Mote Cottage is non - smoking.

Mote cottage has a grade award of 4 by Sykes Cottages, which is the equivalent of grade 4 by the English Tourist board.
We have had excellent comments from our guests. We aim to provide every facility one could wish for and more, to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, and are continually looking to improve even further. All prices are totally all inclusive of linen, towels, electricity and heating. Additional charge of £20/week/pet 

Things to do!
Visit Dumfries House, Culzean Castle (the National Trust for Scotland's flagship), Drumlanrig Castle, or visit Arran. Horse racing at Ayr racecourse. New Lanark for industrial heritage, numerous golf courses and of course Robert Burns,something for all the family. Many attractions open all year.
Why not fly here with Ryanair! Prestwick International Airport is only 35 mins away, with car hire at the airport.


Thank you again for another wonderful week. We never tire of coming to Mote. It’s perfect, has all the home comforts & log burning fire is heaven. No mater what time of year we come it’s beautiful here. Dean Castle & country park is lovely. Troon is lovely and Alloway to see the Brig o Doon & Robert Burns memorial. To add to our visit the snow was gorgeous and felt very Christmasy. The birds in the garden have been wonderful. The families of pheasants, woodpecker and the finches and robins are so relaxing to watch. We will be back again next year. Dawn & Les Olsen, Halewood village, Liverpool. 30/11/13 – 07/12/13.

We love this cottage and that’s the reason for our return. We will return again it feels so homely. Carol & Alex Walker. November 2013.

Thank you again for a lovely stay at the cottage. We have all enjoyed ourselves. The only down side was it was too short a stay. We hope to see you again next year for a lot longer. Lots of Love, Shona, Donald, Jay & Oscar.

A super week at Mote Cottage which we found to be spotlessly clean, and extremely comfortable. We enjoyed watching the pheasant grazing on the lawn in the morning and a stoat darting along the wall at the back. We enjoyed the short walk along the Nith river, through the farmyard and along to the loch. Most of all we have enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the cottage. Wee Daniel enjoyed meeting the ponies, Victor & Dexter and going with Grandpa on a frog hunt (No frogs were injured in the creation of this holiday). See you again. Alec and Ashley, London. 19-26/10/13

Loved the cottage, everything we needed for a great holiday. Weather has been good for the time of year and we have had some lovely days out. We especially enjoyed the beaches as did Toby our dog. Thank you. Sue & Alistair, Forfar. 12-18/10/13

Our first visit to Mote Cottage – VERY well equipped, comfortable and warm. We had 2 visits to Glasgow (by train) to the Burrell Collection, Tenement House etc. Also a day at Dumfries House, another at Culzean, another at Alloway visiting Burns locations. Lots of time to relax and catch up with each other’s news. Peaceful, quiet location. Lovely autumn colours. Heather & Judith, Bradford & Dumfries. 5-12/10/13

Lovely stay – had to cut short as big meeting in Bradford, as you might know we came to visit new great grandchild, he was adorable (then l am bias). Daughter in law put flannel in with dark clothes by accident, so we replaced it. Hope this won’t go against us when we book next year. Weather was lovely except for the day we left. We all had a lovely stay, cottage was very comfortable. Marion & Gareth Martin, South Wales. 28/09/13-03/10/13.

Lovely to be back in New Cumnock. Enjoyed our stay at Mote Cottage. Mairi & Jim Walker, Selby, N. Yorkshire. 22 -28/09/13

We have been travelling around the UK for 7 weeks and this is the best and homeliest cottage we have stayed in. All the comforts of home on one level.  We went to Dumfries House & Culzean Castle, unfortunately Drumlanrig Castle closed the day before, but we got to see the beautiful gardens. Also went around to the border towns and saw Floors Castle and Kelso Abbey. A long drive so stayed in a pub overnight. It rains every second day, but was still out every day as there is so much to see. Preferred driving on Scottish roads to Wiltshire roads and didn’t encounter too many tractors. Thanks Jean & Peter for a relaxing cottage to come home to after being out all day. Daren & Maureen Layne, Canberra, Australia. 15-21/09/13

