Property Ref: HARLPA5103 - Cliff Cottage, High Craigmore
Price: £525,000

A simply beautiful and distinctly unique, detached villa set amidst extensive grounds in a spectacular location in High Craigmore and enjoying wonderful, uninterrupted, elevated views across the Firth of Clyde.

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Maids Lodge In Grounds

  • Planning Permission for 2 dwelling houses in the Garden Ground

  • Wood Burning Stove

  • Flexible Accommodation


  • Sea View

  • Gas Central Heating

  • Double Glazing

  • Prominent position

  • Garage

A simply beautiful and distinctly unique, detached villa set amidst extensive grounds in a spectacular location in High Craigmore and enjoying wonderful, uninterrupted, elevated views across the Firth of Clyde. Lovingly, thoughtfully and skilfully recreated to provide the exceptional home it now is, presented impeccably, exuding comfort and style and satisfying all the desires of modern living. This delightful family home is full of sunshine and warmth with a wood burning stove in the lounge enhancing the gas central heating system and full double glazing. The superb, living/kitchen/diner area offers a fabulous space for everyday living and entertaining with patio doors opening up to the garden area at rear.
Complementing the main house is a pretty, cosy, refurbished, double glazed, Maid’s Lodge to the side offering extra, en-suite, studio accommodation enjoying lovely views to front. Beside the access lane to the rear, lies the former stables/tack room currently used as a gym with separate garden store.
A sweeping, block-paved driveway leads from Ardencraig Road to front, encircles the house and extends all the way to the large garage/workshop at the rear of the garden with parking either side. A log store sits to one side of the house. Lawns to front and rear with established, shrub borders, flower beds and vegetable plots put the finishing touches to this exceptional property.
Planning Permission in Principle is current for the erection of two dwelling houses in the garden ground at rear.


Ground Floor:

Entrance Vestibule, Hallway, Lounge, Living Room/Kitchen/Diner, Music Room/Bedroom 4,
Cloakroom, Utility Room

First Floor:

Upper Hallway, Master Bedroom with En-suite Shower Room, 2, Further Double Bedrooms, one with En-suite Shower Room, Family Bathroom

Ancillary Buildings:

Maid’s Lodge, Former Stables/Tack Room, Workshop/Garage, Log Store, Cellar.

Gated Block Paved Driveway extending from Ardencraig Road all the way to the
Workshop/Garage at Rear and encircling the house.

Enclosed Gardens mostly laid to Lawn with Mature Borders and Vegetable Plots.
Planning Permission in Principle for the Erection of 2 Dwelling Houses to the Rear
Reference No; 16/03041/PPP

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 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 the increasingly popular ButeFest. The Cattle Show and Bute Highland Games are also popular annual events.
Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) is now in effect for the ferry fares to Bute.

Property Location:
Just over 1.5 miles from Rothesay and well situated in the sought after residential area of High Craigmore, Cliff Cottage occupies a superb position in its own grounds and enjoys stunning, elevated views across the Firth of Clyde to the Cowal Peninsula and the Ayrshire Coast. A gated, block paved driveway leads to the property from Ardencraig Road and a further gated access to the rear of the property is available from a lane which leads from Eastlands Road. There is an abundance of parking options. To the front, steps with railings lead to the original, double storm doors with glazed panels opening to vestibule. Patio doors at rear open into the splendid, kitchen/diner and living room area.

Entrance Vestibule:
(Approx. 0.92m x 1.67m) Original, glass panelled door with engraved glass side panels and triple fanlight over. Shelved cupboard housing electrics. Coir mat flooring.

(Approx.6.60m x 1.46m >2.09m) Very welcoming, light and airy hallway. Original, ornate cornice and corbels. Original, white painted, wood panelled doors to all rooms. Under stair cupboard storage. Hanging space with coat hooks and luggage rack above. Original, carpeted, wooden stair to upper floor. Oak flooring. 1 radiator. 3 double electric sockets.

