This impressive Victorian country house sits on a hillside, in six acres of peaceful grounds, on the west side of the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll and retains a wealth of period features that will appeal to a variety of guests and occasions including, weddings and civil ceremonies as well as family and corporate getaways and retreats.
The house offers plenty of space to unwind with two cosy drawing rooms and a large sunlit conservatory opening out onto the terrace, a well-stocked children’s bedroom/playroom, a stunning Victorian dining room, a country kitchen and a separate catering kitchen and an impressive gunroom bar with a wood burning stove. The bar comes fully-equipped with everything guests would need to run a bar, including keg pipes for those who wish to bring their own barrels. For long stays, there are also laundry and ironing facilities on hand.
The property features a wonderful children’s room and 12 bedrooms, all with en-suites and decorated in their own individual styles. Guests can also be provided with travel cots, camp beds and a toddler bed.
The perfect location for weddings, ceremonies and corporate events, Tarbert House can seat up to 50 guests for dinner and there is the option of setting up a marquee and seating as many as 150 people. The property also provides a wedding management service to help guests plan their wedding and organise sourcing and connecting with local suppliers. For food and house supplies during your stay, guests can also take advantage of the local shop’s delivery/stocking service prior to arrival.
The magnificent West Coast Scottish countryside is, of course, famous for outdoor activities, entertainment, history and, simply, its sheer beauty. The location of this wonderful house makes it an ideal base for an endless number of activities such as golf, sailing, surfing, deer stalking, horse riding, walking, cycling, wildlife/bird watching, fishing, whisky tasting, diving, painting and photography, as well as exploring local galleries, museums, historic sites, heritage centres and distilleries. There are a number of local golf courses including Machrihanish, the newly opened Machrihanish Dunes, Dunaverty, Carradale, Tarbert and Gigha. The first hole at Machrihanish Golf Club has, in the past, been voted the best first hole in the world.
For sailors there is an excellent harbour and sheltered anchorage in Tarbert which also plays host to the annual Tarbert Folk Festival, Tarbert Seafood Festival and several sailing events, including the popular Scottish Series. The surrounding area is also well known for its beaches and unspoiled countryside, the beautiful secluded beach of Dunskeig Bay being just a short walk from the house. There is excellent sea and loch fishing nearby and the house has fishing rights for two rods on nearby Loch Ciaran.
The Cowal Peninsula and the Islands of Gigha, Islay, Jura and Arran are all easily accessed by Ferry Services, only a short drive from the house. There are superb hill walking options, including the newly accessed Kintyre Way; an 86 mile walk opened in 2006 which is divided into sections, enabling walkers of all ages and abilities to walk the length and breadth of Kintyre in relative isolation and safety. A scenic walk through Clachan village and up Dunskeig hill takes you to the remains of an Iron Age fort and settlement from where guests can enjoy panoramic views towards Gigha, Islay, Jura, West Loch Tarbert and Ireland.
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Prices are self-catered. The rental includes all fuel, bed linen, towels and kitchen accessories together with a small selection of toiletries and cleaning materials
Weddings are quoted individually, please enquire.
VAT: Included in the hire price
Heating: Included in the hire price
Cots: 2 available upon request
Camp bed: Toddler bed upon request. Your own mattresses can brought in but please do agree numbers in advance of your stay
Catering & Corkage: The house does not charge corkage. You are free to self-cater or choose your own catering company, and there is a company that works with the owner
Damage Deposit: £530
Terms: 20% non-refundable booking required to secure your dates, balance is due 60 days before arrival.
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Midweek Bookings: Yes
One night stays: Possible between Mon & Thurs
Weddings & Events: Approved and licensed by Argyll & Bute Council to hold civil ceremonies. The ceremony can take place within the house or garden, or alternatively in a local Church by agreement.
Stags / Hens: Accepted at the discretion of the owner
Pets: Welcome in certain areas if agreed in advance and restricted to certain areas, there is a small charge.
Up to 50 without a marquee
Up to 150 with a marquee
Event Management Service provided
Please note that for weddings where guest numbers exceed the capacity of the house or require the marquee there will be additional rental charges according to guest numbers and individual requirements.