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East Firwood

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Rothesay, Isle Of Bute, Argyll & The Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "East Firwood is absolutely lovely, a beautiful home from home with the most amazing views."

    The facilities were great and we were very comfortable

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2024

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped property with amazing views"

    Thanks for your feedback. Would you be willing to give me some more information on how you think your experience there could have been improved? Best regards Dave Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Feb 2024

  • "Lovely property with modern kitchen, very comfortable accommodation and situation; close to town centre but rural feel and stunning views."

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Dec 2023

  • "Wonderful view, house perfect for our 4 generations of family and a dog !"

    All large rooms, very nicely decorated and furnished, very comfortable.

    Very glad that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabbo views from the front of the house and garden, though the latter would benefit from some better furniture."

    Garden very shaded even on sunny days and the monkey puzzle tree will scrape your roof box as you come up the drive. The double bed in the master bedroom was broken, with at least half the slats on the left hand side dislocated at the centre. If I had a stronger back and were I not supposed to be on holiday, I would have fixed this (the mattress is heavy). As it was, only one could sleep on this bed on its right hand side. This is a major failing, since two previous lots of guests reported the same problem during previous months in the house log book, to no avail. Additionally, the blind pulleys constantly break and have to be reconnected - another issue for virtually all previous guests which has gone unattended to. The other major gripe is the get out by 10 with all the beds stripped condition - providing for a stressful start to a day with a 450 mile drive home ahead of us. Surely 11 wouldn't be asking too much?

    I have fixed the bed. There have been several incidences where the blind cords have become detached. I personally have not had an issue with them, but the fact that there have been repeated problems is cause for concern. I will monitor this. Regarding the vacating time, I don’t have any say in this. What I might recommend is for the guest to contact Patricia and try and reach an agreement. As you can imagine Saturday, being changeover, is a busy day for them. With some weekends most likely busier than others which will dictate their schedule. Worth enquiring though. monkey puzzle branches cut back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry3.1Sep 2023

  • "A stunning semi-detached property."

    Better than the photos. The house is extremely clean and well equipped. Luxury accommodation in a gorgeous house with high ceilings and Victorian appointments. The views over the sea and island are amazing. Ample space for our group of 6. Take eye masks as blinds are quite transparent if you are someone who needs a dark room. Good base to see all the island has to offer.

    Glad that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sethina5.0Jul 2023

  • "I love Rothesay and East Firwood was the perfect place to stay I told my grown ..."

    I love Rothesay and East Firwood was the perfect place to stay I told my grown up kid’s & grandkids they loved it so hopefully we’ll all be back nest year Kath Friel

    Very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Jul 2023

  • "What a beautiful place to enjoy our break - the view was something amazing."

    From the morning to night ever changing colours around the hills and sea. Beds were super comfortable and the whole house just so full of character. The surrounding woodland and hilltop location provided much needed privacy and break from our busy lives. Thank you for having us!

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vilhelmiina4.7Jun 2023

  • "Outstanding in every way."

    Thank you.

    Very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by M5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely large home within beautiful grounds and direct access into the woods behind."

    Kitchen a dream for any cook. Linens are of an excellent standard. View spectacular

    Thanks. Good to know that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gina5.0Apr 2023

  • "Owner accommodated a very last minute, next day arrival!"

    Despite the late notice, we found the house fully prepared for our arrival. We loved our 4 nights in this property. Lots of space, was beautifully warm, loved the under floor heating! Beds were very comfortable. Perfect location to explore the Isle of Bute. Wonderful to return to this beautiful house, with its spectacular views, after a full days walking and exploring! Definitely planning a return trip!

    Thank you for your visit. Pleased to know that you had a good time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2023

  • "Gorgeous house with a spectacular view."

    Fantastic big spaces perfect for our family group. Two beautiful deer spotted in the garden to. East firwood was decorated beautifully and the beds and bedding were luxurious, we had 2 great restful nights here. We would definitely recommend a visit and will certainly be booking here again for future visits to Rothesay.

    Thanks so much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful house."

