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Blairquhan Castle Estate - MacKenzie Cottage

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Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms4
Bathrooms2
Pets0
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Description

Set in beautifully landscaped castle grounds, this cottage makes a really uplifting getaway for a family holiday.

These historic cottages (refs SSAJ to SSAQ) are set within the stunning Blairquhan Castle Estate in a beautiful valley with the River Girvan winding through. Blairquhan Castle, a Regency era castle, is protected as a category A listed building and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. Used as a location for the Oscar winning film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, Blairquhan has also featured in other TV programmes.

The stables, designed by William Burn in 1820-24, are also of architectural interest and, along with the lodges on the estate, form the holiday accommodation. Blairquhan Bridge was also designed by William Burn; it is a single arch, stone, hump-back bridge, possibly 18th-century and B listed. The woods of Blairquhan are a major feature of landscape. Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate, the unique gardens at Blairquhan Castle were originally laid out back in 1816 and much of the landscaping still remains to this day, most notably the unique walled garden. The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. During its construction the main wall was built with flues installed so that it could be heated to protect the precious fruit trees during the colder Scottish months. A famous tree at Blairquhan is the ’Dool’ tree, a large sycamore sited on the lawn to the east of the house was used for execution by hanging after trial by the laird. With well-established woodlands, beautifully manicured lawns, an avenue of 18th-century lime trees and many other magnificent vistas, the estate creates a unique atmosphere and provides the ideal holiday surroundings to escape everyday life.

Nestled in the heart of Burns’ Country, the area is steeped in tradition and history. Fans of Burns will be able to visit many attractions including Burns Cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’Doon - the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’Shanter. Blairquhan is within walking distance to the small Ayrshire village of Straiton, and a short drive from Kirkmichael and Maybole. The entire area is known for its gently rolling landscape and hills dotted with sheep and traversed by the winding River Girvan. On a clear day, Ailsa Craig can be seen in the distance.

Ayrshire is home to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk with one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals; it is also a haven for bird watchers.

Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit and activities such as riding, racing and golf to enjoy. The many golf courses include the world famous Turnberry course which is close at hand. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction.

Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, and a short drive leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Living room with electric woodburner. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Lawned garden
  • Ample parking

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared 200-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture and walled garden
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced river and pond in grounds

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  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Wifi
    Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Waterside Breaks
    Waterside Breaks

Customer Comments

  • 8

    07/01/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2018
    Cottage was great family from 2 to 60ish loved it. Great walks some places were closed but it was Hogmanay.Disappointed with cleaning of the carpets (hoovering) especially the stair the rest of the cottage was spotless , would definitely recommend Blairquhan Castle


  • 10

    17/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    We stayed here while attending a family wedding at the 'Barn at Dalduff', part of a larger group staying in three cottages. Mackenzie cottage is luxurious accommodation, the decor is modern and beautiful and the cottage extremely well equipped with everything required for a wonderful holiday, including dishwasher. The cottage was cosy, well heated and provided plenty of hot water. It is extremely spacious and suitable for larger parties. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this amazing place and have no hesitation in recommending it. We hope to return here one day.


  • 8

    13/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    Fantastic holiday. This spacious cottage allowed us to feel at home instantly. Beautiful peaceful surroundings.


  • 10

    08/07/2017
    Confirmed guest, 25/06/2017
    lovely high spec cottage well maintained and spacious for a family or group of friends, lovely grounds


  • 8

    18/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2017
    Very nice to stay there, but its a little far away from the next Pub


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