The remarkably beautiful Knowdow House, on the Cowal peninsula of Western Scotland, is one of the region’s most stunning properties. This is a place that has an astonishingly calm atmosphere, thanks to the natural, breath-taking beauty that surrounds it.
Entering Knockdow House
Once you step inside this exquisite property you’re treated to a traditional interior that has truly held on to its historic roots. From rustic furniture to elegant interiors, it’s as if you are stepping back in time to days gone by, where you’re treated to splendid rooms, elegant interiors and rustic furniture. Despite its size, Knocdow House isa traditional, rustic-feel property that is warm and cosy, even on the coldest winter days.
This 18thcentury property is laid out over three floors, and includes six main reception rooms, as well as a further three reception rooms for entertaining guests.
Introducing Knockdow House’s Rooms
The ground floor features a large drawing room with delicate, ornate cornicing, as well as a TV room, tea room and dining room, which fits around 24-26 guests. There is also the original library, which has been converted into a snooker room and bar.
The house has 12 bedrooms, all of which have ensuite bathrooms, as well as three which are self-contained suites. One of the bedrooms in the ‘School House’ suite, which was originally used as a school room, still features an original frieze, or decorative band, which depicts the Monarchs of Scotland.
One of the most striking features of Knockdow House is its stunning centrepiece, which is a domed cupola situated over what was previously the Great Hall, at first floor level.
Today, instead of serving its purpose as a great hall, it has been renovated into a sitting area, and features traditional paintings which adorn the walls, as well as a chimney and fireplace, which keeps the room warm all year round. The cupola is supported by Ionic columns – one of five classical orders of architecture – which is considered more slender and ornate.
This property was originally owned by the Lamont clan, who travelled extensively and had significant estates in places as far reaching as Trinidad and Tobago.
Thanks to the Lamont family’s Caribbean legacy, the property clearly has influences from these regions, and is decorated throughout with mahogany, sandalwood and other exotic woods. Further, the main stairwell is lined with timber panelling, which was sourced from Palmiste in Trinidad.
Whether you are enjoying the interiors of the property or taking a walk along the extensive grounds, you will be treated to magnificent views from every angle, which are particularly glorious on sunny days.
If it’speace and tranquillity you’re after, this is the ultimate residence.