Balvonie House is a spectacular Arts & Crafts mansion house set in a prominent position overlooking the islands of Bute and Arran. Built in 1906 within expansive grounds, the house has sweeping views over the River Clyde. Balvonie House is located in a traditional west coast village, on a hill above the shore. Hens love Balvonie House for the space, the designer interiors, the hot tub, the mirror ball but most of all for the freedom to have the run of the house for a brilliant party, all without having to leave the building. What happens at Balvonie, stays at Balvonie…
Balvonie House has been subject to a full renovation overseen by an interior designer. All of the period charm has been retained while all of the modern amenities have been added. There are 11 individually designed bedrooms with 9 bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is an accessible twin on the ground floor with an en-suite wet-room, ideal for any guest in a wheelchair. You will never run out of hot water and hens also love the hairdryer and large mirror in every room.
Entertaining spaces include a large dining room complete with mirror-ball where all your guests can be seated to dinner and then dance the night away. The huge sitting room has 3 separate seating areas as well as a projector with large screen TV. The kitchen is well-equipped including those all-important champagne flutes and cocktail glasses. There is also a cinema room and a pool table so you’ll never run out of entertainment. Two lovely log burners help to enhance the ambiance on those cooler winter evenings.
Hens especially love our enormous 7-seater hot tub. The hot tub is set on the western side of the house, with expansive views to the River Clyde. Alongside the tub, are two large teak tables with chairs for those long summer days in the sunshine. The main entrance to the house is on the north-facing side which encompasses plenty of parking. Balvonie House is set in large, wooded grounds complete with its own stream, the Halket Burn. If you take a stroll around the garden, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our resident deer. Bring your wellies!
If you can manage to leave the luxury of the house, within the village of Skelmorlie, it's a gentle walk of the local pub and the general store. On the Shore Road, directly below the house, you’ll find a welcoming café with truly immense views across the water. A 15 minute walk towards Wemyss Bay will reward you with a choice of 2 cafes, a butcher and a delicatessen and the recently restored heritage station. From the Wemyss Bay Station you can catch a ferry to the Isle of Bute where you can visit the world renowned Mount Stewart (venue for Stella McCartney’s wedding) or you could catch a train directly to Glasgow. Heading towards Largs, just 10 minutes along the Shore Road and you’ll find a traditional Victorian seaside promenade complete with gourmet fish & chips and world-class ice-cream at Nardinis. From Largs you can catch a ferry to Cumbrae where you can hire a bicycle to ride around the track which encircles the whole island.
From Gourock, just 15 minutes away, there are two ferries headed for Dunoon. From there you can spend the day exploring Loch Fyne, driving along the Kyles of Bute towards Tighnabruaich or head for Portavadie, the modern marina and spa complex. Further afield, you can reach Loch Lomond or Culzean Castle within an hour.