Tucked away in a small corner of Argyll’s Secret Coast, one of the most enchanting parts of the west of Scotland, is Tigh-na-Creige - the ‘house on the crag.’ This is many peoples’ dream of a secret cottage by the sea!
This warm, welcoming and contemporary cottage commands breathtaking views of the sea just north of the celebrated Kyles of Bute. Overlooking the mountains of the Cowal Peninsula and situated in five acres of grounds, this is a captivating waterfront location on Loch Riddon with its own secret, sheltered stony beach with a private grass slipway.
Built on one level, the owner has remodelled the space to allow the kitchen to flow seamlessly into the dining area, creating a wonderfully hospitable place for families and friends. It offers spacious open-plan living with comfortable sofas, perfect for enjoying a good book or a favourite film in front of the cosy log-burning fire. Tigh-na-Creige’s kitchen is fully equipped with a range cooker, a halogen hob, a combination microwave oven, two fridges, superb kitchenware and an inspirational chef’s library. It will delight the most enthusiastic of cooks, who will also be impressed by the very high quality of the local produce which includes meat from the Isle of Bute and real ale as well as seafood from Loch Fyne. The oak laminate floor, oak doors and pale walls create a relaxing contemporary feel, blended with the warmth of a traditional cosiness. There is atmospheric lighting, while numerous pieces from the owner’s private art collection add colour, individuality and quirkiness.
Guests can enjoy uninterrupted views of the sea, the spectacular scenery of the cottage’s gardens and woodland, and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves. Loch Riddon is a designated Scottish National Scenic Area, with a famous viewing platform facing the cottage on the opposite shore. This area has featured in many Visit Scotland TV commercials because of its beauty. The outside works as an extension of the interior space, so guests feel part of the spectacular seaside environment. Just beside the kitchen there is a small sun trap area providing a secluded spot for dining al fresco, with a log-burning chiminea for the cooler evenings.
The front of the house has its own balcony providing the ideal spot to watch the sun go down whilst enjoying a glass of whisky and to marvel at the ever-changing views of the sea loch and inland glen. You may also see some of the wildlife that Scotland is famous for, including nesting ospreys, red kites, golden eagles, sea eagles, red deer and red squirrels. The seas are home to otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, sharks and even whales, and binoculars are thoughtfully provided to watch the boats and the wildlife.
Being set on the shoreline, this cottage has access to a mooring (by arrangement), and is perfect for joggers, walkers and cyclists wanting to take in the views. The sea welcomes kayakers, sailors and fishermen, and stalking and coarse angling are available locally.
The west coast of Scotland boasts isolated beaches, pretty villages, delightful fishing ports and some great local dining pubs. Popular tourist attractions include Mount Stuart, Inverary Castle, the towering trees of Ardkinglass, Benmore Botanical Gardens and seasonal visits to Rothesay and Tighnabruaich from the world’s only ocean-going paddle steamer, ‘The Waverley’. The Isles of Bute, Arran, Jura and Islay are all easily reached by ferry.
Guests here will find tranquillity, wildlife, stunning scenery and a home from home in a gem of a secret cottage. Shop, pub/restaurant 2½ miles.
6 steps to entrance porch. All on the ground floor. Oak laminate floor throughout.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With open fire, 46” satellite HD TV (basic Sky package and BT Sport), DVD player, Bose docking station (for iPod 4s), CD player, selection of DVDs, CDs, books and board games.
Kitchen area: With breakfast bar, electric range cooker, microwave/oven/grill combi, 2 fridges, wine bottle fridge, freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, washer/dryer, additional tumble dryer and door with three steps leading to the patio area.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail. Shower room: With double power shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Oil central heating and electricity included (Winter £25 per week, £15 per short break). Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Cot and highchair. Large enclosed garden with garden furniture. Patio with garden furniture, barbecue and chiminea. Firepit (beside the sea). Sea fishing. Bike store. Ample parking. Grass slipway to stony beach and 2 moorings, 220 yards. Midge eater. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps from the kitchen to the patio and 5 steps from the porch to the garden with 2 small unfenced streams.