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By Oban, Argyll, PA34 4QY

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Ardmaddy Castle dates back many centuries. Originally a property of the MacDougall’s of Raera, who built a castle here, it then transferred into the Campbell clan ownership in the mid 17th Century until the early 20th Century when the Earls of Breadalbane died out and the trustees sold off the estate. 

The estate and castle are now owned by the 3rd generation of the Struthers family. The Castle itself has been modified and changed significantly over the centuries and the family are currently in the process of updating it - including a large new open plan eat-in kitchen. The owners have decided to make their family home available to rent for exclusive holidays for the first time (other than for a US presidential family in the 1980’s). 

Ardmaddy Castle is steeped in history, one room was even used to hold prisoners during the Jacobite rising of 1745, hence our calling it the ‘prison’. We now use it (with a touch of irony) as the children’s playroom. The castle has a candle-lit dining room in the vaulted ‘dungeon’ complete with walls up to 8 feet thick. There is a large drawing room with seaward views over the islands that  protect our bay and over the formal gardens in the opposite direction. The library acts as a second smaller sitting room (or small dining room for small adult groups not wanting to eat in the family kitchen). There are seven bedrooms, four of which are en-suite and two further bathrooms, providing plenty of room for groups of up to 15. 

The castle and its outbuildings sit in an elevated position on a mound facing the sea at the head of the bay looking south west. To its north east lies a large walled garden which is famous for its rhododendrons and herbaceous borders, and includes a prolific kitchen vegetable and fruit garden. Beyond the walled garden there are woodland walks to enjoy or a stroll along the landscaped river and round the water gardens. 

The wider estate offers a broad range of adventurous activities, including deer stalking and driven game shooting in season, fly fishing on the hill loch and both sailing and motor boats available to rent in the summer.  The Estate is also an ideal base from which to explore the gardens, natural beauty and history of Argyll and the Inner Hebrides.

If you are interested in staying at Ardmaddy Castle please contact our Estate Factor, Sophie Handley on 01631 705 480 or sophie@theestatesofficeargyll.com

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