Holiday cottages in Ayrshire
Here at Lochfield Farm, you can visit the memorial of Sir Alexander Fleming, the penicillin pioneer, explore the tranquil countryside, engage in local recreational activities and stay at fully modernised affordable holiday cottages.
Magnificent holiday cottages
Our self-contained homes are part of a magnificent listed farmhouse and have been fully converted to a high standard. Our modern furnishings provide the cottages with a cosy retreat, amidst natural, tranquil and unspoilt surroundings. Scotland is the land of mountains, glens, lochs, rivers, castles and cottages with crisp, clean air.
Aside from food, we provide all the necessities you may need including bedding and towels. Being equipped with solar power and biomass boilers, both cottages are eco-friendly. In winter our central heating and multi-fuel stoves will keep you warm. Call us today to make a reservation or for further enquiries.
History of Lochfield Farm
It was here, in this working farmhouse, that Sir Alexander Fleming was born in 1881. The penicillin pioneer spent most of his childhood here at Lochfield in its inspirational surroundings, where his birth is commemorated by a memorial.
He said that he "unconsciously learned a great deal from nature" whilst growing up here and exploring the 800 acres of streams, valleys and moors at Lochfield Farm at that time.
After completing his education at nearby Kilmarnock Academy, Fleming moved to London to join his brother Tom and went on to study medicine. In 1928 Fleming discovered penicillin - the first antibiotic - whilst working at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington. His discovery, along with later work by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain to develop the drug, has since saved countless lives and is often hailed as the single most important practical advance in the history of medicine.
Our two-holiday properties have been created from within the existing listed building to a high and comfortable standard within the restrictions set upon us by its listing.
Shepherd's Rest on the ground floor was formerly the creamery (Sir Alexander Fleming's mother made cheese there) The upper floor in those days being the shepherd's quarters.
Lamb Cottage was previously used up to the early 1900s as the stables for the farm's workhorses and has been transformed extensively! The timber joists have been salvaged and re-used within the renovation works and you will notice the edge detail to them. The hand-cut cobbles to the main drive and walled garden were found beneath concrete and were the original floor. The first floor was formerly the grain store and has been totally re-constructed to create the two bedrooms plus shower room with panoramic views across the rolling hills enhancing the peace and tranquillity of Lochfield.