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Sitting on the lovely Ayrshire coast, at the mouth of the River Ayr, is the historical coastal town of Ayr. The town is steeped in history, with its roots going back to the 13th century, pre-dating the Magna Carta, Ayr is the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland.

This popular seaside resort has a splendid esplanade with a long, sandy beach. From the beach, you can see out over the sea to the nearby Isle of Arran and on a very clear day you may even make out the northern tip of Northern Ireland. The long beach is perfect for relaxing walks and taking in the invigorating sea air.

As well as its fine beach, many shops and restaurants, Ayr is home to some beautiful 15th century buildings and landmarks, such as Louden Hall, the Tolbooth and the Auld Brig, which is now a pedestrian walkway. Although none of the 10th century Ayr Castle exists above ground, in 1654, Oliver Cromwell built a citadel on the castle site, the walls of which remain largely visible today.

Spend a day at Ayr Racecourse, one of Scotland’s best known racecourses, it plays host to both National Hunt and flat racing and is sure to provide an adrenaline-fuelled day out. Explore the Ayr coastline and visit the coastal resorts of Troon and Prestwick.

However you choose to spend your days, Ayr has plenty to whet your appetite and if you are so inclined, you might want to spend your evenings whetting your palate with a local Ayrshire whiskey and perhaps raising a wee dram to Ayr’s famous son, Robbie Burns who was born in nearby Alloway.

Discover this historical town for yourself and search for holiday cottages in Ayr today.

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  • The Pines

    Failford, Mauchline, by Ayr

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 26034

    Panoramic views
    Tranquil touring base

    This detached holiday property situated on the banks of the River Ayr in private woodland makes a tranquil touring base for South West Scotland and Ayrshire, with unspoilt scenery and the River Ayr Way with panoramic views.
    The hamlet of Failford is located just 2½ miles west of Mauchline, where the Water of Fail flows into the River Ayr. Nearby is the Ayr Gorge Woodlands Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scentific Interest which is well worth a visit. Explore the gardens, castles, country parks and Culzean Castle (NT Scotland), which are all available locally. Enjoy riding, racing and golf. Fishing rights on the River Ayr. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with French doors, 1 twin with French doors. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. 3 steps within the property.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone - honesty box. Enclosed lawned rear garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden. 9-acre natural grounds and woodland. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden to river frontage. Sloping banks and steep drops to river in grounds.

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Farrer Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: SSAL

    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 and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Courtyard
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Pets free of charge

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

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Cunninghame Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: SSAK

    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 and kitchen area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two single bedrooms.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Easy walking access

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

  • Upper Deck

    Fairlie, North Ayrshire

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC539026
    As a location Fairlie really does take some beating and as a place to stay the Upper Deck offers accommodation with a difference plus lots of choices to make your stay as relaxing as possible. The Village Inn serves meals, which means you can have a great day out and come home to a splendid meal cooked for you without the worry of transport or washing up! The coastline here is really beautiful seducing the senses with stunning seascapes and sunsets. The Isle of Arran has the best of what the rest of Scotland has to offer. A beautiful coastline with pretty villages complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. There are some lovely beaches; first class restaurants and local food producers; stunning landscapes and the sounds and sight of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life.

    Ground Floor: With steps up from the street level then all on one level with gas central heating and comprises:
    Sitting Room/ Diner: With Freeview TV/DVD and sea views
    Kitchen: With electric fan assisted oven, ceramic hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility Room: With washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With king sized bed and fitted wardrobes
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds, wardrobe and sea views
    Bedroom 3: With double bed with fitted wardrobes. Sea views
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin
    Shower Room; With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Lots of storage space for suitcases etc. High chair and travel cot on request.Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Loch Ard

    Sorn

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 29394

    This spacious, detached bungalow lies in the quiet village of Sorn (‘Britain in Bloom’ award winner) and has direct access to the River Ayr Way with over 40 miles of walks; it is also close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path with panoramic views. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit or enjoy cycling, mountain biking, riding, racing, a choice of golf courses and country parks. The area is ideal for birdwatching, with a variety of wild birds visiting the garden and surrounding countryside, including woodpeckers and sparrowhawks. There is also a wildlife pond in the back garden. Visit Culzean Castle (NT for Scotland) with its network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, or Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: 4 steps to living room and dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Video and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden.

  • The Townhouse

    Troon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 27677

    This spacious, semi-detached townhouse is located only minutes from the promenade and beautiful sandy beach and is an ideal holiday base from which to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, a yacht marina and the world famous Royal Troon Golf Course. There are 5 golf courses within a 2 mile radius of this property. The islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae are easily reached, with the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow only 40 minutes and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 bunk, all with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£30per week October-March). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: SSAN

    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 and kitchen area. Twin bedroom. Spiral stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Shower room with toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Courtyard
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Pets free of charge

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

  • Sandyknowe

    Coylton near Ayr

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC539012
    This spacious, light-filled and airy bungalow is ideal for the gathering of family and friends and overlooks the delightful Isle of Arran and open countryside. A sunset viewed from the restful haven of Sandyknowe is a truly memorable experience and the perfect way to end the day. Sandyknowe is positioned on a working farm close to Coylton where there are local facilities available and is superbly located for exploring this beautiful and largely unspoilt region of Scotland.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Spacious hallway
    Lounge: With open fire and electric fire, TV and DVD enjoying lovely views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran
    Dining Room: A spacious and tastefully furnished dining area.
    Conservatory: A bright, large room with open views across open countryside and west towards the Isle of Arran.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge
    Sun Porch/Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed with memory foam topper boasting lovely rural views with en suite shower room with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed with pull out single bed available on request and lovely views
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Storage for bicycles, fishing and walking gear. Off road parking for 4 cars.

  • Fairways

    Irvine

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: 27995

    Situated close to the Ayrshire coast, this detached holiday property is located on the edge of a golf course with access to the beach a mile away, and on to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. The area is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit; Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen. Children’s playroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two satellite TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Wauchope Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: SSAQ

    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.

    Spacious living room with open fire and large kitchen area. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Ample parking
    • Pets free of charge

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

  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - McKenzie Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: SSAJ

    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
    • Lawned garden
    • Ample parking

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

  • Chestnut Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: CC539042
    Surrounded by open countryside, this spacious cottage provides an ideal base from which to explore the beauty of the Ayrshire countryside and coastline. Popular with walkers and cyclists, the cottage is situated close to both the River Ayr Walk and Ayrshire Coastal Path, Chestnut Cottage is in a quiet location within the working farm of Kirklandholm, on a hillside only five miles from Ayr, where there is a wealth of good eating places, shops, hotels and bar. Nearby there is plenty to do, with several quality golf courses, including the world famous Royal Troon and Turnberry, beautiful parks at Bellisle and Rozelle, historic Culzean Castle, Crossraguel Abbey and Burns Cottage, many walks along Ayrshire’s 80 miles of unspoilt coastal scenery, and not forgetting a day at the races at Ayr racecourse. The bustling cosmopolitan city of Glasgow is only a 30-minute drive and Edinburgh is only an one hour, with good train links from Prestwick. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is only 45 minutes away and the ferry links to the islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran are all close by.

    This property can be booked with Ash Cottage (CC539003) and Acorn Cottage (CC539004) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, 40" Freesat TV, DVD and French doors.
    Kitchen: Large with gas range cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Play room: With table football, board games, children’s toys, TV and wii.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bathroom: With tiled floor, roll-top bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking) and en-suite shower with WC.
    Bedroom 4: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking)

    All oil, gas, electric and bed linen included. Towels for hire. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (4 cars). No smoking.

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