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Brunston Castle
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Having read the review "Not Again" just before we left for Brunston Castle we wondered what we might have let ourselves in for!! We need not have worried.We arrived to a warm and helpful greeting from Reception and were quickly installed in our lodge which was in excellent order, spacious, comfortable and with everything we might need. Yes, there was a standing charge of £42 for electricity (a lesser amount in summer) but we felt that was very reasonable when charge for electricity is normal at UK Timeshares. The resort sits almost on a very pleasant golf course and, had we wanted, could have played golf everyday. They also have a small driving range.
There is a Co-operative shop within 10 minutes walk and an Asda 6 miles away in Girvan for any food requirements. Moreover, there are plenty of good restaurants (Indian, Chinese and European, Including Take-aways) within a 25 mile radius.
If we had one complaint about our stay in Ayrshire it was not with the Resort but the County Council. The state of the minor roads in the area was very poor. Let's hope they do something about them in the Spring.
Would we go back for another holiday at Brunston Castle? Most definately YES

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
6  Thank Brian B
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Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

I was looking for an inexpensive yet good standard accommodation for the family, for the post Xmas period before New Year.

The grounds and cabins is like living in a secure community. The amenities in the cabin are very good and all the necessary cooking utensils and home comforts are there. We were offered numerous dvd's and as we had forgotten our Wii cables the staff brought hers from her own home for us to use for 3 days.

It is secluded but that is what we wanted. There is a Co-op supermarket in Dailly, which is about a ten minute walk.

Overall we loved it and the kids enjoyed watching for pheasants and comparing the standard of accommodation to that of Center Parcs....Brunston Castle easily wins.

We had a 3 bed cabin which is really spacious along with a large dining table and comfy sofas. Plus we were given lots of tea bags as again we had forgotten these, as well.

Well done to all. Thank you.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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3  Thank MatthewASharp
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Overall, if you are happy with average this place may seem fine. The grounds are neat and reception is fine, but at our arrival we were given a sub-standard apartment which did not have all the appliances as was promised on the advert. Upon my request, we were immediatly given a unit with all the appliances, with the excuse that they were not aware that we wanted those appliances. The second unit almost next door was more appropriate and made me wonder why one need to be put in the worst at first, even when the resort is very empty. We were also not happy having to pay an additional 42pound for heating and electricity, on top of having to pay points and monetary value already. This added up to a much more expensive week than what a week in a four star hotel would have been. We only had four of each utensil, even though the unit was for 6 people and the pots and pans are of poor quality. The beds are hard and the pillows are almost non existent. This is a resort that lives up to the time-share reputaion of being boring and dissapointing. I would not advise anyone to go out of their way to go here, but if you are the camping and back to basics kind of holidaymaker, you may like this resort.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
7  Thank TP7Perth_Australia
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Stayed at Brunston castle lodges with my wife and two kids (4 and 6 ) we had a very nice stay during the school October week. There is not a great deal to do at the site, however you can choose from swimming and the games room for the kids. the lodge we stayed in was superb. 3 bedrooms, plenty of space and very comfortable. TV was working with free digital channels. We researched the area before we came so we knew what to expect and planned for this. We brought Xbox and board games for the kids and plenty of wine and beer for us! I would return to the site and would recommend to friends. One small tip, the reception area would benefit fro having a couple of vending machines to provide hot drinks, sweets.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
7  Thank neilybhoy
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Generally good standard of accommodation and staff friendly and helpful. Golf club restaurant folded a few months ago, but staff hinted it's been bought out so hopefully will re-open. Pool seemed cleaner than suggested in previous reviews, and sauna worked fine.

Units have been upgraded over the past couple of years, quite like the fact that they are well spaced so that you don't look into others' windows. Access road needs potholes filled in, though.

Only major complaint was a shortage of cutlery and crockery supplied ( 6 of each item). Means you have to run the dish washer after each meal, but they only give you 7 dishwasher tablets for the week, and like toilet rolls it is made clear that after these are used up, you need to supply your own.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Chris_Derek_Erskine
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We used interval to have a week in the uk as we had a newborn baby and did not fancy a big trip. We decided on Brunston Castle as it looked a peacefully place and a good base to explore the surrounding area.

It is was a good base and the resort is peacefull if lacking such facilities as onsite pub or restaurant or even just a coffee shop.

The rooms are practical and do what you require though the one we had did look at little dated. I was disappointed with the beds and the ASDA smartprice pillows are far from the most comfortable i have used. The TV reception was awful and we only found out on the last night that you could rent DVD's FREE if you lodge had this problem. The previous nights we relied on watching our daughters SHREK dvd's for entertainment.

The swimming pool is small but not a major issue. Staff are friendly enough on reception. Childrens play area could do with a few more things to do but does the job.

There are plenty of things to see in the surrounding area and a car is essential if you are to stay here. The grounds are tidy and once youv'e got back to your lodge after a day out, its nice to relax with a glass of wine on the patio area and take in the views of the surrounding hills and forest.

Only gripes was lack of bar or entertainment on an evening.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank markie_Burrell
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Our three bedroom lodge wasn't too bad - good quality furnishings but very hard mattresses with plastic under-sheets - reminiscent of a hospital stay! Two large sofas and an armchair in the living room looked inviting but the seats were so deep that if I sat with my feet on the floor, there was space behind me for at least three hefty cushions - and I am everage height! Tried sitting with my feet up but the arms were very hard and the corners stuck into my back - utilised the cushions from the beds - it was the only way to sit reasonably comfortably.

We knew there were no bar or restaurant onsite but failed to read other reviews which would have told us that the adjscent Golf Club restaurant and bar were closed...... gone into administration.... meaning that we had to drive at least 6 miles to find somewhere to have a meal as there is no eatery in the local village (Dailly) and to behonest the village was extremely depressing and run-down.. Having said that, the Willie Wastle at Crosshill is very good value and very clean. It was just a shame that it closed at 9pm on the Sunday evening.. With no entertainment onsite either, it was just as well that we had a tv in the lodge and once this had the reception sorted out (after we reported heavy pixilation) we thought we could at least watch that. Sadly there was no freeview or sky so we were very limited in what we could watch. We visited when the Ryder Cup was being played and it would have been nice to watch that but to do that we had to sit in the stark lounge in the reception building - which closed at 9pm and didn't even offer cups of tea or coffee, or even vending machines, like other Interval sites.

Apart from Culzean Castle, and perhaps the interest of the electric brae, if you aren't a walker there is very little to offer tourists. Ayr itself is very run-down with many shops closed up or charity shops on the main street, and not much to see at Girvan apart from the harbour. The FREE Wi-Fi in the lounge wasn't just slow - it didn't work at all!!!! ....... and we aren't amateurs at using this. Extremely disappointing overall. So disappointing that we decided to cut short our week and left after only two nights.

Won't be back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Jay'nSue
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Additional Information about Brunston Castle

Address: Brunston Avenue, Dailly KA26 9GB, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Ayrshire > South Ayrshire > Dailly
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Dailly
Price Range: $62 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a magnificent rural idyll, the resort and golf course is named after the original 16th Century Brunston Castle. Set in 25 acres of landscaped grounds in the peaceful Girvan Valley, just five miles from Ayrshire's picturesque coastline, Brunston Castle makes the perfect place from which to explore the wonderful west of Scotland and perfect for a golf break. ... more   less 
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Brunston Castle Scotland/Dailly, Ayrshire

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