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.


Another good week at Mote Cottage.  Can't wait even with rain and wind for next holiday.  Cathy and Raymond.  Ps. Raymond saw the bats last night.  15-22/03/14.

We have enjoyed our first visit to Mote Cottage, would love to come back again.  Weather rather mixed but cottage very comfortable and cosy with everything you would need.  Jack and Julia Shepherd, Fife and Jack and June Halliday, Belfast.  22-29/03/14

Our first stay at Mote Cottage was very pleasurable.  Cottage is very well equipped and has everything you could need.  It's lovely and quiet even with the pheasants, woodpeckers and robins! The cottage is a real home from home and we look forward to returning when we're visiting family.  Wendy and Jonathan Caller, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 29/03/14-05/04/14

Thank you Jean and Peter for another relaxing holiday.  We have enjoyed walking along the river and playing on the hill with our 8 month old puppy.  She really enjoyed it.  The weather could have been better but it hasn't stopped us enjoying ourselves.  We have been to Culzean, Drumlanrig Castle, the beach and also on the Afton Dam walk.  It is nice to see the goldfinches, robins, chaffinches and pheasants in the garden and also the buzzards out the front.  We have seen the bats every night just as the light is fading. We can see why you have the ponies, they are very tame and very cute. The only downside is that we have to go home-itís just been too quick!  Thanks again and we hope to return soon!  Buckee and Featherstone families, Howden, E. Yorkshire, 05-12/04/14

Lovely chilled out week.  Very comfortable cottage with all necessary home comforts. Lots of wildlife-bats, deer, pheasants, finches, tits-all around the farm.  Cycled length of Loch Doon and back, lovely vistas.  Would love to come back sometime.  Sally and Colin, Lincoln.  12-19/04/14

What a super cottage, really enjoyed our walks down to the Loch with the dog in the morning, loved the ponies, Dexter and Victor.  Weather was lovely, only one evening of rain.  Explored the Galloway forest, visited Ayr and Dean Castle.  This is our first visit to the cottage, which we found very comfortable and well equipped.  Jean and Peter make you very welcome.  Big thanks for a super stay.  The Hepdens, Stoke on Trent. 19-26\04\14

Once again we have had a great week.  Just goes in too quick.  We love staying in the cottage it's so lovely and we always feel at home.  We have had some great walks with the dogs and weather was kind to us.  We hope to see you again soon and thank you for my plant. Shona, Donald and the boys.  28/04/14-03/05/14

Another fantastic week at Mote Cottage.  This is our fourth visit and all 3 of us have had a relaxing holiday.  John, Clare and Lucas.  11-16/05/14.

Enjoyed a relaxing week in a lovely cottage.  Very impressed with Dumfries House, the gardens are beautiful.  The dog had a wonderful time with plenty of walking nearby-even the weather was good. Thank you for a super week.  Jan and Peter.  17-24/05/14

Merc (our dog) particularly enjoyed the paddocks, thanks for mowing a path that really helped.  Weather was almost always dry and warm, sometimes sunny. Loved the cosy cottage and found the bats very entertaining. Slept well and dreamt good dreams (really feeling away from work without wifi really was a blessing). Logan botanic garden was fabulous, just a shame they don't take dogs. Loved your garden too and glad the peonies and poppies opened for us by the end of the week.  Used the Avon skin so soft oil and it did seem to keep away the midges after the first sunny evening/night (or should I say bite). Thanks Marion, Steve and Merc.  Ps. A refreshingly well-equipped cottage.  :-) 24-31/05/14

Our first visit, hopefully won't be the last. This is a lovely well equipped cottage, with a real home from home feeling.  Thank you Jean and Peter for making us feel welcome.  Pity we had to go home before the strawberries came out! John and Eileen and Chip (border terrier who has enjoyed his first holiday) 31/05 - 07/06/14

We have had a most enjoyable week in this very comfortable cottage, with the most fantastic weather.  Enjoyed the pheasants in the garden and the bats every evening.  Nice visit to Drumlanrig, plenty of gardens to see, but lots of slopes.  Finlayston a bit of a trek, but the view of the Clyde from the back of the road was excellent.  Fantastic day at Culzean, wall to wall sunshine.  Great view of the coast and islands from the coast road back to Ayr. Very interesting day at New Lanark and the waterfalls on the Clyde are beautiful.  Long day over to Arran, enjoyable boat trip and conquered lack of buses.  Dumfries house fascinating.  The grounds are extensive and free and would be good to come back and see the walled garden (opening in a few weeks) and growth in the arboretum. Barony A frame near Auchinleck an interesting reminder of times past.  Rosie and Kevin.  Suffolk.  14-21/06/14

