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The Pink Castle

Largs, Ayrshire
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Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Luxury
Spa Facilities
Tennis Court
Quirky
Castles
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Spectacular castle with views out to sea and magical gardens with a hot tub that overlooks the countryside.
  • A sauna lies in one of the many turrets
  • Paths with hundreds of miles of countryside to explore on foot and by bike lie right on the doorstep
Property code: CA202

Magical, luxurious and truly unique - this restored castle is simply stunning and sure to provide an unforgettable getaway with a group of family or friends.

Plucked straight from a fairytale, yet boasting all you need for a luxury 21st-century stay, you won’t find a holiday home like it here in Scotland. This 14th-century castle lay dormant for years and fell into ruins, until in 2013 the home was renovated to the highest standard. Sleeping quarters are tucked into the spacious turrets, and four compact bedrooms boast plenty of space to sleep eight guests – an ideal family location.

This combination of modern and traditional is well represented in the home’s decor. The owners have thoughtfully decorated with plenty of local materials such as estate harvested wood and local stone, creating a home filled with charming beams and exposed stone walls. The rooms are filled with unique art-deco charm, such as stained-glass windows, colourful wallpapers and soft furnishings. Kids will love exploring the property for hidden secrets, such as tiny carved wood mice and the grazing ‘sheep’ on the sedum and wildflower roof.

The cosy ground floor is the perfect spot to relax after a long day outdoors, with underfloor heating and a warming wood burner ready to welcome you home. Head into the open-plan kitchen and dining space, where a well-equipped, quality kitchen is the perfect space for cooking with local produce, and you can all dine together with wonderful garden views.

Head onto the first floor to find a second cosy sitting area, an excellent place to settle down and watch TV or enjoy a good book. Here, you’ll find large patio doors leading onto a small balcony, an enjoyable space to enjoy morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. The first bedroom is located here on the first floor, and is a cosy twin with connected shower room.

In this unique property you’ll find three further bedrooms, each on an individual floor of one of the castle’s old turrets. These rooms are all cosy, owing to the old nature of the building, but this adds to the wonderful charm. From the second floor, you can take the crenelated stone walkway over to a second turret and find a small, luxurious sauna. Follow the stone spiral staircase up and onto floor five, where you’ll find a unique, circular seating area with porthole windows, perfect for watching the sunset or keeping an eye on the local birds and wildlife.

Outside, the home is surrounded by a bright green lawn, ample room to play a ball game as a family. Make use of the garden furniture to enjoy some al fresco evening drinks whilst keeping an eye on the young ones as they play. Be sure to make use of the outdoor hot tub during your stay, paired perfectly with the unique sauna.

  • 4 bedrooms - 1 king, 3 twins
  • 3 bathrooms - 1 shower room (no WC), 2 en-suites
  • 2 separate WCs
  • Electric double oven, electric hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Woodburners - all fuel supplied
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Private garden with hot tub, patio space, lawn space, garden furniture and a stream running through (children must be supervised at all times)
  • On-site parking for 8 cars
  • An unfenced stream runs through the grounds - children to be supervised
  • Tennis court - by arrangement with the owner
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £500 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £40. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Those looking to improve their game can enjoy tennis on the estate, available by prior arrangement with the owners. If you prefer golf then enjoy the three golf courses within 3.5 miles of the home, one of which is just 1 mile down the road.

The Firth of Clyde waterside is a short 0.5-mile walk from the home, offering remarkable sea views. A more traditional sandy seafront can be found just 3 miles away at the town of Largs, where you'll also find a promenade with cafes and shops. Kids will love learning about the area's Viking history at the multi-media Vikingar! centre (2.5 miles). You may want to take a ferry trip over to the nearby Isle of Cumbrae for an enjoyable afternoon.

As the property lies on the brink of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, you're never short of an abundance of walking and mountain biking routes. Summit the Hill of Stake (20 miles) for a remarkable view of the Scottish sunset. The park is home to some unique local wildlife, varying throughout the year and making a wonderful day out for nature lovers and outdoor photographers. Families will also love a trip to Castle Semple (18 miles) and a walk around the pretty loch.

April McKillop

This property is personally managed by April.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 12 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jacky 26th January 2024

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Reviewed by Cheryl 8th December 2023

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Reviewed by Craig 16th October 2023

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Dont Knock it! This wonderful castle is simply magical! The owners have painstakingly refurbished it to the highest standard and all week we kept finding unique features which really showed the love and care. It was so warm and cosy, even in October! We never had to light one of the fires as the heat from the underfloor heating kept us toasty & warRead morem. There are a lot of stairs so de be aware of that, but totally worth it for the unique experience. Sitting in the hot tub under the stars was fab! Hide

Reviewed by Katrin 22nd September 2023

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Altogether it was a very disappointing experience. I request at least 50% of the money we paid to be returned. The reasons: - not clean - the carpet is probably 10 years old and is falling apart. On all our clothing we have carpet pieces. Absolutely disgusting and the first thing I did at the new location (whis is wonderful and clean) I put everythRead moreing in the washing machine. - Construction work on the site for 2 days. I can send you pictures that we literally watched the construction from the Hide

Reviewed by Ruth 18th August 2023

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What a beautiful place to stay - a stunning location and an exquisite restoration full of character and love. It was a privilege.

Reviewed by Jeanette 26th May 2023

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Absolutely stunning! The owners are amazing, we even had amazing weather all week. Would love to come back again, the whole family had a wonderful time. Nardinis in largs still make the best ice cream, Fencebay at Fairlie so friendly and helpful and the seafood amazing. Sad the holiday is o over but fabulous memories.

Reviewed by Mel 17th February 2023

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Reviewed by Peter 22nd December 2022

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A quite fantastic property in a wonderful location. A remarkable transformation, or recombooberation, of a building from ruins to a comfortable, luxurious retreat. The attention to detail is amazing but the overriding feeling is a sense of fun. The owners should be very proud. I would strongly recommend a stay iin Old Knock Castle, the Pink Castle.Read more The nearby town of Largs is really lovely with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. The locals are so friendly too. Hide

Reviewed by Robert 15th December 2022

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First rate, while you should expect things such as a tight staircase and put mobile reception, it's a literal castle and it's by far the best castle I have ever stayed at.

Reviewed by mark 26th August 2022

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Reviewed by Tim 8th July 2022

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The Pink Castle is fantastic. It is a privilege to stay in idyllic accommodation in a dream location.

Reviewed by Rebecca 6th May 2022

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