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Large Group Self Catering Holiday House & Cottages With Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 11
Separate WCs4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Ayrshire & Arran, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK - Private Rural Location, Beaches, Cottages And Castles, Farm And Country Parks, Golf Courses

House of Craigie is a beautiful relaxed mansion with an indoor heated swimming pool in private grounds and courtyard cottages which can be added to a booking for extra guests.

This large country house is perfect large group accommodation with swimming pool. The main house sleeps 18, the 8 large bedrooms comfortably sleep 16 adults with space for 2 extra child beds, 4 huge public rooms with cosy log fires, 4 oven AGA great for large groups, the ceilidh or games room has table tennis and a TV for PS3's, the swimming pool has key pad access.

Super Christmas and New Year large self catering house with the swimming pool and the games room transformed to a ceilidh room.

Leave the world behind at this hideaway self catering large holiday home or for a more action packed holiday visit the many attractions of Ayrshire and Arran; beaches, cottages and castles, enjoy farm and country parks, sail to islands, golf the famed courses of Ayrshire.

BEST of all we've no swarms of midges in summer - the plague of the highlands further North.

From the South an easy 2 hour drive from Carlisle, a stress-busting, fuel saving start to your holiday in Scotland, and just 30 mins from Glasgow!

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Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018

About Karen

I'll let our guests describe us as they are our best references.

"Your hospitality put everyone at ease and for all of us this helped make it a great and memorable week."

And it was lovely to read a special message from children who stayed at the House who were given free rein in the herb/veg garden! "Thank you for the strawberries they were absolutely delicious."

"A great place to be at peace and feel relaxed. We’ve had a very happy time and appreciate the warm welcome we’ve had. Hope to be back soon."

"Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us."

"Karen & Scott thank you so much for your kindness."

"Thanks for a lovely stay."

"Many thanks Karen for making our visit so enjoyable."

"Thank you for welcoming us so kindly. What great memories we will have."

Why Karen chose Craigie

We just fell in love with this house! House of Craigie is the most wonderful, historic house and pocket sized country estate.

We especially love the views from the gardens.

It is always a pleasure to welcome new arrivals and see them fall in love with the house and gardens too.

All in all it's a perfect self catering holiday house with a wonderfully relaxed and peaceful ambience.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Breathtaking views to the sea, Ailsa Craig and Arran. Rural yet we're close to all the facilities and amenities in Ayrshire when we can tear ourselves away, particularly for a walk on the beach at Troon.

Staying here between the coast and Glasgow is ideal retail therapy in the city and a night at the theatre or a concert in town is perfectly do-able via the A77/M77.

The other great thing we really do appreciate about the location, (one of us is from further north where the midges are a plague) is that here the ubiquitous, Highland midge is a very rare visitor so we are able to enjoy the sunsets sitting out in the garden unbuzzed - which makes House of Craigie truly an ideal Scottish country hideaway!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Karen,

Thank you very much for the wonderful stay at House of Craigie, a good time was had by all.

You have a beautiful home, it was a great time- only downside was the weather, but when can you rely on Scottish weather?

Warmest regards,
Dec 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Craigie in South Ayrshire

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • Max. adults: 22
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 4 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite to Bedroom 1 can link with Bedroom 3 for families
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet
  • In addition there are 2 showers poolside at our indoor pool Cottage 1 has a full bathroom with shower enclosure Cottage 2 has a full en-suite with shower enclosure plus a cloakroom with toilet and basin Cottage 3 has a full en-suite with shower enclosure plus a cloakroom with toilet and basin
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Child Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 2 Single Bed
    Cottage 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Self-contained cottage. Bed either Superking or 2 singles
    Cottage 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , Self-contained cottage. Bed either Superking or 2 singles
    Cottage 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , Self-contained cottage. Bed either Superking or 2 singles
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleep 18 in main house (16 adults + 2 children) Sleep up to 28 with cottages Cots or temp beds for children can be provided Courtyard cottages available for overspill
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: A 5-star rated large self catering holiday house with its own swimming pool. Relax in rural seclusion knowing that an extra bottle of champagne or forgotten essential is not out of reach. Tesco and Sainsbury's will even deliver your holiday groceries. Bliss! A HUGE list of activities for both adults and children locally -Golf; Burns Birthplace Museum; Culzean Castle; Kelburn Castle with its Secret Forest; Heads of Ayr Farm Park; Scottish Maritime Museum; sandy beaches at Troon and Prestwick; walk the River Ayr Way, Scotland's first source to sea pathway through picturesque scenery and try our favourite - Catrine House Ice Cream Parlour and coffee shop where delicious ice cream is made with milk from a herd of Ayrshire cows. Outside: The House is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is set in private grounds looking out over the paddock with open farmland beyond. The garden and grounds are a wildlife haven, garden birds dart through the shrubbery, resident tawny owls hoot at night and hares and roe deer are regular visitors to the paddock. A terrace in the rear garden beside the swimming pool wing overlooks lawned areas with borders from here an ivy clad gateway leads to the huge side lawn bordered by herbaceous perennials. Paths lead off to the kitchen garden or the woodland walk around the two ponds. With the ponds extra attention should be paid to small children. Secluded seating areas are found throughout the gardens. The private, indoor heated swimming pool is 10m X 5m, maximum depth 1.4m and for extra peace of mind parents can relax knowing that they can control access by the coded safety door. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron/ironing board, double sink, cleaning equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included, changed weekly. House cleaned weekly. Extra housekeeping services provided to individual requirements. Catering by arrangement with owner. Other: All rooms are big and bright, comfortably furnished in traditional country house style and the huge Georgian windows give fabulous outlooks over the gardens and surrounding countryside. Self contained cottages are available for additional guests


