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The Knowe Lower

(Ref. 927115)

Taynuilt near Oban, Argyll & The Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "As described-- very clean and comfortable."

    Lovely little village.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Cottage had all the items I would expect."

    Great location. Helpful recommendations from the host. It’s close to amazing places and a very short walk to a Loch with a beach. We had a wonderful holiday. Also a nice touch, there was a doggy package on arrival as well as milk and shortbread Many thanks Ian

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Enjoyed our relaxing week, the owners live next door and are very friendly and helpful, Thank You"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "The Knowe provided a clean, comfortable and well equipped base for a great holiday."

    The location was ideal for exploring this beautiful part of Scotland (I agree with a previous reviewer that it would be helpful to have a visitors book for sharing recommendations!). We would definitely recommend The Knowe, and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Jun 2023

  • "McGrath family really enjoyed all aspects of this holiday."

    Might suggest a guest book to recommend what is worth a visit locally and around and about.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0May 2023

  • "Amazing holiday."

    My second stay at The Knowle. By far the cleanest self-catering property I have ever stayed in (one of the things that brought me back). Welcoming owners. Beautiful part of the world

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very clean apartment but rather utilitarian felt more like a commercial apartment."

    Flat upstairs was noisy with dogs constantly going up and down and barking. Nice garden but unfortunately could not let dogs out without being with them. Photos gave me the impression it was enclosed, my mistake i didn't read correctly. Good area for exploring beautiful Argyle.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Sep 2022

  • "Comfortable lower flat of a villa."

    Well equipped and convenient for village amenities. Owner was helpful and available if we had wanted any assistance.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.4Apr 2022

  • "We had a great week in Knowe Lower."

    The dogs loved huge garden and cottage was ideal to get us where we needed to be Thanks again Iain

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Apr 2022

  • "Had a lovely week at The Knowe Lower with our little dog."

    The property was well equipped and comfortable with a big garden for the dog. The property is ideally situated for visiting surrounding areas and Oban which has ferry services to other isles (including Isle of Mull), and some lovely restaurants for enjoying fresh seafood.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2022

  • "Could do with power shower."


    Reviewed by Daljit5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Lower Knowe was absolutely beautiful."

    It was so much more than we expected. We just didn’t want to leave. It was only 11 miles from Oban which was a lovely market town. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Sep 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful location , nice quiet village to relax away from the hustle and bustle of daily life."

    The garden was exceptional, huge and our beagle was in his element . Taynauit pier is a ten minute walk , fishing , kayaking , easy launch site for those who partake in water sports. Historic monument and veiw point dedicated to Lord Nelson bt the Iron forge workers erected 1805. All in exceeded our expectations, tried to book again for next year same time , but already full. We will return to this amazing property

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Aug 2021

  • "We thought the cottage had an enclosed garden for the dog , but it didn’t."

    Reviewed by James4.1Aug 2021

  • "Very clean and comfortable cottage a short drive away from key attractions like Oban and the Three Sisters."

    I only wish there were some games or a ping-pong table to keep young and young at heart busy.

    Reviewed by Kristina5.0Aug 2021

  • "This was our 2nd stay at this wonderful cottage and we enjoyed it just as much as the 1st time we stayed here, the cottage is very well equipped and comfortable and spotlessly clean."

    The owner is very friendly and helpful and we look forward to staying there again next year

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Jul 2021

  • "Had an excellent stay in this very nice, well located, house."

    We enjoyed the lovely garden and the convenience of Graham's grocers, Grants the butchers ( where we got excellent fillet steaks for dinner) and the Taynuilt Inn, a very short walk! Excellent, close at hand walks for the dogs and friendly, helpful owners made this an ideal venue for us.

    Reviewed by Bernadette5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Knowe Lower definitely exceeded our expectations."

    We felt so relaxed the moment we arrived as everything was in place to make our week long stay there as comfortable S possible. Good spacious apartment with a lovely garden and middle of the village access to shops and the local tavern. Will hopefully stay there again. Owners lived nearby and were on hand if we needed anything.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2021

  • "We had a lovey time the places was very good and the owners where to."

    Reviewed by Allan Peter5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely base for exploring that area if Scotland."

    Beautifully clean and comfortable perfect when taking a dog on holiday. Helpful and friendly owner.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Oct 2020

  • "Everything was absolutely amazing."

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Oct 2020

  • "Everything that we needed was there and more located in a very central place was beautiful"

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Oct 2020

  • "Comfortable and clean accommodation that was great inside and out."

