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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Brunston Castle has a range of 2,3 and 4 bedroom cottages on a hillside beside a golf course and the small village of Dailly. We stayed in the week before Easter when a persistent easterly wind brought chiiling temperatures and heavy snow to parts. Despite local roads showing signs of impressive snow drifting, all were open but the snow capped hills provided a gorgeous vista. Despite the cold our cottage was very cosy and being at thebottom of the hill escaped the chill wind.

The cottages are designed for 2-8 visitors all sleeping in 2 person bedrooms, so there are no sofa/pull down beds and all beds were incredibly comfortable. The TV had multiple channels and a good signal despite being at the bottom of the hill, and we even managed a signal on the moile phones for connecting to the internet for browsing on the notebook if we did not want to go to the lounge area for the wi-fi. We have always had a washing machine in the three bed cottages so never needed to use the laundry at the clubhouse.

As we had heavy colds we did not use the pool and sauna but they looked as clean as ever, but did use the table tennis and pool table. Staff were there usual friendly, helpful selves.

There is no on-site restaurant at present and the cafe in the village is only open in the daytime or Friday and Saturday evenings, however, there is a fish and chip wagon (very tasty and not too greasy ithr) that comes Tuesday & Wednesday evenings and the Chinese restaurants in Maybole deliver for £4 extra. We can thoroughly recommend the Kirkmichael Arms some 5 miles away for a truly amazing meal - a small pub with two couse early evening menu at £9.95 per head or three couse for £12.95. A list of recommendations is found in the hospitality book in your cottage along with take-away menus.

The cottages are well equipped for self catering though could do to have a few spare pieces of cutlery and crockery rather than just one of each per person. It would save using the dishwasher so frequently at half full levels (tablests are provided). This and the lack of nearby restaurant are the only reasons for the four star rather than five star rating. If the golf clubhouse reopens with good food then this will be five star for us as a relaxing get away from it all location but so much to see and do nearby - don't miss Culzean Castle, Allway for the gardens and parks even if you are not into Robert Burns, Galloway Forest Park (and some stargazing as it is one of the darkest spots in he UK for stargazing), a day trip on the Isle of Arran (if not sow bound but book the hire car in advance on the island as it is cheaper to hire a cr there than take your own across for the day) and for children , Loudoun Castle or Headds of Ayr Park, or Glasgow Science Centre.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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8  Thank Busy_Lissy
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

I stayed here with my family and it was a nice little stay! Location wise this is great - you can make the most of the country with the knowledge that if you want to go somewhere bigger, this is really only about 30 minutes drive away.

The accommodation was nice and modern, with everything in the lodge very clean and tidy. There were 4 adults staying and there was plenty space for all of us. The beds were also really comfortable which makes a change!

Really can't fault it. I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Lynne B
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

This Seasons timeshare resort has 2 and 3 bedroom units each in separate buildings and all with kitchens that include freezers. The bedrooms we had were on the small side but the lounge/dining room/kitchen we had was spacious with the usual TV and mini HiFi. There are no in-unit phones so having a mobile phone is essential.

There is no on-site restaurant or bar but there is free WiFi in the reception area open 9 until 7.30. There is a good games room with table tennis and pool, an onsite guest laundry and a small but well-equipped gym and a very good-sized pool (14.5 metres in length), and a sauna.

The only drawback was a health and safety policy banning swimming alone which was irritating as the resort was quiet when we visited meaning that swimming could only be done when another member of our party came at the same time or was willing to sit in the swimming pool area. Why a disclaimer cannot be used seems strange, as many other resorts allow lone swimming, with the swimmer accepting the small risks involved.

The resort is near a small village called Dailly which has a small café and two small stores, and there are several excellent waymarked walks which start in the village with some going very close to the resort.

The resort runs free “ramble with Ron” walks lasting 2 to 2.5 hours two mornings a week. Ron is a very knowledgeable local resident and historian and can give visitors great insight into local sights and life, both now and in the past. He delivers his information with wit and a clear pride in his local community and his walks are thoroughly recommended.

There are many other walks that can be made either from the resort or within a short drive, and nearby tourist attractions include eg Culzean Castle and Crossraguel Abbey, and the small town of Girvan, 6 miles away.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Neil C
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We arrived to a warm welcome at reception.On arrival at the lodge we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of space we had.The lodge perhaps neede a bit of tlc but overall we were quite happy.There was no cafetiere or other ground coffee maker but on mentioning this at reception they very kindly lent us their machine.Enjoyed the swimming pool and possibly the best sauna We have ever had.Many thanks to Ron for the two walks and the wealth of local information he provided.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank netvigator1
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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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