Do not stay anywhere else in Ayr. For so many reasons, stay at the Burnside! First, location. One street from the beach and ocean - the seagulls chirping ..you know you are near the ocean. From the B&B, we walked all over Ayr, to the auld brig, to the main streets, to dinner and restaurants, to the Old Tower. Don't worry, parking is provided with a parking permit from Liz. From Ayr, it is easy to Alloway, Maybole and beyond! Oh, also very close to the bus station.
Next is the B&B itself. Liz is a top-notch proprietress! The rooms and decor reflect her gracious taste and this is not just a B&B - she welcomes you to her HOME. The house itself has a family history for generations. The features of the house are much of the original, even with the well-appointed changes into a B&B. All rooms have their own bath, either en-suite or next door. (No shared bathrooms that I saw.) The beds are firm, I slept wonderfully! The linens clean, crisp and high quality. The B&B was fully occupied and I only heard the other folks if they spoke in the hallways or stairwell.
Liz keeps a small library of DVDs and books of history of the area. Brilliant. Each room has a flat screen TV and DVD integrated - we were on a long weekend and even took an evening of a movie in our room! It was so relaxing.
When we arrived, Liz gave us a pot of coffee and a great chat, to know what we may need to do, and offered to make any restaurant reservations, as well as giving us 'in the know' local info on places to go and places to eat. (All were spot on.) Tea, coffee and shortbreads were in the room, and sure enough, a mint choc on the bed.
Liz cared enough about her guests and B&B to be trained by a chef for breakfasts! We loved that we were asked what we wanted, unlike other B&Bs who plop down a full Scottish breakfast whether you want one or not. Cereals, toast, fresh fruit and a hot breakfast were all offered. It felt like we were at a luxury hotel, sitting at her antique tables and lovely artwork. And best, no complaint for breakfasts until 9:30 AM. We've been in B&Bs where breakfast 'ended' by much earlier.
We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed our whole trip. We had a double room on the top floor - sunset over Arran was spectacular!
Liz arranged for Robert Burns (Donald Kay) to come for breakfast and we so enjoyed his company. If you can't arrange it at the B&B for a breakfast with Rabbie, then do look into his walking tours around Burns country. Well worth the experience!!!
Stay at Burnside. Yes, there are tons of B&Bs in Ayr, but Liz does everything effortlessly, and you will feel at home. We will be back and have already told our friends as well. I take care to stay at B&Bs around the world, and have been in Scotland over a year, travelling and staying at B&Bs where possible, and I have now found my most enjoyable B&B in Burnside for all the UK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Excellent 4 Star accommodation, centrally located in town of Ayr, close to seafront and only 5 min walk to town centre with plenty shops, bars and great restaurants. Convenient for public transport, bus, train and Prestwick airport. Local attractions include castles, farm parks suitable for all ages and over 40 top class links golf courses. Wide choice on breakfast menu of locally sourced food. Free wifi and parking. The personal service and warm Scottish welcome separates this guest house from others. ... more less
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- The Burnside Guest House Ayr, Scotland