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Overview

  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 16 + cot (12 adults + 4 children)
    • Sleeps 1 infant
    • 5 bedrooms
    • 6 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £1,995 - £5,800 per week
    • Security Deposit £500 (refundable)
    • Friday changeover
    • 4:00 PM check in
    • 10:00 AM check out
    • 2 pets welcome (Pets go free)
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 4
    • Facilities

      • Cot
      • Washing Machine
      • Wifi
      • High chair
      • Dishwasher
      • Microwave
      • Central Heating
      • DVD Player
      • TV
      • TV, Freeview channels
    • Features

      • Fire/Woodburner
      • Four poster bed
      • Fishing
      • Internet Access

Description

Set in beautiful Ayrshire countryside, this authentic castle has many tales to tell with over 350 years of history, and is conveniently situated only 35 minutes from Glasgow

This impressive Scottish castle with central tower and welcoming blue door has remained in the same family for over 600 years.  You can rent the whole of the original tower and a section of the castle exclusively for special occasions and family holidays on a self-catered basis or serviced according to your requirements. The other section has been cleverly partitioned and is occupied by the original descendents of the family who built the tower. A guided history tour can be arranged as a part of your stay and would be well worth arranging. The tour is conducted by the owners themselves and feedback from past guests has been excellent. 

This is one of the most family friendly, pet friendly holiday properties in Scotland. The estate provides a wealth of activities for all ages and pedigrees!  Families with young children will enjoy the outdoor play areas that are constantly being designed and improved. Groups with dogs will enjoy abundant walks and rivers in which their four legged friends can romp.  Corporate groups can fill their days with fishing, farming and outdoor adventure and sporting activities. Weddings are also popular and hosted by an experienced team.  

The owners are also very keen to push the green credentials as much as they can in a building of this age and fortitude.  They've invested in a biomass boiler to heat the castle keeping it toasy warm all year round.  Hot water is also heated by the boiler and solar panels have been discreetly placed on the roof to supplement the electricity supply to the castle. 

All in all, if you're looking for a unique experience in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere you're not going to go far wrong booking your next holiday here.  

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • Reception Rooms
    With a vaulted entrance hall and impressive stairs, the large drawing room is located on the first floor. This is an expansive room with three large wall-to-ceiling windows which bring in lots of light into the room. With an open fire with three large sofas around it, it is a wonderful room to relax in with friends.

    Going back down the stairs there is a little space down at the entrance hall, with a table football table. This area is a good place for the children to entertain themselves.

    Kitchen & Dining
    The kitchen and dining room are at ground floor level, set within the old 15th century tower section of the building, so a little more confined for space. The kitchen is square in shape with a table in the middle of the room for more informal seating. For cooking there is an electric cooker, with four hobs and two ovens, as well as a microwave.

    The dining room is next door and is a more formal space with ancestral portraits on the wall and arched windows. Dining capacity is comfortable for 12 people, but can accommodate 16 at a push. There is a utility area just off the vaulted entrance hall.

    Don't want to cook on your holiday? 
    The owners have recently built a superb fully licensed restaurant overlooking a loch on the Estate, walking distance from the castle. It's open daily for breakfast through to a la carte evening meals, using seasonal produce with menus that change regularly.  

  • Accommodation is provided for a group of 12 adults and 4 children in 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms and 2 shower room, as follows:

    The main feature bedroom, set on a raised platform above the room, centrally positioned in the castle with views through the stained glass windows, is an unforgettable experience. The rest of the bedrooms and bathrooms are on this level or on the two floors above. 

    • 2 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 1 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Shower Room
    • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Ensuite Shower Room
    • 1 Family Room With Four Single Beds With Shared Bathroom
    • 1 Master Double Bedroom Suite With Ensuite Bathroom

    Between Ground floor and First floor

    ‘King James’ room, with super king double zip-and-link bed, with feature bath in the room and wash hand basin.

    First floor

    ‘Wallace’ Suite, master bedroom, with two sofa beds and an en-suite bathroom on this level, with bath with shower over, bidet, w,c and wash hand basin and spiral iron stairs to level above with super king size double bed with gallery;

    ‘Queen Mary’ room, with four poster double bed, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin;

    ‘Bard’s’ room, with zip-and-link bed, which can be a double or twin room, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin.

    Between First floor and Second floor

    ‘Knights’ room, with zip-and-link bed, which can be a double or twin room, with wash hand basin in room and shower cabinet in recess.

    Second floor – ‘Garret’ room, is a family room with two single beds and a daybed.

    (+4 children are the two sofa-beds in the Wallace suite and the double day bed in the Garret room).

  • With parking available at the front and a designated area of lawn allocated to residents, there is access to the rest of the estate, which also includes a stocked fish pond, where permits can be sought to fish for trout. 

