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  • MacKenzie Cottage Spacious and elegant living room | MacKenzie Cottage - Blairquhan Castle Estate, Straiton, near Maybole
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    MacKenzie Cottage

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    Property ref: S43961

    • Bedrooms 4

    • Sleeps 8

    • Baths 2

    • Pets No

    • Wifi Yes

    • Reviews (1)

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    About this property

    Set in beautifully landscaped castle grounds, this cottage makes a really uplifting getaway for a family holiday.
    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

  • Dishwasher

  • Lawned garden

  • Ample parking

  • .
  • 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

  • No smoking

  • NB: Unfenced river and pond in grounds
  • Accommodation

    Bath
    Dishwasher
    Ground Floor Facilities
    Fuel and Power Included
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Garden / Patio
    Highchair
    Pub within 1 mile
    Grouped Properties
    Rural Location
    Television
    WiFi
    Bed Linen & Towels Included
    Short Breaks All Year
    Cot Available
    Luxury Collection
    Washing Machine
    Pets – not allowed
    Heritage Collection
    Scottish Country Cottages
    Accessible Cottages
    Parking - On Site
    Shower Cubicle
    Riverside
    Waterside Breaks

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    Local amenities

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    • Black Bull Pub
      0.5 miles
    • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
      8.5 miles
    • Souter Johnnys
      8.5 miles
    • Culzean Castle and Country Park
      9 miles
    • Heads Of Ayr Farm Park
      9 miles
    • Dobbies
      10 miles
    • Dunure Castle
      10 miles
    • Meridian Bar
      10.5 miles
    • Debenhams
      10.5 miles
    • Smiths Bar & Restaurant
      10.5 miles

    Reviews (1)

    William ‐ 7 Jan 2018
    "Cottage was great family from 2 to 60ish loved it. Great walks some places were closed but it was Hogmanay.Disappointed with cleaning of the carpets (hoovering) especially the stair the rest of the cottage was spotless , would definitely recommend Blairquhan Castle"

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