Stars are shining on historic mansion house

Press release   •   Jul 20, 2016 12:30 BST

A luxury self-catering accommodation in Argyll, which offers stylish suites in a restored mansion house, has been awarded five stars by VisitScotland.

Knockdow House achieved the top grading after taking part in the national tourism organisation’s Quality Assurance Scheme which recognises businesses that meet and exceed the high standards expected by guests.

Originally built before 1765 and the home of the Lamont Clan for just over 200 years, Knockdow House is now a family-run business and after five years of restoring the historic mansion house back to its original glory, Fatima and her team started welcoming guests in 2015.

Each of Knockdow House’s four suites sleeps either two or four  people and feature their own unique décor with modern amenities, high-quality fabrics, marble-clad ensuite bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen for guests to enjoy.

Situated on 600 acres of Argyll’s beautiful countryside and on the shore of Loch Striven, Knockdow House is also a perfect wedding and event venue with facilities to suit all needs and where every experience is bespoke.

Fatima Albizua-Ureta, owner of Knockdow House: “When we heard the assessors rating, it was an incredible moment; all our hard work, sweat and yes, tears, had paid off and our efforts had been recognised. Being awarded five stars is also an incredible motivation to continue to maintain and where possible raise standards by listening to our guests. Return visitors are a testament to not only what Knockdow House has to offer but also to the opportunities available in the relatively undiscovered, wider geography, that is the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll.”

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director: “I would like to congratulate Fatima on the five-star award. This is a true testament to the hard work they have put into restoring this beautiful mansion house and hopefully it will inspire other local tourism businesses to strive for such success. Because of this five-star award, visitors to Knockdow House know that they will enjoy a self-catering holiday with excellent facilities and a warm welcome.”

VisitScotland’s world-leading Quality Assurance (QA) Scheme provide a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors. They allow businesses not just to meet visitor expectations, but exceed them.

QA can open the door to new customers. It is a powerful marketing tool and works well with online review sites in using an independent perspective to measure visitor experience against tried and tested criteria, so visitors know exactly what to expect.

For more information about the Quality Assurance scheme, please see

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