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Hillview Cottage

Hillview Cottage
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26 reviews
Hillview Cottage
View from front garden over the Kyles to the Isle of Bute with Isle of Arran in far distance
Hillview cottage
Cottage view from East side
Cottage from West side
March sunshine
Front garden looking South
Living room wood burning stove and leather sofa
Wood burning stove in living room
Living room and dining table
View from living room
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Bunk beds in rear bedroom
Victorian cast iron bath
Bathroom view from Kitchen
Kyles of Bute in winter from road side view point about a mile away
Cottage in winter snow
The hammock in summer!
Bridge over the Allt Dubh stream in front of cottage
Rear wood store
View west from bench over stream in winter
Wood burning stove in the evening
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2 Bedrooms , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 5
Tighnabruaich, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
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. 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. Set in 3 acres of land.

Situated 1.5 miles north of the villages of Tighnabruaich and the...
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About the Owner, Peter R
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : Jun 2012
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 26 reviews and 1 property
Interaction with guests
We prefer a very hands-off approach to interaction in keeping with this quiet, serene experience. Keys will be left near to the cottage to be collected at any time, without notice, and returned similarly. 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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Excellent - based on 26 reviews
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English first
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 5 October 2017 for a stay in July 2017

We discovered why Peter's place is called Hillview Cottage... after the hike up through the mossy woods and along the waterfall we emerged at the cottage to look out over the most serene view. Peaceful to the soul. My daughter is learning photography and stayed up past midnight when the sky was finally dark enough to try her camera at...

Management response:

Thank you for the review; so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and the peace and serenity. We were, however, sorry to hear some points mentioned. Our information pack requests guests report any concerns for our attention. Guests should be afforded hot baths and our information pack provides detailed guidance for stove use. The pack also confirms ice for...


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Paul A
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

Our first holiday without electricity, and it was everything we hoped for. A total switch off from the outside world and have to say we have never slept better. The stove, fireplace in the bedroom and the candlelight made it so cosy and relaxing. The only noise was from the waterfall. Lovely to see deer, bats and red squirrels from...

Management response:

Great to hear you enjoyed the escape! It was a privilege and pleasure to play host. Kindest regards.


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May M
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 1 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

We absolutely love it here. This is our fourth time. The views are stunning, this year we saw quite a few deer, we had a pair of pheasants visit the cottage and a red squirrel came daily to the bird table - well worth investing in some nuts! The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could need. No electricity...

Management response:

Thank you so much for such a glowing review; so glad you all enjoyed yourselves and continue to discover more in this beautiful area. It is such a pleasure and privilege to play host once again. Kindest regards.


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  • Alarm Clock
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (5)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Fireplace
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (4)
  • Mountain Views
  • Ocean Views
  • Playground
  • Private Garden
  • Secure Parking
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Swingset
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Views
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 a recently installed (late 2011) 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. Light the candles and take some wine and music and a good friend and keep topping up the hot! Lighting is by virtue of enclosed candle lanterns, and there are torches for when after the lights are... more
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    1 Full bath
    1 Full
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

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Dates Min stay Weeknight Weekend night Per week
Default 1 night
GBP 70
GBP 80
30 Sep 2017 -
21 Dec 2017
autumn / winter
4 nights
GBP 70
GBP 80
GBP 425
22 Dec 2017 -
28 Dec 2017
5 nights
GBP 70
GBP 80
GBP 435
29 Dec 2017 -
4 Jan 2018
new year
7 nights -- --
GBP 455
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to Australian Dollars and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Extra double bed - lower bunk: $17 / stay - Fee
  • Etra single bed - upper bunk: $9 / stay - Fee
Additional Rate and Availability Information
During the summer season we will consider durations other than 1 week, depending upon timing and availability. Please contact us if you require further information. Shorter stays are available in off peak periods; £270 for 4 nights midweek and £310 for 4 nights over the weekend. Payment includes wood for the fire and stove, candles, linen, towels and tea towels. Please note the above tariffs relate to linen and towels for 1 double bed. For additional linen and towels, a further £10 is applicable for the second double bed and a further £5 for the single.
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About the neighbourhood
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...
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.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Glasgow Airport: 137.0 km
Railway: Greenock: 48.0 km
Ferry: Gourock: 37.0 km
An information pack will provide details of how to travel to the Hillview Cottage. The Cottage can be accessed by car, public transport or cycle. The journey by car takes around 2 hours from Glasgow, whether you take the ferry route or you drive all the way. The ferry over the Clyde estuary and subsequent drive is stunning, as is the drive around, past Loch Lomond, Arrochar and the top of Loch Long, along Loch Fyne then through Glen Daruel and along Loch Ridden. There are various cafes along the routes to stop for refreshments; at Gourock and Dunoon if you take the ferry route, and at Dumbarton, Tarbet, Arrochar and Strachur, if you drive round.

By public transport you take a train from Glasgow Central train station to Greenock, ferry to Dunoon, then bus, all of which interconnect, and yo...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 0.7 km.
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