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Large Group Self Catering Holiday House & Cottages With Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 11
Separate WC's4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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!

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2015

About Karen

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

It was lovely to read a special message from children who stayed at the House who were given free rein in the 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."

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

"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 Scotland

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

After extensive renovation during which we added an indoor swimming pool it is always a delight to welcome guests and see them fall in love with the house and gardens too.

The House is a perfect self catering holiday house for large groups whether for a special family occasion or a friends get-together.

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 good for a walk on the beach at Troon and fish and chips! Staying here between the coast and Glasgow is ideal and a night at the theatre or a concert in town is perfectly do-able via the A77/M77. The other great thing 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 can enjoy the sunsets sitting out in the garden unbuzzed! 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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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


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: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Mar 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 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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Perfect house for a short break in Scotland

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend at The House of Craigie, which is very easy to get to - only a 35 minute drive from Glasgow airport. The friendly owners greeted us on arrival, and gave us a tour of the lovely house and grounds and some tips as to the best walks and shooting in the area. The property was perfectly clean and well-maintained, with brilliant facilities for a large group - the indoor pool and table tennis table were our favourites. The kitchen was well stocked and it was great to have an AGA.

We'd highly recommend staying in this house for a weekend or longer, and we're looking forward to coming back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments and the photos from your visit which I have posted in our own website's Visitors Book. We couldn't have arranged a Scottish experience better for you as the snow began to fall! We look forward to welcoming you back over the Festive Season 2016/17. Best wishes to you all.
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Happy New Year!

  • 5 of 5

I would have to say it has been without a doubt the best big group accommodation I have found for our family over the years.

It was a pleasure dealing with Karen and Scott and nothing was too much trouble.

The house itself was fabulous for a large group with plenty space to spread out and very homely and cosy.

Addition of pool and games room were really excellent for our big family group.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: If we could review our guests we would award your family 5 stars too! It was lovely to meet you all and we are delighted that your family get together for New Year was such a huge success. We were pleasantly surprised by your request for an extra hoover to hasten the tidy up before your departure, hoovering was not expected as our housekeeper sees to this, but it was very much appreciated and it is was lovely to have the House returned to us so clean and tidy. We hope you do visit again as it will be a pleasure to welcome you back to Craigie. Best wishes to you all.
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the House of Craigie for my sister's hen night. It was fantastic, just exactly what we were looking for! It was cosy, clean, impressive and inviting and we would have loved to stay for longer! The facilities were great; comfy beds, open fires, table tennis, pool, books and games in abundance and of course the swimming pool!

Karen was incredibly welcoming and may us feel very relaxed. I would highly recommend the House of Craigie - we couldn't stop talking about it when we got home!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Victoria, it was a pleasure to meet you all, I hope your mum, mother-of-the-bride, and your aunt have recovered. I'm so glad you all enjoyed your stay, that's what we aim for to see guests have a great time and treat the house as a home from home, albeit a wee bit bigger than most! Wishing you all the very best and sunshine for the impending Wedding Day.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
23 Jun 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
19 Dec 2017 - 8 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

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

Booking Notes:
Prices quoted are rates for main house, cottages for extra guests are charged as extra
30% 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 added to a booking.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday. 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 £600 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.

Your holiday is reserved when a Booking Confirmation deposit of 30% of holiday cost has been received.
Balance of holiday cost is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Craigie, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
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 WC's
  • 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 ...
  • Tennis
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • 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
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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