Old Argyll House

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Old Argyll House offers welcoming accommodation in Scotland for up to 16 guests. It is beautifully perched amid 2.5 acres of private gardens on Holy Loch in Trossachs National Park. The landscapes on the peninsula are breath-taking, starting with the property’s streams, waterfalls and tall trees planted by the Younger family who founded the nearby Benmore Botanic Gardens. This area is famed for its walks, and you can take several spectacular routes into the Forest Park straight from the house.

Nearby, you’ll find every outdoor activity you’d want, including fishing, riding, shooting, golf, sailing and cycling. We’ve provided fishing rods, bikes and golf club sets to get you started. The house even has a yurt which is bookable on request for yoga retreats - at an extra charge.

There’s also plenty to do on-site, with large gardens, excellent space for the children to play games, with two football goals it makes the perfect holiday destination for any keen footballers! Spend the perfect evening enjoying a yummy meal al fresco, before relaxing in the hot tub while admiring the loch views.

Built in 1693, this classic Scottish holiday home has eight bedrooms and three bathrooms, so your large group will feel comfortable. Only 1.5 hours from Glasgow via the M8 and a ferry, the house is 10 minutes from Dunoon and 70 minutes from the Glasgow Airport.

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What you should know…

  • Mobile signals work only in certain parts of the house.
  • Because it’s an older house with character, you’ll hear the creak of floorboards
  • Please note that there is a small stream in the grounds and those travelling with young children should ensure they take care when exploring

Property Features

Heritage Collection
Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub BBQ Satellite TV Sauna/Steam Games Room Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Lower Ground Floor (Basement)
***Please note that this level is due to be refurbished so please enquire at time of booking as to whether it will be available to access during your stay*
- TV & DVD
- 3/4 billiards table

Ground Floor
- Drawing room with fireplace
- Fully-equipped kitchen with AGA (not on in Summer months), oven, microwave, fridge freezer and dishwasher
- Dining room with seating for 10 (9 additional people can be sat around the table on extra chairs)
- Bathroom with shower

First Floor
- Bedroom with king-size bed and loch view
- Bedroom with double bed and loch view
- Bedroom with double bed and loch view
- Bedroom with king-size bed and loch view
- Bedroom with double bed
- Family bathroom with sauna, rolltop bath and rainfall shower
- Family bathroom with rainfall shower
- Claokroom with WC

Second Floor
- Bedroom with three single beds
- Bedroom with three single beds

Exterior Grounds
- Large gardens
- Hot tub with loch view
- Two football goals
- Barbecue
- Seating
- Picnic table
- Stream with waterfall

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Washing machine & dryer
- DVD player
- Plenty of parking


About the surrounding area of Old Argyll House
Beach Nearby Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The house is situated on the shores of the Holy Loch, adjacent to the Argyll Forest Park, and is perfectly placed for exploring the Cowal peninsula, the West of Scotland generally, and the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Two minutes from the Benmore Botanic Gardens, it is a 10 minute drive from Dunoon, 35 from Inverary, and 40 from Loch Lomond or the Island of Bute. The "long drive" to Glasgow is less than an hour and a half via the M8 and ferry from MacEnroes Point at Gourock. The property is just 70 minutes from Glasgow Airport.

The walking all around is absolutely fantastic, and from the house itself there are half a dozen spectacular routes that take visitors into some magical places in the Forest Park. Guests can do circular routes that take anything from an hour and a half to eight or nine hours. The owners have left maps and guides in the sitting room, and more details are available from the tourist office in Dunoon.

Cycling is a really great way to see the scenery in the area, and the topography is such that riders don’t need to do much back-breaking hill work. The owners have equipped the house with 6 kid’s bikes of different sizes and a couple for grown ups.

Generally, the property is fantastically positioned to see some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. The views are not bad from the house itself, but a drive up to Loch Fyne and down to Loch Lomond, or into the Kyles of Bute, or down the Maccrahanish/Mull of Kintyre peninsula, reveals vistas that are absolutely breathtaking. If the weather is no good, visitors are only 75 minutes from Glasgow by Ferry and M8, and less than 2 hours from Edinburgh if the traffic is okay. They are both great cities to visit.

Benmore Botanic Gardens is only three miles away towards Loch Eck, and are an absolutely amazing set of gardens planted and cared for originally by the Younger family, who previously owned the house. There are also awesome trees, including the tallest in Britain, and a great tea shop.

Strone’s pretty, 9 hole golf course is well-signposted, just over a mile away. Innellan is another nice 9 hole course about 15 minutes away. Cowal has 18 holes and is a bit closer, just above Dunoon. There is also a 9 hole course 25 minutes away at Tighnabruich with lovely views up the Kyles of Bute. Visitors are welcome any time there is not a match on all three courses. Guests are welcome to use the four sets of clubs in the house.

