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St Blanes House

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Kilchattan Bay, near Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 3
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A grand waterside venue for special occasions and corporate away days with abundant outdoor activities and places to see.

Ideal for large family gatherings and celebrations, this spacious, detached holiday house on the Isle of Bute was previously a hotel and occupies a prime position on the water’s edge, with spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding islands, showing the west of Scotland at its very best. If you can drag yourself away from the mesmerising views from the windows of St Blanes House, then there is plenty to do on the Isle of Bute. The island has been named as one of National Geographics ’Top10’ global adventure trips. There are many breathtaking scenic walks: the West Island Way Walk starts in the same village and the Kelspoke Trail meanders behind the house over the heather covered hills and takes in the glorious sea views.
There are three golf courses on the island, cycle tracks, horse riding, kayaking and lots of wildlife to see. For those interested in fishing, the inland lochs are popular with anglers for coarse and game fishing. Loch Fad offers anglers an opportunity to fish for rainbow trout while those with a passion for sea angling are spoilt for choice. Close by is Mount Stuart House, an extravagantly decorated stately home. It is said to contain more marble than any other building in the British Isles and has become a popular location for wealthy celebrity weddings including Stella McCartney and JB Gill from the band JLS.
A few miles away is the island’s main town of Rothesay, a traditional Victorian seaside resort which has managed to maintain its grand architecture. It still has its ancient castle, built to fend off the Vikings, and a museum. From Rothesay harbour trips can be taken around the islands on the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer ship in the world. Further along the coast is the pretty harbour town of Port Bannatyne. There are also other sites such as St Blanes Chapel and Ascog Fernery to be found. The island attracts many annual festivals including the Jazz Festival in May, T in the Port in June, ButeFest, for music and food in July, the Bute Highland Games in August and the Baird Festival of Flight in September to mark the first ’All Scottish, heavier than air, powered flight in 1910’, just a few years after the Wright brothers first flight in France. At the north end of the Isle of Bute is a wee car ferry that provides easy access to the Cowal Peninsula and another way onto the mainland for those wishing to explore the Highlands of Scotland.
The house is located in the small village of Kilchattan Bay, it has a glorious sweeping sandy beach where children and dogs can run freely. A small stone pier near the house is suitable for launching small boats and jet skis into the beautiful clear sea. It has a post office and a pub with good food, 1 mile away (they run a free courtesy mini bus). St Blanes House aims to be one of the best self-catering venues for family get togetherness, corporate away days, weddings or parties in Scotland. It has a large games room with a table tennis table, pool table, darts board, lots of toys and board games etc. In the living room is a selection of musical equipment, drum kit, guitars, microphones, amplifier, keyboard, trumpet, karaoke machine and even flashing lights. The dining room has hosted many weddings in the past when it was a hotel. Weddings can be performed by prior arrangement with the local registry officer and catering can be organised. All the bedrooms are themed to add a bit of fun and interest to your stay. You can arrange for a dog walker and cleaner (at cost) to visit during your stay to ensure everyone has a chance to relax! Beach 25 yards. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground Floor:
Living room 1: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and tiled floor.
Dining room: With open fire, Freeview TV and wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
First Floor:
Living room 2: With Freeview TV.
Games room: With electric cooker, dishwasher, Freeview TV, table tennis, pool, darts, Playstation and board games.
Bedroom 1: With four poster kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With four poster kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Staircase to...
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bedroom 5: With 2 bunk beds and leading to...
Bedroom 6: With 2 bunk beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Second Floor:
Bedroom 7: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 8: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 9: With kingsize bed leading to...
Bedroom 10: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 11: With single bed.

Electric central heating (partial underfloor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner and fuel for open fire included. Cot, travel cot and highchair. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking. No smoking.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • DVD player
    DVD player
  • Dishwasher
  • Main Fuel or Power incl.
    Main Fuel or Power incl.
  • Customers Choice 2015
    Customers Choice 2015
  • Games Console - Xbox
    Games Console - Xbox
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Television
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Short Breaks All Year
    Short Breaks All Year
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Bed Linen & Towels Included
    Bed Linen & Towels Included
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Truly Unique
    Truly Unique
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2017
    great house in a beautiful location. Nice walks nearby. Good local beer to buy a barrel of for the bar if you are staying a while.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2017
    St Blane's is the perfect house for a family gathering or celebration. Lovely rooms and great facilities for a group of 20 plus. Views are gorgeous and the individually decorated rooms are a joy to explore.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/10/2017
    Had a fantastic time celebrating our ruby wedding with family and friends at St Blanes . This house is superbly equipped with everything that you could possibly need, to creating afternoon tea, and a formal sit down dinner, breakfasts in the kitchen area set you up for the day. The small t,v, room was brilliant as the men could watch the sport and leave the girls to enjoy cocktails in the bar! The bar area was the hub at night time with plenty of room for everyone to lounge about with the log burning it just set the atmosphere, the karoke and drums being a great hit. Nothing was to much bother for Helen, when we had any enquiries prior to our arrival, even down to fitting a stair gate just before we arrived. The small personal touches such as the beautiful red roses,and leaving toys out suitable for the baby, and the excellent welcome hamper was very much appreciated. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, love the little quirky touches! wont spoil the surprise for future guests .Fantastic place for a celebration, love to return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/09/2017
    Absolutely brilliant, the house itself had everything you could ask for, just a pity it is so remote. Local hotel, 1.6 miles away was excellent also and sent a mini bus on 3 trips for our party of 26. A little expensive, but once there the spending stopped apart from visit to hotel.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    Ideal for a large family group.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    Had an amazing family holiday as a surprise 70th. The owner Helen has thought of everything. The house itself has been renovated to perfection and the location fantastic. We were extra lucky with the weather which allowed us to appreciate the full potential that Bute has to offer.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/07/2017
    We had a wonderful week at St Blanes. Children loved the space inside and out. Island walk at the end of the road was very exciting for children. Beautiful beaches.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/06/2017
    St Blanes house is even better than in the pictures. It was exactly what we needed for a group of 18 adults and there was space for more. Accommodation is not normally the highlight of a weekend away but when staying in St Blanes it was. When we arrived outside the house we were in awe of the size of it, and the views onto the water. Inside there was more of the same, with the large spacious rooms and excellent facilities. Helen, the owner, was very helpful with providing information before we arrived and offered suggestions as to how to spend our time in Bute. The bus stops right outside the house and takes around 25 minutes to get into Rothesay. It's quite pleasant ride and you hardly notice it as you take in the views of Bute. As soon as I was back home I was recommending this house to friends.

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9.7 out of 10 – based on 13 reviews collected by Reevoo
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