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Drimnin House

Drimnin House Hall Staircase

Jutting into the Atlantic but sheltered between Ardnamurchan to the north and the Isle of Mull to the south, Drimnin House sits within 7,000 acres of the western tip of the little-known Morvern peninsula – one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. Drimnin House lies at the end of the public road, undisturbed by traffic and a haven for wildlife, with stunning views over the Sound of Mull towards Tobermory 

The present building in the eccentric neo-gothic style dates from about 1850 after the earlier house, which stood on the same spot, was destroyed by fire in 1849, when the Estate was owned by the Gordon family. Extending over three floors it has some 30 rooms, including eight bedrooms and reception rooms with stunning views over the Sound of Mull. The top floor originally provided accommodation for servants and a Catholic chapel which at one time replaced the chapel on the shore below. To the rear is a housekeeper’s cottage named after Ena, the last resident housekeeper, and is now restored to provide additional rooms for use with Drimnin House, or as holiday accommodation when Drimnin House is not let.
 

The Drawing Room

The house is noted for its high-ceilinged rooms; the intricate faux marble, floral wall paintings and ornate cornices, which had originally been by the leading Edinburgh decorator, D.R.Hay. It has recently been completely renovated, transforming it into a warm, luxurious and environmentally-friendly home. Much of the furniture dates from the mid-nineteenth century, and at least one piece bears the charred marks of the 1849 fire.  The garden includes an original Victorian parterre and is sheltered by the house on one side, the old farm buildings on another and cliffs at the back.
Drimnin House is available for family holidays and special occasions such as weddings, vow renewals, christenings, corporate activities, country pursuits and film sets. Due to our remote location at the end of this quiet peninsula Drimnin House is also popular with visitors who are looking for a vacation rental that gives them the privacy that may not be possible in more well known holiday destinations on the west coast of Scotland.

Sleeps

Drimnin House sleeps up to 16, but it's homely atmosphere means that it is also suitable for smaller groups. For larger gatherings the adjoining annexe sleeps 4 and the Estate holiday cottages sleep an additional 8 guests (on a self catering basis) and Ach na Crich Bed & Breakfast sleeps an additional 4 guests.
 

Bedroom

Drimnin House accommodation is on three floors and comprises of eight double/twin bedrooms, six bathrooms, two cloakrooms, entrance hall, formal dining and drawing rooms, breakfast room, TV room with convertible sofa bed use if required, library, billiards room, boot room, large traditional kitchen and an additional smaller guest kitchen plus other utility areas and space to relax including a small conservatory which enjoys the morning sun and a large first floor landing with comfortable sofas. Full laundry facilities are available and cots and highchair on request as well as additional single guest beds to make up family rooms.

The accommodation comes with an excellent cook and housekeeping staff. Meals include breakfast, picnic lunches, afternoon tea & cake and four course evening meal. Earlier childrens teas can be catered for.

Tariff and Availability

Weekly rates from £5450 and includes the services of a cook and housekeeper, with food charged on a per person per night basic.

  • The price is for exclusive use of the house with the services of a cook and a daily housekeeper
     
  • The annexe to Drimnin House - Ena's Cottage- is priced separately, weekly from £950
     
  • The price includes VAT but does not include food and alcohol costs. For availability please see calendar below.
     

How to Book

Simply contact us to discuss your desired break, week, fortnight or short break and we will confirm availability and price (Mid week start dates welcome). Prices for short breaks vary according to the number of guests and the number of nights required - please enquire. A deposit of 50% is then required to confirm your booking or the full amount if booking within six weeks of the entry date. A £500 refundable security deposit will also be required six weeks prior to your stay.
Telephone 07714 248425 or email enquiries@drimninestate.co.uk for further information.

Activities

Outdoor

Mountain Biking

Walking/hiking, trout and sea fishing, cycling, shooting and stalking, clay pigeon shooting, outdoor garden games, wildlife watching and photography, touring the West Highlands and Islands and relaxing. There is a wide range of walks on and adjoining the Estate – picnic lunches can be arranged. Bicycles are welcome and there are number of mountain bikes available from the estate, as there are many great tracks to cycle on the Estate and in the local area. In addition, we can arrange tours of the Estate, Brown trout fishing, diving locally and boat trips, including the Drimnin-Tobermory water taxi. (Please note the use of the bicycles and fishing tackle is shared with the three cottages, so avid cyclists and fisherman are encouraged to bring their own)

Indoor

There is a tuned piano, TV lounge, sound systems in the main reception rooms, board games and games tables, craft tables, snooker room, reading in the library and other quiet areas of the house with bird, boat and star gazing from the large windows overlooking the sea and mountains.

Facilities

Snooker Room

Wi-Fi, snooker, sound systems in main reception rooms, large gardens with outdoor furniture. Telephone in most bedrooms (internal and external calls).  There is mobile reception just outside Drimnin House and reception for some networks in the front rooms of the house.

