Shelford Villa, 130 Bullwood Road Innellan, Argyll PA23 7QN
Next availability 11th, 15th or 18th December (3 up to 7 nights)
This beautiful detached Sea Front Villa in Argyll offers all modern Luxury and every possible comfort including 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Private Hot Tub, Central Heating and Wood Stove on the banks of the Clyde Estuary with fantastic sea views over to Ayrshire and panoramic views to Cumbrae Island, Arran and the Kintyre Peninsula.
Shelford Villa is easily accessible in the winter and within walking distance of a local village and Inns. This Luxury Self Catering Holiday Home comfortably sleeps up to 8 people and is located in the sleepy village of Innellan near Dunoon. Its many windows offering panoramic sea views and an amazing landscaped back garden. Shelford enjoys Full Central Heating, 2 Bathrooms and a Shower Room, A cosy Wood Burning Stove and private rear decked out area with a 5 person Hot Tub.
Its large rear gardens extending to a delightful natural spring with waterfall with surrounding decking. Enjoy a wonderful holiday of relaxation. Take in the sea views, watch seals and porpoise play and the pleasure boats including the Waverley paddle steamer, royal navy ships and sailing yachts passing by. Take a lovely walk or bike ride along the shore road to Dunoon or Toward and its picturesque lighthouse…or explore the most beautiful, scenic and most undiscovered area Argyll.
- Luxury Villa, Sleeps 8, Detached, Seaside location, Pet’s Welcome, Washer Dryer, Private Hot Tub, Fridge / Freezer, Central Heating, Multi-fuel Stove, Car Parking, Pubs / Inn’s near, SAT TV / DVD, WIFI, Bedding and Towels.
Why visit Argyll, Cowal and Bute?
Why not head North to Oban and Fort William? 90% of Scotland’s most appreciated tourist do just that…year after year. Yet Argyll, Cowal and Bute offer you the most populated area of lochs and walkways, spectacular scenery, botanic gardens, castles and wildlife in Scotland and because it is off the beaten tourist track, a very peaceful and relaxing place in which to stay. The very best of Scotland in miniature and packed into an area of only 35 x 25 miles and all within 60 minutes of Shelford Holiday Villa. “If you want to see all the best highlights and delights of Scotland… stay in Cowal for a week or two”
The Cowal peninsula offers you “Scotland in Miniature” the most populated area of Lochs, Forest Trails, Walkways, Spectacular Scenery, Gardens, Castles and Wildlife in the whole of Scotland, all crammed into a area of just 35 x 25 miles! Making touring the attractions simple and economical, so treat yourselves to a great value holiday of Relaxation, Walking, Fishing, Golfing and Bird watching.
The Benmore botanic Gardens and it’s Giant Redwoods (a short drive away)
Discover the true beauty and history of Scotland
The Cowal peninsula and Argyll Forest Park, some 54,000 acres, offer you a wide range of sporting activities including golf, fishing, various pleasure cruises, mountain-biking, cycling, organised horse riding and of course sailing and other water-based sports. For the walker choose from Seaside / Loch side trails to Woodland forest trails through what is accepted as the most beautiful scenic area of Scotland, notably Pucks Glen, Glenbranter and the magnificent world renowned “Benmore Botanic Gardens”.
Loch Eck and Argyll
Magnificent Loch Eck just over 6 miles long and 67 feet above sea level, scythes through the centre of the Cowal Peninsula, surrounded by high, forested hills. The loch epitomizes Cowal – rugged and spectacular but at the same time peaceful, where you can while away the hours walking, taking in the scenery and fishing in Loch Eck for Salmon trout, the Gwyniad or fresh-water Herring and a remarkably translucent fish 4 or 5 inches long called the Goldie. Captivating Bute, once the island retreat of Scottish kings, lies at the heart of the Firth of Clyde, and is the favorite destination of the famous ‘Waverley’, the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world. The area abounds in wildlife. Seagulls, Cormorants, Gannets, Eider Ducks and Swans and Seals are frequent passers-by.
The Coylet Inn by Loch Eck and Autumn views of Loch Eck
Activities on your doorstep or less than 1 hours travel
There are numerous scenic forest walks and loch side trails with signposted footpaths, in particular to Carrick Castle on the shores of Loch Goil and through the sprawling Argyll Forest Park area. There are 3 local golf courses within easy reach of you accommodation Innellan and Blairmore (both competitive 9 hole course) and the Cowal golf course, Dunoon (18 holes). Fishing and sea angling is available on your doorstep either from the banks of the Clyde below the front garden or the old pier. Numerous nearby rivers offer Brown Trout, Salmon and Sea Salmon. For those wishing to cruise on Loch Eck, motor or rowing boats are available to hire.