The River Eck is one of the most expensive trout stretches in the West of Scotland and mostly carved up by timeshare. Fortunately though, there is a mass of very good value options for both loch and river fishing locally, with daily and weekly permits available. The owners have supplied half a dozen rods and some basic kit, spinning and casting.

The property is really well served with good pubs. Whistlefield Inn and Coylet Inn, up the side of Loch Eck at 10 and 5 minutes respectively, are both highly recommended. The owners have included menus in the house information pack. The more easily walkable pubs are both fine as well, providing big portions of good, basic pub food. Dunoon has dozens of cafes, bars, takeaways and restaurants. The Loch Fyne Oyster Bar trades a bit on reputation price-wise but is a landmark destination in these parts and only about 35 minutes away.


Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

Please note that the total maximum number of guests is 16 adults + 2 children

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £900. This is paid directly to the owner prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time After 4.00 pm
Departure time Before 10.00 am
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Please request prior to booking. There is a maximum of 2 dogs allowed charged at £30 per dog for every stay.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Other Ts and Cs The lead booker must be 30+ and a copy of ID for adult guests will be required on arrival
Other 2 Please note the Aga will only be available in Winter months.
Pool heating charge? £100 extra for use of the hot tub (for up to 4 nights and £150 for 5 nights or more)
Security deposit
Other 3 The house's yurt is bookable on request for yoga retreats, for an extra charge

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 27th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 £2,688 £3,418 £4,147 £5,107
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - £6,483
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 £3,483 £4,410 £5,336 £6,483
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 £2,957 £3,759 £4,562 £5,617
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 £3,225 £4,049 £4,872 £5,762
Feb 19th 2021 - Jun 25th 2021 £2,957 £3,759 £4,562 £5,617
Jun 25th 2021 - Jul 30th 2021 £3,225 £4,101 £4,977 £6,128
Jul 30th 2021 - Aug 6th 2021 £3,913 £4,921 £5,929 £7,052
Aug 6th 2021 - Aug 27th 2021 £3,225 £4,101 £4,977 £6,128
Aug 27th 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 £4,300 £5,253 £6,205 £6,665
Sep 3rd 2021 - Oct 22nd 2021 £2,957 £3,759 £4,562 £5,617
Oct 22nd 2021 - Oct 29th 2021 £3,225 £4,049 £4,872 £5,762
Oct 29th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 £2,957 £3,759 £4,562 £5,617
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - £6,483
Dec 27th 2021 - May 31st 2022 £3,483 £4,410 £5,336 £6,483

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 27th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 €2,828 €3,558 €4,288 €5,374
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - €6,822
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 €3,666 €4,592 €5,518 €6,822
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 €3,111 €3,914 €4,717 €5,911
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 €3,394 €4,217 €5,041 €6,064
Feb 19th 2021 - Jun 25th 2021 €3,111 €3,914 €4,717 €5,911
Jun 25th 2021 - Jul 30th 2021 €3,394 €4,270 €5,145 €6,448
Jul 30th 2021 - Aug 6th 2021 €4,118 €5,126 €6,133 €7,421
Aug 6th 2021 - Aug 27th 2021 €3,394 €4,270 €5,145 €6,448
Aug 27th 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 €4,525 €5,478 €6,430 €7,014
Sep 3rd 2021 - Oct 22nd 2021 €3,111 €3,914 €4,717 €5,911
Oct 22nd 2021 - Oct 29th 2021 €3,394 €4,217 €5,041 €6,064
Oct 29th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 €3,111 €3,914 €4,717 €5,911
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - €6,822
Dec 27th 2021 - May 31st 2022 €3,666 €4,592 €5,518 €6,822

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 27th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020 $3,370 $4,099 $4,829 $6,402
Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020 - - - $8,127
Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 $4,367 $5,293 $6,220 $8,127
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 12th 2021 $3,707 $4,509 $5,312 $7,042
Feb 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2021 $4,044 $4,867 $5,690 $7,224
Feb 19th 2021 - Jun 25th 2021 $3,707 $4,509 $5,312 $7,042
Jun 25th 2021 - Jul 30th 2021 $4,044 $4,919 $5,795 $7,682
Jul 30th 2021 - Aug 6th 2021 $4,906 $5,914 $6,921 $8,841
Aug 6th 2021 - Aug 27th 2021 $4,044 $4,919 $5,795 $7,682
Aug 27th 2021 - Sep 3rd 2021 $5,391 $6,344 $7,296 $8,356
Sep 3rd 2021 - Oct 22nd 2021 $3,707 $4,509 $5,312 $7,042
Oct 22nd 2021 - Oct 29th 2021 $4,044 $4,867 $5,690 $7,224
Oct 29th 2021 - Dec 20th 2021 $3,707 $4,509 $5,312 $7,042
Dec 20th 2021 - Dec 27th 2021 - - - $8,127
Dec 27th 2021 - May 31st 2022 $4,367 $5,293 $6,220 $8,127

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Wish we were there longer!

