Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage in Ayr, Ayrshire - for a short midweek or long weekend break

Welcome to Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage and ideal choice for your next long weekend or midweek break.

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. Twin bedroom. Spiral stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Shower room with toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Courtyard
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Pets free of charge

  • 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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Pet Friendly Property

Pet Friendly

Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage allows pets so their is no reason why your dog has to miss out on your short cottage break in Ayrshire
Close to a pub

Near a Pub

Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage is close to a pub, perfect for a relaxing drink in the evening

Short Break

Book a short break

Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage is available to book for a short break. So if you are tight on holiday time this could be the perfect option

Washing Machine

Washing Machine Available

The washing machine could be very helpful for active or young families or for those who need to pack light.

Dishwasher

Dishwasher

Save time and arguements over the washing up. Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage is equipped with a dishwasher..

Rural Location

Rural Location

Love the countryside? Enjoy Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage.'s rural location.

Wifi

Wifi / Internet Access

Keep up to date with social media, emails etc with the internet access available.

Christmas Theme

Christmas Theme

Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage is decorated at Christmas to provide that real Chrismassy feel to your Christmas break.

Price: £ 438 - £1384

This cottage Sleeps a maximum of 6 people

Cottage address

Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage

Ayr
Ayrshire
SSAN

About Blairquhan Castle Estate - Kennedy Cottage

Cottage rental includes

With a shared walled garden and 200-acre parkland to discover, this cottage is ideal for a peaceful holiday.

  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
  • Waterside Breaks

Sleeps 6 persons | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets 2

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