An exceptional residential and sporting estate with a spectacular coastal setting


Lot 1 - Glenstriven House Estate – c. 408 acres

Glenstriven House was built in 1860 and is accessed by an unusual and attractive cobbled drive flanked by an avenue of lime trees and specimen conifers. Whilst the principal façade faces west towards Loch Striven, the drive leads to a gravel sweep adjoining the northern elevation as a result of which, the north door to the house is the most actively used.

It should be noted that the public road terminates at the entrance to the Estate.

Occupying an elevated position with westerly views over Loch Striven, the house is of stone construction which is painted beneath pitched slate roofs.

The northern façade of the house features a portico with decorative game-bird themed niches. Other features include dressed stone quoins and a circular cupola above the stairwell.

The internal accommodation is very well suited to the purposes of entertaining house parties of guests with spacious and well-proportioned reception rooms, eight bedrooms (including four bedroom suites) and extensive utilitarian and storage space including a purpose-built wine cellar with capacity for around 500 bottles.

Features of the interior include a sweeping central staircase with decorative cast-iron spindles and wooden balustrade, decorative cornices, panelled doors with brass door furniture and sash and casement windows throughout.

The services include private water supply, oil-fired central heating and propane gas cooker. The electrical, plumbing systems and heating systems were comprehensively renewed following the vendors’ purchase of the estate in the 1980s and have been well maintained and repaired as required since.

The layout and dimensions of the accommodation are as shown on the floor plans included in this brochure.

Gardens and Grounds

Glenstriven House is surrounded by approx. 90 acres of kept lawns, parkland and wooded policies, beds of herbaceous shrubs, a wide variety of hybrid rhododendrons and has strategically placed seating benches to take full advantage of the stunning views across Loch Striven.

Situated within the grounds is one of the more quirky attractions of the estate. Known as “The Glenstriven Arms”, this is the conversion of a former generator building as a small, discreet, private bar used by guests from the main house. It comprises a single room with working bar, bench and stool seating and it exudes charm and character.

Included with this lot is the eastern section of quality hill ground, extending to about 315 acres, providing a great opportunity for stalking on the edge of the forestry. This hill ground is home to a strong population of Red and Roe deer which use the forestry for shelter, and as the timber is felled, stalking opportunities will increase.

Stables and Outbuildings

Lying close to the north of Glenstriven on the other side of the gravel parking area is the former stable block, part of which has been converted to provide auxiliary living accommodation to complement Glenstriven House. This includes two bedroom suites, which, in combination with the main house, provide accommodation for a house party of 20 people in total.

Also within this range of buildings is a timber-panelled shoot room, fur and feather game larders (including a chiller) and the former estate office.

Lying close by is a traditional stone barn with a slate roof, which is used for general storage and opposite the Stable Block is an implement shed (6.1m x 11.6m) of timber frame construction.

Lying a discreet distance from Glenstriven house and its immediate outbuildings is a general-purpose shed (16.0m x 18.3m) of steel portal frame construction with concrete block and timber-clad walls beneath a profile metal sheeting roof. With a concrete floor and extensive apron on the south side to allow for it to be extended if required, this building is used for storage of machinery and equipment associated with the shoot.

This property has 407 acres of land.


Glenstriven Estate occupies magical setting on the western side of the Cowal Peninsula overlooking Loch Striven. The southerly and westerly views from the estate are magnificent and include the Islands of Bute and Cumbrae, together with the distinctive peak of Goat Fell and the mountains of Arran.

Access to the estate is via a minor public road which leads for about 15 miles from Dunoon through the villages of Innellan and Toward. The village of Innellan has a Post Office, convenience store and two pub/restaurants. A wider range of services is provided in Dunoon, with a good selection of shops, professional services, a hospital with A&E and secondary school with sports and community leisure facilities. Dunoon provides two ferry links across the Clyde estuary to Gourock. The journey time by ferry is circa 20 minutes and ferries leave at 20-minute intervals during the day.

The closest airport with scheduled domestic and international flights is at Glasgow International Airport (41 miles) which can be reached in around 1½ hours under normal traffic conditions. Gourock also has a railway station with frequent services to Paisley (for Glasgow airport) and Glasgow city centre. Glasgow airport also has a heliport with helicopters available for charter. The journey time to Glenstriven by helicopter is about 15 minutes.

With its many islands, peninsulas and sea lochs, Argyll has thousands of miles of coastline and, as such, the sea is a feature of the working life and leisure time of its inhabitants.

The quality of sailing off the Argyll coast and Inner Hebrides is of world renown. In addition to the two deep-water moorings owned by the vendors, there are several well-established commercial marinas within close range of Glenstriven at Dunoon, Rothesay, Port Bannatyne, Inverkip and Portavadie.

In terms of land-based activities, there are golf courses at Innellan (9 holes) and Dunoon (18 holes). Further afield there are internationally renowned golf courses at Loch Lomond and on the Ayrshire coast at Royal Troon, Trump Turnberry and Prestwick. The vendors are keen golfers and have, on several occasions, enjoyed day trips to the Ayrshire courses via a fixed hull (inboard) RIB. The journey time to Turnberry (the southernmost of the courses) is about 1½ hours in calm sea conditions.

With many islands to explore, mountains to climb, lochs to fish, pubs and restaurants to dine at throughout Argyll, there is a fantastically diverse range of activities within a drive of an hour or so of Glenstriven.


From Glasgow, take the M8/A8 west to Gourock, continue on the coast road to the ferry terminal at McInroy’s Point. The ferry crossing from McInroy’s point to Hunters Quay at Dunoon takes approximately 20 minutes. From Dunoon, head south through the town towards the villages of Innellan and Toward on the A815 and continue on to Glenstriven at the end of the road. It is approximately 15 miles from Dunoon to Glenstriven.

From the north, take the A83 west from the town of Tarbert. After 12 miles, take the turning to the left signposted to Dunoon on the A815. Follow the A815 to Dunoon and then follow the instructions as above.

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