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Kilchrist Castle

Machrihanish, Argyll and Bute
Sleeps 13
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 4
5 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Four Poster
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Spacious castle with wonderful period features, open fires, four-poster beds & hot tub
  • Get competitive in the games room or explore the 8 acres of grounds
  • Explore the Kintyre Way, golf at Machrihanish Golf Course or go surfing at Westport Beach
Property code: 83009

Wonderful historic castle located in an idyllic position with period features, open fires and well-equipped games room for all the family to enjoy, plus within easy reach of beautiful sandy beaches.

Nestling within 8 acres of stunning private grounds, this magnificent castle offers sumptuous accommodation for up to thirteen guests across seven bedrooms. Set at the southern end of the beautiful Kintyre Peninsula, this superb property makes a wonderful holiday retreat for larger families and groups of friends in search of a tranquil and idyllic getaway in a peaceful rural setting.

The castle offers a range of period features and fantastic extras including open fires, four-poster beds, a spiral staircase and a fabulous games room, and has been beautifully decorated and tastefully furnished throughout. This stylish and welcoming property provides spacious, light and airy living spaces with a choice of unique and antique furnishings. The spectacular garden provides a wonderful setting for al fresco dining, and the extensive grounds are perfect for exploring.

Stepping inside this historic property, the spacious reception hall invites you through to the grand dining room. This is an ideal spot for everyone to meet for a special meal or a family gathering, and features a couple of splendid dining tables, a Bluetooth soundbar, a wine cooler and an open fire. Heading through to the cosy and strikingly decorated lounge, you will find a perfect space for everyone to relax at the end of a great day, with a Smart TV, plenty of seating, another open fire and French doors leading to the garden. This floor also features the games room which is equipped with a roulette table, chessboard, snooker/pool table and a range of books, puzzles, cards, and board games.

Stairs lead down to the lower-ground floor where you will find the sleek and fully equipped kitchen which is perfect for preparing everything from a quick snack to a celebratory feast. This leads through to a charming breakfast room.

Exploring the castle further, a spiral staircase leads up to the first floor where there are three stylishly decorated and relaxing bedrooms. There’s a pretty twin room and two double rooms, both with a fantastic four-poster bed and an en-suite Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

Heading further up the spiral staircase, the second floor offers the four remaining bedrooms, all with enchanting views. Here you will find two double rooms, a twin and a single along with an invigorating family bathroom.

Stepping outside, the spectacular garden and the surrounding grounds extend to 8 acres, with a private drive leading up to the front of the property. A substantial south terrace provides a lovely seating area which can be accessed directly from the lounge. You’re also welcome to head into the grounds to explore the woodlands.

  • 7 bedrooms – 2 four-poster doubles, 1 twin, 2 doubles and 2 singles (one with an additional full-sized single pull-out bed)
  •  1 Jack and Jill en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower and WC, 1 Jack and Jill en-suite bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and WC, 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC, and 2 separate WCs
  • Electric range oven with gas hob, American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • 6 seater hot tub
  • 2 open fires (first basket of logs included)
  • Smart TV in lounge and Bluetooth soundbar
  • Games room with a roulette table, chess and poker, 6 ft foldable snooker/pool table and a variety of books, puzzles and board games
  • Enclosed garden with seating areas
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample private off-road parking
  • steep stairs throughout the property- children must be supervised
  • Spiral stair case
  • CCTV covering car park area at top of the drive
  • Shops, pubs, restaurants 3 miles, beach 5 miles
  • Arrival: 16:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 4 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Set in wonderfully secluded and idyllic surroundings, the castle is within easy reach of the bustling harbour town of Campbeltown (3 miles) where you will find an array of great independent shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants. The town is also home to three major distilleries, the Campbeltown Heritage Centre, Dalintober Beach and the Linda McCartney Memorial Garden.

Heading to the west of the peninsula you will come to the thriving coastal village of Machrihanish (5.5 miles), home of the internationally famous Machrihanish Golf Club and the superb Machrihanish Seabird/Wildlife Observatory where you can spot rare birds including Balearic shearwaters and Leach’s petrels. This breathtaking part of the Kintyre Peninsula can be accessed by road, plane or ferry, and is known for its unspoiled beauty, splendid long white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife. The peninsula is an ideal destination for golfers, cyclists, nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and walkers following the Kintyre Way.

Other local attractions include Westport Beach – a popular surfing spot (8 miles), Tangy Mill (10 miles), Lussa Loch (10.5 miles), Smerby Castle (6 miles), Dunaverty Rock and St Columba’s Chapel, Footprints and Holy Well (both 8.5 miles). You can also take a ferry or boat trip out to explore islands including Gigha, Arran, Islay and Jura.

Sarah Gordon

This property is personally managed by Sarah.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Bob 29th April 2022

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We had a great weekend at the castle The facilities are excellently throughout and the welcome was first rate.

Reviewed by Samantha 14th January 2022

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Our week at Kilchrist was beautiful. The castle had everything we needed and was beautifully set out. The caretaker was accommodating and helped wherever we needed. The location is stunning and the locals are lovely. The bedrooms are spacious and again have everything we need. Gemma and her family have created a lovely atmosphere here and we will dRead moreefinitely visit again. Hide

Reviewed by Jane 29th December 2021

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Superb venue with character for a group of adults and teenagers over New Year. Cleanliness second to none. Kitchen well appointed. Fantastic comfortable public rooms and bedrooms. Cosy and warm. Beautiful surroundings. Caretaker was always on hand to help. Lots of lovely local walks and wild swimming locations close by; the hot tub was a great asseRead moret afterwards. Thankyou. Munro party. Hide

Reviewed by Michael 23rd October 2021

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Beautifully decorated and full of charm and character. Very well equipped. Had a fantastic holiday to celebrate our wedding anniversary with our family.

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