    Posted by Donna on 16/07/2019

    Thank you, we all had an amazing time and wished we were there for longer. Your house is stunning and the renovations you have done so far are beautiful. I have asked everyone and nobody has any negative comments. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. On my birthday we went to the Strone Inn for dinner and that was great too, lovely place and Linda is great at cooking - diet starts on Monday when I go back to work! I can honestly say no one had anything bad to say about any part of the holiday apart from it wasn't long enough. As we had a wide range of ages from 11 weeks to 87, it was great having the snug so the ones who wanted to party late could and even had their own beer fridge down there! The rooms with 3 beds on the 2nd floor were great too as we had 2 children so they slept up there just a wee bit quieter for them.

    I was prepared for it to feel a bit eerie being so old, but, the house has a lovely feel to it.

    Everyone felt we didn't have enough time to appreciate everything round about so we will at some point book it again.

    Thank you again for my birthday present!

  • Fantastic!

    Posted by Cameron on 18/03/2019

    The weekend was fantastic. I really wasn’t expecting the house to be just as nice as it was and I thought all the facilities were brilliant. 5/5 without a doubt.

  • The house is delightful, very cozy and warm with every possible amenity possible and more!

    Posted by Sara Y. on 12/01/2016

    Everything was clean and tidy and our expectations were exceeded in every way.
    As we had 16 people in the house we thought we may be falling over each other, but there was plenty of room for everyone. The added bonus was downstairs where the children played and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
    It was also a delight at eating times where we could cater for everyone around the huge table and decadent dining room.
    I would recommend the house extremely highly and should I be in a position where I have so many people wanting to stay together then I shall definitely be returning here.

  • A magical location for New Year celebrations

    Posted by Graham P. on 10/01/2016

    My wife, myself and our extended family stayed for the first time at this magical location for New Year celebrations just a couple of weeks ago (Dec 2015/Jan 2016). Our family ages ranged from 10 to 60+ years old and we had a safe and wonderful time.
    The website states the House is C17th – that’s built 400 years ago in the 1600s! It’s OLD, like the name says. There’ve been Victorian modifications in the 1800s and later modifications in the 1900s and into the 2000s – all of which add to its eccentric charm and value, as an unpretentious and amazing hands-on, self-catering, activity holiday short-stay home. It overlooks Holy Loch, (which is only feet away from the driveway entrance) and the House is just a short walk from the Kilmun Parish Church and the ancestral mausoleum of the Campbell Clan, and it’s tucked into the lee of the Kilmun Arboretum. It is not, and is obviously not marketed as a gold-plated, concrete and plastic Hotel in LA.
    We discovered a wellies-welcome, dog-friendly, tartan carpeted, lay your own fires, cook on the AGA, hands-on and muck-in magical environment. When we arrived it was freshly cleaned, hoovered and laid-out for our pleasure with a decorated Christmas tree and the heating on. The dark-oak, fully panelled dining room with its open log-fire, is breathtaking, the lounge with an open coal-burning fire is cosy and welcoming; the basement with its games areas and snug with Sky TV is a warm, cosy retreat. The bedrooms and the kitchen are clean and comfortable, the bathrooms and toilets sparkling and fully functional. The floors may creak and the heating pipes clank a bit as they cool at night – but it is a truly authentic Scottish experience, right down to a wi-fi internet connection and the stream rushing through the ornamental garden (with its hidden climbing rope and safety-netted trampoline and 10 bikes in the Garden shed: all included in the week’s price).
    The facilities have idiosyncrasies – as very old buildings do – and the welcome pack fully draws one’s attention to those and the requirements the Landlord notes, to enable the smooth running of the house. The accommodation bears obvious evidence of the Scottish Tourist Board stamp of approval and assurance, with fire alarms, extinguishers and lighted emergency exit signs throughout. And we would thoroughly recommend this super accommodation in Argyllshire for a unique, relaxed and well-appointed, self-catering stay with a difference.

  • Fantastic!

    Posted by Anon . on 26/03/2013

    Great house, had a whale of a time.
    Thanks, Richard

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