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The Barn at Daldorch

Tarbolton near Mauchline, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 13688)


(63 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

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62 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved this cottage and were sorry to leave!"

    Lovely and peaceful, very well equipped kitchen (which was all good quality), comfy bed, good wi-fi, good water pressure to the shower, and although the owners were next door we did not feel uncomfortable with their close proximity. Perfect week. Are likely to return.

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2022

  • "Lovely location, close to coast and to Glasgow."

    Very well equipped and spotlessly clean. Very comfortable. Really appreciated bread, milk, eggs and marmalade left for us.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2022

  • "Our third stay in The Barn at Daldorch and as it is such an amazing cosy cottage with absolutely everything available for an enjoyable holiday we have to keep going back !"

    Owners are so friendly and helpful and have put a lot of thought into making guests comfortable. Situation is ideal for us and our dog with walks nearby. The best cottage we have stayed in ,in our over thirty years self-catering holidays.

    Reviewed by FionaMay 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at The Barn."

    The attention to detail was second to none, Mr & Mrs Forbes have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable. The Barn is in a stunning location with lovely walks in the surrounding area. Very generous welcome pack. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ElaineMar 2022

  • "Cottage was very clean however lacked character."

    The owners were next door and was overlooking everything we did therefore there was no privacy at all. We got disturbed by the owners as they kept on ringing the bell to check on number of things. Bob was helpful when I needed to just charge my car on the three pin plug until I found a proper charging point as I had never driven in Scotland on a electric car before. However presented with a bill just prior to leaving without a warning that they were going to charge for electricity. We were never in the cottage during the day time therefore never used any of the electrical items in the house. The cottage was very very warm as it was a warm day in Scotland but we were not allowed to turn down the hive heating system as the owners were monitoring this from home. We had a few very uncomfortable sleep as it was so hot overnight. Beds were very uncomfortable and hard. Kitchen was well equipped and clean. Wi-Fi was very slow. The cottage was lit up and decorated through the night wasting electricity and making it difficult to sleep. All the games were taken out due to covid which we did not know, therefore we did not take any games. It would have been nice to be informed about the changes as the website still said they provide with board games. This destroyed the dark sky experience for us. Nice cottage but not for someone who wants to getaway and have a peaceful stay after a very stressful period working in the NHS.

    Reviewed by AnujiDec 2021

  • "Sykes are annoyingly persistent."

    The Barn at Daldorch is quite superb. I really could not fault any aspect of it: so clean, well appointed with comfortable seating and beds. The heating was more than adequate and the wood fire lovely, with unlimited fuel included. The welcome pack was the best we have ever seen and the hosts available but not intrusive. One tiny disappointment: no garlic press!!!!!!!!!!! Supurb

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2021

  • "We have been a customer of Sykes Cottages for many years, this property we found to be very clean, tidy and comfortable!"

    Even the Gardener was very inviting chatty and helpfull, the Owners should be very proud of themselves, the 5 days we spent in the Barn were very pleasant indeed, thank you very much! John & Alison Nisbet!

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2021

  • "Absolutely perfect for what we wanted and we had a really memorable family time together."

    What a lovely man the owner was chatting to us and making sure everything was ok and leaving us food when we arrived. Fantastic place.

    Reviewed by TomOct 2021

  • "Very comfortable, warm, well equipped property in a quiet location at the end of a private farm track."

    Our second visit!

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "This was my second visit to The Barn."

    I was delighted to return with a different family group. Everyone was delighted with the accommodation, attention to detail by the owners and peaceful location. Thank you

    Reviewed by GillAug 2021

  • "The owners were very accommodating, the location of the Barn is beautiful and it has been decorated to a high standard."

    Reviewed by Anne-marieAug 2021

  • "Thank you for a stay in a beautiful location, beautiful cottage and very comfortable surroundings."

    The cottage was well equipped and provided the perfect base to visit surrounding areas as well as a tranquil place to come back to. Thank you and looking to returning next year.

    Reviewed by KirstyJul 2021

  • "Beautiful, well equipped cottage."

    Very generous welcome pack. Peaceful, relaxing surroundings. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2021

  • "The holiday Cottage was first class, and the lovely welcome tray was an added bonus, after a long journey."

    It was definitely a home from home, and we were lucky with the weather, and had some very enjoyable times in the garden. I will return again sometime.

    Reviewed by KathleenJun 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean, warm, comfortable, well equiped and reassuringly as 'Covid safe' as possible."

    The owners had left a delightful welcome tray which provided tea, coffee and milk for that necessary cuppa on arrival as well as home made bread and marmelade, a pat of butter, eggs and juice for breakfast. Its the extra touches that make all the difference.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "A delightful holiday home in a quiet and peaceful setting."

