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Hurlford, Kilmarnock,
Scotland, KA1 5JS

01563 884236

01563 884407

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2018-01-06 05:15:29

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
For general viewing of the Gardens (minimum of 10 people):
By appointment only.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

By appointment

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

Yes with Garden Tour only

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

June - September

To see:

Herbaceous borders

Admission Prices

Adults £12; This price is for private parties made by appointment only includes garden tour and tea in the House

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Plants for sale only on Open Days From A77 (Glasgow/Kilmarnock) take A76 (Mauchline/Dumfries) then right on to the A719 to Ayr for 1.5 miles. Black wrought iron gates on left-hand side.

Garden Features & Events

(When open in aid of Charity/SGS will include: Plant Sale, silver band, ice cream & cream teas. Craft stalls. Local charities to benefit include: Craigie Parish Church and Village Hall, Red Cross; Admission £4 for our Open Day

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

Cochrane Inn, Gatehead
Craigie Inn
Sorn Inn

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

The park includes two squares of Lime Trees, to represent the Scottish squares at the Battle of Dettingen, 1743, complete with two 'officers' on either side, all planted soon after the actual battle. There is also a very fine cut-leaf beech and a copper beech. A Wild Garden, the formal garden of yew hedges and the Rock and Water gardens, the latter being originally a small limestone quarry, were laid out by Mrs. Findlay-Hamilton. One of the main features of the garden is the 100-yard herbaceous border full of delphiniums and many unusual plants. Burmese dragons and a Japanese gazebo with Burmese statues recall Commander Findlay's travels. Glades of Rhododendrons and Azaleas come into flower in May and June and the herbaceous, rose and phlox borders are in full bloom during July.

History Of Garden

Carnell originally belonged to the Wallace family, for whom the original 16th Century Towerhouse was built. Many alterations to the estate, with landscaping of the gardens, were carried out in the 1840's and part of the house was redesigned by William Burn in 1843. Further alterations to the house and the ornamental development of the gardens were carried by Mrs. Georgina Findlay-Hamilton in the early years of the 20th century.

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