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Cosy cottage in spectacular location overlooking Balcary Bay

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

The Studio is a one-storey cottage, with sea view, overlooking the breathtaking scenery of Balcary Bay & the island of Hestan, notorious in smuggling folklore, and the setting for SR Crockett's 'The Raiders'. The cottage is located just 50 yards from the beach, and a stone's throw from the start of a popular footpath along Balcary cliffs to Rascarrel Bay. It is centrally located for exploring this beautiful region of Scotland.

Accommodation comprises a small double bedroom, a bathroom with electric over-the-bath shower, and a living area with fully-equipped modern kitchenette, including oven, ceramic hob, fridge freezer & washing machine. The living area contains a sofa bed, TV with in-built CD/DVD player and a breakfast bar style dining table. Heating is by electric storage.

Outside is a south-facing patio area overlooking the sea, with table & chairs and a storage shed for mountain bikes, fishing gear or watersports equipment.

The Studio enjoys a high volume of repeat bookings - some of our regulars even come twice a year to get away from it all & relax in the beauty of the changing seasons.

The coast here is teeming with bird life, and on clear still days at high tide you may be lucky enough to spot harbour porpoises from the cliffs at Balcary Point.

This stretch of coastline is popular for sea fishing, and many of the local restaurants, including the nearby Balcary Bay Hotel, serve locally caught seafood, such as scallops and crab.

Of the many wonderful walks in the region, two of the finest are close to the cottage. The Balcary to Rascarrel coastal walk begins almost on the doorstep of the cottage, whilst the nearby Screel Hill walk affords a panoramic view of the Solway Firth with the Lake District mountains beyond, and inland to the Galloway Hills. With careful planning, you can even walk across the sands at low tide to the island of Hestan.

The village of Auchencairn (2 miles) has a shop and post office, and the towns of Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright are all within 20 minutes drive from the cottage, with many interesting shops and other attractions.

The region's scenic beauty, dramatic weather and quality of light attracts many talented artists and photographers, and there are a number of events during the year to celebrate their creativity, such as the Spring Fling and the Kirkcudbright Arts Trail, and there are several outstanding Art Galleries in the region.

Further inland along the picturesque shores of Loch Ken is the Red Kite Trail where you can see these magnificent birds in the wild, or for a more close-up experience you can visit the Red Kite Feeding Station near Laurieston.

The region's quiet roads are popular with cyclists, and for mountain bikers, there are the 7Stanes trails at nearby Dalbeattie, and Kirroughtree (near Newton Stewart).

For watersports enthusiasts with their own equipment, there are opportunities for sailing, windsurfing and sea-kayaking in Auchencairn Bay.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
4 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • limited accessibility
  • bay
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • wind-surfing


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Cosy cottage in spectacular location overlooking Balcary Bay
average rating of 4.25 based on 20 reviews

Amazingly quiet area for recharging our batteries.

  • 5 of 5

A really nice surprise to see how big the cottage was, the bedroom and bathroom were spotless, the heating was superb. Every kind of kitchen utensil need for our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fine but tiny

  • 3 of 5

This cottage is in a great position and would be lovely in the summer. However, in the winter it feels tiny and rather bleak, the lighting is awful. We had to go to the hotel next door as it was warm and cosy. Also in 2018 i think most people expect wifi. We were on a house hunting trip and were unable to make any plans. On the plus side we were left some delicious cake by the owner.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely wee Gem of a cottage

  • 4 of 5

After an inital mix up - which Liza dealt with superbly we cannot fault the Wee Gem of a cottage.

idyllic location, cottage had all you would require and 5 days of lovely weather :) what more can you ask for!!

Bobby the collie was as happy as us.


Jacky & Graeme

p.s the home made cake was delicious.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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so small and unconfortable

  • 2 of 5

We nearly walk out as soon as we saw the place. On the advert did it say small studio??

Views, area and walks brilliant.

Studio so small, no room for clothes, TV hardly worked and was so small, settee small and uncomfortable, left two days early. We even had to share with a mouse or two. Even though small it was not cosy, sorry. Bed was so ard had to go out and buy a topper after first night.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage, just the right size for two (plus dog!). Very well equipped and in a stunning location. Lovely place to get away from it all made even more peaceful because there's no phone signal/internet so you can't get pestered by your boss!!! Beach is literally one minute's walk away (where you can get a signal if you really must!)

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The cottage was clean and well equipped with lovely views down to the estuary

  • 4 of 5

I had a lovely week, with mainly good weather and enjoyed exploring the area with lots of good walks. The cottage worked well though I felt a little overlooked by the visitors in the next door house when they sat in the area by the porch to catch the evening sun. Arrangements with the owners of the cottage were helpful and overall I had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Balcary Bay Hotel
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Castle Douglas, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Electricity & bed linen included. Please bring own towels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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