Whiteleys Retreat is a haven nestled within 30 acres of beautiful Ayrshire countryside

Whiteleys offers amazing spaces for the whole family to enjoy and explore, both on the doorstep and in the surrounding area. We have two high quality, five star assisted catering cottages where families can enjoy short therapeutic breaks complemented with a variety of animal, art, horticultural, holistic, music and recreational therapies.

Once a farm, Whiteleys has many exciting opportunities for development: we have plans to create a Sensory Play Barn, Outdoor Recreational Areas, Woodland Pathed Walks and ultimately a Centre of Excellence for children and young people with cancer and life altering illness. We are developing our Young Shoulders Programme, Bereavement Breaks and Sibling/Carers Weeks throughout the year. You can follow these on our social media channels, too.

Our history

In June 2016, the closure of CLIC Sargent’s Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick saw a small group of volunteers set out to ensure that there would continue to be a much needed respite facility for children and young people with cancer and life altering illness in Ayrshire. Led by our CEO and Trustee Maxine Allan who continues to donate her expertise and time to the charity. A new Ayrshire charity; Whiteleys Retreat was formed in December 2016 (formerly Ayrshire Holiday Dreams Foundation). Thanks to the devotion of volunteers throughout Ayrshire – both in the community and corporate sectors, who worked tirelessly with our CEO to fundraise, renovate and open Whiteleys Retreat in September 2018.


Whiteleys Retreat is located by Alloway, on the outskirts of Ayr in South West Scotland. Local Directions – Head to The Brig O’ Doon Hotel, Alloway. Go over the bridge and keep following the B7024 High Maybole Road for 1.6 miles. Whiteleys Retreat is situated down on your left.