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Darnhay Cottage Family Cottage in Mauchline, Ayrshire and Arran

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
2 bathrooms

Darnhay Cottage Family Cottage description

Holiday home
This property has been converted to a very high standard and offers a wonderful abode for a family holiday. The sitting room has a wood-burner that gives the entire house a warm, welcoming feel, and is on an open-plan layout with the dining room. There is a well-equipped fitted kitchen and a ground floor bathroom and two bedrooms, one with an en-suite and one twin room. Outside there is a small patio area with seating and guests have shared use of the owner's paddock. There is a shop and public house two and a half miles away. There are so many attractions and activities around this location and this property makes a great base to see all that this lovely area has to offer.

The village of Mauchline sits peacefully in the lovely hills and countryside in an ideal spot for exploring the beautiful scenery of Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran. Mauchline is probably most famous for being the home of Robert Burns, who farmed in the area for many years and the house he shared with his wife Jean Amour, is now a museum and part of the Burns Trail. There are several golf courses including The Royal Troon close to the village. Culzean Castle is a magnificent National Trust for Scotland property and has been the principal seat of the Kennedy Family since 1759. The country park is 600 acres and has so many attractions for visitors to enjoy.

From the lush green farmlands of the Borders to the ruggedness of the Highlands, the Scots are proud of their land and identity. Scotland also has some of Britain's best beaches with glorious stretches of clean sand over which to roam.

Oil central heating with woodburner in sitting room. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, flat screen TV, DVD, radio/CD player, small library of books/games/CDs/DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack of logs for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot and highchair available. Off road parking for 2 cars. Small patio area with garden furniture and shared use of owners' lawned paddock. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shops and pub 2.5 miles.


