Cosses Country House


Cosses Country House, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, KA26 0LR

    Welcome to the home of Susan and Robin Crosthwaite where you arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend.

    The superb, licensed hospitality in this Wolsey Lodge, set in twelve acres of woodland and garden, in a secluded valley, is a little piece of heaven one loves to discover. Superlative standard of comfort and excellent accommodation in the long, low 17th century hunting lodge 2 miles from the sea and amazing views to Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and Ireland. Home grown and local produce provide the source for delicious, imaginative meals, to begin and end your day. This is the perfect base for exploring South West Scotland with its wonderful walks, golf, castles, gardens and pretty drives on quiet roads. 1 hour from Prestwick Airport and 30 minutes from the Irish Ferry Terminals. Robin and Susan love having people to stay and sharing their passion for superb food and wine. Home grown vegetables, fruit and herbs from the kitchen garden, locally reared meat, game, cheese and freshly caught seafood tempt the taste buds. Four course imaginative dinners (no choice - but preferences are discussed beforehand) are served dinner party style in the lovely dining room. Susan has written a book about the local food, local history and all that there is to see and do in South West Scotland. Their friends and guests describe them as 'perfect hosts'. Black labradors, Bonzo and Monty will escort you on a magical walk with views out to sea towards Ireland, Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and Arran. Enjoy afternoon tea in a secluded garden, by Chailoch Burn, and drinks in front of a blazing log fire. The house dates back to 1606 and was a shooting lodge by Crailoch Burn on an old Roman Road. It became the Home Farm for the Glenapp Estate in the late 1800s and the dining room and kitchen were the dairy where the butter and cheese were made. The two spacious suites across the courtyard are converted farm buildings, and the garden room within the main house are all classically decorated and cleverly co-ordinated to a very high standard with every last detail in mind.

    One hour from Prestwick Airport and low cost airlines, Two hours from Glasgow Airport and 20 minutes from Irish Ferry Terminals, it is an idyllic country setting, close to the sea, to explore South West Scotland. Whether walking, cycling or motoring through the myriad of quiet roads, visiting the abbeys, castles or standing stones in an area steeped in history, or exploring beautiful gardens, playing golf or fishing, there is something for everyone.

    Places of Interest: Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and Dark Sky Park, Ayrshire Coastal path, Culzean Castle and Country Park, Logan Botanical Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Glen Whan Gardens, Port Patrick and Southern Upland Way, Galloway and Carrick Forests, Ailsa Craig, Turnberry Golf Courses and many others, Burns Heritage Centre, Glen Luce and Crossraguel Abbeys.

    Room Rates

    Ailsa Suite: £65 pp per night B&B
    Iona Suite: £65 pp per night B&B
    Garden Dbl Room: £55 pp per night B&B

    Single Occupancy: £85 per night B&B


    Special offers available at

    B&B : 10% reduction on stays of 3 nights or more

    Dinner Rates

    4 course dinner (plus coffee and homemade petit fours):from £35


    5 Bed and Breakfast
    Cyclists Welcome Walkers Welcome Green Tourism Gold Taste Our Best
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    7 Jan 2015 - 21 Dec 2015
    2016 Opening Times
    4 Jan 2016 - 21 Dec 2016

    Arrival time from 4pm / check out time before 11am. Earlier or later check out times by arrangement

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Cosses Suite
    £130.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Cosses Double room (2 Occupants)
    £110.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)
    Cosses single occupancy (1 Occupant)
    £85.00 per room per night (breakfast inc.)

    Prices per room per night. £20 deposit per room per night is required. Deposit is non refundable. No other charge for cancellation up to 24 hours before. Cancellation within 24 hours includes the cost of the first night's accommodation. Room charge includes breakfast and afternoon tea between 4pm and 5.30 pm on the day of arrival. 4 course Dinner using all home-grown and local produce from £35 pp including coffee and tea and home-made chocolates.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Bar Available
    • Breakfast Available
    • Dairy Free
    • Dinner Available
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement
    • Gluten Free
    • Nut Free Meals
    • Organic Food
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Covered Drying Facilities Available
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Log Fire
    • Lounge
    • Open Hearth Fire
    • Payphones Available
    • Shower
    • Towels Provided
    • Tumble Dryer
    • WC EnSuite
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Washing Machine

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Beauty Treatments
    • Body Wraps
    • Fitness Training
    • Sauna
    • Sauna Available
    • Spa Pool Available
    • Steam Room
    • Traditional Massage


    • Coastal Location
    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location
    • Waterfront Location


    • Bike Storage Available
    • Cycle Locker
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking


    • Children's Menu Available
    • Indoor Play Area


    • Fax/Email Facilities
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Open To Non Residents

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Radio
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • TV In Room
    • Television

    Special Requirements

    • Allergy Sufferers
    • Business Travellers
    • Families
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Road Directions

    From north/south take A77 to Ballantrae. From north go through Ballantrae, over the River Stinchar, then first left (Ballantrae Holiday Park sign). Cosses is 2 miles on the right at the top of the hill where the gate is in a group of trees. From south approach village and turn right before 30mph signs as above.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From Ayr take A77 to Ballantrae. From north go through Ballantrae, over the River Stinchar, then first left (Ballantae Holiday Park sign). Cosses is 2 miles on the right. From south (Stranraer) approach village and turn right before 30mph signs as above.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow Airport take the M8 towards Glasgow then the M77 towards Kilmarnock (as above) approx 2 hours
    From Prestwick Airport take the A77 south towards Stranraer (as above) approx 1 hour

    Getting there by ferry:- From Cairnryan take the A77 north towards Ayr (as above) approx 30 or 20 minutes.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • There are separate shower units:
      • fitted with support handrails
    • Baths fitted with support handrails available
    • Bathrooms available with :
      • bath
      • separate shower unit
    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • Bedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by the guest

    General Questions

    • Emergency evacuation procedures for the safe exit of guests with disabilities
    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment

    Building Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Handrail by the steps
      • Number of steps 1


    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • flat, (i.e. without steps)

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

    Accommodation Special Offer

    Stay 3 nights or more and enjoy 10% discount on B&B rates (only applies if you book direct with our web site)

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