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Cottages and Castles


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Ayrshire & Arran


 

Fabulous large self catering holiday house with indoor swimming pool ideal for visiting all Ayrshire and Arran attractions in this scenic area of South Scotland.  Facilities include indoor swimming pool, open fires, free wifi, ceilidh games room and lovely gardens surrounded by huge grounds and open rolling farmland looking beyond to sea and islands.

  

Visit the local cottages and castles when you holiday at this large self catering home with swimming pool in South Ayrshire, Scotland, not exactly a holiday cottage, House of Craigie is actually a fabulous historic country house and offers ideal self catering holiday accommodation for your break in Scotland with an indoor swimming pool and additional courtyard cottages to add if your group expands.


The House is the perfect big house for larger parties of extended family or friends as we specialise in self catering holiday accommodation for large groups, family holidays, golfing holidays or golf breaks - nearby are all the Open championship courses - Troon, Turnberry, Prestwick and Gailes.  A Christmas tree, decorations and presents under the tree for all children staying make a family Christmas holiday in Scotland with us extra special.  A New Year holiday enjoying Hogmanay with family and friends, singing into the wee small hours in the ceilidh room is always memorable!


House of Craigie just 8 miles from sandy beaches is a large self catering Scottish holiday house with swimming pool, open fires, wifi, broadband access, ceilidh games room, huge garden grounds and great views out over countryside to the sea and beyond to the mountains of the island of Arran. 

 

Cottages and castles to visit nearby including Culzean Castle and Burns Cottage, however, this House enjoys its own place in history; a former resident worthy of a mention in a poem by Robert Burns, a corner stone engraved "8 Apryle 1746" and a special feature in the major publication Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire.


The following selection of historic cottages and castles offer guests staying at House of Craigie great ideas for days out in Ayrshire and Arran and largely have appeal for all ages.


Cottages and Castles we recommend you visit -


 

Castles  -


Culzean Castle in its spectacular clifftop location amidst a 600 acre country park, one of the country's most visited tourism sites.  Run by the National Trust for Scotland Culzean, pronounced cullane, is regarde with great affection by all age groups located 12 miles south of Ayr. During summer the Castle gardens,visitor centre, shops and restaurants are open daily from end of March to end of October. In winter the visitor centre shops and restaurant are open each Saturday and Sunday but of course you can still enjoy the country park.


Dundonald Castle is set against a coastal backdrop, the Firth of Clyde and mountains of the island of Arran.  Built on an ancient fortified site the castle originating the the late 13th century was constructed by Alexander Stewart. The visitor centre is owned by South Ayrshire Council and operated by The Friends of Dundonald Castle. Here friendly staff will assist during your visit, the cafe provides a selection of hot and cold drinks, home baking and confectionery and the shop sells a range of souvenirs and a small selection of books.  You can walk round the castle all year and it along with the Visitor's Centre is open from 10 am to 5 pm from start of April to end of October.

 

Dean Castle and its country park of 200 acres in Kilmarnock is a fantastic free day out for all the family. The country park offers something for children and adults alike to enjoy; beautiful woodland walks, adventure playground, urban farm, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fabulous 14th Century castle housing world class collection of historic weapons, armour and musical instrument.

 

Brodick Castle Garden and Country Park on the island of Arran with a history traced back as far as the Vikings. The settingis magnificent overlooking the sea, bedecked with gardens and surrounded by hills not least of all the majestic mountain Goatfell. The Reception Centre and shop offers a wide selection of gifts and food, cold drinks and ice creams plus refreshments in the Coffee Shop, plant sales from the Garden Centre.  refreshments.  The Castle Tearoom in the historic servant's hall serves soups, light snacks and home baking, has  a restaurant licence and an outdoor seating area with views over Brodick Bay. All run by the National Trust for Scotland.


Cottages and more humble dwellings worth visiting include -

 

Burns Cottage, the very place where our national poet was born.  Burns Cottage can be found in Alloway as part of the Burns Birthplace Museum. The museum encompasses this cottage where Robert Burns was born, Alloway Auld Kirk, Brig o' Doon and the Burns Monument. Run by the National Trust for Scotland and offering interest to all ages the Museum has a gift shop and restaurant.


Souter Johnnie's Cottage in Kirkoswald is said to be where the famous character  mentioned in the poem Tam o'Shanter by Burns lived.  Souter means cobbler and this was the home of the shoemaker John Davidson immortalised by Burns.  The cottage has many shoemaking artefacts, domestic and workshop interiors and is also operated by the National Trust for Scotland.


The Bachelors' Club in Tarbolton, another cottage and part of the rich heritage left by Burns in the county of Ayrshire, operated on limited opening hours by the National Trust for Scotland.  It was in this 17th Century thatched roof cottage that Robert Burns attended dancing lessons in 1779.  He formed a debating club here in 1780 where he and his friends heatedly discussed many topics. Burns was initiated into Freemasonry here in 1781.


A warm Scottish welcome and your holiday at House of Craigie awaits...


 

altJust returned home from what can only be described as the most fantastic holiday my family and I have enjoyed in years.

We arrived at the House of Craigie and immediately fell in love with the house, its location and the fantastic facilities (the fantastic weather also helped); we were greeted by Karen and Scott who gave really valuable hints on where we should visit and what we should see; we were always torn between staying and enjoying the house, the pool, the tennis court, the games room the lovely gardens or visiting the beautiful south west corner of Scotland.

We visited Culzean Castle, took a tour round the amazing and historical castle followed by a lovely relaxed walk around the swan lake down to the beach; here we enjoyed the glorious sunshine exploring the rock pools and relaxing.

We couldn't resist a trip to Arran (just a short drive and less than an hour on the ferry) where we visited Arran Brewery (I'm now a convert to Arran Ale and have ordered more as soon as we got home!), super arts and crafts stores and an amazing cheese shop selling the most delightful Arran cheeses.

All in All just the best holiday, many thanks to Scott and Karen for their kind hospitality; we will definitely return:)alt

 
Posted By: Simon, Naomi & family 

 

 

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