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“Alloway cottage”
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'Tam O'Shanter' bedroom with magnificent four-poster bed and themed furnishings
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'Tam O'Shanter' bedroom with magnificent four-poster bed and themed furnishings
Live next door to Robbie Burns at this lovely cottage!  Beautiful Designer Lounge
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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15 reviews
'Tam O'Shanter' bedroom with magnificent four-poster bed and themed furnishings
Live next door to Robbie Burns at this lovely cottage!
Beautiful Designer Lounge
Spacious kitchen fully equipped with modern appliances
Luxurious bathroom fully tiled
Beautiful Lounge with French Doors to garden
Comfortable leather sofas to relax after hard day's enjoyment !
Beautiful Twin Bedroom with Patio Door to Garden
Tam O ' Shanter Cottage , 10 Alloway
Complimentary Bottle of Wine to encourage immediate 'Vacation Relaxation' on arrival !
A Relaxing Glass of Wine in the small private garden.
Tam O'Shanter races on his horse to escape the Witches and Demons ! !
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The Beautiful 'Super King Size' 4 Poster Bed !
Modern Designer Kitchen
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Ayr, South Ayrshire, Ayrshire, Scotland

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1954BJC
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Don't believe everything you see in advertising”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Based on online photos and old reviews this appeared to be a cute cottage to spend a week in Ayr. Pictures can lie. On the surface it is a cute cottage but I would prefer cleanliness & safety. The chairs for the fold-up dining table were stored under our bed but they were so dirty and covered in dust we had to wash them before we could sit on them. There was a build up of dust on the baseboards around the bed, cobwebs on the light fixture, mold around the windows, cracked tiles and mold in the bathroom, broken fixtures in the sink & tub, a kitchen outlet not properly sealed to the wall, a gap in the flooring from one room to another, extensive black mold in the laundry area, leather sofas in need of a good cleaning, a huge dusty plant in the main living area that we kept walking into, and it goes on. How this rental could be advertised as luxury with a 4 star rating is beyond me.

2 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property 3 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses
3 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils 2 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness
2 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities 2 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Any time we had hot water
Liked least: Cleanliness
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
5 Jan 2015
Just noticed that, unusually, you posted a second review for the same stay in our Cottage - thank you.
Kindly see our response to your party below.
Take Care
Paul
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Guy L
La Salle, Manitoba
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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people found this review helpful

Listed as a "4 star luxury" apartment couldn't be farther from the truth. The kitchen chairs were folding chairs stored under the bed. They were so dirty, we had to wash them before we could use them. The off white leather couches were in desperate need of a thorough cleaning.There was black mold on the walls of the laundry room and around some of the window frames. Cracks in the bathroom tiles, a broken faucet on the sink, and a corner tub that was extremely difficult to get in and out of. Especially for any one with mobility issues or the elderly. There was a gap in the floor where one bedroom met the kitchen/living room that anyone could trip on. The outside patio in the back was very overgrown and dingy - not a place you would enjoy sitting. There were issues with the pilot light going out resulting in no hot water. A service man was called in to temporarily fix that problem but all the other issues were basically ignored. As a matter of fact, according to the owner: "Black mold is NOT a problem. Over 80% of the homes in Scotland have mold"

4 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 3 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 2 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
3 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
2 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 2 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: leaving
Liked least: lack of basic cleanliness
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
24 Sep 2013
Thank you ever so much for taking time to review Tam O'Shanter Cottage - Rhona and I are delighted you had a safe trip home to N.America, after your week with us in Bonnie Scotland.
We are genuinely, dreadfully disappointed, and sorry that your stay was not everything you wished, expected, and indeed deserved. We all work incredibly hard, in this rather manic world of ours,and deserve our vacations to be a haven of enjoyment, and time to "recharge the batteries"- thus our heartfelt apologies.
Tam O'Shanter Cottage is not, and would never wish, nor strive, to be a slick, homogenised , holiday apartment/condominium.It is a unique Historic property situated in the famous Alloway Village, mere feet from World-Famous Scottish Poet, Robert Burns' Birthplace - his little thatched cottage built in 1759 - to which people come, from the world over.
As such when, in 2005,we purchased and,at expense,totally renovated the historic property - such was obviously done, within the restrictions of the Conservation Planners and Historic Scotland.Thus,along with the great privilege of owning, and indeed staying, in such a Historic Property come the little foibles those restrictions bring. The odd little uneveness of the floor.A very small area of discolouration/"mold" on a 200 year old, foot-thick sandstone wall,in an outer-cupboard housing the Boiler and washing-machine. Also should you choose not to dine at the new Breakfast Bar, the requirement to slide a larger table out from under the Super-King Sized 4 Poster Bed - and yes, perhaps give the chairs a little dust.
The "Off White Leather Couches" are actually modern couches but in a yellow vintage-leather(which may have caused a little confusion), in empathy with the property - and in fact had their annual clean a mere 6 weeks before your arrival, where a specialist spends an exhausting(!) entire day cleaning and nourishing the Leather with creams and conditioners.
As a Longhaul Pilot on the Boeing 747, I obviously travel extensively myself staying in myriad properties. Therefore, I fully appreciate that,with the best will in the world, the odd time things do indeed malfunction. What is then critically important is how that is dealt with.
Thus ,when there was a problem with the hot water, within a couple of hours we had an Emergency Engineer on site to repair - and indeed order a brand new Controller, which has now been fitted.I then personally drove to Tam O'Shanter Cottage, unfortunately you were out,and delivered an "Apologies Card" in which I placed £50 for you to have a little meal as a small gesture of thanks/apology for your inconvenience.
My wife,Rhona, has been letting Tam O'Shanter Cottage with great success for 7 years now - one only has to view other Reviews and a burgeoning Visitor Book with heartfelt compliments and thanks - and yes, also the odd grumble about the sunken bath! She also runs our 5 Star Bed and Breakfast, which has a wonderful 100% Rating with Trip Advisor, and Awards for Excellence.
She takes very seriously the experience of our Guests who pay us the ultimate compliment of spending their money to stay with us, and delights in the countless people who return year, after year,to Tam O'Shanter Cottage, often bringing/recommending other friends and family.
Thus please, once again, accept our very genuine apologies that, very sadly, your experience was not everything you, and we,would have hoped.
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Oldham, United Kingdom
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked least: the bathroom
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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KPSloan
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fantastic - the only place to stay in Ayr!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012
2
people found this review helpful

The Tam O'Shanter Cottage is wonderful - the photographs make the cottage look wonderful, but it is even better when you get there!

The facilities are second to none and you will never find a more comforatable bed to sleep in.

The corner bath is delightful as is the mood lighting, however those less agile may be put off by having to climb in and out a a fitted corner bath unit to access the shower.

There is so much to see and do in an around Alloway and Ayr not to mention Ayrshire and there are so many wonderful restaurants to visit you will never go hungry.

The owners are wonderful hosts and very welcoming. It is fantastic that the cottage is pet friendly especially as there are so many walks on the doorstep.
I will definately be staying in the cottage again - hopefully in the not too distant future.

4 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The perfect location and the cottage itself as well as it being pet friendly - just wonderful :-)
Liked least: If I had to pick anything it would be that there was an apartment above the cottage, but that would be really picky!
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
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KarenM801...
Oxford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic accomodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2011 for a stay in May 2011
1
person found this review helpful

Everything about this cottage was WOW + . The pictures of this holiday cottage do not do it justice. The accommodation was exceptional value for money and conveniently located. The owners were so thoughtful and although self-catering they provided all the laundry items and bathroom items to start you off. We had the most wonderful stay and it was all so peaceful . Cottage owners were so friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 5 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check-in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists Luxury-minded travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
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