Refurbished to a high standard, Woodpecker Cottage is situated in the heart of the Galloway conservation village of Bladnoch. Within three minutes drive of Scotland's booktown, a short walk from a child-friendly pub and Scotland's most southerly distillery. An attractive nine-hole golf course is within easy walking distance and there's fishing available on the River Bladnoch opposite the cottage. Good local walks and sandy beaches are a short drive away.
The cottage sleeps up to six people with the bathroom and one double bedroom conveniently situated on the ground floor. Bed linen and towels are provided. There's a tv, dvd, central heating and a wood burning stove in the dining/sitting room (logs supplied). You'll also find an ample supply of books and children's games.
The stone outbuilding has been converted to a games' room with a pool table, table tennis and dartboard. The 90 yard hedged garden has a small lawn and there's a fenced and secure courtyard with a portable barbecue and garden furniture.
This cottage is designed for family-orientated holidays or couples who're are looking to enjoy the surrounding countryside, beaches and quiet country towns. This property is NOT suitable for hen or stag parties.
Close by are safe sandy beaches, rolling hills, quiet roads and rugged coastlines. Galloway abounds in beautiful gardens, including Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland’s most exotic. There are several golf courses (one within a 5 minute walk of the cottage) and the area has many places of historic interest. Brochures, information and a detailed map are available but visitors who'd like more detailed information before and during their stay are welcome to contact the owners who can supply additional local knowledge.
Nearby Whithorn has been a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years; St. Ninian brought Christianity here in the 4th century, a good hundred years before St. Columba in Iona. There's a first-class museum and exhibition centre here where visitors can wander around the former priory site. Occasional conducted tours and events for children. The site has an excellent coffee and gift shop.
Galloway is often referred to as “Scotland in miniature”. The wilderness of the Galloway Hills is close by for serious walkers. For ramblers there are plenty of less challenging byways. The area's also renowned for being one of the best mountain bike areas in Britain - the Seven Stanes trail (divided into beginners, intermediate and skilled routes)is a short drive (or long cycle) away.
Wildlife is plentiful including ospreys and peregrines, otters and deer. There’s excellent river, loch and sea fishing. This is an ideal spot for a holiday and getting away from the stresses and strains of modern life. People will speak to you in the shops and pass the time of day on the streets.