Thanks Jean & Peter. What a wonderful place to stay, can without doubt say the best equipped cottage we have stayed in. We’ve visited many places recommended by all the leaflets left here. If you like long sea front walks then Ayr, Troon and the wonderful Largs are recommended. Our springer Max has been well and truly tired out every day and has loved running along by the river every day. Edinburgh interesting but very undog friendly and visitor info next to useless. Weather mixed from sun block to almost needing gloves. Thanks Jean & Peter, Mote Cottage one of the best. Sue, Rich and Max, Cornwall. 31/08/13-14/09/13

Thank you for a comfortable well equipped cottage. Enjoyed our stay relaxing, sunbathing in the garden, or fly fishing on the river nith. Drove through memorable scenery, not much traffic on the high ‘n’ low roads. Visited many lochs and walked through woods as well as paddling in the sea. Lastly visited a whisky experience and taking a wee dram home. Cheers. Bethan (14 years) caught her first ever trout by herself. Recommend hotel the loch, steak delicious. Put the top hat on a top holiday, saw a red deer. Thanks for the memories. Dennis, Margaret, Sarah & Bethan, and spot the dog. 17-31/08/13

Enjoyed our stay at Mote Cottage. Weather has been good. We recommend a trip to Straiton. Try and do the Monument Walk. Its very steep towards the end. Travel as light as possible, it’s very tiring. Then visit the Black Bull for a pint of Black. Dumfries House is good, if that’s your thing, take the dog as well. Don’t worry about the rustling in the loft as it gets dark, it’s the bats getting ready to fly out. You can see them sitting on the sofa in the lounge (outside that is). Thanks Jean & Peter we would love to come again someday. Bob & Lorraine, Brentwood, Essex. 3-15/08/13

Very happy with cottage, don’t want to leave. Kids had great week and want to live here! Dog Ruby didn’t want to leave fab garden. Heads of Ayr farm park great day out for any weather with kids indoor and outdoor stuff (no dogs). Weather been on and off, but hot and stuffy. Dean Castle country park good for walking, dogs allowed on lead. Nice café with tasty food. Kids park, some animals,  free entry. Culzean Castle is a full day out, dogs allowed on lead – get there early as long walks. Kelburn Castle is great day out.  Love watching the bats in garden. The Woodrows, Manchester 27/07/13-04/08/13

Another lovely time. Lovely days out with family who live in the area. Highlights were Dean Castle country park, Heads of Ayr farm park and Culzean Castle. We had a great time. Gran, Mum, Charlie(8), Adam(6). 29/06/13-06/07/13

Have had a wonderful time. Everything we needed was provided. Thanks. Lorraine & Elizabeth. Sydney, Australia. 15-22/06/13

So may thanks, Jean & Peter, for providing such a well equipped, comfortable cottage with such a pretty garden. We have had such an enjoyable 2 weeks. We visited the Isle of Arran, the most southerly tip of Scotland at the Rhines of Galloway, Castle Kennedy, Glenwhan gardens, Culzean Castle, Loch Doon, walked in the Galloway Forest Park, Auchinleck, River Ayr gorge at Failford and at Oswald’s Bridge, also recommend Failford Inn which welcomes dogs has relaxing riverside seating. Also recommend the cakes and ice creams from Costley’s in Prestwick. The coffee shop and ice cream parlour at Catrine was also very good value. We were very lucky with the weather and have watched so many different birds visit the seed feeders in the garden (including watching the buzzard overhead). A relaxing but interesting holiday, thoroughly enjoyed by ourselves and our 2 cocker spaniels. Many thanks again for jean & Peter for making it possible. Jennie & James, Lincolnshire. 1-15/06/13

A great cottage in a beautiful location. So peaceful, quiet with stunning scenery. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay, to relax and to enjo. We even had blue skies and sun (what in Scotland!) so glad we booked it, so glad we stayed. We will also remember our stay when we return home to Goa in India. Ray, Sofiad, & Muskau Griffen, Goa, India. 15-18/05/13

