Ardtaraig House


A house and estate on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute Council Area, Ardtaraig (archaically, Ardtarig) is located on the eastern shore of Loch Striven, a half-mile (1 km) from its head and 8 miles (12 km) northwest of Dunoon. With its beginnings as a traditional farm-house built around 1788, it was extended in a grand style 1914-35 as a pastiche of a 17th century Scottish laird's house, complete with steeply pitched roof, crow-stepped gables and pepper-pot turrets. The extensions came in stages, but give the impression of higgledy-piggledy development over hundreds of years. The result is a pleasing harled mansion of two storeys and an attic, which gained a Category-C listing in 2007.

Once a property of the Campbells, the estate was bought by Sir Kenneth Anderson (1866 - 1943), Chairman of the Orient Shipping Line, in 1912 who began the extensions but lost interest when his sons were killed during the First World War. The estate passed to a cousin in 1923, was used as an Officers' Mess by the Navy during World War II and was bought by the families of two further cousins in the 1960s and is now managed on their behalf through a trust.

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