The raised ground floor features a large sitting room with open fire, a gorgeous wood-panelled dining room seating 16, with open fire, and a kitchen-breakfast room with Aga. The lower ground floor downstairs has a big snug with big TV, DVD and wood-burner, plus a games room and a separate snooker room, accessible from the garden. So the living accommodation is flexible enough and comfortable enough to suit most types of parties – and at most times of year. We’ve tried to make it more luxurious and better equipped than our own house, so that even a wet weekend will be a comfortable and memorable one.
The 2.5 acre garden, like the house, is absolutely unique. Originally built by the family of the Duke of Argyll in 1693 – the Campbells have a family mausoleum next door at Old Kilmun Church – the house was owned in Victorian times by the scots industrialist, philanthropist and collector James Duncan, and then by the Younger family, who founded the amazing Benmore Gardens a couple of miles away, which still contain the tallest trees in the UK. They also planted a huge variety in ours. With streams and waterfalls and a huge variety of plants, it’s a stunning garden. Our immediate neighbours (who live in the Victorian wing which James Duncan added to the house) make occasional use of one small private bit of lawn, but your party will generally have the run of all the gardens and the woods.
The house is well situated for sight-seeing around the West Coast. The immediate area is renowned for some of the best walking in Scotland, and it’s a great base for fishing, riding, shooting, golf, sailing or cycling. We’ve put in 6 fishing rods, 8 bikes for different sizes (with helmets), and 4 bags of golf clubs. There’s loads to do in the area, and some great local pubs and restaurants, but we’ve also tried to make it comfy enough for people who don’t want to go anywhere else.
There’s a croquet set, football goal, cricket and badminton sets, plus the 8 foot trampoline, barbecue and all important “midge machine” in the garden. As well as the ¾ sized billiard table in its own room, there is a little games room downstairs with a dartboard plus table football; you can play table tennis on the dining table. The main upstairs bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath for two and a cosy 4- 5 person sauna .
We’ve supplied Monopoly, Outburst, Pictionary, Scrabble, Backgammon, Chess, a few jigsaws etc for days or evenings when you don’t fancy anything more energetic. There’s a pretty decent library with loads of Scottish authors represented, and over 100 CDs. The snug features 40” widescreen telly with CD surround-sound plus a variety of videos and DVDs. Our package includes Sky Sports and Movies. This web-site features a virtual tour with 360 degree photography of lots of the rooms, as well as a gallery of other photos, info about things to do in the area, and some useful links. If there is anything else you need to know, you can contact us.
There’s loads of great restaurants in the area, or you can contact us if you want outside catering as we have three separate chefs who will come to the house and cook for you.
We also have a relationship with the other venue he cooks at in the area Ormidale House. If we don’t have availability for you at Old Kilmun House then maybe the 13 bedroom main house or the Mill House with 9 bedrooms or Old Barn with 7 bedrooms will work for you.
If you have any queries at all, don’t hesitate to call us. We only have the two houses; we’re more than happy to answer queries by phone or email as you prefer. We look forward to welcoming you to Old Kilmun House some time in 2016.