Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
13th-century Craufurdland Castle is set amongst beautiful surroundings, at the heart of an expansive estate, just 25 miles from Glasgow. The castle sleeps up to 16 guests on a self-catering exclusive-use basis and is perfect for couples, families or groups of friends.
Transforming Craufurdland into a ‘home from home’ has been the current Laird, Simon, and his wife, Adity’s, passion and now the castle beautifully blends its long history with a warm and welcoming feel that has guests returning year after year.
Sleeping up to 16 overnight guests, Craufurdland Castle sits at the heart of an expansive estate in rural Ayrshire, just 22 miles from Glasgow. The castle, in its current form, was built in the 16th century and further remodelling and extensions were carried out through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
The castle comprises the following…
The Entrance Hall - A classic Norman barrel vault on the ground floor of the tower. The door at the far end of the hall now leads to the kitchen and dining room; it was originally the foot of the spiral stairs leading up into the tower.
The Drawing Room - A beautiful Georgian drawing room with exquisite cornicing and 10-foot high windows throughout. The large marble fireplace at the heart of the room keeps things nice and cosy during those winter nights.
The Library - A beautiful space at the heart of the castle filled with books from floor to ceiling - some of which are older than the castle itself!
The Dining Room - Houses a large dining table, suitable for up to 16 guests. With so many voices and laughs around the table it will be impossible not to enjoy your time here!
The Staircase - The grand stairs were the main staircase for the castle. More ancestral paintings are hung on the walls and the grand space allows for some very large pictures. At the bottom of the stairs is the snug, with giant bean bags, books and a games table with foot-ball, mini-pool, air hockey etc.
The Wallace Suite - A split level room with space for up to four guests. The lower level is home to two small sofa beds and offers access to the en-suite bathroom. The mezzanine upper level, accessed via cast-iron spiral stairs, features a super-king size bed and beautiful views over the front lawn through the Gothic stained glass windows.
The King James - This room, on the first floor of the original tower, can be made up as a twin or double room. One of the windows, which was bricked up many years ago, now houses a beautiful mirrored window, making for a stunning and truly unique dressing-table.
The Knights’ Room - This room, on the second floor of the original tower, would have been the Laird’s room in years gone by. This bedroom can be configured as a twin or double.
The Bard’s Room - This room can be configured as a twin or a double and the large windows give views over the back lawn and statue in the grounds.
The Queen Mary Room - This recently renovated room boasts a beautiful mahogany four-poster bed and beautiful en-suite bathroom. Bright and airy, this room has three windows overlooking the front lawn, one of which is a 16th-century stained glass panel.
The Garret - Situated at the top of the tower, this room is accessed via the stone spiral staircase. Warm in winter and cool in summer, this beautiful pitched ceiling room is truly unique. whether used by kids to get away from the adults, or vice versa - this lovely room is always a popular choice.
The Kitchen - Architecturally, few kitchens can boast more unique windows. Recently updated, the kitchen is kitted out with all the tools of a cook’s kitchen. You should find everything you need here, including all your herbs and spices, etc. If you can’t find anything you need, the castle owners will be more than happy to help!
The lands of Craufurdland have been home to the Craufurds since the early 13th century, and the tower, in its current form, has stood since the 16th.
A charter, under the Great Seal Johanni Craufurd juniori de Craufurdland, terrarium ecclesiasticarum de Kilbryde, in Ayrshire, was acquired in February 1581 and the original tower was built not long afterwards.
The West Wing of the mansion incorporates the original tower, built in the 16th century.
The East Wing, a two-storey high structure, was built in the 17th century and contains a Fein ornamental ceiling, dated 1648.
A Gothic-style mansion, built in approximately 1830, is at the heart of Craufurdland, connecting the two wings.
Craufurdland Castle is at the heart of a diverse estate, with ample woodland for you to explore via bike or on foot. A short walk from the castle's front door and you'll find yourself at Craufurdland Lochan, where you can enjoy a spot of lunch, lakeside, at The Laird's Table Restaurant.
The castle is in a great location for those looking to explore the picturesque Ayrshire coast and Lowland Scotland as a whole. The Trossachs and the renowned Loch Lomond are just 1.5 hours' north of the castle, Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, is 1.5 hours' east of Craufurdland and the Scottish Border counties, a region rich in history and heritage, are just a short drive south from the castle.