Luxury Large Holiday House Scotland

Stuckgowan:  To reserve this property call 01242 285755

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Stuckgowan House

Sleeps 19 – 21 in 9 Bedrooms including 2 Ground Floor Bedrooms

  • 1 Twin Bedroom and En-Suite Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom and En-Suite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom
  • 3 Double Bedrooms
  • 1 Double with Single Bed
  • 2 Doubles both with Children’s Day Beds
  • 2 House Shower Rooms
  • 2 House Bathrooms
  • Sitting Room
  • Library / Study
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen
  • Games Room
  • Gym
  • Cinema Room
  • 7 Seater Hot Tub
  • BBQ
  • 2 Pets Welcome
  • Free Wifi

We regret we do not accept Stag Parties

In Detail

Detailed Description

Stuckgowan House is a unique Grade A listed house situated overlooking Loch Lomond.  It has been lovingly restored with great care and attention from being almost derelict to probably one of the finest holiday houses in Scotland.  The views from the house are simply stunning and the owners have put great thought into the renovation of the house to provide everything you may want from a holiday home, either for a relaxing family vacation, special occasion or for a weekend break. The house has a 7 seater hot tub, a cinema room, a games room and a small gym.

The house is a constant condradiction; almost 200 years old with thick granite walls yet somehow delicate, light and modern.  The extensive 34 acres of grounds and woodlands are home to a variety of rare trees.  A 45 meter Sequoia is the joint tallest in Scotland.  The bedrooms have been named after trees found within the estate.

The house is within easy access of Glasgow airport and there are trains from the airport which run to Balloch Station, approximately 16 miles away.  There is also a train station in Tarbet, 2 miles north of the house, which has trains from Glasgow central station traveling north, through Tarbet and up to Fort William.

Ground Floor

Study / Library  – Sink into the luxrious chesterfield by the wood burning stove to enjoy the views of the Loch or the grounds.  Or while away the hours at the games table with a selection of board games, playing cards and books.
Chestnut – Ground floor twin bedroom with solid teak sleigh beds and en-suite bathroom with shower, teardrop bath, double sinks and w.c.
Sequoya – King-size four poster bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and w.c and bath which is unique in shape, designed for two people to bathe side by side.
Sitting Room – with a magnificent open fire and panoramic views over the Loch through three sets of gothic windows within a large bay.
Dining Room – again with views over the Loch, towards Ben Lomond, a grand solid teak table and bespoke chairs to seat 20 and a wood burning stove.
Kitchen –  breakfast bar for approximately 14 people plus 4 on window seats.  A “breakfast zone” is set up with 2 kettles and 2 four-slice toasters, sink, fridge and a dishwasher. The “cooking” area hosts a large Everhot range with 4 ovens and 4 hotplates, sink and, for the Everhot novice a 4-ring  induction hob  The Everhot can be individually controlled for ease of use.
A wall mounted Smart TV enables work or pleasure from a relaxed setting.
Directly from the kitchen is a:

Pantry / Service area – This has been designed to act as a service area for the main dining room holding all the cutlery and crockery.  It has a double door fridge / freezer, double sinks and 2 dishwashers so there should be no arguments as to who’s turn it is to wash up!
Cloakroom.

First Floor

There are two staircases, one which is located near the kitchen and this leads to:-

Rowan  – A twin room with 2 solid teak beds.
Lime – A double bedroom with a king-size double bed.
These two bedrooms share a bathroom with bath, hand held shower, wash hand basin and w.c

The main staircase which leads to a wonderful galleried landing provides access to the remaining bedrooms.  At the top of the staircase you will find hidden away a “tea and coffee alcove” with a fridge, kettle and tea and coffee making facilities so if you can’t get out of bed in the morning before your morning ‘cuppa’ – no need to go all the way to the kitchen.
In this part of the first floor you will find:-

Silver Birch – A double bedroom with lovely silver framed king-size bed plus a chaise longue / childrens’ bed.
Douglas Fir  – A double / twin bedroom with a king-size bed and a single bed.
Cooper Beach  – A double bedroom with a huge 8ft circular bed set under the fabulous angles of the ceiling.
Oak  – A double bedroom with a king-size bed and a small chaise longue / childrens’ bed.
Monteray Pine  – A Double bedroom with a king-size bed and a large chaise longue / childrens’ bed.

