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Here are just some of the comments from previous guests:

"This absolutely charming thatched Cottage has just come off the top of the chocolate box. In a stunning secluded location, yet located directly on the banks of the River Doon, this property is a well kept secret." CKD Galbraith
"We have had a lovely week. The cottage, grounds and weather have all added to this. Our little girl has fed Hamish and his friends every morning and has loved every minute. Everywhere we have visited has been excellent – Culzean Castle, local parks, beaches and especially the The Heads of Ayr Farm." Thanks – The Conway family.
Welcome Cottages 2008 Brochure

Doonbank Cottage was the cover picture for the Welcome Cottages 2008 UK brochure!

"WOW! A beautiful cottage in an idyllic setting. Our two springer spaniels [Murphy and Purdey] loved sniffing the woodlands and searching for Hamish. We didn't need to do much sight seeing because the grounds of Doonbank were lovely and peaceful - just what we needed. Would recommend walking along the river bank to Brig-a-Doon - a delightful stroll. The vast array of books were enjoyable to look at and the piano was a pleasant suprise. Many thanks for a great stay and many adventures." The Todd family - Milton Keynes and Northern Ireland.

"Lovely cottage. Had a quiet and restful week. enjoyed the woodland walks as did out dog. Best wishes Karen, Mike and Flint."
"This was the ideal base for the run up to our daughter's wedding. Weather was mixed all week but luckily the sun shone at the right moments and we'll have some wonderful memories of a brilliant day. The cottage was great - plenty of room for the entertaining we had to do." The Paterson family [Aberdeen].


"Love the cottage and surrounding area [could seriously live here]. A day trip to Arran is well worth the effort. Hamish and friends appear twice a day morning and between 1800 and 1900 in the evenings. Brilliant weather all week" Brian and Lynda [Oxford] Margaret and Willie [Hawick].
"Weather wet and windy for most of the week. Despite this we had a great time. Cottage excellent. Two dogs [Floyd and Hollie], both golden retrievers really enjoyed the beach twice daily. Shanghai Rendevous in Ayr well worth a visit for Chinese buffet. Ferry trip to Isle of Bute also recommended. Hamish a star!" – Graham, Julie + Amy Jones.
"We all had a lovely and relaxing week. Enjoyed all the wildlife - especially the rabbits." The Becks and Angus [black Lab].
 "Very beautiful cottage and gardens. We had a great holiday. Many thanks - Neil, Liz, David, Amy and Nana."
"Lovely cottage. Had a quiet and restful week. Enjoyed the woodland walks as did out dog. Best wishes Karen, Mike and Flint."
"A simply lovely place to stay and very hard to leave - The Dunns."
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"Fantastic holiday, really relaxing cottage, just as we expected it to be. This is our second visit and will not be our last. Weather was really kind to us, in all a very good time. 3 dogs really enjoyed it". Karen & Pete. Gill, Richard and Polly & Cas, Mak and Gus [the dogs!].
"Once through the gate of Doonbank Cottage a whole new world opens up and we so enjoyed the enchanting surroundings. The house itself delivered all the charm, warmth and aesthetic atmosphere that we had hoped for! Fabulous weather. " Brend & Andy, Hertfordshire.
"We very much enjoyed our stay here at Doonbank Cottage. Kids loved exploring the woods and going to the beach. 4 days just didn't feel long enough. We hope to return again in the future. You have a beautiful cottage." The Nesbitts.
"We must say thank you for allowing us the pleasure of staying in your most beautiful home, the location is fantastic so very picturesque. Everything we could have asked for and more. We will be looking forward to coming back in the future." [Veronica, Irene and the guys]
"We loved our stay at Doonbank. Lovely and peaceful and we had fantastic weather which was a real bonus. Brin our lurcher loved the woods and river as well as lying infront of the fire at night!" Katie, Tim and Brin
"Thank you so much for a fantastic and very relaxing week. We are already planing to return in the summer with more of the family. The cottage is fantastic and we didn't want to leave. Have enjoyed the walks along the river and from Auchincruive [Oswold Hill]. But try not to get lost like we did - a 3 mile walk turned into 10 miles in the pouring rain [ However, we all had a good time - especially the dog] :o]." Natasha & Nick Mills + Beav the dog [Woof!]
"It's a cottage we could only aspire to live in, in a dream. I should think it is one of the top 3 buildings for quaint, awesome asethtics we shall every encouter. Compared to our normal lives, we were in heaven. Your taste in decor and architecture is superb and the position and land surrounding is wonderful. You made 2 people very very happy and I'm extremely grateful". Nigel & Belinda. Aberdeenshire.
"Thanks very much for a fantastic week! Everything has been kind to us, not least the weather for this time of year! Particularly enjoyed the day trip to Arran - highly recommended. Cottage has been great - it hasa very warm and welcoming atmosphere and a great mix between accessibility and countryside feel. We hope to come again," [Dave and Sally [all week] The Burstenshows, Helen + Enzo the dog]
"I've never been to Ayr before and was impressed with the facilities in the town centre and the lovely countryside and huge posh houses! Toby [6 1/2] loved the park on Ayr seafront and Pirate Petes. Jacky the dog enjoyed swimming in the River Doon. We all enjoyed staying in the Doonbank Cottage and would love to see the gardens in full bloom." Toby, Rob, Helen, Jacky.

