Jack’s Alt-Stays – Unique Hot Tub Cabins in Millport

CONCEPT: CABIN

Glamping is old news. Welcome to the next generation of accommodation in Scotland.

Five uniquely themed cabins with wood-fired hot tubs in a stunning island setting.

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Sadia L
Sadia L
11/03/2024
The hive! We had an amazing time at the hive! Cabin is stunning and has everything you would need! The best cabin we have stayed in. I have Already rebooked for an other stay for July before I even left the place! Super close to everything would 100% recommend
Lauren C
Lauren C
05/03/2024
Absolutely fab!! Wow what an amazing place!! Myself and partner stayed here for 2 nights on the 27th February, the cabin was outstanding, all the small details just made it. The cabin had its own scent(which is amazing), a games box, Netflix, even tea/coffee and biscuits(and so much more) My fiancè had the best time organising the hot tub and making sure it was hot- there is in-depth instructions for everything in the cabin which makes everything so simple. We wish we could have stayed longer, but we will definitely return in summer. Thank you for a great stay!
Caroline M
Caroline M
05/03/2024
A little gem on the beautiful island of Cumbrae A group of 10 of us, family and friends, stayed here for the weekend. We had 4 cabins...The Hive, The Birdbox, The Reef and The Woods. Adam and the team went above and beyond to make our stay perfect, they were often on site or only a text message away should we have had any issues. The cabins are equipped with everything you need, each has it's little unique touches. Free fresh milk and orange juice was a welcome bonus. We used the Hot Tub Butler service which we would highly recommend. The views from the cabins are amazing. Perfect location for exploring Millport. We all agreed we would definitely return, a little gem on the beautiful island of Cumbrae. Would give more than 5 stars if possible! Thank you so much guys for helping make our weekend special. Caroline McIntyre
William R
William R
04/03/2024
Spectacular experience Wow, absolutely amazing experience from start to finish. Complete luxury in a peaceful location. Adam was extremely helpful when we arrived, explaining how things work. Pods are very clean, modern and came added little touches. Would definitely recommend and would come back again. Thank you.
Eileen R
Eileen R
02/03/2024
Simply perfect Absolutely amazing, everything and everyone from the start of our stay were just superb 😁 we have stayed in lots of places but this has been one of the best, a little piece of luxury of the most beautiful and relaxing places, Accommodation ❤️ we'll be back
Alison T
Alison T
24/02/2024
Chilling in the Woods Fantastic accommodation which blew us away with their attention to detail. Staff are lovely and genuinely care about their guests. Clean, comfortable and quirky little special touches. Complete different experiences and we can’t wait to go back.
Mags M
Mags M
23/02/2024
Exceptional quality holiday experience Jack’s Alt Stays, which promised a very high standard of customer experience and I am delighted to say they did not disappoint. As soon as we arrived we were met with a warm welcome and our host not only took time to open the cabin for us and ensure we had all we needed as well as familiarising us with the outdoor hot tub, which we had arranged to be set up for our arrival. The cabin proved to be quiet, warm and very comfortable despite the Scottish February stormy weather outside. An extremely well equipped kitchen made cooking a pleasure, and a very clever setup (taking only seconds) secured the addition of the perfect dining facility that was just as easily cleared when no longer needed. A super little snug, complete with beanbag footstool, proved the perfect location for reading or just relaxing throughout our stay, and a large, beautifully equipped, shower room (complete with luxury supplies) confirmed the reason so many previous guests recommend this place as the perfect getaway. Outside, the hot tub was a real highlight with high standards of cleanliness and attention to guest comfort. This is complemented by quality outdoor furniture which I am sure will be well used later in the year, whilst enjoying the patio, deck and garden area to the front of each cabin on a warm evening. Each day was topped off with the sheer luxury of sinking into a super comfortable bed, whilst the voice controlled hub set heating, sound and lighting to our personal requirements to ensure the perfect nights’ sleep. The third member of our party, our Newfoundland dog, was not forgotten, with doggy bowl, blanket and even customised doggy biscuits provided for her comfort. All of this is achieved with a high degree of attention to minimising the impact on the environment. Only an hour from Glasgow, this place sets a blueprint for exceptional high quality Scottish escapes of the future.
eryn i
eryn i
22/02/2024
Perfection! My partner booked this for a couple of nights for us, despite living round the corner 😂 we have been desperate to try them out as we have watched from the beginning, Daniel and Adam bring their concept to life….and it doesn’t disappoint!! The cabins are excellent but what really makes them special is the attention to detail in every aspect from the quality of the fixtures and fittings to the unique cabin features. We stayed in The Birdbox and the theme just keeps on giving the more you look around. The lovely extras such as Arran aromatics soaps/shampoos, jars of mini egg sweets, oil diffuser and the treasure chest full of games are only some of the touches that set this accommodation ahead of the game. Then there’s the wood fired hot tub….which is absolute bliss! Well done boys and all your staff, you are absolutely smashing it! Oh and Dwayne enjoyed his stay too 😉
Kaitlyn Y
Kaitlyn Y
20/02/2024
Amazing Experience An amazing experience from start to finish. The lodges are absolutely beautiful and you can tell the team have went above and beyond with all the little touches. So clean and well looked after. Hot tub was amazing as well! A great location too. Couldn't recommend enough. Daniel & Adam are so lovely and friendly, nothing was a bother to them. Can't wait to go back already :)
Robyn R
Robyn R
16/02/2024
Buzzing with joy! Kent and I absolutely loved our stay at the hive! The cabin itself is just stunning. It is immaculate and smells unreal- as sweet as honey! The hive is super modern with a relaxing vibe- just what we were looking for coming from Edinburgh. The boys have thought about everything you could possibly need to have an un-bee-lievable time. I particularly enjoyed beating Kent at the cabin games, and watching/ listening to the wildlife from the hot tub! The Millport Crocodile Rock, The Wedge and Pier are within walking distance and we enjoyed a pint or two at the Newtown Bar. We have returned to Edinburgh buzzing and can’t recommend Jacks Alt Stays enough- get it booked!