Please note the chaise longue / childrens’ beds are for children to sleep on only, they are less then 5ft in length and therefore not suitable for adults.
On this floor you will also find two shower rooms with large walk in showers wash hand basin and w.c as well as a bathroom with shower, teardrop bath, wash hand basin and w.c

Lower Ground Floor – The Entertainment Zone!

A windy wet weather day?  No problem!  Head downstairs to the lower ground floor here you will find:-
The Cinema Room and yes this is a proper cinema room!  It boasts a 126 inch screen with full cinema surround sound, an extensive film library of DVD, Blu Ray and 3D movies, X-Box which can play games, DVD and Blue Ray and has internet connection for online gaming, Kinect with multimedia play and interactive games access, mood theme lighting system, comfy sofas and bean bags – the perfect room for young and old.
The Games Room / Bar with pool table and hand built bar offer a perfect place to relax.
The Childrens’ Play Room – this is stocked with various toys, games and a table and chairs where children can draw and play.  There is also a sink and an extra ‘overflow’ fridge.
The Gym – for those dedicated folk!  Be it cross training, power plate, free weight or a Pilates workout, this room will meet your needs.
Mud Room – for all your boots and outdoor clothing.

Outside
A large terrace area with outside dining for 16 and the sunken 7-seater Hot Tub with mood lighting.
Charcoal BBQ.
A Midge Buster is available from April through to September
34 Acres of land home to The Coast Redwood – the joint tallest tree in Scotland and the Monterey Pine to name a few.

A vast expanse of woodland area.  Electric entrance gates and plenty of parking.

Services:-
Full central heating plus open fires in the sitting room and wood burning stove in the dining room and study.
Free Wifi.
Integrated surround sound system throughout the principle room, lower ground floor and hot tub with the facility to dock your own IPod or smart phone and all controlled through our controller or through any IPhone / Ipad with the ‘Sonos’ app for unlimited music downloads.
Cinema Room with X-Box, Kinect and an extensive film library.
7 Seater hot tub with stunning views towards Ben Lomond.
Large oven, hob and induction hob
3 Dishwashers
5 Fridges
‘Nespresso’ Coffee Machine
2 Cots, 2 High Chairs, Changing mat, bottle warmer and baby food processor.
Stairgates at the top of both staircases are available.
Hairdryers are supplied in all rooms
The house is supplied from a genuine Highland Spring.

Pamper Parties 

15 minute treatments from £13 per person  (from £11.50 pp if more than 10 treatments booked)

Nail File and Polish
Nails are filed and painted (nails should be polish free)

Foot File and Polish
Nails are filed and painted (nails should be polish free)

Back and Shoulder Massage
De Stress those tense shoulders with this deep massage

Scalp Massage
Great for headaches and tension

Mini Facial
Cleanse, Exfoliation, Tone and Moisturise

Lower Leg and Foot massage
Relax those aching feet

Hand and forearm Massage

Eyebrow Shape
Define those brows

Terms & Conditions
Treatments provided by Lomond Beauty please call Lesley direct to make your booking on 078753678222 or emailku.oc1441392184.ytua1441392184ebdno1441392184mol@y1441392184elseL1441392184

A non refundable 50% deposit is required to secure your booking, this can be done by bank transfer, PayPal or cheque
All guests will be required to complete a brief medical questionnaire for insurance purposes.
Cancellations on the day will still be charged for
Alcohol consumption should be kept to minimum

Location & Places of Interest

Location & Places of Interest

 

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History of Stuckgowan

In Search of Stuckgowan – A Taste of History

In scanning the history of this stretch of the highlands along Loch Lomond we hope to inform newcomers and help the curious find their way into the historical hinterland.

This was an area troubled for centuries by feud and dispute until, out of the Industrial revolution and political turbulence, there emerged a beautiful house which enhanced it’s  marvellous setting.

The house dates from before 1820 and was built with elegant lancet windows and arched doorways as Gothic and Norman references but above all with grace and balance.

Its environment, however, has its darker side with a history of clan battles, cattle lifting even brigandry. Sir Walter Scott’s novels rushed off the shelves bearing stories inspired by the history of the area. Local rumour suggests that Rob Roy was penned in part in the House. We have found nothing to suggest that this is correct but see later.

We have started on a collection (more a miscellany) of appendices which we hope are of interest but also with links to the area.

Warning – names, be it of place or family, change over the years.

