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Knock Old Castle

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

  • Spectacular castle with views out to sea
  • Wonderfully modern interior yet still retains some of the original features and charm
  • Magical gardens with a hot tub that overlooks the countryside and sea
  • A sauna lies in one of the many turrets
  • Keen golfers will enjoy the many courses that are situated around
  • 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.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £500 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 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
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • An unfenced stream runs through the grounds - children to be supervised
  • Tennis court - by arrangement with the owner
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles

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.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

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Location

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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