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Sleeps - 14
Region - Argyll, Bute & Stirlingshire
Sporting Salmon Fishing · Shooting · Stalking · Trout Fishing
Activities Beach · Golf · Mountain biking · Riding · Sailing · Walking / Hiking
Facilities Golf course · Wifi
Rental From £1,900 per week
House of Machrie on the Dougarie Estate enjoys a wonderful location on the West Coast of Arran – the perfect destination for any kind of holiday.
Arran is known as Scotland in miniature, it has something for everyone including marvellous scenery, fine beaches, sizeable hills, historic sites, romantic castles and famous gardens.
The house combines spacious and attractive bedrooms with lots of public space, including a large sitting room with open fire, a family/TV room, a conservatory facing the sea and a separate dining room. Outside, there is an old stone barn converted to provide a games room complete with billiards and table tennis – or even room for a dance.
An additional cottage close to the house can be rented for larger parties to accommodate up to nineteen.
A wonderful location on the west coast of Arran makes this an excellent holiday home for families who like a mixture of comfort and elegance as well as the great outdoors.
We all had a fantastic time, thank you. It is a lovely house and a magnificent estate with very hospitable owners and staff. Chris Tiso, Edinburgh We all had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed our stay on the Dougarie Estate. I will write to thank Mr Gibbs for ensuring we had a good time. Thank-you for all your help. Gerald Lawson-Tancred
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House of Machrie is a traditional stone farmhouse, built over a 100 years ago, which has now been transformed into fully-equipped, comfortable holiday home. The house has been tastefully furnished (including telephone and colour TV) with an open fireplace in the sitting room. The house enjoys superb views over the Mull of Kintyre and the surrounding countryside.
The House of Machrie – sleeps 14 – lets are from Sunday to Sunday High Dougarie Farmhouse – sleeps 8 – lets are from Saturday to Saturday Machrie Farm Cottage – sleeps 5 – lets are from Saturday to Saturday
House of Machrie : Ground Floor: Porch and entrance hall Sitting room Drawing room Dining room Kitchen Large conservatory Cloakroom WC 1 Double bedroom (en-suite) 2 Twin bedrooms 2 bathrooms (1 ensuite) Boiler Room
Upstairs: 1 Double bedroom (en-suite) 1 Twin bedroom (en-suite) 2 Twin bedrooms (1 hand basin) Bathroom Shower & WC
Protected by ancient Scots pines, the house is set well back from the road and has wonderful views across farmland to the 9-hole Machrie Bay golf course and the sea beyond. Outside in the yard there is a games room with table tennis, dart board and seating. The property is equipped to a very high standard and has central heating throughout. Colour TV, video, gas and electric cookers, fridge-freezer, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier are all included. Domestic help on a daily basis can be arranged. Electricity is included and a telephone/internet connection is available.
High Dougarie Farmhouse Ground Floor: Entrance hall Sitting room Single bedroom Dining room Bathroom & WC Kitchen Utility room Second WC
Upstairs: 3 twin bedded rooms 1 single room Bathroom & WC.
High Dougarie Farmhouse is on the Dougarie Estate and is approached by a farm road about 400 metres long, just north of Dougarie itself. From the house, you can enjoy superb views across the Kilbrannan Sound to Kintyre and, of course, of the surrounding hills. Stone built in the traditional manner around 100 years ago, the house was extensively renovated in 1992 and is furnished to a high standard and includes its own courtyard.
The kitchen is fully equipped with an oil-fired Rayburn as well as an electric cooker, dishwasher and fridge-freezer. The utility room houses a washing machine/tumble dryer and the ground floor of the house is centrally-heated throughout. There is a colour television in the sitting room and a fireplace that is suitable for burning wood or coal.
