Afton Water Bed and Breakfast

The Doctor’s House, Glen Afton Park, Afton Road, New Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, KA18 4PR.

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Our detached villa set some three miles into the hills, near New Cumnock in Ayrshire; offers opportunities to relax, and completely unwind from the stresses of city life.

Double En-Suite

Double En-Suite

The house is set within half an acre of delightful gardens, edged by a small woodland area, where ducks and  are part of the family.

Twin / Superking

Twin / Superking

With stunning views from every room and you definitely feel part of the rolling hills surrounding this area of Scotland.

Family / Tripple

Family / Tripple

Just off the A76 we offer a great base for exploring all that Ayrshire has to offer. You can be at the coast within 35 minutes and in the city of Glasgow in an hour. Dumfries and Galloway is only a 10 minute drive.

A short walk into the leisure park you will find a cosy pub, where hearty meals are served on Sundays. The Lochside House Hotel is a couple of miles down the road and offers an exceptional spa experience and delicious food served in a beautiful setting.

Go to http://maps.google.co.uk/add your postal code and ours KA18 4PR to get directions, which can be found just above the map.

Cartoon like map of how to get from New Cumnock up to Afton Water B&B

From the wee roundabout towards the rolling hills.

A lovely family have just stayed with us. They had a great time in Ayrshire during the early May Bank Holiday Weekend. While they were with us they enjoyed walks in and around the garden. The eleven year old, Daniel enjoyed the large garden and was truly ‘eggsited’ when he saw the first Jackdaw egg on our breakfast room CCTV. Egg alert, egg alert he cried out to his parents. All the family had a go at choosing their favourite paintings from my artwork and Mum was fascinated by the painting I had done recently when I applied to go on Sky TV’s Landscape Artist of the Year.

 

We are fortunate enough to have lovely people managing Glenafton Caravan Park, which is a little further up the road from our B&B. Anne and Philip have made great improvements inside the pub, which now boasts a lovely function room and provides seasonal entertainment. The Sunday lunch is always hearty and very reasonably priced.

Now Anne and Philip have gone further with their improvements. They are in the process of sorting out the drainage on the road so a new road can be laid and they have cleared many fallen trees to make a very attractive walk into the woodland above the park, where there’s lots to discover.2015-01-29 10.33.55 2015-01-29 10.35.13 2015-01-29 10.36.06 2015-01-29 10.36.17 2015-01-29 10.37.01 2015-01-29 10.39.54

The area surrounding our B&B, Glenafton is one of outstanding natural beauty. We encourage you to take a short break here and enjoy all the area has to offer.

Last year we had our first eggs from our new Call ducks, they were great for baking, but a little too small for fried eggs, the white was a wee bit blue and there was not much of it. So I made lots of sponge cakes. Later in the season our Call ducks decided that they wanted to reproduce and laid their eggs in hard to reach places. We were successful at rearing the little beauties, they were much loved by children visiting the nearby caravan site. The yellow ducklings turned into white Call ducks, the brown and yellow ones turned into mallards and the yellow and grey ones turned into beige Call ducks.

This year now our ducklings are fully grown they have started laying eggs of their own. Some of the ducklings on the left were hatched in May and their eggs were laid in the first week of March. So at just ten months they are fully productive. As you can see from the photo on the right our rescue hens are still laying well and producing large brown  eggs, which are a feature of our hearty breakfasts.

Eggs glorious eggs at Afton Water B&B

These are the first duck eggs of the season

Our ducklings now fully grown

Our ducklings now fully grown

 

Great news: One of my Chasing Sunset paintings sold at the weekend, through The Wellington Gallery in Kilmarnock, Scotland. The gallery had plenty of positive comments about my work and are optimistic about another couple of pieces. My philosophy is to paint landscapes of places I’ve have personally visited and I truly loved visiting Paris. In this photo you can see me painting in my studio at Afton Water B&B, where I host art workshops.

