Savills | Knockderry House Hotel, Shore Road, Cove, Helensburgh, G84 0NX | Property for sale
10,486 sq ft(974.18 sq m)
Offers over £1,500,000(€1,736,511)

Knockderry House HotelShore Road, Cove, Helensburgh, G84 0NX

    Key features

    • Iconic historic retreat on the shores of Loch Long
    • Superb example of a William Leiper influenced country house hotel
    • Striking in appearance with a stone and flint finish
    • Magnificent wood panelling throughout
    • Decorative ceiling roses and cornicing
    • Handsome fireplaces and beautiful bay windows
    • Generously proportioned rooms
    • Exceptional views over Loch Long

    Sumptuous historic retreat on the shores of Loch Long

    About this property

    • Knockderry is a superb example of a William Leiper influenced country house hotel. Whilst currently in operation commercially with 15 stunning bedrooms, the property's layout and accommodation is incredibly versatile and could easily be returned to its former splendour as a privately owned mansion house. The features throughout, given the architectural heritage, are naturally most impressive. Magnificent wood panelling, decorative ceiling roses and cornicing, handsome fireplaces and beautiful bay windows are just a few of the features displayed throughout the property. The room proportions are generous and with equally well-proportioned windows the property is bright and airy; combined with warm tones of oak and mahogany and numerous open fires, the property has a wonderfully comfortable and soothing ambiance as well as a pleasing period elegance.

      Every bedroom is accompanied by a well-appointed bathroom, with a number of roll top baths, slipper baths and spacious shower rooms.

      Externally the property is very striking in appearance with a stone and timber finish, a slate roof, and numerous turrets and spires; it is an exceptional and imposing mansion sitting centrally within its own grounds. To the front and side of the property there is a sweeping gravel driveway and courtyard bordering a large expanse of lawn with views across to Loch Long.

      Knockderry is enchanting and inimitable and presents a truly unique opportunity for the next occupant to begin the next chapter in its proud history.

      The Business
      Having bought the property in 2001, the owners have sympathetically restored and converted this outstanding building into one of the finest country house hotels in the area with a setting and external appeal, second to none. Trading with a 4-star accolade from the AA and Visit Scotland and 2 AA Rosettes for its culinary delights, the sale of Knockderry House Hotel offers an exceptional business opportunity, very rarely on the open market. Presented to a very high standard both internally and externally, very little if any CAPEX is required.

      Supported well locally, the hotel operates with a full complement of staff and benefits from repeat commercial and tourist trade throughout the season, closing for the Christmas period but re-opening for the New Year season. Established as a bespoke function venue, able to cater for smaller weddings or meetings with circa 50-60 guests/delegates comfortably, there is the option to take over the whole hotel for that special day, something a new owner could explore even further. In the past larger functions have taken place with the use of a marquee in the grounds. For further information on the business go to the website The business is listed highly on the main booking sites including, Expedia and Trivago, with a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.

      With its location overlooking Loch Long, there are four moorings with direct access to the beach and these are included in the sale.

      A viewing of this outstanding property is highly recommended to fully appreciate exactly what is on offer.

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    Local information

    • Knockderry Country House Hotel is set on the banks of Loch Long, one of the magnificent sea lochs of Scotland situated on the west coast near Loch Lomond and Helensburgh. Accessible from Glasgow Airport in around 50 minutes in good driving conditions it is perfectly positioned for The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and the Highlands and Islands further north and west.

    Additional information

    • Historical and architectural note
    • Although there has been a dwelling of some kind on the site for centuries, Knockderry House itself (meaning ‘hill of oak' in Gaelic) was originally built around 1846 as a summer retreat. Acclaimed Victorian architect William Leiper later designed major extensions to the building in the last decade of the 19th century adding considerably both to its size and to its architectural interest. The work, commissioned by the then owner, wealthy Glasgow cotton merchant David Anderson, gave Leiper freedom to experiment, and the resulting distinctive mixture of turrets, balconies, dormer and bay windows can be seen today. For the interior decoration a unique mix of talented designers, namely Daniel Cottier, J Gordon Guthrie (‘Guthrie Junior'), Jekyll and Leiper himself, were responsible for the very fine examples of stained glass, woodwork, and fireplaces which can be seen throughout the building.
    • Accounting Information
    • Full accounts will be made available to seriously interested parties, only after formally viewing the property.
    • Business Rates
    • The business is entered in the current valuation roll as having rateable value of £48,500
    • Agent Note
    • Photographs taken between October 2019 and winter 2020
    • Directions: From Glasgow travel west on the M8 and exit at Junction 30 for the Erskine Bridge. Cross the bridge and filter left signposted A82 and Crianlarich. Follow the signs for Loch Lomond and proceed straight across the Balloch roundabout. Continue over the Arden roundabout and remain on the A82 before taking the left turn onto the A817. Stay on this road, passing around the top of Garelochhead and toward Coulport. Before reaching Coulport turn left at the Peaton Crossroads for 300 yards and then right and down to Loch Long before turning left. Knockderry House can be found on the left hand side after approximately 1.7 miles.
    • EPC Rating = C