Darnhay Cottage

Mauchline near Ayr, Scotland (Ref. 2289)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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The property

Mauchline 2.5 miles.

A lovely, detached barn conversion situated in the owners' grounds, on the rural outskirts of Mauchline, 12 miles from Ayr.

Enjoying splendid views over the peaceful, rolling Ayrshire countryside, this lovingly-renovated property has been furnished to a high standard and boasts two spacious bedrooms, an open plan sitting/dining area with woodburner and a delightful patio area ideal for dining alfresco.

The surrounding countryside provides good birdwatching opportunities, whilst many walks are available from the doorstep.

With a range of activities nearby, including links golf courses, the cliff-top castle at Culzean, Dumfries House and the seaside resort of Ayr, this great property makes a perfect romantic retreat or a good base for a relaxing family holiday.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor twin. Ground floor bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, basin and WC. Fitted kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.


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.

Guest Reviews


    • “Extremely clean, comfortable and with friendly owners on site.”
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    • “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.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Barton Upon Humber, December 2011

    • “cracking barn conversion”
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    • “first class owners very helpful.will help in any way they can.must have a car for this cottage.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Mansfield, August 2011

    • “Very quiet beautiful cottage”
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    • “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”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Ratho Near Edinburgh, November 2010

    • “very good”
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    • “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.”

    Mr. McLachlan, CV11 5BG, July 2010

    • “perfect cottage”
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    • “like a new cottage brand new very clean location perfect for touring”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bolton Lancs, July 2010

    • “wonderful experience”
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    • “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.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Stockton-on-Tees, December 2009

    • “Lovely, clean and comfortable cottage.”
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    • “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.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Preston Lancs, September 2013

    • “Good quality and reasonably priced.”
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    • “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”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Anglesey, December 2009

    • “spacious,friendly,great surroundings.”
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    • “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.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Essex, December 2009

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About the location


Ayr 12 miles.

The lovely village of Mauchline quietly nestles amidst glorious hills and farmland and is ideally situated for exploring the magnificent scenery of Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran. The village is well-known as the home of Robert Burns, who lived and farmed in the area with his wife Jean Armour for many years. The house they shared is now a museum and forms part of the Burns Trail. The Royal Troon and Turnberry links courses are both nearby, whilst the historic seaside resort of Ayr is just 12 miles away, offering excellent shopping, bars, restaurants and sandy beaches. Visit Dumfries House at nearby Cumnock with its unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture, or take a trip to Culzean Castle with its picturesque cliff-top setting and enjoy the 600 acre country park complete with deer park, swan pond, adventure playground and delightful beaches. A truly charming part of Scotland with something for all tastes.