Since the early 13th century a sweep of the western side of the Loch, (including what we grandly still call The Stuckgowan Estate) has been owned by just 5 families.

1235 to 1718 – The MacFarlanes

The MacFarlanes were warriors, but occasional cattle lifters and brigands, often living outside the law and feuding with their neighbours, the Colquhouns. Outlawed by parliament and beset by debt, the MacFarlanes fell on hard times and in 1718 the Stuckgowan lands were sold. Later in the century the remainder of the Macfarlane lands became part of the Colquhoun Estate.

1718 -1799 – The Simes

John Simes, a butcher from Edinburgh, bought the Stuckgowan lands. Little is known of the family but they eventually sold to John McMurrich (possibly together with his brother Malcolm).

1799 – 1879 The McMurrichs

Little is known as to any previous dwellings but John McMurrich (1758 – 1847) came to be known as the creator of Stuckgowan house. The early 19th century saw vast changes. John, a merchant from Glasgow, was clearly the driving force responsible for the graceful property we can enjoy today. Add to that the beautiful gardens, glimpses of which remain even after years of neglect and lodges built with style and we can start to measure the extent of his achievements.

As was the practice at that time, the lands were settled in a form of trust and on his death James McMurrich became the Life Renter and Laird. Not withstanding the sale to the Colquhouns, it seems he continued to live on the Estate until his death.

1879 – 2011 – The Colquhouns

Sir James Colquhoun left instructions in his will to purchase the Stuckgowan Estate if ever it came on the market. That wish was realized in 1879. The Colquhoun lands now ranged all along the side of the loch. The Stuckgowan Estate merged into the Colquhoun lands and, bit-by-bit sales diminished the mix of properties that had been assembled by the McMurrichs.

In turn the house was a home, a small hotel and then, in 2011, the shell of the old Estate House, including the gardens, north lodge and 34 acres of wild highland hillside was sold to the current owners.

With the framework of extended stewardship by these families there is a range of stories that hover between folklore, fable and real history.

Two of the best known are:

  • 1592 – The murder of Sir Hugh Colquhoun.  One of the best fireside stories with many twists and uncertainties with revenge for infidelity, clan feud, and fratricide amongst the motives.  Each version has the MacFarlanes heavily involved but it was Sir Hugh’s brother who was executed in November.
  • 1603 – The Battle of Glen Fruin engaging the Colquhouns with a range of foes including the MacFarlanes. The Colquhouns suffered a massive defeat but it was the political consequences on their adversaries, which seems to have had a lasting effect.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the savagery of the past slowly gave way to an explosion of wealth, scientific and technical advances, tourism, architecture and literature – all seemed to touch Stuckgowan.

Glasgow’s wealth grew out of trade and industry. John McMurrich was a Glasgow merchant  – we believe a wood merchant and along with many of his contemporaries he ‘moved’ to the country. Whether he foresaw the tourist boom that followed is uncertain. It seems likely that he continued some ‘wood merchant’ dealings from Stuckgowan.

David Napier one of the creators of steamship travel pioneered some of the important scientific and technical advances in steamship design and bought his paddle steamer ‘Marion’ to Loch Lomond in 1818. Napier and John McMurrich eventually became partners and Tarbet  prospered on the tourist trade. Marion’s success and Napier’s wider foresight and business drive played no little part as seed corn for the worldwide changes as sail gave way to steam.

As it happened the steamers promoted Loch Lomond as a tourist attraction.

Stuckgowan itself became a place to visit.

1839 Lumsden

“…Here the stranger previous to proceeding on his journey may visit the romantic pleasure grounds of Stuckgoune belonging to Mr McMurrich who has afforded every facility for the lover of nature to enjoy her in her wildest moods”

Over the years there has been a procession of complimentary references including…

1853 Black Adam and Charles,

“Shortly before reaching Tarbet, there is seen a pretty white mansion with woody recesses leading up to the mountains behind, and umbrageous lawns spreading gently downwards to the brink of the lake. This is Stuck Gown — pronouncedstugoon

 2010 Louis Stott’s Blog

“Not far south of Tarbet a splendid regency cottage, Stuckgowan, is exquisitely situated above the A82. In its architecture it is one of the finest houses in the National Park…..”

So notwithstanding her age the house has retained her charm born out of her architectural excellence. This in-turn raises one of the questions to which we have sought an answer.

If there was an Architect, who was he or she?

We will happily play Watson to any architectural Sherlock.

