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Customer's Choice 2015

Shepherd’s Cottage

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Kingarth, Isle of Bute
Grade 4 Star rating
Customer's Choice 2015
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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. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Drops, small loch and beach in grounds, ½ mile.

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  • 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
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Working FarmWorking Farm
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property

Customer Comments

  • 9

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

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/10/2015
    A very relaxing, remote & picturesque holiday. Plenty of walks from the front door. Hosts with the appropriate amount of hospitality and friendliness. Well equipped cottage for those that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Only discrepancy is that the booking agent doesn't state that dogs are not allowed upstairs, if your dog's are used to going upstairs, your first night may need an eye open till the dog's are tired from long walks! The cottage and their own website does state this fact. Would stay again if heading to Bute.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/10/2015
    We loved it. Would highly recommend. Safe enclosed area for dog too. Fantastic!!!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 10/10/2015
    Excellent location for q quiet break. Good long walks from the back door. We were lucky with basking sharks , and the northern lights in the same week.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/08/2015
    The location of the cottage is ideal for peace and tranquillity (being beyond the end of a rarely used single track road) but still great for access to local amenities and attractions (Bute being a small island in which nothing is more than a few minutes pleasant drive if you have a car). The area has plenty of walking, coastline, interesting geology, archaeological and historic sites, all within walking distance of the cottage. My young daughter and I spent most of the week without a car after it broke down and, having brought almost enough food to last the week, we had no need to venture further than walking distance to have a fully active and enjoyable week. What food we lacked, we supplemented by fishing from the shore for mackerel and pollock. The shoreline, which is no more than a miles walk away, is varied and interesting with plenty of coves and points to settle down for a picnic lunch. The cottage is compact but very comfortable, clean, and well decorated with a very homely feel. There is a great wood burning stove that effectively heats the whole house (if you leave the living room door open) though there is also central heating if you need it. There is a small breakfast bar in the kitchen to eat at though a folding dining table and chairs is supplied that can be set up in the living room if required. The beds were very comfortable (not something you always find in Scottish holiday cottages!) and the bedrooms had plenty of space and storage. Also, the view from the cottage is one of the most outstanding on the west coast of Scotland; across the sound to Arran with a view right up Glen Sannox and over the 'Sleeping Warrior'. There are some simple helpful touches as well such as items for packing a lunch and I believe there is a barbeque as well though we did not use it as we had our own small, folding one. Outside the door there is garden furniture in the lee of the cottage that makes for a nice area to cook and watch the evening light fade with a couple of logs thrown on the barbeque for a bit of flame. Although the cottage is attached to the farm house it never felt like we were not in a completely private place. Mr and Mrs Hill were very friendly and extremely helpful when it came to trying to get the car repaired in time to catch the ferry home and it was a pleasure to have the company of everyone on the farm who were all very warm and welcoming. My daughter declared it was the best holiday she had ever had (even though the weather was mixed) and she now wants sheep, sheep dogs and a cottage in the country. Not that she's demanding! I'm certain we will be back soon.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/09/2015
    A gorgeous cottage in fantastic location. You can see the sea from the skylight in double bedroom plus fiields and surrounded by sheep! Lovely well equipped kitchen, comfortable bed and lots of books and games if you want to stay in.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/05/2015
    Fantastic cottage in a beautiful setting. The owners are lovely. The were loads of great walks for the dog, many of them were right outside the front door. The fresh eggs were delicious and the fire place made the rainy days a joy. I would highly recommend this cottage and would love to go back again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/05/2015
    Loved the cottage and the farm. Hosts were v welcoming and accommodating especially as we had a small baby with us. Was so much fun watching the comings and goings of the farm. Views spectacular when the cloud cleared! Lots of interesting places to visit on the island and beautiful beaches to take the dog to. Hope to return!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 19/06/2015
    Well equipped comfortable cottage,an array of information on the area,bikes available if wanted,loads of games,tv,radio,dvd player etc.Comfortable beds,lovely clean air,lots of hot water for baths

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/06/2015
    Such a lovely cottage in a stunning location. Made to feel at home and loved exploring the surrounding area. Cottage very comfortable and clean with amazing views. Our second visit to shepherds cottage but not our last!

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