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7 Nights See prices

  • £8490  to  £9990

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Short Breaks From

  • £1595 p/night
    Off peak
    (2 night min)
  • £2390 p/night
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    (2 night min)

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£2990 Sat, 18 Jun 2022
2 nights

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    11 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    2 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    2 Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Hot Tub

About Balvonie House

Balvonie House is an amazing self-catering holiday home in Skelmorlie that delights at every turn. From the luxurious furnishings that let you feel as if you're staying in the finest of country houses to the spectacular views over the Kyles of Bute and Arran, it is nothing less than magnificent. Eleven sumptuous bedrooms sleep 26 people in a high standard of comfort, making this property perfect for your needs. Host your family reunion, accommodate your wedding parties, or catch up with your favourite friends over days of golf, fishing, sailing, and country pursuits. Follow happy days with memorable evenings lingering over delicious meals, relaxing in front of an open fire, or watching a blockbuster in the cinema room.

Skelmorlie is a pretty coastal village in the west of Scotland, around 45 minutes from Glasgow. The house dates from 1906 and was built for a wealthy industrialist who spared no expense on his family's holiday home. It was designed to be a place to relax, entertain, and show off the owner's success and is one of the few remaining mansions in the area that has not been broken up into smaller parts. You can walk from the house to the local shop and village pub, the Eglington Bar, and you're under half a mile from Skelmorlie Golf Course and fishing lakes. Wemyss Bay is just over a mile or around a 15-minute walk from the house, putting you within easy reach of a mainline train to Glasgow and regular ferry service to picturesque Rothesay in the Isle of Bute, where you can see the collections and gardens at Mount Stuart.

Largs hosts a weekly farmers' market every Saturday. It's a lovely place to browse, pick up fresh ingredients for self-catering, and indulge in a sweet treat. Walk along the Victorian promenade to build an appetite for ice cream or fish and chips. Don't forget your Viksø helmet if you're there at the end of August - Largs host an annual Viking festival over the last weekend of the month to commemorate the 1263 Battle of Largs.

Balvonie House welcomes families and friends all year round. Children and dogs love the garden, which has lots of space to run and play and a stream to paddle and dam (you should supervise children at all times). Waitrose, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury's deliver to the house if you want to arrange for groceries to be delivered after your arrival or as a top-up shop during your stay.

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Owner details:

Lorna McLelland joined Independent Cottages in April 2022

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Hot Tub
  • Log Burner
  • Luxury
  • Waterside Location
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Bluetooth
  • Accessible by Public Transport
  • Cot
  • Highchair
  • Pub Nearby
  • Games Room
  • Golf Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • DVD Player
  • Smart TV
  • Satellite/ cable TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi

Location (North Ayrshire)

Accommodation Comprises:

Balvonie House is an elegant Edwardian property sympathetically updated with modern heating and plumbing. Accommodation is over two levels. Highlights include:


  • Enormous kitchen/breakfast room with a bay window and stunning views over the garden to the water from the breakfast table. This is a cook's kitchen where family and friends will happily gather to chat while they prepare meals. It's also suitable if you have external caterers in to cook for you.
  • Impressive dining room with space for everyone at the long table. Original timber beams and floors glow warmly in the soft light from chandeliers. It is an attractive room that can easily be dressed up for celebratory meals.
  • Show films or presentations in the cinema room where even a compilation of family clips will feel like an Oscar-worthy production.
  • After dinner, retire to the games room for a game of pool or to watch TV.
  • Stunning views are a feature in the wood-panelled sitting room where the colours are influenced by the natural surroundings with a mid-Century flair. It's a great space in which to entertain with different seating areas, a log burner, and shelves stocked with books for quiet moments.
  • A twin room on the ground floor features two single beds with upholstered bed heads, rich colours, and a layout that is accessible for guests who use a wheelchair. The tiled wetroom is also accessible and features a shower, WC, heated towel rail, and a handbasin.
  • Extra rooms include a utility room with laundry facilities, a boot room, and a cloakroom with a WC and a handbasin.


  • Large landing with a quiet reading nook. Two corridors lead to ten bedrooms.
  • Chinoiserie room with an enormous emperor sized bed and furnishings with an Eastern twist. The bay window frames breathtaking views.
  • Blue Room decorated to match the original tiled fireplace. It has a kingsized bed, a feature floral wall, and a freestanding bath with an ensuite WC and handbasin.
  • Brass Room with a double bed, soft rug, original fireplace, and a wardrobe with drawers and mirrored doors. The ensuite has a contemporary bath, WC and a handbasin.
  • Painted in a bold aqua, the Bunk Room is perfect for children and teenagers. It has proper storage and a lovely ensuite with coordinating turquoise tiles behind the shower, WC and handbasin.
  • Also overlooking the front of the house with water views is a large bedroom with a kingsized four-poster bed and a bay window. As with all of the bedrooms, it is beautifully decorated with jewel shades. In this room, topaz yellow is the dominant colour.
  • Pink Room with a timber-framed double bed, original fireplace, large cosy rug, and an elegant chandelier.
  • Green Room featuring an original fireplace tiled in jade green, a double bed, a soft rug, and a wardrobe.
  • Sleep soundly in the Plum Room with its sophisticated decor. A kingsized bed has an upholstered bedhead, and there is a delicate chest of drawers for storage. The ensuite is painted in a coordinating warm purple with a modern freestanding slipper bath, WC and a handbasin.
  • Four single beds furnish the spacious quad room, which has a large ensuite wetroom.
  • Modern wetroom with a shower, heated towel rail, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: Extensive gardens lead towards the River Clyde and include woodland, lawns and a stream. There is a terrace with seating and an outdoor hot tub, and off-street parking.

Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen, bath towels, and fuel for the log burners are included. Two travel cots (no bedding) and two high chairs are available on request. The owners welcome third party suppliers as long as they can provide a 3rd party insurance certificate. They can provide a list of recommended caterers and other suppliers. Well-behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not allowed inside Balvonie House. The owner can only accept UK based credit cards.

Balvonie House Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Mon, 2nd May 2022 - Sun, 30th Apr 2023
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 2
Short break prices:
2 nights: £1,645 - £2,345

7 Nights

2 Nights

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 26 in 11 bedrooms (1 Emperor, 2 King, 5 Double, 1 Twin, 1 Quad, 1 Bunks)
2 dogs welcome
Wheelchair accessible, but check requirements with owner
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Credit / Debit Card, Bank Transfer
Group Booking Details:
All male groups - No
All female groups - Yes
Catering available - Yes (by arrangement).
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)7880 748956 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Children must be supervised when around / using the hot tub.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

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Lorna McLelland
Member Since April 2022

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* Calendar last updated: 16th May 2022