Whoever was responsible, the house has not just charm but a unique quality, which more than merits its Grade A listing.

The mystery of the Architect’s identity is just the first of the questions that remain unanswered including when exactly was she built and is there any basis for the local rumour that Sir Walter Scott wrote part of Rob Roy in the house.

Ross Priory rightly lays claim to close connection with Sir Walter. Was Stuckgowan built by the time he visited the Loch in 1817? Even Ross Priory was probably ringing to the sound of Masons hammers at that time. Certainly Sir Walter’s research for the book included a trip to the head of the loch and he would have passed Stuckgowan but we cannot say whether he stayed or even visited. However a clear link with Sir Walter comes later through Frances Jeffery (later Lord Jeffery) who stayed in the house nearly every year between 1821 and 1838. He was an editor, critic, poet, lawyer, politician and later a judge. Sir Walter refers to him as ‘my particular friend’. Hector Buchanan of Ross Priory was a friend and close associate of Sir Walter and it would be strange if their common interests in literature, publishing, the Loch, their friendship and mutual profession did not draw these three together at Stuckgowan.

Whilst we cannot say many of the ‘great slept here’ Lord Francis and David Napier must   rate as important men of their time.

Perhaps the guest book starting in 2013 will be of greater interest to future historians but it is not just the famous who should raise our interest in the past.

The Appendices will we hope become a growing miscellany of interesting snippets. They already include ‘The Stuckgowan Estates Act 1879’ a tipping point for Stuckgowan and one which anticipated the important changes in Land Law just three years later.

Somehow we hope those who are interested will end with an overview of the sweep of history which includes savagery, lawlessness, financial ruin, amazing progress, cultural changes, decay and now, through to a time when the fabric of the house is refreshed and she takes her charm on a new adventure.

The North Lodge will be restored and with it a more domestic history – an office, possibly the home for the ‘Robinson the fox killer’ keeper of the highland terriers, a refuge perhaps for second world war evacuees (are they still alive?) and a mini architectural gem with Norman arched diamond paned frontage windows, but sadly no more the driveway sweeping up from the loch edge to set off its humble excellence.

Slowly we hope to recover the history of the ‘Gardens’ by returning them at least in part to their former glory, but for now, the battle of the rhododendrons continues.

Please enjoy the house with all its facets.

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Catering

Catering

Sample Three Course Dinner

To create your own bespoke Menu, please choose one first course, one main course, and one pudding. Coffee and Tea is included. £43 per person ( guide price) Platter of Scottish Cheeses with fresh Pears and Oatcakes please add £6.50

First Courses

Salmon Ceviche, red onion and chilli
Cullen skink
Griddled Pheasant and bacon parcels with colcannon and grand-mere sauce
Risotto of Winter vegetables, fresh garden herbs, lemon and parmesan
Salad of celery, apple and toasted walnuts with Dunsyre blue dressing
Tobermory hot- smoked salmon, lemon and caper sauce with watercress-Beetroot, spring onion, apple salad
Perthshire free range chicken liver parfait, redcurrant syrup and Florida salad
Salad of Loch Rannoch smoked chicken and smoked venison, pickled carrots and horseradish
Traditional Cock a Leekie Soup
Grilled goat cheese with roast Mediterranean vegetables, beetroot sorbet and mixed leaves

Main Courses

Steamed fillet of cod with a wood mushroom risotto, grilled baby leeks and a vermouth and mushroom sauce
Andhra lamb – a traditional regional Indian curry with cinnamon, fennel seed, cloves, mustard-with fresh Pineapple, Yoghurt, Mango and banana, Basmati Rice and Poppadums
Chicken Scallopine with Fontina Cheese and Roasted fennel Wild Mushroom and Chive Risotto, with roasted pistachios Steamed salmon fillet in parcel with confit cherry tomatoes, crushed potatoes, caper and lemon hollandaise Spice crusted heather fed leg of Scottish lamb, roasted with Rosemary
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Main courses accompanied as desired by salads or roasted root vegetables, steamed green vegetables, and a potato dish of choice: Dauphinoise, Rosti , Boiled or Roasted, Colcannon, Fondant.

Puddings or Desserts
Fresh Fruit Compote with Vanilla pod and Creme Fraiche
Warm chocolate and pecan nut tart
Raspberry Meringue Roulade
Very dark Chocolate Roulade, Double cream and Greek Yoghurt

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