Argyll Barn

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 8

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Hot Tub Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

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The Barn has recently been restored and no expense has been spared in establishing it as an extremely luxurious property. A travertine marble floor runs throughout the ground floor and offers a stunning contrast to the original exposed stone walls in the kitchen and living area.

An underfloor heating system from an environmentally sustainable ground source heat pump provides constant heating through both floors of the property. This house will accommodate up to 16 guests in total, with the maximum adult occupancy set at 12.

A river runs through the grounds. Facilities include a shared indoor swimming pool and a tennis court (although both of these can be privatised for certain hours in the day). Two other properties are located within the estate but both are entirely independent so your group will have complete privacy.

This truly outstanding property also boasts its very own private sauna and private hot tub (there is an extra charge of £70 per stay for the hot tub, payable to the owner on arrival).

Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What’s included?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

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Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Mobile signal only works in certain parts of the house, but wifi is available.
  • Dining table only seats 24.
  • Rooms are quite small, however size isn't everything.

Property Features

Heated Pool Shared Pool Internet Hot Tub BBQ Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Bicycles Provided Sauna/Steam Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Table Football Pool/Snooker DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Caretaker/Owner on Site

The kitchen/breakfast room features an original exposed stone wall but is wonderfully light thanks to the large glass archway and door out to the private cobbled courtyard terrace. The kitchen cabinets are oak, and the granite work surface, stone Belfast sink and travertine marble floor, are complemented by Neff, Gaggia and Bosch kitchen appliances to underline the commitment to quality and to marrying genuine traditional materials to the most up-to-date facilities. There is an American-style fridge freezer, single oven, double oven, microwave, halogen hob, large toaster and coffee machine. There is seating for up to eight around the expandable island unit in French polished oak. The kitchen gives way through an open exposed stone arch into the large sitting room with three sofas. There is a separate TV room seating up to a dozen – which converts into a double bedroom – and a dining room, both floored in the same cream travertine marble tiles. The dining room table can accommodate eight or be expanded to take 14.

The six double/twin rooms upstairs are complemented by a bunk room for children and the downstairs TV room may also convert into an additional double bedroom for extra guests, or if a party require a downstairs bedroom for an elderly or disabled couple. Five of the bedrooms have wash-hand basins, and most have king size or super king beds. There is a downstairs loo and shower room, and a sauna.  Two other bathrooms, featuring stunning floor to ceiling travertine tiles and corner jaccuzzi baths, as well as powerful showers, are on the first floor.

There is also an indoor heated swimming pool that is shared between the three houses on the estate. Each house gets their own hour of exclusive swimming time in the morning and in the afternoon – outside those six hours, it is a “free for all” in the pool. The same rules apply for the tennis court within the estate.

Set amidst the 20 acres of woodland, and enjoying lovely views across the glen and up the mountain, the gardens are mainly laid to lawn and terrace with hydrangeas, rhodedendron and azalea, as well as reputedly the tallest Grecian fir in Scotland. Our own woods feature numerous tree species and adjoin thousands of acres of forestry commission land through which guests are welcome to wander. One of our terraces features a Grade A listed sundial. A tributary of the river Ruel runs through the gardens, from the Lochen that supplies our private water supply. There is a lovely waterfall walk within the garden, and a rope-assisted climb down to a pool for outdoor bathing. It’s a fabulous location for kids.

Location

About the surrounding area of Argyll Barn
Beach Nearby Walk to Restaurant Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Horse Riding Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Just an hour and a half from Glasgow, the house sits in some of the loveliest scenery in Scotland. The Kyles of Bute are renowned with both walkers and sailors as among the most stunning bits of coast in Scotland. Whatever the weather in Argyll, usually remarkably mild, this is great country for site seeing, with every corner revealing a new variation on the theme of mountain, loch, valley, sky, woodland, sea, rock, and beach. The Cowal peninsula is a fabulous base for an active holiday with marvellous wildlife, numerous gardens, other tourist attractions to visit, and a variety of sporting activities.

