• About Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage

    Sample the wonders of nature along the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is within easy reach of this historic cottage.

    These historic cottages (refs SSAJ to SSAQ) are set within the stunning Blairquhan Castle Estate in a beautiful valley with the River Girvan winding through. Blairquhan Castle, a Regency era castle, is protected as a category A listed building and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. Used as a location for the Oscar winning film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, Blairquhan has also featured in other TV programmes.

    The stables, designed by William Burn in 1820-24, are also of architectural interest and, along with the lodges on the estate, form the holiday accommodation. Blairquhan Bridge was also designed by William Burn; it is a single arch, stone, hump-back bridge, possibly 18th-century and B listed. The woods of Blairquhan are a major feature of landscape. Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate, the unique gardens at Blairquhan Castle were originally laid out back in 1816 and much of the landscaping still remains to this day, most notably the unique walled garden. The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. During its construction the main wall was built with flues installed so that it could be heated to protect the precious fruit trees during the colder Scottish months. A famous tree at Blairquhan is the ’Dool’ tree, a large sycamore sited on the lawn to the east of the house was used for execution by hanging after trial by the laird. With well-established woodlands, beautifully manicured lawns, an avenue of 18th-century lime trees and many other magnificent vistas, the estate creates a unique atmosphere and provides the ideal holiday surroundings to escape everyday life.

    Nestled in the heart of Burns’ Country, the area is steeped in tradition and history. Fans of Burns will be able to visit many attractions including Burns Cottage, the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’Doon - the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’Shanter. Blairquhan is within walking distance to the small Ayrshire village of Straiton, and a short drive from Kirkmichael and Maybole. The entire area is known for its gently rolling landscape and hills dotted with sheep and traversed by the winding River Girvan. On a clear day, Ailsa Craig can be seen in the distance.

    Ayrshire is home to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk with one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals; it is also a haven for bird watchers.

    Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit and activities such as riding, racing and golf to enjoy. The many golf courses include the world famous Turnberry course which is close at hand. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction.

    Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, and a short drive leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out, as is Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with electric woodburner and kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freezer
    • Parking
    • Easy walking access

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 200-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture and walled garden
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river and pond in grounds

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      2 bedroom(s)

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    • Detached property
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    • Ground floor facilities
      Ground floor facilities
    • Fuel and power included
      Fuel and power included
    • Enclosed garden / patio
      Enclosed garden / patio
    • Garden / patio
      Garden / patio
    • Highchair
      Highchair
    • Pub within 1 mile
      Pub within 1 mile
    • Romantic collection
      Romantic collection
    • Rural location
      Rural location
    • Television
      Television
    • WiFi
      WiFi
    • Short breaks all year
      Short breaks all year
    • Cot available
      Cot available
    • Luxury collection
      Luxury collection
    • Bed linen & towels included
      Bed linen & towels included
    • Washing machine
      Washing machine
    • Pets – not allowed
      Pets – not allowed
    • Heritage collection
      Heritage collection
    • Car parking - on site
      Car parking - on site
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    Hoseasons "Sample the wonders of nature along the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is within easy reach of this historic cottage.\n\n\nThese historic cottages refs SSAJ to SSAQ are set within the stunning Blairquhan Castle Estate in a beautiful valley with the River Girvan winding through. Blairquhan Castle a Regency era castle is protected as a category A listed building and the grounds are included in the \nInventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland\n the national listing of significant gardens. Used as a location for the Oscar winning film \nThe Queen\n starring Helen Mirren Blairquhan has also featured in other TV programmes.\n\nThe stables designed by William Burn in 1820-24 are also of architectural interest and along with the lodges on the estate form the holiday accommodation. Blairquhan Bridge was also designed by William Burn it is a single arch stone hump-back bridge possibly 18th-century and B listed. The woods of Blairquhan are a major feature of landscape. Beautifully integrated into the 200 acres of parkland that make up the estate the unique gardens at Blairquhan Castle were originally laid out back in 1816 and much of the landscaping still remains to this day most notably the unique walled garden. The rising ground to the south allowed the landscapers to create an unusual three-walled perimeter. During its construction the main wall was built with flues installed so that it could be heated to protect the precious fruit trees during the colder Scottish months. A famous tree at Blairquhan is the ’Dool’ tree a large sycamore sited on the lawn to the east of the house was used for execution by hanging after trial by the laird. With well-established woodlands beautifully manicured lawns an avenue of 18th-century lime trees and many other magnificent vistas the estate creates a unique atmosphere and provides the ideal holiday surroundings to escape everyday life.\n\nNestled in the heart of Burns’ Country the area is steeped in tradition and history. Fans of Burns will be able to visit many attractions including Burns Cottage the Burns Memorial Museum and the Brig o’Doon - the bridge from the famous poem Tam o’Shanter. Blairquhan is within walking distance to the small Ayrshire village of Straiton and a short drive from Kirkmichael and Maybole. The entire area is known for its gently rolling landscape and hills dotted with sheep and traversed by the winding River Girvan. On a clear day Ailsa Craig can be seen in the distance.\n\nAyrshire is home to the Ayrshire Coastal Path a 100-mile long coastal walk with one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife including red squirrels deer otters and seals it is also a haven for bird watchers. \n\nInland there are gardens and castles to visit and activities such as riding racing and golf to enjoy. The many golf courses include the world famous Turnberry course which is close at hand. Culzean Castle owned by the National Trust for Scotland is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction.\n\nDay trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan and a short drive leads to Ayr a traditional seaside town. Glasgow Stirling and Edinburgh are perfect for a day out as is Loch Lomond The Trossachs National Park with ferry links to the islands of Arran Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Beach 10 miles. Shop pub and restaurant ½ mile. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nLiving room with electric woodburner and kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. First floor Twin bedroom.\n\n\n\nElectric woodburner included \n\nTravel cot and high chair on request\n\nFreezer\n\nParking\n\nEasy walking access\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nElectricity full oil central heating bed linen and towels included \n\nFreeview TV\n\nMicrowave\n\nWashing machine\n\nWi-fi\n\nShared 200-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture and walled garden\n\nNo smoking\n\nNB Unfenced river and pond in grounds\n\n\n\n" https://img.chooseacottage.co.uk/Property/949/{pixelwidth}/949491.jpg SSAO

    Blairquhan Castle Estate - McDowall Cottage reviews collected by Reevoo

    7.5 out of 10 – based on 2 reviews

    Overall rating

    7.5

    Comfort and Equipment

    6.5

    Location

    10.0

    Cleanliness

    8.0

    Value for money

    8.0

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    8
    out of 10

    Astonishing surroundings (castle and gardens). Perfectly located for all sorts of activities and sightseeing. Lovely and very cosy cottage in higher class style. No dishwasher and only one very small (but nice) bathroom.

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    2019-06-30

    7
    out of 10

    The location is certainly a 10/10 - absolutely stunning! Nevertheless the accommodation was somewhat lacking. Firstly McDowall is small. It is probably best for a young family with 2 children rather than 4 adults. There is also a real disparity between the two bedrooms, with the double room considerably nicer than the room with two singles upstairs. There is then a lack of attention to detail for instance, no soap left for your arrival in the bathroom and a lack of equipment in the kitchen. There were loads of some pieces, glasses for instance, and no enough of other pieces. Overall, stunning location that I would highly recommend despite the cottage's being less impressive.

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    2019-06-23

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