Come and stay in your very own 'mini-castle'! Log burner in a cosy sitting room and a bedroom located above the arch, accessible via a romantic stone spiral staircase; Ayton with its pub and village shop just a moment's walk away, the Gatehouse is a retreat like no other. * For additional guest reviews dating from the beginning of June, please click on 'The Host' and then 'Reviews'!
Less than four miles from a dramatic coastline which also boasts unspoilt sandy beaches, the gatehouse to Ayton Castle enjoys an ideal location. Decidedly smaller than its grander 'relation' further up the drive, it combines the comfort of a cosy cottage with the beauty of a castle!
The Gatehouse is built out of the same pink sandstone as Ayton Castle (in the archetypal Scots baronial style) and commands a prime position at the entrance to the castle's extensive grounds. There is ample parking space, and guests also have their own private (and enclosed) garden, as well as access to parts of the estate.
Sleeping just two, the interior consists of a sitting room with log burner, a small but well-equipped kitchen, a bathroom and bedroom. For those who are in pursuit of a little magic, access to the bedroom via a fairy tale spiral staircase should more than compensate for the bathroom being on the ground floor!
Recently restored, the Gatehouse is an unusual delight.
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*Bed linen and towels etc. are supplied.
*Due to its stone spiral staircase, the property is not suitable for toddlers or those with reduced mobility.
*The fridge does not have a freezer compartment and there is no shaving socket in the bathroom.
*Underfloor heating in kitchen and bathroom (radiators elsewhere).
*Guests are welcome to smoke in the garden!
*Local pub closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
*We do not include a cleaning fee, and ask that guests leave the property much as they find it.
* Well-behaved dogs (up to 2 if not too large) are welcome, but we do ask that they not go on soft furnishings or upstairs, they have clean paws when in carpeted areas, and that the lawn and flower beds are also left as they are found!
*Care and attention, and appropriate footwear advised in castle grounds.
*Please also note that we are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables.
* The Gatehouse thanks you in advance for loving and respecting it as you would your own home :).
I work as part of the team at Ayton Castle: a magnificent baronial style structure set amid the undulating landscape of a delightful corner of Scotland.
I speak English, French and conversational Italian, while my partner - who helps out on occasion - also speaks Dutch (as a Dutch man this is hardly surprising!) I have always loved meeting new people, and have a passion for history, architecture...and gardening!