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Pier Cottage On Holy Loch Shore, Sea And Mountain Views

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Kilmun, Nr. Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland - Peaceful Village Location, Direct Beach Access, 15 Mins Drive From Dunoon

Post Office House is an unusual 'B' listed building, offering comfortable accommodation with a 'wow' factor on the western boundary of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Well positioned for enjoying the Park (walking, biking, forests,mountains, lochs), exploring Argyll (castles, beaches, islands, history) and days out to Glasgow (culture, shops, museums, food. Or perhaps just putting your feet up, with a good book, and relaxing in front of the wood burning stove.

Mike McDonald
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About Mike McDonald

Mike and Dinah McDonald arrived in Cowal 40 years ago and decided it was heaven.

Mike was an Outdoor Education teacher, so if you want great suggestions for local walks, climbing, canoeing, biking, just ask.

Dinah managed accommodation in Glasgow, from city centre hotels to social housing. She now owns Bookpoint, Dunoon's bookshop, where you can browse amongst 11,000 books, enjoy coffee and home baking, and choose from a wide selection of Scottish gifts.

Mike McDonald purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Mike McDonald chose Scotland

We just love the variety and contrasts; only an hour away to the cosmopolitan european city of Glasgow, fine dining, art galleries, stunning museums, yet step off the ferry in Dunoon and you enter such a different world, a National Park of forests, mountains, coast, rivers, lochs, deer in the garden and eagles overhead.

We had always been attracted by Post Office House when it was the village store and Post Office, a curious historic building in a fantastic location, so we didn't hesitate when it was for sale, derelict,12 years ago.

Since then we have learnt new skills: scottish slating, stonemasonry, lime mortar, woodworking with oak, and stained glass to name just a few.

Its finally finished (2013) and well worth the wait, and we love the end result.

What makes this cottage unique

Despite the apparently small exterior, the open plan layout makes it surprisingly spacious for 2-3 visitors. Its been rebuilt to a very high standard, with period furniture,

quirky woodwork, ever-changing views, original artwork, and a cosy stove.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cottage is lovely, as is the location, in fact it's just like home from home. We couldn't wait to return in the evening to chill out and relax. EW, 14/9/13

Thank you for letting me stay in your lovely cottage, it is all I thought it would be. I will recommend it to my friends who I know will love it. MH 21/9/13

Great job of the cottage! Really homely with all you need for a restful break. The perfect place for seeing this beautiful part of Scotland. PR 10/8/13

Love the cottage and location. Came for a weekend of relaxation, and got it. Well done to the owners on the standard of the cottage, would recommend it to everyone. BG 25/6/13
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kilmun in Argyll and Bute

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pets are welcome, free, as long as you leave no evidence that a pet was visiting.
Location Type:
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with wc, sink, electric shower, heated towel rail
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Sleeps 3 (1 Bedroom) One bedroom has a double bed. The lounge has a double sofabed, but we suggest that 3 adults is a comfortable maximum for the cottage. Open-plan with just a curtain to provide privacy between the bedroom and lounge, please bear this in mind!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing


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Pier Cottage On Holy Loch Shore, Sea And Mountain Views
average rating of 4.818182 based on 23 reviews

A charming cosy place with everything you need. A holiday home you are dreaming of. Very kind owner.

  • 5 of 5

Great atmosphere, very comfortable, old postoffice well restored by owner. Beautiful view on the loch.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property for two

  • 4 of 5

Bed linen and towels provided it's just a shame they didn't continue with hand soap (nobody packs that, we bought and left) and a good sweep of cobwebs. Wi fi wise its a no no. Rely on your 3 or 4g. Surrounding area highly recommend the Cothouse Hotel for dinner and Pucks Glen for stunning scenery

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mark, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, and the surrounding area. The wifi suffered from an increasingly poor signal in June - apologies for this. I've changed provider and its fine now, 3G only, but that's rural Scotland. Cobwebs are all gone, Best wishes, Mike
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Amazing home from home in an idyllic location!

  • 5 of 5

Lovingly refurbished cottage. Much larger than the photos. Roomy and airy but still cosy. We had a fantastic stay here. Weather was surprisingly hot, 17-19 degrees so we didn't need the log fire. Loads to see locally. Just a walk or short drive. Pucks Glen is a magical walk and the Arboretum is a must. Ardentinny Beach is a gem, secluded and peaceful and we even ventured to Quadmania for an exhilarating ride on quad bikes. Loads of lovely places to eat although Napiers restaurant (opposite) has closed down and Strone Pub was closed for refurbishment. But Whistlefield at the other end of Loch Eck serves fantastic local produce and is so quaint. All in all, a wonderful part of the world to relax and re-energise.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A marvellous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at the cottage, making the most of some fantastic weather. After each day of walking and exploring, it was lovely to then rest up in this super and quirky old post office. It was simply brilliant, thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic cosy little bolthole

  • 5 of 5

We loved the open plan cosiness of the cottage, there was every facility needed. Ultra cosy and warm really just couldn't fault the accommodation at all. Even our dog was fascinated by watching the waves crash out of the kitchen window!!

Found a lovely pub at Strone - The Strone Inn, really friendly and welcoming with lovely homemade food!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great snug and cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great little converted post office. Right next to long loch with fantastic views. Lovely walks in the area and benmore gardens. Spent a few cosy nights in front of the log fire. Nice and peaceful. Will return again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Post Office House could not be any closer to the sea, at high water the tide sometimes laps against the stone of the building.

There is a shingle beach adjacent to the building, and a selection of other Clyde beaches are within easy reach


Glasgow Airport 1 hour plus ferry.

Prestwick Airport 1 hour plus ferry.

We are reached either by a scenic ferry journey across the Clyde, or an equally scenic drive round by Loch Lomond.

There is a regular bus from Dunoon, but a car would help you to explore further afield.


Dunoon 5 miles, 15 mins drive.

Glasgow 40 miles, 1hr plus ferry.

Inveraray 40 miles, 1hr.

Oban 75 miles, 1hr45min.

Further Details:

Dunoon has a vibrant high street, Morrisons and Coop supermarkets, cafes, pubs, restaurants and a cinema.

Cothouse services are just a mile away and as well as fuel, has a very well stocked food store, cash machine, newspapers, wood for the stove etc

Behind Cothouse Services is Cothouse Hotel, great for a meal out, as is Whistlefield Hotel on Loch Eck.

Portavadie Marina restaurant is ultramodern, but equally good.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kilmun, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
rate 4
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 5
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 6
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 7
28 Oct 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 8
19 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Contact us with your required dates, and we will confirm availability and price. We ask for a deposit of £100 (for 7 day bookings) or £50 (2-4 days) to secure the booking, this can be paid ideally by bank transfer or cheque, or Paypal.
The balance is due 2 weeks before your visit.
For bookings at short notice, payment is due immediately.

Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Saturday, especially at peak periods, but we may be able to be flexible - just ask!
Outside peak periods we can be very flexible.
Arrival is usually after 1600, and departure 1000.

Notes on prices:
July and August are priced for 7 day lets - but we will consider shorter lets, just ask us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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