    Business activities on the estate include Fisheries, Farming, Corporate Events, Weddings and Outdoor Sporting activities. 

    On the Estate is a fully licensed restaurant, built in response to increased visitors and tourists to the estate in recent years. With that in mind, its informal dining environment welcomes everyone – couples, families, young children, fussy eaters and muddy adventurers.  The children’s menu has been developed to offer good quality food that kids will love, and parents will be happy to order.   Even dogs are welcome, and can dine in their own special area while their owners enjoy a rest. Menus change according to the season, for guideline prices please ask the office for details. 

    The property is situated 20 minutes south from Glasgow and 30 minutes from the Ayrshire coast and 5 minutes off the M77.  Located 1 mile from Kilmarnock, with its major supermarkets, shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. 

    A private walkway has been created by the owners of the castle to allow guests to walk to the nearby pub (The Kings Arms) which is roughly a 40 minute walk (1.7 miles). 

    Ayrshire is famed for its golf and on offer is a choice of championship courses including Royal Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry. The Robert Burns Visitor Centre is in Ayr, with historic buildings to visit in the area including Culzean Castle and Dumfries House. Heads of Ayr Farm Park is a family day out with animals and activities for the children.

  • GROUP TYPES
    At the request of the owner, following some past negative experience we regret to advise the following groups may not book this particular property:

    •    Stag parties
    •    Hen Parties
    •    Non-family groups under the age of 30

    Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. The owner reserves the right to cancel your holiday or refuse entry to the property or evict you if the holiday has commenced with no refund. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

    WEDDINGS
    This castle is unable to host weddings.

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Map

Area
Ayrshire and Arran
Nearest shop
1 mile
Nearest supermarket
1 mile
Nearest pub
1 mile
Airports
Nearest Airport
Glasgow Prestwick Airport 10 miles
Glasgow International Airport 17 miles
Train Stations
Nearest Train Station
Kilmarnock 3 miles
Kilmaurs 3 miles
Stewarton 4 miles

Photos

Scotts Castle Holidays
The impressive large drawing room is located on the first floor
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The kitchen and dining room can be found at ground level
The kitchen is next door to the dining room
The main flight of stairs to the first floor
\'King James\' bedroom, between ground and first floor
\'Wallace\' bedroom on the first floor, with bed at mezanine level
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\'Queen Mary\' bedroom on the first floor
\'Queen Mary\' bedroom en-suite shower room
\'Knight\'s\' bedroom, between first and second floors
The \'Garret\' Bedroom with flexible sleeping arrangements
The drive takes you up to the front of the castle
The \'stones\' on the driveway
There is fishing available locally
Culzean Castle is always worth visiting
Visit one of the many bays and beaches in Ayrshire

Guestbook

17 March 2018
Rated 5 out of 5

The castle had plenty of room for our large group. We enjoyed touring the grounds on our own and were delighted by the historical tour by Addity. Our hosts had the rooms configured especially as we needed. We enjoyed meals in the large dining room and evenings in the sitting room surrounded by portraits and history. Having a holiday castle really is as wonderful as it sounds!

Glad to hear you had a great time. We'll be sure to pass on your lovely comments to Addity.  If you plan to visit Scotland again, do look us up.  We'd love to help with your next holiday. 

Very easy to book with Scott's Castle Holidays. Appreciated the e-mail reminders as it came time to pay deposits.

Glad to hear you had a great time. We'll be sure to pass on your lovely comments to Addity.  If you plan to visit Scotland again, do look us up.  We'd love to help with your next holiday. 

24 August 2017
Rated 5 out of 5

This property actually deserves more than 5 stars. The photos underestimate the actual property. The caste is warm inside and every room has its own great features. We stayed in the master suite which has the bed on the mezzanine level with a spiral staircase leading to the sitting room below. In the morning the sun streams through the stained glass windows - what a way to wake up! Each of our adult children loved their rooms, too. Our daughter enjoyed baths in the claw foot tub in her bedroom each morning! The drawing room was a comfortable place to relax and sit by the fire. The grounds were spectacular for running and walking. Loved the little café by the lake (fly fishing). Best of all Simon, Adity, and their daughters were the perfect hosts. They are accommodating and helpful but never intrusive. The warmth of their family led us to feel that we were friends invited for a stay at their home. I had read the story by Sir Walter Scott about the farmer who saved the king disguised as a nobleman who had been attacked by highway men. I had no idea that the farmer was one of their ancestors when we booked the castle property. History comes alive through their stories! We thought of this visit as a once-in-a-lifetime trip but now we are eager to return.

Wow, thank you so much, your review is truly wonderful to read. I am delighted you had a great time while at this stunning Castle. I will pass your comments on the owners, I’m sure they will be thrilled. We would be more than happy to welcome you back in the future. A loyalty discount is available to our Scotts guests. T&Cs apply. Thank you once again for your kind words.