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Where We’re At

The Isle of Cumbrae is known as “Scotland’s Most Accessible Island”. It’s only an 8-minute ferry trip from Largs.

You’ll find us on College Street, a short stroll from Millport town and seafront.

Jack’s Alt-Stays
College Street
Millport
KA28 0HE

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You’ll find our unique cabins in Millport, on the Isle of Cumbrae.

Our site is located on College Street; a short stroll from Millport town and seafront.

The island is only an 8-minute ferry journey over from Largs on the North Ayrshire coast. Here’s how to get there.

We have a 2-night minimum stay.

Saying that, if the odd night becomes available between bookings, we open it up as a single-night stay, and you’ll see it on each cabin’s booking calendar.

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Our check-in time is from 4pm on your arrival date and check-out is by 11am on your departure date, so enjoy that lie in!

Yes, plenty parking! The Birdbox, The Jungle and The Reef, and have space to park at their terrace entrance. The Hive and The Woods have space to park approx. 25-meters from their terrace entrance.

We also have 4 spaces in our main parking area at the site entrance.

We have 4x Type 2 EV chargers (7.4kW) available at the main car park. Download the Get Connekted app on App Store or Google Play to get started.

Absolutely! We love dogs 🐶

We have a labrador (Rudi, 10) and a miniature dachshund (Honey, 2) ourselves.

The HiveThe WoodsThe Reef, and The Birdbox are pet-friendly (+£25) (2 max). The Jungle is Pet-free.

All five cabins have a traditional Swedish wood-fired hot tub on their terrace. We say ‘wood-fired’… We actually use briquettes sustainably produced in Girvan from Forest Standard-accredited forests in the UK and rejected timber from sawmills. They are Clean Air Act compliant, Ultra Low emissions and 100% sustainable.

When you arrive at your cabin, your hot tub will be squeaky clean, filled with water, and you’ll have all of the tools, eco-firelighter, kindling, and briquettes you need to get that fire going.

