House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Sealladh Mor (translates as 'Great View') is a stunning 4 bedroom villa set on the banks of the River Irvine, nestled within the gorgeous Irvine Valley. It is formed over 3 levels with a king size master bedroom, and three double sized bedrooms (two of which have with single beds). A double sofa bed in the lounge allows comfortable sleeping for up to 8 adults in total and a cot provides sleeping for younger guests.
There are three floors in the property, the first having a double bedroom (single bed), shower room with WC and basin, large dining kitchen with all modern conveniences inc a double oven, 5 burner hob, dishwasher etc, utility room with full size fridge and freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a dining table that seats 6 with patio doors leading out on one of the three monoblocked areas allowing you to make the most of your surroundings and enjoy the in Al Fresco dining (BBQ and seating for 8 is provided). There is also a plethora of storage on the ground floor so you won't run out of room! On the mid-floor is a large 18ft lounge with full length picture windows to one side and a patio door that leads out onto a full size balcony - this allows you to watch the setting sun whilst enjoying a good book and a glass of wine (or you can chat with the neighbours!). At the other side of the room is a double window that offers views out onto the garden and river. There are three, 3 seater sofa's in the lounge providing comfortable seating for up to 9 adults and a television and satellite system caters for all of your entertainment needs. From here, a staircase takes you to the third and final floor of the property. This floor houses the family bathroom which has recently been refurbished with Italian Travertine Stone tiling throughout, a designer jacuzzi/whirlpool bath, Jack & Jill wash-hand basins, a double-sized multi-jet shower (inc rainfall showerhead) and a colour television that allows you to catch up with your favourite programmes while you relax in the tub and soak all your worries away... This is where the master bedroom can be found as well as the other two bedrooms.
Sealladh Mor comes with all the 'mod-cons' that you would expect from a property of this type (wi-fi, satellite television etc) but what sets it apart from the others is it's location... This property really does offer the best of both worlds with the piece and tranquility of the River Irvine running through the back garden where you can relax and watch the fish leap from the river or even just sit and let the world go by with a fresh coffee in hand a good book (fishing rights will apply to the rental) for those of you who are a little more adventurous, you could always take a dip in the river or alternatively, there are a multitude of sports on offer with walking and cycling trails surrounding the house and taking you all the way through the Irvine Valley. There is a sports centre in the town which offers all sorts of activities and with riding schools nearby, a dry ski-slope just 5mins away, and an abundance of golf (or 'gowf' as they're traditionally known) courses in the area there really is something for everyone here... If the countryside is not your thing, Darvel provides everything you need for everyday living. It has a wide variety of independent shops selling all manor of locally produced items as well as a post office, restaurants and bars all within a 5min walk. The nearest big town is Kilmarnock which offers excellent shopping, cinema's, karting, bowling, night-clubs and every type of restaurant you could you want and it's just 15mins away by car. Kilmarnock also has excellent rail & bus links taking you all over Ayrshire and it's coast and with the city of Glasgow just a 20min ride away (30 by car) and Edinburgh within just 90, your choice really is limitless!
New for 2015 is the addition of an outdoor hot tub and a childrens play area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Troon (or Irvine) 29 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and/or Gla 40 km, Nearest railway: Kilmarnock or Glasgow Central/Queen Street 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
The Irvine Valley has, from earliest times, been one of the main routes from the ports, towns and farmlands of Ayrshire into the hills of central Scotland and thence to Glasgow and Edinburgh. A trip through the Irvine Valley is a trip through Scottish history.
Darvel was the birthplace of Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, who is commemorated by a bust in Hastings Square. It is also home to the Darvel Music Festival where bands (& visitors) come from all over the world to take part. As a result, it has started to make a real name for itself in the independent music scene. Darvel Skateboard Park is great for kids and teenagers alike and Morton Park (just across the road) leads down to the River Irvine although the property itself offers easy access to it and fishing permits are included in the rental. Darvel Telephone Museum is also well worth a visit. The Lanfine Estate (just 2mins away) offers pleasant walks, gardens and cycling opportunities plus stunning countryside.
The nearest town (Newmilns) which is just a 5min drive (or 10/15min walk) away is one of the most historic towns in Ayrshire, It contains a wealth of fine buildings including Newmilns Keep, the Church with its Covenanter Memorials and the Old Town House. It also houses the Newmilns Snow and Sport Complex offering a great range of activities for all abilities. .
