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Ardlochan Lodge, Culzean Castle

£540.00offer £490.00 | 26th January 2018 - 29th January 2018
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Situated just a stones throw from the golden beach at Maidens on the Culzean coast in Ayrshire is this pretty little lodge house - the last remaining gate house on the Culzean Castle & Country Park estate. Read More >
 
Recently modernised and renovated to a high standard, Ardlochan Lodge will open April 2016.
 
Accommodation details

  • Single storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double and 1 twin bedroom (can be converted to double if required)

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Under floor heating

  • Open plan kitchen, with patio doors leading to patio area and spacious garden

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Parking adjacent to cottage

  • EPC Rating: E50


 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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Beechgrove Cottage, Pitmedden Garden

£330.00offer £280.00 | 26th January 2018 - 29th January 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
This sunny south-facing cottage nestles in the wooded grounds of Pitmedden Garden. The garden lies just fifteen miles from Aberdeen and features miles of geometric boxwood hedging to wander round, all secluded behind walls of granite - the same stone that gave the city its famous nickname. Read More >
In spring and summer take advantage of Beechgrove Cottage's enclosed garden and picnic table for alfresco eating; in winter time enjoy the sitting room's open fire.
 
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by Virgin & Vodafone which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • Electric central heating

  • Night storage and panel heaters

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: E52

 
About Pitmedden Garden
Five miles of immaculate boxwood hedging create the intricate patterns that weave through Pitmedden Garden. Their original design was laid out by the 1st Baronet of Pitmedden in 1675, but the with plans lost in a fire in 1807, Edinburgh's Holyroodhouse formed the template for its reconstruction.
 
Over 80 varieties of apple trees give off fragrant blossom in the spring and rich pickings in the autumn, while the steady drip of Pitmedden's fountains is a refreshing sound when wandering through the gardens in the summer months.
 
About the area
Pitmedden village is one mile away from the gardens and has the nearest local supermarket.
 
A few miles further away is the ancient village of Tarves, thought to have been founded as a church settlement in 600AD.
 
Things to do

  • The local Tolquhon Gallery is located in an old Victorian farmhouse nearby and hosts regular exhibitions. In the summertime, get inspired by the sights and scents of the gardens, and sign up for one of their weekend workshops.

  • Step into a fairytale landscape at Fyvie Castle, just over 20 miles away. Not only do the sculpted turrets and fine tapestries look the part, but the castle is steeped in legends, and rumour has it, harbours the odd ghost or two.

  • Haddo House, near the ancient village of Tarves is a sprawling Georgian country mansion, set in an estate that would make a Jane Austen heroine swoon.

 
Getting there
By Car: On A920, to the north-west of Pitmedden village and 14 miles north of Aberdeen.
By bicycle: 2 miles from NCN1
By bus: Infrequent bus service from Aberdeen stops on the B999 by Hillside in Pitmedden. From there, take a short 10 minute walk through the woodland to the cottage. Service number 290/1. Tel: (01224) 212266.
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Blue Door, Broughton House

£535.00offer £485.00 | 26th January 2018 - 29th January 2018
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 7
  • 4
  • Dogs allowed
Beamed ceilings and pale walls set off this cosy artists' retreat, which stands on the same cobbled wynd on which stained-glass artist E A Taylor and his wife, illustrator Jessie M King used to live. Kirkcudbright is known at 'The Artists Town' having hosted generations of painters, craftmakers and artisans, a culture still thriving today. Read More >
The cottage has its own private garden at the bottom of the close with views across the dolls-house rooftops of this distinctive picturesque town.
 
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by all major networks which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas. 
Accommodation details

  • 3 storey

  • Sleeps 7 - 2 twin, 1 double (with ensuite wash basin and WC), 1 single

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Wet room with WC

  • Bathroom with bath and shower

  • Gas central heating

  • EPC Rating: D66

 
Public transport accessible. Free parking is available on the street outside Greengate Close.
 
About Blue Door
The Blue Door is one of several cottages in historic Greengate Close and the cottages are still referred to by their original names, which relate to the colour of their doors, such as "Yellow Door", "Red Door" and "Blue Door".
Greengate House and these cottages were owned in the first half of the 20th century by Glasgow Girl artist Jessie M King and her husband, artist E A Taylor. Jessie M King would invite her woman artist friends and students to come and stay and use the Blue Door as lodging/studio space.
 
About Broughton House
At the heart of Kirkcudbright stand the peachy-pink walls of 18th-century Broughton House & Garden, a Trust property that was home to 'Glasgow Boys' artist E A Hornel, from 1901 to 1933. As well as Hornel's delicate Japanese-influenced paintings the museum houses a major Robert Burns collection.
 
About Kirkcudbright
Dorothy L Sayers once said, "In Kirkcudbright one either fishes or paints....". The Royal Burgh, established in 1455, lies on an estuary of the River Dee, making it as famous for its catches as for its art. Fresh fish is available Tuesday to Saturday from the Fresh Fish Shop just off the Harbour Square. Close by, Dhoon's sandy beach is a perfect place for children to paddle.
 
Things to do

  • Take a wander down the High Street to numbers 115 & 117, which have been called 'the closest approximation to a dolls' house you are ever likely to see in real life'.

  • Rockcliffe village is just over 20 miles away. Here you'll find swathes of pebbled coastlines, a bird sanctuary and the Mote of Mark, the ruined court of a Dark Ages chieftan.

  • A visit to nearby Threave estate will keep you busy for the whole day. This baronial house has its own sculpture garden and nature reserve, famous as a hotspot for spying bats.

 
Getting there
Kirkcudbright is located off the A711 and A755. Dumfries is 28 miles away and Castle Douglas 9 miles.
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