• About Kames Castle Estate - Kames Gate Lodge

    On an island which is notable for its breathtaking scenery, with sailing, beaches and golf, this romantic retreat is ideal all year round.

    Situated in a wonderful coastal location in Kames Bay on the east side of Bute, the lovely traditional stone cottages that form Kames Castle (refs SSBA, SSBB, SSBC, SSBE, SSBF, SSBG and SSBH) are situated in approximately 19.5 acres of woodland and parkland and provide a superb, secluded location.
    Within the estate there is a wonderful B listed, 18th century walled garden containing a listed Victorian greenhouse with productive vines, tennis court, river running through and plentiful walks and wildlife to observe. The estate lies only yards from the shore and boasts views to the Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven, and to the Cowal Peninsula beyond. A small car ferry is only 5 minutes along the coastal road providing easy access to the Cowal Peninsula, and another way onto the mainland for those wishing to explore the highlands of Scotland.

    Kames Castle dates from the 14th century, at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland. The Bannatynes of Kames were believed to be chamberlains to the Stewart kings when Bute was part of the Royal Estates, and the title of Lord Kames was bestowed on William Bannatyne in the 19th century, before it came into the possession of the Marquess of Bute.

    The island has been named as one of National Geographics ’Top10’ global adventure trips. There are many breathtaking scenic walks, the West Island Way Walks and the Kelspoke Trail are close by and take in the glorious sea views. There is an interesting 13-hole golf course at Port Bannatyne. Kingarth has a 9-hole course, with views towards Arran, and there is a scenic 18-hole course in Rothesay, with views from Canada Hill towards Loch Striven and The Kyles of Bute. Bute is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pleasant mild climate. Outdoor enthusiasts have numerous opportunities to enjoy coastal and hill walking as well as cycling on the quiet roads and tracks around the island. Anglers enjoy a choice of freshwater and sea fishing on hill lochs and the Firth of Clyde. The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute, which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north, and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the west, are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.

    A couple of miles away is the island’s main town of Rothesay, a traditional, Victorian, seaside resort which has managed to maintain its grand architecture. It still has its ancient castle, built to fend off the Vikings, and a museum. From Rothesay harbour, trips can be taken around the islands on the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer ship in the world. Further along the coast is the pretty harbour town of Port Bannatyne. There are also other sites such as St Blanes Chapel and Ascog Fernery to be found.

    The island attracts many annual festivals including the Jazz Festival in May, ’T in the Port’ in June, ButeFest, for music and food in July, the Bute Highland Games in August, the Baird Festival of Flight, and in September to mark the first ’All Scottish, heavier than air, powered flight in 1910’, just a few years after the Wright brothers first flight to France. Close by is Mount Stuart House, an extravagantly decorated stately home. It is said to contain more marble than any other building in the British Isles and has become a popular location for celebrity weddings. Days out to Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily managed by the train link from Wemyss Bay. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with wood burner and kitchen area with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood burner in living room (initial fuel included, thereafter available locally)
    • Full gas central heating and Wi-Fi included
    • 24" Freeview TV
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair available on request
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine in external utility
    • Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area
    • Shared 19-acre natural grounds with sitting-out areas, benches, walled garden and parkland
    • Shared tennis court
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, varied distance of 25 yards to 250 yards away

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      Cottage

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      1 bedroom(s)

