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Lilybank Cottage

Kilfinan, Argyll and Bute
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Fully renovated 18th century whitewashed croft cottage
  • Tranquil and secluded location, surrounded by spectacular Argyll scenery
  • Sublime sea views, garden sunsets and river/hill vistas
  • This area is rich in wildlife, with seals, otters, deer and even golden eagles
  • Surrounded by a plethora of wonderful river, hill and coastal walks
  • 2.5 miles from the magnificent Kilfinan Hotel and 6 miles from Portavadie Marina
Property code: CA214

Charming country cottage sleeping six, hidden in the idyllic wilds of Argyll. Savour the exquisite flavours of Loch Fyne, revel in rare British wildlife and relax in this pure Scottish paradise.

A charming secluded cottage along a private track, surrounded by spectacular Argyll scenery. Built in the 18th century, the cottage is a former croft and has been fully renovated to make the most of both its history and its surroundings. The cottage offers a real taste of traditional rural Scotland. Sleeping six over three bedrooms, it is the perfect place for families and groups of friends to get away from it all and enjoy either an active break with plenty of hiking in the surrounding hills, or simply kicking back and relaxing in the grounds and exploring the surrounding area and its wildlife.

Entering the property through the storm porch, you reach the living room with its original open fire. A selection of armchairs makes this a cosy place to while away an evening or to spend an afternoon relaxing with a good book. Along the hallway is the kitchen/diner, with a distinctive carved wooden bench around the table, plenty of food prep space and a double electric oven and hob. The large conservatory offers another dining option, with views and doors out to the garden. Also on the ground floor are two of the bedrooms, one twin and one double. There is also a bathroom and shower room.

A spiral staircase leads to the first floor, which is home to an open-plan loft bedroom with a steep coombed ceiling, storage space and floor-level twin beds, ideal for older children and teens.

Outside, there is a large garden with a paved terrace and woodland leading down to the river.

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

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms: 1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 bathroom  with bath and WC,  1 shower room with shower and  WC
  • Double electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave/grill, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer
  • Open fire – logs included
  • Electricity included
  • TV with Freeview, DVD, radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Telephone with an honesty box
  • Extensive private gardens and grounds, with small paved terrace, garden furniture, side wooden decking area and woodland leading down to a river
  • Unlimited driveway parking
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Complex of properties
  • Please note: The water supply at Lilybank is from a private supply. From time to time the water supply filters may clog and in turn affect the supply to the house. In the event of this happening drinking water and water for flushing toilets would be provided until the filters could be cleared. Also as a precaution, some bottled water will be provided for brushing teeth and drinking.
  • Restaurants, bars and shops within 6 miles

This property is truly secluded, with the nearest hotel, where you can relax with a drink or a meal, 2.5 miles away. Nearby villages include Kames (6 miles) with a shop and hotel. The bustling Portavadie Marina, with its restaurants, shops and a spa is 7 miles away.

From Portavadie, boats travel across Loch Fyne, a 40-mile-long sea loch. There, you can enjoy fishing and diving, and take wildlife spotting boat trips to see otters, seals and dolphins. The loch is also famous for its oysters, and restaurants around the loch serve them freshly caught.

Further afield is the historic seaside town of Dunoon, 28 miles away. Built around a castle, Dunoon is the biggest resort on the Cowal Peninsula and has an attractive promenade and Victorian pier. It is a great place to spend a day, with plenty of shops, galleries, pubs and cafes.

Close to Dunoon, around 30 miles from the property, is Argyll Forest Park. This is a fantastic wild park with wonderful walking and mountain biking. It is home to the Cowal peninsula's longest sandy beach, pretty forest glens, sea lochs and rugged hills. It's a great place for family days out.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 6 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
5
Overall equipment
5
Overall comfort
5
Overall location
5

Reviewed by Miss Gan Bouso August 2019

The cottage was great it had everything we needed. The location is simply lovely.

Reviewed by Ms Macarthur March 2019

We have stayed at Lilybank before and We enjoyed it as much as ever Long Walks,nights at the fireplace and incredibly peaceful HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Reviewed by Ms Doyle February 2019

What a wonderful home from home. Totally isolated with a beautiful walk down to the beach. Peace and quiet galore. The cottage is very well equipped and comfortable with plenty of space. Loved the conservatory - ideal for watching the wildlife! The log fire was great and plenty of logs but think the fire may need a wee overhaul (the front grate is Read morevery unstable). We had no issues with the water (or the bottled water). Plenty to do and see in the surrounding areas including the lovely marina at Portavade. We loved our stay at the cottage and are just working out when we can return - it was exactly what the doctor ordered! P and M. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Tate November 2018

The location of the cottage was superb and the walk down to the private beach was stunning. We were left a lovely packet of biscuits as a welcome. There was a lovely range of equipment including a slow cooker and lots of nice glasses and crockery too which was fab. There wasn't a decent size chopping board which proved challenging. The cottage is lRead moreaid out beautifully with lots of quirky and interesting items to look at. The fire was a challenge to get going but once lit provided a lovley feature. The beds were really comfortable. The conservatory was beautiful and the views from the back of the cottage were stunning including the sunsets. If you can stay up late enough the stars and shooting stars are abundant. The Oystercatcher pub down the road at Otter Ferry is always amazing. My only issue with the cottage was that there were an Abundance of cobwebs in the conservatory and above / behind most of the doors. This did not spoil our holiday in any way. There was also a significant water leak from the kitchen ceiling when it rained which we mentioned to the property Manager. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Riley October 2018

Lilybank is in a fabulously secluded location. Come here if you want peace, quiet and stunning views. It's a great size, far more spacious than it's cute appearance would suggest. It's secluded and so has no mains water, instead is supplied from its own reservoir up in a hill - whilst this sounds romantic, the water is brown and cannot be drunk or Read moreused in food preparation. It's also low pressure so the electric shower is almost useless and the second bathroom only has a bath with shower attachment - the water heater works great but you'll get one bath out of it - not ideal if there are a few of you and perhaps a few kids. The cottage is warm and cosy, I was dubious about electric storage heaters but they worked great, not so sure how they'll cope in the coldest of winter though. The open stove in the lounge looks wonderful but needs some work, was falling apart and the supplied fire guard was inadequate for this size and shape of stove. Sofa and chairs in the lounge are a bit tired so no getting too cosy and comfy on a dark evening. BT Internet is present but is all but useless as the connection drops every minute or two and when working is barely fast enough to load the most basic web pages - seclusion is great but with no phone signal to speak of it helps to able to search for places to go or google maps. Shame. All in all, I'd still recommend Lilybank - the outside space and view of Loch Fyne are beautiful! Hide

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Location

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

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