Helped us find the perfect caste holiday.

Thank you for your review, I’m glad we could help find you the perfect property.

15 June 2016
Rated 5 out of 5

Wonderful. Kind and efficient, considerate hosts. Loved every minute.

Many thanks for the excellent feedback, we will pass on your lovely comments to the owners of the castle. I'm sure it was nice for your group to have a friendly welcome upon arrival!

Easy and pleasant to deal with.
Our stay at the Castle was wonderful and the hosts kinds and efficient. Loved it.

Thanks so much, great that you found our team pleasant to speak with and the booking process straightforward. We would be delighted to hear from you again in the future. 

04 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5

Great place to stay for a large group. Lots of space and very well equipped. Comfortable beds and good quality linens etc. Stewarton station was easier to find (and park) than Kilmarnock station - and equally handy for a train to Glasgow for the day. There are plenty of walks around the grounds of Craufurdland and the tour and history of the castle is very interesting. Adity and Simon are very welcoming. Would go back and would recommend.

Perfect to hear that you found the beds comfortable and castle apartment very well equipped for your party size. Glad you found the owners onsite helpful and enjoyed a tour of the castle, what a nice bonus! We look forward to hearing from you again and don't forget we offer a loyalty discount which you can redeem against your next reservation.

Scotts castles were helpful throughout the process of booking and I would use them again

Brilliant to hear that you found our service excellent and helpful throughout, we look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

04 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5

Well provided for, excellent kitchen, delightfully different

Thank you for your feedback. So pleased you had an excellent time at this delightful castle apartment!

We hope to be of help again in the future, by all means please get in touch if you would like to re book.

Naomi Ashwell
Scotts Castle Holidays

Excellent venue for a family celebration

Thank you for your feedback. So pleased you had an excellent time at this delightful castle apartment!

We hope to be of help again in the future, by all means please get in touch if you would like to re book.

Naomi Ashwell
Scotts Castle Holidays

25 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5

Facilities were excellent. We were made to feel very welcome and we could ask any questions at any point and did not feel we were a nuisance. Had a fantastic holiday and would recommend it to friends.

Many thanks for your lovely comments and glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful castle. We would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future!

Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

Good communication and helpful

Many thanks for your lovely comments and glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful castle. We would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future!

Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

05 August 2014
Rated 4 out of 5

Excellent in every respect.

Many thanks for your feedback, great to hear you had an excellent holiday.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again in the future if you would like any further help with holiday plans.

Worked well.

Many thanks for your feedback, great to hear you had an excellent holiday.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again in the future if you would like any further help with holiday plans.

23 June 2014
Rated 5 out of 5

The castle was amazing and both Adity and Simon were such gracious hosts. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a memorable experience.

Thank you for your comments, we are pleased that you found our service helpful and professional.

We will certainly pass your comments on to the owner, great to hear that you all had an amazing time! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you wish to re book again in the future.

Very professional and helpful.

Thank you for your comments, we are pleased that you found our service helpful and professional.

We will certainly pass your comments on to the owner, great to hear that you all had an amazing time! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you wish to re book again in the future.

03 March 2014
Rated 4 out of 5

lovely place to stay

Many thanks for your lovely feedback, following your family holiday at the castle. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can help with any future trips to Scotland, we would also be happy to apply your Loyalty Discount to your next booking with us.

Scotts Castle Holidays

good response to all my queries

Many thanks for your lovely feedback, following your family holiday at the castle. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can help with any future trips to Scotland, we would also be happy to apply your Loyalty Discount to your next booking with us.

Scotts Castle Holidays

23 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5

The Castle ideally suited our party's needs. I would definitely return.

Many thanks for your comments. We are glad that you found our team helpful!

It's always nice hearing happy holiday stories! Should you like to re book Craufurdland Castle again with us, don't forget to claim your Scotts Castle Holidays loyalty discount next time.(T&C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

Efficient service, with good customer relations.

Many thanks for your comments. We are glad that you found our team helpful!

It's always nice hearing happy holiday stories! Should you like to re book Craufurdland Castle again with us, don't forget to claim your Scotts Castle Holidays loyalty discount next time.(T&C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

11 December 2013
Rated 5 out of 5

welcoming, comfortable and interesting.

Many thanks for your feedback. We are so pleased you found our service helpful and informative. Also great to hear you enjoyed your time at Craufurdland Castle!

We would love to help with any future plans you have and don't forget we now offer a loyalty discount for returning guests too! (T & C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

simple to use and very clear

Many thanks for your feedback. We are so pleased you found our service helpful and informative. Also great to hear you enjoyed your time at Craufurdland Castle!

