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Quien East (Spence Cottage)

Rothesay, Argyll & The Isles (Ref. 929157)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Only problem we had was that we couldn't use the bath as the water was brown and discoloured, this was reported on the Tuesday and nobody came out to sort the problem so we left on the Friday."

    Handle on the ensuite toilet was broken from the inside so we had someone stuck in there for 20 mins until we let them out. Took our own TV as there was only 1 in the cottage. We love this cottage and have been several times and always constantly ask for the following. Large fridge freezer in utility and also more cupboards for food items Also adding some nice pictures of bute around the cottage.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2022

  • "Great accommodation and beautiful area … very bright, spacious, clean and comfortable, and wonderful location and views."

    One comment - we missed a telephone signal and WiFi in terms of being able to check routes, opening hours, menus, weather, local tourist information and facilities … and on top of this we were very surprised that there was NO local information provided in the cottage. The guests’ information folder was very limited, focused just on Covid precautions, and not even a visitors’ comments book where we could learn from others’ recommendations of places to visit, where to eat, local walks etc. (Also very disappointing that booking through Sykes felt a bit like being second class citizens … our neighbours booked direct via Mount Stuart (who own the properties) and got a bountiful welcome pack of goodies, games, info etc … we just got a pint of milk that was off!). But … all this was of minor consequence - we had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend the cottage and the area to others.

    Reviewed by SaraOct 2021

  • "Lovely property, very spacious and well appointed."

    Beds were very comfortable and bedding was high quality. Decor was tasteful. We had a wonderful stay and loved its proximity to the beach. It was perfect for our family get together. Only a few minor gripes - it would be really handy to have hanging hooks for towels in the bathroom and bedrooms. And the property is located close to a farm that breeds dogs - their hollow, lonely barks could often be heard coming from the barn they were housed in, which was a bit depressing :-(

    Reviewed by JoSep 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage in an idyllic location, views were amazing, beautifully clean and well presented, lucky with the weather too !"

    !! Plenty of wildlife and stunning bays to just sit and soak up the Islands beauty, Ettrick bay was our favourite, and saw family of otters on the last day.... would well recommend this cottage and the small ferry ride (4 mins) over to Dunoon, the views are breathtaking on the mainland en route to it....would not hesitate to go back at all !!!!!

    Reviewed by DebraSep 2021

  • "Modern, spacious well equipped cottage."

    Lots of space for our toddler son to run around. Short walk down to Scalpsie bay, great place for dog to run around and play on the beach. 5 mins drive to Rothesay. Half hour drive up to Colintraive, take the ferry across to the Colintraive hotel for fab food. Very welcoming. Also ate in Bonnie Clyde in Rothesay, again very welcoming and the langoustines and scallops were brilliant!

    Reviewed by TeresaOct 2020

  • "A wonderful week of walks with amazing weather and views across to Arran from the cottage."

    Our fourth year of visiting. Sadly our family were unable to join us with the new Covid restrictions.

    Reviewed by KateSep 2020

  • "We couldn’t have wished for better!"

    ! The cottage was stunning and although rural, it was not far from the nearest town. We ordered a bag of vegetables and fruit from the estate which were delicious. It was a five minute walk to the beach and we watched seals basking there in the sun. There were plenty of walks from the cottage for our dog and the enclosed garden was perfect. There was one spot in the garden that had 3G so contact with the outside world was limited but not a bad thing!! We would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by JackieAug 2020

  • "Beautiful location, Scalpsie bay we overlooked was stunningly."

    The cottage was immaculate and it was reassuring that it had clearly had measure put in place re the Covid situation. We had one slight issue when the boiler stopped working however the caretaker sorted it within a few hours once I had contacted her. The island is stunning with amazing beaches and shorelines. We cycled walked and enjoyed a range of wildlife. The down side for teens was lack of WiFi however for adults it was bliss.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage."

    Peaceful setting overlooking the bay. The management were beyond helpful when we forgot my son's favourite teddy and they washed and posted it back. Will definitely return. Loved it!

    Reviewed by VanessaJul 2020

  • "This is a fantastic place we have stayed her many times before we love our dogs love it."

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2019

  • "Excellent cottage set in outstanding scenery , this was our second visit this year so that says it all really ."

    If you want peace and tranquility then this is the place to be at .

    Reviewed by LeslieNov 2019

  • "A beautifully equipped and comfortable cottage."

    The views never fail to impress us whatever the weather. This was our third visit in as many years and we have already booked for 2020. Our piece of heaven. Just a little feedback - more toilet rolls (only 2 for 6 guests all week ) one dish cloth and one bin bag for everything for the whole week) Only a small point! Rather mean when paying quite alot of money.

    Reviewed by KateSep 2019

  • "Absolutely brilliantly located and well-equipped cottage."

    5 adults + 2 dogs found this to be a most enjoyable holiday. Scalpsie is an excellent location. Lovely and peaceful with full access to the rest of the island and its amenities.

    Reviewed by JoyceJun 2019

  • "The location is fantastic ."

    The accommodation was excellent . We enjoyed it so much that I have booked it again for November this year .

    Reviewed by LeslieMay 2019

  • "This has been our third visit to Spence Cottage."

    It is very comfortable and well equipped , and we always feel at home. It is also very well situated.

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage, clean and comfortable and the location is fantastic."

    A wonderful time had would love to come back!

