The Castle and Gardens
Welcome to Craufurdland Castle, home to the Craufurds of Craufurdland since 1245.
We sincerely hope you will have a fabulous stay, and hope 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 site, which will tell you about the rooms and the historical tales of our ancestors, after whom we have named them.
The estate is yours to play in during your stay for walks, cycling, mountain biking and more. You are invited to try the trout fishery at Craufurdland Lochan, where we also have a small cafe, which serves hot and cold food and drinks.
The lands of Ardoch were given to the 2nd son of Sir Reginald De Craufurd, the first Sheriff of Ayr in 1245.
It was then renamed Craufurdland and this is where the Craufurds of Craufurdland have been since. “The Keep” was built, we believe, in the 1300s and then the stone spiral staircase added at a later date. The stone spiral staircase is on the upper floors and is used to access the Knights room and the Garret at the top of the tower.
We believe the tower was then abandoned and the Laird’s house built in the 1600s, housing the magnificent ceiling in the King Charles room. Lying on the bed you look up at the coat of arms of Charles I.
Early 1700 saw the joining of the Lairds’ House to the Tower.
Early to mid 1800s saw a massive renovation to the Castle after a long period of neglect due to a legal battle to get Craufurdland back to the Craufurds. William Houison Craufurd is responsible for the fabulous Gothic Facade, Wallace suite, and the beautiful Georgina Library and Drawing room which looks over Craufurdland Water and the scenic Ayrshire Countryside.
The last major renovations were carried out by Peter and Caroline Houison Craufurd, when they split the Castle into two in the 1980s. They continued to live in one side and rented out the other side.
Simon and Adity moved into the Castle in 2011 and carried out further renovation. They live in one side and let the other side out as luxury exclusive use self catering holiday home.
Craufurdland Castle remains a private residence, and is not open to the public. We ask that the privacy of the family is respected. Please respect that privacy signs around the castle and gardens. however historical tours can be arranged by appointment.