    Thank you to the owners for taking so much care in providing a very comfortable holiday home. The welcome pack was very thoughtful. We would love to return

    Reviewed by GillSep 2020

  • "A beautifully maintained cottage in a lovely rural location, surrounded by nature and yet just a short drive away from the coast - the best of both worlds for a family holiday."

    We were lucky with the weather and were able to make good use of the garden. Having the owners on hand in the adjacent property was helpful as we had an issue with the hot water which they were able to resolve for us very quickly. A fantastic week and much needed break in this strange year.

    Reviewed by TraceyAug 2020

  • "The Cottage is perfect, set in a wonderful area away from everything."

    Linda and Bob went out of their way to provide everything that we needed. A great place to relax and be surrounded by nature!

    Reviewed by GavinMar 2020

  • "The Barn, as always, met all expectations, Linda and Bob are always wonderful hosts."

    Even in February with high winds and snow the peace and quiet was blissful.

    Reviewed by CraigFeb 2020

  • "This is a beautiful barn, everything thought of and the property itself is to a very high standard."

    It is spotlessly clean, and the lovely welcome hamper when you arrive is very appreciated! Hosts are lovely, on hand but not intrusive and quick to help with anything you need. This is the third visit and we will definitely be back, would strongly recommend.

    Reviewed by ZoeFeb 2020

  • "Best cottage we have stayed at realy comfortable warm all day (November) will be returning."

    Reviewed by CorneliusNov 2019

  • "Fantastic place with everything we needed."

    The Barn was everything we expected and more, it couldn’t have been more perfect. On arrival we were welcomed with milk, bread, eggs, butter, marmalade and oranges. Our dog loved the enclosed garden and with easy access onto the river Ayr trail it was perfect for us. Can’t wait to come back again, can’t recommend highly enough

    Reviewed by LynnOct 2019

  • "We absolutely loved our holiday, the Barn was immaculate and is the best well equipt cottage we have stayed in."

    We would highly recommend this cottage for a relaxing holiday with plenty to do in the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by JennyOct 2019

  • "The Barn always exceeded expectations, al ever Linda and Bob were the perfect hosts, the attention to detail in the cottage is second to none."

    Booked already and looking forward next holiday at The Barn.

    Reviewed by CraigSep 2019

  • "The Barn is an excellent holiday home from which to base a family for a week as we did."

    Reviewed by MartynAug 2019

  • "The cottage is superb, in a stunning location with the most welcoming owners."

    5th visit speaks for itself and we will make it a 6th asap to our Ayrshire 'home'.

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2019

  • "Brilliant cottage everthing needed and more even the first mornings breakfast provided ."

    Will defo go back

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "Lovely Cottage in a quiet location."

    Well furnished and very comfortable. 10mins from Ayr. Owners are fantastic and only next door if required.

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2019

  • "Was a truly exceptional holiday home."

    Great location; everything you might want where you'd want it and in good working order. Comfortable, spacious. Probably the best holiday home we've ever rented. There were just 2 of us but would be great for 4. A very generous breakfast basket awaited our arrival. Owners next door but total privacy.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2019

  • "The barn at Daldorch is simply wonderful, Linda and Bob are perfect the hosts, the cottage has everything and more that you possibly want."

    Previous reviews by myself and others who have stayed all say the same "how perfect a holiday at The Barn is". Looking forward to our next stay in September already!

    Reviewed by CraigMay 2019

  • "This cottage is more than 5 star."

    It has to be the best self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in, cannot fault it at all.

    Reviewed by LesleyApr 2019

  • "We are repeat customers."

    Fantastic cottage and location. I cannot recommend this cottage enough. Everything you need. Immaculate, and lovely homely feel. Linda and Bob the owners, are very friendly, and there if you need them. We were very lucky with the weather this time, so made use of he lovely garden, views, and river walks. Perfect break away, and looking to return again soon.

    Reviewed by NicoleApr 2019

  • "The contact from Sykes on the run up to the holiday was brilliant and having the app with all the information on hand was very easy too."

    The cottage we rented was just lovely and every detail had been thought of by the owners which made our stay really special.

    Reviewed by NicolaMar 2019

  • "Fantastic barn, as described - very clean, comfortable, and everything you could possibly need."

    Owners nearby but not noticeably, just if you needed them. Everything in the barn was done to a very high standard and lots of little touches - everything for a breakfast on arrival, fresh flowers in the entrance hall. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by ZoeFeb 2019

  • "I work 5 months of the year and have done every year for 8 years now and this is the best holiday cottage I have stayed in so far."

