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Short and special breaks are available by arrangement and by calling our sales team on 01738 451 610
Please note, this property does NOT use Cottages and Castles percentage calculations for short and special breaks.  See 'Layout' for their actual percentages.
Monyquil Mhor
Brodick
(17 reviews)
From £400 per week
Sleeps 8
4 bedrooms
3 doubles, 1 twin

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 20 Apr 2019Fri 17 May 2019£550£165
Sat 18 May 2019Fri 21 Jun 2019£640£195
Sat 22 Jun 2019Fri 30 Aug 2019£720£220
Sat 31 Aug 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£540£165
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£400£120
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£720£220
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£720£220

Description

Short breaks welcome - see 'Layout' for full details.
To book, call our sales team on 01738 451 610

This traditional farmhouse is located close to the geographic centre of the Isle of Arran, some 800 yards off the String Road, yet only 10 minutes from Brodick pier. Monyquil enjoys unrivalled peace and quiet without being isolated (there is a cottage a short distance behind the farm)  and the perfect place to relax and enjoy a therapeutic family holiday.

All year round, you can watch for the soaring golden eagles that nest on Ard Bhein and Glen Craigag across the valley. In the autumn, you may hear the roar of majestic red deer stags on the hills behind and at night, the stars stand out against the dark sky, since there are no street lights in the area.

Heating and hot water is by an oil-fired boiler, making the property warm and cosy throughout. The farmhouse kitchen is modern and well equipped, including a dining area and adjoining utility room. The snug sitting room features an electric flame-effect stove for convenience and comfort, as well as a digital TV.

From this central location you can drive north, south, east or west equally easily to explore the Island - a perfect base for walkers, explorers and cyclists.

PROPERTY CODE: AR077

Layout

Ground floor:

Kitchen/dining, sitting room, bathroom with shower over bath, double bedroom.

First floor:

Twin bedroom, two super king bedrooms (may be configured as singles), shower room.

External games room:

Short and special breaks available by arrangement.

Please note:

  • Parties of 4 and 6 welcome at a specially reduced rent
  • This property does NOT use Cottages and Castles percentage calculations for short and special breaks.
  • 1, 2 and 3 nights: 70% of the weekly rent
  • 4 nights, 80%
  • 5 nights, 90%
  • Please call our sales team for full details - 01738 451 610

Facilities

  • Electricity and heating included
  • Flat screen TV with freeview
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • Satellite broadband
  • Washing machine
  • Reviews