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      Up to 2 people

    • icon-feature-pets

      pet(s) allowed

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    Cottage features
    • Barbecue
      Barbecue
    • Detached property
      Detached property
    • DVD player
      DVD player
    • Ground floor facilities
      Ground floor facilities
    • Main fuel or power incl.
      Main fuel or power incl.
    • Garden / patio
      Garden / patio
    • Golf nearby
      Golf nearby
    • Highchair
      Highchair
    • Pub within 1 mile
      Pub within 1 mile
    • Sea view
      Sea view
    • Romantic collection
      Romantic collection
    • Rural location
      Rural location
    • Television
      Television
    • Woodburning stove
      Woodburning stove
    • WiFi
      WiFi
    • Winter short breaks
      Winter short breaks
    • Cot available
      Cot available
    • Bed linen & towels included
      Bed linen & towels included
    • Washing machine
      Washing machine
    • Pets – not allowed
      Pets – not allowed
    • Heritage collection
      Heritage collection
    • Coastal within 1 mile
      Coastal within 1 mile
    • Coastal within 3 miles
      Coastal within 3 miles
    • Coastal within 5 miles
      Coastal within 5 miles
    • Car parking - on site
      Car parking - on site
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    Hoseasons "On an island which is notable for its breathtaking scenery with sailing beaches and golf this romantic retreat is ideal all year round. \n\n\nSituated in a wonderful coastal location in Kames Bay on the east side of Bute the lovely traditional stone cottages that form Kames Castle refs SSBA SSBB SSBC SSBE SSBF SSBG and SSBH are situated in approximately 19.5 acres of woodland and parkland and provide a superb secluded location. \nWithin the estate there is a wonderful B listed 18th century walled garden containing a listed Victorian greenhouse with productive vines tennis court river running through and plentiful walks and wildlife to observe. The estate lies only yards from the shore and boasts views to the Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven and to the Cowal Peninsula beyond. A small car ferry is only 5 minutes along the coastal road providing easy access to the Cowal Peninsula and another way onto the mainland for those wishing to explore the highlands of Scotland.\n\nKames Castle dates from the 14th century at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland. The Bannatynes of Kames were believed to be chamberlains to the Stewart kings when Bute was part of the Royal Estates and the title of Lord Kames was bestowed on William Bannatyne in the 19th century before it came into the possession of the Marquess of Bute.\n\nThe island has been named as one of National Geographics ’Top10’ global adventure trips. There are many breathtaking scenic walks the West Island Way Walks and the Kelspoke Trail are close by and take in the glorious sea views. There is an interesting 13-hole golf course at Port Bannatyne. Kingarth has a 9-hole course with views towards Arran and there is a scenic 18-hole course in Rothesay with views from Canada Hill towards Loch Striven and The Kyles of Bute. Bute is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pleasant mild climate. Outdoor enthusiasts have numerous opportunities to enjoy coastal and hill walking as well as cycling on the quiet roads and tracks around the island. Anglers enjoy a choice of freshwater and sea fishing on hill lochs and the Firth of Clyde. The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the west are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne. \n\nA couple of miles away is the island’s main town of Rothesay a traditional Victorian seaside resort which has managed to maintain its grand architecture. It still has its ancient castle built to fend off the Vikings and a museum. From Rothesay harbour trips can be taken around the islands on the Waverley the last sea-going paddle steamer ship in the world. Further along the coast is the pretty harbour town of Port Bannatyne. There are also other sites such as St Blanes Chapel and Ascog Fernery to be found.\n\nThe island attracts many annual festivals including the Jazz Festival in May ’T in the Port’ in June ButeFest for music and food in July the Bute Highland Games in August the Baird Festival of Flight and in September to mark the first ’All Scottish heavier than air powered flight in 1910’ just a few years after the Wright brothers first flight to France. Close by is Mount Stuart House an extravagantly decorated stately home. It is said to contain more marble than any other building in the British Isles and has become a popular location for celebrity weddings. Days out to Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily managed by the train link from Wemyss Bay. Shop pub and restaurant ½ mile.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nLiving room with wood burner and kitchen area with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. \n\n\n\nWood burner in living room initial fuel included thereafter available locally \n\nFull gas central heating and Wi-Fi included\n\n24 Freeview TV\n\nFridgefreezer\n\nParking for 2 cars\n\nGround floor facilities\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nElectricity bed linen and towels included \n\nTravel cot and high chair available on request\n\nDVD\n\nMicrowave\n\nWashing machine in external utility\n\nShared lawned garden with sitting-out area\n\nShared 19-acre natural grounds with sitting-out areas benches walled garden and parkland\n\nShared tennis court\n\nNo smoking\n\nNB Unfenced river in grounds varied distance of 25 yards to 250 yards away\n\n\n\n" https://img.chooseacottage.co.uk/Property/144/840/1442796.jpg SSBG

    Kames Castle Estate - Kames Gate Lodge reviews collected by Reevoo

    9.0 out of 10 – based on 6 reviews

    Overall rating

    8.9

    Comfort and Equipment

    9.3

    Location

    9.9

    Cleanliness

    10.0

    Value for money

    8.9

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    10
    out of 10

    Excellent cottage in a brilliant location. Everything was well thought out and provided for. WiFi very good throughout our stay. Very satisfied.

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    2019-04-07

    9
    out of 10

    Beautifully looked after property, warm and welcoming. Just needed a couple of hooks to hang up our coats and dressing gowns and it could have been 'home'. Location excellent for views and walks. Would recommend to take transport and have a 'Big Tour' of the island.

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    2018-10-22

    9
    out of 10

    Had a wonderful time in the beautiful lodge. Spotlessly clean and everything you need for comfort. One small minus, and really didn't mar our time there, was the lack of a cooker extractor. A fantastic location and within easy reach of all amenities and attractions. Well worth a return visit!!

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    2018-10-19

    10
    out of 10

    Fantastic cottage, so lovely and cosy. Would definitely recommend!

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    2018-09-16

    8
    out of 10

    The Cottage is bright and looks like a show-home. Not the kind of place you would find traces of muddy boot or fishing tackle

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    2018-09-11

    8
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    2018-10-01

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