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The Knowe Upper

(Ref. 927114)

Taynuilt near Oban, Argyll & The Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Thank you to the owner for accommodating us at such short notice."

    We had the lovely, relaxing time at Knowe Upper, a great base to explore surrounding areas. We found the locals to be really friendly too. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Mar 2024

  • "Great base for exploring the area and the lovely village, great local walks, super local amenities and some great pubs near by."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "Clean tidy, very well equipped."

    Broadband worked well. Views to hills front And back were nice.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic place to stay, Taynuilt is lovely and tranquil and the apartment is great."

    It has everything you need and was cosy and comfortable. Great value for money and we wouldn't hesitate to book again. The owners are on hand if you need anything without being intrusive and obviously keep the place to high standards. Thanks for the lovely holiday

    Reviewed by Jean-pierre Edric5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely location , great local facilities, great outside space, very comfortable accommodation with all the necessary bits and bobs, wouldn't hesitate to book again."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great little flat, well equipped and beautiful surroundings."

    Basic shops readily available and easy access to Oban etc.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Aug 2022

  • "Wonderful stay."

    Exceptionally clean. Kitchen was very well equipped with plenty of utensils, crockery and cooking equipment. Lovely garden. Off road parking. Welcome tray with chocolate biscuits! We will return.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a very agreeable stay in this very nice cottage."

    Taynuilt is a lovely village in a beautiful countryside. Walks nearby, in woodland and hills. Ian made us feel welcome, we even found some milk in the fridge, and cookies on the table. We and our dogs loved the big garden. Thanks, Ian, for a super holiday in Scotland!

    Reviewed by Eleonore4.4Jun 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our 3 week stay in this spotlessly clean and comfortable warm apartment, as well as a lovely big garden for our dog,set in a good location to Oban and Fort William and lovely walks, set in a beautiful area of Scotland,while travelling around people were very friendly and helpful,as well as the owners."

    We will miss the beautiful scenery around us as well as our dog.thank you to the owners for the welcome tray of milk and chocolate biscuits and Coffee and tea,very much welcoming after a long journey.

    Reviewed by Sharon Beeton5.0May 2022

  • "The property was ideal for us to use as a base for exploring oban and the surrounding area."

    It had everything we needed and was clean and cosy. Was great to have access to the garden for when our son needed to strech his legs, and he was able to do so safely. Iain the host was very welcoming giving detailed direction to find the property.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.1Apr 2022

  • "Comfortable stay and flat warm and cosy."

    Kitchen was well equipped but was in quite a small area with not much in the way of work surfaces. Shower was pretty useless as never really heated up much and the pressure of the water was not good. Beds were lovely and comfortable and everything was spotlessly clean. Soft furnishings had been removed because of covid and there was no Dvd player although it is still advertised on the website so had just to rely on the t.v. Very tight turning into and getting out of driveway as very narrow and parked cars on the road added to this. Property situated in village centre and the local grocers never seems to shut. It is a well stocked shop if you have forgotten anything. Unfortunately the local hotel is shut due to a fire.

    Reviewed by Fiona3.4Nov 2021

  • "Staying at The Knowe Upper - the best decision ever!"

    ! This is a totally fabulous property - ultra, ultra clean, comfortable, very warm, welcoming, bright, spacious and the very best of facilities and fixtures. It is also easy to ventilate - lovely new windows which open any way you want them to. Perfect, whether during a very cold winter or a warm summer. It really is in an ideal location, right in the centre of Taynuilt village, but tucked away from traffic and very quiet. A very friendly village, there are plenty amenities around - a fantastic tea-room - The Robin 's Nest - a must for visiting - as well as a butcher, PO / shop, hairdresser, craft-shop and a very well-stocked food store, which is open early to late. All are a minute 's walk from the property. The train station is a couple of minutes away - no noise - and buses also stop nearby. You don 't actually see or hear them, but they are there! The Knowe is perfectly situated for trips to Oban, Mull, Lismore and for trips north and south, in the Argyll area. The owners are very welcoming indeed, very friendly and helpful and genuinely want those who stay at The Knowe to have a good holiday and all to be right for them. The beds are super comfy, there is a lot of storage and the bathroom is also spacious and totally pristine. Plenty hot water too. The kitchen is beautiful, super clean, with plenty crockery and utensils and all very good quality. It is also easy to keep clean and everything is just like it 's totally new - it 's like you are using it for the very first time! It is obvious that the owners refurbish regularly and really keep very high standards. I would totally recommend The Knowe Upper as a truly outstanding property, for a holiday in Argyll - I am very sure you would certainly not be at all disappointed. I 'm already looking forward to making a return visit - and it may very well not just be one visit - I should probably say visits!! Many thanks indeed to Iain and Shirli :) We really had a great time!!

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2021

  • "Knowe upper was a very comfortable and well equipped base from which to explore Oban, the local lochs and areas further afield such as Glencoe."

