Property Ref: DANIDA13 - Ardencraig House Apartments
Price: £535,000

A fantastic opportunity has arisen on the simply glorious Isle of Bute to acquire a well established, thriving, holiday letting business within a magnificent, converted, Grade B Listed, Georgian mansion house, once home to Lord & Lady Crichton-Stuart.

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Holiday Letting Business

  • Fantastic Opportunity



  • Opportunity for Lifestyle Change

  • Character Property

  • Prominent position


A fantastic opportunity has arisen on the simply glorious Isle of Bute to acquire a well established, thriving, holiday letting business within a magnificent, converted, Grade B Listed, Georgian mansion house, once home to Lord & Lady Crichton-Stuart.
Five very attractive, well maintained, modern apartments occupy part of this fabulous property and currently offer Scottish Tourist Board 4* standard holiday lettings all year round. Occupying an enviable, elevated position in High Craigmore with magnificent sea views across the Clyde, set amidst well maintained grounds just under 2 miles from the ferry terminal, this outstanding property offers a relaxing setting from which to enjoy the many delights that the island offers and has seen increased trade year on year. Excellent TripAdvisor and reviews and its own dedicated website. Offered fully equipped and ready to go.

The current owners are retiring after 12 happy years as custodians
of this beautiful property and thriving business.

Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, set on the Firth of Clyde. The island is served by two frequent ferry services, the main one is Rothesay to Wemyss Bay (approx. 35 minutes), thereafter by road, Glasgow Airport is approx. 45 minutes, Glasgow approx. 1 hour and Edinburgh approx. 2 hours. The other ferry is located at the north end of the island operating from Rhubodach to Colintraive (approx. 2 minutes) The island is within easy commuting distance to Glasgow with train services available at Wemyss Bay.

The Isle of Bute is a popular destination not just for holidays but for those who wish to enjoy a lifestyle change since the regular ferry sailings and the proximity to both Glasgow and Prestwick airports make any form of commuting relatively easy in comparison to other island locations. Further information on the Isle of Bute is available on Visit Bute’s website

The Isle of Bute offers good educational facilities with a joint campus incorporating pre-school to college requirements as well as two smaller primary schools and an established private nursery. Medical facilities are provided by The Bute Practice and the local hospital provides in-patient beds, x-ray, physiotherapy and maternity services.

Rothesay has a cinema, leisure pool and playing fields. Berthing facilities are available at Rothesay Harbour with a new marina at Port Bannatyne approximately 3 miles away. There are three golf courses on the island with the largest situated on Canada Hill with magnificent views over the River Clyde.

The island is very popular with walkers who can follow the West Island Way, a 40 km. waymarked route around the island, split into 4 sections and offering splendid views along the way.

There are festivals held annually including T in the Port and ButeFest. The Cattle Show and Bute Highland Games are also popular events.

Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) is now in effect for the ferry fares to Bute.

Property Location:
Follow the coast road towards Craigmore and turn right into Albany Road. Keep left at the junction of Crichton Road and turn first left into Ardencraig Road. Follow Ardencraig Road until the gateway and driveway of Ardencraig House appears on the right beside a black and white former gate lodge. A sweeping tarmac driveway leads to parking area on the left hand side of drive.

Ardencraig House Apartments has been in operation since 2005 created and managed by David & Elaine Daniels who have seen an increase in visitor numbers year on year.

The apartments are all beautifully presented with quality furnishings, flat screen TVs, well equipped kitchens and contemporary bathrooms, most also with separate showers. Capacity in each apartment is increased by the use of sofa beds in the spacious lounges. WiFi is offered too. Pets are welcome by arrangement.

Kitchens are well equipped with oven and hob combinations, fridge freezers, dishwashers, microwaves and washing machines.

Garden furniture and seating is available for each apartment to use in the beautiful setting of Ardencraig Grounds.

All furniture, carpets, flooring, curtains, blinds, kitchen equipment, white goods, crockery, cutlery, linen and televisions are included in the sale. (A more detailed inventory will be made available to the purchaser.)

All apartments in the house itself are heated by electric storage heaters. Electricity is by £1 coin meters in each apartment.

A split level tool shed/log store is located to the side of the property, neatly screened by shrubs from the apartments. A valuable storage facility although with possible potential to redevelop to create further accommodation. Within the entrance hallway leading to Kilbride and Glencallum Apartments is the Laundry Room which allows for easy servicing of the apartments. There is a caravan in the grounds to the rear which the owners use on occasion which could be included in the sale.

