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Whiteside Cottage

(Ref. 1111756)

Darvel, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent all round and delightful and helpful owners."

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Mar 2024

  • "Molto bello,come descritto,bellisima cesto di benvenuto,camino fantastico,molto ..."

    Molto bello,come descritto,bellisima cesto di benvenuto,camino fantastico,molto ben arredato,tutto il necessario in cucina,zona da togliere fiato,i bambini hanno anche imparato a giocare billiardino

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your Christmas stay and hope to see you again in 2024. Kind Regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Really great property with excellent facilities, plenty of space, fabulous views and access to several National Trust properties (all worth a visit), We enjoyed our stay (except for the rain) and enjoyed the surrounding area."

    Well worth considering if wanting to visit this part of Scotland.

    We’re glad you enjoyed your stay and yes, this part of Ayrshire does have lots to offer. It’s also a great base to travel a little further in all directions and discover places further afield. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved this property."

    It's set in peaceful surroundings and has everything you need. The house is huge with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. One of the bedrooms having an en-suit. The beds are comfy too. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you need. The cooker and oven is easy to use. There's even a warming plate thingy but we didn't use it. There are two conservatories, one of which is a games room with a pool table. This has to be the best property we have stayed at. There are narrow roads to get to the property and you drive through the owners farm. It's very quiet. The town of Darvel is just over a mile away and has convenience shops. Kilmarnock is a twenty minutes drive. Good size kitchen and family bathroom, utility room and beautiful garden. Huge driveway also. We loved the property so much, we have booked again next year. The owners are friendly too.

    Thank you, we’re glad you enjoyed your stay and the cottage. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful home."

    Perfect for a couple of days away with friends. The location is great - not too far from the city but feels like you’re in a totally isolated and peaceful part of the countryside. I would say the water pressure let us down a little - limited pressure and struggled to get hot water consistently which caused a bit of a bother. Otherwise would definitely stay again!

    Pleased you enjoyed your stay. The water supply is a private gravity fed supply and the water pressure will never be as great as mains water. Regular routine Maintenance had been carried out and the system is functioning normally. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leah4.7Sep 2023

  • "Spacious,clean and good facilities"

    We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2023

  • "This house was absolutely amazing."

    We all had such a great time. The host was fantastic. Being nestled back in the farm created such a warm home like feeling. I highly recommend this for anytime looking to escape from the busy city.

    Thank you and I’m pleased you enjoyed your stay. We are always happy to explain what’s happening on the farm. The pet lambs are always happy to see people. Safe journey home and we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "Amazing place, look forward to coming back"

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aidan5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in Darvel and the lodge was perfect for a group of friend's visiting the area for a wedding!"

    The lodge is a fab size, with multiple socialising areas and a stunning garden overlooking the rolling Darvel hills. Only points we'd like to highlight to the owner was the septic tank seemed to be causing a lot of serious drainage smells in the en-suite shower of the double downstairs and already mentioned was the single bed in the downstairs twin room nearest the window had loose supports that kept falling down, however if nailed in this would address the issue.

    Thank you for your helpful comments. We’re glad you had an enjoyable stay. The slats on the single bed have been sorted and are permanently fixed to the frame now. Regarding the en suite, there is a Saniflo unit fitted and only toilet paper should be put down it. The properties septic tank is no where near the property to cause a smell. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Naomi4.7Jun 2023

  • "Amazing place to stay, large property, very clean, spacious, lovely views, peace and quiet, well equipped, owners on hand if you need them."

    Great base to explore Ayrshire from. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback and I’m pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn4.4Apr 2023

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x ground-floor twin, 1 upstairs x twin with en-suite basin and WC
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory
  • Conservatory/games room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV, 3 x TV, WiFi and pool table
  • Fuel and power inc, in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Wrap-around lawn with terrace and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: There is a large drop from the raised lawn in the garden, please supervise children at all time and take care
  • Note: There are steep stone steps in the garden, please take care
  • Note: There is a step down into the dining room, please take care
  • Note: The first basket of logs for the woodburning stove is complimentary, additional logs can be purchased

The property

Tucked away on the outskirts of Darvel, East Ayrshire in Scotland is Whiteside Cottage.

This tranquil cottage benefits from ample off-road parking, characterful features including exposed beams, pine ceilings, woodburning stove and exposed stone wall, breath-taking views across the countryside and four well-appointed bedrooms, perfect for families looking to explore the wonders of Ayrshire.

Cross the threshold to find the welcoming living/dining room where you can sink into the plush sofas, flick on the Smart TV and warm your feet by the crackling woodburning stove.

Later, help prepare a delicious meal in the fully-equipped kitchen which can be enjoyed as a family around either of the large dining tables.

In the evening, allow the kids to take advantage of the pool table in the games room while you savour the last of the sun with a glass of wine outside where you can fully appreciate the uninterrupted views of the luscious countryside.

When sleep calls, find three bedrooms on the ground floor, these include two king-sizes one of which has a handy en-suite and a twin, on the first floor there is another twin serviced by the sleek ground-floor bathroom.

Venture into the heart of Darvel to find local convenience stores where you can pick up essentials and pubs including the Black Bull Inn where you can enjoy a variety of drinks!

There are a myriad of walks woven throughout the surrounding countryside for keen ramblers to take advantage of; be sure to meander to the top of Loudoun Hill to find the Spirit of Scotland Sculpture which commemorates the battles of Robert the Bruce and Sir William Wallace.

Continue the historic excursion in Kilmarnock where you can amble through Dean Castle Country Park home to an array of wildlife in its 200 acres as well as the spectacular Dean Castle where there is a museum displaying the interesting history of the dwelling.

Alternatively, explore the large estate of Dumfries House or the spectacular National Trust site of Culzean Castle.

Ayrshire is of course the birthplace of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, discover a plethora of attractions commemorating him including the Burns House Museum, the Wellwood Burns Centre and Museum and of course the Robert Burns Statue.

The historic market town of Strathaven is also easily accessible by car and houses an array of independent pubs, shops, restaurants and a wonderful park perfect for evening strolls.

Spending a full day at the coast is also possible as Ayr, Irvine, Stevenson and all the attractions in the bustling city of Glasgow can be reached by a scenic drive.

Make unforgettable memories at Whiteside Cottage.

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: EA-00002-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location


Kilmarnock 9.5 miles; Strathaven 11.2 miles; Irvine 16 miles

Darvel is a quaint town resting between Kilmarnock and Strathaven in East Ayrshire, Scotland. This charming town is best known for its lace production in the 1800’s where it was hailed as ‘Lace Town’ and was recognised across the world in countries like India. This town is also the documented location for historic battles between Robert the Bruce and the English and also has connections to Sir William Wallace. Today the town boasts two charming local pubs as well as convenience stores where you can stock up on essentials to help ease your self-catered stay and a dedicated telephone museum. The bustling town of Kilmarnock is a short scenic drive away and provides an array of attractions including Dean Castle, a charming 14th century castle encapsulated by 200 acres of rural valley with verdant and leafy trails, shop, tearoom and museum where you can lose yourself in the past. Venture further afield to find Irvine on the coast, which boasts an impressive beach with stunning views across the Firth of Clyde and the Scottish Maritime Museum. Explore the wonders of Ayrshire with Darvel as your base.

Please note that the property can only accommodate a Saturday check in unless discussed prior to booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season