We would love to help with any future plans you have and don't forget we now offer a loyalty discount for returning guests too! (T & C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

01 October 2013
Rated 5 out of 5

Only complaint was the owners dog was always on the prowl, he was going into our rubbish bags and scattering food, also ate birthday cake from kitchen table.

Thank you for your feedback. We have passed your comments onto the owner regarding your stay.

Pleased to hear that you found our service to be helpful and if you would like to book through us again, don't forget to claim your loyalty discount next time! (T & C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

Very good service no complaints

Thank you for your feedback. We have passed your comments onto the owner regarding your stay.

Pleased to hear that you found our service to be helpful and if you would like to book through us again, don't forget to claim your loyalty discount next time! (T & C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

04 September 2013
Rated 5 out of 5

The Castle was very much as expected, it was exactly what it was supposed to be. What was not expected was the friendly and very helpful way in which we were met by the owners. Such nice people who couldn't do enough to help us during our stay. BRilliant and highly recommended.

Thank you for feedback, always happy to help! Great you had a nice time, the owners will be delighted with your comments.

Don't forget we offer a Loyalty discount for returning clients should you wish to re book!

Naomi
Scotts Castle Holidays

Easy booking, all enquiries answered quickly and efficiently, all staff spoken to or emailed polite and friendly, what more could I ask...

Thank you for feedback, always happy to help! Great you had a nice time, the owners will be delighted with your comments.

Don't forget we offer a Loyalty discount for returning clients should you wish to re book!

Naomi
Scotts Castle Holidays

28 August 2013
Rated 4 out of 5

Wonderful accommodation. Easily absorbing all 10 of our family. Photos actually did justice to the accommodation - was as good as they prtrayed.

Just for future reference we do also accept debit cards for holding the GHD which would prevent any need to pay a credit card surcharge. But thank you for your feedback it helps us continually review the service we offer.

I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday and hope we can help you as easily next time. Dont forget about our Loyalty Discount that is available.

Naomi
Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

Everything done via website, which was easy to use. Objected to £10 processing fee though for the GHD which was not going to be processed anyway!

Just for future reference we do also accept debit cards for holding the GHD which would prevent any need to pay a credit card surcharge. But thank you for your feedback it helps us continually review the service we offer.

I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday and hope we can help you as easily next time. Dont forget about our Loyalty Discount that is available.

Naomi
Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

21 August 2013
Rated 4 out of 5

Ecellent holiday, the Castle was an amazing place to stay for our weeks holiday.The accomadation was very good,bedrooms were stunning and the kitchen had every possible utensil that you would ever need.Simon and Adity were wonderful hosts and Simon gave us a very informative and interesting tour of the whole castle.

Thank you for your comments its always a pleasure hearing happy holiday stories! The owners will be delighted to hear your feedback.

We now offer a Loyalty discount for returning guests so do let us know if you wish to return again!

Naomi
Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

Service was good from booking,correspondence,and payments all went smoothly.

Thank you for your comments its always a pleasure hearing happy holiday stories! The owners will be delighted to hear your feedback.

We now offer a Loyalty discount for returning guests so do let us know if you wish to return again!

Naomi
Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

07 August 2013
Rated 5 out of 5

Everything about the castle was excellent. The location, friendliness, cleanliness, etc. I will definatley recommend it to people, and already have!

Thank you for your great feedback, so pleased you had a fantastic time, we shall pass your comments onto the owner.

Would love to help with any future plans, don't forget to claim your Loyalty Discount next time!

Naomi
Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

Good service.

Thank you for your great feedback, so pleased you had a fantastic time, we shall pass your comments onto the owner.

Would love to help with any future plans, don't forget to claim your Loyalty Discount next time!

Naomi
Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

21 May 2013
Rated 5 out of 5

It was a fantastic stay. The castle accommodation was amazing and Simon and Adity have worked really hard to think of everything we might have needed. They even found some toys for our babies and toddler, above and beyond the norm for a self catering establishment.

Thank you for your positive feedback, we are very pleased that you found our booking process to be easy and helpful.

Brilliant to hear that you had a lovely time at Craufurdland Castle and I will certainly pass you kind comments onto the owners.

Should you wish to re book through Scotts Castle Holidays in the future, don't forget to claim your Loyalty Discount! (T&C's apply)

Kind Regards,

Naomi

Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

The emails were clear and the web site and payment site were easy to use

Thank you for your positive feedback, we are very pleased that you found our booking process to be easy and helpful.

Brilliant to hear that you had a lovely time at Craufurdland Castle and I will certainly pass you kind comments onto the owners.

Should you wish to re book through Scotts Castle Holidays in the future, don't forget to claim your Loyalty Discount! (T&C's apply)

Kind Regards,

Naomi

Scotts Castle Holidays
Email: sales@scottscastles.com

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