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Luxury Victorian House, Centrally located near beach, shops and golf courses!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Ailsa House is conveniently situated just between the main street and the beach.

Ailsa House is a lovingly restored and luxuriously appointed, three bedroom, two storey Victorian terrace house located just off the main street in the picturesque west coast town of Girvan Ayrshire. A five minute walk from your front door brings you to the historic seaside promenade and scenic harbour. Striking sunsets frame the iconic image of Ailsa Craig, looming ten miles out in the Irish Sea. Private boat tours are available to visit Ailsa Craig, world famous as the source of granite for curling stones as well as being a bird watchers delight.

Here is a perfect home base where you can enjoy the authentic and rustic ambience of a small, charming seaside resort, while having convenient access to the many places attractions which make this area in Scotland such a popular tourist destination. There are plenty of pubs and fish and chip shops as well as more fine dining establishments to choose from. You are minutes from the train station, which will take you anywhere in Scotland you wish to see in fairly short order. 40 minutes south by car along the spectacular coastline brings you to Cairnryan, where you can cross the sea to Ireland and be back for dinner!

A golfer's dream, with an abundance of courses available. The Open championship course at Turnberry is less than a 10 minute drive. Royal Troon and other famous courses are also nearby. For the outdoor enthusiast there are an abundance of walking routes and scenic trails. Ayrshire was home to Scotland's famous poet Robert Burns, and there are many nearby sights and attractions devoted to the memory of his life and times. Glasgow is an hour and a half by train, shorter by car, with day trips to the Highlands, Isle of Skye, Whiskey tours and innumerable other destinations.

All modern conveniences including Wifi, 50 inch Sony smart TV with satellite cable for multiple channels. There are laundry facilities on site as well as new electric stove, fridge and dishwasher.

The master bedroom has a Medieval king size four poster bed and each bedroom has its own tartan theme. Norwegian down duvets, Egyptian cotton all white bedding, gowns, slippers and all white towels are but a few of the comforts provided for a truly relaxing stay.

Housekeeping services available according to desired frequency.

We sincerely hope you enjoy your visit at Ailsa House as much as we do every year. Explore the countryside and enjoy your Scottish holiday!

• Culzean Castle and Country Park 12km

• Robert Burns cottage and museum 29km

• Turnberry Golf Club Resort and Spa 9km

• The Whisky Experience 10km

• Cairnryan-Belfast crossing 37km

• Girvan Golf Club 0.7km

• Brunston Gold Club 7km

• Crossraguel Abbey 13km

. Pebbles Spa 12km

. Ayr shopping and attractions 30km

I have left lots of tourist information at Ailsa House with everything you'll need to know for a wonderful coastal vacation.

Feel free to text or e-mail me with any enquiries. Helen.

More Details

Helen Shields
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2018

About Helen Shields

Hi, my name is Helen,

I grew up in Girvan. The small town is nestled between rolling hills and a long sandy beach on the West coast of Scotland.

As a young adult, I immigrated to Canada but return to Girvan every year to slow down and be rejuvenated. Girvan is a great place to visit with easily access to surrounding quaint little villages, ancient castles and prestigious golf courses. My husband Henry and I have travelled to many places but still our favourite trip is home to Scotland. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we always do.

Helen Shields purchased this house in 2016

Why Helen Shields chose Girvan

Earlier last year I had the opportunity to purchase a Victorian terrace house only 3 minutes’ walk from the shore. I set about completely upgrading and renewing the entire house. In keeping with its 19th century origins, I decorated with a mix of classic period style furnishings enhancing with modern conveniences for optimal comfort.

I am excited to unveil for you my luxury coastal house.

What makes this house unique

*With this house you can experience the traditional Old Scottish 19th Century living but with all the comforts of modern day conveniences.

(Unique option) *With my unique knowledge and travelling experience, I would be happy to advise you on a personal itinerary for your trip to make the best use of your vacation days. You can talk with me about all the things important to you from…

 The many golfing opportunities on Ayrshire’s west coast

 Castle tours

 Tour Alloway home of Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s famous poet

 Whiskey distillery tours

 Personal boat cruises to Ailsa Craig

 Day-trips to Ireland by ferry

 Hiking the newly opened Ayrshire coastal Path

 Cycling, Fishing, Horseback riding,

 Shopping locations

 Daytrips to quaint surrounding villages

 Spa and hair salon visits

 Restaurant recommendations

 Train and bus travel or car rental and more…


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Girvan around the South Ayrshire

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • near the sea ...
  • resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Plush white hotel standard towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • All the beds at Ailsa House have Hungarian Down Quilts, Egyptian cotton all white bedding, bathrobes and slippers. There is a travel cot available for infants.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Hi there, I grew up and lived in Girvan before immigrating to Canada in the 80's. My husband and I return annually to stay at Ailsa House and to visit family. During these visits we have had many adventures and travels. Feel free to contact me with the nature of your visit and I would be happy to advise you on various attractions.


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Luxury Victorian House, Centrally located near beach, shops and golf courses!
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Ailsa House is a truly beautiful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Helen has gone to great lengths to make Ailsa house luxurious but comfortable and welcoming at the same time.

The bedrooms are stunning, complete with bath robes. The kitchen is modern and efficient and the living room is equally as lovely.