  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine

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Mrs Green
July 2016
This is a superb barn conversion in a lovely location, very tastefully furnished and well equipped in the modern and roomy kitchen. Large sitting room, well furnished with comfortable sofas and modern dining suite. Beautiful wood flooring and bedrooms carpeted and comfortable. The owners are charming and helpful.
Mr Holleran
August 2013
Good base for exploring the West side of Scotland, and the cottage was very comfortable and clean.
Mr Budding
October 2013
An excellent cottage which served as a great base to explore the local area and Glasgow. Felt like home from home. Very comfortable and well equipped.
Mrs Whiteside
July 2013
Lovely clean and well equipped cottage in a peaceful location. A good base for touring the area. The owners were friendly and helpful.
Mrs Johnston
October 2012
Welcoming, clean, cosy, comfortable and quiet.
Mr Kennington
June 2013
The cottage was the best we have stayed in. The owners were very friendly and on hand to give any help when needed. The area is very pretty with good walking and plenty to do. There is a very good pub serving excellent meals in the nearby village of Sorn. We had a really relaxing break and would recommend it to anyone.
Mr Purdy
October 2012
Very warm friendly welcome, the property was very clean and well furnished, the log burner made it very warm and cosy, one of the best that we have rented via Sykes. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to my family and friends.
Mr Turnbull
August 2012
Great hosts and very peaceful area. Easy to get around and see relatives in the surrounding area.
Mrs Raine
September 2012
The owners met us and were very friendly and helpful. They had provided milk and a cake as a welcome gift which we enjoyed. The cottage was very clean and tidy and we would recommend it to all our friends.
Mr Kirkham
July 2012
We liked the quiet location, yet the proximity to good facilities in Mauchline and an excellent pub/restaurant in Sorn!
Mrs Kenworthy
October 2011
The standard of accommodation was excellent, the owners were very welcoming and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. We would definitely return to this cottage.
Mrs Moffat
July 2012
We loved our holiday at Darnhay, we could not find anything to complain about. It was the best cottage we have ever had - modern luxury and best of all our hosts were really friendly and nothing was a bother. The owner makes the welcome extra special with her home baking.
Mrs Heath
June 2011
The location was wonderful. Very quiet and literally in the middle of nowhere. But with very little effort we were on the coast and there was plenty to do, with several castles and other tourist attractions within easy driving distance.
Mrs Holliday
April 2011
Darnhay is a quiet, rural retreat perfect for getting away from it all but also as a base for exploring the local and wider area of Dumfries and Galloway. The cottage is cosy and comfortable and the owners went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed for a great holiday. The home made bread was a delicious and welcome surprise!
Mrs Huston
February 2011
It was very peaceful and allowed us to recharge the batteries. Would recommend the area to anyone.
Mr Harris
March 2011
The location was quiet yet allowed us access to all local attractions within reasonable time. The owners were approachable, very friendly and responded quickly to any questions. The quality of the cottage was excellent throughout, and allowed us to fully enjoy our time away on holiday!! Sykes have themselves a return customer for the future!!
Mrs Warrington
November 2010
A fantastic cottage in a beautiful location (despite the weather!!). A very high standard throughout with a warm welcome from the owner. Already missing the wood burner! Would recommend a visit.
Mrs Dickinson
November 2010
Everything! The property was 1st class, the owner was friendly and helpful, and the location was perfect for our holiday needs.
Mr Crilly
June 2010
Lovely quiet spot and a cottage that suited our needs perfectly. Very friendly owners who helped with golf club storage and meal recommendations. Would certainly visit again.
Mr Westbury
October 2010
This is by far the best property we have stayed in. The owner was so friendly and helpful. The cottage and surroundings are superb. We would like to say a big thank you for such a wonderful place to stay and relax.
Mr Cross
June 2010
Fantastic area - lots to see and do. Loved the holiday cottage.
Mr McLachlan
May 2010
It was a pleasure to stay in the cottage.
Mr Reynolds
April 2010
The cottage was very clean and well appointed, the furnishings were all high quality. The location is quiet and yet not far from main towns and cities, All in all a great place to stay and would recommend to anyone. Thanks for a great week!
Mr Bayliss
May 2010
The warm welcome, the quality of the cottage, the helpfulness of the owner, and the peace and quiet. This cottage is a must for someone who want peace quiet in a very high standard cottage and a great base to explore a special part of Scotland
Mrs Lewis Roberts
August 2009
Cottage of highest quality, in a lovely lovely quiet area. We thoroughly recommend it. Culzean Castle well worth a visit, as is the free Burns Museum in Mauchline. Poosie Nansies in Mauchline serves a great hunters chicken.
Ms Ling
August 2009
The welcome was very warm. The bottle of wine was great and the owners were very helpful and informative.
Mrs Clarke
September 2009
Excellent place for peace and quiet. The owner was very helpful.
Mr Scott
March 2010
Perfect location, combined the tranquility of a rural retreat with excellent access to routes to get around the stunning area. The cottage was finished to a very high standard which made for a comfortable week. The sunsets were stunning as was the night sky. We also saw plenty of wildlife and enjoyed Mauchline.
Mr Llewellyn
July 2009
The cottage was beyond expectations and the owner couldn't do enough. It was central enough for the surrounding areas but was peaceful and relaxing.
Ms Melia
June 2009
Excellent Cottage, very helpful host.
Mr Elliot
July 2009
