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Ettrick Cottage

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage on a lovely island."

    The cottage has everything you need and should you require anything else, Seamus and Caroline will help you in any way they can. Dog Scooby and the chickens are adorable. I will come back for sure!

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is the second time we have stayed and it’s a beautiful ..."

    This is the second time we have stayed and it’s a beautiful property,everything you need is in the property with some really comfortable outside chairs to just sit and admire the fantastic views

    Reviewed by Melvin5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Ettrick and after long walks returned to watch the abundance of wildlife in the garden, wagtails, pheasant, rabbits and not forgetting the entertaining chickens!"

    Caroline and Seamus were superb hosts, available if we needed anything, which we didn’t as the cottage has everything you’d need. Highly recommend staying here for a nice wee Scottish break and the beaches are amazing, a very underrated island.

    Reviewed by Annmarie5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was in an excellent position on the quieter side of the Isle of Bute with several walks from the property, so we had several car free days, which was great."

    It had everything a couple could need for a relaxing stay and everything was maintained to a high standard. The description of the bedroom was entirely accurate so important future holidaymakers make themselves fully aware of that before booking.

    Reviewed by Nick4.7Oct 2022

  • "A very well equipped property."

    We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay here. Would recommend it.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Sep 2022

  • "A superb cottage in a great location."

    Very clean with all you need. Views from the cottage are fantastic. Would definitely return to Ettrick Cottage.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautifully decorated and well equipped cottage in a stunning setting."

    Everything was provided for in the kitchen and we loved the well thought out eating area with the comfortable chairs. The lounge size afforded us easily mobility and the additional patio areas just outside we’re delightful. The privacy and tranquility of the cottage meant we had the quiet and peaceful rest we wished for and the location provided us with easy access to the road where we could walk by the bay. We could amble to the little restaurant for snacks whenever we pleased form the cottage or drive to Rothesay in no time at all. We had wonderfully fluffy towels, dressing gowns, slippers , a hairdryer and a very comfortable bed to add to our comfort and we simply can’t wait to return for another period of relaxation in, what is, a stunning cottage where the warmth of the welcome was second to none! Thanks to Seamus, Caroline and Scoobie for making our stay at Etterick Cottage so wonderful.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Aug 2022

  • "The property was fantastic and well equipped with fantastic views,the only issue ..."

    The property was fantastic and well equipped with fantastic views,the only issue I had was having problems with the low ceiling and steep stairs to the bedroom which I suspected I would but it would not stop me going back , I loved the dog and the chickens they were real characters and it was great to see them,

    Reviewed by Melvin5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at this lovely cottage."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect one of my favourite cottage breaks yet!"

    Stunning surroundings, unbelievable cottage and location every need catered to, hosts are amazing although they allow you total privacy to enjoy your stay, they are the hosts with the most if you need anything at all it’s no trouble and they are fantastic people, 10/10 all day everyday best 8 days so far this year cannot wait to return and recommend ! Tranquil haven we absolutely adored!

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Feb 2022

  • "Excellent location, peaceful and with stunning views."

    Accurate pictures and descriptions. Immaculately maintained. Well equipped. Friendly, helpful hosts.

    Reviewed by Kaye5.0Dec 2021

  • "Awesome cottage in a beautiful location."

    Caroline and Seamus were great hosts. They were very friendly and made us feel at home straight away. Will definitely be going back in the future and look forward to doing so - such beautiful scenery, everything needed in the cottage and lovely finishing touches including the reclining chairs!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2021

  • "I was exactly what I wanted and more besides."

    I'd certainly like to return

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful and the owners were very helpful and welcoming."

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2021

  • "Seamus and Caroline couldn’t do enough for us!"

    They were welcoming and really lovely hosts.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, perfect hosts it doesn’t get much better."

    Guaranteed returning guests.

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2020

  • "Stunning location with ever changing views of sea and sky."

    .. Warm, cosy and comfortable cottage equipped to a very high standard and spotlessly clean throughout. Bed and recliner sofa added to general comfort. Hosts, Seamus and Caroline, are very keen to ensure that guests' needs and expectations are met. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Anne Marie5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely, comfortable and had everything and more we could have wanted and in an beautiful location."

    The owners were so kind and helpful as well and very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful little cottage in stunning location."

