7 bedroom house for sale
Kames Castle, Port Bannatyne, Isle Of Bute, Argyll and Bute
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Kames Castle dates from the 14th Century at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland.
The Bannatynes of Kames were believed to be Chamberlains to the Stewart Kings when Bute was part of the Royal Estates and the title of Lord Kames was bestowed on William Bannatyne in the 19th Century before it came into possession of the Marquess of Bute.
A Victorian range of single storey buildings set around two courtyards lies adjacent to the Keep and replaces previous Georgian buildings.
With its interesting collection of properties, parkland policies and walled garden, Kames Castle represents an excellent opportunity to own and live in an historical property in a situation of great natural beauty. The cottages have been beautifully decorated and are subject to a rolling programme of maintenance and upgrading and combine to provide either private accommodation or an excellent holiday letting business.
The agents stress that Kames Castle is currently being offered for sale as private accommodation all within a 20-acre Estate. The current owners make use of the cottages for friends, family and, as part of a holiday lettings business. The cottage conversions were carried out with due care, attention and sensitivity to the preservation of the integrity of the original buildings. All properties are 'B' listed, with the exception of Colmac cottage which is 'C' listed.
Kames Castle Keep
Ground level general purpose stores, white painted arched great hall at first floor, open hall with flagged floor at second floor. Third floor, open hall with timber floor. A building warrant has been secured for the development of the Keep which could allow for increasing the lettings portfolio.
The Keep was built in the14th.Century and, although conversion is an option, it is not necessary and could continue to remain as a focal- point to the Estate.
Reception hall, sitting room, 1 twin and 1 double bedroom, bathroom, dining fitted kitchen. Electric off peak heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.
Reception hall, sitting room with open plan archway to fitted kitchen, 1 twin and 1 king-sized bedroom, shower room. Electric off peak heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.
Reception hallway, sitting room, open plan kitchen/dining room with French door access to verandah overlooking walled garden, inner hallway to double bedroom 1 with en suite shower, double bedroom 2 and bathroom. Stairs to first floor of playroom/landing, leading to single bedroom 3, and twin bedroom 4. LPG heating to ground floor, electric heating to first floor, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank. Garage
Reception hallway, open plan sitting room, fitted kitchen, dining room, double bedroom 1, bathroom. Stairs to twin/double bedrooms 2 & 3. LPG heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank. Attached utility/laundry room.
Reception hallway, sitting room open plan to dining room open plan to well equipped kitchen, inner hallway to double bedroom 1 and bathroom. LPG heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.
Reception hallway, sitting room, fitted kitchen, bathroom, separate wc, single/double bedrooms 1 & 2. Electric off peak heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.
Reception hallway, door to courtyard, sitting room with wood burner, kitchen, bathroom, double/single bedrooms 1 & 2. Oil fired central heating, mains water supply, drainage by private septic tank.
Reception hallway, shower room, general purpose store, double bedroom 1, single bedrooms 2, & 3, bathroom, laundry/utility room, conservatory, day room with log burner, large, well equipped kitchen with Aga and breakfasting/dining space, study/home office, dining room (Great Hall) with log burner, drawing room with log burner and door to gardens. Double garage.
'B' listed 18th Century former kitchen vegetable and soft fruit garden, now laid mainly to grass, fountain, numerous productive apple, pear, peach and fig trees. Area for kitchen produce.
Listed Victorian greenhouse with productive vines.
4 x former gardeners potting and machinery sheds, 1 with apple store racking.
All weather surfaced and mesh fenced tennis court.
Grounds About 20 acres in all parkland type gardens with good open spaces of grass interspersed with mature trees providing shelter, privacy and amenity. Iron gates set in grand stone gate piers are remote controlled and lead via a pleasant avenue to the main Castle Keep courtyard.
Kames Castle is situated in delightful parkland grounds on the eastern side of the pretty and popular tourist destination of the Island of Bute. The castle policies are just to the northern fringe of Port Bannatyne with its sheltered yachting marina and open countryside.
The town of Rothesay is about 2.5 miles to the south and has shopping, leisure and educational facilities including a larger sized Co-op. Caledonian MacBrayne operates a frequent ferry service to Wemyss Bay, which has direct rail links to Glasgow. A second ferry service runs between Rhubodach on the northern end of the Island of Bute to Colintraive giving closer access to the mainland as well as Argyll and the West Highlands.
The two nearest airports are Glasgow and Prestwick, which are approximately 40 and 50 minutes drive from Wemyss Bay.
Rothesay has a scenic 18 hole golf course from which there are views of the Firth of Clyde and Arran. There are smaller courses at Port Bannatyne and Kingarth.
Bute is an area of natural scenic beauty and a pleasant mild climate. Outdoor enthusiasts have numerous opportunities to enjoy coastal and hill walking as well as cycling on the quiet roads and tracks that connect around the island. Anglers enjoy a choice of fresh water and sea fishing on hill lochs and the Firth of Clyde. For field sportsmen and women there is low ground shooting and opportunities to stalk.
Bute has its own grass airstrip for light aircraft and microlights. The potential exists to land a helicopter in the grounds of Kames Castle.
The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute, which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north, and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the West, are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas, chandlery services and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.
From Glasgow, travel west on the M8 to Greenock, and then continue on the A78 to Wemyss Bay. Take the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Rothesay (35 minutes). On arrival at Rothesay turn right coming off the ferry on the A844 heading north towards Port Bannatyne. Proceed through Port Bannatyne leaving the marina on the right hand side. After the marina turn immediate left on the A844 to find the stone gate piers forming the entrance to Kames Castle on the right.
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