We have all enjoyed a peaceful relaxing holiday, the environment and local countryside is stunning. The cottage is very homely and welcoming, and is very well equipped with everything we required to hand. Peter and Jean made us feel very welcome. We would certainly come back again. The O’Neill family, Cleveland. 9-14/05/13

Another lovely stay at Mote Cottage, very peaceful break and will look forward to our next visit. Clare, John & Lucas. 4-9/05/13

We have all had a lovely week’s holiday and the weather was not too bad. The cottage is very well equipped and a real home from home. The only thing we missed was our nest of tables to put drinks on in our lounge. Watching the birds was wonderful and we saw the bats at night. Will certainly come again and recommend your cottage to friends and family. Thank you for the experience. Ratcliffe and Willies families. 27/04/13 – 04/05/13.                         
Additional folding table now provided(behind sofa)14/05/13 Jean Blackwell(owner)

Cottage brill, fishing fair (try spinning on a kidney spoon). Visit Culzean Castle- good day out. Dumfries House reasonable. Went to Ayr shopping , OK, busy. Keep the bird feeders full and you will see lots of varieties. Will come again in summer time. Look out for the fox he ate our chicken carcass. Roy & Margaret. Notts. 20-27/04/13
Sunday gale force winds and wet, but still went for a walk around loch, very nice. Monday went to see friend in Cumbernauld and a walk. Tuesday walking round Straiton paths. Wednesday visiting Glasgow. Thursday a trip to Greenan Castle and Dunure castle. Friday walking Wanlockhead and Leadhills. Lovely cottage, clean, comfortable and warm. Jean & Peter are friendly and amazing. Dave, Norfolk 13-20/04/13

Thank you Jean & Peter for another fantastic holiday! We had lovely weather nearly the whole week. Plenty of walks and wildlife. We saw some deer near the Loch. There were buzzards in the trees and lots of garden birds at the back of the house. Buckee & Featherstone families. 6-13/04/13

We have had 2 weeks of blue skies and sunshine, snow for one day, beautiful weather, peaceful as always. Family love coming to visit. Had an excellent couple of hours at Blackstones Clydesdales horse riding, what a lovely experience. (John & Maggi Duncan at Auchinleck) the Clydesdale horses are so calm, obviously sensed we were not the usual horsey type. If you want something different go for it. Thanks once again to Peter & Jean for the use of the lovely Mote Cottage. Roberts family, Leicester. 23/3/13-6/4/13

Had a wonderful quiet holiday, cottage was perfect. Will be coming back. The Walkers, Dumfries. 23/3/13

Had a nice week, even enjoyed the snow. Hope to be back soon. Cathy, Raymond & dogs. Port Glasgow. 16/3/13

We have had a wonderful week in a perfect cottage – very comfortable, clean, warm, cosy and well equipped. The weather has been very kind to us too. We will be back!! Carol & Ian Leigh, Doncaster 1-8/3/13

A perfect stay, thank you. Carol, Alex & Holly 7-10/2/13
What a lovely cottage, best we’ve stayed in, perfect!! Lisa, Liz & Hector. Lancashire 26/1/13- 2/2/13

Had a lovely, peaceful time. Weather not been too good but didn’t stop us getting out and about. Bungalow is lovely, so clean too. Certainly be coming again. Yak, Jane & Ladid. Lancashire. 30/12/12 – 02/01/13

‘Christmas week 2012’ Thanks for a lovely week! Weather has been awful, but had a very relaxing time after a very stressful year. This was just wanting snow, but maybe next year eh! Lovely fire and fab Christmas tree. Best wished for the New Year. Theresa. Kevin, Georgia & Emma, Wrexham, Wales.
Georgia Jones (age 12): While staying at the cottage we were welcomed with a delightful bird of the wild, here l have tried to show the pheasant in its natural environment (pheasant drawing in guest book) PS;- thank you Jean & Peter for letting us stay.

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