by Heather Peebles

Friday, January 24th, 2014

KILBOWIE FROM SOUTH  WEST SIDE  (Resize)Property buyers are being offered the rare chance to own a classic Scottish Baronial mansion situated on a stunning waterfront location – at a less than stately price.

Kilbowie House – situated on the shores of the Sound of Kerrera some 1.5 miles from Oban – is an imposing Baronial L-plan country residence in red sandstone that dates back to 1888.

The Grade B Listed property – which has a huge floor plan measuring around 670 sq/m – retains many of its original features including a beautiful oak lined hall, impressive fireplaces and door and window shutters panelled in oak and yellow pine.

Outside, Kilbowie House has sizeable 1.5 acres of grounds and direct access to the foreshore and sea, offering the chance to create a private jetty.

Estate agents Bell Ingram – who are marketing the property offers in excess of £450,000 – believe its price and flexible use provides future potential for Kilbowie House to be developed into an impressive family home, holiday apartments, business facilities or residential dwellings.

Bell Ingram said: “It’s not every day that the chance arises to own such an impressive property for such an impressive price.

“Kilbowie House has a unique selling point- it has a rural feel and is surrounded by rugged landscape and a stunning waterfront outlook but is also in very close to Oban and all it has to offer as key west Highland community.

“One of the appeals of this property is its multi-purpose usage.  It would make an excellent family home with easy access to Oban and so benefiting from good schooling and lots to keep families entertained including a leisure centre, sailing club and golf course.

“On the other hand, it has lots of business potential and could be developed into an exciting tourism or commercial project.”

Although built as a private residence, Kilbowie House has enjoyed a colourful recent history – being used as accommodation for boys from the islands schooling in Oban and offices for Argyll & Bute Council.

Spread over a basement, ground and two upper floors, its layout includes features a range of rooms and spaces that can be adapted and converted to new use.


Externally, the distinctive features of Kilbowie House include crow step gables, stepping string courses, cable mouldings, conical roofs, crenulated parapet and a mock cannon.

While any proposals to alter or redevelop the house and grounds would require planning permission, initial advice from Argyll & Bute Planning Department has indicated that ‘the entire landholding is within the settlement zone, where planning policies support the principle of a range of uses, including residential tourism, business etc.”

More information on Kilbowie House can be found at or by calling 01463 717799.

Private: Heather Peebles

Based as a PR in Edinburgh, Heather Peebles is a highly-valued member of the team at Holyrood PR. Her work with the Scottish public relations consultancy sees her advising clients in healthcare, construction, renewables and logistics. As well as delivering numerous successful PR campaigns, she is also experienced in crisis PR and reputation management.

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