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4-Star Tranquil 3 Bedroom Cottage with Sea Loch Views in Dumfries & Galloway

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Three Bedroom Cottage with 4-Stars from VisitScotland close to the sea

Located in the heart of Corsewall Estate, close to the village of Kirkcolm, surrounded by historic woodland, Garden Cottage forms the west wing of the 18th Century Corsewall House and has wonderful views across Loch Ryan.

Recently restored, with three bedrooms, this luxury self catering cottage comfortably accommodates six.

The living area downstairs is open plan with a stylish kitchen including a Belfast sink and large dining table.

The spacious sitting room, furnished with arm chairs and sofas, is south facing and overlooks the extensive estate gardens, which in spring burst with colour from the Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

There is twin/double bedroom with zip and link beds on the ground floor with an en suite bathroom. There is also a shower room & WC and a utility room.

Upstairs, there is a twin and a double bedroom with a bathroom and en suite shower respectively.

All linen, fluffy white towels, extra thick, feather-filled duvets and pillows are provided. Heating and electricity are also included in the price.

Garden Cottage is equipped with a flat screen television, Freeview Box, DVD player; Roberts radio and WiFi, a selection of board games, books and classic films. It has its own private garden area including garden furniture, croquet and swing ball sets and a barbecue.

Corsewall Estate has three pretty beaches on Loch Ryan - Boat Bank, Lady Bay and Port Beg - that Garden Cottage guests can explore. A pretty walk down one of the drives will take you to Boat Bank, which is the nearest one to Garden and Stables Cottage. Both Boat Bank and Lady Bay are wonderful spots if you like collecting shells or pebbles - oyster shells and mussels to cowries and scallop shells never fail to disappoint. Bird watching down on the shores of Loch Ryan or in the woods is second to none.

Port Beg is a pretty bay, pebbly down to the waterline and then sandy in the sea - ideal for paddling and swimming. There are lots of rock pools - so a bucket and a net is a must for the kids! There's a grassy area for picnics and barbies and the views out to sea, with Ailsa Craig in the foreground and the Isle of Arran in the distance, are simply magical.

Garden Cottage has huge lawns in front of the house - so it's a great place for children to play football or for a game of croquet - croquet set supplied! There is also a large trampoline with safety net and a great climbing frame with a play house, slide, climbing wall and swings.

The gardens provide a secure environment for children and it is a wonderful location for them to enjoy the great outdoors and play good old fashioned games from hide and seek to kick the can. The lawns are great for running about, and there are lots of little banks, which are ideal for rolling down. A stream runs through the estate, so with two stone bridges and an endless supply of sticks, Pooh sticks is always a fun game for children to enjoy.

And families are welcome to set up camp in the woods beside the lawns - we provide the tent, roll mats, wood and campfire location - guests just need to bring their sleeping bags! And if it all gets too much for some younger members of the camping party, they can always retreat back to home comforts indoors.

Located in over 20 acres of gardens and woodland adjacent to Corsewall House, there are lots of tracks around the estate you can enjoy - on foot or by bike. This also makes it a great holiday for dogs too! In late January and February, the woods feature charming drifts of snowdrops followed by daffodils and in April and May the hue turns to purple with acres of bluebells. There is colour in the gardens almost all the way through the year starting with camellia from January to March, followed by a riot of colour in April and May as the rhododendrons and azaleas come into flower. The autumn sees the hydrangeas providing colour all the way through to November.

There is oodles of wildlife to spot – from roe deer and hares to barn owls, woodpeckers and most importantly, this area is one of the last bastions of the red squirrel.

The Blue Peter pub in the village of Kirkcolm is 3/4s of a mile away. Under new ownership, the pub has good pub grub and also does great take away fish and chips - a 'must eat' while on holiday by the coast!

We have a second cottage, Stables Cottage, about 50 metres from Garden Cottage, which sleeps 4 - so groups of up to 10 can easily be accommodated in both locations.

More Details

Property Manager
Kate Carrick-Buchanan
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Kate Carrick-Buchanan

We have currently have five holiday cottages - three on our country estate - Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages on Loch Ryan near Stranraer, Cedar Lodge in Portpatrick and a luxury two bedroom apartment in Edinburgh. We've enjoyed welcoming guests to our properties since 2006.

Kate Carrick-Buchanan purchased this cottage in 2002


Stranraer Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs house shower room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , En suite to double bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En suite to twin bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , En suite to ground floor bedroom
  • All bedrooms at Garden Cottage each have an en suite. There is also a separate shower room with WC on the ground floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This has an en suite shower room
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , These beds are zip & link so can be made up as a super king.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This has an en suite bathroom
  • Garden Cottage has three bedrooms all with en suites. The ground floor bedroom has zip & link beds so can either be a twin room or can be made up to a double (super king sized bed). The first floor double bedroom has beautiful sea loch views.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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4-Star Tranquil 3 Bedroom Cottage with Sea Loch Views in Dumfries & Galloway
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Wonderful Property

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in Garden Cottage for 3 nights with my Husband, Mum, Dad and 2 Dogs. The Cottage is absolutely stunning with fantastic ammenities and some really lovely touches from the owners. The Estate has lovely walks and can take you down to the beach which was heavenly for our dogs. Kate and Angus the owners were so accommodating and couldn't have been more welcoming. Would most definitely recommend and looks forward to staying again here and at some of their other properties.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Lovely renovated wing of large country house. Owners live in the rest of the house, and could not be more helpful, but not in the least intrusive. House is very spacious, tastefully decorated, and extremely comfortable.

