Farmhouse in Cardross, Nr. Helensburgh, Strathclyde, Scotland - Cardross Is A Conservation Village On The Edge Of The Highlands To The North Of The Firth Of Clyde
About james mcmanus
I was born in Helensburgh have lived in the area for over 30 years. I have 3 children in their 20's one in the USA and two in Scotland. My mother lives in Dunoon. Currently I live and work in London. The area has always been a fantastic playground for me with everything that I need, Glasgow is easy to get to by train or car, the airport is nearby, it's the gateway to the Highlands beside loch Lomond. Cardoss is very much a highland/lowland village and I love going down the beach to skim stones..
james mcmanus purchased this Farmhouse in 2012
Why james mcmanus chose Dumbarton
Cardross is a conservation village and was the home of "Robert the Bruce". Springvale was built circa 1860, extended 1970 and has recently had new jack and jill ensuites and additional bathrooms installed to Edwardian standard.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Near the city but very rural and by the sea.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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very nice big house got lost in it a few times all the family enjoyed themselves there were plenty of rooms to sit in and do your own thing great place for a large family holiday, it was quite central to a lot of places . would definately stay again.
Had everything that we needed in a great location.
Big house for a large group of people but no one felt crammed in. All facilities that we needed were provided and others that we didn’t expect and didn’t use - bread maker !
Clean and tidy on arrival and easy access and parking.
Great location for visiting Loch Lomond
Perfect space for our family of 10.
Clean and roomy. The baths are wonderful. Well supplied for cooking and dining. We really enjoyed the sunroom. What a treat being so close to the train station. Anytime we did not need to drive was a bonus. We will definitely stay here again if the opportunity arises. Thank you Springvale for a wonderful family vacation.
Very disappointed, not at all like photographs!
First let me say that the owner of the property responded very quickly to all of the issues with this property, however, the maintenance person and cleaning person responsible for addressing the issues did a very poor job. When we arrived there was a skip full of rubbish blocking the parking area. There was also a lot of rubbish on the ground. Eventually the skip was removed but the rubbish was never picked up. We had a rodent problem in the kitchen, but the owner had pest control out the next day. However, the maintenance man never returned to replace the wood to cover the hole where the mice had entry. Bathrooms were sparkling clean, beds were clean but furniture was dusty and in some rooms there were cobwebs hanging over the beds. The oven was filthy and we could not use that stove until it was cleaned, however, we did have an Aga in the kitchen which could be used in the meantime. Some of the furniture in the conservatory was very badly ripped and was covered with old blankets, it did not look at all like the photos posted on Face Book. There was a half full bottle of cheap wine lying outside the conservatory. The lights did not work in the utility room which was rather dangerous as it was pitch black out there after dark. Kitchen was not clean, nor was the fireplace area in the sitting room. There was trash laying around in the garden, it appeared to be the remains of work that might have been done. This is a gracious old home and could be magnificent, but it definitely needs some tender loving care. I would not stay here again, and I could not recommend this property. However, I do want to say again that the absentee owner responded immediately to all of the problems, however, in my opinion, the people he is depending upon to address the issues are not doing their job.
Unfortunately the "beast from the East" has a great impact on the readiness of the property for this guest. I arranged drainage works and a stables strip out to commence in mid February, and mid construction the "beast from the east" hit. So building work was frantically completed (actually on the morning before arrival). I did not want to cancel the booking as the guests were flying from the USA. Maybe i should have told them it might not be 100% ready, my mistake! So the skip company was late in removing and we had to wait till snow receded properly to sort out everything properly as we normally do. Tradesmen and cleaners were so busy clearing up after the beast in the village that it took a while to catch up. The rodent control guy actually told me that the mouse has moved inside as it was starving due to the beast. As for "not all like the photographs in facebook" I take great exception to that comment. I personally take great care to show in house in all weather and in all conditions on facebook, even when work is being carried out. Anyway, its good that the occasional bad review like this keeps everybody involved at SPRINGVALE on their toes. I am very surprised however that as well as apologies given by me and my team that Patricia did not mention the flowers and wine that were provided as a token of all my team's concern together with the swiftness of the return of the deposit. That was disappointing. Kind Regards James McManus
A comfortable, well appointed house.
We were ten adults and two children and the house suited us well.
Really great place
This place was ideal for our family, four children, two of them with their own families. Also, the train station was very convenient, less than a 10 minute walk. Two grocery stores within 5 mile drive (Waitrose and Morrison's). And well situated for access to the Airport, and the highlands. We had a great time!
2 minutes walk down ferry road to Cardross beach (Firth of Clyde). Ideal for children, dogs.
Train station (Cardross 5 minute walk). Glasgow Airport 25 mins by car.
Loch Lomond 5 miles; Helensburgh 4 miles; Glasgow's West End 20 miles; Dumbarton Castle 4 miles.
Cardross is a conservation village on the edge of the Highlands to the north of the Firth of Clyde, near Helensburgh. The area is rich in history with Cardross being the former home of Robert the Bruce.
There is plenty to explore in the area and a good place to walk is 2 miles away at Ardmore point with unique rock formations, sea cliffs, fishing and is a notable bird watching area. Also worth a visit is Dumbarton Castle and Rock, 5 miles away. Dumbarton Castle has a longer recorded history than any other castle in Britain! Over the centuries the castle has acted as a royal residence and a military stronghold. Set between the twin peaked volcanic plug of Dumbarton Rock the castle is now in the care of Historic Scotland.
Cardross has its own golf course, established 120 years ago, as well as a bowling, tennis and football club. Local attractions include Ardardan Estate Working Farm with a nursery and tea room and nearby Geilston Garden. Looked after by the National Trust for Scotland, Geilston is a delightful garden and is typical of the small country estates on the banks of the Clyde purchased by merchants and industrialists in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is very close - it's just 6 miles to Balloch on the south shore of the loch. This beautiful area has so much to offer, both on and off the water.
New Waitrose 3 miles!