We booked this site because having read the reviews on this website and the CCC website we thought it was exactly our kind of site - and we were not disappointed! If you like 4 or 5 star bathroom facilities this site is not for you. But if you value an extremely relaxed and informal atmosphere, with plenty of space, amazing views and the feeling that you are in the countryside and have got away from it all, you will feel, as we did, that it's perfect.
The castle is just across the road. If you walk through the castle grounds and take the path beyond the swan lake at the far end of the castle grounds it leads you down to a lovely beach. All definitely worth a visit. The Robert Burns Museum is about 15 mins away.
If you like walking you can walk pretty much in any direction right from the site.
The owners were very welcoming and friendly. And excellent value for money.
Just stayed here for the first time and will definitely be back. Fantastic views and beautiful sunsets. Very friendly owners nothing is too much trouble. Great for chilling out and just listening to the sounds around you. We even heard Owls at night. As others have said the toilets are rough and ready but if you are fully self sufficient shower wise this is not an issue. Great bunch of regulars always keen to help.
Here for the first camp of the year to check the motorhome got through winter OK, and that was the only reason for staying just one night: I expect we'll be back again to stay longer as the positives far outweigh the negatives.
Badly potholed access track, but a very warm welcome from the owner. An elevated open site, mature trees to the rear recently felled, so it could get more wet and windy than, say, the Culzean CCC site on the other side of the main road below. But the panoramic views over to Arran, Kintyre and Ireland are absolutely stunning, especially at sunset; the pitches are widely spaced and staggered so everyone can enjoy these. Totally silent at night, so it was very tranquil and restful. The separate ladies and gents toilets (1 loo, 2 sinks, free shower) are, as the owner said, 'rough and ready', BYO everything, and a bit of a trek through the farm yard at night, but hey! the fees are only £10 a night and they were clean with hot water. Though the site was half full (there are about a dozen EHU pitches plus a handful of empty seasonals), we were the only folk using these facilities as the others were caravanners. Didn't see a pot wash, but if I was tenting I would just use the sinks at the toilet. The ground was sodden after all the rain, but there are hard stands - though we our chocks didn't quite offset the slope. Water stand-pipe easy to access for filling the van. Dog run off-lead up 'the old road' through the Thomaston Woods for views down to the famous Turnberry golf course lighthouse and Ailsa Craig, though be prepared for this farm track being very muddy indeed.
We only stayed one night this time but we know the area well. You can get the train to Glasgow from Girvan, now sadly run-down apart from its new supermarket; the swimming pool there has long gone but its golf course is good fun and good value; the several butchers' local beef is excellent; and a boat trip to Ailsa Craig is a grand day out. Memorial to the Russian Navy cruiser 'Varyag' at Lendalfoot south of Girvan is a beautiful monument in a beautiful setting - you could stop on the way to pretty Portpatrick and Logan Botanic Gardens in Galloway, or the ferry to Ireland. Other reviews have mentioned Culzean - if you are not NT members, park at Maidens at the south end and walk in free like the locals do, though that won't get you into the Castle on top of the cliffs.
We originally visited Thomaston Farm due to a love of the Village of Maidens. We have found Hugh and Fiona to be very accommodating and pleasant.
The close proximity of Culzean Castle and it`s many miles of woodland walks, Walled Gardens and Homefarm Auditorium are a tranquil experience for all visitors.
The site facilities are basic but well kept. We tend to use our vans facilities though. The raised position of the well kept site give fantastic views over the Firth of Clyde to the isle of Arran and stunning Sunsets can be expected and enjoyed.
The village of Dunure is worth a visit, the small harbour is a lovely setting for a coffee or something stronger with coffee shop and village pub at the harbour head.
The locals are so welcoming it has to be experienced to be believed. I can`t recommend the site and area enough.
This is a nice site, the only gripe we had is that you can't see the CS sign from the road. All you can see is a sign to Glenside Farm; the Thomaston sign is buried in the trees. If you go wrong you can turn in the entrance to Culzean Castle, the entrance you want is by the bus stop on the left going west. The access road is wide enough but a bit rough in places. We didn't find the facilities so can't comment on them, we use our own anyway. Rubbish disposal and the CWD are ok.
Much the best part is the wonderful view over to Arran, you can watch the boats which look like little dots. The village of Maidens itself is ok, has a small shop and a muddy harbour area which looks much better when the tide is in. There is a small beach just to the south of the village which would be ideal for small children as the sea is calm and shallow, too shallow for serious swimming.
There is a Co-op and a garage at Maybole 5 miles away and an Asda at Girvan down the coast, the only reason to go there. The best shopping centre is at Ayr, Dunure is worth a look around.
I loved staying at this site. The views were amazing and the owners of the farm were easy going and really friendly and helpful. Sitting at the edge of a field of golden barley waving in the breeze, looking down over the Isle of Aran was an extremely relaxing experience.
I was there for three nights, and did not tire of it. The proximity to Culzean Castle is also a bonus, as you can spend a great day out there.
The facilities are basic, but this was not a problem for me. I have experienced much worse in my travels, and had a lovely warm shower at this site. The owner's sons did a little repair job on my van for me at no charge, which I was very grateful for as it has kept the Scottish rain out for the rest of the summer.
I would also like to recommend the home grown potatoes from the farm, they are very delicious so take home a bag.
I would definitely revisit this site and recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful break.
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