Child friendly large group, Argyll – Mansefield House, Arrochar, Loch Long, Argyll & Bute
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About Mansefield House
Mansefield House is a beautiful Grade B listed Victorian house, built circa 1840 with many stunning original features. One of its most outstanding features though is the gorgeous Loch Long sitting literally at the bottom of the garden! From the house there are fantastic uninterrupted views of the Loch and the Arrochar Alps. The warm, comfortable home provides self-catering accommodation for up to 12 people. Enjoy a fabulous family holiday in the heart of The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park with loads to do for you all.
Reviewed by Gary
Some things are just special. Like waking up in the morning and looking out over a beautiful Scottish loch. When you stay at Mansefield House, situated on the shores of Loch Long and the edge of The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, you can. This Victorian house has original and historic charm but still manages to retain a sense of warmth and homeliness and is a perfect location for an idyllic rural Scottish retreat with extended family or friends.
From the moment you walk in you feel at home. The house is large enough to accommodate up to 12 people comfortably; there are 5 bedrooms: 2 double en-suites (one with stunning loch views), a double family room with a cot, another double and a twin bedroom with 2 extra guest beds. Linen and towels are provided and beds are made up for your arrival.
Downstairs there’s a generous dining room which has a cosy wood burning stove, perfect if you visit during the winter for those long evenings chatting after dinner. The sitting room has fabulous view out over the loch and is a great place to relax. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could need - fridge, freezer, dishwasher - and has a large gas range cooker to rustle up all those delicious meals and is big enough for everyone to help! There's a fully equipped laundry room which doubles up as a drying room in case you get caught in the notorious rain (in Scotland.. never!) There's also a games room in case of the aforementioned wet days which houses a variety of toys and games including a 6ft snooker table.
The house stands above the loch in beautiful, private, mature gardens which lead down to the loch. Because of the house's elevated position you have uninterrupted views of Loch Long and the Arrochar Alps from either inside the house or the garden. There are loads of outdoor activities pretty much on your doorstep such as walking, climbing, golf, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, sailing and various other water-sports.
If you're more the urban type then Glasgow is only 45 minutes away by car. There are lots of lovely houses and gardens nearby to visit such as the beautiful Inveraray Castle, or you could visit Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House, the glorious gardens of Argyll & Bute or the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery from here. A unique feature of this property lies closer to home, literally next door in fact. Owned and run by the landlords is Mansefield Pottery Studio and Craft Gallery showcasing superb quality ceramics, jewellery, photography, paintings, textiles and other traditional crafts. You can ask to watch the potter at work and, if his time permits, you might be able to try your hand yourself.
With wee ones themselves, the owners Fiona and Tom want families to truly enjoy their stay so you won’t find a catalogue show house full of things just asking kids to break or damage. It’s a place you can relax in and let the kids play, whether it’s in the games room or out in the garden exploring where there’s an area fully enclosed smaller ones can play without wandering off too far. Click through to their website above for much more information.
There’s a lovely, welcoming air and feel to Mansefield which is why it’s recommended by Away with the Kids.
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