Inverneill House is a country house in Argyll, western Scotland. It stands on the west shore of Loch Fyne, around 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Lochgilphead. Although the house is not listed, the walled gardens and mausoleum on the estate are protected as category B listed buildings.
Wikipedia provides extensive history of the property which claims that the lands of Inverneill first came into Campbell hands in 1480 when the lands of Knapdale were granted to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll. In 1773, it passed to a branch of Campbell of Craignish: Sir Archibald Campbell became the owner of the estate. Though neither the largest nor the grandest of his several estates, it was Archibald’s favourite, but he was unable to live on the land as he was appointed Governor of Jamaica and then of Madras in India, dying a few months after his return. It was his elder brother, Sir James Campbell of Killean, Perthshire, who first made a home at Inverneill, using it as a summer ‘cottage’ for his family.
The house was of a good size in those days, having dining and drawing rooms, 8 bedrooms, a housekeeper’s room, servants’ rooms, pantry, kitchen and scullery, as well as outhouses containing wash house, laundry and dairy. The walled garden with its 20-foot (6.1 m) high wall containing two turrets was reputed to be one of the finest in Scotland for fruit and vegetables of all kinds.
Lt Col. Duncan Campbell, 7th of Inverneill, added the three-storey wing around 1890. The house was occupied by the Campbell family until 1955 when it was sold, though the family continue to own Inverneill Island. The last two occupants were the Misses Olive and Una Campbell. Their sister Ysobel who had married and became Mrs. Stewart of Fasnacloich was the founder of the Scottish Country Dance Society and became its first Secretary. A country dance named “Inverneill House” was composed in her honour.
At some point the main part of the house which was built in 1700 was no longer and all that remained was the 1890 extension. At some point an outshot was added which includes a kitchen and a sunroom.
In 2011 Inverneill House was featured in an episode “Escape to the Country” hosted by Aled Jones
The house was sold in 2013. The owner passed away and it has recently been purchased by by Martin and Frances Hay. Even though this couple is from Cheshire, Martin’s ancestors on his father’s side are from Montrose. Frances originally comes from Kansas City Missouri. The house was purchased around Mr. Hay’s 60th birthday. The restoration of Inverneill House is their retirement project. Martin is a keen gardener and his interest lies in restoring the gardens to its former glory.