Holiday House Details
Carse House
(18 reviews)
From £1,530 per week
Sleeps 14
8 bedrooms
1 double, 2 singles, 5 twins

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£1,950£585
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£1,800£540
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£1,800£540
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£1,630£490
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£1,530£460
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£2,250£675
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£2,500£750
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 07 Feb 2020£2,140£645
Sat 08 Feb 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£2,280£685
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£2,520£760
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£2,520£760
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£2,730£820
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£2,730£820
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£3,010£905
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 25 Sep 2020£2,730£820
Sat 26 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£2,520£760
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£2,520£760
Sat 24 Oct 2020Fri 06 Nov 2020£2,280£685
Sat 07 Nov 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£2,140£645
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£3,150£945
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£3,150£945
Mon 04 Jan 2021Fri 05 Feb 2021£2,350£705
Sat 06 Feb 2021Fri 19 Mar 2021£2,500£750
Sat 20 Mar 2021Fri 16 Apr 2021£2,770£835
Sat 17 Apr 2021Fri 28 May 2021£2,770£835
Sat 29 May 2021Fri 04 Jun 2021£3,000£900
Sat 05 Jun 2021Fri 18 Jun 2021£3,000£900
Sat 19 Jun 2021Fri 10 Sep 2021£3,310£995
Sat 11 Sep 2021Fri 24 Sep 2021£3,000£900
Sat 25 Sep 2021Fri 01 Oct 2021£2,770£835
Sat 02 Oct 2021Fri 22 Oct 2021£2,770£835
Sat 23 Oct 2021Fri 05 Nov 2021£2,500£750
Sat 06 Nov 2021Mon 20 Dec 2021£2,350£705
Tue 21 Dec 2021Mon 27 Dec 2021£3,460£1,040
Tue 28 Dec 2021Mon 03 Jan 2022£3,460£1,040


Ideally positioned just a short walk away from its own large private sandy beach, this delightful Georgian home is the perfect setting for a memorable holiday. Carse House has been carefully renovated, retaining its traditional warmth and charm, yet beautifully refurbished with all the joys of modern day living making it a wonderful year round retreat for family and friends.

Set over 4 floors with a wide choice of rooms, this wonderfully atmospheric self-catering country house in Argyll suits all ages. The elegant drawing room with its comfortable seating, roaring log fire and grand piano is perfect for relaxing in while the cosy sitting room, adjacent to the spacious and well equipped kitchen, is great for playing games or watching television. The young and sporty are sure to have fun playing table tennis in the games room or outdoors in the garden.

Relaxed meals can be enjoyed by everyone around the friendly kitchen table warmed by the Esse range, and for more formal dinners the large dining room on the ground floor creates the perfect setting. A traditional sweeping staircase leads to the pretty main bedrooms on the first floor and then continues to 4 further bedrooms on the top floor. The holiday house enjoys stunning views across the garden and down to the sea.

Situated in tranquil surroundings within a private estate on the glorious Knapdale Peninsula, Carse House benefits from some of Scotland’s greatest scenery. Not only is this a glorious place for children who can run freely through the large garden, explore the surrounding woodlands and spend hours playing on the beach but it is also a perfect base from which to discover all the history and magic that Argyll has to offer.

Hill Loch trout fishing included, large sandy beach within walking distance.

Short breaks by arrangement - minimum 3 nights.

Wedding & concert venue nearby.



Ground floor:

Hall with front steps to garden, drawing room with open log fire, baby grand piano & sea views; large dining room; games room (with table tennis); morning room with TV & DVD; cloakroom with WC & WHB.

Lower ground floor:

Hall with back door; large dining kitchen (seats 14) with Esse range & French window; sitting room with TV & DVD & open log fire; shower room (shower, WC & WHB); larder; utility room with garden door, drying room.

First floor:

Master super-king size bedroom (zip & link beds) and single bedroom/dressing room with connecting doors to bathroom (bath, shower, WC & WHB); twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bath, separate shower, WC, WHB) also with door to passage; single bedroom with WHB; study.

Second floor:

4 twin bedrooms (3 with WHB) & bathroom (bath, WC & WHB).

Please note:

  • Additional house keeping can be made by separate arrangement.
  • EPC rating - E
  • There is a private water supply at this property, which is checked on an annual basis by the local authority. After periods of heavy rain the water is prone to discolour due to the peat, which takes some getting used to if you have not experienced this before. An initial supply of bottled water is available.
  • There is an Internet connection is available here in the west coast of Scotland - it is not fast and it is not suitable for large data downloads. It can also be variable in strength and reliability. A monthly allowance for usage from a satellite is available, but once the allowance is used, the service is not available until the next month.


