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Ailsa Cottage
(18 reviews)
From £305 per week
Sleeps 4
2 bedrooms
1 double, 1 twin

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 01 Jun 2019Fri 21 Jun 2019£395£120
Sat 22 Jun 2019Fri 06 Sep 2019£430£130
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£395£120
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£350£105
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£350£105
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£305£95
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£305£95
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£395£120
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£430£130
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 07 Feb 2020£305£95
Sat 08 Feb 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£305£95
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£350£105
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£350£105
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£350£105
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£395£120
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£430£130
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 25 Sep 2020£395£120
Sat 26 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£350£105
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£350£105
Sat 24 Oct 2020Fri 06 Nov 2020£305£95
Sat 07 Nov 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£305£95
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£395£120
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£430£130


A comfortable and well equipped little holiday house with its own entrance, Ailsa Cottage has a beautiful location next to Auchenhew House which can also be booked separately. The 4½ acres of Auchenhew include some of the most breathtaking cliff top sea views you will find and yet you are less than a mile from Kildonan Village hotel and a good sandy beach. The open plan design of the self catering house is ideal for a family holiday, whilst the gardens are lovely and provide a great opportunity to enjoy the fabulous views.

Ailsa Cottage is a great base from which to explore the island. The location is genuinely stunning, it is modestly priced and although not luxurious, you will find it very comfortable.



Ground floor:

Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen. 1 double bedroom & 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower over bath, WC and WHB.


  • Cot
  • Electric cooker
  • Electricity and heating included
  • Fridge
  • Garden furniture
  • High chair
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave
  • Private garden
  • TV with DVD player
  • Washer/dryer
  • Waterside
  • 2 Pets only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet
  • Reviews

