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Kames Castle Estate - Colmac

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Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute
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Just 250 yards from the beach, this detached cottage sits in large grounds with beautiful views and a shared tennis court.

Situated in a wonderful coastal location in Kames Bay on the east side of Bute, the lovely traditional stone cottages that form Kames Castle (refs SSBA, SSBB, SSBC, SSBE, SSBF, SSBG and SSBH) are situated in approximately 19.5 acres of woodland and parkland and provide a superb, secluded location.
Within the estate there is a wonderful B listed, 18th century walled garden containing a listed Victorian greenhouse with productive vines, tennis court, river running through and plentiful walks and wildlife to observe. The estate lies only yards from the shore and boasts views to the Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven, and to the Cowal Peninsula beyond. A small car ferry is only 5 minutes along the coastal road providing easy access to the Cowal Peninsula, and another way onto the mainland for those wishing to explore the highlands of Scotland.

Kames Castle dates from the 14th century, at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland. The Bannatynes of Kames were believed to be chamberlains to the Stewart kings when Bute was part of the Royal Estates, and the title of Lord Kames was bestowed on William Bannatyne in the 19th century, before it came into the possession of the Marquess 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 Walks and the Kelspoke Trail are close by and take in the glorious sea views. There is an interesting 13-hole golf course at Port Bannatyne. Kingarth has a 9-hole course, with views towards Arran, and there is a scenic 18-hole course in Rothesay, with views from Canada Hill towards Loch Striven and The Kyles of Bute. Bute is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pleasant mild climate. Outdoor enthusiasts have numerous opportunities to enjoy coastal and hill walking as well as cycling on the quiet roads and tracks around the island. Anglers enjoy a choice of freshwater and sea fishing on hill lochs and the Firth of Clyde. The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute, which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north, and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the west, are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.

A couple of 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, the Baird Festival of Flight, and 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 to France. 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 celebrity weddings. Days out to Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily managed by the train link from Wemyss Bay. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Open-plan living/dining room with wood burner and kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom leading to further double bedroom.

  • Wood burner in living room (initial fuel included, thereafter available locally)
  • Full gas central heating included
  • 24" Freeview TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair available on request
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine in external utility
  • Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area
  • Shared 19-acre natural grounds with sitting-out areas, benches, walled garden and parkland
  • Shared tennis court
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, varied distance of 25 yards to 250 yards away

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2018
    Loved the cottage and estate though the access road meant an uncomfortable short drive

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2018
    Amazing location, very well appointed accommodation, highly relaxing.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    Having stayed here despite the grounds being stunning we arrived at a bad time the weather was atrocious and there was building works taking place. The cottage however is beautiful and well furnished with ample equipment in the fully equipped kitchen. It states that enough wood for the dual fuel fire is supplied but sadly for us this was not the case there was newspaper and several small pieces of kindling in the fire ready to light but no logs or wood so we were quite cold. Its very cold upstairs even with the heating on and there was no dryer with the washing machine in the utility room despite it stating on the description that there was one available. I would imagine however that in the summer months this place is beautiful. Beware if travelling with young people there is no wifi or phone signal in the cottage at all and having travelled with teenagers they were not amused, however it meant we all played board and card games and this was wonderful for us. If you are a couple with young children looking for a peaceful break then this is the place for you. You can hear a pin drop in the evenings and that means you have no choice but to relax and just chill out. If I didnt have teenagers I would most certainly book again. If you have pets please note that despite the cottage being advertised on several 3rd party booking sites as pet friendly this information is incorrect and Kames estates have also changed their information on the website to reflect this.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2017
    Great holiday , location just perfect , only downside was the amount of water lying on paths and roadways due to bad patch of weather. Would happily recommend the cottage for anyone looking for a peaceful break.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 26/08/2017
    We enjoyed our stay and loved the location and made use of the putting course, walled garden and tennis court but several factors need to be mentioned. One bathroom /wc for 6 was inconvenient. We were cold on first night as heating not on. There was no adequate welcoming info. e.g. tumbler drier required emptying of water tank to get it working. Electric fire had no illumination.The Tv had poor reception. Some basic essentials of kitchen equipment were lacking. Glad to hear that bathroom and windows are to be upgraded. Felt the price was high for the cottage altho the grounds made up for a lot despite terrible puddles on our entrance drive.

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8.1 out of 10 – based on 7 reviews collected by Reevoo
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