The house has grounds of 23 acres, and sits about a mile above the head of Loch Riddon, enjoying complete privacy and lovely views down the glen to the river Ruel. The Island of Bute itself is as little as 15 minutes away from the house, accessed via a ferry from Colintraive, and was a “must visit” destination long before Stella McCartney got married there or former racing driver Johnnie Dumfries moved into Mount Stuart House as the new Marquess of Bute.

Inverary with its famous Jail and Castle, the seat of Clan Campbell for the last few hundred years, is only 45 minutes away, as is Loch Lomond. Dunoon is another tourist destination in its own right, and it is just under half an hour away. You can get to Glen Coe in an hour and a half; to Stirling, Oban or Fort William in under two. Loch Ness and Edinburgh are easy enough day trips – reachable in less than 2 and a half hours.

As well as general site-seeing and trips to the Island of Bute, Inverary and further afield, there are a host of other activities you can undertake around Glenaruel. It is fabulous walking country, and you will be provided with twelve mountain bikes for those who want to explore on two wheels rather than four. There are some really excellent routes direct from the house, involving all sorts of terrain and levels of strain.

There is a lovely 9 hole pay and play course ten minutes away above Tighnabruaich. There are five bags of golf clubs for the house and they probably won’t be too fussed about the usual rules regarding golf shoes provided you don’t arrive in jeans and carve the course up. The same applies to the almost equally spectacular nine hole course at Blairmore & Strone, half an hour away. Cowal Golf Club at Dunoon and Inellan are the 18 hole courses in the area that welcome visitors.

For fishing, there are too many options to go into here, but you can spend anything from £9 per day to over £1,000 for river fishing in the area. You can fish for trout in the nearby stream for nothing or in the Lochen at the head of the river. Mackerel on a line in a boat on the Kyles is a right of passage for hundreds of West of Scotland kids every year. They swim in shoals all around these waters and there is no permit payable.

It is a fabulous part of the world for water-sports of all sorts. Horse-riding, climbing, canoeing, caving, archery, quad biking, paint-balling, and clay pigeon shooting are also all available either on site or in the area. 

There is a wee shop selling all the basics at the camp-site in the Glendaruel valley, about a mile walk away, beside the historic Kilmodan standing stones. You get a slightly bigger choice in the Spar at Tighnabruich five miles away. Dunoon is 16 miles away and is a thriving market / harbour town with award-winning bakeries, cafes and butchers, as well as a big Co-Op and a big Somerfield supermarket.

Scotland is not really well served by pubs in general; this area is definitely an exception. The Glendaruel Hotel is a lovely wee pub, a two mile drive away, and serves good pub grub. The Colintraive Hotel and Tighnabruich Hotel are each a tad busier and a tad more ambitious in terms of menu. Chatters in Dunoon is highly recommended, and the Whistlefield and Coylet Inns on Loch Eck are also worth a visit. Less than half an hour away from the house is a wonderful restaurant on Loch Fyne, overlooking the old Castle Lachlan. The Benmore Gardens tea room is not half bad, either, and the Otterferry Inn and Loch Fyne Oyster Bar have good reputations (on which, it might be said, they trade slightly). All in all, though, there are few areas of Scotland where you can enjoy such a variety of excellent, reasonably priced menus.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Glasgow

(71-80 km)

Nearest Ferry port Dunoon

(16-20 km)

Nearest Village Glendaruel

(3 km)

Nearest Town/City Tighnabruaich

(10 km)

Nearest Restaurant Colintraive

(9 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Glendaruel

(2 km)

Nearest Beach Ardlamont

(16-20 km)

Nearest Golf Kyles of Bute

(13 km)

Region

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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Kids

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

With a heated swimming pool, tennis court, football pitch - and even a bouncy castle available for guest use - the grounds of this estate are fantastically laid out for young people's entertainment. Our own 22 acres merge into a four thousand acre forest park, so kids can disappear into the woods for hours on end.
A separate games cottage is a teenage-friendly space for table tennis, darts and pool, but each individual house features its own play room stacked with jigsaws and games, and a separate TV room with full SKY tv. There's also a trampoline, croquet sets, cricket sets, bikes and golf clubs available to keep kids busy.

BABY AND TODDLER EQUIPMENT

Mattress protector: 10+

Baby bath: x3

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Mattress protector
  • Baby bath
  • Bath toys
  • Bibs
  • Changing mat
  • Baby monitor
  • Pushchair
  • Potty
  • Stair gates
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Plastic crockery
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Children's books
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Climbing frame
  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football
  • Pool/Snooker
  • DVD
  • Toys

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Meal delivery service

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Meal delivery service
Good news! For a little extra, This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

Interested?
If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on villotel@oliverstravels.com for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

The house is available on a self-catering or fully-catered basis, or something in between. Most of the weekend parties are for big celebrations. Not everyone wants to take on the task of cooking for 30 of their nearest and dearest. The owners have been able to recruit Roger and Bea McKie (formerly of An Lochan and now co-proprietors of Taste Scotland) as the contracted caterers. From a wedding breakfast for 150, to a formal four course dinner for 24, to a serve-it-yourself home-cooked fish pie - from a buffet, to a picnic, to a barbecue, they can offer up a menu to suit at a budget that works for you.

When catering a dinner for you, as a one-off, the taste team will always leave you with some delicious  fresh made bread and a vat or two of homemade soup for lunch the next day – along with your left overs. It’s a lovely touch, and effectively means that you’ve got two meals for the price of one! The default setting for the house is still self-catering but if you prefer, then Roger and Bea can work for you as live-in caterers during some or all of your stay. 

They will design a menu or series of menus for you that works to your budget. This could be as little as £9.95 per head for a two course meal from their fresh-cooked serve it yourself “Home Taste” menu – or four or five times that per head if you have a serious langoustine or fois gras habit.

On a live-in basis, you need to budget £175 per day per chef, dropping to £850 for the full week, plus the cost of ingredients. They’ll discuss menu plans with you and then cook you breakfast, provide pack/picnic lunch ingredients and feed children and adults separately in the evening. If the big house is at full capacity and you don’t want any involvement in the prep or clearing up, then you need two members of staff.  If you are talking about a party of under 20 guests, then it may be possible for a single chef to look after your party.

Scarlett Johansen’s personal trainer is going to deliver a series of fun and challenging fitness and weight-loss centred Luxury Boot camps; participants are guaranteed to lose weight or get their money back.

Attend the first ever gourmet golf tours hosted by the PGA Tour and coaching professional Alan Tait in April. The Feast of Golf 2012 is another cracking present and with an all-inclusive price gives golfers rounds at the Carrick, Earl of Mar and Machrahanish Dunes. 

Charles Jamieson MFA is the host-tutor for The Drawing Room, which is a new residential painting and drawing school taking place in March. Charles is a hugely talented and collected painter, as well as an experienced, intuitive and enthusiastic teacher. He has a number of stories, and is a great host. The Drawing Room welcomes amateur artists of all standards.

The same applies to the new cookery school; the host and tutor of the Feast of Scotland Cookery Courses is Briton’s most successful cookery tutor, as well as being an outstanding chef. His students have won the UK-wide competition for cookery students an unprecedented three years in a row and he has been awarded an MBE as a result. On all these courses, there is a maximum of 16 participants, and the price you pay is an all-inclusive cost including all transfers, all materials, all visits, all food and drink – and all the laughter.

To arrange any of these services, contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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

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

Security deposit £50 per person (£100 per person for Stag do's and Hen do's). This is paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 4 p.m. or earlier by arrangement.
Departure time 10.30 a.m. or later by arrangement.
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Pets allowed.
Changeover day Any day of the week.
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.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2019 - Mar 1st 2019 £1,715 £1,857 £1,998 £2,140 £2,360
Mar 1st 2019 - Apr 12th 2019 £2,145 £2,319 £2,493 £2,667 £2,898
UK: Easter £2,683 £2,876 £3,069 £3,220 £3,220
Apr 26th 2019 - May 24th 2019 £2,145 £2,319 £2,493 £2,667 £2,898
Summer Half Term Holiday £3,220 £3,465 £3,710 £3,954 £4,080
Jun 3rd 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 £2,360 £2,540 £2,721 £2,901 £3,005
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 £2,683 £2,876 £3,069 £3,220 £3,220
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 4th 2019 £2,360 £2,540 £2,721 £2,901 £3,005
Oct 4th 2019 - Oct 18th 2019 £2,145 £2,319 £2,493 £2,667 £2,898
Autumn Half Term Holiday £3,220 £3,465 £3,710 £3,954 £4,080
Oct 21st 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 £2,145 £2,319 £2,493 £2,667 £2,898
Nov 1st 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 £1,715 £1,857 £1,998 £2,140 £2,360
UK: Christmas £3,568 £3,825 £4,082 £4,282 £4,282
UK: New Years £4,024 £4,314 £4,603 £4,830 £4,830
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 7th 2020 £1,715 £1,857 £1,998 £2,140 £2,360
Spring Half Term Holiday £3,220 £3,465 £3,710 £3,954 £4,080
Feb 10th 2020 - Feb 28th 2020 £1,715 £1,857 £1,998 £2,140 £2,360
Feb 28th 2020 - Apr 10th 2020 £2,145 £2,319 £2,493 £2,667 £2,898
UK: Easter £2,683 £2,876 £3,069 £3,220 £3,220
Apr 17th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 £2,145 £2,319 £2,493 £2,667 £2,898
Summer Half Term Holiday £3,220 £3,465 £3,710 £3,954 £4,080
Jun 1st 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 £2,360 £2,540 £2,721 £2,901 £3,005
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 25th 2020 £2,683 £2,876 £3,069 £3,220 £3,220

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2019 - Mar 1st 2019 €1,888 €2,029 €2,171 €2,312 €2,598
Mar 1st 2019 - Apr 12th 2019 €2,361 €2,535 €2,709 €2,882 €3,189
UK: Easter €2,953 €3,146 €3,339 €3,532 €3,544
Apr 26th 2019 - May 24th 2019 €2,361 €2,535 €2,709 €2,882 €3,189
Summer Half Term Holiday €3,544 €3,789 €4,034 €4,278 €4,491
Jun 3rd 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 €2,598 €2,778 €2,958 €3,138 €3,307
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 €2,953 €3,146 €3,339 €3,532 €3,544
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 4th 2019 €2,598 €2,778 €2,958 €3,138 €3,307
Oct 4th 2019 - Oct 18th 2019 €2,361 €2,535 €2,709 €2,882 €3,189
Autumn Half Term Holiday €3,544 €3,789 €4,034 €4,278 €4,491
Oct 21st 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 €2,361 €2,535 €2,709 €2,882 €3,189
Nov 1st 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 €1,888 €2,029 €2,171 €2,312 €2,598
UK: Christmas €3,927 €4,184 €4,441 €4,698 €4,713
UK: New Years €4,429 €4,719 €5,008 €5,298 €5,316
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 7th 2020 €1,888 €2,029 €2,171 €2,312 €2,598
Spring Half Term Holiday €3,544 €3,789 €4,034 €4,278 €4,491
Feb 10th 2020 - Feb 28th 2020 €1,888 €2,029 €2,171 €2,312 €2,598
Feb 28th 2020 - Apr 10th 2020 €2,361 €2,535 €2,709 €2,882 €3,189
UK: Easter €2,953 €3,146 €3,339 €3,532 €3,544
Apr 17th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 €2,361 €2,535 €2,709 €2,882 €3,189
Summer Half Term Holiday €3,544 €3,789 €4,034 €4,278 €4,491
Jun 1st 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 €2,598 €2,778 €2,958 €3,138 €3,307
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 25th 2020 €2,953 €3,146 €3,339 €3,532 €3,544

