time in the basement with...More

Date of stay: December 2018
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Old Kilmun House - stunning historic house for 18, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2019

Thanks for taking the time to review us - and for choosing us to bring in the new year with. It's always nice to hear the house and staff appreciated. Have a great rest of year and thanks again.

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Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

House is fantastic for a big group of friends or family! We especially loved the basement area with the snooker table, darts, sky tv and table football Would highly recommend staying here.More

Date of stay: November 2018
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Old Kilmun House - stunning historic house for 18, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2018

Thanks, Nicole I really appreciate you taking the time to visit this site and place a review. Not all our satisfied guests do and so it is lovely when people take the time. Thank you also for treating the house and leaving the house so...More

Reviewed 28 November 2018

We had a lovely stay in Old Kilmun house. We were a group of 14 and had plenty of space with large bedrooms and a couple of social areas including a large kitchen, dining area, lounge x 2 and games room. The water is on...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Old Kilmun House - stunning historic house for 18, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

I am utterly amazed at your bravery in taking on the Holy Loch in October - well done, you mad people! Thanks so much for the lovely review - and for taking such good care of our lovely house. The vast majority of our guests...More

Reviewed 18 November 2018

We were a group of 18 who stayed two weeks at Kilmun in late summer to celebrate my mother’s 80th. Conclusion? Avoid. Not worth the money. The place is tired, musty, stuff is in spotty shape but most troubling is the owner. More on him...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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johnD1963, VR Owner at Old Kilmun House - stunning historic house for 18, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2018

We try to please all the people all of the time. That doesn't prove possible, sadly. We bent over backwards for this party from before they arrived till the moment they left, and we thought those efforts were appreciated, at the time. We thought his...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Corporate Bookings
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Trampoline
VCR
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Sauna
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Game Room
Hot Tub
Pool Table
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Good Nightlife
Balcony
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
- Sight-seeing: Generally You are fantastically positioned to see some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. The views aren’t bad from the house itself, but drive up to Loch Fyne and down to Loch Lomond, or into the Kyles of Bute, or down the Maccrahanish / Mull of Kintyre peninsula, and you’ll see vistas to take your breath away. Enjoy the local area on foot or by bike, but if you don’t know this area of Scotland well, and you have better than 50 yard visibility, we’d really recommend you do spend a bit of time exploring it (and not just because people use fewer of our logs when they are out the house and wear the furniture out less). If the weather’s rubbish, you are 75mins from Glasgow by Ferry and M8, and less than 2 hours from Edinburgh if the traffic’s okay. They are both great ci...
How to get there
Old Kilmun House is situated on the shores of the Holy Loch, adjacent to the Argyll Forest Park, and is perfectly placed for exploring the Cowal peninsula, the West of Scotland generally, and the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, within which it sits. Two minutes from the Benmore Botanic Gardens, it's a 10 minute drive from Dunoon, 35 from Inverary, 40 from Loch Lomond or the Island of Bute. The 'long drive' to Glasgow is less than an hour and a half. Via the M8 and ferry from MacEnroes Point at Gourock, we are just 70 minutes from Glasgow Airport
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