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Ayrshire

Ayrshire in Scotland’s south west has miles of quiet coastline and is a region just waiting to be explored, rich in beauty and awash with cultural heritage.

Positioned between the rugged heights of the Galloway Hills in the south and the Firth of Clyde to the north, a holiday in this area provides a wealth of wonderful vistas and lots of fantastic activities and days out.

We have years of experience of offering holiday cottages in Ayrshire to our holidaymakers so why not let us suggest a few things to see and do.

Culzean Castle and Country Park is typical of Ayrshire’s undoubted charms. This huge castle is one of Scotland’s most beloved and once you visit you’ll see why. Set off the south Ayrshire coast it tells the tale of the Kennedys, one of Scotland’s most famous families, whose history can be traced back to Robert the Bruce. Culzean still contains the family’s trophies; the house and stunning grounds, stand as magnificent tributes to its heritage.

Robert Burns is probably Ayrshire’s most famous former resident and one of Scotland’s favourite sons. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in the village of Alloway is a fascinating tribute and a great visitor attraction in its own right. The nearby Burns Monument and Gardens prove an equally popular tribute and offer a fantastic opportunity to brush up on Scottish culture and history while admiring your idyllic surroundings.

Dean Castle and Country Park is undoubtedly one of the region’s best-kept secrets. Explore the castle’s fascinating history before taking a leisurely stroll in the grounds and enjoy a host of activities in the 200 acre park. You can even bring the dog!

Ayrshire’s varied landscape makes it perfect for a variety of different holidays. Pet owners and those looking for active breaks will find a wealth of activities in the rugged hills and lowlands. If you’d prefer a more relaxed pace, you’ll find a number of excellent golf courses that take advantage of the beautiful scenery.

The region’s colorful history and rich heritage makes it perfect for those looking for a more involving exploration of their holiday destination.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Ayrshire today.
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  • Arran View

    Fairlie near Largs

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC539029
    Whether you are here to relax amidst stunning scenery, to sample the best of Ayrshire’s fine dining, or here to sail within the great seafaring tradition that is Fairlie, then you will be sure of a warm welcome at Arran View, with its cosy, compact and well presented, modern accommodation. Ayrshire has an amazing coastline and the road follows the sea like a ribbon with stunning views across to Cumbrae, Arran and Bute. Tantalizingly close, the Isle of Arran just beckons one to hop on the ferry and live the adventure - easy to do for the day. Often referred to as ’Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran offers towering granite peaks to the north and a softer, greener landscape in the south. There is so much to do here, from climbing Goat Fell or visiting historic Brodick Castle - or indulging yourself with local Arran cheeses, beers, whisky or soaps - you can even make your own! There are lovely sandy bays and amazing wildlife such as deer, otters, seals and if you are lucky you may spot an eagle.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level, has gas central heating and comprises;
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and electric solid plate hob, microwave, fridge with icebox and TV
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Lounge: With electric wood burner, sofa bed and TV
    Bathroom: With bath, extra wide shower cubicle with electric shower, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available. Wi-Fi available. South facing patio dining area with sea and island views. Off road parking for one car. 1 pet welcome at an additional charge of £20pppw.

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  • Arran View

    Prestwick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: S4528

    Overlooking the golf course and just a 50 yard stroll from the sandy beach, this first floor apartment enjoys stunning sea views to the Isle of Arran as well as dazzlingly lovely sunsets. Ayrshire is a golfers’ paradise, with courses in Prestwick, Troon (3 miles) and Turnberry (18 miles). Scotland’s premier racecourse is close to the town centre. Beautiful Culzean Castle is 12 miles and Robert Burns’ home is just 4 miles, as is Ayr Harbour for summer sea trips on the Waverley Steamer. Excellent bird-watching and walking nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants are within a short walk and there are good rail and air links locally.

    16 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Juliet balcony. Parking. No smoking. No children under 10 years.

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  • Kirk View

    Dundonald near Troon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537220
    This spacious cottage is situated in the quiet village of Dundonald with a shop, pub and several eating establishments. It lies close to the seaside towns of Troon and Ayr, and is ideally located to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Both towns have a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, promenade and yacht marina. Troon is also home to the world famous Royal Troon golf course. Located close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, the area is ideal for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. Explore the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae with ferries also close by to Dunoon. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is only 40 minutes, the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow only 30 minutes, and Edinburgh only 45 minutes beyond, with rail links to both easily reached.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal effect fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2:
    With twin beds.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Forget Me Not

    Dalmellington

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    2
    Ref: SKKZ

    Set amidst the hills of the Southern Uplands, these beautifully restored, detached holiday cottages set on the banks of a rushing stream offer a relaxing getaway. They are accessed by a track and situated in 3000 acres of undisturbed woodland, wetland and other natural habitats, recognised for their importance by their designations as SSSIs. Wildlife is abundant including red squirrels, ospreys, golden eagles, roe deer and badgers. The estate offers fishing, pony trekking, riding, 27km of all terrain cycling, woodland walks, canoeing and kayaking (grade 3+). Golf available at the famed Royal Troon and Turnberry Golf Courses 20 miles. Ayr 15 miles, Castle Douglas 30 miles. Shops 2½ miles.

    Thatched cottage. Large living room with open fire and sofa bed (for +2). Spacious well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cooker and wooden floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet, tiled floor.

    • DVD
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed lawned cottage garden with furniture

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter logs £5 per bag
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full oil central heating included (October-March £25per week, short breaks pro rata)
    • Sky TV (basic package)
    • Oil Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Payphone
    • Enclosed gardens set in unspoilt grounds with woodland
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Horse riding, fishing, water sports (own equipment required, prices on arrangement)
    • Stable livery and grazing by prior arrangement
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, sloping banks in woodland. Drop in garden

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  • Royal Artillery Cottage

    Culzean Castle, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30442


    Situated in the grounds of Culzean castle, this semi-detached holiday cottage has sea views and is set in a great location. Nearby is the lovely little coastal village of Maidens, situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the charming Clyde Coast, which offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, restaurant, hotel, harbour and a horse riding centre. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area has something for everyone and is the perfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent 18-hole golf courses nearby, including the world famous Turnberry. Drive north to the traditional seaside town of Ayr, 14 miles. The Ayrshire county offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Fishing and superb walking nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms, one zip and link (can be double on request). Wet room with bath and toilet.

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Villa

    Skelmorlie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC539023
    The Villa is a delightful semi detached cottage sitting high on the hillside overlooking the Firth of Clyde with stunning panoramic views westwards to the islands of Arran, Cumbrae and Bute. Situated just outside the village of Skelmorlie in North Ayrshire, this self catering cottage is located on a working farm. It forms part of a courtyard yet has privacy from the rest of the farm steading. Recently renovated the interior is fresh and modern, however, there is evidence of its past with the old stone fireplace surround in the kitchen still visible today. The entrance opens straight into the lounge/dining area which then leads off into the gallery style kitchen. On the first floor there are two good sized, beautifully coordinated, twin bedrooms, both have zip and link beds which can be made up into super king beds on request. All the main rooms within the cottage have the most fantastic views out to sea and the islands beyond. The farm comprises two and a half thousand acres which guests are free to explore. The hillside location makes an ideal spot to watch the comings and goings of the many boats, ships, ferries and submarines which pass regularly through the Firth of Clyde. A 5 minute stroll leads down to the sea front.Shop and pun 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room: With Freeview TV, DVD, iPod docking station and wooden dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Utility/Cloakroom: With washing machine and tumble dryer and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With two single beds (zip & link into super king bed on request) and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds (zip & link into super king bed on request), wall mounted Free view TV with ipod docking station.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, highchair and stairgate available. Camp bed available on request (only suitable for 1 child).Stunning sea views from property. Off road parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: Front door opens on to a private road - take care!

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  • Find Me Out

    Dalmellington, Ayr

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: SCCW

    Set amidst the hills of the Southern Uplands, these beautifully restored, detached holiday cottages set on the banks of a rushing stream offer a relaxing getaway. They are accessed by a track and situated in 3000 acres of undisturbed woodland, wetland and other natural habitats, recognised for their importance by their designations as SSSIs. Wildlife is abundant including red squirrels, ospreys, golden eagles, roe deer and badgers. The estate offers fishing, pony trekking, riding, 27km of all terrain cycling, woodland walks, canoeing and kayaking (grade 3+). Golf available at the famed Royal Troon and Turnberry Golf Courses 20 miles. Ayr 15 miles, Castle Douglas 30 miles. Shops 2½ miles.

    Large living room with open fire and sofa bed (for +2). Large well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cooker and solid oak floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft (zip & link) bed and dormer windows. Bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    • DVD (small library)
    • Freezer
    • Small, walled, lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter logs £5 per bag
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full oil central heating included (October-March £25per week, short breaks pro rata)
    • Sky TV (basic package)
    • Oil Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Payphone
    • Enclosed gardens set in unspoilt grounds with woodland
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Horse riding, fishing, water sports (own equipment required, prices on arrangement)
    • Stable livery and grazing by prior arrangement
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, sloping banks in woodland. Drop in garden

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  • Manor Park - Strathconan

    Skelmorlie, nr. Largs

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 60821

    Charming stable block apartments, close to Victorian manor house

    Set in 15-acres beautiful grounds with lawned areas

    Set close to Largs on the Firth of Clyde, these charming holiday apartments have been carefully converted from the stable block of a delightful Victorian manor house, which is located some 200 yards away along a tree-lined drive. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, enjoy the relaxing ambience of the scenic setting. You can relax amid 15 acres of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£45per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Microwave. Laundry service. Fridge/freezer. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Parking.

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  • Manor Park - Strathspey

    Skelmorlie, nr. Largs

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 11716

    Charming stable block apartments, close to Victorian manor house

    Set in 15-acres beautiful grounds with lawned areas

    Set close to Largs on the Firth of Clyde, these charming holiday apartments have been carefully converted from the stable block of a delightful Victorian manor house, which is located some 200 yards away along a tree-lined drive. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, enjoy the relaxing ambience of the scenic setting. You can relax amid 15 acres of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet

    Central heating and electricity included (£45per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Microwave. Laundry service. Fridge/freezer. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • The Coach House

    Girvan

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SLLW

    This former detached Coach House lies on the private Bargany Estate with over 500 acres of woodland and river walks. Wildlife is abundant with a large variety of birdlife and roe deer to observe. Fishing, both trout and salmon, is available by arrangement. Near the harbour town of Girvan, with sightseeing, fishing and boat trips available, a lovely beach, boating lake, play park and a good variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. The perfect holiday location for the outdoor enthusiast with golf, cycling and walking in abundance. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Swimming pool at Maybole, 6 miles. Shops and pub 3½ miles.

    Living room with electric ‘living flame’ fire. Large kitchen with fireplace. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric ‘living flame’ fire and full oil central heating included (October-March £30 per week)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer (in building opposite)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with decked area and furniture
    • 80-acre natural, unspoilt woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in woodland

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  • West Portland

    Troon

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30763

    This spacious ground floor holiday apartment is conveniently located just yards from the promenade and a sandy beach, in the seaside town of Troon, and is ideally located from which to explore the beauty of South West Scotland. Troon has a wide range of amenities including shopping, restaurants, recreational facilities, promenade and a yacht marina, and is home to a world famous golf course. Located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Troon is the perfect base to explore the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Ferries are available close by to Dunoon, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There are rail links to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Beach 50 yards. Shop and restaurant 20 yards, pub 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair on request. 42" Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Blairquhan Castle Estate - Gardens Cottage

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SSAM

    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.

    • 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

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