Bute gem shines with a new five star award

The Coach House, which forms part of Stewart Hall, has been awarded five stars from VisitScotland.
The Coach House, which forms part of Stewart Hall, has been awarded five stars from VisitScotland.

One of Bute’s best-kept secrets has been awarded five stars from VisitScotland.

The Coach House, which forms the west wing of Stewart Hall situated on the beautiful west coast of the island, is the latest business to be presented with VisitScotland’s five star award which recognises quality in the tourism industry.

The house is a Category A Listed Georgian building believed to have been built by the Adam family for the Rev. James Stewart, Laird of Kilwhinleck, in 1760.

VisitScotland star awards are indicators of quality and provide reassurance to guests. They help set expectation levels so that a visitor knows what to expect. VisitScotland offers support to businesses to ensure they meet and exceed the high standards expected by guests.

Karen Irving, owner of The Coach House, said: “We are delighted to receive a VisitScotland five star award. An oasis of calm in an increasingly hectic world, The Coach House is nestled at the top of a gently sloping valley overlooking St Ninian’s bay, which is Hebridean in character yet less than two hours from Glasgow.”

VisitScotland Regional Director, David Adams McGilp, said: “High‐quality service and facilities are crucial to making Scotland a ‘must visit, must return’ destination. Our scheme is valued by consumers and businesses and our research shows that 95 per cent of visitors say the Quality Assurance grade given meets their expectations.

“Our research also shows that 65 per cent said that the star scheme influenced with the same percentage influenced by the star grade when choosing their accommodation.”