Balvonie House

  • 26 Guests
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • 18 Beds
  • 9 Bathrooms

Balvonie House is a grand country mansion in western Scotland with spectacular sea views, sleeping 26 in 11 spacious bedrooms.  Ideally set up for entertaining with substantial living areas and eleven spacious bedrooms, it is the ultimate stunning retreat for all of the family. Relax in the sitting room or feast in the dining room (complete with mirror ball), before heading out to explore the sprawling grounds. With a snooker room, cinema room and open-air hot tub, there is something for everyone at this mansion.  

Balvonie House was built in 1906 for a wealthy Glasgow family.  The rooms are appropriately roomy with high ceilings and beautiful features.  The house has been subject to a full, 10-year renovation to restore and enhance its unique features while bringing it into the 21st century.  Each room has been uniquely designed by an interior designer to showcase the proportions and period features.  Thankfully, modern heating & plumbing keeps the house just as toasty as you'd want it to be.  There is also a wood-burning stove in the sitting room to add to the ambiance.  

Consider Balvonie your own while you're here.  You will have access to the entire house to use as you wish.  Explore the extensive wooded areas to discover the Halket Burn that runs through the grounds, complete with its own corner of preserved ancient wood. Bring your wellies! 

You will be greeted in person to be shown around the house.  The property manager lives unobtrusively onsite so any queries you have can be resolved right away.  Sitting high above the water where the River Clyde meets the sea, Balvonie House has spectacular views across to the Kyles of Bute.  

The house is situated in the village of Skelmorlie. Skelmorlie is a beautiful, traditional Scottish coastal village of note built on a cliff above the River Clyde.  In the past, wealthy Glasgow folk would come 'doon the water' to the west coast for their holidays.  Many wealthy industrialists had their family holiday mansions here.  Balvonie House is one of the last mansions to be built in Skelmorlie and one of the last remaining complete homes with its entire original grounds. Enjoy the wide open river views across the Kyles of Bute to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and Toward Lighthouse.  

Head to Wemyss Bay, just 15 mins walk away from Balvonie House for the heritage train station and traditional station cafe.  From Wemyss Bay you can take a ferry across to Rothesay. The trip is spectacular and Rothesay is a quaint island town. Check out the famously restored Victorian loos!  Mount Stewart is internationally famous (and the venue for Stella McCartney's wedding) and definitely worth a visit.  Book ahead!  

Take a trip to Largs for a walk along the Victorian promenade. Enjoy your gourmet fish and chips and the renowned Nardinis ice cream.  Largs hosts a regular weekend market for a bit of retail fun as well as an annual Viking Festival.  

The regular ferry to Cumbrae operates from Largs. Cumbrae is well-known for the option to cycle around the entire island in a short time with several bike hire shops available. Cumbrae & Largs host an annual Country and Western Festival which is great fun for all the family.  

Balvonie House is within walking distance of the local Skelmorlie pub and shop.  Wemyss Bay with its beautiful heritage train station and ferry terminal is just 1.2 miles or 15 minutes walk away. From there you can get to Glasgow by train and the Isle of Bute by car ferry. There is also a bus to Largs for a walk along the wonderful Victorian Promenade and an ice-cream from Nardinis.  Taxis are available to and from Skelmorlie in any direction.  We also have a 22kW Electric Vehicle charger available for the exclusive use by guests.

Please be aware that there is a stream in the garden and an old, very high treehouse which is now out of use. Children will require supervision at all times.  

Scottish Short-Term Let Licence: NA00329F; EPC rating D

Home highlights


Pets welcome

Wireless Broadband Internet


Balvonie House

Stunning Empress bedroom with Enormous Emperor Bed

View from the Kitchen

Beautiful Intimate Wedding Celebration

Dining Room

Sitting Room Bay Window

Sleeping Arrangements

Bed linen

2 Baby cribs

2 Child beds

5 Double beds

3 King-size beds

2 Loft beds

6 Single beds


Pool and spa facilities

Outdoor Jacuzzi

Parking and facilities

Parking available, Parking Included , Private Garden


Housekeeper Optional


Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Children welcome, Suitable for events, Pets welcome, Pets allowed only after arrangement, Smoking not allowed, Suitable for elderly or infirm , Wheelchair accessible


Foosball, Pool table, DVD-Player, TV (Cable) , TV (Satellite)

Kitchen and dining

Gas BBQ, Children's high chair, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster, Vacuum cleaner, Water cooler , Water purifier

Location features

Near ocean, Ocean view, River, Rural , Village

Bathroom and laundry

Bathroom & Laundry, Bed linen, Hair dryer, Clothes dryer, Essentials, Iron & Board, Shower, Towel set, Bathtub, Washbasin , Washing machine

Heating and cooling

Fireplace , Heating available

Internet and office

Wireless Broadband Internet

Home safety

Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit , Smoke Detector

House Rules

  • Housekeeper Optional

  • Credit cards accepted

  • Children welcome

  • Pets welcome

  • Pets allowed only after arrangement

  • Smoking not allowed

  • Suitable for elderly or infirm

  • Wheelchair accessible

Check-in: 04:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

Policy and notes

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