    Not too far from Oban and a great base to go into the hills. We went to Glencoe and Fort William. Dog thoroughly enjoyed his holiday. Village was small but very friendly. Shop across road open early/late and had all necessities with a friendly smile. Owners were very friendly too and all was explained regarding new cleaning measures for everyone’s safety. Pity pub wasn’t open but in these unprecedented times we have to overcome and adapt. Thanks for having us.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Oct 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage very well equipped set in the middle of a delightful village ..."

    A beautiful cottage very well equipped set in the middle of a delightful village and the owner was so friendly and helpful we would definitely stay there again

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Sep 2020

  • "The Knowe lower was a clean property, however the bathroom is in definite need of a makeover."

    The property was comfortable, however there were young children in the upper property, and on hard floors it was quite noisy at times. We were also disappointed to find that the village pub described in the property information as within walking distance is currently shut and the nearest pub where dogs are welcome is 9 miles away.

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Sep 2020

  • "Very clean and comfortable everything was fantastic Large garden for Maisy my ..."

    Very clean and comfortable everything was fantastic Large garden for Maisy my dog to run about in great location for exploring the west coast would definitely recommend this place

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2020

  • "The owner was very welcoming and apologetic that there were no soft furnishings due to the corona virus, that was quite understandable but did not really matter too much as we enjoyed the holiday immensely."

    Would certainly recommend the property as it is in a lovely setting and in a quiet location

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2020

  • "The apartment is spacious and well equipped, situated in a delightful small village with everything to hand: excellent grocer and butcher adjacent, with pub 200m away."

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "Second visit."

    And already booked again for next year. Fabulous location and facilities. Locals all lovely and friendly.

    Reviewed by Ellie5.0Sep 2019

  • "We arrived at Knowe Lower after a long drive up from North Wales so we were really pleased to find everything we needed for a very pleasant welcome - tea, coffee, milk, tea cakes and even a bottle of wine."

    The cottage was clean and comfortable with fresh bedding and lovely fluffy towels. We were also situated a few steps from the village centre shops - grocers, butchers and post office - all offering excellent service. The cottage garden was secluded and restful - especially after a day exploring this beautiful part of Scotland. I hope we will come back one day.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Aug 2019

  • "The property was ideal, probably the best we have stayed in."

    Unfortunately the weather wasn't very good so we couldn't make use of the amazing garden, but our dog enjoyed running around it each mornImg, the only criticism was the area hasn't got many eating places without having to travel a few miles.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2019

  • "The Welcome goodies were unexpected and a lovely surprise."

    The accommodation was spotless and well-equipped, and the garden was a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the sunshine. The owner visited to introduce himself and make sure we had everything we needed, and it was nice to have local shops and The Taynuilt Inn so close to the property. We will definitely book again for next year!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2019

  • "The accommodation was very well furnished with tasteful decor and our score for comfort would have been much higher if we had found the mattress on the double bed suited us better."

    Unfortunately, we could feel the springs and it was too firm and unforgiving for our elderly bones! A mattress topper would have made all the difference. Sadly, this spoilt what would have otherwise been excellent accommodation and we really appreciated the warm friendly welcome and welcome pack.

    Reviewed by Karen4.1May 2019

  • "Very comfortable everything you could require."

    Handily situated for exploring the area nice walks nearby.Great shop 50yds away.

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely place."

    Excellent location. Ideal for pets. Couldnt have asked for anything more. Already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Ellie5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very central to village centre."

    Lovely stone house just off the main road. Parking and garden yet so close to all the facilities. Great for the family and dog too. Friendly owners as well.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2019

  • "I can and would recommend both Sykes cottage but also the wonderful accommodation The Knowe Lower in Taynuilt which we rented."

    Sykes Holiday Cottage site was easy to use. I found the accommodation in the area that we wanted. Booked and paid for it on line. We than received confirmation emails, and details for making contact with the house owner to pick up key. On arrival we were delighted with everything, the location in the village, the house was just as described it was clean, warm and spacious, everything we needed was there, pleased to even find baking bowls etc. We were also so touched at the welcome pack - milk, tea , sugar and the extra touch prosecco and shortbread. Many thanks to Iain the owner, we were using house as a base to stay in for new year, whilst spending time with family in village over new year, but it is an ideal location for people wanting to see the surrounding area. Will definitely use again.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Dec 2018

  • "Great holiday second visit area plenty to see castles beaches boat trips to mull."

    Good selection restaurants in Oban

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely, comfortable cottage in a village conveniently located for touring this part of Scotland."

