The Bell Loft is a beautiful self-contained apartment in a B listed Arts and Crafts country house near Largs on the Ayrshire coast. Situated on family run estate in Brisbane Glen, The Bell Loft offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in peaceful surroundings. Owner Jane Evans gave us her tips and recommendations for what to see and do during a stay.
Can you tell us a bit more about the Bell Loft?
We decided to awaken this part of the house once more as it had become a storage area and was crying out to be lived in again. Originally built to accommodate some of the maids who looked after the running of the main house in the 1920’s and 30’s and the very important Housekeeper, we decided to make it into a wonderfully comfortable two bedroom, two bathroom apartment for the use of guests in which to self-cater. We turned it around and made one large living area out of a bathroom, two bedrooms and a little hallway. What a boon it has turned out to be. It is flexible with beds for up to 4 people with a sofa bed for an extra person – so groups of friends can come, or families in whatever combination they like. We are so glad we undertook the work as it is a delightful place to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
What day trips do you recommend to guests?
A trip on the Paddle Steamer Waverley in the summer if you like to go to sea! A ferry trip to Cumbrae and hire bicycles and ride around the island (it is mostly flat and only 11 miles!). Or visit Arran by ferry and either climb Goat Fell or visit the distillery.
What are some of the highlights of an autumn stay at the Bell Loft?
I would say the beautiful colours in the garden and in the woods as the foliage on the shrubs and trees begin to turn. Also, coming back to put a match to a lovely log fire if the evenings are a little chilly. The different sunsets are wonderful in this part of the world too. A walk up to the top of the hill behind the house in the evening can be a wonderfully magical time.
Can you suggest three must-see attractions in the area?
What special tips or hidden gems would you suggest to visitors to the area?
The Cathedral of the Isles on the island of Cumbrae is the smallest Cathedral in Britain and possibly Europe. During the summer months and into the first part of autumn there are Sunday afternoon classical concerts held in the Cathedral, given by musicians from near and far.
Our own hydro electric dam up the hill behind the house is something of a local ‘hidden gem’ too as the views are lovely and the dam itself has some pretty features….take a walk to discover them.