About Blair Estate
Blair Estate is in Ayrshire, in South West Scotland. The estate is ideal for country house parties or corporate use. The estate is privately owned and is part of the international Green Tourism initiative, which supports sustainable tourism. Blair Estate is only available on an exclusive-use basis, staffed and catered including a butler, house staff and chef.
Blair House sleeps up to 34 guests in 17 bedrooms. Each suite or bedroom is generously sized and has either an en-suite or dedicated bathroom. The house is in three wings – East Wing, West Wing and the ‘1668’. There are five spacious suites and bedrooms, on the first floor, four of which can be made up as super-king or twin beds.
The West Wing has seven spacious bedrooms over three floors, and includes two beautiful suites, one of which has a four-poster bed. The remaining five bedrooms can be made up as super-king or twin beds.
The East Wing has five large bedrooms over three floors, all of which can be made as super-king or twin beds.
The bedrooms are individually decorated, and many have original features, such as corniced ceilings and fireplaces. All have beautiful views over the surrounding parkland.
On the ground floor, there’s plenty of flexible space, and lots of room for guests including the Guard Room, which has a snooker/pool table. Blair House has beautiful reception rooms including two sitting rooms, one with an open fire, large and comfortable sofas, and the Cecily Blair sitting room has a television.
The 1668 Drawing Room stretches almost the length of the house, and during the day, has sunlight flooding in from all sides. By evening, it’s a fantastic room for cocktails, or after-dinner games. The oak-panelled dining room is called after the man who had it built – William Fordyce Blair – in the 1800s. It can be arranged to seat from between eighteen to fifty guests. Should you wish to hold a gala dinner, or similar, then the 1668 drawing room can seat up to eighty guests. The Ingle Room and the Undercroft are both great spaces for drinks or dancing and can be arranged to suit your plans.
Blair Estate stretches over 220 acres of ancient woodland, parkland and private gardens. The gardens are being slowly restored to their former glory, including the planting of an orchard in the walled garden. The family are working with the designer of Glyndebourne’s fabulous gardens, John Hoyland, in resurrecting the Herbaceous Border, by the house. The gardens are very much a place for guests to enjoy, and there’s a croquet lawn, table tennis, and lots of space for hide-and-seek. The staff can also arrange an organised activity of mini-highland games, falconry, foraging combined with wild-dining, primal adventures, and a gin or whisky tasting.
There is a separate two-bedroomed cottage on the estate, which is ideal for anyone who’d like to visit the estate before booking. It’s also the perfect place for a small family holiday, for re-visiting lovely memories.
Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature
“It’s sometimes quite tricky for a house of this size to retain its feel of a Scottish country home, but Blair manages it perfectly. The rooms are elegant and immaculately presented, leaving you feeling like a very privileged guest. The whisky’s not bad, either.”
Blair Estate is 25 minutes south-west of Glasgow Airport and 75 minutes from Edinburgh Airport. Both cities have main-line trains.
The Ayrshire coast is 15 minutes drive and close to the ferries to Arran, Bute and Cumbrae.
Things to Do
There’s a lot to do on the estate, or neighbouring estate, including fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting, rifle shooting and archery. A neighbouring estate has a challenging Tree Top Trials, perfect for teens and older children.
Off the estate, the staff can arrange boating on the Clyde, cycling trips, and picnics in as wild a place as you can imagine.
The house accepts small weddings on a small selection of dates.
Interactive map showing approximate location of Blair Estate.