    ... Im so glad I found it. The owners have thought of everything, their attention to detail far surpasses anything I have ever experienced before. The Barn was immaculately clean, well thought out and kitted out to a very high spec. I wouldnt hesitate to come back and would recommend this to anyone. Owners were very discreet and respectful- but nearby if I needed anything. Lady owner bent over backwards to help me. Can not fault this accommodation. Sykes booking process was excellent also. A smooth and easy process and the girl who handled my booking was lovely. I could hear her smiling down the phone! Well done Sykes and well done The Barn at Daldorch.

    Reviewed by MelJan 2019

  • "Linda and Bob are the perfect hosts the cottage never fails to exceed our expectations, it has everything you could possibly wish for and more."

    We have been renting The Barn regularly for four years now and will continue to do so. A home away from home.

    Reviewed by CraigDec 2018

  • "Great place to stay, luxury cottage with all the extras"

    Reviewed by KeithDec 2018

  • "Lovely accommodation and river Ayr walk on the doorstep made a great location for dog walking break."

    Highly recommend daldorch.

    Reviewed by LynneSep 2018

  • "Everything."

    It is the most idylic place and the cottage is the best base you could wish for. The owners are such nice people and so helpful. To explorethe west coast I would highly recommend Daldorch. The butchers just up the road are fantastic with first class meat. We cant wait to go back to Daldorch for our third visit. Thankyou for making our holiday special. Josie and John Breed CAMBS

    Reviewed by JosephineSep 2018

  • "Really lovely cottage."

    Extremely cosy and in a lovely spot. We enjoyed our walks along the river and trips out. Sunday lunch at the Fairburn in Mauchline was very good too. Our second holiday with Sykes and so far we're very impressed.

    Reviewed by ValerieSep 2018

  • "This without doubt one of the best properties we have stayed in."

    Very reote and quiet. Owners on hand when needed. A great place to relax and unwind.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2018

  • "An absolutely beautiful house, extremely comfortable."

    A nice surrounding landscape. Friendly and unobtrusive hosts. We appreciate the welcome pack, especially the fresh baked bread and orange marmalade. A pleasure, a place to return.

    Reviewed by JoaquinAug 2018

  • "4th visit and it is always excellent."

    Owners could not do more to deliver a true home from home.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2018

  • "This was our 4th visit here."

    It won't be our last. Cottage is still 5 star. It was wonderfully clean & superbly equipped as always. We loved our breakfast start up pack! The Wi-Fi is great, so you can keep in touch with the real world from this peaceful haven. The wonderful owners are close by, but are never intrusive. We strongly recommend the Barn at Daldorch.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJun 2018

  • "Simply top of the range with wonderful unobtrusive hosts."

    Cannot praise it enough.

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2018

  • "We were very lucky with wall to wall sunshine all week."

    The barn was extremely well presented & can safely say it was one of the best holiday cottages we have ever had - Mr & Mrs Forbes had thought of everything. It was very clean & very comfortable. It was quite remote so you do need a car but the quietness was lovely - hearing the woodpeckers & birds & seeing deer on the field & the river to walk along was outstanding. Hubby did some fishing but no fish caught - unfortunately ! We will be going back when we can. If you want a good place to eat we can recommend the Chef Worldwide Buffet in Dundonald - it was very good - all you can eat - we had a 3 course meal plus unlimited soft drinks for £13 each ! Great holiday all round. Oh by the way the trip we took to the Isle of Arran was beautiful. If you can you must go.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2018

  • "Absolutely beautiful property, Bob and Linda very helpful and pleasant."

    Planning on taking my family up for a visit and a stay at Daldorc. Made lots of lovely memories with my mum and sisters as this is were my mums uncle use to live when it was a farm.

    Reviewed by YvonneMay 2018

  • "We had a wonderful break!"

    Great location if you want to get away from it all and just chill. We were made most welcome, with Linda showing us around and making sure we knew how things worked. The cottage was very cosy and that was without using the log burner. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you would need - Linda had thought of everything, even down to dishwasher tablets, liquitabs for the washing machine and new dishcloths for the kitchen and separate colour coded ones for the bathrooms! There was plenty of information on all the local tourist attractions. Loved the welcome pack with homemade bread and marmalade, tea and coffee, and a nice surprise of fresh orange juice, milk and butter in the fridge. No expense was spared on the bed linen, towels and crockery. All in all I would highly recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by SharonApr 2018

  • "Lovely homely feel very nice people everything provided EXCELLENT"

    Reviewed by WarrenFeb 2018

  • "Bob and Linda welcomed us into their lovely property, making us feel at home immediately."