    We enjoyed the convenience of the cottage and the spectacular nature of the scenery. We were pleased to meet the owner who was welcoming and friendly and happy to advise us on places to visit and how to get there. Eating at the cottage was easy and convenient as the kitchen was very well equipped and instructions left covering all the appliances. The local store had a wide variety of tempting goods though it was a bit expensive.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great flat in a lovely village with very nice pub, grocer shop that never seemed to close and butchers and gift shop."

    Nice walks to Iverawe smoke house cafe and Bonawe ironworks.

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Aug 2021

  • "Stayed here for a wee Very clean cosy and well equipped Amazing times good ..."

    Stayed here for a wee Very clean cosy and well equipped Amazing times good base to explore Dog friendly massive garden to run in Loved the welcome tea tray especially the chocolate biscuits Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "We enjoyed our holiday the place was really nice."

    Reviewed by Glennis5.0Jun 2021

  • "Clean, comfortable, well equipped and well located (shops, pub, heritage site, Oban and hills all nearby)."

    Friendly owner.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jun 2021

  • "One of the best self catering cottages/Flats we have been to."

    Perfect in every way. Booked again for next year!

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "The property is absolutely gorgeous, stunning views from every window, immaculately clean and well equipped."

    We spent a week exploring the area - lots of hikes and bike rides (due to COVID-19 not many places open). Will definitely book here again! So peaceful and serene, the owner was lovely and so helpful. We can not fault this in any way whatsoever, absolutely made our holiday staying somewhere so beautiful

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2020

  • "The apartment was spotless and had everything and more for us to have a lovely ..."

    The apartment was spotless and had everything and more for us to have a lovely week, nice and spacious would thoroughly recommend

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a fantastic time!"

    The Knowe Upper is a lovely holiday appartment with everything one could need and more. A bottle of bubbly was waiting for us on arrival and milk was in the fridge. The owner is super friendly and told us to call should we need something. Taynuilt is the perfect location. It is quiet, not far from Oban and has a butcher, a small village shop and a post office right next door / across the street. We were sad to leave and will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, very helpful owners, lovely village with real community ..."

    Fantastic cottage, very helpful owners, lovely village with real community spirit, everything you needed on your doorstep, will definitely go back

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2019

  • "Great apartment everything was spot on lovely welcoming package included a bottle of Prosecco the village is ideal base for exploring the area x Iain our host was lovely as was the people we met in village giving directions etc."

    Ian in the village shop was a mindful of information will definitely be coming back ❤️ Maisy our dog

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely quiet property in a great location and train into Oban very handy."

    Pretty village. Lovely property owners.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0May 2019

  • "The warm & comfortable cottage was so peaceful and quiet."


    Reviewed by Angela5.0Feb 2019

  • "The flat was amazing, set in a beautiful stone house, this flat had everything you need for your holiday."

    It was spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. I would highly recommend this property, to anyone who wanted to visit this part of Scotland. There is a loch a short walk away, a village shop, butchers and post office, in the village. From this location will easily got to Fort William, Oban, isle of Mull, Iona and loch ness. We had such a perfect week and would love to come back. The hosts were very friendly, and the bottle of bubbly, tea and coffee were very much appreciated after the long drive up. Once again thank you for making our holiday so perfect.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2018

  • "The apartment was extremely well equipped and the wine and other goodies that were there on arrival was a real treat which set our holiday off on a very good note."

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Sep 2018

  • "The accommodation certainly ticked all our boxes; well maintained; warm; it enjoys a very comfortable sitting area with a well equipped kitchen adjoining."

    The bedrooms, a double and a twin were very comfortable and well presented, again equipped with more than sufficient storage for clothes and other bits and pieces needed for a walking holiday. The bottle of Prosecco, the pint of milk in the fridge and the "Tunnocks Teacakes" beside the kettle were a nice welcoming touch and much appreciated after a long drive up from Cairnryan. The cottage has the essentials to survive within a minutes walk, an excellent butchers; a well stocked general store (licensed) and a post office; all of which are owned and run by very friendly and helpful people, who are prepared to answer any questions you may have and offer recommendations for local eateries (when asked) - these recommendations certainly lived up to their descriptions. As for location the cottage is an excellent base for either travelling further north, or for walking. The owners of the cottage provided a list of local walks, which supplemented our own research on walks in the area, which was very thoughtful as well as being useful. No matter what the weather The Knowe Cottage at Taynuilt is an excellent holiday base location and one which we will return to again in the future

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2018

  • "We all total loved the very clean and spacious flat."

    It has everything you need within the building. The garden is big garden which the dogs loved especially the steam running along the bottom and there is also a bbq you can use. The owners was really nice and welcoming. They had also printed some local information which was brilliant thing to do as it was really helpful. We will deffenatly be back when we return to Scotland. Thankyou once again for a great place to stay

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2018

  • "A lovely cottage in a peaceful location."

