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North Firbank - Culzean Castle

(Ref. 1104229)

Maybole, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • lovely (6)

19 Customer Reviews

  • "The concrete steps down to the sunken garden (lawn) are dangerous and require a handrail."

    Clients should be advised that ticks are about due to the presence of deer in the woods, as well as in the deer park. (personal experience). The weeds outside the property were killed but not removed, and were coming back to life. No instructions about coffee machine.

    Reviewed by Victor4.4Jun 2024

  • "The cottage's location is amazing, a short walk from the beach and right in the forest with lots of wildlife."

    Some nice walks in the area. The garden is secure so good for dogs, but the floors are rather slippery so dog owners might want to bring some anti slip vet beds or the like, the steps to the garden are also very steep but it can be accessed from the back. Doorstops would be amazing. The only thing that really annoyed me was people coming to cut the grass twice during our stay with zero warning meaning we couldn’t enjoy the garden or the cottage with people right there. We left a day early due to this as couldn’t really relax not knowing whether someone will just walk in!

    Thank you for your feedback and great to read that you enjoyed the estate. We cannot supply door stops as this is not recommended due to guidance on the fire risk assessment. Please be assured if you had contacted the team at Culzean and explained about the desire not to be disturbed they could have cancelled the gardeners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanna4.1May 2024

  • "Fantastic stay, incredible location and the cottage itself is clean, well appointed and feels very fresh."

    The directions to the property were clear and we found the place very easily. We felt a couple of things could be added - a bath mat (especially useful for young children) and door stops.

    Reviewed by Jennie4.7May 2024

  • "Lovely cottage in a perfect location."

    Very peaceful and with everything you would need.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage in a wonderful location – and with not one, but two fenced gardens for the dog, and neither of them were wet and muddy!"

    Reviewed by David4.7Mar 2024

  • "This is our second New Year at North Firbank."

    Fantastic cottage.

    Thank you for your lovely comment, we hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Dec 2023

  • "Ideal location for children with play area and beach within short walking distance."

    Windows difficult to open and main bedroom door difficult to close (new carpet?). The bathroom would benefit from a makeover!

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Oct 2023

  • "We have had a lovely holiday on the Culzean Castle estate."

    The Farm Cafe was excellent, as was the Farm Shop! We enjoyed staying at a Scottish National Trust property and visiting the local community. Great to be so near the sea and immersed in nature.

    Many thanks for your lovely comments, we have 60 properties thoughout Scotland from the West Coast, to Aberdeenshire down to Melrose and Rockcliffe. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2023

  • "The property was good but it was expensive but unfortunate the weather was against us."

    The water in the shower was very low and it stops a couple of times around 5pm. A scouring pad would it be useful to clean the pans.

    Many thanks for your feedback, unfortunately there is nothing we can do about the weather. This summer hasn't been the greatest. We have noted your comments about the shower and the housekeepers will ensure a pan scrubber is provided. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hedeer4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely holiday"

    Thank you and we hope to welcome you back to Culzean. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Jul 2023

  • "I cannot recommend this cottage highly enough."

    It is very well appointed with good quality beds and linens. The whole place was spotless. The real value though is its position. The beach is a few minutes walk, the cafe, pond and play park are on your doorstep. If you have a dog, it’s just wonderful as there is so much safe space for them to run in. The garden is also completely enclosed so you can relax knowing your dog can’t come to any trouble. I will definitely be returning. The only suggestion I would have is that the owners should add a handrail to the steps in the garden . They are pretty steep and are not gated

    Many thanks for your lovely comments about North Firbank, it truly is a great location. We have noted your comment about the rail in the garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Jul 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, wonderful location and the accommodation was excellent in all respects."

    The staff were brilliant throughout our stay. They were particularly kind and efficient in returning some property we left behind by mistake so we cannot thank them enough.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Jun 2023

  • "Perfect property in an ideal position."

    Well kept, clean and uncluttered and well equipped

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Jun 2023

  • "A beautiful place to spend your holiday."

    Great location. The property is immaculate and very well equipped

    Thank you for your feedback, the housekeeping team at Culzean work hard to ensure that the excellent standards are maintained. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent location."

    Excellent cottage. Excellent wildlife. Woodland walks excellent. Coastal walks excellent. Would we like to go ago - most definitely.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2023

  • "Love this property it has everything you need inside & outside."

    Very cosy, clean, good size & stunning grounds. We could easily live there.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Feb 2023

  • "Excellent"

    Reviewed by James5.0Dec 2022

  • "North Firbank is in a superb setting on Culzean Castle Estate, close to a beautiful Beach, woodland rambles and formal gardens."

    Such a peaceful setting and loved the dark skies at night! Great coffee to be had at the Home Farm Cafe. The Cottage was clean, well equipped, and comfortable and worked well for me with having mobility difficulties. I brought my own bathing safety equipment to enable me to safely access the shower over the bath. My mobility scooter managed to negotiate the grounds pretty well. What would have been really appreciated is a Patio table and chairs by the Kitchen door side to be able to relax in the lovely setting outside. Unfortunately anyone with any kind of mobility issue would not be able to get down the steps to the lower garden. We will definitely be back, Thank you!