    (18 reviews)
    Ailsa Cottage reviews
    A beautiful place to live for our stay,,and a wonderful coast, only two minutes away by car... You could have walked, but i preferred that time for extra walking by the sea.. (i had thought with being slightly up a hill away from the water, would not have been as good as being at the wates edge, but NO!...It was a great place to be based!)... 6AM and a fantastic peaceful walk by the sea for us listening to the seals..(and birds)... Then back for breakfast...(Ps, a good COOP, just as you come off the ferry).. We were lucky with the weather, so down by the water or at the cottage was a pleasure.. The cottage it,s self was very nice,bedrooms good,,with a nice view from your bedroom window of Ailsa Craig and Pladda.. Living area and kitchen "perfect" for our holiday.. Their is plenty of sitting areas outside the cottage,,which i enjoyed..with at the front of our cottage a beautiful view.. The cottage is in a good location with plenty to explore, without traveling to far...if you were to leave the area to visit somewhere else, then you would be missing lot,s of enjoyable experiences right on your doorstep..
    Mr Stephenson - July 2016
    The house is in a beautiful part of the island and the views are gorgeous but the rooms could do with a lick of paint and the bathroom is a bit outdated and in need of a serious gutting. Apart from that very happy with the place. Plenty room for cars, open plan house and quiet.
    Mrs Watson - June 2016
    We stayed at the Pladda cottage last year & had a great time, so decided to come back. Love the beautiful views of Pladda & Ailsa Craig. The cottage has everything you need to enjoy a pleasant stay. Hotels & B&Bs are nice, but having your own place to stay gives you much more freedom. Last year we took my sisters' dog, this year we took our cat. So it's very pet friendly. We always enjoy our visits to Arran & I think Lamlash is my favourite spot, sitting on a bench on the green looking out at the Holy Isle. Best regards
    Mrs Jamieson - July 2015
    Ok this was a fairly low cost option - there wasn't much choice online. Rather disappointing and would have preferred to pay a bit more for better. Ailsa Cott is in the corner of athe group of 3 cottages (and one private house) off a gravel parking area, The orientation of the cottage definitely doesn't take advantage of the views - over Pladda and Ailsa Craig, seen only from the bedrooms. Main windows look into the partly enclosed entrance and car park. Cottage is quite well equipped and the bottle of wine awaiting us was welcomed. The heating system (it was a cool, damp week) comprised a storage heater in the open plan kitchen/dining/living room supplemented by a low power fan heater. The bedrooms served by panel heaters one of which failed on first night - opening the bedroom doors helped heat the main room. MUST say that the caretaker was very helpful and went to great lengths to replace the faulty heater asap - Thanks. We didn't us eit (weather) but there's a good area of lawn and, apart from drive-in, the garden is enclosed. About 0.5 miles downhill (steepish) to Kildonan village - coastal walks and hotel (bar, restaurant).
    Owners Response: " We are currently undergoing an upgrade of Ailsa Cottage which will certainly improve this cottage for holiday letting and in particular with reference to the heating  we are are adding another storage heater to the main room.  Thank you for your comments and hope you appreciate we are trying to improve this cottage for future bookings for people who are looking to holiday in  Arran and enjoy our beautiful island.    "
    Mr Pritchard - October 2014
    We had a lovely September weekend holiday at the cottage. The weather was fantastic and made the holiday. The views from the bedrooms were lovely looking over at Pladda lighthouse and Ailsa Craig. The cottage was well equipped like a home from home. We did a lot of touring about by car and foot. We discovered a lot more walks that seemed to be new and were well signposted. We visited various hostelries Kildonan Hotel, Glenisle Hotel in Lamlash which were both very good. All in all an amazing holiday.
    Mrs Mccoll - September 2014
    The cottage is basically quite comfortable but, and its quite a big but, the bathroom lets it down very badly. We were there in March 2013 and th bathroom fan was squealing so loud it was like an instrument of torture, we left a note to that effect, went back this September and it was exactly the same. The bathroom is like something out of the 1960's and is in lamppost the same condition that you would expect of one that old. The shower is pathetic and it takes an age to get a sensible water temperature. Outside there was a big hand painted sign stating "Clean Up After Your Dog" which we and the other guests all did, there were still big piles of dog waste around the gardens, presumably left by a stray collie that frequented the place on a daily basis.
    Owners Response: "Thank you for your feedback on the Ailsa Cottage. We are sorry to learn that your experience was not what we would have expected. After your comments , we went over all 3 cottages to ensure everything is up to standard. We would like to offer our apologies as the note you left about the fan earlier in the year did not make its way to us otherwise we would have had this looked at a long time ago. The extractor fan in the bathroom has now been repaired. We are also in the process of upgrading the shower system in the cottage to ensure guests get consistently good shower quality and temperature. At the moment we are planning to fence the cottages & garden off from the road, so we can stop any passing dog from visiting the garden. All our guests with dogs always seem very diligent clearing up after their dogs, but we have a problem with the local dogs wandering into the garden. This has upset the gardener, who has put up the very blunt sign without letting us know. The sign has been taken down & we have spoken to the local farmers about their collies. Once again we are sorry your visit was not what you expected."
