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“First class from the moment we arrived!”
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37 reviews
Welcome to Alloway Retreat
Master Bedroom
Family Bathroom
Twin Room
Second Bedroom
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Bungalow -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Ayrshire, Scotland

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robertQ36...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“First class from the moment we arrived!”
Reviewed 7 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

From the moment we were greeted by Shirley (owner) to the day we left we all absolutely loved our time at the Alloway Retreat!
Shirley had baked bread and left some wine and other provisions and it was such a classy touch. My grandson loved the smell of the house (think the freshly baked bread got him!)
The quality throughout the home was fantastic, and the robes and slippers in each room was another classy touch.
Quality of furnishings and fittings was top quality and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this to anyone who is looking for a bit of quality in Burn's country.
Would definitely book again.

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Liked best: The quality throughout the home was fantastic, and there was plenty of room for adults and kids
Liked least: Couldn't find a fault with any aspect of our stay - would only be bettered if they could control the weather!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
9 May 2016
Thank you so much for this fantastic review! I'm so delighted that you all enjoyed you're stay and it would be a pleasure to have you all back some day soon. Thank you again and hope to see you all soon. Take care.
Kindest regards
Shirley
Alloway Retreat
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Paul C
elgin
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Five Stars for Five Star Accommodation”
Reviewed 20 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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By far the best equipped and most luxurious place we have stayed. Everything you could wish for and more is provided to a high standard and it was like a home from home. The kitchen in particular is superb. Oh and the bed in the master bedroom is so comfortable. Call shotgun on that when you arrive!

The proprietors are friendly, welcoming and helpful. Communications and arrangements in the run up to the holiday were spot on too.

Overall, this is a great base for exploring Ayr and the surrounding area. From children to grandparents, we all had a great time. It exceeded expectations and easily rates 5+ stars.

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Liked best: The luxurious standard of the accommodation
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Oct 2015
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this wonderful review! I'm glad that you all enjoyed your stay and hope that you may someday return. It was a pleasure to meet you all. Take care.
Kindest regards
Shirley
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Curlyshir...
Blackburn, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful luxurious Bungalow.”
Reviewed 12 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

I booked this house for my daughter's wedding day preparations and last night with family as she now lives in Scotland and had decided to marry there instead of Lancashire. It was everything anyone would have wanted for their daughter to depart from on her wedding day. The proprietor was on hand and very helpful with checking in/out times which really helped us, also, she very kindly provided some wine and goodies along with a congrats card which was a nice touch. The house itself is very well appointed, thankfully lots of bathrooms, in fact, we could have moved in there and then! It has everything anyone could want and more, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is very central for anyone visiting the area, Burns fans, golf fans, racing fans, close to Ayr and Brig 'o Doon wedding venues, not far from Culzean Castle. Thank-you so much for helping to make our daughter's wedding day so memorable.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
20 Aug 2015
Thank you so much for your fabulous review of your stay, here at Alloway Retreat! Your daughter was a beautiful bride and I'm pleased that Alloway Retreat helped make her day and wedding preparations get off to a good start. It was lovely meeting you all and an honour to have your daughter leave for her special day from Alloway Retreat. Hope to meet you all again sometime in the future. Take care and thank you again for choosing us.
Kindest regards
Shirley xx
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Steve A
Northampton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Amazing - I've stayed at 5 star hotels around the world that would be put to shame in comparison.”
Reviewed 31 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We stayed at this amazing home for the last week, and honestly can't think of anything that could be improved. I've stayed at 5 star hotels around the world that would be put to shame in comparison. We have family in the area, and we wanted to have our own 'base' whilst visiting and doing day trips.

The decor is stunning, and everything is immaculate and pristine. The whole place is of the highest quality - and as a result, you feel at home immediately. Of course, the lovely fresh bread we were welcomed with was a nice touch after our long drive.

The location is perfect - with a very short walk (a little over 5 minutes) to the beach. Across the road is beautiful Belleisle Park - and our kids loved the brand new play park (plus an older more traditional one in there too). Burns Cottage is really not very far away - and is a pleasant walk through Alloway. The Balgarth Pines restaurant is a 5 minute walk, and has great food. The Doonfoot Store is 2 minutes walk for any food bits you may need too. The Farm Park is only a 5 minute drive away too - which the kids loved.

Every possible item one could need is provided in the house - from super fast broadband, to washing machines, dryer, TV with movie channels - which is important for when our young kids were in bed.

In the garden, the immaculate theme is continued - yet, totally family friendly with a basketball hoop and lots of balls as well. There is a good quality gas BBQ too, ready to go. We were lucky with the weather, and had four generations of the family playing in the garden on bank holiday Monday.

My only problem with writing this review is that the house will be booked up for years to come, and we most definitely would like to stay again. It was my two youngest daughters first trip to Scotland - and now they want to come back asap.

Thanks to Shirley for such an amazing place to stay - and I am genuinely normally very critical, but this place is beyond compare.

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Liked best: Literally, everything.
Liked least: That we don't own the house ourselves!
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
1 Jun 2015
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this fabulous review. I'm glad that Alloway Retreat catered for all your family's needs during your stay and that the weather was kind for you to enjoy all the local attractions that Alloway and Ayr have to offer. It would be a pleasure to have you and your lovely family back again sometime in the future, just let me know. Take care and speak soon.
Kindest regards
Shirley
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croce1
middlesbrough
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Stunning, home from home”
Reviewed 27 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We used the house as a base for a wedding that we were attending at Brig'o'Doon House Hotel. The location is perfect and also walking distance to other really nice hotel bars and coffee shops. The house itself is 5 star and is much more for your money than a hotel. The design is beautiful and has everything. Shirley is also fantastic and is on hand to help with anything both before and during the stay. Can't recommend this place enough and can't wait to return.

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Management Response
1 Jun 2015
Thank you so much for doing this great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Alloway Retreat and that you had a great day for the wedding. It was a pleasure having you all and would gladly welcome you back in the future.
Kindest regards
Shirley
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