(Approx. 6.25m x 4.20m) A truly lovely and most comfortable room with a double glazed bay window to front looking out over the garden to the sea with unrestricted views to the Ayrshire Coast and Cowal Hills. Original, ornate cornice and ceiling rose. Dado rail. Deep skirtings. A cosy room with wood burner on raised, tiled plinth in white painted fireplace . TV point. Satellite connection. Oak flooring. Curtains. 1 radiator. 5 double electric sockets.

Music Room/
Bedroom 4:
(Approx, 3.80m x 3.65m) Bright, sunny room with double glazed window to rear. Currently used as a music room but would equally serve as a ground floor bedroom. Plain cornice and picture rail. Part, painted wood, panelled walls. Ceiling rose. Pendant light. Open shelving either side of unused fireplace with tiled hearth. Telephone point. Oak flooring. 1 radiator. 3 double electric sockets.

(Approx. 1.23m x 2.63m) Lovely, little cloakroom with half, painted panelled walls and clean, sleek lines. Ceiling spotlights. Cupboard storage to right. W.C. Wash hand basin and pedestal. Oak flooring. 1 radiator.

A very attractive, carpeted, original wooden staircase with varnished wooden newels, banister and balustrade leads to the upper floor accommodation. A magnificent double window at the half landing maximises all the available light and offers great views over the garden at rear. Deep window shelf with single electric socket.

Living Room/Kitchen/Diner:
(Approx. 14.73m x 3.64m) For contemporary living needs, this room is hard to beat. A restful, cosy, sitting area with double glazed window to front affording simply superb views out over the Clyde, effortlessly flows into a fabulously
spacious, modern kitchen/diner full of sunshine with double glazed, patio doors leading into gardens to rear with further window to side and roof light. Original cornice and pendant light in sitting area with ceiling spotlights and wall lamps in kitchen/diner. Gas “wood burner style”, cream metal , fire housed in mosaic tiled recess on tiled hearth.

Carefully planned kitchen featuring ivory base units topped with solid wood worktops along one wall. Cream Belfast sink with drainer. Integrated full size fridge and separate integrated full size freezer. Integrated dishwasher. Baumatic cream range cooker with double electric oven and 5 burner gas hob. Matching Baumatic cream, overhead extractor. Clear glass splashback. Oak flooring throughout. 3 radiators. 9 double electric sockets. Three pendant lights at dining area.

Utility Room:
(Approx. 2.40m x 1.96m) Double glazed window to rear. Ceiling spotlights. Tall storage cupboard. Worktop with plumbing for washing machine below. Vokera Linea gas central heating boiler with Magnaclean system. Utility opens into drying room of approx. 0.98m x 1.97m, cleverly kitted out with racks and hanging space. 2 radiators. Tiled floor in drying room with oak flooring in utility.

First Floor:

Upper Hallway:
(Approx. 1.80m x 3.77m) Spacious, open hallway flooded with light. Original wood panelled doors to all rooms. Ceiling spotlights. Smoke detector. Shelved linen
cupboard with hanging space and loft
access. Carpet. Window blinds. 1 radiator.
1 double electric socket.

Master Bedroom
(Approx. 5.75m x 5.18m > 3.7m) A superbly spacious room with large double glazed bay window taking full advantage of the excellent, elevated views across the sea to the hills of Cowal and the Ayrshire coast with the ferries plying back and forth to the island. A restful room with a bank of built-in wardrobes below one of the cam
ceilings, making great use of the space. Original, ornate cornice and part panelled walls. Ceiling spotlights. Door to en-suite. Carpet. Curtains. 2 radiators. 4 double electric sockets.

Master En-suite Shower Room:
(Approx. 2.70m x 1.25m) Well appointed and presented shower room with double glazed, obscured glass window to front. Large tiled shower enclosure with sliding glass doors and Mira electric shower. Beautiful, marble topped vanity unit with inset basin and matching splashback. W.C. Toiletries cabinet. Porcelain, slate effect, tiled floor. Towel radiator. Window blind.

