Artaquarius B&B


South Banks House, Portencross, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

    Welcome to Artaquarius B&B, a 17C private home in the hamlet of Portencross a short stroll from Portencross Castle, the old harbour and pier. Of our four rooms, three have seaviews to Arran and beyond. The sunsets are spectacular.

    With our cliff backed garden and seaviews, we love where we live and have shared it with many friends and guests over the years on our Art Weekends. 

    Art Weekends Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches. 2 morning coffee breaks, 2 afternoon teas, qualified tuition by Mary Attwood BA (Hons), all artists materials including easels.  Just bring your own sketch book,  drawing pencils and a small water colour box if you have one. 

    Friday 15th - Sunday 17th May 2015

    Friday12th - Sunday 14th June 2015

    Friday 24th - Sunday 26th July 2015

    Friday 14th - Sunday 16th August 2015

    Friday 4th - Sunday 6th September 2015

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    For Glasgow or Edinburgh - leave your car with us and we will offer you a complimentary lift ot West Kilbride Station 2 miles away for the train to Glasgow Central about 1hour away with onward connections to Edinburgh.

    We are handy for ferries to Arran, Cumbrae and Bute.  West Kilbride our nearest village is Scotland's Craft Town with some specialist shops, The Barony Arts Centre with its coffee shop The Barony Bites  and its brilliant cakes.  Hunterston is a 5 star visitor attraction is nearby as is Kelburn Castle, Dalgarven Mill, Largs, and several really good dining out venues - Fins at Fencebay,  Seamill Hydro, The Waterside, The Village Inn, Cecchini's, Scott's, Nardinis, The Green Shutter and for that special occasion -  Braidwoods.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Album Double Room Seaview shared faciilities
    £30.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Back Double Room Garden View with Private Facilities
    £35.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Clyde Single Room Seaview shared facilities
    £30.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Thistle Single Room Seaview shared facilities
    £30.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)

    If all 4 rooms are taken by one group then a candlelight dinner can be arranged in house.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Activity Holiday Art Weekends and Castle Trail Weekends


    • Hairdryer Available
    • Ironing Facilities Iron goes up in the kitchen and help yourself.
    • Lounge Two lounges available.

    Languages Spoken

    • German Speaking
    • Russian spoken


    • Sea/Loch View We look onto Arran across the River Clyde.


    • Private Parking We have electric gates to our gravel parking.


    • Breakfast Available
    • Bring Your Own Bottle
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement Dinner is available if the whole house is let to the one group.
    • Tea & Coffee Available Kettles and tea trays are in each bedroom.


    • Internet Access Free wi fi
    • No Smoking Permitted We have a non smoking home.
    • Smoking Restricted This is a non smoking home but you can smoke in our garden.

    Leisure Facilities

    • WiFi Each room has wi fi as do the public areas.

    Payment Methods

    • No credit cards accepted Our guests normailly pre pay or pay us cash on departure.

    Road Directions

    5 miles north of Ardrossan and the Arran Ferry and 7 miles south of Largs on the A78 turning off for Portencross on the B7048 and heading about 1.5 miles down this road to the gated white house on the right.

    Public Transport Directions

    Set between the airports at Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick - being 26 miles approximately from either.  Hourly rail link from Glasgow Central or additionally every half hour to Ardrossan Harbour for the Arran Ferry then a taxi.  West Kilbride Station is a taxi ride of 2.5 miles from the B and B.

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