“A tranquil retreat between the river and the sea...”
These traditional holiday cottages have all been tastefully modernised and furnished. They are situated along a quiet country lane, backed by farmland with south-facing views over the beautiful River Stinchar and the surrounding South Ayrshire countryside. The cottages are all within several hundred yards of one another near the seaside village of Ballantrae with its maritime climate of early springs and mild autumns. Castlehill and neighbouring Windyknowe both provide very spacious, high standard accommodation suitable for larger parties - both have superb large kitchen/dining-rooms for entertaining, they overlook the river and are set within sheltered landscaped gardens. High Mains Cottage stands alone and is set back from the lane. Stinchar Cottage is at the edge of the village in a lovely position between two bridges and with a riverside garden.
With marked river, woodland, seaside and farm walks direct from the door, the properties are situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines of the British Isles. The coastline is crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of Ailsa Craig and the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde. The area is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers on the moors and estuary. Ballantrae has a network of paths, two public tennis courts and the attractive harbour, the beach, pub, shop and several cafes are all within walking distance of the properties. Fly fishing may be available by prior arrangement.
Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, the Galloway Forest Park, racing at Ayr and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and together with its surrounding country park is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Castle Kennedy and Glenwhan are just two of the wonderful west coast gardens nearby. The championship golf courses of Turnberry and Troon are within easy reach but there are numerous smaller and friendly courses within the area. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town and birthplace of Robbie Burns. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Shops within 1 mile.
- Open fire - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail locally
- Elec, bed linen and towels inc
- Easy walking access (3 steps in ref UZW)
Large living room with open fire. Spacious well-equipped kitchen/dining room with TV and sitting area with patio doors to terrace and garden. Utility. Boot room. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle, toilet and Velux window. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.
- Full oil CH inc (Nov-Mar £30 pw)
- Two Freeview TVs
- Two d/washers
- Large, enclosed, lawned garden with terraces and furniture
- Ample parking
- Secure cycle store
- No smoking
Customer Reviews of Castlehill, Ballantrae - Sleeps 10
1st comment: A great time was had by all staying at Castlehill. We were celebrating a milestone birthday. And we could not have asked for a better venue for a friends and family get together. The house was perfectly laid out and beautifully furnished. The huge kitchen/dinning room was wonderful and equipped with everything we could need. May 2012.
2nd comment: This house was truly special. Fully equipped for a wonderful relaxing holiday. April 2012.
3rd comment: Fantastic house. Very well equipped with everything we needed for our weekend stay. March 2012.
4th comment: A fantastic cottage, everything in it is top quality, well worth it. Oct 2011.
5th comment: I didn’t want to leave Castlehill, it is absolutely gorgeous, and fitted out to the highest standard. The weather wasn’t very good (typical Scottish October)but we were more than happy to stay in a lot of the time and look at the views from the windows, all the little added extra’s that are not normally available were very much appreciated. This house felt like a home for the week we were there, look forward to returning sometime. Oct 2011.
6th comment: By far the best place we have stayed, a beautiful cottage in a wonderful location. Everything you need and more, attention to detail fabulous! The poor weather allowed us to truly enjoy the house and get the fire going. A wonderful holiday. May 2011.