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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Rattra Cottage is the ideal base for exploring Kirkcudbright and the surrounding area. Perfect for families with small children. Downstairs bedroom is ideal for people who can't manage stairs.
Located in a peaceful cul-de-sac off Kirkcudbright's historic High Street, this modernised cottage offers comfortable accommodation with a sunny patio just a stone's throw from all Kirkcudbright's amenities - shops, art galleries, restaurants, swimming pool, play park.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||The Dhoon 5 km|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Prestwick 100 km, Nearest railway: Dumfries 44 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Rattra Cottage provides flexible accommodation with a downstairs double bedroom and shower room for those who prefer not to use the stairs. Upstairs there is a twin room with 2 single beds which can be converted into a 6 FT king-size bed if required. In addition there is a bunk-room with 2 full-size bunk beds. The upstairs rooms share the family bathroom.
As well as a sitting-room equipped with TV, DVD and stereo system, there is also a separate sun room with another TV.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside there is a patio area with furniture and a barbecue for summer days and outdoor dining. There is also a small lawn. Like many properties in a Kirkcudbright 'close', the gardens and parking areas are divided up among the 3 houses but not fenced off so young children and pets need supervision.
There is parking for one car.
About this location
The Dumfries and Galloway region
Located in the south west corner of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway is one of the UK's best kept secrets. Easily accesible from the north of England and Scotland's central belt, it is an unspoilt haven of lovely countryside with its famous rolling hills, pretty towns and fabulous beaches. It might be quiet but is not short of events and cultural activities.
Dumfries and Galloway is surprisingly balmy due to warm currents from the Gulf Stream and you will even find palm trees around the far western coast. There is a wealth of gardens to visit and wildlife to spot from red squirrels to red kite
An area of great historic interest, Dumfries and Galloway has numerous castles, ruined abbeys and museums on offer.
Other activities include pony trekking, canoeing, nature trails, quad biking, deer park, gem museum, ice-skating.
It is no coincidence that so many artists have chosen Kirkcudbright as their place of residence. Everywhere you turn there is a view worthy of painting and the town has changed little in the past 200 years so retains much of its original charm. Rattra Cottage is in a wonderful location right in the centre of Kirkcudbright within walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs. In the High Street itself you will find galleries, craftshops, artists studios, a close leading to the marina and riverside views. There is also a 16th century castle just around the corner opposite the harbour. A range of facilities are available in the town such as a swimming pool and golf course and on the outskirts of town there is even a wildlife conservation park. A little further afield there are several beautiful beaches and many activities to keep visitors busy whatever the weather.
Every year Kirkcudbright hosts a number of events including a jazz festival, a Children's Festiival and an Arts and Crafts Trail Throughout the summer there are regular Historical Walks and Scottish Nights and the season culminates with a spectacular Tattoo.
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31 Mar 2014
"Lovely cottage, cosy and central"
My partner and I stayed in the cottage for 3 night and had a great time the cottage is comfortable, clean and homey. We enjoyed playing the board games they had to offer and was easy to warm the house… More
Thanks for the review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay out of season and that you got the board games out!
9 Mar 2014
"Idyllic cottage in peaceful location"
Had a great time here, would strongly recommend a stay at Rattra cottage if you are looking for some peaceful time away with friends, family or spouse. The house was airy, spacious and immaculately pr… More
Thank you for your glowing review. Glad to hear that Rattra Cottage provided all you needed to enjoy a January break. It certainly is convenient for all amenities so guests can even manage without a car.
25 Feb 2014
"Lovely relaxing cottage - will come again!"
Rattra Cottage was the perfect place for us in Kirkcudbright. Handy for walks along the river, views of the harbour and access to the country, but also five minutes walk from the pubs and restaurants… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed your winter break at Rattra Cottage. Look forward to welcoming you there again.
6 Jun 2013
"Lovely Cottage in Lovely Town"
This cottage is great with one bedroom and shower room on the main floor and the family bathroom and 2 additional bedrooms upstairs. My elderly aunt was able to join us because she did not need to us… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Rattra Cottage.
We are glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay and that your aunt was able to take advantage of the downstairs bedroom and facilities.
It's a shame that you didn't report the issues of very hot water in the bathroom and lack of hot water in the kitchen because when the next guests informed us of the problems we called the electrician immediately and it was very quickly sorted out.
With regard to the outdoor situation, the set-up is typical of old Kirkcudbright, in that the garden area is open to that of the adjoining property. We have thought about erecting a fence, as you suggest, but are a little reluctant to take measures that might reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the lawn as it is something of a sun-trap.
We are sorry that you found the neighbour's presence intrusive - he is an elderly gentleman who has lived there for many years and is accustomed to having different 'neighbours' every week We will certainly discuss the parking issue with him because his parking space is actually some distance from the sun room window and he shouldn't be so close that guests feel they need to shut the curtains.
We hope you will choose Rattra Cottage again on your next visit to Scotland.
15 Sep 2012
"A lovely family holiday"
Rattra cottage was just perfect for our holiday. We are a family of four (the children are 12 and 8) and we travelled with my 80-year-old parents, so six of us. The bedrooms are great with plenty of… More
10 Apr 2012
"Very enjoyable stay perfect for all the family."
Clean and very comfortable cottage, would recomend to all age groups.Close to all facilities that you would require,ie pool, shops, harbour, restaurants, outdoor persuits, beaches, wildlife park, gard… More
18 Nov 2011
"Perfect location, lovely cottage. Excellent for mobility problems."
I stayed in Rattra Cottage with my husband and my parents who are both in the 70s, for a week in Sept 2011. My mum has breathing problems so we were concerned about location. Turned out that it was … More
9 Nov 2011
"Staying with elderly, mobility impaired relatives"
Stayed at Rattra with 2 elderly and mobility impaired relatives - both requiring the use of a wheelchair to access the cottage from the car. Although there is a step to get in through the doors, the width is fine for wheelchairs and there's plenty of room to move about inside (doorways wide enough etc). An upright chair proved invaluable and there was plenty of space to move furnishings around to accommodate the use of walking frames and wheelchair.
Proximity to town was helpful and enough cannot be said about the assistance offered by the local Tourist Information office staff in sourcing mobility aids locally; Mr Wilson the proprietor of the local garage who kindly helped store mobility scooters until we arrived to collect them; and the services provided by the mobility scooter suppliers in Castle Douglas.
The only downside (apart from the weather!) was the limited access to the downstairs shower-room. This couldn't be accessed by the wheelchair user, though was just big enough for the user of the walking frame. A wall-mounted hand grip provided by a local charity shop was useful.
Despite the limitations, everyone had a good holiday and would have no reservation about returning to Rattra Cottage, whose decor and facilities are of a high standard.
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