  • The award winning Kilberry Inn is just a few miles away.
  • Tarbert (11 miles) – this charming fishing village offers a good variety of shops,
  • hotels, pubs, cafes and restaurants serving fresh & locally caught seafood.
  • There is also a wonderful shell beach, 9 hole golf-course and ferries to the nearby islands.
  • Fantastic fresh-caught local seafood in season.
  • Lochgilphead (22 miles) has a good range of shops, supermarket & petrol.
  • Limited Wifi (best for the area)
  • 2 DVD players
  • 2 TVs
  • CD player hifi
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Electric double oven with 4 ring ceramic hob
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge
  • High Chair
  • Hill loch trout fishing included
  • Large fridge/freezer
  • Large garden and woodland area with garden furniture, BBQ
  • Linen and towels provided - guests to provide own beach towels
  • Microwave
  • Oil fired central heating. Oil & electricity included.
  • Oil fired Esse range
  • Open fire in drawing room and sitting room, starter supply of logs included.
  • Travel cot
  • Video player
  • Washing machine
  • Waterside
  • 2 Pets only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet. Dogs are restricted to the lower ground floor only
  • Reviews

    (18 reviews)
    Carse House reviews
    Rooms were good and clean. A lot of stairs to climb and showers were limited upstairs due to water pressure. Plenty crockery and cutlery for our party of 14. Wifi was non existent and if it does exist at the beginning of a month it seems very unfair on those at end of a month. Starfish restaurant in Tarbert was excellent. Beach was very difficult access and not even particularly good when you get to it. Also not good for dogs due to sheep having access as well. Enjoyable
    Mr Scott - July 2019
    We booked this out for 13 adults who were going to a wedding in the local area. From start to finish all the staff related to Carse were so helpful and so nice! The house has everything you could possibly need for a short or long term stay, it was spotless. Tarbert, which was a 25 min drive away is the closest town and it's very easy to find from there. Could not recommend this house more!
    Mr Cunningham - May 2019
    Carse House is a wonderful Georgian family house with stunning West Coast views. The House had plenty of space with lots of well proportioned good sized rooms and was well equipped including a games room with ping pong table, it allowed our large party which included 5 children plenty of space . It was beautifully furnished in a traditional classic way which we liked very much. The dining room in particular was a lovely room in which to enjoy the evenings round the large table. The drawing room with the baby grand piano allowed for some enjoyable family evening concerts. Some small plumbing issues were rapidly attended to and sorted out which was much appreciated. We enjoyed our week there tremendously with the many excursions we did including; a trek to the local beach, sea trip/ sea safari around Jura and Scarba, a day trip to the Isle of Gigha (highly recommended), a hill walk up Goatfell on the Isle of Arran. Plus an enjoyable walk up to the hill Loch for a bit of fishing (we thought perhaps it could have been better signposted) followed by a delicious lunch at the nearby Kilberry Inn. We would certainly consider returning again.
    Mr Boote - July 2018
    This is a magnificent house set in peaceful and glorious scenery. It was very family friendly. Our ages ranged from 7 months to 70+ and we were all well catered for with games rooms, books and videos; cooking facilities, etc. Beds and furniture were comfortable. A name at the end of the drive would have been helpful in finding the house in the first instance. There is also an excellent restaurant at Kilberry which is only 3 miles away.
    Mrs Gillhespy - May 2016
    My family and I had a wonderful time at Carse House this February. The house was very inviting with big beds and open fires, perfect for a winter weekend. The grounds are stunning and we had a great time exploring them and the local towns of Tarbert and Campbletown.
    Mr Hampson - February 2015
    We all loved the house and had a wonderful week over Christmas. At times some of the older members of the group found it a little cold and the boiler/central heating seemed to cut out quite often. Extremely well equipped house but could do with a little more variety of wine glasses especially If staying over Christmas. Sourced local seafood from Prentice Shellfish by the ferry quay in Tarbert which was delicious and a highlight. Also would highly recommend the Tarbert butcher 'Hyslops' from home we ordered our Turkey and trimmings - great value, quality and service.
    Mr Beckett - December 2014
    The property looked very impressive From the outside and the house overall was very good , however some of the furnishings were a little poor and needed some updating. We did feel that some additional features could have been useful such as additional radios and TVS for families that have teenagers. We did also think that there should have been some outside furniture and there was no sign of the trampoline that the children had looked forward to. One major issue and let down for us was that the downstairs rooms smelt dreadfully of dogs , it was a very off putting smell that stayed for the whole week of our visit and we had to purchase numerous air freshners in order to try and get rid if the horrible smell , to the extent that on some days we were unable to eat in the kitchen. I would suggest that if you are allowing families with dogs to stay you need to bear in mind that some families , such as ours who do not have dogs will find the smell very off putting and that you will need to ensure that the house is well aired.
    Owners Response: "OWNERS RESPONSE: The trampoline had been destroyed in the exceptional gales earlier this year and that as this was the third one, we had decided not to replace this. We had asked and agreed that this should be removed from your website description. The garden chairs are kept in the front Hall, rather than left outside and the garden table has not been out as the weather hasn't, until now, been that encouraging when the house has been let - it would have been very easy to arrange for the table to be put out once the clients had arrived had we known they wanted it. Two large televisions, both with DVDs and one with a video as well is, I believe, sufficient for the house and although there is a CD player with a digital radio it is often difficult to get a signal. We do not expect to provide a radio or TV in every room. This is a well loved family home which we hope others will enjoy and our teenage children have a lot of fun here, together with their friends, both inside and outside. I am concerned about the smell of dogs as the previous tenants did not, I believe, book to bring dogs, so I am grateful this has been raised and will look into it. I would say that our care taking/cleaning team did not report the same problem and this is the first comment about a smell of dogs that we have had. It is always possible that people renting the house will themselves invite guests who unexpectedly bring a dog, but this is obviously not what we expect to occur as dogs have to be booked in advance. This is important not just from the point of view of the house but also from a farming point view because in the Spring and Summer there will normally be lambs in the fields. As I said earlier, I am always grateful for clients comments whether positive or negative as this is helpful to us. Not every house suits everyone and people have different ideas about decor, but the photographs shown in the brochure and on the website accurately reflect what is here. Obviously, we reserve the right to carry out maintenance and repairs in the normal way - but we do genuinely strive to ensure that what people see on the website is what they will find on arrival.  COTTAGES & CASTLES RESPONSE: Cottages & Castles have removed the trampoline from our website listing when we were instructed to however it is still in our brochure which is printed annually and therefore can not be amended until we release next years brochure."
    Mrs Williams - July 2014
    This Victorian era house is located on an isolated country lane around 9km from Tarbert village. It is ideally located for large groups who are looking for a relaxed getaway and do some exploring along this part of Scotland. The House itself had quite dated décor and furnishings with cleanliness not being of a great standard (we had to do our own cleaning on day 1 to make it habitable for our several young children). Of course some character is expected of a 150 year old house and it has its charm but it would benefit from a brighter and cleaner look . There is a modern and recently fitted kitchen in the basement as well as other utilities expected of a modern house. The front garden is extremely pleasant and during the sunny periods of our stay we spent several hours enjoying the grounds. When it was rainy the table tennis and children's games room provided enough entertainment to prevent boredom for the young ones.The 'nearby' beach is a good 20-30 minutes trek across fields but is pleasant once you reach it - but do not expose your skin to the ticks courtesy of the resident sheep in the fields. All in all we had an enjoyable stay in a beautiful part of Scotland and it was suitable for our large group for the week but do not expect 5 star luxury.
    Mr Coyle - July 2014
    great house for large parties of all ages A few household items could be provided. eg more binbags floorcloths for wiping up spills some of the showers were poor the beds were excellent the house was clean loads of hot water heating was fine
    Mrs Gordon - December 2013
    Lovely old house with lots of character. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. As previously mentioned by others there were a few niggles, although these by no means impacted on our holiday. The house needs a right good clean, we left it much clearer than we found it. There was a dreadful amout of flies dead and alive in the upper bedrooms. We felt the need to clean the rooms before being able to sleep in them. The single track road is a bit scary at times and seems never ending. The space in the house is great, we were a family of 11 plus 3 dogs and we never felt on top of one another. The grounds are great for kids to run around in. We loved our stay.
    Mrs Hill - October 2013
    We had seen the house many times, but never guessed the simple exterior conceals a really splendid four stories that were our home for a week. Spacious bedrooms, excellent bedding, a well equipped kitchen, and a fabulous view combined to make this one of the most comfortable homes we've leased in Argyll. The house easily sleeps many more than the eight of us, and we all enjoyed privacy during the week. Water pressure in the showers was a bit weak, but we adjusted! All in all, a really great house.
    Ms Urquhart - May 2013
    We stayed at Carse House as five families with young children for a long weekend. Overall the house is a good layout with a family room/ play room downstairs opposite the kitchen which was great for our toddlers and babies. The bedrooms are all large and fairly well equipped and it was good to have a seperate formal lounge and TV room on the 1st floor. There are a couple of areas where things could be improved, but they didnt spoil our overall enjoyment. The water pressure for the showers is poor, best in the basement. The bathroom layout in the house is a bit awkward if you're not close friends and family - a lock on the top floor bathroom too. The house wasn't that clean there was lot of dust on surfaces, 'greasy' worktops in the kitchen and the BBQ was filthy. The house has its own private water supply which we were not told in advance and with some very young babies and expectant mums would have been good to know to bring extra bottled water with us. The beach in walking distance is a bit of trek as other reviewers have mentioned & the trampoline has seen better days. Overall though a great house for a group getaway from it all, lots of space inside & out.
    Mrs Assenti - May 2013
    The house met our expectations and provided plenty of space for all. A small negative point is the low water pressure which made showering less enjoyable than it could have been. We had a bit of trouble with the dishwasher, which probably explains why the cutlery and plates were not so clean. The walk to the local lake was not as straightforward as the notes suggested, but we had a very enjoyable trek in the beautiful countryside! Local delights: Kilberry Inn – very good food, Skipness – fresh seafood, super
    Mr Chrisite - July 2012
    Thank you for letting us stay at this wonderful house for a large group in stunning surroundings. We were celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary and our group consisted of four famalies with an age range from 9 - 77. Everyone was accomodated. The house exceeded our expectation with a good and relaxed dining kitchen and a good number of recpetion rooms meaning there was space for everyone. The bedrooms are comfortable and the ones at the front of the house have stunning and uninterupted views. The house was clean but not too clinical, home from home which meant we could relax and not worry about having to clean up after every move. The gardens are great, lots of woods for the children to play in and a good areas of grass to the front. Great for cycling with a few hills but not too many, lots of forrest tracks behind. Beware of the midges, they can be a pain. The house is a distance from Tarbert so you have to be prepared but the peace and tranquil surrounding make up for the drive to town. A real away from it all locations. Lots to do in the area for all ages. Thanks again, we all enjoyed the stay and we would re visit.
    Mr Thomas - June 2012
    A house for all seasons. Warm and inviting. Acres of room for everyone. Glorious location. Wildlife abundant. Unbeatable night skies.
    Mr Whiting - April 2012
    I would heartily recommend Carse House. If you want a relaxing break with friends, this place is ideal. The layout of the house means that you can spread out and allows a bit of space for everyone. Have given it five stars, but be aware that the beach is a little bit further away than you might think (not that this is a problem), also the enclosed garden is a bit of a misnomer as the sheep grazing on the lawn can testify!! That said, the house was great and warm and was ideal for a relaxing break away from it all!! The table tennis table is great too, for when it rains!
    Mr Beard - October 2011
    House and setting were beautiful. We had a great holiday and would like to return again sometime. I offer the folllowing criticism with this in mind and would say that they did not spoil our holiday but would have improved it. Myoverall impression was that the house was let down somewhat by caretaking and some misleading information. 1 Aga not lit as requested and kitchen consequently very cold until Monday when we mangaed to visit keyholder who was exceptionally helpful and came and lit it for us. 2 There was no mobile phone reception from all five of our phones and this would have been helpful to know as would the telephone number of Carse house for incoming calls. We had no way of contacting the caretaker from Carse house. 2 Only 3 clean teatowels left for us - 12 people! 3 House not that clean - kitchen cupboards and surfaces and dust on some tables in drawing room. 4 Could not access the beach as bridge was broken. 5 Summer house was actually a garden shed with no front, and pretty run down at that - a bit misleading to say the least.
    Mrs Thompson - October 2011
    We (a group of friends and their children) all enjoyed a lovely stay at Carse House. The accomodation is well maintained and everything we needed was provided. A couple of minor issues. It was slightly too far (down a long and windy single track road) from amenities such as shops & takeout. Also, the walk to the beach was a disappointment as it's through a boggie field with no obvious path (lots of lifting kids across puddles) and the beach it'self was a bit of a mess. However, we didn't let this spoil our holiday and the house it'self was excellent.
    Mr Lappin - September 2011