4 Star Tranquil 2 Bedroom Cottage on Rural Country Estate in Galloway. Close to the coast, the cottage has WiFi and a cosy log burning stove in the open plan sitting room.
Located in the heart of Corsewall Estate, seven miles from Stranraer, surrounded by historic woodland and overlooking a traditional 19th century walled kitchen garden, the recently restored Stables cottage is an ideal base for exploring Wigtownshire and rest of Dumfries & Galloway.
Stables Cottage, located on the first floor, has a spacious, modern open plan sitting room with kitchen and dining area with a traditional log burning stove as a focus for relaxing and comfy sofas and arm chairs.
The cottage has a double bedroom with a traditional style cast iron king size bed over looking the old walled garden. There is a twin bedroom with ivory traditional style cast iron beds. The bathroom has a bath with an overhead chrome shower.
Stables Cottage is equipped with a flat screen television, Freeview Box, DVD player; iPod radio/docking station and WiFi, a selection of board games, books and classic films. The cottage has its own private garden, with garden furniture a swing ball set and a barbecue. There is also a large trampoline, with a safety enclosure, a great new climbing frame and a Wendy house in the Estate gardens for children to use.
Corsewall Estate has three pretty beaches on Loch Ryan - Boat Bank, Lady Bay and Port Beg - that Stables Cottage guests can explore. A pretty walk down one of the drives will take you to Boat Bank, which is the nearest one to the 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.
The gardens and lawns 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 and football 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 Stables Cottage, 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 cottage comes complete with its own red squirrel feeder – where you can watch any number of cheeky red squirrels feeding ferociously all day. Our record spotted at the feeders is currently six.
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, Garden Cottage, about 50 metres from Stables Cottage, which sleeps 6 - so groups of up to 10 can easily be accommodated in both locations.
Stables Cottage is ideally located to explore Wigtownshire and Galloway. Explore some of the many sandy beaches or enjoy a walk in the Galloway Forest Park – which has miles of excellent tracks to enjoy on foot or by mountain bike. It also boasts the title of the UK’s first Dark Skies Park. If mountain biking is where it’s at for you, you can try the 7Stanes – seven amazing and varied mountain biking centres across Dumfries & Galloway.
There are lots of activities for children come rain or shine in Galloway. Head for Cream O’ Galloway – the ice cream factory at Gatehouse of Fleet and the children can enjoy the outdoor adventure playground or the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm where they can get really stuck in to chocolate at one of the kids’ very hands on workshops.
For keen golfers, Stables Cottage at Corsewall, has some challenging and scenic golf courses close by – including the Dunskey Golf Club at Portpatrick and the Stranraer Golf Club designed by the great James Braid. Only an hour’s drive away is the championship course at Turnberry and a bit further north is Royal Troon.
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.