Toward Castle is now a residential training centre operated by Actual Reality Scotland and offers fantastic days out for bored restless children, Castle Towards outdoor education activities include catwalks and a high jump, as well as gorge walks and hill walks. The castles long history has led to a number of ghost stories. As well as outdoor education, the house is used for residential courses for young people in music and art. The Glasgow Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and West of Scotland Schools’ Symphony Orchestra visit regularly. The children’s BBC TV series Raven also use Castle Toward as a film location. You can contact Actual Reality Scotland Tel: 01369 870249 Fax: 01369 870337.
In Dunoon there is an excellent new indoor swimming pool. Around the area lie quaint lochside villages. Further north is Strone, Ardentinny and Strachur…further north still is Inverary, Lochgoilhead and Oban all with extensive facilities. The Arrochar Alps… gloriously rugged peaks for the more serious hill walker, stand high above Loch Long, looking onto the ‘Rest and be Thankful’, a fine viewpoint where cattle drovers once enjoyed a well deserved break after a tough climb. To the East, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs – Scotland’s first National park.
The Benmore Botanic Gardens
The Benmore Gardens is a specialist garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is a magnificent woodland garden set amidst the mountains of the Cowal Peninsula. Its 140 acres are renowned for the wide collection of trees and shrubs, which includes over 250 species of rhododendrons. One of the most spectacular views is the avenue of Giant Redwood trees (pictured below) which greets every visitor on entering the garden.
Throughout there are waymarked walks, which lead to a beautiful pond and formal garden which display a wide variety of Himalayan and Oriental plants. Continue up the richly planted hill slopes, which rise to 450 feet to a dramatic viewpoint overlooking the Eachaig valley and the Holy Loch. Refreshments are available. The Botanics Shop sells a range of books, gifts and plants some of which can be found in the garden. Facilities are also provided for those less able, including wheelchairs.
The Pucks Glen Forest and Waterfall Walks
Within an easy 20 minute drive from Shelford, you can also access lot’s of waterfalls at Pucks Glen and a choice of 3 mouth watering woodland trails Pet Friendly, sign posted and marked out offering a sometimes tropical rainforest feel with magnificent views from the summits. The waterfalls walk (below) features a meandering tour up the valley involving a series bridges crossing streams, cascading waterfalls and pools, particularly delightful after a strong downpour of rain!
The Pucks Glen Waterfalls Walks (less than 15 minutes away)
The Glen Massan trail
In the same area as Pucks Glen and the Benmore gardens, you will also find at the end of a delightful single track trail that Glen Massan a great place to visit, particularly for fishing, leisure walkers, pet owners and those just seeking the peace and quiet. Here you can walk for miles along the easy the going river trail, there are also more challenging forest trails for the serious walkers and plenty of good places for a picnics.
The lovely Glen Massan where you can walk, picnic and fish
The Spectacular Kyles of Bute
The spectacular Kyles of Bute as seen on television, can be easily reached in less than 1 hour from Shelford and well worth the journey as you pass through some delightful little villages, Lochs, forest and Glens on the way there.
The Spectacular Kyles of Bute (less than 1 hours drive away)
The magical Isle of Bute
Combine these most spectacular views…with a trip to the captivating Isle of Bute a beautiful little island about 15 miles long and nearly 5 miles wide and within a hours drive of Shelford, always a favorite day trip with much to offer with hills in the North and plenty of sandy beaches, ruined chapels and castles, yachting, fishing, golf, etc. Bute’s many gardens benefit from the Gulf Stream which gives the island a mild climate enabling palm trees and other exotic plants to grow here. One of the main visitor attractions is the spectacular Mount Stuart house and gardens. Canada hill offers the best views from this island.
Bute Castle (left) and “Mount Stuart” and it’s gardens (centre) and the short ferry crossing to the Isle of Bute (right)
Dunoon and the Cowalfest
The highly popular October walking festival known as the Cowalfest is now firmly established as a highlight of the year in the Cowal calendar, with all the walks graded and numbered. There are also cultural and social events to accompany this event, which usually last about 10 days around the middle of the month – A ‘must’ for walkers! and based around the popular capital town Dunoon, which offers all services, including 2 x supermarkets, high street shops include giftware, electrical, grocery, health. One local hospital (Dunoon general), doctor, vet. Numerous leisure facilities include crown green bowling, tennis courts, swimming baths, quad biking, golf and crazy golf. There are 2 ferry regular ferry crossings to Gourock and the Waverley Puffer calls in the summer.
