This characterful house of 1863 is well laid out and equipped for a comfortable holiday exploring Argyll and the Southern Highlands. The open plan arrangement creates good space. The beach is just across the road from the house, and there are a number of restaurants and local shops within easy walking distance. Ample car parking to the rear in secluded, secure garden. Furnished patio. Local 9 hole golf course.
House in Inveraray, Argyll, Isle of Bute, Strathclyde, Scotland - Perfectly Located To Explore Argyll And The Loch Lomond National Park
Richard and Anne Arnot
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 11, 2019
About Richard and Anne Arnot
I am a retired Firefighter and my wife Anne is a self employed Management Coach. Our two children have now flown the nest, not that that means much nowadays. We both love the country and are a bit sporty. I have a passion for old things, especially buildings. I renovated my way up the housing ladder and we now live in an old farm house in Edinburgh. My appetite for renovating can't be satisfied so there is no rocking chair for me in my retirement. I'm currently working on an old railway station. We now feel that we have a second life when up in Inveraray and are involved in the local community. The town is fortunate to have a wealth of community and entrepreneurial-spirited inhabitants, which I find attractive.
Richard and Anne Arnot purchased this House in 1998
Why Richard and Anne Arnot chose Inveraray
I was looking for another renovation challenge. Not being able to afford to buy a property in my home town of Edinburgh I found a derelict building for sale in Inveraray. The building, the views and the town are spectacular so I thought it would make the most wonderful holiday home. I found the people of the town very friendly and supportive - and delighted that one of their buildings was being brought back to life! Inveraray was one of the first model towns to be built back in the 1750's The Southern Highlands of Argyll have some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer without having to drive North for hundreds of miles. Many of the Victorian British Industrialist millionaires chose to build their mansion houses in the area.
What makes this House unique
Inveraray is well placed to explore Argyll. The town itself is a major attraction with the Castle and Jail. The house is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, pool, golf course, short walks and fishing off the pier. The house looks over Loch Fyne and the Mountains beyond, and the beach is just over the road. To the back is a secure landscaped garden with patio and parking which leads to a tree-lined avenue giving access to the town by foot. The town also has riding stables with adventure activities There are plenty of mountains to climb; gardens to visit, and golf courses to play. There are also boat trips of all kinds to do, and Loch Lomond National Park lies close to the area.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
absolutely lovely place, spacious lounge- the picture doesnt do it justice ,
well equipped ,lovely setting and quiet no road noise at all
perfect for two families as 2 master bedrooms with ensuites
local pub food to die for
Beautiful Location Highly Recommended
We five Canadians loved this place, great location right on Loch Fyne, easy walk into Inveraray and the castle. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you could imagine and more, very comfortable lounge area and lovely large dining table. We also had weather that allowed us to enjoy the sun in the back garden. Thanks Anne and Richard for your lovely accommodation.
Beautiful house in a beautiful part of Scotland
Very nice and cosy house at the borders of Loch Fyne just outside Inveraray. Ideal location to explore the area at the west of Loch Lomond. The town Inveraray can be easily visited by foot and warehouse is just at the back door. We can recommend everyone who is looking for a stay in Inveraray. And last but not least lovely and very helpful owners. Everything was very good arranged.
Sunny long weekend in February. What a bonus!
We booked this property as a last minute break for the school February weekend as the Scottish sun was shinning and Inveraray is easily accessible from the central belt but you feel as if you are away from it all. The owner was very helpful in facilitating our arrival the next day and everything was clean and warm for our stay. It is a very interesting property and has been beautifully renovated. The location is perfect, on the edge of the village, overlooking Loch Fyne but an easy walk to the shops and restaurants.
We particularly enjoyed Samphire, the seafood restaurant and walking in the surrounding countryside.
We are glad you enjoyed the house and the area, and hope you choose to return some time in the future. Best wishes, Anne & Richard
Had a great holiday the house was spacious and coped superbly with my large family. Inverary is a lovely little town, would definitely stop again.
Comfortable house in a great location
We stayed at St Malieu House with 4 generations of our family. The house was easy to find following the clear directions provided, and it was comfortable, clean and very well equipped. The weather was disappointingly cold so it was great to be able to control the heating to meet our needs. The double height living room is bright and spacious. Bedrooms are at the back so no road noise, and the layout, with bedrooms on both floors and en-suites upstairs, suited our requirements perfectly.
Inveraray is a lovely place and we enjoyed being able to walk into town for shopping and meals. The castle was also well worth a visit. The Loch Fyne Hotel, just 100 yards away, has a spa and swimming pool open to non-residents where our 5 month old granddaughter went for her first swim. We had some good days out - down the loch to Crinan, and to Cruachan power station and Oban. The scenery is stunning and the roads quiet. It was our first time in this part of Argyll but I doubt it will be the last!
The house is on the shore, near the head of a long sea loch. The shores are generally rocky with pebble beaches. The area has many sea and fresh water lochs to explore while the open sea is about an hour's drive.
The use of a car is essential to explore the area. Glasgow airport is 70min drive. Edinburgh airport is 2hr 30min drive. Rosyth ferry is 2hr 15min drive.
There are many attractions in the area - from within a short walking distance to as far as you wish to drive. There is plenty to visit within 45min drive. The town's attractions include a castle, jail, bell tower, stables and adventure centre. Within 20min drive there are two gardens;boat hire; brewery;rural life museum;castle ruin. Within a 35min drive there is a power station to visit; cycle hire; canal path walk/cycle; forest drive; boat excursions, and sea plane flights.
The nearest supermarkets are in Balloch and Lochgilphead- each a 30min drive. In Inveraray there are two well stocked grocery shops; a chemist; a butcher; banks; mobile fish shop; deli; cloths shops; tailors/kilt maker; art gallery; gift shops and whisky shop. There are several hotel restaurants, including an Indian restaurant; a spa hotel with pool/sauna/therapies etc., a garage; petrol stations; tourist info. office; fishing tackle shop and chip shop.
The recognised 'best place to dine out' is the George Hotel followed by the Indian and the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar (the latter being a 10min drive).
Argyll can't be surpassed for it's scenery and driving pleasure which is why you will see classic car clubs and bikers' outings. There are plenty of secondary roads to explore that you will almost have to yourself. The area is rich with history. Kilmartin Glen Museum will start you off with stone age man and the Glencoe Museum will explain some of Scotland's bloodier past, while the dozen or so Gardens in the area will introduce you to our more gentle Botanical Explorer ancestors.
The Victorians built railways over the mountainous highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train can take you from Fort William to Mallaig. You may recall that an Edinburgh author included the train in one of her Harry Potter books.
Loch Awe is renowned for its fresh water fishing but for the less serious angler, a line off Inveraray pier may yield a few mackerel.
This country is a naturalists' paradise and a playground for the adventurists. The very green landscape requires plenty of watering. "There is no bad weather in Argyll just bad clothing!" and "If you come with spare wellies, the sun will be oot a' day".
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: On confirming availability we will send a booking form and request a 33% deposit. Final payment is required six weeks before the holiday along with a £100 Good Housekeeping deposit which is refunded under most circumstances. Terms and conditions are sent with the booking form. Changeover Day: Changeover days are Friday or Monday with few exceptions (such as Christmas/New Year weeks for which different changeover days are more suitable). Notes on prices: We are now offering mid week and long weekend availability during the low and mid seasons, costs of which are as follows:- Mid week breaks (Mon-Fri) Low season £380 Mid season £435 Weekend breaks- (Fri-Mon) Low season £485 Mid season £565 During high season, we accept bookings for full weeks only.