Just returned from our second visit to this amazing place, we new what to expect this time and wasnt disappointed, we had to change our booking due to personal issues but Susan and Chris were very understanding and accomodating moving our holiday forward a week which left us less stressed.Visited a few different places this year, Croy beach was deserted (great for the dogs) also visited Stinchar Valley (definately recommend this one for stunning views) .
Roll on next November only 363 days to go.....and counting.
We have just returned from a week at this cottage, we have had a relaxing break in the spacious yet cosy place.
The open fire in the evenings was lovely, the view in the garden of the river Doon is amazing.
Our three Jack Russell's had a great time in the garden and walking along the river.
I would recommend this cottage to anybody especially if you want to holiday with your dogs.
My only complaint is that we had to come home!!!
Stayed here with friends in June for my 40th Birthday.
Cottage is very spacious which is a bonus when you have 5 dogs between you.
Good quality furnishings, (we take throws to cover sofas as our dogs do like to make themselves at home)
Good size bedrooms with comfy beds and plenty of hanging space, large bathroom plus 2 separate toilets.
Lovely kitchen with an excellent cooker, only draw back was the fridge was a bit on the small side for 4 of us.
Great dog walking on the door step and also to travel to, we liked Maidens Beach and the beach at Dunure, the pub at Dunure serves the most amazing food.
We have been staying in holiday cottages in most parts of Scotland for over 12 years now, and can honestly say Doonbank Cottage is without doubt the finest we have found for both people and their pets. We have just returned from a truly memorable week. The weather was better than we could have hoped for, indeed it was a Scottish record breaker for March while we were there. Which was wonderful for us and our dogs, as it meant we could really appreciate the garden and eat outside, and the dogs enjoyed thier daily swim in the river.
It was still warm enough in the evening to sit and watch the wildlife, we saw the deer on most evenings, with the rabbits and pheasants, and just sitting there listening to the river, was so special, the memory will stay with us for a long time. We did visit Croy beach, because of the unusually hot weather, and again another dog friendly place. We could have visited more, but the cottage was so special, we just didn't want to be away from it for too long, and it became our home from home.The cottage is furnished to a high spec, with comfy leather sofa's and luxury bedding and towels.The amount of information in the study is invaluable for planning a days walk. Chris and Susan have thought of everything, as though we were their friends who are coming to stay for a week. The only sad part is having to leave this magical place, but the memories will stay with us ( and our dogs) forever.
What a fantastic cottage, gorgeous rooms, very spacious, had absolutely everything you need for a self catering holiday.We stayed with our 2 Tibetan Mastiff who had a fantastic time in the garden and woods.We stayed in November and were really lucky with the weather. Very close to Ayr beach and a short trip to Troon beach. Even though you were just off an estate you wouldnt know, even when we walked the dogs around the area we very rarely saw a soul.
The library is full of info on what to do and really helped us pick a few walks (and a very nice takeaway).
We will definately be returning, hopefully next year and would recommend (especially to dog owners).
My family plus our five boarder collies stayed here over the August Bank Holiday and had one of our best breaks yet. The house was clean, spacious and well set up with everything we needed and the grounds were absolutely fantastic for the dogs who I think had a better time than we did.
Easy to get to and perfectly situated for exploring the local area, we will certainly be revisiting the area and this property.
The house is set in wonderful grounds and having good weather for
the week meant we could use it to the full. Great walks along the
river. Very relaxing.Easy access to Ayr as well just 10 mins drive
away. Ample grounds for our dog Sweep to roam freely as well.
As I mentioned earlier we used the cottage to the full and therefore
only eat out twice during the week. We went to The Rupee room for our
'traditional' golf holiday curry night which was really good value and
good food. On the Friday we went to the Brig O Doon House hotel. Lovely
setting and once again good value and good food. My youngest son is a
chef so a bit of a busman's holiday for him .
My two sons and I played golf 4 times during the week and found the
cottage to be a great base as the courses are within easy reach. My
eldest son John got engaged to his girlfriend whilst we were there
making the holiday even more memorable.
We all agreed that it was one of the best holiday's we had and I
enjoyed it even more as I won the 'Crilly' golf tournament for the
first time in it's 6 year history. So the cottage did me some good.
Once again many thanks for allowing us to use the property.