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Monkwood House

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Minishant, near Ayr, Ayrshire
Grade 5 Star rating
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Enjoy a taste of the good life in this beautiful country house, with extensive grounds and spacious accommodation it’s perfect for a family get together.

This Georgian, listed, detached country house offers beautifully presented and spacious accommodation and benefits from a large indoor heated swimming pool, and is situated within the owners’ private estate with river and woodland walks direct from the door. Nestled in the heart of Burns’ Country, and close to the village of Alloway, 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.
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 teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit and activities such as riding and racing. The many golf courses include the world famous Turnberry Course which is close at hand and also has a fantastic spa and outdoor centre. 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 and The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Lower Ground Floor:
Living room 1: With open fire, 37’’ Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Breakfast room (accessed via kitchen).
Utility room: With freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite wet room with toilet.
Ground Floor:
Living room 2: With open fire and wooden floor.
Dining room: With wooden floor.
Separate toilet 1.
Separate toilet 2.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, bidet and toilet.
Bedroom 4: With double bed.
Bedroom 5: With ¾ double bed.
Bedroom 6: With ¾ double bed.
Bathroom 1: With Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.
Second Floor:
Bedroom 7: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 8: With kingsize bed.
Bathroom 2: With bath (no toilet).
Separate toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for open fires included. Cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. 3-acre lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 200-acre landscaped natural grounds with woodland (shared with the owner). Indoor heated swimming pool (private, 11m x 5m, depth 1.10m - 1.40m) with changing, sauna and shower facilities. 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Bike store. Private parking for 10 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river in the grounds 140m and a fenced pond 170m away.

Show amenities 


  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/04/2018
    Had a fantastic family holiday. We have nothing but praise for the house and owners. Would love to return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/08/2017
    We booked this house for the whole family so the overall price turned out very reasonable for a house of this standard. Initial first impressions when we arrived were WOW!!! It is even better than the images on the website. As we arrived we were greeted by the owner who was very pleasant and welcoming, and we were shown around. The dining room was a fantastic room to have a family meal in, I felt like lady of the manor. The kids were never out of the pool area which was great being a few yards from the back of the house and just for our use only. The grounds surrounding the house are fantastic for walks with the kids and are very well maintained. The surrounding areas around ayr have plenty to do for children and it has a beautiful coastline with parks and some good restaurants, and the Isle of arran is well worth a visit too. We have no complaints about this house and we all had a fantastic holiday here. I would definitely stay here again. Thank you x

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2017
    Wow! What a fabulous holiday place - we had a smashing time. Highly recommended!!!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/06/2017
    Pure bliss! We would highly recommend this property & what amazing history comes with it! The owners could not have been more accommodating, displaying just the right amount of care whilst being very informal. The inside photographs do not do the property justice. A couple of tiny niggles if one was being really picky eg: only 1 kettle & the oven/cooking hob, whilst manageable for a party of 14, would have been better suited to smaller parties. However this is no way impeded the overall enjoyment of the property which equally suited all three generations of our family.

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