    We had a wonderful stay. Stunning views, extremely comfortable house. Perfect for the dogs. We'll definitely be back

    Reviewed by Erika5.0Mar 2023

  • "We would highly recommend East Firwood, its a large very well equipped home with a commanding view over Rothesay Bay."

    The host was most helpful and easy to contact. This was our second stay and we have booked to return again in 2024.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Jan 2023

  • "Booked this for the second year running."

    Excellent again. Had a wee problem on check in but the maintenance team / owner were very responsive. Driveway has been redone and access up the hill and parking is a lot better. Firmly recommended without hesitation.

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2022

  • "East firwood was well equipped and accurately described on the Internet."

    Comfy beds, walks straight from the property and amazing views from the windows. Bute is a lovely island and the small ferry from the North takes you in to some very dramatic scenery with Pucks Glenn well worth a visit. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Carl5.0Oct 2022

  • "Second time we’ve used the property and as happy as last time."

    The location is perfect and the views never failed to amaze us. Disappointed with the outside the drive was too hard to drive up, even in our 4x4 it really does need improving and the fact that it could do with an outside seating area. The outside does not compare to the high quality interior at all.

    We are in the process of obtaining quotes for resurfacing options. Thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Esther4.7May 2022

  • "We have stayed at this property before and it is beautiful and peaceful to holiday in."

    The property itself is perfect and feels like home from home. Even my two Springadors love it. However, my main grouch relates to the drive leading up to the property which is not only very steep but is undulating and incredibly bumpy. It needs resurfaced otherwise I may not be back in Rothesay.

    Dear Edward, Thanks for your message. For your information we are in the process of obtaining quotes to tarmac the drive. Best Dave Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edward4.7May 2022

  • "A spacious and well equipped property with stunning views over Rothesay Bay."

    Perhaps the listing should mention feather bedding since many people, like we do, have allergies and so visitors could take their own bedding. A fantastic holiday. We all enjoyed staying here and would highly recommend it.

    Thanks. We have amended the property description to include the feather bedding. Dave Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angus4.7Apr 2022

  • "This is a great property overlooking Rothesay Bay."

    Well equipped, clean and a great base for exploring Bute.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Jan 2022

  • "What a fantastic holiday we enjoyed in a lovely house in a beautiful setting."

    Everything we needed and even woods just out the back gate for dogs and children. The home is so well equipped. Ticked all our boxes and will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Oct 2021

  • "The service from Sykes was excellent and East Firwood Lodge was a stunning house in a fabulous location."

    The beds and bedding were extremely comfortable and the shower room and bathroom were high spec. as was the kitchen. There were, however, a few minor improvements which would have enhanced our stay, some of which had been mentioned by previous visitors: * there was only one set of knives and forks for 8 people ( we bought spares at a local charity shop) * the double ovens were excellent but we missed having a microwave for general defrosting and quick reheating * only 4 toilet rolls were provided for 7 of us * we had a few glitches with the central heating going off and it wasn’t straightforward to work it * the views from this beautiful lodge are magnificent and the woodland garden was gorgeous and very well maintained with quick access from the rear to woodland walks into town are further along the island. Many of the original features in the Lodge made it a very special place to stay * the house is very dog friendly and “lived-in” enough for us not to worry about our dog being there * access for a disabled member of our party was good and the downstairs of the house was easy for to negotiate * we would be happy to book this place again and will recommend it to friends- great for a large group of people to get together but also have their own space. Thankyou for a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Sep 2021

  • "The position of the house snd it’s views; being able to walk out onto a lane ..."

    The position of the house snd it’s views; being able to walk out onto a lane through the woods right out of the back door; well-equipped

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Sep 2021

  • "A beautiful house with amazing views."

    Maintained to a really high standard. The owner and housekeeper went out of their way to ensure our stay went ahead despite complications in the days beforehand. Ideally located within walking distance of shops, cafes and beaches. A beautiful island with so much to do. The only thing we noticed was that there was no microwave which would be useful but this is only a tiny thing, we would happily return.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Aug 2021

  • "This is a beautiful property in a lovely location and within walking distance of the town itself."