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Today I collected twelve eggs from our rescue hens, they have settled well and are obviously enjoying roaming free in our half acre garden. The ducks are a joy to watch at the moment as they are trying to establish who will be mating pairs! On Sunday we made a record of the birds that visited the garden. We had: a nuthatch, four chaffinch, three robins, four great tits, four blue tits, four coal tits, three sparrows, a woodpecker, a green-finch, a blackbird and then the final flurry of activity at eleven o’clock was a mob of long-tailed tits that flew in and produced a splendid sight of bobbing tails, there must have been at least eight of these little wonders. 

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Auld Kirk New Cumnock Heritage Trail: Framed Print By Julie H Winter: £75.00

The newly restored Kirk in New Cumnock forms part of the heritage on offer in Ayrshire, Scotland. In this painting Julie H Winter captures a fresh sunny day. The original oil painting was sold to Mr R.Guthrie, a local historian who led the Heritage Project.

WE STILL HAVE A FEW ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR : The 2014 Commonwealth Games 23rd July – 3rd August

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Great if you have tickets for the commonwealth games. If not and you still want to be involved here are a couple of events free to attend. We are lucky to have a railway station nearby where you can get a return ticket for Glasgow for about £8.45.

Sunday 26th July:Athletics – Women’s and Men’s Marathon from 9:00 – 13:00

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Sunday 3rd August  – Women’s and Men’s Cycling road race and time trials from 8:30 – 17:00

Bradley Wiggins: Original Oil Painting by JHWinter: 01290 332548 julie.winter2@btinternet.com

Bradley Wiggins: Original Oil Painting by JHWinter: 01290 332548 julie.winter2@btinternet.com

Come on Wiggo

Come on Wiggo

Alistair took this beautiful photo 3rd September 2013, I think it should win a prize. People visiting Afton Water B&B during early September are in for a real treat. The garden is amazing and the views of Blackcraig are stunning today.

Afton Water B&B garden teaming with life, book now 01290 332548

Afton Water B&B garden teaming with life, book now 01290 332548

This photo was taken by me yesterday, I thought it was stunning until I saw Alistair’s photograph. Our garden is a haven for wildlife photographers.

Afton Water B&B garden teaming with life, book now 01290 332548

Afton Water B&B garden teaming with life, book now 01290 332548

Here’s another from yesterday:-

Afton Water B&B garden teaming with life, book now 01290 332548

Afton Water B&B garden teaming with life, book now 01290 332548

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Chasing Sunsets: A solo art exhibition 

Featuring original and local oil paintings by Julie H Winter
Date: 22nd – 25th August 2013. Time: 11am – 7pm daily.
Venue: Afton Water Gallery @ The Doctor’s House, Afton Road,
New Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA18 4PR Scotland. UK.

 
This exhibition boasts an exhilarating collection of artworks by the talented local artist, Julie H Winter and includes several paintings that feature water in some way and show of the west coast of Ayrshire to its fullest with beautiful sunsets at Turnberry, Dunure, The Heads of Ayr and coming further inland, Loch Doon. 
 
Julie has been inspired to paint the local area of Mauchline, Auckinleck, Cumnock and Sanquhar based on colours in a photograph by Local historian and keen photographer Bobby Guthrie, who thought New Cumnock was on fire on his way home one day in the early part of this summer.  
 
Hope runs high that local people, their friends and family will enjoy the exhibition and that the weather will hold so that they can enjoy the beautiful views from the gallery and the hearty food served on Saturday and Sunday between 1pm – 5pm at The Hillside Inn, just above the gallery inside Glenafton Caravan Park.
 
Julie would like to thank all the local people and guests that have stayed at Afton Water B&B, who have shown their support by attending previous exhibitions and purchasing her original works. She is delighted to be part of the community of New Cumnock, where the kindness of folk and the local landscape are always an inspiration to her.
 

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Thank you to all of our B&B guests that take the time to review our B&B. With your help we are steadily growing as a business. One caller said recently; ‘I’ve seen all the lovely reviews on trip advisor, and I would like to book in myself based on the reviews’.

Hope you enjoy reading  what real guests say about our service,

Kindest Regards Julie