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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.
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.
Jack Thomson purchased this in 2011
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.
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?