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“very helpfull great breakfast”
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Bythesea
Ranked #14 of 53 Ayr B&B and Inns
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“very helpfull great breakfast”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

stayed unexpectedly while motorcycling in the area.
Allowed us to park bikes in the yard.
great fresh cook breakfast, I recommend the kippers!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

We have just returned from a wonderful 3 nights stay at bythesea. What a wonderful bed and breakfast. Our welcome as we arrived was warm and friendly and this hospitality continued right throughout our stay. The B&B is a short walk from the town centre, which offers a great choice of bars, pubs and restaurants and is even a shorter walk to the beach front. The rooms are lovely and clean, offer all you need for a nice stay - hairdryer, iron, hair straightners, tea and coffee making facilities and lovely biscuits. We were very comfortable in Room 4 which had both a single bed and a double bed with a nice spacious bathroom. The breakfast in this B&B was amazing with a great choice of fresh fruit, juices, cereals, follows by a hearty Scottish breakfast with a full plate full of whatever you fancy. We have not been home long and have already decided we are booking again tonight for April. If you visit Ayr, you should stay at this lovely B&B.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lancashire
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

Just spent the night in what can only be described as a superb B&B in Ayr. The room was extremely comfortable with little touches that are indicative of a desire to ensure that guests have a pleasurable experience. Breakfast was amazing, there was no need for food before evening. For the price paid, Bythesea was exceptional value for money.

Room Tip: Room 3 on the first floor (which is a family room) looked really nice.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Westport, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

I grew up by the sea in Wellington, New Zealand and I believe nothing revives you more than a good deep breath of salty sea air in your lungs. By the sea B&B offers this in unlimited quantities, just one street back from the beachfront and you couldn't find a friendlier host than Julie. I stayed in room number 2 on the second floor and was spoilt for space but the thing that grabbed me most was the lovely outlook from the bedroom window. I was woken by sun streaming in and birds tweeting, the perfect way to end a comfortable nights sleep.

Breakfast started with a variety of fresh melon, good strong coffee and a cooked breakfast that puts the Irish fry to shame. The eggs were perfection on a plate and the dining area was set up nicely so you had a chance to chat to other guests if you wished. The common lounge area is a real bonus as many b&b's don't offer this feature. The hardest bit about staying here was getting on my bike and leaving!

Highly recommended and only a short work into the main village. If you go to the pub twa dugs, make sure to try the locally produced Jolly Beggar Ale and finish it off with fish n chips from Dino's across the road - plus you can sit and eat your supper in the park opposite with Robbie Burns to keep you company.

Room Tip: I stayed on the second floor in room 2, if you don't mind climbing stairs the outlook is lovely.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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bytheseaAyr, Manager at Bythesea, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Dear Indiana June

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Bythesea and it was great to meet a relative of the great 'Rabbie Burns'. I hope you are enjoying the rest of your travels round the world and are not too tierd with all the cycling and activities you have been doing. Wishing you every success with your future travels.

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Julie McIlwaine
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Stayed in room 2 in the attic. Clean, well equipped but small with a very low angled ceiling. Any one on one side of the bed risks a headache if they sit up ! Also the desk is unusable due to ceiling height and we banged heads on the bathroom door. No mention of this low ceiling on the website. Other issues, the sheet didn't fit the bed which isn't great, you had to boil the kettle on the floor. All staff very friendly except one older lady who was very offhand when we asked for a sheet to fit the bed. It's a shame, great place let down by small problems. Wouldn't stay again unless could be guaranteed not to stay in room 2!

  • Stayed August 2011
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bytheseaAyr, Manager at Bythesea, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Dear Paul
We are so sorry your stay was not to your satisfaction. Unfortunately we didn't find out any of this until you reviewed us. Regarding the sloping ceiling in one of our attic rooms we have never had any previous complaints but thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are disappointed you felt unable to discuss this with us as it could have been easily resolved by moving you to another room on the first floor or ground floor.
I can only apologise for the staff member who dealt with your request and this matter will be discussed with them as customer service is very important to us.
The kettle in the room should not have been on the floor to boil we have a table for it to sit on many apologies for this.
Should you wish to visit us again please contact me direct and i will ensure you do not have room 2 again!

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Julie McIlwaine
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

Spotlessly clean. Very comfortable, well maintained and stylish B&B.
Would like to have reason to return to stay again. Our room was spacious with a very comfortable bed and easily a good size if a family room had been needed. Stylish soft furnishings with a real eye for attention to detail.
Nice large shower in the ensuite.
Generous cooked breakfast with good cafetiere of coffee. A great way to start the day.
Parking permit also supplied for on street parking. Easy walking distance of the town centre too.

  • Stayed August 2011
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bytheseaAyr, Manager at Bythesea, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review Bythesea.

It is really nice reading your kind words and it certainly makes our team happy when we feedback all the positive comments you have written.

We hope to welcome you again soon!

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Julie McIlwaine
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Mid Calder, West Lothian
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

We returned from Bythesea this morning and would have liked to stay longer!

We booked a three night stay and were very impressed. The family room that we occupied was extremely well appointed and spacious, light and airy with heavy dark curtains which were useful on the bright sunny mornings that we experienced.

The bathroom housed a large shower and toiletries of a higher standard than one would usually expect for a similar price.

Our room was attended to on every day of our stay, surpassing much of the accomodation we have previously used in Ayr.

The weather allowed us to venture out every day of our stay. However the enclosed patio area and lounge with games console, television, board games and stereo would have made for an enjoyable stay should we have needed them. We were also provided with a front door key which allowed us to come and go as we pleased.

Breakfast is of an extremely high standard with a large choice; full Scottish breakfast, a vegetarian option or smaller options including croissants and breakfast rolls alongside a selection of fresh fruit, juices and cereals.

Our eight year old daughter has asked that I add that we would stay again, and from the visitors book in reception I would recommend booking in advance - with no reservations!

Many thanks to the staff who made us feel extremely welcome.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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bytheseaAyr, Manager at Bythesea, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Thank you to The McLean Family for your positive review.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we certainly hope to see you again in the near future ....if you take a trip to Ayr.

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Julie McIlwaine
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Property: Bythesea
Address: 16 Queens Terrace, Ayr KA7 1DU, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Ayrshire > South Ayrshire > Ayr
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Ayr
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Bythesea 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guest house has recently been fully renovated and tastefully furnished throughout to a high standard retaining many of the original Victorian features. bytheSea is a family run business and on arrival you will receive a friendly welcome from Julie and Wilson McIlwaine. bytheSea is situated within a prime, central location 100 yards from the beach, children’s outdoor and indoor play areas and a five minute walk from excellent restaurants, bars and shops. ... more   less 
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