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Pier Cottage On Holy Loch Shore, Sea And Mountain Views

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Overview

Property

Updated: 23-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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.

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About the Owner

Mike McDonald
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 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 10,000 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 manager

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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Guestbook comments from the manager

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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17 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

5

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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5

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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5

Beautiful getaway

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing little cottage! Spacious but not so much to take away the cosiness. The oak stairs with frogs carved into the posts are just gorgeous. It was very clean and comfortable with everything we needed to cater for ourselves for a few days. Would definitely recommend this place and will absolutely be back again. We sat and ate our meals looking over the loch. It was such a calming view. The local walks are a must. The view on Strone hill is well worth the boggy trek. A big well done to the owners for making this old post office into such an amazing space. I'm really quite jealous! The owners were great and answered all my questions before I came to stay, and even checked in on us to make sure all was well. Thanks so much guys :)

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Christmas in Scotland

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place , beautiful location. Will be back in the summer.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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5

Perfect! Even better than described

  • 5 of 5

Amazing wee spot on the pier, gorgeous views from all of the many windows inside. Very bright and spacious with a warm fire and wood provided! Would recommend the walk up strone hill. Mike was a great host especially as we don't have a car - he popped round with oil when we didn't have any! Clean, beautifully decorated all round winner would definitely stay again! Thanks

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this, and I'm really glad you enjoyed your visit, congratulations on proving that its possible to have a great trip using public transport.
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post office stay

  • 5 of 5

The property was immaculate,the attention to detail and quality of the refurbishment is amazing. The owner Mike was very considerate and totally flexible in respect of our stay and was available if needed. The area is so scenic and relaxing that it takes your breath away. I would definitely recommend this property for a couple looking for a tranquil break. We took our dog and she absolutely loved it, with access to the beach and beautiful walks locally ,such as Pucks Glen . We also took our kayaks and found numerous free launch points on the local Lochs, most with allocated parking close to small beaches.Perfect!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

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

Travel:

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.

If you come by public transport, we can loan you 2 adult bikes for getting around locally.

Distances:

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

We can recommend some great places to eat out: most convenient being The Pier bistro, immediately across the road.

The Coylet is an historic coaching inn on the shore of Loch Eck.

Whistlefield Hotel is a popular restaurant, also on Loch Eck

Portavadie Marina restaurant is ultramodern, but equally good.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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rate 1
5 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£120
for 2 nights
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£60
£295
 
 
rate 2
25 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
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£70
£340
 
 
rate 3
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
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£70
£390
 
 
rate 4
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
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£70
£410
 
 
rate 5
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
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£70
£340
 
 
Rate 6
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
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£70
£320
 
 
Rate 7
28 Oct 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£120
for 2 nights
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£60
£295
 
 
Rate 8
19 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£320
for 4 nights
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£80
£350
 

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • village
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with wc, sink, electric shower, heated towel rail

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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!

Outside

  • Golf ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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