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Ayrshire in Scotland's south west has miles of quiet coastline and is a region just waiting to be explored, rich in beauty and awash with cultural heritage.

Positioned between the rugged heights of the Galloway Hills in the south and the Firth of Clyde to the north, a holiday in this area provides a wealth of wonderful vistas and lots of fantastic activities and days out.

We have years of experience of offering holiday cottages in Ayrshire to our holidaymakers so why not let us suggest a few things to see and do.

Culzean Castle and Country Park is typical of Ayrshire's undoubted charms. This huge castle is one of Scotland's most beloved and once you visit you'll see why. Set off the south Ayrshire coast it tells the tale of the Kennedys, one of Scotland's most famous families, whose history can be traced back to Robert the Bruce. Culzean still contains the family's trophies; the house and stunning grounds, stand as magnificent tributes to its heritage.

Robert Burns is probably Ayrshire's most famous former resident and one of Scotland's favourite sons. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in the village of Alloway is a fascinating tribute and a great visitor attraction in its own right. The nearby Burns Monument and Gardens prove an equally popular tribute and offer a fantastic opportunity to brush up on Scottish culture and history while admiring your idyllic surroundings.

Dean Castle and Country Park is undoubtedly one of the region's best-kept secrets. Explore the castle's fascinating history before taking a leisurely stroll in the grounds and enjoy a host of activities in the 200 acre park. You can even bring the dog!

Ayrshire's varied landscape makes it perfect for a variety of different holidays. Pet owners and those looking for active breaks will find a wealth of activities in the rugged hills and lowlands. If you'd prefer a more relaxed pace, you'll find a number of excellent golf courses that take advantage of the beautiful scenery.

The region's colorful history and rich heritage makes it perfect for those looking for a more involving exploration of their holiday destination.

If you're ready to begin your exploration take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Ayrshire today.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Seaview Ref: 30107

With spectacular and uninterrupted views over the open sea and the Isle of Arran, this beautiful, spacious detached holiday cottage is nestled on the scenic A719 coastal route, in the picturesque village of Maidens. This cottage lies less than 50 yards from the long sandy beach and its expansive grassy foreshore; and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery including views of Ailsa Craig and on a clear day, the Mull of Kintyre. Two of the double bedrooms and the living room have patio doors which open up onto a wide decking area with seating facilities, where guests can enjoy the sea views. Maidens is a lovely little coastal village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the charming Clyde Coast, which offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, restaurant, hotel, harbour and even a horse riding centre. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area is the perfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast and a stunning holiday location that has something for everyone. There are excellent golf courses, including the world-famous Turnberry, 1 mile, along with many other 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, an excellent river for fishing and superb walking routes close by. At the heart of Burns Country, Maidens is just a short walk along the shore to Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction Culzean Castle, part of the National Trust for Scotland, with woods, walks and lakes; and is close to the vast Galloway Country Park for hill walkers and nature lovers. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, 14 miles, a traditional seaside town. The Ayrshire county offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Shops and pub, 5 miles, restaurant, 100 yards.

Ground floor: Utility room. 4 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with patio doors and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with patio doors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen with slate floor.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (full package). DVD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with decked patio and furniture. Decked balcony. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream on garden boundary. Uneven paving stones at front of property.

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£419-£1320
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Badachro Ref: 28719


This spacious, detached holiday cottage, decorated to a very good standard is situated in the country hamlet of Meigle between Skelmorlie and Largs. This area heralds the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path and is an ideal base from which to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the isle of Bute. Take the ferry to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula to visit the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Enjoy riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. Bathroom with roll-top bath, bidet and toilet. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk with additional single (for child). Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. Two Freeview TVs. Video. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed terraced garden with paved sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue area. Parking (3 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Property bounded on two sides by fenced stream.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Trabboch Cottage Ref: 27809

The demure traditional frontage of Trabboch Cottage belies a spacious, beautifully presented contemporary residence; a welcoming detached holiday property, commanding breathtaking views. Set in glorious Ayrshire, home of Robert Burns - the spectacular Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Burns Cottage, Brig O’Doon and Auld Kirk are all close by. A short drive to Culzean Castle with its country park, magnificent gardens, acres of trails, dramatic coastline and beaches. Dumfries House, 5 miles. Golf courses abound for all abilities, including the world-famous Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick. Turnberry offers a spa, off-road driving, quad biking, trampolines and astro turf slides. Visit Galloway Forest for off-road cycling, walking and fishing lochs set in breathtaking scenery. A short ferry trip takes you to the Isle of Arran, where you can visit Lochranza Distillery. From nearby Troon take a day trip to Ireland on the ferry. Enjoy the Ayrshire Coastal Path or the River Ayr Walk, which is on the doorstep. Anglers are spoilt for choice for rivers (permit fishing salmon & sea trout) and sea fishing, with 5 popular fresh water fisheries within 5 miles. Ayr, 11 miles, offers shops, markets, boutiques, swimming, tennis, 10-pin bowling, go-karting, equestrian centre and skating. Visit Ayr Racecourse, Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen with wooden floor. Conservatory with French doors. Games room with French doors. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (also accessed from hall). First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with Velux and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet leading to 1 twin, 2 single with en-suite shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£35per week October-April poa). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store on request. Games room with pool table and board games. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£672-£2587
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Island View Ref: S4602

