Knock a few balls around the tennis court; soak in the hot tub facing the sea. This 1819 villa, larger than it seems, sits in four acres of parkland with a croquet lawn, a path that drops to the beach, and spectacular views to Arran. Catch a ferry from Ardrossan and spend the day on the isle.
This is a much-loved home, full of books, paintings and memorabilia amassed by the family over 65 years. A friendly housekeeper lights fires on arrival, the bedrooms spread themselves over two floors, and the kitchen is equipped with every possible mod con. You can pick veg from the garden, fruit from the orchard, and walk to the shops in Prestwick, passing the historic St Nicholas Golf Club (1851) on the way.
Prestwick Beach is long, sandy and clean, with a soft play area, a putting green and a promenade – great for children, dogs, and long strolls.