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2019 - Mar 1st 2019 $2,140 $2,282 $2,424 $2,565 $2,945
Mar 1st 2019 - Apr 12th 2019 $2,677 $2,851 $3,025 $3,199 $3,616
UK: Easter $3,348 $3,541 $3,734 $3,927 $4,019
Apr 26th 2019 - May 24th 2019 $2,677 $2,851 $3,025 $3,199 $3,616
Summer Half Term Holiday $4,019 $4,263 $4,508 $4,753 $5,092
Jun 3rd 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 $2,945 $3,126 $3,306 $3,486 $3,750
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 $3,348 $3,541 $3,734 $3,927 $4,019
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 4th 2019 $2,945 $3,126 $3,306 $3,486 $3,750
Oct 4th 2019 - Oct 18th 2019 $2,677 $2,851 $3,025 $3,199 $3,616
Autumn Half Term Holiday $4,019 $4,263 $4,508 $4,753 $5,092
Oct 21st 2019 - Nov 1st 2019 $2,677 $2,851 $3,025 $3,199 $3,616
Nov 1st 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 $2,140 $2,282 $2,424 $2,565 $2,945
UK: Christmas $4,453 $4,710 $4,967 $5,223 $5,344
UK: New Years $5,022 $5,312 $5,601 $5,891 $6,028
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 7th 2020 $2,140 $2,282 $2,424 $2,565 $2,945
Spring Half Term Holiday $4,019 $4,263 $4,508 $4,753 $5,092
Feb 10th 2020 - Feb 28th 2020 $2,140 $2,282 $2,424 $2,565 $2,945
Feb 28th 2020 - Apr 10th 2020 $2,677 $2,851 $3,025 $3,199 $3,616
UK: Easter $3,348 $3,541 $3,734 $3,927 $4,019
Apr 17th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 $2,677 $2,851 $3,025 $3,199 $3,616
Summer Half Term Holiday $4,019 $4,263 $4,508 $4,753 $5,092
Jun 1st 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 $2,945 $3,126 $3,306 $3,486 $3,750
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 25th 2020 $3,348 $3,541 $3,734 $3,927 $4,019

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

Reviews

  • Simply Wonderful

    Posted by Sarah on 09/12/2017

    We had the most relaxing evenings, and the most active days. The Barn was perfect for a mixed group with the little ones always happy and safely entertained, and with plenty for teenagers, too.
    It looks stylish and gorgeous but it is easily kept clean and a lovely house to stay in. My family want to move in permanently.

  • Can't wait to return

    Posted by Audrey Harrison and her Hens on 30/09/2017

    Most comfortable house ever. Amazing grounds and scenery. Thanks a million for making us feel so welcome.

  • Wonderful house and stunning location

    Posted by Vanessa, Alison, Amanda on 18/08/2017

    Had a marvellous time. Really enjoyed the wonderful house and the scenery.

  • Great place!

    Posted by Will & Tom, aged 14 on 01/07/2017

    Nice waterfall, lovely views and landscape; really enjoyed the table tennis and pool, the walks with the dogs and the air hockey. Would recommend the house and holiday to anyone.

  • Just what I was looking for!

    Posted by Jaqueline, Lisa, Louise et all on 13/04/2017

    This certainly was the best party house ever as advertised! 21 girls stayed here to celebrate my forthcoming marriage. The facilities were fantastic. The house is lovely, quirky, and very well-equipped. Such comfy beds!

  • Fabulous party house!

    Posted by Liz, Ralph, Tom and Matt Sheriff on 17/03/2017

    What a fantastic house to celebrate a 40th with friends and family. Being very well equpped allowed us to eat, sleep, eat, drink and eat well – great dinners in the fab dining room. Grounds are fantastic too. Kids had hours of fun building camps, zip-wiring, swimming in the pool by the waterfall. Lovely part of Scotland one of the nicest areas we’ve been to. We’ll definitely be back

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