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Customer's Choice 2015

Shepherd’s Cottage

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Kingarth, Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute
Grade 4 Star rating
Customer's Choice 2015
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1
Pets 2

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Description

With stunning views, this is an ideal location for taking in the islands wildlife and year round events.

Situated on the most accessible of the west coast islands, straddling the Highland Line, this semi-detached holiday property boasts stunning views over the Kyles of Bute. Shepherd’s Cottage offers walking direct from the door, with the beach within walking distance. Explore the gentle hills, catch glimpses of the wildlife and marvel at the vistas. A compact island, Bute offers a variety of landscapes from the lush, fertile and rolling hills of the island’s heart to the craggy, heather-covered moorlands of the north and the delightful sandy beaches around the coastline. A haven for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts, Bute has a wealth of wildlife to spot including feral goats, buzzards, roe deer; Scalpsie bay, set against the magnificent backdrop of Arran, is the home of a large colony of seals. There are many historical sites to visit including standing stones at Ettrick Bay and the vitrified Iron Age fort at Dunagoil. Visit the Victorian gothic mansion of Mount Stuart, Bute Museum, Rothesay Castle and the fabulous gardens of Ascog Hall and Ardencraig. With many events throughout the year, including the now famous annual Jazz Festival and the spectacular Highland Games, traditional agricultural shows, concerts and art festivals, whatever your interest it can be found on Bute. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. 1600-acre grounds. Private parking for 2 cars. Bike store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Drops, small loch and beach in grounds, ½ mile.

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Features

  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Bike StoreBike Store
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Customer's choiceCustomer's choice
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Sea ViewSea View
  • Free PetsFree Pets
  • Romantic CollectionRomantic Collection
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Working FarmWorking Farm
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 5

    18/11/2016
    Confirmed guest, 05/11/2016
    The cottage is very remote and compared to other cottages we have stayed in this one lacked a friendly feel. We were quite alarmed when the owner contacted us approximately 4-5 weeks before we were due to stay to ask if we could move our dates or reduce to 4 days; we were unable to do this due to work commitments. On arrival the welcome pack mentioned in Cottages4u was non-existent and we therefore had to unload and immediately go back into the village to buy basics eg milk and bread. The write up about the cottage says wi-fi and internet access but this was non-existent. We also took my mother-in-law with us and she was disappointed that the cottage was particularly cold, although in a folder it mentioned that the thermostat could be adjusted by the owners, but they were not there that weekend, and indeed we did not see them at all during the week. We were therefore confined to the lounge area when in the cottage using the log burner to keep warm. With regard to equipment we only had one tea towel for the week and the towels were well used and hard; once again if we had known this beforehand we would have either looked at alternative accommodation or brought our own towels. Overall we did enjoy the week and maybe we chose the wrong week as the owners obviously had other commitments, which appeared to be of a higher priority for them.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are very disappointed to read this review which is so out of place amongst all of our other high scores of tens from our other guests, and certainly not in keeping with the Customer’s Choice Award we received last year. We are particularly sorry that this guest and her family remarked that we were not there to deal with any of their concerns, as, although we were away on the night of their arrival, I personally went and knocked on the door to welcome them to Shepherds Cottage when we got back to the farm on the Sunday. I gave the usual welcome and told them to call at the farmhouse if they had any questions – we were at home for the entire week and available to help. We were particularly upset to find that after our guests had left, the biomass boiler had failed and there had evidently not been heat in the cottage. This is something that we would have attended to immediately because the cottage has always been described as cosy and warm by all our previous guests. We do feel therefore saddened that this has resulted in a negative review when we would have been more than happy to sort any problems at all. It was particularly unfortunate for our guests that this week, BT had decided to try to install Super-Fast broadband to the south end of the island and managed to cut us off completely by doing so. Again, this is something of which we were unaware and we would have made provision for use of the satellite if it had been an issue and had been communicated to us. We would welcome the guest and her family to visit us again, in the hope that they may experience the true welcome that Shepherd’s Cottage and the Isle of Bute has to offer.

  • 10

    24/10/2016
    Confirmed guest, 15/10/2016
    The cottage is in a beautiful situation, offering fantastic walks, and stunning views across to Arran. We had such a friendly welcome, did some amazing walks, and had plenty more we still wanted to do by the end of the week ! The cottage had everything we wanted, and was homely and comfortable. We would thoroughly recommend staying here.


  • 10

    06/10/2016
    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2016
    Lovely cottage with stunning views over Arran. Lovely pub only 5 mins away, Rothesay 10 miles away. Good base to tour the area or the whole Island but some people may find it slightly remote. Lovely owners on hand if needed but leave you to enjoy your holiday at your leisure. Wood burner a great feature in the living room and easy to use with fuel readily available but not really needed as central heating throughout. Great info available in the cottage from how to work the tv to walks around the area


  • 8

    07/08/2016
    Confirmed guest, 23/07/2016
    A lovely cottage in a great location , very much in the middle of a working farm. Bedrooms were very comfortable and well appointed. Attractive kitchen but would benefit from more crockery and cutlery for a family of 4. Dining space was a little cramped. Super location in terms of walking and exploring. Very friendly and helpful hosts.


  • 10

    04/08/2016
    Confirmed guest, 16/07/2016
    Cottage is very comfortable, clean and cosy - one of the best we have stayed in. Sky tv and wifi (that worked perfectly) a bonus for our teenagers! Remote setting is beautiful, although track leading to farm a bit bumpy. Owners friendly and helpful, fresh eggs from hens delicious. Would stay again.


  • 10

    11/07/2016
    Confirmed guest, 25/06/2016
    Excellent location, very quiet, lots of long peaceful walks with a lot of wildlife. Friendly hosts, with a very well furnished activity cupboard for those rainy days. Just the ticket for an active 4 year old.


  • 9

    26/03/2016
    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2016
    Spring week on Bute at a fantastic location!


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