    The owner is friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2018

  • "I would like to say that the owners of the cottage were welcoming and friendly and they had thoughtfully supplied a welcome pack which included tea ,coffee ,tea cakes ,milk in the fridge and a much appreciated bottle of prosecco Everyone that we Met in the village were also chatty and friendly."

    The local shop had everything that you could require .There is also a local post office and a very nice tea room. But unfortunately we did have some problems which we found to be very disappointing.On arrival we discovered that the gas fire didn’t work but the issue was resolved very speedily and the gas fitter arrived on the Sunday morning and fixed it.We found the beds very hard and uncomfortable,there was a lot of mould in the bathroom and the kitchen cupboards housing the cutlery and other cooking utensils smelt dreadfully of mould and damp.We did point this out to the owner so hopefully something will be done to rectify it but it was very off putting in fact the smell was so overpowering every time you opened the doors that I ended up leaving the things that I used out on the table after I had washed everything before use. As this was my first experience of your holiday facilities I did find it overall disappointing.

    Reviewed by Margaret2.5Aug 2018

  • "The Knowe Lower was very comfortable and had everything we needed."

    It was very clean and well presented and in an ideal setting with a lovely garden. The village itself was very useful with its ameneties and Grahams the Grocers had everything you could ever need and open long hours. All in all a very good holiday and The welcome gift of Prosecco, milk rea and coffee was very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very large apartment and dog friendly."

    Ideal base for sight seeing and great dog walks all around from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very comfortable and clean property."

    The owners live next door if you need to know anything. Also all the shops we went into in Taynuilt village were only too pleased to see you and were very friendly and they didn't charge exorbitant prices. The actual area is absolutely beautiful. When we went to Oban on the Sunday the sun was shining brightly and it was so bright and colourful everywhere with the CalMac boats going off to the Islands. Word of warning - book in advance if you want to go to Mull. We had various days out up and down the coast and the scenery is simply breathtaking. Also made a nostalgic trip to Inveraray which my late Mum had loved so much.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2018

  • "Great location for us."

    We had a lovely holiday. The owners were easy going and friendly. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Feb 2018

  • "Holiday at Lower Knowe was amazing."

    The cottage had everything we needed and more. The owners had left us a bottle of Prosecco and also fresh milk, tea, coffee and sugar. Facilities were great, couldn't get over how much room there was, we felt right at home. Cottage was very clean and tidy and very cosy. Village is amazing, all you need right on the doorstep and the people who live there were so welcoming. Ian and Shirley, the owners were great, we just had to phone if we needed anything, but everything was there so we didn't have to phone. Our 2 dogs loved their holiday too, they settled in to cottage no problem and enjoyed all the lovely walks close by. Easy travelling distance to Oban, which was a definite plus for us.

    Reviewed by Wilma5.0Nov 2017

  • "Had a great stay here, the Knowe is in a nice quiet location, it's clean and comfortable and has everything you could possibly need."

    Easy to get to and is the perfect spot for exploring this part of Scotland.

    Reviewed by Doug5.0Nov 2017

  • "Excellent facilities."

    Owner was on hand to welcome us on arrival. We have two big dogs and this was a great area to bring them. Would certainly consider coming back again.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2017

  • "The Knowe(lower) felt like a home from home for the week we spent there."

    It's really cozy and comfortable and had all the essentials needed for our family of 4. Iain was very welcoming and helpful and we were really impressed upon arrival to find a bottle of fizz waiting for us. Would definitely recommend and return again.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2016

  • "The cottage was very comfortable."

    Well equipped and Ian was very helpful with local information.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.8Oct 2016

  • "We'd a wonderful week in the cottage with our family."

    We enjoyed the warm welcome. We also got a welcoming dring and some milk for our first coffee in the accomodation. Many thanks for this! We'd several days out in the beautiful landscape. One of the most exiting and breathtaking trip we ever had was on Iona! The weather was brilliant and we could feel the special spirit and peace at this amazing island. We also can recommend a walk down to Loch Etive, the Bonawe Iron Fernance and to the smokehouse at the Inverawe House. On the way there is a distinctive suspension bridge that spans the River Awe. You should not miss this walk. Thank you for a beautiful and unforgettable week of our holiday. The Bertels Family from North Germany.

    Reviewed by Lars4.2Aug 2016

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  • All ground 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 gas fire.
  • Electric heating with focal point 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 ground floor cottage has a king-size double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a comfortable open plan living area encompassing a kitchen, dining area and sitting area.

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

A charming cottage surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Note: This property is below Ref. 927114, 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