Galston is the site of Barr Castle, a medieval tower house in private ownership, which is linked in legend to one of William Wallace's daring escapes from the King's men. It also houses the Loudoun Gowf Club - (the only 'gowf ' club in the world!) which is reputed to be over 400yrs old! visitors are always welcome! It also houses Loudoun Castle, once described as "the Windsor Castle of Scotland" was the site of the drafting of the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England. A major fire in the 1930s rendered the castle uninhabitable, although it is still a magnificent ruin. Nearby Loudoun Kirk, once the church associated with the castle, is currently under renovation
The Irvine Valley grew from a centre of handloom weaving to one of the main textile centres of the British Empire. Although the industry is now much reduced, for bargain hunters there are still factory shops, including knitwear in Galston and lace and furnishing fabrics in Newmilns and Darvel.
The head of the Valley is marked by the volcanic plug of Loudoun Hill, which was the site of military victories by William Wallace and Robert Bruce.
There is a network of walks and cycle routes along the length of the valley and in its beautiful surroundings.
Ayrshire: Discover an accessible region of rolling green hills, varied coastline, picturesque beaches and idyllic islands. Widely known as 'Burns Country', this magnificent part of the world serves as the perfect setting for history and heritage - not to mention a plethora of outdoor pursuits and a range of exciting events and festivals.
With 80 miles of unspoilt coastline, the stunning Ayrshire coast is the marine gateway to much of the west coast of Scotland and has a world-class reputation for yachting.
Often referred to as Scotland's golf coast, Ayrshire is the birthplace of the Open Championship. Today, it is not only home to the iconic world-class golf resort at Turnberry, but also Royal Troon, known as one of the finest championship courses available.
Spend a day enjoying the great outdoors at the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Scotland's largest regional park which is home to the UK's rarest breeding bird, the hen harrier. Explore the coastline and you'll find long stretches of sandy beach and the magnificent sight of Culzean Castle perched on a clifftop overlooking the sea.
Only a short ferry journey from Ardrossan separates you from experiencing life on the Isle of Arran. An island bursting with natural beauty, you also have the chance of spotting golden eagles, deer, red squirrels, basking sharks, porpoises and otters.
Known as 'Scotland in Miniature', Arran offers walkers a feast of rugged mountains and sublime beaches. If you prefer to take things at a more relaxed pace, stroll through the Glenashdale Forest and be rewarded by the sight of the sparkling Glenashdale Falls. For the more active, Ayrshire, has earned itself a reputation as something of a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From paragliding to golf, walking to cycling, there is plenty here to keep you entertained. Discover a distillery, brewery, museums, high quality crafts and locally produced food that's fast gaining an international reputation.
The unmistakable sight of Ailsa Craig can be enjoyed from much of the south Ayrshire coast. This curiously blue-tinted island provides a home for gannets and puffins and can be viewed on a boat trip from Girvan. Ayrshire is home to Scotland's first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you'll discover a beautiful wilderness home to a wide range of rare fauna including golden eagles, red deer and wild goats.
Walking and cycling are the best ways to experience the real Ayrshire. The network of paths provides access to a range of environments from beaches to wooded glens, hilltops to riverside strolls. Paths range from around a kilometre to longer routes that can be tackled over a number of visits. In addition the National Cycle Route 7 passes through the length of Ayrshire and provides a safer and well signposted route for cyclists new and experienced.
Ayrshire has wildlife and scenery to enjoy from waves breaking on volcanic rocky shores to, wide sandy beaches, deep, green hillsides, lush golf courses, and narrow country lanes.
Around every corner you will find evidence of Ayrshire's historic roots. There are ruins that conjure up visions of the past, majestic castles to explore, standing stones, and names to fire the imagination like Sawney Bean - the cannibal, and Scotland's famous poet Robert Burns whose works reflect much of Ayrshire's life in the 18th Century.
The website http://www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walks.htm has a 'Find a Path' page that allows you to select a walking/cycling route that suits your ability, your desired environment (eg beach or riverside), and is near to where you stay or are planning to visit.
Walking and cycling are ideal ways to enjoy Ayrshire, keep fit and see the real Ayrshire in an eco-friendly way - enjoy!
This really is the perfect base for your Scottish stay being only 15 mins from the M74/M77/M8 Motorways that connect Glasgow, Edinburgh, the North of Scotland and of course England and Wales. It's just Just 30 minutes from Glasgow city centre, 20 minutes from the Ayrshire coast & an hour away from Loch Lomond. Sealladh Mor is the perfect base for your trip to Scotland.
There are great international connections too with Ireland, Europe & the rest of the world being served by two international airports; Glasgow Prestwick (aprox 20mins away) and Glasgow International (aprox 40mins away) with daily flights to the United States, Canada & Continental Europe. As well as this, a 2 hour Ferry Crossing from Troon (just 25mins away) will take you to Ireland and other Scottish Isles.
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