Panoramas of Dunoon, the high street and square
Inveraray it’s castle, the old Jail, the Puffer and museum
Well worth a visit during your stay and less than 60 minutes drive is the lovely town of Inveraray (Inbhir Aora in Gaelic) a former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, located on the western shore of Loch Fyne near its head. One time traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town in 1745, alongside his new home, Inveraray Castle. Its distinctive white buildings on the loch shore make it very photogenic and it is a very popular tourist destination, with a number of attractions in addition to the castle. The Georgian Inveraray Jail in the burgh is now a museum. Other attractions include the Argyll Folk Museum at Auchindrain. The Celtic Inveraray Cross can also been seen in the town. The Arctic Penguin ship Maritime Museum is moored at the pier, along with the Clyde puffer VIC 72, renamed Eilean Eisdeal.
Panorama of Inverary (left) the high street, the harbour, the castle and estate (right)
Oban “The Gateway to the Isles”
Just over 60 minutes drive away from Shelford Villa lies the busy fishing town of Oban “The Gateway to the Isles” with supermarkets, high street stores, Shops, restaurants and Pubs. Oban is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn. Oban Bay is a near perfect horseshoe bay, protected by the island of Kerrera, and beyond Kerrera is Mull. To the north is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour. Oban has a large Gaelic speaking population. All road and street signs are translated into the Scottish language. Attractions in Oban include the Waterfront Centre, the Cathedral of St Columba, the Oban Distillery, Dunollie Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle and McCaig’s Tower, which dominates the town’s skyline. From here you can easily extend your day trip by taking the Calmac ferry to visit the Isle of Mull, Tobermory (The fictional Balamory) and the sacred Isle of Iona.
Tobermory “the fictional Balamory”
Seil, Luing and Easdale Island
Approx 90 minutes drive away, lie the delightful inner hebridean chain of 3 small Islands. Accessed via the unique and only bridge over the “Atlantic” Seil Island leads to the historic Easdale slating Island via foot ferry to the West from Ellanbeich. To the south lies the delightful island of Luing accessed via car ferry. Easdale made famous by it’s many picture postcard appearances has a population of around 150 people and the centre of population including a village shop and Pub is based around the beautiful harbour inlet. Luings major areas of population lie around Tobernochry and Cullipool and is accessed by a short car ferry crossing from the south of Seil Island.
The bridge over the Atlantic (left) leads to Seil, Luing (centre) and Easdale (right)
The endangered Red Squirrel
Around the Cowal peninsula, you will see many of the endangered Red squirrels they have a typical head to body length of 19 to 23 a tail length of 15 to 20 cm and a mass of 250 to 340. The red squirrel is slightly smaller than the common eastern grey squirrel, unfortunately the grey squirrel is the main reason for the red squirrels decline and you will see particularly in this area of Cowal, the many measures taken to try to preserve this endangered species such as their own rope bridges and tunnels across the busier roads !
Mountain bikes and Walking Holidays
Along with numerous local walks, more serious walkers can sample a part / all of the Cowal way. The Cowal Way is a long distance footpath split into 6 sections, running the length of the Cowal Peninsula. It starts at Portavadie, beside Loch Fyne, and finishes in at Ardgartan, by Loch Long. It is 47 miles (75 km) long, climbing 5050 ft (1540 m) on the way. The route follows existing rights of way and public roads, most of which are extremely quiet, or cross Forestry Commission land, which includes a good deal of open hill. Access is not an issue. For the mountain bikers there is also the more local to where you are staying Glen Kin way an easy 6 mile / 10 Km circuit of a small glen in Cowal, Argyll that suits beginners and provides more experienced riders with optional challenges
For the mountain bikers there is also the more local to where you are staying Glen Kin way an easy 6 mile / 10 Km circuit of a small glen in Cowal, Argyll that suits beginners and provides more experienced riders with optional challenges
For more information on guided walks, please contact Nikki Dayton Tel 01369 860324. You can also hire bikes daily / Weekly from either Quadmania Ltd 01369 810246 Or ProAdventure Scotland 01369 707456
The highly acclaimed Loch Fyne Oster Restaurant and it’s fantastic seafood shop
Bus services to Dunoon, Inveraray and Toward from Shelford Villa
If you are coming on holiday to actually take a break from driving, there is a fairly regular bus service run by West Coast Motors www.westcoastmotors.co.uk who run the 476 and 486 services between Toward, Innellan, Dunoon, Kilmun, Pucks Glen / Benmore Gardens, Whistlefield, Strachur, Loch Fyne Oysters and Inverary. There are 5 return trips in each direction Mondays to Saturdays and 3 return trips on Sundays from Easter to the end of October. They also operate services from Dunoon to the Isle of Bute plus a number of other destinations in Cowal.
