We stayed here over Christmas and New Year at this newly built house which is amazing. So well designed and kitted out with John Lewis furniture etc. Warm, well insulated, wooden beams, wood fire, very well equipped kitchen. We had some meals at the local gastro pub about 100 metres away which were excellent. The owner of the house (and the pub) has a dog that she lends out for walks which, if like me you are a bit of a "wanna be" dog owner, is great fun. A quick tip on buying food. The nearest supermarket is in Dunoon, about 40 mins drive, so if you are arriving by car, you should stop on your way to the house and fill up with provisions, as once you are safely ensconced on Colintraive, you will not want to be thinking about going into a town for a while. Great Stay.
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We all liked the property very much. It was very warm and cosy in this stormy winter weather. Everything was quite lovely, the furniture (modern and of good quality), the bedding (so sweet smelling), the bathrooms (most rooms are en-suite!), the pictures on the walls and even the tableware (tastefully chosen). There is a very efficient wood stove and plenty of dry logs. The spacious main room, kitchen/dinning-room/sitting-room, is bright and airy.
Colintraive is so well situated in the Kyles of Bute. There are walks to suit everybody, easy on the flat or more adventurous towards the top of the surrounding mores. White sand beaches are not far and Portavadie Marina is an interesting place to visit. Of course the seal colony on Burnt Island almost in front of the house is a wonderful place to look at with a lttle boat or a canoe. We all loved going for most of our evening meals at the Colintraive Hotel next door. It is going to be hard going back to normality and our own cooking!
It is difficult to say what we liked best. This was a great break and we only wished we had been able to stay longer.
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