Features

Drimnin House is a family home and guests are encouraged to treat the house as their home, to relax and enjoy all that the house, gardens, Estate and surrounding area has to offer. Rather than spending time cooking and cleaning our small team are here to ensure that the entire family/group are able to make the most of their time together. A full catering service is provided by joint owner Louise and a kitchen assistant, a housekeeper is also on hand, and our visitor manager is happy to help you arrange activities should you wish. Children are welcome, and dogs welcome by prior arrangement.

Menus will be agreed with you before your stay, we are very flexible and happy to cater for special requests.

 

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Floor Plans

Drimnin House - Ground Floor
Ground Floor
Drimnin House - First Floor
First Floor
Drimnin House - Second Floor
Second Floor

See what our guests say...

My family LOVED every minute of every day

'We had a family gathering of 21 people and 4 generations, aged 2 to 79! The main house has been meticulously renovated and restored to it's former glory by the Lewises. To say that my family LOVED every minute of every day of the week we spent in and on the Estate is to understate our joy at being together in SUCH a magical place! Louise Lewis and her wonderful staff could not possibly have been more generous and accommodating. They went out of their way to to be both helpful when needed and yet allowing us privacy for our family games, singing, and fun. The meals were served buffet, we ate in the beautifully appointed dining room, had cocktails,afternoon tea, and after-dinner coffee in the equally beautiful drawing room overlooking the Sound of Mull. The impossibly romantic sunsets were a nightly adventure. The main bedrooms were princely, comfortable and very clean and beautifully appointed. All the bathrooms were spic and span clean, as well as being up-to-date and functioning perfectly. We explored the estate, engaged with a local artist, came to know the estate manager, some local musicians. Side trips to The Isle of Mull, exploring Tobermorey and other areas, were highlights. Long walks about the estate, archery, shooting, croquet, touring the distillery, visiting the "lost villages" and the restored Chapel, one intrepid member of the family even swam in the Sound, doing jigsaw puzzles, card games, learning to play Snooker, dancing in the main hall and playing "Murder" in the evenings were all ways in which we were able to amuse ourselves and each other during our magical week at Drimnin House. 
I/We simply cannot recommend a stay here strongly enough! Helen R. Cook, New York City'

Wed, 16/08/2017
"Drimnin Estate and its amazing people made it a trip of a lifetime"

"Drimnin Estate and its amazing people made it a trip of a lifetime" The Ruthardt family, 2016

Mon, 30/11/2015
The holiday of a lifetime

"Simply delightful beginning to end.  The holiday of a lifetime. Drimnin House, the grounds, estate excursions - exceptional! The people extraordinary" Jan McCaleb Elliott, 2016.

Mon, 30/11/2015
once in a lifetime experience

"Thank you for a wonderful, once in a lifetime experience. What a way to begin a great adventure and build wonderful memories, it was perfect and everyone involved fantastic." Gail Galbraith Joyce, 2016.

Mon, 30/11/2015
The house is spectacular and exceeded our expectations

“ … everything was lovely. The house is spectacular and exceeded our expectations. Louise and Rhonda’s hospitality was top-notch. The weather could not have been more beautiful or the activities more enjoyable. Loved every minute” Jessica and Coleman Middleton, 2016.

Mon, 30/11/2015
Hospitality and helpfulness wonderful and very kindly too

“Enjoyed our time here, we think it’s great and enjoyed the estate especially the cycling, Doirlinn and the information from Louise. Hospitality and helpfulness wonderful and very kindly too” Hugo Allen, 2016.

Mon, 30/11/2015
Absolutely stunning location and loved the nature

Loved the house, decoration, so cosy and homely, food lovely. Louise was lovely and helpful. Relaxing and peaceful. Absolutely stunning location and loved the nature, the boat trip and the ecology and photography guided walks” Joanne Martin, 2016.

Mon, 30/11/2015
Wonderful stay at Drimnin House - Carn Burton & family

“We had a wonderful stay at Drimnin House - the location was breathtaking, the food was delicious, and Louise was a warm and welcoming host. A stunning venue and perfect base for exploring this beautiful corner of Scotland”

Mon, 24/08/2015
Drimnin House Stay MB

“The house is perfect, the food was delicious and the bed so comfortable.  We would have enjoyed the wedding anyway but the warm welcome we received from you enhanced our visit. We really enjoyed our stay with you and your wonderful hospitality”.

Sun, 16/08/2015
Drimnin House DB

"It would be hard to find a more gracious house in more beautiful surroundings, with every possible comfort. Thank you for opening up your beautiful home and for your friendly welcome and warm hospitality."

Sat, 08/08/2015
Drimnin House from A&GJ

“Thank you for a great stay with you. We appreciated all the trouble you went to to make our stay so enjoyable including putting beautiful flowers in the bedrooms and on the tables, preparing delicious meals and checking we were warm enough.  We found plenty of easy parking, beautiful views, hot water at all times, everything working efficiently and so much more.  This is what made your house so special. Thank you.”

Wed, 29/07/2015