About Dunoon and the St Ives Guest House


This beautiful town became a top holiday destination during the Victorian holiday boom, when paddle steamers brought thousands of visitors from Glasgow to enjoy the stunning scenery and local hospitality. The Waverley, the last working seagoing paddle steamer and one of the world’s greatest historic ships, still calls regularly at Dunoon pier.

Dreamy sea lochs, hills, forests and glens are full of wildlife and just waiting to be explored. Paddle boarding, kayaking, quad and mountain biking, there is so much to do and explore in this beautiful part of the world.

Dunoon is also world-famous for the Cowal Games, the largest and most spectacular highland games in the world. The Games attract thousands of people each August and are a must see!

CLICK HERE to get an instant copy of our guide to Dunoon, jam-packed with useful info and tips to make the best out of your visit.

We can't wait to share our love of Scotland with you!

Jon and Katia

seafood platter
chocolate fondant
St Ives oysters platter
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The History of The St Ives Guest House

St Ives Guest House was built in 1840 at a cost of £750 for a Lieutenant General Playdell who served in the Indian Army and at that time it was Alisa Tower.

It is not certain when it became a hotel but there is evidence of it being used for such purpose in 1907. Records show that the name was changed to St Ives Hotel in the 1960s. Most probably the new owners at that time liked to recall their happy holidays in Cornwall.

Sir Harry Lauder is associated with the property as he advanced a bond of £500 for the purchase in 1904 to Donald Mcallum.

Jon and Katia bought St Ives Guest House in August 2017. They relocated from London with their 3 children Mya, Danila and Charlie to follow their dreams and make a new life in beautiful Scotland. Four months into the ownership, they closed their doors to give The St Ives a complete makeover. The challenge was to retain some of its original Victorian features and make it fresh, comfortable and modern at the same time! Here is a sneaky peek at what took place:

**St Ives Guest House - What an amazing and unique place to stay! Jon and Katia are the most attentive hosts, the breakfast is plentiful and delicious and the views are stunning. Highly recommend"

Robert Smitham