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The Old Toll Cottage

Muirkirk, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 980244)


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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "This little cottage is a gem, we had a great stay."

    This was our 4th time, the added bonus of summer house and drying shed is amazing. The cottage is well equipped for everyone’s needs, comfortable, modern and absolutely spotless. Located central for all Ayrshire and Lanarkshire, great base for traveling to visit family. Would highly recommend this cottage. One of the best we have stayed in, hence our return visits, feels like home ❤️

    Reviewed by MargaretApr 2022

  • "What a delightful place to stay, our dogs soon felt at home and with the enclosed garden it was great to let them roam freely."

    The cottage is very clean and well looked after and the jacuzzi bath is wonderful. Yes, there is road noise which did wake us up early every morning but we would certainly book again.

    Reviewed by AngieApr 2022

  • "This cosy loveable cottage is Fantastic value for money!"

    Me and my dog had the best holiday of his life; lots of wonderful walks to picturesque places, with amazing Historic places to visit on the doorstep. The plus was it was great to open the patio or kitchen door and let my dog out the back, knowing that the area is fully fenced and secure. The new Summerhouse was a lovely surprise, somewhere different to relax and have an outdoor cigarette. Also the new drying shed is ideal to store and dry my walking boots and clothes, on the rainy days. The Spa bath in the cottage is amazing, and was so welcome after a long day's walking, sightseeing or shopping. The beds are really comfy, I slept so good and was well rested for the next day's adventures. Loved the satellite TV, sky channels and Netflix. Also, within walking distance, the well stocked shop just along from the cottage is so handy and open until 10pm, prices really good, with a good fresh food selection, and a decent wine selection!! I will now definitely be booking this clean charming cottage for my summer holiday week.

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2022

  • "This was our second visit."

    Ideal for those with dogs. There are walks (not all obvious at first) in all directions. We had our own (OS) map, but it may be an idea to put one in the house. Also needs up to date info on the bin collection. Neighbours are friendly, as are most people in the village/town, when out and about. Unfortunately, the local chip shop burnt down since our last visit, but there are other options. The butcher does lovely, full, (rather than steamed pastry) steak pies. Small Asda in Cumnock and a Tesco in Auckenlech (plus an Aldi being built). Seaside walks at Ayr, about half hour away. Glenbuck is just ten minutes away and again, plenty of walking, after you have checked out the village history and of course the Bill Shankly memorial. The Cherrypickers will interest people who support any club.

    Reviewed by StevenOct 2021

  • "Lovely and clean cottage, wine, tea, milk and cakes where left by the owners."

    Had a lovely week but the bedroom does need curtains on as a bit light.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "This was a lovely, spotless cottage, which we really enjoyed staying in, Lovely modern interior, and very good welcome pack."

    Reviewed by PatSep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, everything you need is here."

    Only drawbacks are the noisy road and the streetlight shining through the windows at night, had blinds on the windows but they didn’t stop all the light getting in, blackout curtains would be better. Excellent that there was sky tv and wi-fi so it was a home from home and having the petrol station next door was very handy for food.

    Reviewed by VanessaSep 2021

  • "The holiday was great!"

    The cottage was lovely and cozy and very clean, our host made it very welcoming as she provided us with milk, bread, cake, a bottle of wine and even treats for the dog! Lots to do in surrounding areas so if you have a car that will enhance your trip as we managed to visit all of the neighbouring counties and villages! Ayr is brilliant if you want to visit a seaside town, and there are plenty of nice walks, lochs and parks around and takeaways/supermarkets were just a short drive away! Would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by MeganAug 2021

  • "The owner left us home made carrot cake, which was excellent, and very kind."

    Being from mining families we enjoyed finding out about the mining heritage in the Muirkirk area. We also visited Glenbuck, the birthplace of Bill Shankley. We found it a good place to tour the area visiting Falkirk and Girvan as well as the Ayrshire coast.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2021

  • "We are a couple with three small dogs and allwayslook for good local walks."

    It took us a day or two find some. Alittle more local information would be usefull. We found the cottage very comfortable and well placed for visiting the area. Would not hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by JeffreyJul 2021

  • "Yet again lovely break at the cottage will be back"

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2021

  • "I had the Old Toll Cottage on my radar for quite a while."

    But was always put off by the A70 going past the door and a petrol station next door. However, we took a chance and found that the petrol station was quiet and the road did not disturb us at all. The garden was nicely fenced off, which meant we could leave the french windows open for the dogs to wander as they wished. (Weather permitting) Beds nice and comfy. Only obvious downside was the bath towels, which were clearly designed for Ronnie Corbett, rather than Arnie Schwarzenegger. Hardly the end of the world though. :) The lady who met us on arrival, (Heather my poor memory tells me) makes an excellent gingerbread and should set up a business. She came back later to make sure all was well and then left us to it. Muirkirk has some good walks, especially from the Kames carting area, car park. Glenbuck just a couple of miles away is fascinating. Even more so if, you are a football fan. Good walks from there as well. Douglas (birth place of the Cameronians) looks bland on going through on the A70, but park up and walk around the back streets and it is a totally different perspective. Would certainly return to the area and of course, the Toll House. Thank you.

    Reviewed by StevenMay 2021

  • "The little extras on arrival were very much appreciated, milk for a coffee, eggs for breakfast, and a lovely bottle of Rose and box of chocs."

    What more could you ask for. Thank you x

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage safe and secure area for our dogs everything you need is ..."

    Lovely cosy cottage safe and secure area for our dogs everything you need is supplied even left essentials like tea coffee and fresh bottle milk also lovely welcome gift and even dog treats sky movies and sport included will be back soon thanks again for lovely week

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2020

  • "Amazing modern cottage, we loved our stay."

