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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; iPod radio/docking station 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.
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.
Facilities and location could hardly be better. Plenty of opportunity for exploring the estate. A warm welcome and farewell from unobtrusive hosts. Recommended.
Upon arrival, we were delighted to find refreshments (including Corsewall cookies!) in this beautiful cottage. It was an absolute joy to stay in this superbly appointed, tastefully decorated, well maintained and spotlessly clean accommodation. It was a pleasure to return here after a day of exploring the stunning Rhinns. We enjoyed watching the antics of the red squirrels around the garden and took pleasure in roaming freely through the wonderful Estate gardens and down to the shore of Loch Ryan.
We have also stayed in High Clachan and Stables Cottage, and can honestly say that these, along with Garden Cottage, are by far the best self-catering accommodation we have ever stayed in.
Kate and Angus always make us feel thoroughly welcome and nothing is too much trouble for them.
We would absolutely recommend this accommodation - it's a little piece of heaven!
We found Garden Cottage and the Estate lovely places to relax, unwind and forget about the stresses of our busy working lives. Garden Cottage comprises fantastic accommodation and for our astronomy loving son a great place to see the night sky with no light pollution. We recommend a stroll along the shores of the adjacent Loch Ryan, a quiet drink or take away fish and chips at the Blue Peter, visits to the many lighthouses on the coast, the Victorian Fish Pond, Wigtown (lots of second hand book shops), Castle Kennedy Gardens and The Galloway Dark Skies Park (allow a day to wander around the lake - 6 miles all around!). For a special meal book lunch or dinner at the Corsewall Lighthouse. Angus and Kate, our hosts, were attentive but in an unobtrusive way, always on hand to provide assistance if required. It was just relaxing watching the red squirrels eating nuts right outside our bedroom window. We will return and recommend Garden Cottage and the Corsewall Estate to our friends and family. Thank you Angus and Kate, form Ian, Sarah, David and Matthew (Chelmsford, Essex)
My husband and I rented this property with 4 friends for a 5 night stay over New Year 2012/13. We normally head north for New Year but Garden Cottage caught our eye because of its location and facilities. The description and pictures of the property cannot adequately describe it. It is fabulous. One of the best we have stayed in and we have stayed in a lot over time.
We were made very welcome on arrival and the owners were very helpful but in no way intrusive. The property is furnished to a very high standard and there a lovely flow to the layout downstairs with the open-plan living/dining/kitchen area. The Christmas tree and decorations were an added bonus, as was the welcome pack on arrival. Chilled wine to start our stay was much appreciated!
The estate provides many walks and wildlife for visitors and I saw my first ever red squirrel at the feeding box right outside the front door! There were also deer in the garden area in front of the house and myriad birds to spot from our window.
We had THE most relaxing time there.Everyone agreed that the property offered every opportunity to escape from city living and concentrate on re-charging the batteries for the New Year.
I would urge you to book a stay in Garden Cottage. There is nothing not to like. We liked it so much that we only took one excursion out of the estate - to Portpatrick, where we had fish and chips at Campbell's at the harbour. Fab restaurant with great food. Another reason visit this area.
Thanks to Kate and Angus for providing such a quality property at a very reasonable cost. The property is a credit to both of you
I'm not eloquent enough to put into words how lovely Garden Cottage is. I could go on in great detail about how well it has been renovated and restored, with lots of character, but with the wonderful luxury of a bathroom for every bedroom; a well-equipped kitchen that includes a dishwasher; the modern convenience of an ipod station and a large flat screen TV in the sitting room; and the fabulously fluffy quilts and pillows on all of the beds. But, no matter what I say about it, my words cannot convey how homely and wonderfully comfy it feels! Then, of course, I could wax lyrical about the surrounding grounds of woodland, the expansive lawns and lovely walks, and the views of the loch. However, nothing I could say would cover the best bit, which is the wildlife that visits your bedroom window - if you're lucky enough to be in the ground floor room! You can watch red squirrels, woodpeckers, and every kind of British garden bird, while lying in bed, and from the sitting room, magically, you can also see deer visit the garden for an afternoon snack! I can't praise it enough, but, none of the above would be anything without it's hosts, Kate and Angus, and their sweet family and pets! You could never hope to meet more beautiful, generous, kind hearted, and genuine people, and I wish them every success with it, and hope to see them again in the near future! That's about as eloquent as I can get, but none of it does Garden Cottage justice, so my advice would be to just go - your heart, soul and body will thank you for it!
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.
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