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage , spotlessly clean and fabulous location."

    Small point, the sunken garden is a lovely space but would have been great if you could add a rail on one side of the steps down to garden (wrought iron would be ideal and in keeping with cottage). This would be so helpful for elderly as well as young children. Also a little gate at top of the garden steps would be great. Also although The cottage details did warn of a few steps down from living room to kitchen, please can you put much brighter strip across the few steps for safety? It is almost impossible to see them until too late as they blend in with flooring . Aside from these small points, we loved our stay at North Firbank and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Aug 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker
  • FreeSat TV, Fibre WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking at the front of the property for two cars
  • Front and rear garden with lawn, side garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Holiday guests have access to the estate grounds outside of the regular opening hours
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • No smoking
  • Shop 5.2 miles, pub 5.3 miles
  • Note: Although single storey, there is one step up into the property and two steps down to the kitchen, please take care
  • Note: Cot bedding is not provided
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

Maybole 5.6 miles.

Resting within the heart of the Culzean Castle & Country Park Estate near Maybole, is this beautiful semi-detached cottage, North Firbank, carefully restored by the National Trust for Scotland to offer four guests superb holiday accommodation in a truly unique setting.

North Firbank enjoys a very peaceful location and offers a wonderful outlook on the surrounding countryside and up towards the esteemed Culzean Castle.

Step into your new holiday home, where you can look forward to impressing your guests with delicious meals, prepared in the spacious and well-equipped kitchen/diner, ready to savour at the dining table for six as you recount the days adventures.

On warmer days, you can enjoy your meals alfresco out in your very own private sunken garden, followed by a walk around the expansive 260ha estate.

Return to the sitting room, where you can look forward to relaxing with a glass of wine in hand as your favourite film plays out on the TV.

When sleep calls, retreat to one of two contemporary bedrooms to catch your rest, a king-size with zip/link and views of the front garden, and a twin, both with plenty of storage for your belongings.

In the morning, prepare for the day in style in the well-appointed bathroom, before setting out to explore your exceptional surroundings.

For a luxurious and unique getaway, look no further than North Firbank.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs: 1060510, 1060512, 1060513, 1060514, 1060515, 1104228 and 1104230 together sleeping 31 guests.

EPC Rating: Band G

Culzean Castle Cottages

A collection of eight spectacular National Trust for Scotland cottages, resting amidst the splendour of the Culzean Castle & Country Park, this group of historic holiday lets can be found resting on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland, on the outskirts of the charming town of Maybole. Designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland’s most dramatic cliff top sites, affording panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde, these properties make a splendid choice for groups of friends or families seeking a scenic escape to Scotland. The grounds on which the properties are situated offer plenty of natural wonders well worth exploring at any time of the year, including around 600 acres of woodland and formal gardens, and three miles of varied coastline; it is a true haven for wildlife watchers. Each property offers its own unique and predominantly traditional interior with contemporary touches throughout, creating a wonderfully relaxing retreat. Spend time together exploring the Swan Pond, Adventure Playground and Deer Park, something the little ones are sure to delight at where you can adopt your very own deer, or enjoy a special moment with your partner amongst the romantic aura of the castle, with the Armoury, the Library and the famous Oval Staircase all worth seeing. The grounds also boast a farm shop and kitchen, catering to all of your culinary needs, while a wider selection of eateries can be found in the local town of Maybole, where you can take your pick from pubs, restaurants and tearooms, as well as a selection of shops for picking up any fresh ingredients. The town hosts an impressive 19th century town hall and an equally imposing castle, the perfect stop off for any history lover, while a more relaxing day can be found on the golden sands of the beach. Just a short stroll away from the properties, the beach is the perfect place to make precious memories with your loved ones or perhaps even try out a new watersport, for those feeling more adventurous. The cottages rest within easy reach of the popular coastal town of Ayr, home to a selection of shops where you can pick up the perfect souvenir or enjoy a day of retail therapy, as well as a pretty esplanade with a wonderful sandy beach, Ayr Racecourse, three golf courses and much more. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, also owned by the National Trust for Scotland, rests just outside the town, and is well worth visiting to learn about the life of Scotland’s national bard. Spend a day exploring the beauty of the Galloway Forest Park, or simply soak up the beauty of your surroundings from your wonderful holiday homes, the Culzean Castle Cottages.

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About the location


Ayr 5 miles.

Maybole, the ancient capital of Carrick, has a recorded history dating back to the 1100s. The high street is especially striking, with its imposing 19th Century town hall and impressive Maybole Castle, believed to date back to 1560. Once an area famous for shoe manufacturing, the village now affords a variety of shops and pubs, and a rather quirky parish church of prominent orange stone. The wonderful Ayrshire coastline is within easy reach, whilst the busy market town of Ayr, the capital of Burns Country, with its host of amenities, is just 5 miles away. Galloway Forest, a mere 10 miles away, provides excellent walking opportunities, and captivating Culzean Bay, with its grand castle and delightful gardens, is within a 12 mile drive. A wonderful, peaceful location, perfectly located for exploring the beautiful West coast of Scotland.

Note: Although single storey, there is one step up into the property and two steps down to the kitchen, please take care.
Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Off-season
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  • Christmas