    Although the weather was terrible. Staying in such a beautiful, comfortable cottage made our stay more pleasurable. Communication with Owner was exceptional and we were made feel so welcome. The jacuzzi bath is well welcomed treat at the end of a cold, wet day. We are booked again for April 2020 and can’t wait

    Reviewed by MargaretFeb 2020



    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2019

  • "Could do with producing a welcome pack to give all relevant information about the property."

    e.g. when to put waste bins out for collection. This would be the icing on the cake The road that the cottage sits on can be quite busy and noisy at night. This was of no worry to us as we are used to this, but could spoil the break for some people

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

  • "Excellent cottage 10/10"

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2019

  • "A great base to get out and about, with plenty of walks to choose."

    Will be booking again.

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2019

  • "Great property modern and in great position too explore ayrshire and other ..."

    Great property modern and in great position too explore ayrshire and other areas very nice owners very helpful and will be booking again in summer for our third stay highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2018

  • "We had problems which were of our making."

    Yet the owner,was so good.lovely cosy cottage.no complaints from us..hope to.go back in

    Reviewed by ElizabethDec 2018

  • "Excellent holiday cottage."

    Safe garden for children. Will return

    Reviewed by ChristineNov 2018

  • "Light sleepers wont enjoy as road noise can be loud at times ."

    Although we found it ok and it wasnt a problem already thinking of a return visit as it is positioned for lots of good days out

    Thank you so much for your feedback, it’s very important to me that you have a great holiday experience at The Old Toll Cottage and guest feedback helps me to continually improve the property standards. Pleasing to hear you're thinking of a return visit" We are light sleepers, and we've found that the very comfy beds ensure a good nights sleep. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2018

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  • Pet friendly, no additional charge for dogs
  • All ground floor (2 internal steps down leading from living accommodation to bathroom and bedrooms)
  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC)
  • Bathroom with spa bath
  • Shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Sitting room with patio doors to rear garden
  • External summerhouse with Sky TV
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, Property has an iron, ironing board, clothes horse and hair dryer
  • 2 x TV with Sky sports and movies, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking and dedicated private car park at the rear
  • Enclosed rear garden with gravelled area, furniture, decking, summerhouse and a drying shed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: There will be some road noise at this property.

The property

Cumnock 9 miles.

A pet-friendly traditional, detached stone cottage in the village of Muirkirk, surrounded by the open hills of East Ayrshire.

Lovingly refurbished, this beautiful cottage was the original toll house for the village and now provides comfortable accommodation for couples, families, or pet owners keen to explore this varied part of Scotland.

The accommodation rests all on the ground floor, apart from a couple of internal steps in the hallway.

You enter at the rear door and straight into a fitted and well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar and a couple of stools where you can have a coffee or a quick breakfast on your way out.

The sitting room has a corner sofa and a TV with Sky Sports and Movies, so you can be entertained, even if the weather isn’t ideal.

Down a couple of internal stairs and along the hall is the family bathroom and the two double bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite shower room.

The dining room is the ideal place to enjoy a meal together and review the day’s adventures.

After your day, choose to indulge with a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi spa bath that awaits you within the modern bathroom.

Simply fill the bath and then choose the type of spa you want.

You can also activate the bath's coloured lights to induce relaxation if required.

As the evening draws to a close, drift off to sleep within one of the two well-presented bedrooms, comprising of a double bedroom with en-suite and another modern double bedroom.

Surrounding this Ayrshire cottage is an enclosed fenced garden, ensuring your privacy and good security for dogs, along with an outdoor patio with furniture, where you can sit and plan the day ahead, or enjoy your meal outdoors; there’s also a drying shed, to store and air out your wet clothing and equipment, and a summerhouse with Sky TV, plenty of seating and a bar to relax from.

The village of Muirkirk has some shops, pubs, and a chip shop.

The garage shop is within 50 yards and has all food essentials and is open until 10pm.

Try the 9-hole golf course, known often as 'Ayrshire's hidden gem' or watch some motorsport at Kames Racetrack.

Why not visit Shankly's lost village at nearby Glenbuck that is fast becoming a popular visitor attraction.

This is where Liverpool's legendary football manager Bill Shankly once played for the famous Glenbuck Cherrypickers.

There is lots of walking and cycling nearby, including the popular Cairn Table walk that has a 'unique natural mountain spring' on the summit or sample all or part of the River Ayr Way walk that begins locally and follows the River Ayr through beautiful countryside to the coastal town of Ayr.

Explore Scotland’s National Poet and seek out the many Robert Burns attractions in the area, or why not explore the interesting work of local poet John Lapraik, a friend of Burns.

Visit the grounds of spectacular Dumfries House for a splendid day out or take a trip to the bustling seaside town of Ayr and enjoy a day at the coast.

A lovely Ayrshire cottage offering attractions whatever the weather.

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About the location


Kilmarnock 22 miles; Ayr 25 miles; Glasgow 37.5 miles

This friendly village rests in the beautiful southwest corner of Scotland, within scenic East Ayrshire. Muirkirk benefits from a selection of local amenities, including a choice of places to enjoy a calming drink or two, as well as a convenience store and a Post Office. Within driving distance is the stunning coastline, the Firth of Clyde, the shores of which play host to the stunning former Royal Burgh of Ayr, offering plenty in terms of attractions. Also close to here is the well-stocked town of Kilmarnock. Further afield is the striking port city of Glasgow, a place well worth the journey as it abounds in fine architecture, unique attractions and superb places to eat and drink.

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