What a wonderful idyllic cottage, just a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Thanks to Jean and Peter we have had a great time here at Mote Cottage, even the dog's have had time to chill and roam the garden. We have visited so many places.  I can recommend Coyles fishery, as I was the only one to catch a nice trout for tea. The weather has been nice enough to see some wonderful places.  We even saw an otter playing in the river in Ayr, just at the side of the bridge.  Again thanks to Jean and Peter the cottage wants for nothing, they have thought of everything you would need to enjoy your holiday in comfort.  Resident pheasants at the back, male and female, frequent the garden on a daily basis and are quite tame. We will definitely be back soon. Martin, Dawn, Jack, Hugo and Mattie. Blackburn.  28/06-05/07/14

We loved it here. It's such a lovely house, home from home. Even though it is summer we lit the stove, which was great. The area is beautiful and there is so much to do. We even went on a sea plane in Loch Lomond, which was spectacular. The first thing l saw coming into the house was a beautiful area of lavender plants.  Lavender now will always remind me of this cottage and our time here.  The weather was just fantastic.  We ate out in Dumfries Arms hotel and the Royal hotel, they were really good.  Neil got a carry out from Spice Hut and he said they were so generous with their portions and were really good. I hope whoever is reading this is going, or had, a fantastic time here like we did.  As Arnold Schwarzenegger would say "I'll be back". Have fun.  Heather and Neil.  08-11/07/14

Fantastic cottage and beautiful garden.  Wildlife spotted through the kitchen window includes a selection of pheasants, a vast array of birds, and a female red deer and a mouse. It has been an excellent base for all the activities we wanted to do. Electric Brae was a real head mess, Culzean Castle was fascinating and Arran was a great day out, all helped by the most wonderful weather. Certainly didn't need the log fire. The Day family.  20-26/07/14

Clean spacious accommodation in lovely countryside.  Thank you.  Dawn, Richard, Faye and Jacob the dog.  26/07-02/08/14

We had a lovely relaxing week, the cottage was lovely, we also enjoyed the stunning garden.  Thank you. 
Mrs L DuPlessis. 2-9/08/14

Our 4th stay here but our 1st at Mote Cottage.  A beautiful cottage and we've had a lovely relaxing holiday with our newest family member, an old english sheep dog puppy Dougal. We'll be back again soon. Many thanks.  Steve, Di, Oliver and Dougal. 9-16/08/14

What a wonderful little cottage with all the comforts of home and then some. Such a delightful change from motels and B and B's. Our reason to visit was the closeness to our ancestral homes.  While we did visit the towns and their cemeteries, most of the time was spent in the Ayr library exploring the archives.  As the chill set in most evenings it was so pleasant to come home to a warm and inviting house.  We saw the resident pheasant and family of young chicks as well as bats in the evening.  A beautiful place to stay. Han and Leigh. Australia.  16-23/08/14

We have had a wonderful family holiday in an extremely relaxing environment! Weather was fantastic and cottage excellent.  George, our working cocker spaniel loved it and didn't stop running round all week!! Thank you.  The Hawley family,  Howarden, Wales. 23-30/08/14

We have had a wonderful holiday in the beautiful Mote Cottage, idyllic setting, loved the peace and quiet.  The weather has been fantastic, even got a sun tan!  Loved the gardens and enjoyed watching and hearing the wildlife, and the bats.  We enjoyed exploring Ayrshire as not been before, can recommend Culzean Castle, Girvan and Loch Doon.  There's loads more to do so we look forward to coming back.  We also recommend Dumfries Arms hotel in Cumnock for excellent customer service and the food is good as well. Thanks Jean and Peter for a lovely relaxing break.  Julia and Roger Peacehaven 6-20/09/14

We've also had a great week, weather very good for this time of year.  A great base to visit the area and also very quiet.  Look forward to returning.  Donald, Sarah, Hayley. Swindon.  20-27/09/14

