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“Peaceful location but needs a car”
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Brunston Castle
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“Peaceful location but needs a car”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

We visited Brunston Castle in April. The site did not appear to be too busy. We had a very nice lodge on the edge of the estate with 4 bedrooms. It was very clean and had all the facilities we needed, including a dishwasher and proper oven. All the staff were very polite and helpful. The pool was a good size and not too crowded most of the time.
Located in the Girvan valley the scenery is picturesque all round with plenty of walks from Dailly, the nearby town.
There were limited places to eat nearby as the Golf Club which is on site had no restaurant facilities due to a change of ownership. A fish and chip wagon came to site a couple of nights in the week, otherwise it was a drive or order a takeaway! However, with the good kitchen facilities it was nice to cook and eat in.
We enjoyed a few rounds of golf at the Brunston Castle course which was not so busy that us beginners felt too pressured, though it was a challenging course.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

stayed here for a week in march and found it to be a lovely place, its so friendly and has lovely walks around and a lovely pub in the village, we used the pool and sauna and gym and couldnt fault anything, the only thing i would say is it could do with a bar/rest on site. But overall would go back, our accomodation was imaculate and very warm.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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8 Thank geordiegirl19
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had exchange booked into this resort and only days before leaving did we read the reviews. With some level of negative anticipation we arrived to have it all cleared away. The resort and it's cottages is as people say. However it really depends on your view. Yes, the fittings and furniture are not the highest level, but they are more than adequate.

We stayed in a 3 bed apartment which had a double and two twin rooms. The kitchen was quite adequate. We had all the things we needed. There was no washing machine but the laundry room in the games room was perfect.

The pool was fabulous. The kids (2 6 & 8) and us had many excellent mornings in the pool. None of the worries previously expressed applied. The pool was perfect. Pretty quiet too - but then that was possibly just timing.

I did one the rambles with Ron which was great. He was very adaptable and informative and easy going.

Staff were all very helpful and friendly (and I never like dealing with people) and nothing was ever a problem.

My only negatives on the resort are:
- There isn't really a fantastic view from anywhere
- If I am very picky, they could be more careful with the work done on the cottages
- Driving distance to everywhere with kids is quite a bit

Still - I'd come back again for sure!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank GavinUrquhart
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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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Gloucestershire
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249 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
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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Ambleside, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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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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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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