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Glenfairn House Care Home in Ayr

Racecourse Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 2UX
Dementia care
Mental health care
Nursing care
Palliative care
Residential care
Respite care

A stone’s throw from Ayr Beach, our stunning Edwardian home is in a picturesque location. Set in the heart of a leafy residential area, many rooms upstairs in our nursing home boast sea views across to the Isle of Arran.

The older part of the home has period features, including high ceilings, ornate cornicing, bay windows and original stain glass windows. The modern part has views over the glorious gardens, which are exquisite and lovingly maintained. There is a large mature garden at the front and a vast landscaped garden at the rear of the home. Some of the downstairs bedrooms lead to smaller courtyard areas. These are all wheelchair accessible, so can be enjoyed by our residents with greater nursing care needs. Residents’ bedrooms, some of which have walk-in showers, are also beautiful and spacious.

Care from the heart

Although grand in appearance, Glenfairn House has a wonderful welcoming, homely feel and that’s down to Manager Alice Thomas, her deputy manager Robert Collins and their established, experienced team. A registered nurse, Alice has worked at the care home for 10 years, and Robert for nine. Their team are as passionate about care as she is, with some having worked here for 10 and even 20 years.

Alice is passionate about dementia care, having studied at the University of Stirling, an international centre of dementia expertise.  

A thriving local community

Our nursing home is very much part of the local community. Staff regularly take residents on excursions. Whether enjoying afternoon tea with their fellow residents at Sanctuary Care’s Howard House Care Home in Kilmarnock, or driving along the coast to Girvan in South Ayrshire for a fish and chip supper - wrapped in newspaper of course! Summer picnics in the Carrick Hills are always popular and we often take residents to Largs for a pint or afternoon tea.

A short drive from the home is Burns Cottage and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, which our residents love to visit.

Further afield trips to The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world, near Falkirk, Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the award-winning transport museum – the Riverside Museum – are always popular attractions for our residents, as well as barge trips.

A hub of activity

Our activities team also organises wonderful activities within the home. Many of our ladies like to indulge in the regular pamper sessions. They can enjoy a massage, aromatherapy; have manicures or their make-up done for a special occasion. This can all be enjoyed in the comfort of their own bedrooms, which is ideal for those with greater nursing care needs.  

Our gardens are the perfect spot for summer activities, from bowls and other lawn games, to barbecues and afternoon tea. There is also a summer house which is a wonderful focal point for garden parties. We are also going to build raised beds, which will enable our residents who use wheelchairs to enjoy a spot of light gardening.

Glenfairn House also has a hair salon. Our full time hairdresser is always joined by her tiny dog Bonnie, whom our residents love to spend time with. The salon, with its traditional hood dryers, is a wonderful spot to socialise while being pampered.

Other popular activities are the home’s poetry group and animal therapy visits, which are especially therapeutic for our residents living with dementia.

Mealtimes are also a wonderfully social occasion. Head chef Diane has worked at the care home for over 20 years and knows exactly what our residents love to eat. She makes fresh soups daily with locally sourced ingredients and is a talented baker!

For the relatives of our residents living with dementia, we hold a regular support and awareness café. This gives loved ones the opportunity to gain an even deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It also enables them to spend time with people in a similar position to them.

Situated on the main Racecourse Road, the nursing home has excellent transport links. It is on a main bus route and is close to Ayr Train Station.

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Latest Care Inspectorate Report

17th January 2019

Glenfairn House, Ayr (PDF 359KB)

Stories from the home

Rainbows in the window at Glenfairn House

Our rainbows of hope

We are inspiring passers by with our messages and rainbows of hope, lovingly created by our residents and staff.

Rear garden at Glenfairn House in Ayr

Beautiful surroundings

Our stunning home is in a tranquil, picturesque coastal location. Our magnificent gardens are perfect for bowls, lawn games and afternoon tea.

Sanctuary Care resident talking to staff

Care from the heart

Our well established team - dedicated to enriching our residents’ lives.

Tea room at Glenfairn House in Ayr

Delicious home-cooking

Our head chef Diane is also a talented baker.

Facilities at this home


  • Dining room
  • Double rooms
  • Ensuite
  • Garden
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Lounges
  • Period features
  • Summer house
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Arts and crafts
  • Bingo
  • Children visits
  • Community events
  • Day trips
  • Light exercise
  • Live entertainment
  • Minibus
  • Pamper sessions

Care and support

  • Dental care
  • Hairdressing
  • Home cooked meals
  • Key worker
  • Optical care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Respite Care
Care staff

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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Financial reassurance) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 20 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn – Group Director Sanctuary Care 12 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Testing) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 7 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (PPE) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 30 April 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Food) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 27 April 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visits and PPE) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 15 April 2020

At Sanctuary Care our number one priority is to keep our residents, their relatives and our staff safe.

With the increasing number of reported cases of Coronavirus in the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to minimise all non-essential visits to our residential and nursing homes until further notice. These include routine visits from loved ones and friends, entertainers, hairdressers, volunteers, work experience students and school parties.

We have not taken this decision lightly and understand this will be upsetting for relatives who want to visit loved ones. We do feel this is the best way to keep our residents safe and is one of many proactive, preventative measures we are taking to stop this infection getting into our homes.

We do hope you understand why we are taking these precautions. Please don’t hesitate to call if you would like to speak to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.

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