Summary

Greenbank is a charming Victorian house with stupendous views across Loch Goil. It sleeps up to 10 with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. An ideal base for activities in the mountains or on the water.

Situated in the heart of the Arrochar Alps, this part of Argyll offers the some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland yet only just over an hour away from Glasgow. A friendly real village with friendly local people and sometimes bustling with visitors too.

Just like the Highlands - but closer!

Quick facts

  • Victorian charm - sleeps up to 10
  • Non-smokers only - Pets welcome
  • Linen and towels provided - Electricity and fuel included
  • Short stays from 3 or 4 nights
  • 3 Double bedrooms, 1 twin, 2 single bedrooms
  • 2 en-suite bathrooms, 2 separate bathrooms
  • Large enclosed garden, gas barbecue & parking
  • Unlimited WiFi, Satellite TV, Telephone

Description

Greenbank is a big house with large airy rooms and high ceilings, some with ornate plasterwork. It's a great place for large families to get together or for groups who come for outdoor activities.

The post office and small grocery store are just steps away and sell all the essentials for breakfast, snacks and simple meals. More exotic fare and a range of fresh meat and vegetables can be bought from the Costcutter store which is a 10 minute stroll along the shore. You can also buy a range of wines and whiskies here. Boat and canoe hire can be arranged from the village and it is a short walk to The Drimsynie Estate which offers a range of leisure activities including golf, 25-metre indoor pool, bowling and a lot more. If you fancy a meal out the Goil Inn is 2 minute stroll away and provides a real ales in a real pub atmosphere, bar meals and weekend entertainment. Greenbank is positioned for a fabulous holiday; peace, great views and the convenience of a village location.


Rates and Availability 2018 - 2019

Key
  • Available

  • Booked

Price includes everything except the pet fee which is GBP20.00 per stay.

For weekly price: click on an arrival date

For a price for a stay: click on an arrival date and then a departure date




Location

Lochgoilhead is an ideal base for exploring the west coast of Scotland and is only 80 minutes by car from Glasgow airport.
Lochgoilhead is not a place you would go through on the way to somewhere else. Nor is it a place you might discover by accident. As I commented on our first visit, the only sensible way to arrive is by boat! However, it is normally reached by road, a 6 mile descent from "The Rest And Be Thankful" along a single track road. Keep hands and feet inside the ride at all times.

This small village lies in the middle of the Argyll Forest Park within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park. The area is renowned for its natural beauty; with rugged mountains, sheltered glens and great forests. Lochgoilhead , as the name implies, lies at the head of Loch Goil and has been a popular tourist destination since Victorian times. 150 years ago wealthy Victorians would arrive by
  • boat from Glasgow.boat
    Paddle steamer from Glasgow


Greenbank is ideally located in the heart of the village, facing the loch head and accessed via a quiet no-through road on the opposite side of the loch to the Drimsynie estate. Everything is within easy reach on foot, so you can give your car a rest!

An extensive network of forestry paths and cycle
  • tracks track
    Forest trails
start right from the door step.

history of Greenbank

The land on which Greenbank stands was originally owned by the Duke of Argyll and transfered as 'Ardgoil' to the Ardkinglas estate in 1710. The remainder of Ardgoil was gifted to the nation in 1905.

The stone plaque found in the wall at the back of the garden during renovations, probably records the date (1848) that building began, under a feu granted by the Duke of Argyll. The land was subsequently bought for the princely sum of £8, 0 shillings and 8d by Frederick Small in 1851. He had built two houses, Greenbank cottage and Hillside and sold these to two sisters Margaret and Jane Telfer in 1855. Written records show that in 1895 Greenbank was sold for £300 at a public roup (auction) in Glasgow and divided into 2 dwellings with the upper floor let, furnished, to a Mrs Ferguson. Since 1896 there have been only 12 owners. However, the house has changed name several times being renamed Sweethope in 1920 by the Forsyth family and The Killick in 1973 by the Burges family. The house was returned to its original name when bought for £17 000 by the Workman family in March 1979. They lived here for 33 years before selling to us in June 2012 for a considerably larger sum! The Workman family, the longest ever owners, installed the current staircase to replace outside steps which provided access to the first floor flat; the central double window on the half way landing was formed from the original upper flat door opening when the villa was converted into a single dwelling. Greenbank, described as a little altered example of the local villa architecture, was listed as a Grade C Scotland historical building in May 2006.


Since June 2012 we have changed the layout of downstairs rooms to restore the kitchen to within the original building, making one room from two smaller ones. We have opened up an original chimney which had been hidden by a modern wall for many years and installed the log burner. As a consequence, we relocated the downstairs bathroom to the north side of the house and, at the same time, added two en-suite bathrooms upstairs.

The Ardgoil peninsular has for centuries been known as Argyll's Bowling Green. This curious phrase has nothing to do with bowling greens but is a corruption of the Gaelic: Baile na Greine. This translates to 'Sunny Hamlet', and where that idea came from is anybody's guess.


Attractions

Action or sight-seeing? It's up to you! The area around Loch Goil offers a wealth of opportunities.

Local walks

In the Scottish countryside, you have the right to roam so you don't need to follow any particular route.

If you walk with dogs, please keep them on a lead when passing through areas with sheep or cattle.

Loch Fyne Brewery

Visit Fyne Ales website">Cairndow - about 10 miles...
Benmore Botanical Gardens

Near Dunoon, 25 miles
Loch Lomond Cruise

Tarbet, 13 miles
Provand's Lordship Glasgow


Provand"s Lordship

Museum of Transport Glasgow


Riverside Museum

Scottish Football Museum

Hampden Park, Glasgow
Burrell Collection Glasgow

Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow


Gallery of Modern Art


Pets

Well behaved house pets are welcome. The limit is 2 medium dogs or 3 little ones. Pets must be included on the booking form. There is an extra charge of £20 if you are bringing pets.

Suitable?

Yes

  • Dogs or cats free of fleas or worms
  • Pets with their own beds or crates
  • Without destructive vices
  • Dogs older than 9 months

No

  • Dogs who go on beds or furniture
  • Dogs who will be left alone in the house
  • Dogs or cats who attack furniture
  • Any that are not house-trained

If bringing pets, you will need to bring their feeding/water bowls, towel etc. There is plenty of space in the utility room and kitchen for pet beds and crates including in front of the multi-fuel stove.

Please enquire to confirm availability. Just complete the form and press SEND or call us on +44(0)7780 708 780