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!
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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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.
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.
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!