    Friendly and welcoming owners. Clear communication from Sykes Cottages with information and instructions.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2020

  • "We have had many self catering holidays on Bute but this was by far the best."

    The cottage is ideal for two people and is both well appointed and very comfortable. It is well located, set back from a very quiet country road with expansive views over the Sound of Bute towards Arran and Kintyre. Only potential downside is the bedroom which has a low ceiling which could be an issue for taller persons. On the plus side, the king size based is one of the most comfortable we’ve encountered anywhere.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent stay."

    Details provided in advance were complete and very useful, especially advice re COVID. Cottage was in a fantastic location, with the hosts eager to provide anything that was missing. It is extremely well-equipped and comfortable and we recommend it highly for singles or couples who want to experience Bute and its quiet side.

    Reviewed by Paul James5.0Aug 2020

  • "Thanks for a lovely stay!"

    The only very minor downside was the size of the mugs - we like big cups of tea :o)

    Reviewed by Jethro4.7Jul 2020

  • "The owners have created a most welcoming cottage, with excellent facilities and a beautiful setting."

    I had a most enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jul 2020

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  • One king-size bedroom
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Electric underfloor heating and electric fire
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with FreeSat and DVD, Bluetooth speaker and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Patio and lawned garden with furniture and a stream
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.8 miles, pub 3 miles
  • Note: Open tread stairs, please take care
  • Note: There is limited head space upon entering the bedroom and in the bedroom itself
  • Note: Adults only

The property

Resting on the west coast of the Isle of Bute, offering stunning seascapes and an idyllic position for a romantic retreat to Scotland Ettrick Cottage is a true marvel of a base.

Just 5 miles from the excitement of the seaside town of Rothesay, this countryside cottage is the ultimate choice for an escape to this rural area of Scotland with your loved one.

The open-plan living space makes the perfect place to relax when you're not out exploring, with the impressive reclining sofa letting you unwind into your evening amongst the warmth of the electric fire, while the television provides your entertainment for the evening.

Sit together at the dining table to enjoy a romantic meal, with the assistance of the amply-equipped, sleek and stylish kitchen being a true delight for a self-catering stay, as well as boasting a wonderful washing machine for your convenience.

Indulge in a relaxing soak in the shower room, your towel getting toasty on the heated rail, before putting on your provided gown and heading up the open tread stairs to discover the bedroom.

Tucked beneath the sloping ceiling you can find a luxurious king-size bedroom, encompassed by ample storage space and offering spectacular views, this room is a true haven.

Sit out on your private south-facing patio to make the most of your countryside views, with the Isle of Arran and Ettrick Bay surrounding you, here you can listen to the tranquil trickle of the stream on the lawned area, before getting into your walking gear and heading out on a day of adventure.

Make your way to the centre of the seaside town of Rothesay to find all the amenities you could need on a self-catered stay; pick up some ingredients for your romantic meal at one of the local shops, or indulge in a fine dining experience at one of the many eateries on offer, before making your way to explore the ruins of the 13th century castle and Mount Stuart House, a 19th century mansion with 300 acres of gardens, outstanding architecture and various events and performances held throughout the year, it's well-worth exploring.

Venture along the West Island Way for a ramble, or take a trip to Loch Fad in Bute for wonderful fishing opportunities and plenty of scenic wonder.

In the perfect position for a relaxing retreat, Ettrick Cottage is the ultimate choice for your escape to Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band D

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £75.

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About the location


Port Bannatyne 2.2 miles; Kilchattan Bay 7 miles

Although its castle dates from the 13th Century, the seaside town of Rothesay became very popular as a tourist destination in the Victorian era when many Glaswegians would go ‘doon the watter’ (down the River Clyde) and across on the ferry to Bute. Today there is much to do and see on this beautiful island which is very accessible by ferry crossing, either the 35 minute trip from Wemyss Bay or else the shorter 5 minute crossing to the north of the island from Colintraive. Visit the castle ruins in the centre of town, enjoy the stunning scenery with coastal walks or on one of the cycle routes around the island and visit historic Mount Stuart House as well as its superb gardens. Why not try one of the island’s three golf courses or chill out at Scalpsie Bay and watch the seals, with stunning views across to Arran?

Note: Adults only
Please note: The neighboring property will be having work done from August 2023 for around 3 months. Alternative parking will be provided.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas