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Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage

Straiton, near Maybole, Ayrshire | Property Reference: SSAO

Grade4 Star rating
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 0 Pets
  • Detached Property
  • Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
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4 nights - must start on Mon
5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.

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Sample the wonders of nature along the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is within easy reach of this historic cottage.

Sample the wonders of nature along the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is within easy reach of this historic cottage.

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 with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Freezer
  • Parking
  • Easy walking access

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • 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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