    We certainly will be back. Three small issues : 1 . It would benefit from a microwave. Most modern properties have them. 2. Lack of small convenience bins in the bedrooms. 3. The track up is both pebbly and undulating and would benefit from being re-done.

    Reviewed by Edward4.7Jun 2021

  • "We didn’t want for anything during our stay."

    Everything was well considered and provided for from generous wood bundles for the fire to an immaculately stocked kitchen. The small details really do make a difference. Also the woodland immediately out of the back garden with direct access is stunning. With thanks

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely house in a delightful wooded garden."

    Very secluded. Spacious property, recently renovated, with one excellent bathroom upstairs and a toilet/shower room on ground floor. Large, well equipped kitchen with wood burner. Underfloor heating in kitchen and bathrooms - radiators elsewhere. Has stunning view across Rothesay Bay towards Loch Striven and the Kyles of Bute. Very close to pier and town centre. On arrival, the house was spotlessly clean and pleasantly warm. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Oct 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at East Firwood."

    The setting was beautiful and we embraced the peace and quiet to spend quality time in Scotland. The house, albeit listed as a detached which is isn’t, was lovely and very welcoming. The main room and kitchen were our favourite to spend time in. The only thing I’d raise is that we found some of the furnishings were a bit old or in some cases broken such as door handles etc. We were interested to note that previous tenants had mentioned similar issues so it’s obviously been an issue for a while. It would be of benefit to the owners benefit to take note. However we’d happily come back again.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Sep 2020

  • "Great house."

    Wonderful views. Access up the hill a bit of an issue. Only real problem was the luxury feather bedding was wonderful for everyone except the person with asthma. Some kind of flag at booking would be helpful

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Sep 2020

  • "East Firwood is a beautifully restored Victorian Villa with fantastic views from Rothesay to Cowall, you can watch the ferry coming and going but it is also very private and quite being up the hill from the main road and at the end of the road."

    It is possible to walk into Rothesay from the house but be warned the road and driveway are a steep walk back. Very well equipped, we had everything we needed. Bute as lovely, fairly easy walking and lots of nature and archaeological interest.

    Reviewed by Doug5.0Sep 2020

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor twin (two singles) Ground floor front sitting room with sofa bed (sleeps 2) and TV, 2 x first floor doubles, 1 x first floor twin (two singles)
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower over, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower
  • Kitchen/diner with seating for 10 people, with an additional 2 seats available and woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV (Large flat screen with Netflix, HDMI), WiFi (Suitable for HD streaming)
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Large lawned gardens
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Please request use of sofa beds prior to arrival
  • Note: Downstairs is wheelchair accessible
  • Shop 0.9 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Please note: The bedding in the property is feather based
  • Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175.

The property

This stunning, detached house is set in the quaint town of Rothesay on the beautiful Isle of Bute.

Situated in a lovely hilltop location, the property enjoys glorious sea views and a large flourishing garden.

The traditional interior has been lovingly refurbished to provide a welcoming accommodation for families and friends looking to explore this remote part of Scotland.

Hearty feasts can easily be prepared in the kitchen, equipped with several integrated appliances, whilst the dining area provides ample seating so everyone can gather during mealtimes.

There are two sitting rooms here, one of which has a TV, whilst both enjoy fabulous views of the sea and the passing boats.

The rest of the ground floor is occupied by a utility with washer/dryer, a shower room and a twin room for added flexibility.

Move upstairs to discover the four bedrooms, including two doubles and a twin, all of which are beautifully furnished and served by the family bathroom with bath and walk-in shower.

Outside are magnificent gardens to explore and plenty of nearby walks through the woodlands and towards the coast.

Just a mile away is the main island town of Rothesay and where you will find castle ruins, a harbour and a selection of shops, not to mention Mount Stuart House, which is a very popular attraction.

To the North of Rothesay, through the small community of Port Bannatyne, lies Ettrick Bay, a lovely beach which is easily accessible and safe for swimming.

If you wish to explore more of Scotland, then catch a ferry across to Glasgow and make use of the fabulous attractions and amenities.

A quality accommodation on this unspoilt Scottish island.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AR-00495-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £175.

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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?

Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas