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Downanhill Farm - Downanhill Cottage

Ballantrae, Ayrshire
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Pets 2
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Close to the shoreline, this semi-detached cottage with an open fire is within easy reach to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Situated on a working dairy farm, these two semi-detached holiday cottages (refs 28178 and 28179) can be booked together to sleep 10 in total. Boasting spectacular views of Arran, Ailsa Craig, Mull of Kintyre and the south Ayrshire coast, and are close to the shoreline. Located directly on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles and teaming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters, seals and birds. Farm tours are available by prior arrangement. Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (National Trust), is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Fishing on site. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

All on the ground floor.
Living room: With open fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and double sofa bed.
Bedroom 2: With single bed leading to...
Bedroom 3: With single bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Initial fuel for open fire included.

Both properties: Oil central heating (£25 per week October-March), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Farm tours are available by direct prior arrangement with the owner. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. 220-acre farmland (shared). Dogs to be kept on lead at all times (working farm). Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. Please note: There are sloping banks to the sea, 500 yards away.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • 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
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 05/01/2019
    Had a great time at the cottage. Had everything we needed and Shiela and Alec were fantastic hosts showing us around the farm. Shiela even rushed up to pick the kids up on the quad to take them down to see a calf being born. They loved it. Thanks again for everything.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thanks so much for your kind review. It was lovely meeting you all and showing you around the farm and it was particularly lucky that the cow chose to calve at a sensible time of night.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2018
    I do feel I need to leave an honest review for others and the owner. Sheila was amazingly helpful and the views were amazing. However, I wish I’d booked the other cottage- which was stunning. The of our kitchen interior was very dated, the kitchen def needs a refurb and there is nowhere to put anything. The bathroom was not clean. I had to purchase a mildew remover for the whole shower. Additionally, the rear garden was not totally pet friendly.. however Sheila did help to resolve this temporarily.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thanks for your review. We offer two properties, one of which is essentially a new build and the one you stayed in which dates back to the 1800’s. They are totally different and meet different guest’s needs. There are very detailed photographs on the website, which you can see prior to booking. Unfortunately, you would have preferred the modern interior of The Byre. However, I feel it is unfair to penalise Downanhill Cottage and make a direct comparison between the two just because it is more in keeping with the character of the property. The kitchen was completely redecorated in February this year. It has 11 cupboards and 7 drawers for storage, which is sizeable. It is fully equipped for your stay so that you only need bring food. The bathroom is lined with wallboard, which is easy to keep clean, and unlike grout, is not prone to mould. The silicone around the shower tray has been reapplied, which is done periodically. I wish you had raised your concerns with me during your stay. The rear of the cottage is completely enclosed and has never proved an issue with our dog owning guests, of which, there are many. It would have been kind if you to have left the rear as you found it, for other guests, removing the wire, which you felt the need to tie along the gate. However, I am glad you enjoyed the views.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/06/2018
    Very comfortable and relaxing cottage with amazing views.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thanks for your kind review. The views from Downanhill Cottage can be amazing and I'm pleased that you enjoyed your holiday here.

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8.8 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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