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Rothesay, Isle Of Bute, Argyll and Bute, PA20 0QT


  • 4/5 bedrooms.

  • Island location.

  • Requiring refurbishment.

  • Large wooded grounds.

  • Outbuildings.

Cnoc-an-Raer is a most impressive Country House in a wonderful private position on the Isle of Bute with beautiful views over its own wooded grounds.

A beautiful and historic island, Bute is situated in the heart of the Firth of …

Cnoc-an-Raer is a most impressive Country House in a wonderful private position on the Isle of Bute with beautiful views over its own wooded grounds.

A beautiful and historic island, Bute is situated in the heart of the Firth of Clyde, off Scotland’s verdant west coast. The island possesses areas of great scenic beauty and has been a popular holiday destination dating back to Victorian times. Due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, the island enjoys a particularly mild climate and has become known as the “Madeira of Scotland”. Bute is divided in two by the Highland Boundary Fault, in the north the island is hilly and largely uncultivated and to the south, is more rolling and highly cultivated. The western side of Bute is known for its beautiful beaches, many of which enjoy fine views over the Sound of Bute towards Arran.

Rothesay (about 4 miles) offers an extensive range of amenities including primary and secondary schooling, a campus of the Argyll College, a good range of shops, a first class hospital, sports centre and golf course. Regular ferries (Caledonian MacBrayne) from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay ensure that Glasgow City centre and the International Airport can be reached with ease. Wemyss Bay has a direct train link to the city centre whilst Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the popular Ayrshire coastal towns are also easily accessible. A second ferry from Rhubodach on the north of the island to Colintraive allows for easy access for visiting Argyll and the west coast of Scotland.

The Isle of Bute offers a wide range of leisure and recreation amenities including some excellent walking including The West Island Way which runs the length of the island for 25 miles, and the highest hill is Windy Hill at 278 metres. Golf is available on the island’s three courses, one of which at Port Bannatyne is overlooked from Hilton House, and fishing is available at Loch Fad stocked with pike and brown trout. Mount Stuart House is open to the public from May to October with attractive gardens and a visitor centre, and the Discovery Centre at Rothesay houses a small cinema and tourist information centre.


Cnoc-an-Raer is a former manse built of stone over two storeys under a slate roof. The property sits within private wooded grounds and presents boundless opportunities for the next custodians. The current owner has in the past enjoyed success with the property as a bed and breakfast. Believed to date from approximately 1835 with a later 1900’s extension the property is filled with original character features but perhaps most notable are the marble fire place surrounds, which are rumoured to have links to the stone masons famous for their work at Mount Stewart. The ground floor accommodation at Cnoc-an-Raer is perfect for entertaining providing three large formal rooms all complete with cornice work and large windows. The kitchen with solid fuel Rayburn along with plentiful storage is also on the ground level. The fine cantilever staircase initially leads to the half landing where the bathroom, complete with roll top bath, is located. Further up the staircase is the first floor housing the sleeping accommodation which consists of a large master bedroom complete with dressing room and three further double bedrooms. The house does require extensive refurbishment.


Ground Floor: Entrance vestibule, living room, dining room, music room, kitchen, laundry room and pantry.

First Floor: Bathroom, master bedroom with dressing room/bedroom, three further bedrooms.

The private wooded grounds of Cnoc-an-Raer extend to approximately 1.79 acres and create a real sense of occasion on first arrival with the long driveway to the Manse. In the current owner’s tenure the gardens have been transformed into a wildlife haven where deer can often be seen with their young. To the rear of the property there are two stone outbuildings under slate roofs which provide useful storage.

We have been made aware that there is japanese knotweed present at the property.