    The barn itself was cosy, comfortable and well equipped (with many special extra touches) for a week away. Both of the owners made themselves available for any requests, whilst providing privacy. One of our party is a wheelchair user. We found the property suited to her needs, with enough space to get about. Despite being fairly isolated in location, the property is within driving distance of many interesting attractions. The owners provided detailed information of what’s in the local area, helping us to make plans. We will be coming back next year, hopefully during the spring. This was truly one of our best holidays - thank you, Linda and Bob.

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2017

  • "The Barn was immaculate as usual, this was our third visit and we would recommend it to anyone, especially anyone with mobility problems."

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2017

  • "The cottage was immaculate and very well maintained, it had everything we could have wanted and more!"

    Very impressed with our first sykes booking!

    Reviewed by LesleyApr 2017

  • "Great accommodation and lovely hosts."

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2017

  • "The owners, Bob and Linda, had thought of everything and went beyond people's normal expectations of a holiday cottage in order to provide a 5 star experience."

    From the welcome pack of tea, milk, freshly baked bread, etc. to a beautifully furnished and comfortable cottage that included everything you could possibly need, they have provided the ultimate holiday cottage. I cannot rate them highly enough - we will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by TraceyNov 2016

  • "The landlords were extremely friendly and helpful, they provided a weekly fresh bouquet of fresh flowers and a loaf of freshly baked bread."

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2016

  • "A lovely warm welcome from the owners, the little extras made it very special ."

    The barn was absolutely beautiful. We would recommend it to anyone . Barbara Dave - Doncaster

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2016

  • "The Barn at Daldorch is in a class of its own."

    We have been on many Sykes Cottages holidays, all good, but the Barn is most certainly the best. Wonderful kind hosts, an immaculate, comfortable cottage and a lovely welcome basket including homemade bread, marmalade, oranges and a fridge with milk, orange juice and much more. All set in a lovely rural area near Ayr, we also enjoyed a trip to the Isle of Arran and Largs - better than going abroad, all so scenic.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2016

  • "The converted barn is a wonderful self catering place."

    The owners live next to the property and are very friendly and helpful but not intrusive. The area around Ayr is vey nice and there are many place to visit in South West Scotland. A wonderful holiday. Thank you Sykes.

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2016

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations and we loved it so much we have already booked to return for 2 weeks next year."

    A very peaceful rural location with easy access to Ayrshire coast and islands in Clyde. The owners ,who are next door, are not intrusive but there if needed. Best welcome pack we have had.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2016

  • "We were looking for a relaxing few days away and that is definitely what we had."

    The location of The Barn is very peaceful and you can't fault the facilities. If you are wanting to get away from the every day hustle and bustle then The Barn is the place you are looking for. We will be back in the future for another lovely family break.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2016

  • "Super cottage, super welcome, lovely garden, lovely walks nearby, excellent kitchen facilities, very comfortable."

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and French doors to garden
  • Sitting room with sofa bed and woodburning stove.
  • Bio-mass central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed lawned rear garden with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • EV Charging Point available

The property

Set all on the ground floor, this cottage has two bedrooms, one of which is a double with an en-suite shower room.

A well-equipped kitchen with a dining area opening onto the rear garden, and a comfortable sitting room with woodburning stove complete the accommodation.

Outside is a rear garden with sitting area and...

The Steadings At Daldorch

Mauchline 4 miles. Two superb converted cottages next to the owner’s home, ideally located amidst arable farmland in the tranquil countryside of rural Ayrshire. Beautifully appointed throughout, these cottages provide excellent accommodation for families or couples who wish to explore one of Scotland's most attractive regions. All ground floor and wheelchair-friendly, the cottages have been superbly finished to a high standard and both have a woodburning stove and a private rear garden with barbecue area, allowing you to relax and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside. Nearby runs the River Ayr, for which a fishing permit on a two mile stretch can be obtained from the owner of The Steadings. The River Ayr Way is a 44-mile walk following the river from its source to the sea, a perfect choice for walkers! You can enjoy pub dining in Failford and Stair nearby, as well as in the village of Tarbolton, just two miles away. Four miles away is the village of Mauchline, where Robert Burns wrote ‘Man was made to mourn’, and further afield are the Galloway Hills, with many walking and cycling routes. Much of this area is now a designated International Dark Sky Park, one of only ten in the world! The Ayr coast is only 12 miles away, as well as Royal Troon and Turnberry golf courses, making these wonderful cottages a wonderful, varied holiday base for all.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas