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Woodland Bay Hotel
Woodland Farm, Girvan KA26 0HP, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Girvan
Bishopton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed two nights at Easter 2013. We booked a superior seaview room direct with the hotel, not on a Groupon or similar deal, and were allocated Room 2. Our spotlessly clean front facing room had two windows and looked across to the snow capped peaks of Arran. It was huge and the shower stall was massive. As well as two radiators, the bedroom had underfloor heating and the two tiles immediately in front of the bathroom sink were also heated. We had a spacious sitting area, with tea tray, hairdrier, wide screen satellite TV and wifi. There is a large double fronted mirrored wardrobe, containing a safe (at no extra charge), iron and ironing board, all great to have and a rarity to find in UK hotels.

It would have been good to have had a DVD player. We would also have liked some louvre blinds on the windows as we felt we had no privacy with the A77 and the road into the hotel passing right in front of our window. Blackout curtains would have helped at night, as the existing curtains do let in a lot of light. We weren't at all bothered by any noise from the main road. The large king size bed is two twins zipped together. Many people do not like this, but it was not a problem for us.

Breakfast and dinner in the bar/ restaurant was plentiful and delicious. Steaks were cooked spot on for us, another rarity unless you go to a steak restaurant. There are lots of seafood and fish dishes to try, including smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast. All staff we had dealings with were very professional, friendly and welcoming.

The only downside of our stay was a man who held court in the bar with his cronies. We went for a couple of drinks at 4pm on the Friday, going back to our room at 5pm for a shower and to get ready for dinner. It was obvious he had been in the bar for a good while before we arrived. When we returned for dinner at 7.30pm he was still in the same position at the bar, and was still there when we left around 10pm. He seemed to be a permanent feature in the bar, was exceptionally loud, and his voice dominated above ALL conversations throughout both the bar and the restaurant. This was despite there being a dividing wall between the middle part of two areas. Unfortunately we had to endure his boorish behaviour when we were placed at a table for dinner to the side of this wall, so were treated to his overbearing opinions to his friends whilst he was in full flow. I overhead him saying that he lives there and is friends with the owner, so uses the place as his local. Although his behaviour would not have been a problem in a public bar, this was taking place in the bar of a restaurant, frequented by people who having paid good money expect better. I know it wasn't just us who felt this way as we saw lots of eye rolling from other guests. In my humble opinion Management and bar staff would be doing all their guests a favour if they could get this guy to tone it down a bit. There is a large empty lounge bar at the opposite end of the building that would be even better suited for him to use!

The hotel sits on the Ayrshire Coastal Path and we walked into Girvan and back on the Saturday. We did have a lovely stay and would definitely go back and stay here again.

Room Tip: Sea view superior is the only way to go.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We booked an overnight stay in this Hotel and were delighted with everything. The booking included evening meal and breakfast and both were very good. The evening meal was steak and chips, onion rings and salad and it was enormous and very well cooked and presented. Breakfast was very good too. Our room (no 1) was large and spotlessly clean. The staff without exception were friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Firstly as others have said, it is the attention to detail at this hotel. It is also a combination of the location, cleanliness, service, food & value for money that I look at to provide a rating. This hotel is a great wee find & practically on my doorstep compared to other hotels I've reviewed.

My husband & I stayed here along with 35 others as part of a charity cycle from Glasgow to Belfast. A friend dealt with the booking & we ended up taking over the entire hotel. The staff were ready & prepared to receive all the wet, cold & muddy cyclists with space to store the bikes & rooms already for a hot shower.

We had room 10 which was upstairs & across from reception. The room looked freshly decorated, it was spacious & spotless. The bed was so comfy which is a big thing for me due to joint pain. There was a good size shower room which again was spotless with lovely toiletries & fluffy towels. Many of the cyclists were grateful for the brilliant shower!!

For dinner we had asked the hotel to provide a hot buffet which they served in the bar area. They had set up big round tables for us & everyone agreed the buffet was amazing. There was soup, braised steak stew, chicken curry, pasta, roasted vegetable tarts, roast potatoes amongst other things. Surprisingly they then brought out huge plates of profiteroles, white chocolate cheesecake, chocolate torte, fresh fruit salad, pate & oatcakes. For the money this was excellent value for money.

Breakfast was equally as good & they coped very well with us all arriving at roughly the same time. Most of the produce came from the farm itself & there is nothing like fresh farm eggs! We could help ourselves to coffee refills from a large percolator & nothing was too much trouble.

I would highly recommend this hotel & look forward to visiting again even just for lunch or dinner. Couple of things to note: the hotel is 2 miles outside of Girvan. You will have to walk a short distance from your room outside to the restaurant at the back of the hotel therefore might need a jacket/umbrella.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

What really nice stay, checkin smooth and pleasant and the room was a joy very comfortable bed and room was nice and warm and welcoming, very modern and well appointed shower room.
Enjoyed a fantastic evening meal, steak was initially overcook but was rectified with a minimum amount of fuss and a we dram while I was waiting. Could not praise more highly the food was excellent have the scallops and black pudding a real delight.
Breakfast was a sight to behold full scottish and a great send off for the day. Anyone reading this and considering this hotel, please don't hesitate book in you wont be disappointed I will certainly use again when in the area.

Room Tip: Room 10 was excellent twin room. but stairs if you struggle with them.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kilbirnie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

My wife and I took advantage of a Groupon deal to visit this hotel. I cannot rate it highly enough as everything about it is "First Class".
The staff are the friendliest that we have encountered and the service throughout the hotel is first class.
The rooms are very comfortable and well equipped.
We will certainly be returning in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

First things first.. A spacious, well appointed and spotless room. We were greeted with a warm welcome from the owner's father who filled us in on a wee history of the buildings, showed us to our room off the courtyard and settled us in. Although they charge a modest premium, dogs (we have two Scotties) are made welcome.

Somehow, the Woodland Bay Hotel has managed to tempt, from heaven knows which five star hotel, a master chef. The quality and presentation of the food was outstanding. One might be tempted, on first glance at the menu, to suspect "standard hotel", however when the dishes were presented by the charming and efficient waiting staff, one could see at first glance, this was something special. The first night's steak, certainly tempted us back for a second evening's meal. Where a lot of seaside hotels server totally undistinguished starters, definitely not this one. Queen Scallops on Black Pudding (see photo) were to write poetry to.

From the point of view a holiday, Woodland Bay has a pleasant beach at low tide (like many Scottish West Coast resorts, a few stones to clamber over to get to the beach) with an amazing view towards Ailsa Craig. There are numerous walks and the Hotel also has a livery yard.

Highly recommended to all, no matter what the season.

Room Tip: This is a quiet bit if Scotland after dark, so no room would seem to be bad. Sea view from the front...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We landed into the woodland bay as a part of of a group of 40 cyclists and supports crew doing a Glasgow to Belfast charity run. At a very low rate we had come to the conclusion that our stay would be very basic... how wrong were we!?!

The hotel is lovely. Each room or chalet is spotlessly clean and has everything we needed. The food supplied for us was second to none and all this was delivered by staff who were 100%!

I will definitely be back and can be sure that although next time it will be in different circumstances either with just my wife or with our kids in tow... i know for a fact we will be extremely happy with our stay!!

Thanks Woodland Bay!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Woodland Bay Hotel

Address: Woodland Farm, Girvan KA26 0HP, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Ayrshire > South Ayrshire > Girvan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Girvan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine being lulled to sleep by gentle waves and exploring rock pools in the bay. Far enough from the city for complete relaxation, yet near enough for easy access to all major transport. We are a people friendly, dog friendly and horse friendly hotel. Everywhere at Woodland is wheelchair accessible with a range of helpful facilities, including accessible bathrooms and walk-in showers. ... more   less 
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Woodland Bay Hotel Girvan, Scotland

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