A driveway sweeps up to the property from Ardencraig Road and dedicated parking for the apartments is available overlooking the Firth of Clyde. A separate access for the owners enters at the rear of the property and runs past the renowned Ardencraig Gardens and via gated entrance. The well kept grounds are laid mostly to grass with seating areas, patios and gravelled pathways. Ardencraig Apartments operates very successfully as a self catering, holiday lettings business and is advertised through its own website: as well as , AirBnB, Holiday Lettings, and Visit Scotland. Reviews are excellent on
TripAdvisor and More information is available from these websites.


Beautiful ground floor apartment with fabulous astragal windows to front affording views over grounds to the sea and the Ayrshire Coast beyond. Sharing an entrance with Glenmore at the front of the house, this extremely spacious one bedroom apartment can accommodate up to 5 guests. Very sociable layout with raised dining area/kitchen in lounge and excellent living space. Bathroom with separate bath & shower. Outside sitting area with garden furniture.

Room Dimensions.

6.34m x 2.25m
9.31m x 5.50m @ w including kitchen diner combination.
5.29m x 3.16m
3.95m x 1.92m)


Sharing the main front entrance with Barone Apartment and with easy access from the car park, this bright, sunny and spacious one bedroom flat can accommodate up to 5 guests and enjoys lovely views over the Firth of Clyde to the Cumbrae Islands and the Ayrshire Coast. Bathroom with separate bath and shower. Outside seating area with garden furniture. Has the flexibility to be joined with neighbouring apartment (Barone) to accommodate larger parties.

Room Dimensions

6.02m x 2.20m
8.10m x 5.34m.
5.63m x 3.06m
3.08m x 2.54m
3.64m x 2.24m

Lovely, spacious ground floor , one bedroom apartment with separate access to the side of the property.Beautiful views to front over the Firth of Clyde to the Cumbrae Isles. Accommodating up to four in
spacious, bright accommodation. Bathroom has seperate bath and shower. Seating area outside.

Room Dimensions.

4.15m x 1.10m + 5.44m x 1.23m + 6.88m x 1.09m
5.32m x 4.54m
4.48m x 3.73m
3.84m x 2.62m
3.84m @widest x 3.41m


A bright and airy, comfortable, upper floor, two bedroom apartment entered via stairway at the side. Spacious and light with windows looking to rear and side over garden and patio area with seating and
garden furnitutre and BBQ. Bathroom with shower over bath. Shares entrance with Glencallum Apartment and accordingly can be let together for bigger parties or extended family use. Accommodates 5.

Room Dimensions.

7.12m x 1.32m @widest + 5.38m x 1.02m
5.81m x 3.42m
Bedroom 1:
4.38m x 3.92m
Bedroom 2:
2.70m x 2.00m
2.70m x 2.00m
3.37m x 2.70m


Spacious and bright upper floor, two bedroom apartment with lovely views out over the Firth of Clyde.Accessed from side and sharing an entrance with Kilbride this apartment can accommodate up to 7. Can be let with Kilbride to accommodate larger parties Bathroom with bath and shower. Outside seating area with garden furniture.

Room Dimensions.

5.18m x 1.06m
7.08m x 5.25m
Bedroom 1:
4.58m x 4.65m
Bedroom 2:
4.20m x 2.69m
2.87m x 2.37m
2.86m x 3.38m @ widest.

(All measurements are approximate)

Items Included:
All furniture, carpets, flooring, blinds, kitchen equipment, white goods, crockery, cutlery, linen, televisions.


Rateable Value £8,000 per annum. May be eligible for Small Business Bonus Scheme which can give up to 100% Rates Relief—Argyll & Bute Council can give further information

Relevant account details can be made available to those parties who have formally noted interest through their solicitor.

Energy Performance

Clients of Wm. Skelton & Co.

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By appointment only through Wm. Skelton & Co., Castle Chambers, 49 High Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DB. Tel: 01700 505551. Fax: 01700 505270.

By arrangement.

To be submitted in writing to Wm. Skelton & Co., Castle Chambers, 49 High Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DB or by DX 590651, Rothesay

Please note that these particulars are prepared by us on the basis of information provided to us by our clients. We have not tested the systems or appliances or any central heating system or moveable items within the property. Prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries. No warranty is given. All fixtures and fittings mentioned in this schedule are included in the sale. All others are specifically excluded. Photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item is included for sale with the property. Please note that the seller is not in the business of selling second-hand goods. If there is any matter within this schedule which you wish to be clarified, please contact our office for further information.