Mote Cottage has been the perfect home from home.  We have been very lazy all week and enjoyed the delights of the cottage, garden and riverside/lochside walks. Resident wildlife has kept us entertained all week and apart from the last day the weather has been very kind to us. All in all, a perfect week indeed.  Many thanks! Margaret and Ray.  Co. Durham.  Ps. we made a lovely apple crumble, handpicked from just outside the back door! Yummy!  Pps. Bats still here! 27/09-04/10/14

Well tomorrow we go home and l can honestly say l really do not want to, the cottage is so perfect, clean and cosy, a home away from home.  We haven't had perfect weather but it definitely hasn't spoilt our little get away.  My 2 children Harley (1) and Ellie-Mai (4) have loved it too. Not to forget our lurcher Breeze.  Kieron (my partner) has loved the wildlife and pheasants that roam the back garden and taking Breeze on long walks.  Thank you for a perfect holiday in a perfect place.  Kirsty, Kieron, Ellie-Mai and Harley.  Wigan.  25/10-01/11/14

A lovely cottage with all the comforts of home.  We have had a very quiet enjoyable week.  The weather has been very kind to us considering we are now in November. Watching all the birds in the garden has been so rewarding, a great variety.  We've loved feeding the two shetland ponies even though l was nipped one of the days it gave us a laugh.  I am from New Cumnock, but been in Doncaster many years. The village has changed so much but the beautiful scenery surrounding it remains the same.  It's great to come home.  Thank you for a lovely week in your lovely cottage.  Rena and Paul, Doncaster.  01-08/11/14

Had a lovely stay in your lovely cottage, nice and peaceful and my 19 month old even found it fun with the selection of toys you provide.  We both really enjoyed sleeping.  Will definitely be making plans to return.  Siobhan and Caileb, S. Yorkshire.  01-08/11/14

Once again the cottage didn't disappoint.  We love it here and never fail to enjoy everything about the place.  We look forward to our next visit as always, but will need to bring more carrots next time for the ponies.  They are lovely friendly creatures and l fell in love with them instantly.  Till next time, thanks again.  Les and Dawn Olsen, Liverpool.  08-15/11/14

We have had a wonderful weekend here in Mote Cottage.  Never left the cottage, but it is so lovely, spacious and clean, plus has everything we needed.  Thank you.  Maggie, Robert, Astrid and Amie.  21-23/11/14

Having booked Mote Cottage at the very last minute we were delighted when we arrived.  Warm, clean, stylish and all we could ask for.  Thank you.  Helen and Chris, Wigglesworth,  N. Yorkshire.  1-6/12/14

Had a wonderful holiday.  Cottage cosy and comfortable.  Really enjoyed the wildlife and walking round the farm and up to Afton reservoir.  Will definitely come back.  Ben, Lorraine and Lily (8 months) Bristol.  20-27/12/14

We booked Mote Cottage just a few days before we got here due to the need to visit a very ill relative.  Jean and Peter could not have been more accommodating if they tried!  We have 3 little dogs and struggled to find anywhere that would allow us to bring them because we couldn't kennel them because of the short notice.  Jean to the rescue! Thank you.  The cottage is beautiful, secluded, warm, cosy and extremely well equipped and as clean as a whistle!  The dogs loved the garden. ?.. so many new corners to investigate.  We are close enough to Ayr to be able to visit my sister, but far enough away that we don't feel we are imposing on an already stressed out family.  Wish we had known about this beautiful cottage years ago, but now that we do, we shall definitely return in better circumstances.  :-) Thank you Jean and Peter, and it was so lovely meeting Peter's parents too. Our best wishes for a prosperous and happy new year in 2015.  Robert, Jacqueline, Joanne and Luke.  Swindon.  27-31/12/14

We booked Mote Cottage somewhat later than desirable, but thanks to the generosity of Jean and Peter, we have had a fine stay in a cosy wee cottage in Scotland.  I am New Cumnock born and raised,  and this is the first Hogmanay/New Year that I have spent in Ayrshire or indeed any part of the UK since the winter of 1961.  Beautifully bleek and cold in marked contrast to Christmas and New Year in Sydney! Best wishes for 2015.  I will plan to use Nith Cottages on my next visit when ever that will be.  Alistair Burns,  Sidney,  and Cate and James,  London.  31/12/14-03/01/15

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