A hidden gem with gardens direct to foreshore and in a situation of great natural scenic beauty at the narrows of the Kyles of Bute.
Altavoil is a lovely coastal home set amid formal and parkland gardens of about 2.24 acres. The house is Victorian in origin but has later extensions and developments presenting its current mansard roofline. It is a combination of white painted stone and smooth render finish with exposed natural stone. The mansard top section of the roof is of copper surface and the side hips are slated together with some flat felted sections. The house has generous family living and guest accommodation with principal rooms all benefitting from the quite beautiful views to the narrows of the Kyles of Bute. The gardens have been carefully and strategically stocked over the years to ensure year-round interest, colour and pleasant summer scents, and the gardens have immediate access to the foreshore where there is a deep summer plunge and sea swimming pool. Immediately off the foreshore the narrows are sheltered and there is space in front of the house for yacht and boating craft moorings.
Twin leaf outer doors to entrance vestibule with slate tile floor, electrical switchgear cupboard, twin leaf doors with distinctive stained and leaded glass to broad entrance reception hallway with ornamental fireplace and under stairs stores, cloak room, separate wc, and separate shower room. Fine and impressive drawing room with twin leaf glass doors and side screens providing access to loggia and front gardens, log burner in timber fireplace feature leaded latticed windows, comfortable sitting room with bay window formation and log burner on slate hearth, open plan arch leading to refitted kitchen (2018) with space for breakfasting table and chairs, utility room with Belfast sink, vented larder, oil fired central heating boiler, rear vestibule with terra cotta tile floor and door to gardens, study/home office. Conservatory with underfloor heating, twin leaf doors to gardens, exposed stone wall and spectacular garden and narrows views. Formal dining room with bay window formation, stone fireplace and shallow press.
Staircase to upper hall, feature arched window to front, bathroom, linen stores, bedroom 1, bedroom 2 with bay window, wash hand basin and fitted wardrobes, bedroom 3 with bay window and wash hand basin, door to self-contained bedroom suite 4 of bathroom, fitted dressing room, and bedroom with fitted furniture, French doors with glazed side screens with open views and access to veranda from where there are the most sublime views.
Outbuilding of double garage with separate up and over doors (one remotely operated) covered port to side, workshop and general purpose store, logs and tool stores, second log and solid fuel store, and general purpose store, Scandinavian octagonal summer and BBQ house with decking at foreshore.
Beautiful coastal parkland type and woodland gardens. Iron railings to twin steel gates and cattle grid to driveway entrance, the top section (circa 20m) of the drive is shared with the neighbouring property Caolas. The driveway is of asphalt surface, is flanked by ancient native trees and leads down to the house where there is a turning roundel and exposed natural rocky outcrops. A gravel surface provides access to garages and has good space for vehicle turning and hardstanding. The gardens have been beautifully and carefully stocked with colourful shrub bush and border plants, all cleverly planted to ensure year-round interest, colour and pleasant summer scents. A retaining wall at the front of the house supports a terrace and very well stocked beds. The main gardens at the front are to manicured grass lawns with a croquet pitch on the lower level side. A fence separates from the foreshore with gated access. Pathway and steps lead up through mature, ancient native woodlands at the rear. The gardens are bounded on the southern side by the burn which spills out and into the sea creating a wonderful plunge and swimming pool. The gardens at the front extend to the beach and foreshore to include the BBQ house and deck supported by Gabion cages.
Have been reserved immediately offshore and require to be arranged with the local mooring association and The Crown Estate.
Mains water supply, septic tank, oil fired central heating, supported by log burners, electric warm air and electric trace underfloor, part double and part triple glazing.
Altavoil is in council tax band G and the amount of council tax payable for 2020/21 is £3,024.07.
EPC rating F
Altavoil has a stunning coastal situation on the edge of the Cowal Peninsula at the narrows of the famous Kyles of Bute. There are spectacular uninterrupted water views from the property over the Burnt Islands which is a favourite passage for West of Scotland boating and sailing craft, including the last sea going paddle steamer the Waverley and other larger vessels en-route to Loch Fyne and the Western Isles. The Rhubodach, Bute ferry is in East Kyle just half a mile southwards.
