“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 hall with door to verandah. Large living room with open fire, window seat in bay window and door to verandah. Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with bay window, four oven Aga (for cooking) and TV. Study with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and Velux windows leading to very small single bedroom/dressing room (for +1) with Velux window. Twin bedroom with large en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle, toilet and Velux windows.
- Full LPG CH inc (Nov - Mar £30 pw)
- Cot (on request)
- Two TVs (one Freeview)
- Four oven Aga inc
- Combi m/wave oven/grill
- Tel (honesty box)
- Large, enclosed, lawned garden with terrace and furniture
- Ample parking
- Secure cycle store
- No smoking
- Sunday to Sunday
Customer Reviews of Windyknowe, Ballantrae , sleeps 6
1st comment: Extremely well equipped and comfortable house, very spacious and having 3 en-suite bedrooms ideal for a `friends get-together`. Beautiful, quiet location overlooking the Stinchar River. Good local shop and further facilities in Stranraer, less than 30 minutes away. Excellent local walks and further afield into the Galloway Forest. Portpatrick is a must visit for the coastal walks and excellent pubs and restaurants. Dec 2011.
2nd comment: It was incredibly well equipped and very comfortable. Dec 2011.
3rd comment: It was like walking in to a home. Sept 2010.
4th comment: A beautiful spacious well appointed house in a superb location. One detail, a pleasant river walk right across the road. Couldn’t be better. July 2010.
5th comment: The property was very welcoming with good facilities in a good location. April 2010.