Extract from The Scottish Field – April 2020


Reviewed by Andrea and Christopher Cooke from Perth

We spent a fantastic weekend at Cloncaird Castle in Ayrshire — a hidden gem. The castle stands in 140 acres of stunning grounds and has eight individual cottages, offering luxurious Scottish charm to self-catering guests.

Guests are free to explore the castle’s beautiful woodland and river walks. The accommodation boasts a range of amenities, including WiFi, pet-friendly options, laundry and concierge services, and a welcome pack with local produce.

We stayed in Duck Pond Cottage, situated near the courtyard, and it was ideal for a couple. The bedroom has a super king bed which can be made into a twin on request, with an interesting beamed ceiling and shower room (along with beautiful bedding and towels). The open-plan living area includes the kitchen, dining area and comfortable sitting area, and there is underfloor heating throughout. It is beautifully and there is underfloor heating throughout. It is beautifully furnished in heritage colours and the fabrics are exquisite.

We found it the perfect place to relax after a day exploring Ayrshire. Guests can pre-order local produce and even tailored bathroom products. We arranged for a fresh seafood platter to be delivered — delicious hot-smoked salmon, smoked mussels, sardines, white crabmeat and oatcakes made the perfect supper, along with a bottle of wine and homemade lemoncake left for us in the welcome pack. The Mossgiel milk and eggs provided our breakfast, along with Nespresso coffee and Eteaket artisan teas. A perfect self-catering holiday.