- Sleeps: 6
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2
- Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
Surrounded by a dreamy landscape that’s characterised by towering mountains, lush greenery, and that enormous ever-changing sky, it isn’t only the sea you’ll view from Seaview Cottage.
Secluded on the Isle of Bute – one of Scotland’s most easily-accessible islands, yet with an atmosphere that’s blissfully remote – here you can experience life lived at a luxuriously slowed-down pace.
Resident islanders Alison and Stuart fell head-over-heels in love with the historic cottage, and duly set about restoring their cherished ‘Old Lady’ to her former glory: an epic labour of love that involved a great many surprises along the way!
The result is a perfect marriage of old and new, with characterful original features accented by bespoke furnishings that include locally-upholstered chairs, well-chosen artwork, and a magnificent glass panel; especially-commissioned and handmade in Inverness.
Whichever of the three elegant bedrooms you choose (there’s kingsize room on the ground floor, with a double and a twin on the first), you’ll wake to mesmerising sea views that will lift your spirits from the moment you open your eyes.
Though if you need a little more help easing into the day, don’t worry – the charming kitchen comes readily equipped with a sleek Nespresso coffee machine!
Meanwhile, the cosy lounge boasts a soft-glowing log-burner to warm your evenings, with a Bang & Olufsen portable speaker and a Netflix-equipped TV on hand for entertainment once the sun has finally set.Keep reading
At a glance
- A lovingly renovated cottage sleeping up to six guests, secluded on the Isle of Bute with superlative sea and rural views from almost every room.
- Self-contained facilities include a well-equipped kitchen, and two generous shower/bathrooms – one on the ground-floor and another on the first.
- There are three sea-view bedrooms to choose from: a kingsize room on the ground floor, and a double and twin on the first.
- Relax in front of the log-burner in the cosy living room, out in the enclosed garden, or in the beautiful sunroom, which also features an oak dining table.
- Watch the local wildlife go about its day, or head out to fully immerse yourselves in the island’s immense natural beauty. The beach is moments away, and the town of Rothesay is full of shops for you to stock up on local produce.
- Dog Friendly
- Family Friendly
- Seaside Breaks
Ground floor: lounge with log burner, seating, Smart TV with Netflix, Bang & Olufsen portable speaker, selection of indoor games and books, Magsafe charger, adapters/cables for various devices, welcome pack. Adjoining sunroom with dining table and chairs for 6, garden-facing couch with binoculars provided, access to furnished patio and garden with outdoor games. Fitted kitchen with electric oven and gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge/freezer, sandwich toaster, toaster, kettle, cookware, utensils, crockery and cutlery. Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, hose, space for boots, selection of dog towels. Kingsize bedroom, shower room with heated towel rail. First floor: double and twin bedrooms, bathroom with bath and shower. Luxury linen and towels provided. Private parking for 2 cars, EV charger.
Walking, wildlife-watching, beaches, watersports, swimming, historic sites, independent shops
When it’s shining, the adjoining sunroom is the perfect place to break bread all together around the oak dining table, or simply curled up with a book on the garden-facing couch. Though with superlative views that lead across the bay to Inchmarnock and the Isle of Arran beyond, good luck concentrating on the pages!
The enclosed, furnished garden itself offers a large, safe, and sumptuous space to relax in, as the kids and dogs let off some steam. There’s a thoughtfully-provided selection of outdoor games to choose from, and you may also catch a glimpse of the friendly neighbouring donkeys and chickens from time to time.
In fact, if you’re a lover of wildlife in general, you’ve found your heaven. You can catch sight of the local, diverse birdlife without leaving the confines of the sunroom (binoculars are gainfully provided!) though if you do, you can head for St. Ninian’s Bay to watch majestic sea eagles, or the viewing point above Scalpsie Bay to spot the local seal colony.
Take dreamy, fresh-air-filled walks that seem to last forever, or visit the local monuments, including the Standing Stones at Kingarth, and immerse yourselves in the island’s history. Stocking up on supplies is easy at nearby Rothesay, which is home to independent shops offering mouth-watering local produce. Perfect for whipping up another delicious home-cooked meal to be savoured all together, in what’s sure to become your much-loved island home-from-home.
Things to note
Check in 4pm, Check out 10am. Short stays of 3 nights available off-peak. An electric vehicle charger is available with charges of up to £15 included in the booking fee – usage over this amount will be billed at the end of your stay. For parents of adventurous young children, please note that there is a small stream adjacent to the garden. Wi-Fi is available but speed reflects the fact that this is a rural area! A cot and highchair are available. Dogs are charged at £17 per dog. The property is suitable for people with some mobility issues as the living areas are all on the ground floor, the king bedroom and shower room are also on the ground floor. However, it is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Winter Specials - 7 Nights from £895.00.
Where you'll be staying
Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute
What the guests of Seaview Cottage say
“Beautiful house with one of the best views. We have travelled around Scotland for many years and this house was superior to any others we’ve stayed at due to all the beautiful touches that the owner had taken the time to think about. The welcome pack was personalised and such a lovely treat. The cottage was decorated beautifully and every single guest comfort was prioritised down to the lovely bed linen and towels, through to a well stocked high end kitchen with every single item you would need. I have only wonderful things to say about this cottage and what a pleasure it was to enjoy our time there. The garden is fully enclosed so we relaxed knowing our dog was safe. It really is beautiful and anyone lucky enough to visit will know exactly what I mean. We will be back as soon as we can to enjoy another week on the Isle of Bute.”
“Seaview cottage is stunning! I cannot recommend it highly enough. The owner was a delight to deal with, the house itself is amazingly well equipped. The beds are extremely comfortable, the kitchen is lovely and spacious and the views are unmatched. We had the most relaxing and special Christmas break there, there was a beautifully decorated tree left for us (unexpected) and even Christmas presents for our son! The welcome pack was beyond generous and the place itself was spotless, warm, artfully decorated and full of every mod con you could want. We will definitely be returning.”
“Seaview cottage was an absolutely fantastic holiday, from the initial contact with Alison to all the way through the holiday. This was definitely well over 5 stars. The cottage was well thought out in every detail. The island is so beautiful and peaceful. At times St Ninians Bay felt like it was our own, as there were many times when we were the only people on the bay. It’s one of the only places I have been where there was absolutely no man made sound. Even here in the Yorkshire Dales you cannot experience that sheer lack of sound. We really do hope to re-visit some day. You would not be dissapointed if you book this cottage.”