    Mr Stow - September 2014
    The cottage is adequate although could have benefitted from a general spruce-up to be considered truly wonderful - missed opportunity perhaps and a bit disappointing at the start of the season. Clean enough but the shower didn't work at all - just needs a new head maybe. Comfortable though, with a lovely shared garden and fabulous views, with a beautiful beach nearby and lovely food at the hotel down the road.
    Mrs Blunsden - June 2014
    Ailsa was spotlessly clean, fridge and cooker looked like new. Wildlife and wonderful views on your doorstep, quiet, relaxing good for a feet up break or a base for travelling, bus passes the entrance. Great for local walking with plenty to see if you just look around. Rebecca, who cleans the cottage made a thorough job and is a very nice person to chat to.
    Mr Stirling - May 2014
    Cottage ok but things not checked prior to arrival, we had 3 light bulbs not working and the bathroom really needed a good clean. Suggested using mould and mildew spray!!. Not ideal, bath extremely poor to get out of and shower was a waste of time. My disabled mother had to suffice with a all over wash which in the small sink available was a bit of a joke. Ok for the 3 days we were there but glad not staying longer. Arran fantastic and will be our home one day soon. So much to do and see. Saw basking sharks round by corrie, seals otters and if you are lucky golden eagles, Enjoy,
    Mr Wilkinson - August 2013
    We rented Ailsa as part of the Auchenhew complex. It provided well equipped accommodation for part of our family with a disabled daughter, and was great for her, being all on one level. It was a shame that the tumble drier could not be properly vented, so we could not use it without a lot of condensation. But it is a pleasant little cottage, especially when part of the whole let.
    Mrs Grove - July 2012
    We enjoyed our stay at Ailsa cottage. It is a servicable cottage for Summer time but has inadequate heating for a winter stay. The hot water system was a bit unpredictable sometimes burning hot and other times luke warm. But the views from the top garden were spectacular.
    Mr Young - June 2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at "Ailsa" cottage. The accommodation was perfect for us - we appreciated having our 3 dogs and thank the owners whole heartedly for trusting us. The stunning views and peace of the location was lovely. We could walk to Kildonan - a good walk for the dogs - and really enjoyed the hospitality and food at the hotel. A favourite eatery was the "Lagg Hotel" not too far. Blackwaterfoot also good for eating and lovely beach. Brodick castle another great visit. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation for a lovely stay to the owners. Many thanks J. Hutton
    Miss Hutton - May 2012
    Enjoyed property, well located
    Mr Yellowley - May 2012
    Ailsa cottage was comfortable spotlessly clean and the caretaker very helpful. There was a problem with the DVD in the television and she organised a DVD player for us. There was also a small problem with the new doors but these two small things did not affect our holiday. The view from the cottage is spectacular! The only improvement I would suggest is the addition of a freezer as I missed having ice in my drinks. A truly enjoyable time was had by all!
    Mr Watt - July 2011
    Very nice property and location but property was let down by the sub standard bathroom facilities.The washbasin was a joke and the shower was pathetic.I'm sure the owner would have neither of them in their home.You should never offer visitors something you would not accept yourself. In addition there was no BBQ equipment.Why not? Those matters apart an enjoyable holiday. Thank you for asking.
    Mr Lawson - June 2011
    This was our third stay in Ailsa Cottage and we intend to return again next year if not before, which speaks for its self. The cottage is very comfortable and relaxing. The view is stunning. We feel at home as soon as we arrive there. Arran is our favourite holiday destination and Ailsa cottage is our favourite place to stay whilst on the island. (The only slight problem is that the water gets scalding hot. We reported this last year and were saddened to find that it had not been rectified. Our main concern is that someone staying there for the first time would be unaware of the water temperature and could be injured as a result.) We look forward to our next stay in Ailsa Cottage. Thanks for a lovely holiday.
    Mrs Clowes - April 2011
    We had a wonderful stay in Ailsa Cottage - the furnishings were very comfortable and the kitchen very well equipped. The views from the property out over Ailsa Craig and Pladda are superb. All three cottages - Ailsa, Pladda and Auchenview would be a wonderful location for a large family gathering/reunion. A couple of minor suggestions - we had seniors with us and the bathtub/shower was challenging - please provide a stable stepstool to help someone with lesser mobility get in and out of the tub. In addition, we couldn't figure out how to use the dryer till the last day - simple typed instructions taped to the wall near the dryer would have really helped. Overall a great experience - would definitely return and definitely recommend to others.
    Ms Macintyre - April 2011
    Accommodation was good although bathroom was quite small and needed some re-decoration. Bedrooms and sitting room good. Access to the shore was disappointing as there was no reasonable walking route to it and we had to use a car each time. This could be made clearer in property details.
    Mr Thorpe - July 2010

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