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Kilchattan Church

Isle of Bute (6mls N), Argyll and Bute
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Spa Facilities
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Beautifully converted church with spacious living areas and games room
  • Fabulous waterside views across Kilchattan Bay and the Firth of Clyde
  • Relax by the wood burners after enjoying the sandy beaches nearby
Property code: 85215

A red sandstone church from the outside but a stylish holiday home on the inside, full of charm and character. Set within the charming hamlet of Kilchattan Bay on the southern end of Bute.

Sitting on the waterfront at Kilchattan Bay on the southern end of the Isle of Bute, this beautiful red sandstone church sleeps eight people over four bedrooms and welcomes four canine companions. It may look traditional from the outside, but step inside and you’ll find a stylish holiday home that boasts charm, character and gorgeous bay views at every turn. The perfect accommodation option for families or groups of friends who appreciate a little style and sophistication when they travel, this property is the perfect place to get away from it all and unwind with your loved ones. Spend your days strolling the beach at the front of the property or the woods to the rear, and your evenings sipping wine by the fire pit in this property’s gorgeous garden.

This lovingly-converted church is full of character and style. Tastefully adorned with original features and bathed in natural light, this unique property is a delight to discover. Large church windows, pretty fireplaces, character doorways and impressive ceiling beams add a sense of grandeur to the building, but the plethora of soft furnishings and modern design touches bring the building bang up to date.

Step through the main door and you’ll find a handy cloakroom and shower room – the perfect place to kick off your sandy shoes and jump in the shower when you return from the beach. Next, you’ll find a lovely lounge area with pretty sea views, and a stylish kitchen where you can cook up a storm for your loved ones. This lovely lounge/kitchen leads through to a king-size bedroom. In the next part of the property, you will find a bathroom with a wonderful roll-top bath and a steam room/sauna – a real treat after a day’s hiking around the island. There’s also a king-size bedroom, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom. Next you’ll find the impressive second kitchen/diner, which has extra-high ceilings and original stained-glass windows. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy a special dinner around the large oak table. Leading on from the main kitchen you’ll find a second lounge with a wood burner where you can warm your toes while dinner is cooking. There’s also a nice snug area and a games room with a bar and pool table.

Step outside and you’ll find an enclosed garden with two seating areas. Fire up the charcoal BBQ and dine alfresco, or simply gather at the fire pit with a bottle of wine and watch the stars come out. The lawned garden leads up to a walking/cycling trail through the woods. In the front garden, you can take a seat and enjoy gorgeous views of the bay. Roadside parking is subject to availability.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 4 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 1 double, 1 twin
  •  1 bathroom with roll-top bath, steam/sauna shower and WC, 3 shower rooms with shower and WC, and 2 separate WCs
  • 2 kitchens with electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave (plus a dishwasher in one of the kitchens)
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Travel cot and highchair provided
  • 2 wood burners
  • Smart TV in lounge areas and Bluetooth speaker in games room
  • Games room with pool table
  • Restaurants and pubs 8 miles, beach and shop within walking distance
  • Large, enclosed garden with 2 seating areas, charcoal BBQ and fire pit
  • Roadside parking (subject to availability)

The Isle of Bute is 15 miles long and 5 miles wide, but it’s jam-packed with history, culture and wild beauty.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll at Langalbuinoch Beach (2.5 miles), which sits directly opposite the Isle of Arran. Spot the different layers of volcanic rock that make up this part of the island, and further around the bay you’ll find the vitrified fort at Dunagoil.

Get active and take a sailing lesson or hire a paddle board in Rothesay (7.5 miles), stop to smell the flowers at the beautiful Ardencraig Gardens (7.5 miles), tee-off at Bute Golf Club (1.5 miles), or visit the Victorian mansion of Mount Stuart House (4 miles) - the home of the Earls and Marquesses of Bute.

Foodies love this island. Keep your eye open for the ‘ButeKitchen’ symbol in local restaurants, tearooms and bars – it’s the local mark of excellence. Head into Rothesay (7.5 miles) and treat yourself to some traditional Scottish afternoon tea at the Electric Bakery, taste the smoked salmon and cheese at Ritchie’s of Rothesay (this traditional smokehouse’s products have graced the Balmoral breakfast table), sample the island’s small batch hand-crafted gin at the ‘Gin Garden’ at Isle of Bute Gin, or check out the ‘Heidrun’ whisky liqueur at The Spirit of Bute micro-distillery.

Sarah Gordon

This property is personally managed by Sarah.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Faith 9th October 2021

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Reviewed by Jennifer 2nd October 2021

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A very lovely, and unusual property. Excellent location with the fabulous beach across the road and so many exceptional walks close by. The little local tea shop was great as well. Would have loved to know more of the history and design changes to the church to convert it to a home.

Reviewed by James 4th September 2021

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A sensational house that really is one of a kind. The church is beautifully converted, with a stunning kitchen and equally impressive bedrooms and bathrooms. We were a small group but it would have easily catered for a bigger one with space to spread out throughout the house, especially if you made use of the annexe at the end. The location is justRead more something else. Walk out the front door and you're on the sea, walk out the back and you're in a forest! We loved it and would use again! Hide

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