    (17 reviews)
    Monyquil Mhor reviews
    A lovely warm cottage, spacious and well equipped. We enjoyed a week in this cottage conveniently situated in a secluded central position on Arran.
    Mrs Shipton - October 2018
    Monyquil Mhor is a comfortable, well equipped detached house with outbuilding about ½ mile up an unmade single-track road through a sheep pasture off the ‘String Road’, which runs across the island from Brodick in the East to Blackwaterfoot on the West coast. NB. dog-owners should note that the house has a cattle grid across the drive, so probably only athletic dogs able to negotiate it, or to leap the walls surrounding the property, will be unsafe to leave unattended outside the house. The house itself is probably among the highest habitable properties on Arran, and offers a tranquil and peaceful retreat. A small river runs some 40m to the East of the house, and in a meadow on the other side is a standing stone and a ruined long barrow. Behind the house are hills on which deer and birds of prey may be seen, although access to them beyond the first 200m from the house requires a demanding walk on a rough and wet, barely discernible moorland track. Hill walkers would be better going elsewhere for a good day out – Glen Rosa, just West of Brodick, for example. Good views may be had from the house both up and down the valley, and on a clear night, fabulous dark and starry skies present themselves. Cyclists will find the house a good base for circuits (or ½ circuits) around the island, although approaching the house from the West is advisable, as the climb up the String from Brodick in the East will prove a challenge to all but the strongest rider. Hand-in-hand with the splendid isolation comes limited local amenities; for the nearest food shopping, eateries and bars one must go to Brodick or Blackwaterfoot, some 15-20 min drive away. Arran whisky and beer is also well worth trying, but not in Blackwaterfoot's (Best Western) Kinloch Hotel - a more soul-less place you would be hard pressed to find. However the Blackwater Bakehouse and The Arran Butcher in Blackwaterfoot are both excellent. We particularly enjoyed the hiking circuit and ridge walk from Glen Rosa up to Beinn Tarsuinn, and cycling and walking around/along the coast. Locally, coastal walks to the North of Blackwaterfoot (up to Kings Cave) and out to the impressive (5!) stone circles of Machrie Moor. On days when outdoor activities do not appeal, there is a fine table tennis table in the outbuilding (although the lighting could be better). If you don’t fancy Monopoly or the few other games available, you will be glad of having brought some DVDs to watch on the TV, as there are none in the house; moreover the TV is not internet-enabled and has no HDMI inputs for your laptop, and the BBC and ITV Freeview reception is limited to that from Northern Ireland. However, while mobile phone reception is poor, WiFi in the house is good, so the splendid isolation can easily be mitigated if you wish.
    Owners Response: "We would like to thank you for your very positive review of Monyquil but would like to let you know that the cattle grid has a pedestrian gate beside it, so people and animals can use this Also, dogs should not be left unattended in the garden, as there are often sheep in the adjoining field. Well spotted the standing stone and long barrow. Whilst the TV and mobile phone may be limited because of the hills, the property is served by a fast broadband so that movies, etc. may be steamed direct to a laptop or tablet; also e-mail and Skype for communications. We aim to improve the access (removing the gate on the track) and also the games room over the next year or so. Thank you again"
    Mr Lacey - October 2018
    The house was lovely, well maintained and gorgeous views. We enjoyed our stay. Our reason for visiting the island was that our daughter got married on Sannox beach on the 15th September... and the weather held out!. As mentioned in an email our son-in-law had an accident with a cattle grid at the house gate entrance - we would like to thank you for your help and support In this matter and we are happy with the decision to remove the gate and updating of the cattle grid..... Arran is a beautiful island and we have already booked a weeks stay in April in The Old Farmhouse - this will be the first ever holiday my husband and I have ever taken together - it's only taken us 31years!!!... we are looking forward to returning to your island..
    Mrs Penrose - September 2018
    The cottage was well equipped and extremely comfortable. It is in very good condition and was very easy to feel at home in. There is a wonderful warm utility room which was great for washing and drying clothes, with clear instructions up about how to use the house during your stay. It is in a wonderful position at the base of hills with a beautiful little river flowing past it and is so central on the island to access all of Arran’s delights. We had a wonderful week and will definitely return.
    Mr Owen - July 2018
    We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Monyquil Mohr. The house is very spacious, very well equipped and very comfortable (especially the beds). The track across the field beset by sheep and lambs on all sides only added to the adventure while guaranteeing privacy, seclusion and fantastic views. We had glorious weather which unfortunately brought out the midges but the main Co-op in Brodick and the Tourist Information Office both stock Smidge! Like a previous reviewer, we think it would be an idea for the owner to supply an information sheet on the workings of the shower upstairs. A quick call to the contact person soon solved the problem though this had to be done from Brodick as we at least had no mobile phone coverage at the house. Once the pump thing was sorted out, we really appreciated the lashings of hot water. Our only one real complaint - we weren't there for long enough!
    Mrs Read - June 2018
    The property was well equipped although the fabric of the building was in need of some repairs.
    Owners Response: "Thank you for your review . Monyquil Mhor is an old farmhouse and, as such, will never be in pristine condition; we do not advertise it as being so. There are a number of things we would love to do to modernise it and will be done on an on-going basis. Meanwhile, it is warm (new boiler fitted about two months ago), interior painted last spring, super-fast broadband fitted in the winter, ping-pong in the games room (which, granted, needs more attention), weather-proof despite the awful year, not far from Brodick, south facing with a wonderful outlook to the hills (and the island’s white hind)."
    Mrs Herbert - April 2018
    On arrival we found everything as expected. The booking process was easy and simple. The house itself is almost dead centre meaning you can reach anywhere on the island easily (though the roads are terrible in places). We found the house to be comfortable, warm and well equipped. The decor could do with a little modernising and there is some damp on the bathroom wall. We enjoyed four nights and would love to have stayed longer. We would definitely recommend the house and the island.
    Mr Moss - April 2018
    We thought the house was very well equipped, accurately described, warm and spacious for us as hill walkers. So we already knew it was a bit out of the way for the hills and along a bumpy track. This didn't stop us booking it. For the standard of accommodation we thought it good value for money. There were only a couple of minor hitches - the kettle started fusing the lights, and it took 2 days to get a new one - though hardly a hardship for us . Also the upstairs cold water supply went off. We did fix it once we'd phoned up and found out about switching the pump on and off. So I'd recommend to the owners a sheet of trouble shooting-problems to save guests ringing up the estate office. Also basic instructions on how to work the central hearing would be good. Again we did eventually sort it. Bus timetables would be useful. Recommendations : Wineport bar/cafe in Brodick at the end of the Goatfell Path is friendly and serves Arran beer. Get a £5.70 bus ticket to tour the island. A bargin. Bus stops at the lane end
    Ms Hosker - October 2017
    The cottage is in a stunning location if you like rural which we loved! It was fully equipped with everything you need and the dining table was great for meals together. We made good use of outdoor seating to admire the spectacular views. We had a fabulous four days and hope to return in the near future
    Ms Thomson - April 2017
    We had a lovely long weekend at monyquil mhor. The location is very quiet and peaceful and we found it a good base for exploring the island. The cottage was clean, however there was a distinct smell of damp throughout the whole property when we arrived (opened the windows and eventually disappeared) and some rooms were a bit run down. However, I would recommend this place as it caters well for a large group.
    Miss Reaves - April 2016
    Loved the house
    Mr Dalton - August 2015
    Would definitely need a car to get to this property. Accommodation out in the country away from the main areas, but we loved this fact. Kids could run around, be noisy, let off steam & it was not upsetting anyone. Arran is a lovely place to go with loads of things to do.
    Mrs Smith - June 2015
    Excellent stay in great accomadation , everything you would ever need for a self catering break. Secluded and peaceful great to wind down , only downside is you need to tbink ahead as shops good -20mins away .
    Mrs Cooke - May 2014
    The house is in a particularly nice spot with lovely views of the hills. The track from the road was in a poor condition and is a good kilometre from the road so I was glad we had a 4x4 although the owner said that the track was going to be improved very shortly. The house was clean and met all our needs, however on arrival the front door key was missing and we had to contact the owner who got us the spare. There are several sheds and farm buildings around the property which are in very poor condition and indeed collapsing; they could be a hazard to small children so be wary about letting any kids wander around unsupervised. Adjacent to the property there is a very lovely mountain stream which is fenced off from the garden but lovely to relax beside. Wildlife abounds: there is a huge owl living behind the house which can be heard and seen at dusk; there are large numbers of many small birds including house martins and swallows and finches; and there is a small herd of deer which can be often seen on the hill across the valley, one of which is bright white! We saw this easily on many occasions. All in all we had a really lovely holiday here and look forward to visiting this beautiful island again. One last point: the dining chairs are upholstered in WHITE! Bad bad colour for families with young children.
    Mr Macdonald - May 2014
    Eight adults stayed in the house, and it was reasonably comfortable in the living areas. The quality of beds varied throughout the house, but everyone slept well. The heating was very good, and the remote location was excellent. I would stay in the house again as the price is very good.
    Mr Hopkin - September 2012
    house clean facilities good apart from upstairs shower very unpredictable and down stairs bathroom has slugs and snails hole in skirting board behined loo mice ? and at times smelt strongly of septic tank as did outside
    Mrs Kay - August 2012
    Arran is a fantastic island with lots to do for all ages. Valley View was lovely, well equiped, comfortable and easily accomodates 8 people. When we did have a small issue (no water upstairs) it was rectified quickly. The cottage was in a remote setting, with little phone signal and poor TV reception but not a bad thing when you're on holiday. The surrounding barns didn't look very safe which is tricky when you have inquisitive children but they loved the freedom the location allowed.
    Mrs Wilmot - July 2012

