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“Craufurdland Castle a fantastic hidden treasure!!!”
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Craufurdland castle in a moody Ayrshire sunset. The manicured Back Lawn, as seen from The Bard's Room.
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Craufurdland castle in Glorious sunshine.
Craufurdland castle in a moody Ayrshire sunset.
The manicured Back Lawn, as seen from The Bard's Room.
Carpets of Scottish Blue Bells in the woods around The Castle.
Beautiful ancient architecture with the moon peeking through.
amazing daffodils.
The 14th Centuary Norman vauled entrance to the Towerhouse.
Kitchen with lots of work-surface , 2 dishwashers, 2 ovens & 2 fridges to accommodate upto 16.
Dinning for 16 in baronial luxury.
Table set for a King
Our beautiful Georgian Drawing Room looking on to the Back Lawn and The Lush Ayrshire Countryside.
Enjoy a roaring wood fire with your loved ones in the elegant drawing room.
Great room for an old fashioned family gathering of board games.
Wallace Suite upper floor - enjoy the view through the stunning stained glass baronial windows.
Relax in the spacious upper floor and while away the hours reading a book in peace and quiet.
Wallace suite upper floor - Up the lace spiral stairs to either Superking or Twin beds.
Enjoy the intricate workmen-ship and the space in this grand room.
The mesmerising Lace Spiral Stairs leading to the upper floor in the Wallace suite.
What a view !!
The stunning stain glass window in the Wallace suite looking out on to the front lawn.
Chair fit for a Queen.
Enjoy the 'living' area of the Wallace Suite, need more beds - turn the sofas into large single beds
Loving the Lace Spiral stairs.
Wallace En- Suite. Shower over bath.
The King James room in the Original 14th Century Tower of Craufurdland Castle.
A quirky room in the Tower with the hidden toilet & sink and a fabulous “Sash window” dressing table
Relax in the bath & enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of our Countryside.
Enjoy the bath in the Bay Window and soak up the tranquillity that the estate has to offer.
The beds in the King James Superking or Twin.
The lantern lighting the passage way from the King James Room.
The Queen Mary Room with its beautiful antique double four poster bed.
Relax on the four poster with your favourite tipple and enjoy the views over the front lawn.
Enjoy the space and tranquility of this elegant room.
The en-suite with a walk in shower.
Bard's Room cements our relationship with 'The Bard', with the discovery the Epitaph 'Grizzle Grim.'
Enjoy the views of the back lawn and beyond, watching Craufurdland Water meander through the fields.
The beds for The Bards and his companion can be Superking or Twin.
Main Bathroom
Main Landing on the first floor.
The landing from Queen Mary room to the Drawing room.
Landing on the first floor heading down to the kitchen and dinning room.
The Knights Room in the original 14th Century Tower named after Sir Reginald & Sir William Craufurd.
Relax in Knights' Room and look out over the stunning Ayrshire countryside and enjoy the peace.
This room can be Superking for the Knight & his Lady or twin with large sofa bed for his companions.
The stone spiral stair case leading you up tp the the Garrtee within the Castelations of The Tower.
The Garrett - Make your way up the stone spiral staircase and enjoy the Castelations of the Tower.
This room is affectionately called  'The Harry Potter Room' by some of our guests.
The Garrett- Travel back in time and enjoy staying within the Castelations of the Tower.
The drive teasing you until you turn the corner to get a peak at the Castle.
The deer dancing and prancing on the front lawn.
The colourful flowers of spring and summer.
Be at one with Nature, explore the Woodlands on Craufurdland Estate.
Let the rivers energise you.
Craufurd Water one of the 2 rivers that borders the Estate
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6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Ayrshire, Scotland

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Craufurdland Castle a fantastic hidden treasure!!!”
Reviewed 25 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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I stayed at Craufurdland Castle with my family (10 of us) last week and what can I say... best place I have ever stayed by far! The pictures on this site do not do it justice as it is an incredible castle inside and out! I couldn't believe the amount of history this Castle has... is just fantastic, from their links to William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scotts and Robert Burns!
The whole stay there was brilliant and the wonderful owners Simon and Adity couldn't have been more helpful and made us feel very welcome...what a lovely couple... plus their dogs Guiness and Scrumpy were a delight and got on with our 2 dogs really well. The gardens and trails surrounding the Castle are fantastic for walkers, pets and bikers from a casual ride to the extreme sports! There is even a trout fishery should you wish to do a spot of fishing! Overall I would give this 10 out of 10 and I will definitely be returning back very soon!

