“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)
Living room with open fire. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room. Large utility. Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms, each with dormer window and vanity basin.
- Full gas CH inc (Oct - Mar £30 pw)
- Freeview TV
- Large enclosed garden with patio
- BBQ area
Customer Reviews of High Mains Cottage,Ballantrae, sleeps 6
1st comment: Nothing but praise for the cottage. One of the very best we have ever stayed in. Oct 2011.
2nd comment: This is our favourite retreat, quiet yet within easy reach of the village. Have now visited seven times and have booked again for next year. Oct 2011.
3rd comment: Fantastic location if you’re fishing the Stinchar. The cottage is set up for fishing folk with a drying/rod room, big kitchen, comfortable sitting room with fire and good bedrooms. Brill. Only advice I would give is a fish-kettle since sometimes we actually catch something! I booked next year within two days of getting home. Sept 2011.
4th comment: A good property in a good location. July 2011.
5th comment: This was a lovely cottage in a wonderful location, on a very quiet road yet within easy walking distance to the village of Ballantrae, with its shop and pub, which served hearty meals at a reasonable price. Stunning views over the Stinchar valley, and numerous walks from the door, the easiest probably the river walk; the toughest probably to the top of Knockdolian. My husband and son tackled this and from the photos they took from the top, it it well worth the effort. Well positioned for day trips; Culzean Castle is within easy reach and is a joy for all ages with gardens, walks and beaches. The Galloway Forest Park is also within easy reach, great for kids as along with the walks and bike rides, there is the Goat Park, the Otter Pool, along the Raiders Road (great for picnics and super for cooling off), and it is home to the Dark Sky Park where you can view stars without light pollution. We have holidayed in this area for almost 30 years now, and we are still coming. April 2011.
6th comment: Have visited the property five times. It is isolated but within easy reach of the village of Ballantrae. Accommodation is good, clean and well maintained. What more can I say except that I have never found better. Oct 2010.
7th comment: Clean, warm and homely. Good situation, near village but in isolated position. Welcome bottle of wine and fresh flowers. Oct 2009
8th comment: This cottage is in a quiet, and yet easily accessible position. The decor, furnishing and kitchen equipment make it second to none with the views to the front, over the River Stinchar being excellent. Oct 2009.
9th comment: The kitchen was superb and well equipped. The cottage was situated in a very quiet location, which was excellent for us and very relaxing. The 6 foot bed in the main bedroom was lovely as was the extra shower room and utility room. Aug 2009.
10th comment: Lovely country cottage, with everything you could need. Sept 2009.
11th Comment Stunning location. Lots of room, very comfortable. July 2009.
12th Comment This is a beautiful cottage in a lovely location which is even nicer than the photos suggest. We really liked the large kitchen which we spent most of the time in. The utility room was particularly useful as was the additional shower room. The cottage managed to be cosy and spacious at the same time. I would certainly recommend this cottage to others. July 2009.
13th Comment Fabulous cottage with generous space, well presented and a great family kitchen. Bottle of wine and welcome note on arrival - felt at home immediately. Truly wonderful location with very friendly helpful locals. Look forward to our return. Feb 2009.
14th Comment I would recommend this cottage to anyone - it was beautiful, warm and cosy, and in a beautiful setting and surroundings. Feb 2009.
15th Comment Excellent holiday cottage with everything you could need. Brilliant location, well furnished cottage. Feb 2008.
16th Comment We found the cottage very clean, comfortable and roomy. We loved the kitchen/diner; it was a lovely area for us all to get together. The information provided about places to visit was very good and the actual siting of the cottage is lovely with beautiful views all round and cows peering in the bedroom windows! Aug 2008.
17th Comment We have had several cottage holidays but this one was by far the best. The location, comfort and weather was excellent. We will be booking again next year for sure. Thank you for a lovely holiday.June 2008.
18th Comment Website description did not do the property justice. Location was idyllic. Cottage warm comfortable and welcoming. Oct 2008.
19th Comment Great cottage. Well looked after. The fresh flowers and the bottle of wine left for us were greatly appreciated. May 2008.