"Thank you so much for a fantastic week. The cottage is amazing and our three spaniels loved the woods and the river. Ayr beach was good fun as was Girvan beach. We spent a super day at Loch Lomand. We really don't want to leave [and neither do the dogs] and we hope to return again soon, though we might all need a rest first as we have done nothing but walk and walk [Galloway Forest Park is stunning]. The fire in the evening has been brilliant and the dogs have enjoyed stretching out in front of it while we relaxed on the sofas [which were super comfy! Thank you again for letting us spend a week in such an idylic setting. You have a truely beautiful house." Stuart, Kate and Mollie, Bindie and Daisy the spaniels.

"I just wanted to say what a superb week we spent at Doonbank Cottage earlier this month. The cottage was absolutely lovely and very comfortable. The bed was, in fact, the most comfortable we have ever slept in so we went out and bought the same model for our home while we were there! Am I right in thinking that the cottage is built in the Arts and Crafts style? I studied Art and Architecture way back and it was nice to see a real example of something I'd studied all those years ago. I would certainly stay in the cottage again and have recommended it to others. I believe a colleague of mine has already booked for November. If you would like a testimonial from us please don't hesitate to ask and feel free to use any comments in this email." Helena Dainton and family. South Shields.
"We had great weather this week and just leaving as the rain sweeps in! The cottage is lovely. Piano a nice surprise [although could do with a tune if possible]. Hamish and Gregory have been visiting and we saw a Roedeer at the start of the week in the garden. Warm and cosy cottage with very easy acces to Alloway." Andy, Maureeen and Chris. Sussex.
"We had a lovely time. Lots of fun. Nice cottage with great walks. The dogs loved it here and my son had many an adventure. Nice, warm and comfortable. Everything was convenient in the kitchen. Thanks a lot, Annie, David, James, Findley's and the dogs - Tes and Mitzie."
Many thanks indeed for leaving us a bottle of champagne to enjoy on our honeymoon in your beautiful cottage. Undoubtably we could not have chosen a more perfect place to start off our married life. We enjoyed every moment. We will highly recommend the cottage to our trusted friends and family. Robert and Lisa Carter.
"Thank you very much, we had a very pleasant stay. Kids wanted to take the beds home. Beautiful place and would definitely recommend to anyone". The Garnham family and dog.
"Well the only bad thing to say about Doonbank is that we have to leave it. Many many thanks for the use of your beautiful home for the past week. We were blessed with nice weather, not one spot of rain - can you believe it! The coastline is spectacular and I am sure we'll be back very soon. Have loved watching the rabbit family slowley demolish your brand new lawn!" Gill and Phil, Caroline Ian, Kim with Harvey, Chester and Boomer.North Lincs.

"What can we say? Wow! We have had the most wonderful week at Doonbank Cottage. We immediately fell in love with the cottage and felt so very much at home here. What an amazing house in an amazing place. We have not overly felt the need to stray too far from the cottage, however we have spent time visiting Loch Lohmond, Calzean Castle, Larg town and have walked Ayr beach numerous times. The Brig a Doon restaurant was exactly how you described it, welcoming with amazing food and we spent two very pleasant evenings there. Our walks along the river can only be described as truely lovely. Poppy and Boss have had the best week of their lives with all this freedom, however Boss being the best escape artist that ever lived had to return to his lead after disappearing and Phil having to run around finding him :-) Poppy now believes this is her home, we don't know how to break the news that we have to leave oh so soon! (see pic attached of our new invention to stop Boss escaping far).We have spent our week plotting on how much to offer you for this house when we eventually win the lottery.....that's how much we loved it here. :-)" Yvonne and Phil Millen, Polly and Boss.
"The most dog friendly place we have ever stayed . Very good the dogs can roam in the gardens without problems. Lovely house with period furnishings and good quality beding and towels." Chris, Di and the dogs, Ted and Scruffy. Yorkshire.
"Thank you for a fabulous week. Doonbank Cottage is thoroughly relaxing and a great time was had by all in the general area. Loved the sound of the reiver and the charm of the cottage and of the gardens. The cottage has been the perfect location for our visits to Ayr with the family and for Arran". Paul, Liam, Quinn and Tristain and Ailsa. Pennsylvania, USA.
"We have really enjoyed our holiday at Doonbank and we are sorry to leave it. The kids have enjoyed the space and dogs have loved being able to laze about the garden at their own leisure. It is the perfect place for peace and quiet and to sit and watch the rabbits at night was good. The dogs really had fun in the river as did." "It feels like you are in your own little world with no-one to bother you - brilliant". Paul, Michelle, Paul, Sean and the dogs, Meg and Jura.
"The most dog friendly place we have ever stayed . Very good the dogs can roam in the gardens without problems. Lovely house with period furnishings and good quality beding and towels." Chris, Di and the dogs, Ted and Scruffy. Yorkshire.
"After all my research on the internet, I'm so pleased to have found Doonbank Cottage. My instinct told me immediately that this is the one! From the photos, it looks as though you have achieved that good balance of tasteful elegance and cosy comfort, Broadband as well - Hurrah! [Brenda, Hereford]

"Beautiful cottage and stunning location - we didn't want to leave! Lots to see and do in the local area and the leaflets in the office really helped us decide what to do - a nice touch. Athough we enjoyed the local attractions (Culzean Castle, Burns Cottage, Heads of Ayr Farm Park.....) we really enjoyed walking around the cottage grounds in the evening. Very peaceful." Jamie

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