Bedroom 2:
(Approx. 4.77m x 4.34m) Spacious and airy bedroom to front with 3 double (En-suite)glazed windows to front. Cam ceilings either side add to the distinctive character and charm of this room which also has splendid, elevated sea and hill views. Plain cornice. Picture rail. Shelving. Oak flooring. Curtains. Part glazed door to en-suite shower room. 1 radiator. 4 double electric sockets.

En-suite Shower Room:
(Approx. 1.74m x 2.18m) Arched window to side. Ceiling lights. Wet wall panelling at shower and basin. W.C. Wash hand basin and pedestal. Curved shower enclosure with sliding glass doors. Mirror fronted toiletries cabinet.

Bedroom 3:
(Approx. 5.45m x 3.67m) Sunny, bright room with double glazed window looking the length of the whole garden at rear and beyond. Cam ceilings either side. Ceiling spotlights. Picture rail. Original fireplace with tiled ingo and brass canopy. Oak flooring. Window blinds. 2 radiators, 3 double electric sockets.

Family Bathroom:
(Approx. 2.34m x 3.60m)A particularly delightful bathroom with matching
porcelain tiles from top to bottom in pale, warm tones. Obscured glass, double glazed window to rear. Deep window shelf. Cam ceiling to one side. Ceiling spotlights and pendant light. Bath with side hung taps. Vanity unit with polished granite top. W.C. Toiletries cabinet. Window blind. 1 radiator.


Maid’s Lodge

To the side of Cliff Cottage is the Maid’s Lodge, a pretty stone building, recently completely re-roofed, renovated, insulated, rewired and double glazed primarily to provide extra accommodation for guests but with multiple other uses e.g. office with a view, work studio, teenage hideaway; the possibilities are many.

It comprises a large, light filled room of approximately 6.20m x 3.10m with double glazed windows to front and side; the front windows affording superb views over the garden lawn to the sea and hills of the Ayrshire Coast. A blank canvas, painted white and with laminate flooring ready to configure as required. Two panelled doors at the rear lead to a walk-in wardrobe with shelf and hanging space ( approx. 1.40m x 1.05m) and a well appointed shower room (approx. 1.37m x 1.40m) with wetwall panelling and white ceiling panelling, sleek vanity unit and W.C. Large shower enclosure with monsoon shower and spray

Former Stables/Tack Room

At the gateway of the side access from the lane to the rear, lies the former stables and tack room which now serve as a gym with separate garden store room attached.

Former Stables:
(Approx. 6.47m x 3.00m>4.67m)Double glazed windows to front and sides. Lovely views to sea from front. Fluorescent lighting. 5 double electric sockets. Concrete floor. Water pipe outside and external power.

Former Tack Room:
(Approx. 5.40m x 4.17m) Great storage space. Fluorescent lighting. Block paved floor. 1 double electric socket.

(Approx. 7.01m x 5.74m) The block paved driveway extends to a workspace to be proud of, with the benefit of also housing two vehicles! Electronic remote control door. Door and double glazed window to side. Fluorescent lighting. Wood lining. Racking. 7 double electric sockets. External water pipe. Block paved parking areas either side.

Double wooden doors to the side of the house lead to cellar storage and access below the property. There are 2 double electric sockets and 1 single socket. The distributor remote link for the satellite TV is located in the cellar.

Log Store:
To the side of the house lies the open fronted log store.

Garden & Grounds:

The extensive gardens are mostly laid to lawn with mature and well established shrub borders, flower beds and vegetable plots. The garden is a suntrap all year round and the views are quite exceptional to front.
Planning Permission in Principle is current for the erection of 2 dwelling houses in the rear part of the garden with access being taken from Ardencraig Lane. The relevant information is available from Argyll & Bute Council’s website ‘s Planning section at Ref Number: 16/03041/PPP

Council Tax:
Band G.

Energy Performance

Clients of Wm. Skelton & Co

Offers Over £525,000

Home Report:
Available free of charge electronically from

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

To be submitted in writing to Wm Skelton & Co, 49 High Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DB or by DX 590651 Rothesay or LP-2 Rothesay.

By arrangement.

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.