Machrie Farm Cottage Ground Floor: Sitting room with dining area Kitchen 2 Twin bedded rooms 1 Single room Bathroom & WC
About half a mile inland from Machrie Bay, and just 100 yards up the hill from the House of Machrie, stands this charming cottage. It is surrounded on two sides by trees and looks out over Machrie Farm to the south-west and to the sea and the hills of Kintyre beyond. The cottage is centrally heated throughout and electricity is included in the price.
Fishing The Iorsa river runs through the heart of the Dougarie Estate rising in the western foothills of Caisteal Abhail and flows south, passing through Glen Iorsa and Loch Iorsa before heading west towards Dougarie and eventually to the Kilbrannan Sound, emptying at the north end of the Machrie Bay.
The Iorsa is a spate river, offering both salmon and sea trout fishing, and consists of two beats. The Upper Beat runs from and includes Loch Iorsa, where a first class wooden boat is available, to the top end of the Gorge Pool. The Lower Beat starts there and takes in the rest of the river down to and including the Sea Pool. A road running parallel to the river provides easy access to every pool and fishing is by fly only! Fishing is available by the week, with two rods on each beat from the middle of June until the end of October.
Shooting A wide variety of game shooting is available from driven and walked up pheasant and partridge shooting to duck flighting (wild of course). There are also both snipe and decent numbers of woodcock at the right time of year. Prices on Application.
Stalking As part of the Estate’s continuing policy of protecting and nurturing the environment and habitat, it is necessary to cull a certain number of red deer from the herd each year. This is to ensure that a strong bloodline remains, and to prevent overcrowding and starvation.
Stalking is available for stags from the end of August until the 20th of October and hind stalking from the 21st of October to the 15th of February. The weather is sometimes a challenge but the views are perhaps unrivalled in Scotland, with stunning scenery everywhere you look, particularly over the Kilbrannan Sound to the Mull of Kintyre. On a clear day you can see Islay, Jura and even Mull to the west and north, and Northern Ireland further south. Prices on Application.
Walking and Wildlife For those who like walking, there are miles of paths to follow, mountains to climb (the highest peak is Goat Fell at 2866 feet), fascinating birdlife to observe, and there is always the chance of seeing red deer in their native habitat. You are also never far from the shore with fine sands and interesting beaches, where you can explore the rock pools.
Where to go The nearest shops are at Blackwaterfoot (4 miles away) where you can get all the essentials, though the bread and fruit/fish van (from the Good Food Shop in Brodick) will call on request. There is also a village shop in Pirnmill, 4 miles north of Dougarie.
The main shopping centre is Brodick which is 10 miles away. Here you can find everything from banks, supermarkets and chemists, to restaurants, gift shops and newsagents.
Golf The Machrie Bay course has been in existence since 1900. A charming and challenging links course, it is highly regarded on the island, and has continuously attracted players of all abilities. This is a family course now run by the Estate with the emphasis on enjoyment. Dogs are also allowed to join in the fun as long as they do not steal your opponents’ golfballs! There are 6 other courses on the island including the renowned Shiskine Golf Club, a unique 12 hole links course. In addition to this, only a short journey away are the famous Ayrshire courses of Prestwick, Troon and Turnberry whilst on the Mull of Kintyre there is also the spectacular Machrihanish Golf Course. This is situated on the south end of the Mull of Kintyre and is only a short journey away on the Lochranza-Cloanaig ferry.
There are fantastic walks, beaches, mountains and a wide variety of scenery to enjoy and if you like golf Arran has no less than seven different courses, the nearest just half a mile away.
We all had a fantastic time, thank you. It is a lovely house and a magnificent estate with very hospitable owners and staff.
Chris Tiso, Edinburgh
We all had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed our stay on the Dougarie Estate. I will write to thank Mr Gibbs for ensuring we had a good time. Thank-you for all your help.
We had a great week, really good fun and the house is beautiful and well decorated/equipped etc. Also, the arrangements for the sea boat with 'Kipper' the boatman was excellent! We went out three times and ate about four delicious lobsters, as well as numerous mackerel. Thanks for all your help
Jack Pitman, London
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