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White Washed Cottage With Stunning Sea Views



Updated: 18-Apr-2016
Montford Cottage, Craigmore Road, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland, UK

Montford Cottage is a lovely whitewashed cottage standing in a unique position on the southern shores of the Isle of Bute, off the West coast of Scotland. This detached house is in a wonderful location, perched on the rocks with a sea view on 3 sides, and a rustic, walled garden overlooking the sea. Its situation is perfect for exploring Bute either by foot, bicycle, car or open top bus. It is 3 miles south of the main town of Rothesay and 2 miles north of the Island's great attraction Mountstuart House, the seat of the Marquess of Bute.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards

About the Owner

I grew up on Bute and my parents and sister still live near the cottage. My wife Kate and our 4 children live in the deep south of England and over the last 16 years, we have regularly driven the 300 miles or so to visit the family.

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From the Owner

We purchased Montford cottage in April 2011, having spotted it during our February half term holiday on Bute. We fell in love with its position, perched on the rocks with stunning sea views on three sides. We don't know the exact history of the house, but it is one of the very few that have been built on the sea-side of the coastal road. We think it was originally a toll- house for the coastal road running south to Mountstuart House.

Activity and Interests


Montford Cottage sits on the east coast of the island just to the north of the bay at Ascog. A litttle further south - a short cycle away - is the picturesque hamlet of Kerrycroy with its sandy beach, suitable for swimming.

The largest beaches are to be found on the west of the island. Bute has some wonderful beaches and regardless of the weather they are marvellous places to explore. Scalpsie, Ettrick and Kilchattan Bays are all a short drive away - or reachable by bus.


The Isle of Bute lies in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde and has two ferry access ports to the island.

Wemyss Bay-Rothesay. The principal route to the island is by car and passenger ferry (35 minutes) from Wemyss Bay which has a rail connection to Glasgow.

Colintraive–Rhubodach. This is a ferry crossing at the north end of the island. It takes only a few minutes to cross this short stretch of water. The road from Glasgow takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in Argyll.


Montford cottage is 3 miles from the Island's main town, Rothesay. It is 2 miles from Mountstuart House.

Further Details:

Bute has many interesting places to visit from the majestic Mountstuart House, family seat of the Marquess of Bute, to Rothesay castle with its close association with the Stewart Kings of Scotland.

There are plenty of sports and activities to enjoy on the island: walking, sea and loch angling, cycling (Bute is ideal for cycling and bike hire is available in Rothesay). The island has 3 golf courses, each with its own challenges but all with spectacular views. The main town of Rothesay is about 3 miles away and has plenty of facilities including a small cinema, swimming pool, shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. There is also a lovely putting green on the front, open in high season.


Rental rates


  • Booking Notes:
    Montford Cottage is available as a holiday let on a weekly basis throughout the year. The rent per week (Sat-Sat) ranges from £500 in high season to £300 in low season with a £100 deposit required at the time of booking. The balance is required 14 days before the start of the holiday. Short breaks may be available from £100 per night (no less than 2 nights)

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From the Owner

Treasure! An ancient treasure trove was discovered on the cliffs above the beach to the side of the cottage (the beach you can see through the kitchen window). There are varying accounts of how treasure came to be hidden in that spot, but what is known is that a haul of ancient coins was uncovered when the sea road was constructed in 1841. The coins date back to 1334 and are thought to have been hidden after the battle of Barone Hill. It was said that the 12 or so lucky work men who discovered it, hot footed off the island with their loot. Did those men gather all the bounty, or is there still trasure "in them there hills"? Why don't you take a look for yourself?


  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Modern shower room with WC and washbasin


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed and sea view. Bedroom 2 is a family room with double bed and bunk beds (sleeps up to 4) and sea view.


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  • Outside: The house stands in its own walled garden facing the sea. The garden is accessed through the kitchen door and down some stone steps to a patio area, where French garden table and chairs provide an outside dining area. A wrought iron, anchor gate leads down to the rocks and seashore below. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedding are supplied.

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