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Charming Coastal Cottage Tucked Into "Argyll's Secret Coast" Wonderful views

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Rural retreat in the friendly village of Tighnabruaich. 100 yds from beach . Views across The Kyles

"The Knowe Cottage" has belonged to the owner's family for over 100 years and her aim is that you too will find it a "home from home" where you can relax in comfort and enjoy all that the area has to offer. WALKS in this area of outstanding beauty are many and varied including "The Cowal Way" FISHING for mackerel is popular at the pier. Permits for local trout lochs are available at Kames PO. BOAT TRIPS The Paddle Steamer Waverley calls in regularly during the summer months or, if you prefer a smaller craft, contact DC Marine to arrange boat trips on The Morag exploring the area from the sea.

Isobel Leman
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2017

About Isobel Leman

I have strong ties to Tighnabruaich where I was born and spent a very contented childhood. It is with great pleasure that I now watch my five grandsons revelling in the freedom to pursue outdoor adventures from the cottage bought by their great, great grandfather in 1911 - sailing, canoeing, fishing, swimming, raft racing, cycling, walking and playing tennis and golf. As my brother Jim wrote in his song Always Argyll - "Always Argyll, long may the memories linger"

Isobel Leman purchased this cottage in 1911


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Tighnabruaich in Argyll and Bute

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Spacious fully tiled family bathroom with bath and electric shower Towels provided Separate toilet and wash basin
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 small single Good quality bed linen and towels are provided
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Cot and high chair are available on request One pet is welcome Free WIFI is available Outside: The very large garden is mainly lawned with sitting areas from which to enjoy the splendid views down the Kyles to Bute, Arran, Inchmarnock and beyond. Deer are frequently seen grazing in the early morning. There in ample off road parking for two cars Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is thoroughly cleaned before guests arrive. All beds are prepared with freshly laundered bedding. Bath and beach towels are available. Should guests book for more than one week additional cleaning can be arranged


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Charming Coastal Cottage Tucked Into "Argyll's Secret Coast" Wonderful views
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Lovely property in an idylic setting

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we booked The Knowe we knew we'd made the right decision. Isabel, the owner telephoned and emailed us to ensure we had as much helpful information as possible. Arriving at the cottage, we were delighted with everything about it. It's beautifully presented, spotlessly clean and well equipped. The open fire makes the living room a cosy space for the cooler evenings and the garden is large and peaceful, we were even visited by deer on a couple of occasions. The views from the house are lovely and we dropped off to sleep with the only sound being that of the water just a stones throw away.

There are plenty of things to do in the area, but we contented ourselves most days with long walks and cycle rides, the Cowal Way is at the end of the drive; turn left one day, turn right the next! We did take the ferry to Bute one day and visited Mount Stuart which is nice but do make sure you go down to the beach there, yet another incredibly beautiful and peaceful beach. We also took a ferry across from Portavadie to Tarbert which was fun. Another must go to place is Kilbride Beach which is stunning. The restaurant in Tighnabruaich, Botanica, is well worth visiting for lunch or dinner, it's very friendly like the rest of the village and has excellent food.

We absolutely recommend this cottage, it is so obviously well maintained and lovingly looked after both inside and out with good quality comfortable furnishings. We couldn't have wished for a better place to stay in such a wonderfully picturesque location.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property is perfectly suited as a holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

Welcome by Isobel was superb and the cottage itself is perfectly suitable as a holiday home with everything you need. The locality is stunning and very relaxing with it too. Also a great Base for exploring the Argyll and Bute region.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Charming cottage in a wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Tighnabruich is a lovely village with beautiful scenery and very friendly people. 'The knowe' is a charming cottage with all the home comforts required for a great holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there. There are a couple of places to eat in the village, our favourite was Botanica, the mussels as you might expect from this area were exceptional. We enjoyed a day out on Bute and also enjoyed taking a walk around the local area. One of our favourite walks was out to Kilbride Bay, a beautiful beach. Could not fault our stay and we hope to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect cottage for our weeks family holiday and prompt communication from Isobel the owner. Cottage very clean and well equipped with parking and garden. Saw deer in the road behind the house. We ate in some nights and ate out other nights, several good options within walking distance the best being Botanica. Enjoyed live music at the Tighnabruich hotel. Lots to do in the area - pool, spa, cafe at Portavadie and the ferry to Tarbert, good walking including the Cowal Way and safe cycling. Colintraive Hotel had great food in a pretty location. Many thanks Isobel we will be back

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Delightful cottage in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This is an idyllic cottage in a wonderful location, well-equipped and cared for by Isobel who met us on arrival and was there to say goodbye. It's been in her family for generations, and updated with all mod cons and very comfortable furnishings. We loved the panoramic views of the Kyles of Bute, the large garden and log-burner, and the nearby pubs and shops. If you like walks to deserted beaches, tasty Fyne ales and fresh local seafood, visit Argyll's secret coast and book The Knowe.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

The Knowe is a lovely little cottage just off the sea front in Tighnabruaich and was very clean and warmed up ready for our arrival. The village is very friendly, with the shop, post office and 2 cafes a couple of minutes walk away, and 3 pubs within walking distance (would recommend the Kames Hotel and the Wellpark). We had some lovely walks in both directions along the coast which is amongst the most beautiful in the UK. We also walked over to Portavadie using the Cowal Way - much of the forest has been recently felled but around Ascog Loch is nice and you get nice views to Arran.

Getting here by public transport from Glasgow was surprisingly easy, with simple changes onto the ferry at Gourock Station and then the bus from Dunoon.

The electric heaters do eat power at a phenomenal rate, but Isobel made sure we had enough on the meter to cover reasonable use and once you get the woodburner going the living room is lovely and cosy (and there is a great view across to Bute). The kitchen has pretty much everything you might need without being cluttered.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
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The cottage is about one hundred yards from the beach. The beautiful Kilbride Bay with its extensive sands and magnificent views to Arran is a ten minute drive away.


Tighnabruaich is easily accessible from Scotland's central belt via the A82 and A83 This scenic route takes you along the banks of Loch Lomond and over the dramatic Rest and be Thankful.

Many visitors utilise the M8 route and Gourock's frequent ferry service to Dunoon ( 40 mins from the village).

Other nearby ferry services, Portavadie(15 min drive) to Tarbert and Colintraive (25 min drive) to Rhubodach, make day trips to the Kintyre Peninsula and Bute an interesting possibility.

Further Details:

ART View contemporary Scottish art at Tighnabruaich Gallery and

enjoy the charming sculpture park at Coal Ruadh House, Colintraive

DINING OUT Local hotels, bistros and tearooms cater for a wide range of culinary tastes and budgets


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Tighnabruaich, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
high season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
30 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact us with your required dates and we will confirm availability and price. A non-refundable 20% deposit of rental cost is required at the time of booking. The balance is due 4 weeks before arrival date. An allowance of £25 electricity is included in the price.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. The property will be available from 4.00 pm on the date of arrival and guests are requested to vacate the cottage by 10.00am on departure day. At certain times of year we can be flexible - just ask!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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