You’ll have an easy-to-follow hot tub safe use guide, which you must read before you get started, and we’ll be on hand or on the phone if you need a hand.

Please note it takes around 2.5 – 3 hours to heat up your hot tub to a welcoming +39°C!

Some people enjoy the experience of building the fire, but if you’d rather leave the hard work to us, you’re in luck – We offer a paid ‘Hot Tub Butler’ service as an optional add-on, where we’ll get the tub cosy and ready to jump right in on your first night!* (If you think we’re dressing like Jeeves, think again.)

*Details at checkout. For your first night only, but give us a shout the next day and we’re happy to get that fire going again!

✅ Do Bring:

– Yourself (important)

– Your travel buddy(s) (optional)

– Swimsuit/trunks

– Toothbrush & toothpaste

– Ingredients to cook up a storm (or not! Plenty of great local food options)

– Refreshing beverages for the hot tub (because… hydration is important)

– Good vibes

❌ No Need to Bring:

– Towels, facecloths & bath robes

– Pillows, duvet & bed linen

– Hand wash, shower gel, shampoo & conditioner

– Hair dryer

– Toilet roll & sanitary products

– Kitchen roll

– Tin foil

– Bin liners

– Pots, pans, and all cooking utensils; from measuring jugs, scales, a pizza board and cutter, to whisks, cheese grater, garlic press and even a potato peeler! (…and many more)

– Crockery, mugs, glassware & cutlery

– Olive oil, salt & pepper

– Washing up liquid, sponge & cleaning kit

– Everyday tea, decaf tea, earl grey tea, green tea

– Organic freeze-dried coffee & decaf

– Hot chocolate, sugar, sweetener, biscuits & GF biscuits

– Milk & orange juice (free to ‘add on’ while booking)

– Fun & unique games

– Netflix, Spotify & iPlayer log-ins

– Lighter, firefighters, kindling & briquettes

– A car (optional – super easy to get to us by bus or bike)

– Bad vibes

Creating an environmentally sustainable business has been our goal since day 1. It’s in our Founding Values.

The Cabins have been built locally from sustainable materials, and are powered by 100% renewable energy, primarily self-generated by our own solar panels.

We also have a tree planted for every booking made, through our partnership with Ecologi.

Here’s our Climate Action Plan.

Our cabins are perfect for couples and small family groups, looking for a unique and relaxing island escape.

Each large cabin (The Hive and The Birdbox) sleeps 2-4 people. Children and infants go free. Each additional adult beyond two in these cabins is charged at £50 per adult per stay.

Each couple’s cabin (The Woods, The Reef, and The Jungle) sleeps 2 people.

For infants in any cabin, we provide a cot, all bedding, and a high chair, free of charge (Please request this at the time of booking).

Unfortunately, we don’t accept large group bookings such as stag dos, or hen dos.

We’ve worked closely with the architects, builders and accessibility campaigners to ensure our site and cabins meet the accessibility standards of Building Regulations.

This includes plenty space to maneuver around inside each cabin, a designated disabled parking space, and a solid, low-gradient paving surface from the pavement and car park to the first cabin, which also has a flat entry threshold and other accessibility features.

Please see our ‘Jack’s Alt-Stays Accessibility Guide’ for all information on accessing our site and cabins.

No problem! Happy to help.

Give us a shout on the live chat widget, phone on 0141 4881 559 or email at [email protected].

Here’s What We’re All About

We are two cousins – Daniel Jack & Adam Jack – who share a passion for adventure, unique experiences, and the environment. We believe in challenging the norm; in doing things a bit differently.

We’re on a mission to shake up Scotland’s tourist accommodation game with our unique Cabin concept.

Proud to Plant Trees 🌱

Through partnering with Ecologi, we have a tree planted for every booking made at Jack’s. We also support verified carbon avoidance projects to help compensate for our little unavoidable carbon footprint. Here’s our impact so far:

3
Years

of Climate Impact

39
Tonnes

of CO2e Avoided

2546
Trees

in Our Forest

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