Helen is a very gracious host and made sure we got settled in and found everything we needed.

She was kind enough to leave us a few groceries and even left us a bottle of wine and shortbread cookies to go with it.

Girvan is a great location to use as a base to explore the south western part of Scotland.

I highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the super review Karan. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your lovely family to Ailsa house. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and would love to see you back if you're ever in the area again. All the best! Helen.
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Fantastic place. Nice tartan theme. Park up and walked everehere

  • 4 of 5

We all had a lovely stay here. Everything we needed in the house. We had family to show us around locally, but info and advice available.

Nice and central and didn't have any problem with parking.

Thank you so much for having us all at your house.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place and terrific location for site seeing

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Helen, your place was amazing. We were so comfortable at your place. The beds were super comfy, we cooked we hung out and we went on day visits both North and South. The location was good for day trips to Glasgow, Edinburgh and we even went to the highlands. Although next time we would stay in the highlands overnight. I would highly recommend Helen's for your stay. There is lots of room, the location is super accessible and we loved it. Thanks for having us.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Trish and friends, Thank you all so much for choosing to stay at Ailsa House and for the fabulous review! We are delighted the house was a comfortable retreat from what sounds ro have been a wonderful, while active Scottish/Irish vacation! All the best with many thanks!! Helen
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Beautiful apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The apartment has been tastefully updated and is very comfortable. The location is great and I would definitely stay there again. The only issue we had was with the clothes dryer. Since it is in an enclosed room with no ventilation, it didn't dry clothes very well. The intake air to the machine was hot and humid without ventilation.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Micheal, So glad you enjoyed your stay at Ailsa House! Thank you for the heads up about the dryer issue. The washer and dryer are new and the dryer is the model which does not require an outside vent, it has an enclosed venting chamber which needs emptied every so often. This is my fault I forgot to mention to my housekeeper about that, so I'm glad you said. I will have a slated additional vent made on the door though. You and your family are welcome back anytime.
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Good experience

  • 4 of 5

I rented the house June 26-30, 2017. Helen Shields, the owner of the house, returned my emails within 24 hours. James and Teresa, the caretakers of the house, were wonderful. My friends and I arrived a few hours before the official check in time. James and Teresa were able to accommodate an early check in without any problem or additional costs. Teresa provides nice welcome gifts of chocolates, bottles of wine, etc. and she keeps the house very clean and tidy. The rooms in the house are slightly small. Thankfully, Helen has done a wonderful job of decorating the house. The house is not cluttered and the furnishings are of very high quality. Helen's approach to home décor makes the rooms feel more open despite the smaller size. Mattresses in vacation rental houses can be of poor quality. Not so with this rental house. The mattresses were very comfortable. The garden patio is a wonderful place to relax in after hiking. The town of Girvan offers opportunities for hiking, relaxing on the beach, golfing, castle viewing, and more all within 20 minutes or less driving time. The residents of Girvan are very friendly, especially the owner of Surfing Buddha. This rental house is a great deal for the price. I highly recommend the house to others. Tamara

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very complimentary review Tamara, I'm so glad you enjoyed the house and your time in Girvan. Come back and see us anytime! Helen
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A well appointed and very comfortable period home in Scotland.

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at this beautifully appointed Victorian terrace we were warmly greeted by two wonderful caretakers who orientated us to the terrace with pride. The home is full of Scottish charm throughout. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with a good range of utensils for those that like to cook family meals. The bathroom was full of nice smelling creams which added a lovely touch. The internet and wifi was strong, especially for two teenagers and we loved having Netflix available. The area is quiet yet close to all amenities including bars and supermarkets. The home is also close to attractions and tourist sites including the ferry terminal at Cairnryan which was convenient. It was an altogether wonderful stay and I would not hesitate to stay here again in the future. Thank you Helen for providing a seemless booking process and home full of Scottish character.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joanne, thank you so much for your fabulous review! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed all that Ailsa House has to offer. You have noticed all the traditional Scottish touches I endeavoured to show my guests. It was a pleasure communicating with you start to finish and we hope you enjoy the rest of your Scottish holiday! "Haste ye back!" Helen
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Nearest Airport
28.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Harbour Bar
Nearest Ferry
23.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Nearest Train
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
Tartan & Tweeds
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended

Girvan is an ideal spot for a wonderful vacation situated midway from Glasgow to Cairnryan. Glasgow is the 'jumping off spot' for many tours you can take to the highlands (talk to me about those I've taken.) While in the picturesque town of Cairnryan you can take the ferry to Ireland and enjoy historical Belfast. All this and be back in Girvan for dinner.

PS. While in Belfast there are many coach day tours available and the shopping is amazing! Here are some of the surrounding area activities • Culzean Castle 6km/3,7 miles

• The Whisky Experience in Kirkoswald, 5km/3.2 miles

• Burns National Heritage Park 20km/12.4 miles

• Dean Castle Country Park 43 km/26.7 miles

• Rozelle House Galleries 23km/14.2 miles

• Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine 35km/ 21.8 miles

• The Dunaskin Experience in Patna 22km/13.6 miles

• Vikingar in Largs 54km/33.5 miles

• Dumfries House, Cumnock, 44km/27.6 miles


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.