The property is very privately located just off the old coastal road amid delightful and mature sheltered woodland grounds which extend to the beach and foreshore. The house faces due south and the picture is completed by a semi ancient native woodland backdrop.
The area is famous for its stunning natural scenic beauty with deep and narrow sea lochs providing a boating route through from the Clyde estuary to Arran, Loch Fyne and the fishing village of Tarbert and on through the Crinan Canal at Ardrishaig to the Western Isles.
Colintraive has a hotel with a friendly bar and a reputation for gastro pub and quality cuisine, a shop, post office. There is an active social community with many clubs run from the popular village hall which also provides a heritage centre, community garden and an all-weather bowling green. The Colintraive annual fete is well renowned. Colintraive Church is in the parish of West Cowal with services held in the first two Sundays of the month. On the last two Sundays of the month the services are held at Kilmodan Church at Glendaruel.
From Colintraive there is a short and regular 5-minute Calmac ferry crossing to the neighbouring Island of Bute. The main town on Bute is Rothesay where there are local amenities and shops, supermarkets and a further ferry to the Clyde coast at Wemyss Bay.
The other main centre in the area is Dunoon which provides further shops, supermarkets and services, in addition to two competing ferry services across the Clyde. The village of Tighnabruaich on the West Kyle also has shops, restaurants, hotels, sailing school, and golf plus excellent local medical services.
There is a local primary school at Glendaruel and secondary schooling is available at Dunoon Grammar, which has an excellent reputation. A school bus runs from Colintraive to Dunoon Grammar in the morning and afternoon to transport students to and from school. It is possible for some of the students to board at the school. There is an option of a choice of schools in Rothesay via ferry and school bus.
The area offers much in the way of relaxing outdoor pursuits, including yachting and boating, and there are marina and chandlery services at the 4 local marinas of Dunoon, Port Bannatyne, Portavadie and Tarbert.
The district also offers bird watching, hill walking and country walks in an area rich in history. The Cowal Way stretches from Portavadie on Loch Fyne and travels for some 31 miles to Arrochar through some of the most dramatic and picturesque sea and landscapes on the west coast.
A scenic 9-hole golf course is at Kames, with further courses on the Island of Bute and at Dunoon. Sea, river and loch fishing are also available in the area as are a number of shoots run either commercially or by syndicates. Some of the local estates allow stalking by arrangement.
Local bus services run to Rothesay, Dunoon, Tighnabruaich and Portavadie and the ferry runs from Portavadie to Tarbert, Loch Fyne.
Local bus services run to Tighnabruaich, Rothesay and Dunoon. Full retail and professional services are available in Greenock and Glasgow via the short ferry crossing or by the journey via Loch Lomond side.
From Glasgow city centre leave in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway. Continue for 21 miles to arrive at Port Glasgow. Keep going straight (parallel to the shoreline) through the adjoining towns of Greenock and Gourock on the A770 for 8 miles to reach the Western Ferry terminal at McInroys Point (this is the second of the two ferry terminals and provides the only car service). Take the ferry to Hunters Quay, Dunoon. Leaving the terminal turn right onto the A815. At the T junction adjacent to the marina in Sandbank turn right. After approx. 1.5 miles turn left on to the B836. Travel for 11 miles before turning left on to the A886. Follow signs for Colintraive and travel for 4.5 miles. Immediately prior to reaching Colintraive turn right onto the old coastal road (B866) and continue back on yourself for about 0.3 miles to find the entrance to Altavoil on the left hand side.
An alternative route is to travel west on the M8 from Glasgow, take the exit marked Erskine Bridge and cross over the bridge following the sign for Dumbarton/Crianlarich which leads you on to the A82. Follow the A82 through Dumbarton and up the west shore of Loch Lomond. Two thirds the way up Loch Lomond at Tarbet follow the road round to the left on to the A83. Follow this main artery to the west passing through Arrochar and the Rest and Be Thankful pass to the A815 Junction, just before Cairndow. Turn left on to the A815 and continue to Strachur where you turn right onto the A886 which takes you into Colintraive. Then follow directions as above. This route is about 45 miles further than the ferry but often quicker and cheaper.