    Comfortable and well equipped for self catering. Great place to stay...Thank you.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Great location. Ideal for touring the west coast.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2018

  • "Nice property in a lovely location, unfortunate that pub in village was closed."

    There was absolutely nothing lacking in the flat equipment wise. Nice garden, unfortunately the weather did not allow us to make the most of it. Bottle of wine on arrival was very welcome, as was the tea coffee and milk.

    Reviewed by Lindsay4.4Jun 2018

  • "Owners were very courteous and welcoming."

    Great attention to detail, even left us a couple of beers what else could you ask for?

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "Great cottage in a lovely village."

    Loads to do within a short distance.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.4Mar 2018

  • "The Knowe Upper was a perfect place for our holiday."

    It has a lovely view of the mountains around the loch, and is in a friendly village with excellent small shops covering all the essentials. It’s an excellent base for exploring Oban, the west coast, the central highlands and Glencoe. There is a good selection of eating places in the area, including several which welcome dogs.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Mar 2018

  • "The cottages was absolutely perfect for 4 people in the family + a dog."

    That area was beautifull, and great for fishing, and for trip. We loved it!

    Reviewed by Tunde4.0Aug 2017

  • "Very well located."

    A short walk to Loch Etive, a short drive to Oban and a shop within 50 metres. Very comfortable and a relaxing place.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2017

  • "It was a cosy and attractive home to return to each day."

    The friendly owner had made many welcoming touches too. Taynuilt is both pretty and an excellent centre for a holiday, especially for walkers!

    Reviewed by Christopher4.8Apr 2017

  • "Inaccurate website listing says dishwasher instead its a washing machine."

    Could hear downstairs tv and voices. No dvds to watch like on listing. Could do with a non slip bath mat as kids slipped few times in shower. Everything else accomadated for thank u for presseco went down a treat.

    Reviewed by Kim4.6Oct 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely wee village."

    Everything was perfect about the cottage, from the welcome pack to the views. This was my first booking through Sykes, it certainly won't be the last

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Oct 2016

  • "The people who owned the flat very helpful lovely area plenty to see and do dog friendly too we will definitely be back"

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2016

  • "The cottage was ideally located near to the village facilities, including the rail station."

    An excellent hotel was located within five minutes walk. A good bus service was also available. Mrs Coulter met us when we arrived and was very helpful, as was Mr Coulter. Everything we needed was in the cottage, which was cosy and warm. We would definitely recommend this property to others seeking a restful place to stay, without the constant need to drive everywhere.

    Reviewed by Howard5.0Sep 2016

  • "The property had everything we needed."

    The owner had left tea/coffee, milk and prosecco for us, which was very welcome. It was a comfortable and welcoming property. The owner was very helpful, and even told us he would clean out the barbecue after we had used it. Although we were in a small village, there was a grocery shop over the road which was open 12 hours a day, which was very useful for picking up bits and pieces.

    Reviewed by David4.6Aug 2016

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  • All first floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Electric storage heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 min walk, pub 3 miles
  • Note: There is a stream running round the lawn and there is a wall with a 2 ft
  • drop near the lawn, children to be supervised
  • Note: Mobile reception can be intermittent.

The property

This cottage is all first floor and is reached by a set of internal stairs.

With a king-size double bedroom and a twin bedroom, this cottage comfortably accommodates four people.

The open plan living accommodation comprises a kitchen, dining area and sitting area.

With an optional interconnecting door with The Knowe Lower below, this lovely cottage can be opened out to accommodate eight people.

A delightful cottage surrounded by outstanding scenery.

Note: This property is above Ref. 927115, together they sleep 8.

Knowe Cottages

These two cottages are located in a secluded spot next to the owner's home, just off the main street through Taynuilt. These two cottages share a spacious garden where you can relax and plan your day with the relaxing sound of the passing stream in the background. Each has been thoughtfully decorated and can sleep four people, and eight when booked together. The village centre is a few yards’ stroll away and here you will find a tea room, a butcher and a Post Office and store. There is so much to see and do around Taynuilt, whether it’s exploring the hills and mountains of this beautiful part of Scotland, fishing in one of the superb freshwater and seawater lochs or exploring ancient castles and archaeological sites. Why not visit Oban and take a boat trip to one of the many islands just off the coast or visit Ben Cruachan Power Station and take a venture inside a hollow mountain to visit the hydroelectric turbines? There is something for everyone around these delightful cottages, with a range of castles, mountain walks, golfing and fishing.

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About the location


Oban 12 miles.

The small attractive village of Taynuilt is situated 12 miles from the bustling town of Oban, known as the 'Gateway to the Isles'. Taynuilt sits on the southern shore of Loch Etive, in the shadow of the towering munro of Ben Cruachan. This peaceful village boasts a Post Office, pub, hairdresser, newsagent, butcher, grocer, Robin's Nest tea rooms and a 9 hole golf course. The area is a haven for hill walkers and nature lovers, with its spectacular scenery and the beauty of Loch Etive.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas