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Carskiey Estate is managed by Tom, the owner.
£135 - £2500/night
Suitable for 4-22 people

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Carskiey House - Carskiey Estate, in Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom
— Tom: “I’ve always loved being by the sea, waking up in the morning and looking through the window onto this wonderful sandy beach with palm trees growing in the gardens.”
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— Please tell us a little about Carskiey.

Tom: “Carskiey is like being on a beautiful island, although you’re still on the Scottish mainland, not that far from Glasgow. It has a very remote feeling, yet it’s incredibly accessible. It’s the last 7500 acres on the peninsula with nine and a half miles of coast and it’s completely private.

What we’re trying to do is to make it a comfortable and hospitable holiday experience. It’s not a formal place. We just want everyone to enjoy themselves. Even though it’s grand, you get a very domestic feel from it.”
Carskiey House - Carskiey Estate, in Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom
— Carskiey House

— Please tell us more about the estate.

Tom: “We bought the estate nearly four years ago. Right now, we rent out the main house and the shore cottage as holiday homes. Shore cottage is about 500 meters away from the villa and right on Carskiey Bay.

Overall, there are five habitable and five uninhabitable cottages. There’s a wonderful cottage where the shepherd lives, the manager’s house — he’s the third generation of the same family looking after the place — the lodge at the bottom of the drive, a barn, and a wonderful, quite big cottage three and a half miles away. It’s a brilliant place to go for a picnic. We’re restoring it currently and it will be ready in 2015.”
Drawing room Carskiey House - Carskiey Estate, in Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom
— Drawing room Carskiey House

— What was your inspiration to buy the estate and rent the house and cottage to holiday guests?

Tom: “I’ve always loved being by the sea, waking up in the morning and looking through the window onto this wonderful sandy beach with palm trees growing in the gardens.

The house was literally untouched since it was built in 1905 to 1908. I didn’t have to replace one window. Even the slates on the roof are original. My whole working life I was involved in restoring big houses and I never ever thought I would want one myself, but when I saw it I changed my mind.”
 - Carskiey Estate, in Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom

— Please tell us more about the different rooms in the main house.

Tom: “There’s a very large entrance hall, and a washroom the size of most people’s flats in London. Looking south to the sea are two smaller rooms, then a big drawing room with an enormous staircase. At the top of the staircase is a library, which is my favorite place in the evening to have a glass of whiskey with a friend, looking out over the sea to Sanda Island. The biggest common room in the house is on the attic floor with ceilings twice as high as most people’s houses. That’s the billiard room.

There are nine main bedrooms in the house. They’re enormous. And the bathrooms are all really wonderful. There’s a room called the hydrotherapy room, which is like a treatment room.

On the servant’s side is a butler’s pantry with a nice big kitchen. That’s where the cook hangs out. There’s an enclosed kitchen courtyard and four additional bedrooms above the kitchen all named after food.”
Shore Cottage on the beach - Carskiey Estate, in Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom
— Shore Cottage on the beach

— What about the holiday cottage?

Tom: “Shore cottage is in the most brilliant position. The whole front of the cottage is four meters from the sea. It used to have a kitchen, living room, hall, two bedrooms and a bathroom, but we made that entire space into just a living room, kitchen and a hall and then doubled the size of it with identical bedrooms and bathrooms on each side. Every single room in the house has an incredible view of the sea.”
Argyle coastline - Carskiey Estate, in Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom
— Argyle coastline

— What kind of services do you offer to your holiday guests?

Tom: “We have our cook available in the main house and who’s great with local food. We’re really into the slow food movement and she goes to great extent to source everything locally.

We provide daily cleaning and turn down in the evening. I’m keen to add to those services. In Scotland you usually take the house and do everything yourself, but we’d like to help people with whatever they need. We don’t want to get in their way, but we want to be there if they need it.

The idea for the holiday cottage is that it’s self catering, but our cook can come down there as well, even if it’s only once or twice a week.”
 - Carskiey Estate, in Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom
 
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