The surroundings were beautiful, the locals were really friendly, it was great for kids or on your own very peaceful. The cottage was out of this world really done to the highest standard,lots to see and do for young or old, the owners were so friendly they were there if you needed anything couldn't have asked for better people, nothing was any trouble.A truly wonderful holiday we will be going back, couldn't speak highly enough of it and would recommend to anyone.
Ms Whitcroft
April 2009
The owners were very friendly and helpful. There always appeared to be someone on hand if there should be any problems. This property gives you a complete feeling of being a million miles away from anywhere, yet you're only a short distance from the nearest village. A perfect spot in the country with only the sounds of nature around you and virtually no traffic. Perfect!
Mr Seccombe
September 2008
The cottage was the base from which we went on day trips. The cottage was perfect for our needs.
Mrs Whitworth
December 2008
Well-equipped and furnished to a high standard. An area that has much to recommend it. We enjoyed the walking.
Mr Millward
April 2009
A fantastic cottage finished to a really high standard with all mod. cons. We enjoyed a wonderful week exploring the local beaches, kid's play areas and forest walks.
Mr Tait
April 2009
There are nice walks from the cottage. Fairburn Hotel in Mauchline had very good food.
Mr Hollinrake
January 2009
We really enjoyed our stay. The owners made us very welcome and the property and location were excellent. We particularly liked the wood burning stove.
Ms Waters
June 2008
The owners could not have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and they made us feel very welcome. The cottage was first class and even better than the excellent photographs in the brochure.
Mrs Slack
July 2008
The property was modern, clean and well maintained. There were plenty of places of interest to see. Culzean Castle and Kelburn Castle were particularly interesting.
Mr Carvell
February 2008
Amazing cottage. Very friendly and helpful owner. 10/10.
Mr Mrs Paul
May 2008
The cottage was exactly as described. We liked everything.
Mr Coates
May 2008
Cottage is extremely well presented. The best we've ever stayed in.
Mrs Thorpe
June 2008
Ideal romantic retreat set in quiet surroundings.
December 2011
In spite of the extremely wet and windy weather we had a very relaxed and enjoyable holiday at Darnhay Cottage, it was beautifully presented and catered for everything we needed, the wood burning stove was greatly appreciated because of the weather and we were kept well supplied with wood for it. The owners were very welcoming and even left us a home baked cake on our arrival. The only small defect we found was that the beds in the twin bedroom were a little short for my 6' 2" disabled husband because of the footboard. The location is a little remote, but there is easy access by car to both Sorn (where the food at the Sorn Inn is excellent)and Mauchline.
September 2013
Darnhay Cottage is a lovely, clean, well equiped and comfortable cottage. One of the best we have stayed in. The owners are friendly and helpful. We enjoyed a week in the cottage which is a fantastic base for touring the area. It is a peaceful location to return to. We would recommend the cottage to friends and family.
November 2010
Owner very helpful on arrival and available if we had any problems Cottage perfect very quiet but only a few miles to supermarket ect leaflets and information on the area good the cottage (no door on ensuit toilet/shower room) though other bathroom lovely
August 2011
first class owners very helpful.will help in any way they can.must have a car for this cottage.
July 2010
like a new cottage brand new very clean location perfect for touring
Mr. McLachlan
July 2010
could not ask for anything better, the owner made you welcome and the amenities in the cottage were of a high standard really enjoyed our stay and would go back again in the near future, excellent in every way would recommend this cottage to anyone.
December 2009
The holiday got off to a good start. I was impressed with Sykes' efficiency and promptness in dealing with my initial availability request, even though my enquiry was late Sunday afternoon! Darnhay cottage was excellent; a converted barnhouse done up to a very high specification.The rooms were great and the oil fired stove in the lounge a nice extra touch. The kitchen was well equipped, and although we only ate in a couple of times, we could have cooked a more ambitious meal had we wanted to. The owners lived on site but weren't too obtrusive, whilst always being on hand to help. One bonus was that we could keep our bikes in another outhouse, which saved having to keep them in the house or re-load onto car. The location was fairly remote and perhaps that was the only down side for us. We would have liked to have been able to walk to the village. That said, the free Burns museum in Mauchline (2 miles away) is a real gem and worth a visit, and the village itself has a couple of grocery shops and a few nice pubs which serve good food. Overall, we would certainly recommend both the cottage and "Sykes Holidays" and will definitely use "Sykes" again for a good quality reasonably priced break. Bendigedig! M. Lewis Roberts Anglesey
Mrs French
April 2010
It was very peaceful and the cottage was really lovely. We did lots of walking and star gazing!
December 2009
We found the cottage to be extremely comfortable and very well fitted. What was most important was that the owners were very friendly, informative and helpful and were so welcoming. We had a wonderful week there, it was a base from where we could visit a number of brilliant sites and was very accessible to getting a ferry to different islands; Rothesay was beautiful. The multi fuel burner is ferocious, we had to light it on the last day when the weather was appalling and it heats the cottage very quickly and very warmly. The only thing of remark is that to use the en suite bedroom you need to be very friendly as there is no door on the toilet/shower facilities. Otherwise brilliant in all respects.
December 2009
We stayed at this cottage for 1 week the owner was very friendly and helpfull. Plently of information at the cottage both about how to work items and about surrounding places to visit. Nothing was too much trouble for the owner they ensured our holiday went with out any hitches. The cottage was warm and cosy. Facilities great.
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