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Large Group Self Catering Holiday House & Cottages With Swimming Pool
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Having booked House of Craigie last September for a 60th birthday celebration that took place last weekend, I was quite honestly horrified to read a review on this website regarding the aggressive attitude of the owners. What a load of nonsense that turned out to be!

The owners of House of Craigie, Karen and Scott, could not have been more welcoming or helpful. The house is stunning, beautifully maintained and spotlessly clean. The glorious views and sunny skies simply enhanced our enjoyment of the property.

We have a bagpiper booked during the weekend, also a magician and, most wonderful of all, a fabulous chef, Philippe - recommended by Karen. I was in touch in Karen several times in the run up to our weekend and she was always so helpful and patient.

Karen and Scott's son, James, was so lovely taking group photos for us and Karen even had 3 of them framed for us to take home.

They are a warm and genuine family that own and run House of Craigie, you will not be disappointed if you chose to stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Ann. Thank you! It is so nice to hear that you had a great time at the House and that all our efforts are appreciated. What a delight it was to meet you and Kevin along with your family, grandchildren and friends. You created such a happy buzz round House of Craigie and a real sense of occasion. We really enjoyed adding our local knowledge and contacts to help with your birthday arrangements - especially talking with Kevin beforehand to arrange the secret surprises for your arrival! I think the bagpiper will have thawed out by now, it was a cold wind when he was piping outdoors. It would be a real pleasure to welcome you back in future, we hope it won't be too long! Our very best wishes to you all Karen
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It was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We were here for a family get together and the home and gardens are beautiful! Karen and Scott were so helpful and made us all feel like we were home!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan. "Perfect" is what we aim for! It was lovely to greet you all from overseas and wonderful for us to hear that you all felt instantly at home at House of Craigie. Warm sunny days certainly helped whether you were all lazing in the gardens or taking day trips to Arran and the fantastic attractions of Ayrshire. We would love to meet you and your family next time you are planning a visit "home" to Scotland. Our very best wishes to you all. Karen
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A perfect Scottish escape for a large group

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at our Scottish house on Friday afternoon, Karen the owner greeted us with a smile and was happy to answer any questions. She had already recommended a chef (Philippe Wine & Dine - would highly recommend) for our Saturday night dinner which we had booked. The main house sleeps 16 people comfortably plus cottages which accommodate more. Downstairs provides a first living room with an open fire which is perfect for a reception in the evening. Past the front door is the kitchen with aga and off the kitchen is a dining room able to seat 20 people but very comfortable for our 14 guests. Beyond this area is a larger living room with another open fire this is perfect for a games night or wine and cheese evening. Opening the door off this living room leads you to a games room with ping pong ball table. The final section is the fabulous pool with a beautifully warm floor. Upstairs has two levels of rooms, nice and warm with comfy beds. It's a perfect escape for any celebration and the owners are warm and friendly. This was our second time staying at the house and we will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so lovely to welcome you all back to the House and thank you for your very kind comments. We look forward to seeing you next time! Best wishes to you all Karen
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Wonderful for a family weekend

  • 5 of 5

Rarely do our family all have time for a break together so our time at Craigie was special and made memorable by the beautiful house, wonderful views and Karen and Scott the welcoming owners who made sure we didn't miss any local highlights, Culzean Castle and its grounds are special indeed! Young and old enjoyed the spacious sitting rooms in the house, the "oldies" relaxed in the plush drawing room while the rest watched TV or played table tennis in the games room. The girls so enjoyed having "spa" time in the lovely indoor pool. The property was spotlessly clean with beautiful furnishings. It was a real privilege to enjoy this comfortable family home. Highly recommended - hopefully we will have a return holiday in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Great to hear that your weekend was a success for all the family. We recommend a trip to Culzean to all our guests as it is a fit with all age groups whatever the season and of course a day trip to Arran is one for next time! It would be lovely to see you all again at Craigie some time in future. Our very best wishes
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Agressive owners ruined our stay, ch