Boasting spectacular uninterrupted views over the Firth of Clyde coast and across the sea to the Isle of Arran (pictured), this spacious and exceptionally well-appointed property sits just one mile from the picturesque fishing harbour at Dunure. Keen walkers will delight in roaming the fabulous beaches and rugged coastline whilst golf enthusiasts can play the championship course at Turnberry (10 miles) or one of Ayrshire’s many other courses. At the end of a glorious day, visitors can watch a film in the home cinema/entertainment room or just simply enjoy the ever changing sea view. On the roof of the garden room, which is located behind the cinema room, visitors will find relaxing hot tub with built in sound system, which is enclosed in glass walls and a roof. There are some wonderful places to visit in the area, including Culzean Castle and Country Park (NT) – the castle boasts magnificent interiors, even the kitchen block was designed by Robert Adams, and the the 600 acres of grounds offer a diverse range of habitats for birds and wildlife. Also just 6 miles away is Alloway, the setting for Burns Cottage, the poet’s birthplace. Ferries to the Isle of Arran are readily available as are day trips to Ireland departing from Stranraer. There is a shop and pub serving food in Dunure (1 mile) and the historic town of Ayr offers a good choice of restaurants and shopping, 7 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Garden room. 4 double bedrooms, each with zip and link beds (can be twin); two with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with bath and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Home cinema/entertainment room.

Biomass CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV/DVD. Home cinema. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Hot tub. Sauna. No smoking.

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£812-£2032
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Sandyknowe Ref: CC539012
This spacious, light-filled and airy bungalow is ideal for the gathering of family and friends and overlooks the delightful Isle of Arran and open countryside. A sunset viewed from the restful haven of Sandyknowe is a truly memorable experience and the perfect way to end the day. Sandyknowe is positioned on a working farm close to Coylton where there are local facilities available and is superbly located for exploring this beautiful and largely unspoilt region of Scotland.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Spacious hallway
Lounge: With open fire and electric fire, TV and DVD enjoying lovely views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran
Dining Room: A spacious and tastefully furnished dining area.
Conservatory: A bright, large room with open views across open countryside and west towards the Isle of Arran.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge
Sun Porch/Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
Bedroom 1: With king size bed with memory foam topper boasting lovely rural views with en suite shower room with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views over open countryside towards the Isle of Arran.
Bedroom 4: With single bed with pull out single bed available on request and lovely views
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Storage for bicycles, fishing and walking gear. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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£375-£780
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Hazelglen Ref: CC539028
Hazelglen is a spacious, comfortable holiday bungalow, offering warm, modern accommodation and is just the ticket for exploring Ayrshire. The property is set within a working livestock farm and has lovely views towards the Galloway Hills and beyond - these can be fully appreciated from the large conservatory. This is a great base; the seaside town of Ayr is a short drive and Glasgow can be reached in less than an hour. Ayr is the largest of the Clyde Coast holiday towns and looks out on the glorious panorama of the Firth, with the majestic peaks of Arran in the foreground and the Mull of Kintyre in the background. Ayr racecourse is home to the Scottish Grand National and hosts up to thirty race meetings a year. Ayrshire is home to some of the finest golf courses in Scotland, from testing championship links courses to scenic parks courses. Turnberry and Royal Troon are the most known golf courses in Ayrshire hosting the Open and Seniors Open. Old Prestwick is another world renowned links course as the first ever Open was played there when the tournament began in 1860. There are many other fine links courses in Ayrshire. Ayrshire is steeped in history with links to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. The beautiful Ayrshire countryside provided the inspiration for some of the finest verses of Robert Burns and his birthplace at Alloway now houses a museum dedicated to the bard. There are over forty castles throughout the country, some of which are open to the public. The finest without a doubt is Culzean, the jewel in the crown. Dumfries House is a georgian gem. Nestling within 2,000 acres of scenic Ayrshire countryside in south west Scotland, this beautiful Palladian mansion house has been described as an 18th century time capsule, with many of its principal rooms extremely well preserved and some of there exquisite contents virtually unchanged for nearly 250 years. The house remained unseen by the public since it was built until it opened its doors as a visitor attraction in June 2008. The four islands Ailsa Craig, Arran, Cumbrae, and the Holy Isle, are only a short distance off the Ayrshire coast. The Isle of Arran has the best of what the rest of Scotland has to offer. A beautiful coastline with pretty villages complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. Ailsa Craig is now a bird sanctuary with seasonal daily boat trips. Cumbrae is one of the smallest islands on the Firth of Clyde and is just a 10 minute ferry crossing from Largs. It’s a perfect destination for a day out. The Island boasts deserted beaches, sandy coves, a flat landscape, and the main town of Millport has lots to entertain the family. Cumbrae is a paradise for cyclists and the traditional way to explore is a hop on a bike and experience the very best of the island. Holy Isle has an ancient spiritual heritage stretching back to the 6th Century. The Ayrshire coast is about sixty five miles long from Ballantrae in the south to Largs in the north and has some fine beaches surprisingly devoid of people. Haste ye back.

Ground Floor: Property is all on one level, has LPG gas central heating and comprises;
Lounge/Dining: With dual aspect, Freeview TV/DVD, multi fuel stove and dining furniture
Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine
Conservatory: Spacious room with lovely countryside views
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With two single beds
Bedroom 3: With double bed
Bathroom: With power shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power and bed linen included. First supply of fuel for stove provided.Open garden. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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£295-£630
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Anchorage Ref: 24799

This semi-detached holiday bungalow is situated in the village of Maidens, around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, 500 yards from a sandy beach. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing and golf. Culzean Castle Country Park (NT) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a short drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town. Shop ½ mile, pub 2 miles, restaurant 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating included (£25per week winter). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: There are 5 steps into garden.

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£202-£680
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Stinchar running close by, this detached holiday cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside. The picturesque village of Barr is just 3 miles away, with a small shop and a pub with excellent restaurant. An ideal area for walkers and cyclists with quiet back roads and Forestry Commission trails taking you deep into the countryside and onto the Galloway hills. Close by is the newly opened Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£264-£671
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Situated in a beautiful rural location with the River Stinchar running behind, this detached holiday cottage boasts stunning views and wonderful hill and loch walks direct from the door. An ideal area for walkers, golfers and cyclists with quiet back roads and Forestry trails leading deep into the countryside and on to the Galloway Hills. Salmon fishing on the river can be arranged in season and sea fishing trips can be arranged from Girvan Harbour. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Large well-equipped kitchen/living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Sitting room with TV and door to garden. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room (double cubicle) with toilet and tiled floor.

  • Wood-burning stove included
  • Electricity, oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), solar panels, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Broadband
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 500-acres of natural, unspoilt grounds
  • No smoking
  • NB: Sloping banks and fenced river in grounds

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£300-£1051
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Harbour View Ref: SFFV

This modern detached villa is set in a spectacular beachside location in Maidens village, with uninterrupted views over the harbour and towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, and the village offers a range of amenities including a shop, post office, very popular restaurant, hotel and harbour.
This corner of South West Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area is the perfect holiday spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent golf courses: the world famous Turnberry is only a mile from Maidens and there are also 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, excellent rivers for fishing and superb routes for walking.
Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Remodelled by the Scottish architect Robert Adam, it houses a small exhibition displaying President Eisenhower’s military civilian and military career and his association with Culzean. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr (14 miles), a traditional seaside town. Glasgow/Prestwick airport is 20 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 100 yards, bar 1 mile.

Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with solid oak floor and French doors to rear garden. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two twin bedrooms. Fully tiled bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large living room with oak floor and harbour views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and fully tiled en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included (October-April £25 per week)
  • Two high chairs
  • Two satellite plasma TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
  • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced harbour 150 yards

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£409-£1443
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Gladneuk Cottage Ref: 23835

This spacious holiday cottage is comfortably furnished, and is situated in the village of Barr. The area has lush green countryside which rises from sandy coves and mud flat estuaries of the Solway Firth, to high green hills and hidden lochs. On the edge of the Galloway Forest, there are many walks, as well as cycling, horse riding and golf. Ayr with its amenities and entertainment is 45 minutes away, with Stranraer providing day trips to Ireland also close by. Culzean Country Park is well worth a visit, and for sight-seeing Wigtownshire is within 50 minutes. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£259-£605
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Burnside Cottage Ref: 27979

This detached cottage with a stream running through the garden is located in the Ayrshire countryside. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore and is an ideal holiday location for cyclists, walkers with easy access to the Ayrshire Coastal Path and wildlife and bird enthusiasts. Easy access to the ferries for the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and Bute and the Cowal Peninsula. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional bunk. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux and en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden, 10 yards

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£281-£761
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