Knockdow House is an 18th century Georgian property situated on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll, west Scotland. This Category B listed building, is set amongst 250 acres of woodland and fields, is protected by the Historic Environment Scotland (HES), and is of immense national importance in Scotland.
This beautiful property was originally owned by a wealthy family known as the Lamont clan, one of the oldest clans in Scotland, who owned the property for approximately 600 years. In 1920, it was owned by Sir Norman Lamont, also known as the Laird of Knockdow, who made a number of alterations and extensions on the property.
In 2010, Knockdow House was extensively refurbished by its then owners. While its splendour was retained, it was brought up-to-date.
Today, it features a state-of-the-art biomass heating system, a modernised water filtration system and updated electrical, plumbing and heating systems.
Introducing the Properties Many Rooms
Inside, the property retains a historic, traditional feel with plenty of exotic woods throughout, including mahogany and sandalwood. The main stairwell features timber panelling. There is also elaborate cornicing, designed to retain the era of the property.
Knockdow House is spread across three floors. It has 12 bedrooms, six primary reception rooms, three additional reception rooms, a large drawing room, a TV room, dining room and tea room. The original library was recently converted into a snooker room and bar. It originally had a great hall which has also been converted into a sitting area.
Situated on the first floor is a large suite, nestled just beside the tower, which was historically used as the men servants’ quarters. Today, this section of the house features two double bedrooms each with their own en-suite, as well as a private sitting room with fully fitted kitchen.
Here you will also find a stunning etched antique glass window that was recovered from a different part of the house. This window features the Lamont coat of arms, as well as examples of stained glass, which instil a sense of history and character throughout the property.
In keeping with the era of this traditional West Highland mansion house, all rooms are well proportioned, offering a gracious living space for all.
Venturing out of Knockdow House
Knockdow House offers easy access to plenty of spectacular countryside. The surroundings are luxurious, where peace and tranquillity abounds. There is also an abundance of wildlife, as well as a wide range of local outdoor and sporting activities. Finally, just 200 yards from the property are a number of lochside and pebbled beaches for those wishing to venture into the great outdoors and explore nature at its rawest and finest.