  • 2 of 5

Our stay was made quite uncomfortable after being on the receiving end of the male owners aggression on the second day of our visit. The couple who own the property live in one of the cottages next door and keep a very close eye on your visit and will make it very clear if they are not happy with noise levels etc. Even locking a door providing quick access to the cottages because the noise was disturbing the owners office work. He was also very angry at the noise of the children in the courtyard and made it clear how annoyed he was having to lock his tool sheds because of them, which I would assume should be secure anyway. Alarm bells should have round when on arriving we were told of the bad behaviour of other guests including the children of a QC visiting recently and the reps from Rolex.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is upsetting for us to receive such a nasty review, especially where we believe it is totally unwarranted, as we always strive very hard to ensure that all of our guests are comfortable, happy and safe during their holiday. We provide as much information as we can prior to arrival to ensure all safety notices and house rules are known about well in advance of a holiday so that guests can arrive and simply get on with enjoying their holiday rather than having to "learn" all about the house as they arrive. We do, however, appreciate that there may be times when not all members of a group are informed. It is the responsibility of the lead person of a group to make sure that all fellow guests are "kept in the loop". This is always most important where groups stay with us where there is a very high proportion of children below secondary school age. House rules are not onerous and are based on how we believe the majority of our guests treat their own home and that they be as respectful of our house and grounds as they would at home and help us to keep the house well looked after for following guests whilst also respecting our private space. We rely on responsible parents to point out to children our small private owners' area around our cottage, including our tool shed where we store all property maintenance equipment. Any prospective guest is welcome to request a copy of the "house rules" and they are always provided to guests before payment of a booking so that guests have a choice whether to book or not if there may be anything in the "rules" with which they do not agree. Many guests do not use the Owners Direct system to book their stay with us and post their comments direct to our own website. Some include family pictures taken at the house along with their comments. These can be read using the link to our site included in our Owner's Direct listing. So please have a look at our Visitor's Book - especially comments and photos provided by other guests who have stayed this summer and who it was a real pleasure to meet. We look forward to providing a very positive holiday experience to the lovely people we continue to meet year after year of welcoming guests to our fantastic country house.
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Grand exterior & packed with period rooms & fun

  • 5 of 5

The perfect house. Absolutely stunning property with really tastefully decorated & comfortable period rooms inside plus lots of modern equipment, games rooms & pool etc. Also the hosts are incredibly friendly and easy going. The attached cottages are of the same level as the house too, if not higher.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sam. It was lovely to meet you all and hope we can welcome you back to Craigie sometime in future. Best wishes.
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

This large self catering House with its swimming pool and games /ceilidh room is perfect for large groups seeking self catering accommodation for family holidays, friends get togethers, accommodation for golfers spending golfing holidays / golf breaks in Ayrshire, large parties looking for a big house for a get together, family Christmas holidays, a Scottish New Year holiday - spend Hogmanay in Scotland dancing in our ceilidh room (we can give lessons and Scottish dance CD's!), accommodation for a walking and fishing holiday in Scotland or a self catering short break with a swimming pool.


Troon Beach, 9 miles drive, sandy, promenade, a favourite with adults and children, well served by ice-cream sellers on sunny days, watch wind and kite surfers on windy days! Prestwick Beach for long strolls along the sand. Ayr Beach, 10 miles drive, long, sandy beach, promenade, Pirate Pete's Family Entertainment Centre. Beach at Dunure 17 miles drive, tiny village, picture postcard harbour, ruined castle. Culzean Castle and Country Park 22 miles with paths to sandy beaches.


Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (PIK) 7.5 miles. Glasgow International Airport (GLA) 30 miles. Car hire, or use of car, is essential and recommended. The major car hire firms can be found at both airports.


Troon and Prestwick 8 miles. Ayr 9 miles. Culzean Castle & Country Park, second only to Edinburgh Castle as Scotland's most visited attraction, run by the National Trust for Scotland, 22 miles. Burns Birthplace Museum 12 miles. Dumfries House, a fantastic Palladian mansion, beautiful grounds, saved for the nation through the vision of HRH The Prince of Wales, the Great Steward of Scotland, 15.5 miles. Glasgow's museums, galleries, designer shops, restaurants, bars, 24 miles.

Further Details:

Tesco Extra 3.8 miles. 2 Marks and Spencers food outlets, 5 miles to either.

Bank, Post Office 3 miles. Casual and formal dining locally for all tastes and pockets. Favourites are the restaurants at Highgrove House Hotel, 8 miles, with fabulous views over Troon to the sea and Scott's at Troon Yacht Haven, 9.5 miles, Catrine House Ice Cream Parlour for lunch and many flavours of ice-cream with a children's area. Catering can be arranged for during your stay please enquire.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Craigie, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
23 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £55 per night, per additional guest
Rate 3
19 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £55 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

Booking Notes:
Prices quoted are rates for main house only, cottages for extra guests are charged as extra
25% deposit payable on booking.
Balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival.
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £ 1 000 is required for House of Craigie.
Good Housekeeping Deposits are required separately for each cottage at £ 150 added to a booking.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday but at times we may be adaptable so please ask. Short break enquiries are very welcome whatever changeover day is required. Check in time is 4pm. Check out time is 10am. Late/early check in/out may be available by prior arrangement.

Notes on prices:
Prices from £700 per night for a minimum 6 night stay in the main House.
Our self-contained cottages can be added to your booking for larger groups and are charged as extra.
Weekend or short break enquiries are welcome at any time of year.
Please contact us to check availability for your dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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