Hidden in a valley on the edge of Crailoch Burn, a tributary of the famous River Stinchar in Scotland, Cosses Country House is just the sort of place one loves to discover. Set in thirteen acres of woodland and garden Cosses was originally a shooting lodge and home farm, dating from 1606. Take a tour of Cosses through the seasons and view some of the history

Susan and Robin CrosthwaiteMagical walks round the pond, through the woods or into the hills with views out to sea towards Ireland, Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and Arran will inspire and invigorate.


Cosses Country House has enjoyed a relatively peaceful past and dates from 1606 when it was a shooting lodge belonging to the Grahams of Knockdolian. In 1620 it transferred to the Kennedy’s of Blairquhan.

There is a Covenanters cottage ruins in the grounds. In 1765 it was bought by John Allan of Kilphin and in 1916 it became the property of Earl of Inchcape, when Cosses became the ‘Home Farm’. The dining room and kitchen are formerly the dairy where the cheese and butter were made.

A delightful pond at Cosses was designed by Lady Inchcape and is one of three- one at Glenapp Castle and one at Auchairne- used as curling rinks when frozen in the winter.

Cosses was sold privately in 1950 to the then tenant farmer, then again in 1965 when major alterations were done to the house converting it from a traditional farmhouse to a country house. Robin and Susan Crosthwaite purchased Cosses in 1985.

Antique furniture

Quotes from some of the thousands of visitors we have had over 27 years providing pre eminent home hospitality:

12.9.17 / J&R Lowe / Liverpool: Lovely overnight stay, glorious setting & excellent hospitality

18.8.17 / G&D Swan / Troon: Wonderful 2 days here. The suite is a joy and the food is the best we have experienced!! Heaven!!

31.8.17 / N.Scholz / Germany: Thank you for three days and nights in a perfect place!

30.5.17 / D&R Madden Manchester “A Gem of a place” Thank you for a lovely stay.

30.10.16 / B&D Eyeles / Cornwall: Made in Heaven! Wonderful welcome – not least from the dogs! The most delicious food we have found in Scotland

4.9.16 / P. Holmes / East Lothian: Fabulous – just as 20 or so years ago – many thanks.

30.6.16 / Clarissa / Australia: Such a beautiful place, thank you for a lovely stay.

10.6.16 / M&R Boardman / Yorkshire: 14th visit! Weather, food and company perfect. As always, we enjoyed our visit.

10.6.15 / D. Masullo / USA: Amazing in every way. Beautiful landscape, gracious hosts. Thank you


Cosses Country House

Cosses Country House was a Wolsey Lodge for 27 years. These are renowned as a collection of friendly, fascinating and uniquely individual homes in some of the finest locations within the UK and Europe.