Large woodland grounds perfect for our dog to explore(pets are very welcome. Very nice touch of bread,jam, milk, tea etc, and superb chocolate brownies on our arrival), and even included some snacks for him which he woofed down

We stayed in the middle of winter and loved it, but can imagine would be magical in summer, especially for kids. , with lots to do, including zip wires, trampolines, and camping in the woods if so desired. They will even provide all the equipment you need.The owners positively encourage you to explore and nowhere is off limits.

Wildlife in abundance , saw lots of deer, rabbits, pheasant and awesome birds of prey. Owners have set up lots of bird boxes and feeding stations so a nature lovers delight. Beach and sea a 15 minute walk through the grounds.

We would heartily recommend this to anyone, a true delight, and Angus and Kate, the owners, cannot do enough to make sure you enjoy your stay. Perfect country get away.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much for coming to stay at Garden Cottage and taking the time to post such a detailed review - it's very much appreciated. We're so pleased you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the great outdoors, the walks and the wildlife. Thank you for all your kind words, especially about my brownies! We do hope to welcome you back to Garden Cottage in the not too distant future.
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Magical Corsewall Estate - a secret haven!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Garden Cottage on the Corsewall Estate and once again it lived up to all our expectations. The cottage was clean, tidy and extremely welcoming, the chocolate cookies, fresh loaf, butter and jam made us feel at home again and we settled in immediately. The cottage is very well equipped and spacious with lovely furnishings and the views of the estate grounds down to Loch Ryan are breathtaking. We love the fact that we can roam the grounds looking for the wildlife with success most days! We have seen buzzards circling, hares and rabbits, red squirrels and the resident deer family on several occasions now. Kate and Angus are very welcoming hosts and provide a wealth of information re. places to visit and eat and we would have no hesitation in recommending this wonderful place to friends and relatives. It is a magical spot which we have every intention of returning to.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Fabulous Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We found the accommodation, if anything, even better appointed than the photos on the web site. Our only niggles, no coffee machine and a bath tap that wouldn`t turn off, were rectified within hours. We had lovely walks through the grounds and I was even persuaded on to the zipwire! The whole area with it`s fabulous beaches and places of interest is well worth a visit. Portpatrick became a favourite haunt and I can recommend The Stuart Hotel for good food and fabulous views. I can definitely recommend staying at Garden Cottage. Our party consisted of ages from 11 months to 65 and everyone had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to do a review. It was a pleasure having you to stay in Garden Cottage and we're so glad you took full advantage of the lovely local beaches and everything the area has to offer.
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Lovely spacious property

  • 4 of 5

Garden cottage was very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed the beautiful estate with all the wildlife, and were made most welcome by the owners. We booked another holiday there during our stay, and are looking forward to our next visit at a different time of year.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks indeed for taking the time to leave a review. We're so pleased you had a wonderful week at Garden Cottage and we're very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Corsewall Estate next year.
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All round excellence

  • 5 of 5

Facilities and location could hardly be better. Plenty of opportunity for exploring the estate. A warm welcome and farewell from unobtrusive hosts. Recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks indeed for choosing Garden Cottage for your Christmas break. and thank you also for taking the time to leave a review. I do hope we'll see you again soon.
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Nearest Airport
61 Miles
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Blue Peter in Kirkcolm
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Stranraer Golf Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
102 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Lando's in Stranraer
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Loch Ryan
Car: necessary

Using Garden Cottage as a base, there are so many things to do and see in Dumfries & Galloway - mountain biking at one of the 7Stanes mountain biking centres; walking in the Galloway Forest Park; visiting the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm and the Cream O Galloway ice cream visitor centre near Gatehouse of Fleet or the Gem Rock Museum at Creetown. Culzean Castle and Country Park is just over an hour's drive up the scenic Ayrshire Coast - which is a great attraction to visit as there is so much to see and do.

If you're mad about golf, there are a number of excellent courses including Stranraer Golf Course, designed by James Braid, the Portpatrick Dunskey course at Portpatrick, the Wigtownshire Golf Course at Glenluce and Turnberry, which is under an hour's drive away. There are lots of pretty towns and villages to explore - from Portpatrick to Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.

The Rhins of Galloway boasts many beautiful sandy beaches to take the children to - including Killantringan, Larbrax and Laird's Bay - very much like Cornwall but without all the crowds.

There are a number of pretty gardens to visit - from the Logan Botanical Gardens and Ardwell to Dunskey and Glenwhan to Castle Kennedy where you will see exotic plants in abundance and riots of colour.

The Mull of Galloway, with a working lighthouse, which you can visit and climb right to the top of the light tower, is a must see. It is Scotland's most southerly point and on clear days you can see England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • We also provide rental rates for smaller groups of 4 people in low/mid season - do drop me an email if this is of interest and I can send you a quote
  • Contractual booking deposit: 20.00% rent

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