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Mary D
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Craufurdland Castle: regal, historic, comfortable and magic”
Reviewed 9 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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The 28th Laird of Craufurdland, Simon Craufurd and his wife Adity rent half of their castle set in 600 acres of rolling Ayreshire woods, fields, streams and even their own lake stocked with trout. We were there with 10 adults; family and good friends celebrating my niece's graduation from the University of Edinburgh. The tower part with 5 foot thick walls is from the 13th century. More additions were built through the centuries. The rooms are full of antiqes and fireplaces, the kitchen well apointed, lots of wellies by the door, 6 lovely bedrooms, lots of ancestors on the wall. My favorite was Archibald Craufurd born 500 years ago, hanging in the diningroom.
It was still chilly enough outside to make a fire in the drawing room fireplace.
I imagined being a scullery maid from centuries past and the fun children must have had playing hide and seek in this wonderful castle.
I found it very reasonable for 10 people
Take time to explore the grounds, the deserted crofter's house, the moss covered tomb slabs, the biggest Holly and Linden trees I ever saw in my life.
Its very convenient to Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Arran Island.

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Liked best: The Library, the Tower, their lovely dog Scrumpie.sharing time with family and friends
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Jul 2013
Thanks for the review Kathy. Really glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you enjoyed the history of the house to, including of course Archie.
Thanks again
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Dennis M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“CRAUFURDLAND CASTLE...where dreams do come true”
Reviewed 30 June 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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It was on my tick list, live in a Scottish Castle with all my family, but with three children and their partners and three grandchildren it was just too much to organise. I underestimated my kids and we all duly arrived at Craufurdland. We knew it was going to be special but we were wrong. It was amazing.

Simon and Adity, Laird and his wife, were so helpful from the moment of enquiry, to taking in and putting away our tesco delivery as we were late arriving, to preparing a meal for us that evening, to including our grandchildren in their family time, to runnning us to the station when we had to go into Galsgow...I could go on.

Living like royalty and being treated like family what more could you ask for. Other sites will tell you more about the area etc but I wanted you to know that if you are looking for that special holiday, a real one off then Craufurdland Castle is the place to be. We could have stayed on site for the whole week, all 600 acres of it as it was so beautiful and there was so much to see and do.

Yes it is old in places but only by about 500 years give or take but sooo comfortable.

Do I recommend it? What do you think.

Thank you so very much Simon and Adity and your girls for making it the bestest family holiday so far.

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Anne S
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Craufurdland Castle”
Reviewed 28 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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We were made very welcome by Simon and Adity, the owners. Nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were spacious, comfortable, and well appointed, as was the kitchen. The dining room was adjacent to the kitchen, and seated all 12 of us comfortably. There was plenty to do locally and the grounds provided lovely walks. The castle tower we stayed in was 15th century, and the owner gave us an interesting tour of the castle.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Great value, amazing building, beautiful location”
Reviewed 19 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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We feel very lucky to have found such an amazing place to stay, we had a great weekend with 10 adults, 1 toddler and 2 babies. The castle is located in beautiful grounds and has been renovated to a great standard. Adity and Simon couldnt have been more accomodating both before and during our stay. Adity kindly recommended the best room for the children to stay in, provided two cots and very thoughtfully provided In the Night Garden bed linen for my toddler (who was so excited to be staying in a real castle!). They also provided high chairs and a baby monitor (which was very useful in such a large building! )

The newly installed kitchen is the best equipped kitchen l've ever experienced on a self-catering holiday, even having two dishwashers which is a godsend with 10 people!

The bedrooms are brilliant, each very different with their own special features and history. The drawing room was perfect for relaxing in the evening and the snug area at the bottom of the stairs had a nice selection of books and games. The grounds are beautiful and they even have wellies to borrow when you're exploring.

Simon very kindly took time out of his busy Sunday to give us a tour of the castle, explaining the history of the building and his family which was fascinating.

This castle really made our holiday special and we felt privileged to have stayed here, would highly recommend!

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