Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Shore Cottage is ideal for 1 or 2 guests but can be shared with up to 2 additional guests. This charming cottage on the edge of the original walled garden of Galloway House retains many period features. It has recently been refurbished in an airy, comfortable style with a subtle mixture of Scottish, seaside and garden cottage themed rooms.
The holiday cottage is one of two attached cottages, originally home to workers in the adjacent Victorian kitchen garden the walled garden. The other cottage is now home to the head gardener and forms the corner of an orchard with a variety of Scottish apple trees where a small flock of hens happily scratch about.
A welcome basket of eggs is usually provided during the laying season and rare breed meat and other produce may be available for purchase. Sea food can be delivered to your door on a Tuesday or take up your fishing rod and head along to the point to catch sea bass, mackerel or mullet. Mussels and other shell fish can be gleaned from the beach for a forager's supper. Any of the local restaurants will offer a variety of good local ingredients.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rigg Bay 50 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow Prestwick, Nearest railway: Barrhill|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Zip and link beds in the bedroom provide the option of a large double or twin beds. The good size double sofabed in the living room can be easily put up and down with plenty of storage for pillows and duvets.
There is a ground floor WC with washbasin and a first floor bathroom with modern shower-bath.
WiFi is shared with nearby Pavilion Cottage and if both cottages are taken the pool can also be shared.
|Further details outdoors||
A short stroll from the cottage brings you to the private beach of Rigg Bay a pretty bay with a picnic bench and free access to Galloway House Gardens, a woodland garden, arboretum and woodland walk. The bedroom and dining kitchen look over the beachcombers garden and from the kitchen you can glimpse the sea through the shelter of the trees lining the bay. The living room has windows to the beachcombers garden and the pretty enclosed garden to the rear. A small seating area and garden furniture is provided.
The Dumfries and Galloway region
Described as both Scotland's Riviera and Scotland in miniature, the south west area of Dumfries and Galloway is full of ancient history from stone circles to hideaouts and battlegrounds of Robert the Bruce, to St Ninian's cave where St Ninian brought christianity to Scotland, and the more recent secret testing sites for the Mulberry Harbours that were towed accross the channel to Normandy near the end of World War 2.
The Galloway Hills and Galloway Forest Park combine to form a magnificent natural playground attracting serious hill walkers and mountain bikers year after year. In 2010 the park was awarded Dark Skies Park status and achieved the highest level of darkness for star gazing. The Forestry Commission offer activities and events virtually year round for visitors to enjoy wildlife and beautiful scenery. Visitor centres and car parks are well located to enable you to get to the best spots with facilities nearby.
The Solway Coast forms miles of stunning coastline with many sandy beaches secluded coves and excellent coastal walks. Harbour villages dotted along the region provide pretty focal points for visitors. As do Areas of Scenic Beauty near Castle Douglas and Gatehouse, the artists town of Kirkudbright, the nature reserves at Wigtown bay round to the lighthouse on the Mull of Galloway.
The warmth of the Gulf Stream allows exotic plants to thrive in the region and there are many stunning gardens to visit.
The Galloway House Estate drive leads to the fishing and harbour village of Garlieston at just over a mile. Here you will find The Harbour Inn with harbour views and an open fire on cooler days, a post office and a village shop, both offering off licence sales. Folk music evenings are held from time to time at the inn. The village can also be reached along the shore path which is only moments from your cottage. A play park, bowling green and multi sport/tennis courts are also available to hire in the village. The Machars cycle route links up with sustrans and passes the end of the estate drive.
In the summer months the expansive sandy beach of Rigg Bay attracts a few visitors for picnics and walks but it is never crowded. More often you may find no-one about. There are also sandy beaches further to the east in Garlieston at Eggerness and at Innerwell. From the cottage you can walk through pretty ancient woodland carpeted by snowdrops or bluebells and primroses in spring, up to the cliffpath and ruin of Cruggleton Castle. From the view point you can see the cumbrian hills on a clear day. Follow the path a little farther you may see the Isle of Man.
The historic towns of Whithorn, cradle of Christianity, and Wigtown, Scotland's book town are 5 and 7 miles away. Wigtown and Whithorn also provide a bank, post office, and grocery shops open 7 days a week. Visit Wigtown in late September for the Literary Festival where the whole town transforms into a major venue with marquees filling the market square. Many famous names attend from bestselling novelists and journalists to well-known public figures.
The Galloway Hills and famous 7Stanes mountain bike trails are about half an hour's drive from the cottage.
The market town of Newton Stewart, 'Gateway to the Galloway Hills' is only 15 miles and has a number of supermarkets, a cinema, banks, restuarants and outdoor clothing shops where you will find fishing tackle and permits for fly fishing beats on the Bladnoch, River Cree and nearby lochs.
Scotland's southernmost distillery offers whisky tours and tastings by the river at Bladnoch. and Cream O'Galloway Ice Cream and adventure playground by Gatehouse is a must for families and ice cream lovers.
At the Isle of Whithorn, 7 miles south the SteamPacket Inn serves meals every day with a good selection of ales and wine. Eat in the bar or the dining room if you like to look out over the harbour. Children are always welcome and child menus are provided.