Toward point and lighthouse (top ) and the array of wildlife living around this point 10 miles south of Dunoon (below)
An evening out and Locality
Evenings out – the most local Inn is the Osborne Hotel, approx 1.5 miles, there is also the Royal Hotel in Innellan village providing a friendly atmosphere, good food, drink and entertainment. Dunoon is only a short drive from your accommodation and has a selection of excellent restaurants, fast food takeaways and a new cinema. Further afield but within easy reach are a number of excellent seafood restaurants and country pubs, in particular the Coylet Inn and the renowned Loch Fyne Oyster Bar where you can sample some of the world famous oysters from the shores of Loch Fyne. Also the famous Whistlefield Inn a cosy 14th Century inn with an open fire and inviting atmosphere, with a fantastic selection of Malt Whisky and beers and a restaurant with great food.
The 14th century Whistlefield Inn (Left) and the Oyster Catcher” Inn / Restaurant (Right)
Local area Information
The nearest village shop and post office is approx 15 minutes walk. The nearest Pub / Inn is The excellent Royal Bar, Innellan Tel 01369 830742. Along with its fine Ales, Malts and superb pub meals food there is WIFI. There is also the Osborne Hotel Tel 01369 830445
Luxury Sea Front Villa Accommodation
Sea Front Villa is accessed via the main A815 Shore Road from Dunoon and offers you extremely comfortable accommodation. This Luxury 4 bedroom villa is fully double glazed with gas central heating throughout, its stone walls keeping the cold winters and oppresive summer heat waves away.
Full central heating is by means of a combination boiler which allows plenty of hot water.
The sitting Room – relax and settle into a good book in comfortably furnished surroundings, with high quality furnishings, Timber floors and a wonderful Log burning stove, Digital 42 Plasma TV with surround sound & Radio, HDMI DVD and CD. This room is well lit has two three seater sofas and is warm, well lit and has fantastic sea views.
The Walnut kitchen has unrestricted views to the rear garden and waterfall and is fully fitted and equipped with all the necessary modern equipment. Which include, Dining table and chairs; Double range Cooker; Oven; Microwave; Fridge / Freezer; Toaster; Kettle; Washer / Drying machine; Dishwasher; Iron and Ironing board.
Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.
This Luxury Villa has two bathrooms with Large Double Baths, W/C, Wash Basins and an additional walk in shower on the ground floor. The Upstairs master double bedroom, stretch out on relax after a long day of relaxation, this room has ample hanging and drawer space and fantastic sea views. This room in addition has a leather sofa, occasional chair and a 32 ” Plasma TV WITH 2.1 sound, digital tv / radio, HDMI DVD and cd player 2 further Downstairs Double bedrooms are both spacious with ample hanging, drawer space and 19″ LCD digital tv’s / radios and occasional chairs. The Downstairs Twin Bedroom has 2 full size single beds with ample hanging and drawer space. This Luxury Holiday villa is also very child friendly with a large selection of books and games available along with a High Seat Chair and travel Cot.
Plenty of outdoor space too – there is a safe enclosed front garden and driveway parking for up to 4 cars, and a large lawned rear garden (not fully child / Pet secure) slightly graded up to the top where there is a natural spring and waterfall (fenced but not fully child / Pet Secure) and lovely views over the property to the Clyde estuary
Guest Book Sample
Boat hire on Loch Eck and fishing permits
Motor boats are available from (£12 per hour / £40 per day / £25 half day) Rowing boats are available at the Coylet Inn by Loch Eck from £5 per hour / £15 per day / £10 half day Tel 01369 840576 or 01369 840426. Salmon Fishing permits are available for the river Eachaig from May and Loch Long from early February at £5 per day / £20 per 7 days. The Brown Trout Season is from the 15th of March until the 6th of October, Coarse fishing, Sea fishing and Rainbow Trout fishing are permitted all year round and no national rod licence is required in Scotland. Fishing permits of all kinds are available from the Coylet Inn Tel 01369 840426
Fishing Tackle hire in Dunoon
For the novice and if you are not bringing your own fishing tackle you can visit or call the tackle shop in Dunoon. I.C. Purdie 112 Argyll Street, Dunoon. Tel. 01369 703232 for fishing advice and permits for all the local Lochs and Rivers.
The Red Squirell – Eagles – Buzzards and Red Deer / Stag are also local residents
Scale of Weekly Hire Charges
Owner Direct Website of – Shelford, 130 Bullwood Road Innellan – Listed since 2007
Availability and Secure Online Bookings
Lowest Season Weeks from £395, High Season Weeks £795, Festive Weeks £895
The Hire charges include all Towels and Bedding and a standard supply of Heating and Electricity (an average metre saving of at least £80 per week).
Pet Friendly – Yes but by prior arrangement only, clean well-behaved pets are welcome a supplement of £20 per pet per week booking. Pets must be kept under strict control at all times around the gardens and must not be allowed in the bedrooms, or on any furniture.
A fully returnable Breakage Deposit – £150 is required for all Groups Bookings of 6 or more.
Telephone Enquiries 09:00am to 22:30pm
0345 319 1045 / 07885 211787
General Booking enquiry – please note this does not constitute a booking