Exclusive Use Vacation Rental/ Self-Catering Accommodation only 20 mins from Glasgow
Craufurdland Castle is one of the oldest in Scotland and has belonged to the Craufurds of Craufurdland for nearly 800 years. Set in 600 acres of stunning Ayrshire countryside, surrounded by woodlands yet only 20 minutes from the centre of the exciting city of Glasgow. Just 5 mins from Jn8 M77 and only 2 miles from the railway station.
Craufurdland Castle offers the perfect blend of a countryside retreat only a stone’s throw from the attractions and excitement of Glasgow. The Castle’s exclusive use self-catering or vacation rental accommodation, ( 4 Star Visit Scotland rated), sleeps 12 people in the 6 double bedrooms, with 4 additional sofa-beds in 3 of the bedrooms allowing for 16 guests if required. 5 of the bedrooms can be twin and are all unique and beautiful. The Georgian Drawing room is stunning with spectacular views over the Ayrshire countryside, and steeped in history.
We sincerely hope you will have a fabulous stay, and that you will find everything you need in the house. We (Simon and Adity Houison Craufurd, and our two daughters, Indra and Manisha) live next door in the Laird’s House as Craufurdland is a ‘semi-detached castle’. Please explore the house through the links below, which will tell you about the rooms and some brief historical tales of the ancestors the rooms are named after.
We also have a “Taste our Best” restaurant, The Laird’s Table, Tree Top Trials highwire adventure course, Craufurdland Fishery, and the woods to explore whether on foot on your mountain bike on all the estate.
We have six bedrooms (4 are ensuite) within the castle. Click below to view them:
The classic Norman Barrel vault room, which is the ground floor of the 14th Century Tower House or Keep. The entrance doorway and window in the hall were both formed in the 1980’s when the house was split into two houses. The door at the far end now takes you to the lobby of the kitchen and dining room, it was originally the foot of the spiral stairs that were added to the tower, probably in 15th Century.
Housed in a smaller vault, the utility has a small WC at the end, with sink. This also contains your washing machine, and a supply of well-seasoned logs for the fire in the Drawing Room, with lots of pegs you can dry any coats and waterproofs, that’s if it rains.
Architecturally, few kitchens can boast more unusual windows, the Tower House kitchen will remind those old enough of TV’s ‘Playschool’, with its arched, round and rectangular windows. We hope you will find everything you need in the kitchen including all your herbs and spices! We have tried to make the castle a home from home, and as such kitted out the kitchen hopefully with all the tools of a cook’s kitchen. If you can’t find anything you need please ask, we’re just next door.
We can help you get some wonderful local produce, including handmade pies plus a vast selection of home-made food all of which can be delivered, or why not visit the local farm-shops, you’re sure to buy more than you expected, but won’t be disappointed.
Please don’t let my ancestors put you off your food, they’re good sorts really. The table will take up to 16 and with that many voices and laughs, how can you not enjoy the food, drink and merriment.
Stairs and Landing
The grand stairs were the main staircase for the Castle. More ancestral paintings are hung on the walls and space allows for some very large pictures. At the bottom of the stairs is our “snug” there are Giant bean bags, books and a games table with foos-ball, mini-pool, air hockey etc. The King James Room is half way up the stairs.
This beautiful Georgian Drawing room with exquisite cornicing and 10 foot high windows looks over Craufurdland Water below. The large marble fireplace keeps things nice and cosy. This room has ample space and seating for everyone in the house to gather. The large fire place will keep you warm, whilst yet more ancestors on the walls keep an eye on proceedings. By all accounts they enjoyed the house too, so will watch with envy. A TV, DVD Surround Sound, Radio/CD with I-pod dock are all in this room.
- DVD player
- Private Garden
- Woodland to explore
- Mountain biking
- Lochan for fly fishing (extra charge)
- Tree Top Trials Highwire Obstacle course (extra charge)
- Crate Climbing (extra charge)
- Restaurant- The Laird’s Table
Butler Services (extra charge)
Should you require Butler services please contact Rosset Bespoke Butlers to arrange this service during your stay.