    Reviewed by FionaApr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with amazing views."

    The cottage was very clean and had a few essential provisions when we arrived. It has everything needed for a great holiday. Thank you

    Reviewed by KathrynMar 2019

  • "Fantastic stay in this beautiful cottage - the pictures don't even do it justice."

    Lovely big open plan living and dining space, well equipped with everything you need. The cottage is easy to find and well located, just a short drive back up to Rothesay and there are great views with some nice walks nearby. It was nice and warm inside, in particular we enjoyed the heated floors in the bathrooms. There is no wifi and little to no phone signal (you may get some if you take a few steps away from the cottage - it has very thick walls!), but we enjoyed the opportunity to disconnect and forget about social media etc. Also note that if you visit Bute between October and the end of March most of the tourist attractions and some restaurants will be closed. We plan on coming back here in the future - no complaints at all and great value for money.

    Reviewed by BethanyMar 2019

  • "The radiators in the front lounge were not working so it became quite cold at times."

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2018

  • "The most wonderful cottage in the most beautiful setting!"

    Everything has been thought of and the cottage is immaculate.

    Reviewed by LouiseOct 2018

  • "The peace and tranquillity"

    Reviewed by KateSep 2018

  • "It was a beautifully renovated building that was furnished with local fabrics and materials in a wonderful setting."

    What more could you want ? It was perfect and I wish I was still there ...... The only thing that would have been helpful was a list of local numbers like the vet, doctor etc as our dog was stung by a jellyfish which was quite distressing and with a poor signal difficult to google numbers. But that is a very small thing indeed ! We will be back . It was worth the long drive from Bath .

    Reviewed by VictoriaAug 2018

  • "The location of the cottage was fantastic."

    Far enough out of town and very close to the beach.

    Reviewed by KirstyJun 2018

  • "Relaxation and comfort in the cottage and the surrounding view was amazing"

    Reviewed by DonnaJun 2018

  • "Fantastic holiday base for the Isle of Bute, exceptional cottage that is equipped to a very high standard, comfortable and contemporary furnishings, a house to dream of!"

    The staff at Mount Stuart were very helpful. Peaceful and relaxing, just a short walk from Scalpsie Bay beach which has stunning views over to Arran. Plenty of wildlife to see including seals at Scalpsie, hare and deer. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2018

  • "Absolutely wonderful."

    Perfect in every way. Location amazing. A little piece of heaven.

    Reviewed by KateSep 2017

  • "Perfect. (Some more plates would be nice, but everything else is available in an adequate number :-)"

    Reviewed by SiglindeAug 2017

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our few days at cottage, and seeing round Mount Stewart itself."

    Only tiny quibble would be cooker hob quite difficult to operate, even with instructions! A small point though. Thank you. Duncan Simpson

    Reviewed by DuncanJul 2017

  • "Cottage was excellent."

    views spectacular, very well equipped. everywhere easy to reach .

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2017

  • "Beautifully modernised cottage in a wonderful location."

    Well laid out and spacious. Needs a coffee maker and WiFi to get me to return. A king size bed would be great as well.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2017

  • "The cottage was equipped to a high standard and definitely had the wow factor."

    Many thanks, we had a lovely time. Only minor comment, we thought the cottage would have books and games and dvds but none were present.

    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2016

  • "The cottage is perfect ,for having dogs as it has a fenced in back garden."

    Really modern . A few things it could be doing with. At least 1 room should have king size bed. In the bathroom no were to hang your towels. No toilet roll holder. Also they need to have double the amount of dinner plates as they only had 6 . Meaning that you had to wash up every time . When we were there we didn't have any internet or wifi and phone signal doesn't exist. That's why they should also have a land line incase of any emergency.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2016

  • "Fantastic accommodation and setting was first class ,would certainly like to come back for the peace and tranquility."

    Reviewed by GerardOct 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Utility.
  • Biomass central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Patio garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 3 miles
  • Note: Limited mobile phone reception
  • Note: To access the cottage the final hundred yards is on uneven farm track and care should be taken.

The property

This ground floor cottage has three double bedrooms, with one having an en-suite shower room.

There is a spacious open plan living area with a fitted kitchen, dining area and seating area with a woodburner and patio doors to a secluded seating area.

A short walk across the fields brings you to beautiful Scalpsie Bay with its sandy beach and beautiful views of the Isle of Arran.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs 929158, together they sleep 12.

Quien Cottages

Rothesay 4 miles. These three stunning holiday cottages are impressively situated on the west coast of Bute overlooking Scalpsie Bay with the beautiful island of Arran forming a spectacular backdrop. Two have been lovingly created from former cow sheds. Furnished and decorated to a high standard with fabrics from renowned Bute Fabrics providing a colourful touch throughout each property. Situated up a farm track and on a gently sloping hillside, each of these properties has a private patio with outdoor seating. These lovely Bute properties can accommodate up to eighteen people if booked together. Quien West has the added benefit of kitchen units that can be lowered to accommodate wheelchair users. Why not take time to enjoy the country and coastal walks, relax on the beach for a day, or explore this beautiful island? There are plenty of outdoor activities including walking, cycling, kayaking and sailing. Try one of the island’s three golf courses or some fishing on beautiful Loch Fad. With a host of spectacular wildlife including golden eagles, there is something for everyone on the beautiful island, at whatever time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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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?

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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