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    This property is covered by our Holiday Protection Scheme.

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

    There is no charge for this holiday protection – it is included in the cost of your holiday. Please note that the protection does not apply to holidays in our properties with codes beginning with P (usually castles, mansions and lodges).

    Deposits may be transferred to a different date for a holiday at the same property within 12 months of the original holiday date, subject to availability, but not, however, for a different property. If the new booking is at a higher rate the tenant must pay the extra cost. No refund will be made if the new date is at a lower rate.

    A:
    1. Death, accidental bodily injury, or illness (excluding pre-existing or chronic illness/conditions, or illness arising through epidemics or pandemics)
    a) the Proposer and/or persons with whom he/she has arranged to travel.
    b) any close relative or business associate of the Proposer or of any person with whom he/she has arranged to travel or arranged to meet at the specified holiday establishment. We will require appropriate documentary evidence of illness or bodily injury from a registered medical practitioner. This evidence must state that the Proposer is unfit to travel.

    2. Jury service, witness call or unemployment through redundancy of the Proposer after the date of booking and prior to the commencement date of the holiday.

    3. Fire or theft which is the subject of an insurance claim at the Insured’s main residence or business premises within seven days before commencement of the holiday.

    4. Occupational postings not contemplated at the time the holiday is booked.

    5. Cancellation or curtailment of scheduled transport services due to strikes, riots or civil commotion, but limited to the cost of alternative transport up to £50 per person for the outward journey only.

    But not, however:

    B:
    1. Disinclination to travel.

    2. Failure of public or private transport.

    3. Suicide, attempted suicide, insanity, the influence of intoxicating liquor or the effect of drugs not taken in accordance with treatment prescribed and directed by a qualified medical practitioner or booking a holiday which is or would be against the advice of a registered medical practitioner.

    4. Pregnancy unless problems occur which prevent the person travelling. A  verification must be signed by a registered medical practitioner to this effect

    5. Any loss which is otherwise insured.

    6. Holiday accommodation booked outside Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

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