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Balinakill Country House is a wonderful victorian country house on the west coast of Scotland
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Balinakill Country House is a wonderful victorian country house on the west coast of Scotland
Sunny days! Country kitchen with wood burning stove
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66 reviews
Balinakill Country House is a wonderful victorian country house on the west coast of Scotland
Sunny days!
Country kitchen with wood burning stove
Victorian dining room with open fire
Upstairs drawing room with open fire
Cosy gunroom bar with wood burning stove
Four poster bedroom
1st floor bedroom
!st floor at the front
spring!
children's room
1st floor bedroom
fountain
oak room fireplace
Walled garden
View from upstairs lounge room
1st floor bathroom
Winter view
View from the hill behind Balinakill
View from Dunskeig Iron Age Fort, Clachan (1/2 hour walk from Balinakill)
Tarbert
Conservatory
Garden view
Oak panelled drawing room with open fire
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Manor House -
13 Bedrooms, 12 Bathrooms, Sleeps 26
Clachan, Kintyre Peninsula, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

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rogerjcam...
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous house & idyllic setting for a large group stay”
Reviewed 14 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012

I was taken to this beautiful house in the heart of Argyll as a surprise for my 30th. We had around 22 staying over 3 nights, and this colossal house could not have been better for our needs.

On arrival we had a barbecue in the garden and all sat around the big table until the mid evening.

The kitchen has a large double oven and we cooked a three course meal for the party with the food we bought with us. There are lots of public rooms for socialising in, plenty of room for us and more. It even has its own small bar was great and definitely helped add to the fun atmosphere we had all weekend.

We travelled to Gigha on Sunday on the ferry which is just a short drive away from the house and crossed every hour during the day. Had a nice walk/cycle around Gigha.

The house was very clean and tidy with fresh flowers in some of the rooms, presumably picked from the garden on our day of arrival.

Anne, the owner, was excellent at responding promptly to all queries we had.

Couldn't fault our stay at all and could definitely have stayed longer, hope we can go back again, think it will be hard to find somewhere just as ideal for our needs!

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Liked best: The vastness yet homely feel.
Liked least: nothing!
Travelling group: Large Group/Tour
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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Liked best: The house is fantastic
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Viviano_1...
London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“What an awesome place!”
Reviewed 8 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012

This is by far the best 'self catering' place I have stayed at so far in the UK. It has 12 bedrooms, all with en-suite baths, three living rooms, a formal dining room, a kids play room, the works...and a beautiful garden. It is literally in the middle of no where but that's the beauty, I guess. We are based in London so this is 502 miles from there...so quite a trek! There are lots of places to see nearby including Campbeltown which is about 27 miles south and lovely white sandy beaches close by. This place is very child friendly and the best part is you can make as much as noise you want... there are no neighbors to worry about!
Wow, we have had the best holiday in ages and will certainly make the effort to come back.
We were part of a group of five families with kids.

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Liked best: The property, its tranquility.
Travelling group: With Friends
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West Linton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 February 2012 for a stay in October 2011

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Liked least: The kitchen was a little small given the size of the house, but that is a minor minor point and the only vaguely negative thing I could think to say
Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 35-49
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MrHubaHub...
New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“My new favorite place in Europe”
Reviewed 12 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011

We recently stayed in Balinakill at the end of December and it was simply the best vacation I have ever had. The house is amazing with plenty of character and very well maintained for a property of this size. The staff is great and John the groundskeeper is just charming. Every bedroom had private bath and the house was so big we were able to have our privacy even with a group of 20 people. You could get lost in the house it is so big. We traveled here from New York and it was only about 2 hours from the airport which is very convenient. Vacation rentals like this are very hard to find and we looked at others but none compared to Balinikill. Ann and Ian Darby (the owners) were also very helpful and made sure the house was stocked with provisions for us prior to arrival (an extra service). We are coming back in summer and already booked our week and I am counting the days.

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Liked best: The size of the house
Liked least: the weather
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 January 2012 for a stay in November 2011
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Liked best: The house itself.
Travelling group: Large Group/Tour
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Large groups
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 January 2012 for a stay in November 2011
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Liked best: The location, the spacious rooms and en suite bedrooms, the owners !
Liked least: Nothing to dislike !!! (perhaps the grumpy farmer who splattered us with mud as we walked down the path to the beach)
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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