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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Elm cottage sleeps up to four people. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed with the slightly smaller second bedroom having twin beds. Elm is ideal for couples or families and the adjacent playing field - equipped with a play centre and a range of outdoor games - provides a safe haven for children to play.
The cottage is situated in a quiet and scenic countryside location between Stranraer and Portpatrick, both of which have lots to keep visitors occupied including a leisure centre with swimming pool and water flumes, a sea-front park with boating lake, peddle go-carts, miniature railway and play area. The leisure centre also houses a cinema and theatre. The delightful harbour village of Portpatrick has a golf course, putting green, tennis courts, children's play area, amusement arcade and a small sandy beach. A wide choice of pubs and restaurants provide an excellent selection of foods - including a dedicated seafood restaurant and the opportunity to dine out and watch a beautiful sunset.
Either side of Portpatrick village are clifftop walks, one of which takes in the first / last section of the Southern Upland Way which stretches 212 miles to Cockburnspath on the North East coast. A much shorter walk on the opposite side of the village leads up to the ruins of Dunskey Castle which sits on the edge of the cliffs looking out to sea.
Stranraer itself is steeped with history and in the centre of town the Castle of St. John provides fantastic rooftop views across the surrounding area, along Loch Ryan and out to sea. Many more castles, abbeys, kirks and places of historic interest are located in the area..
From the cottage there is easy access to a number of local beaches ranging from miles of gently sloping sandy beaches along Luce Bay, to more rugged beaches with cliffs, rock-pools, caves and quiet little coves just waiting to be explored.
The Mull of Galloway - Scotlands most Southerly point - is just 22 miles away along a beautiful coastal route which passes through a number of local villages many of which have shops, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. The Mull itself is home to the Ghallie Craig coffee and gift shop. Built in to the cliffs and with a turf-roofed and huge glass windows looking out to sea, the views towards Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Lake District hills are spectacular.
The nearby Stevenson lighthouse is open to visitors who may wish to climb the steps to the viewing platform at the top and the RSPB visitor centre surrounding it provides information, video shows and webcams to observe the birds which nest along the cliffs.
There are a number of golf courses nearby and the world famous 'Trump Turnberry' Golf Course is just an hour's drive away.
Local fishing facilities include lochs, rivers, beach and sea fishing from the shores, rocks or one of the many boat trips which are available from Stranraer, Portpatrick or Luce Bay.
For those wishing to venture further afield the Irish ferries provide day trips to Belfast and Larne from the ports at Cairnryan which is a 20 minute drive away. A visit to the world famous Titanic Exhibition in Belfast makes is an excellent day out for all the family.
The towns of Girvan and Ayr are just over an hour away along the scenic coast road and both Glasgow and Edinburgh can be enjoyed with an early start.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Stranraer 3 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Prestwick 65 km, Nearest railway: Stranraer 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The Dumfries and Galloway region
This little-known corner of Scotland aptly named 'Undiscovered Scotland' is absolutely perfect for a quiet holiday or short break to relax and unwind from the everyday hustle and bustle of busy life.
These 'North Rhins' of Scotland benefit greatly from the gulf stream which runs nearby. The region enjoys it's own 'mini-climate' creating warm, mild weather which is ideal for the botanical gardens which are just a short drive away and for the abundance of local palm trees to thrive.
Being the most Southerly point of Scotland, the Mull of Galloway peninsular has an 'island' feeling and beaches and coastal drives and walks along each side of the peninsular are only a few miles from each other, both of which offer spectacular views and stopping-off points.
Once leaving the A75 the country lanes are surrounded by farmland and forests, many of which lead to or pass through little villages which are ideal for enjoying coffee or lunch breaks. Most also have pubs / restaurants which are a ideal to return to for evening meals and we are happy to recommend our own favourites - including the delightful harbour village of Portpatrick which is just four miles away.
The coastal route to the Mull of Galloway offers spectacular views across Luce Bay towards the Lake District hills and the Isle of Man and there are numerous beaches to explore along the way. Common sights include seals sunbathing on the rocks, herons wading through the shallow waters and buzzards and birds of prey soaring above. The area is perfect for bird-watchers, fishermen - and women!, golfers, hikers, cyclists, horticulturalists, photographers - and for people just wishing to get away from it all.
Most visitors to the area comment that a week is really only enough time to barely scratch the surface of what there is to explore and enjoy in the locality - from castles to gardens & historic locations, shopping towns, day trips and visitor centres. The area is steeped in history and delightful little places to explore and enjoy and for those wishing to travel further afield there are daily ferries to Belfast from the nearby ports at Cairnryan and trains from Stranraer to Ayr and Glasgow.
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5 Jul 2014
"A little haven"
I have just returned from a wonderful week in Elm Cottage. The garden is a sun trap and its location amidst rolling hills is ideal for anyone wanting an escape. It is quiet and safe and a great point … More
28 Apr 2014
"EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY!!!"
The cottage was lovely and clean and very well equipped. Very relaxing and cosy. The Kids enjoyed the Sky TV, board games and playcentre. Everything necessary was provided and we enjoyed our stay ve… More
19 Apr 2014
No welcome pack provided. Never stayed in a cottage before that has not provided a basic pack of how things work, local contact numbers, places to see etcBasic electric heating with no thermostat cont… More
Thank you for your review. I am however, very disappointed to read that despite receiving a warm welcome and a guided tour of the cottage and the facilities within, that you were still unable to operate the simple, self-explanatory controls. The bedroom heaters provide ambient heating only and do not require manually-operated thermostats. They are perfectly safe around well-behaved children!
Tourism information, a map of the town and menu's for local restaurants was provided - and found! - in the lounge, along with instructions on how to operate the washing machine. The cottage was spotlessly clean when presented to you!
In order to avoid any future disappointment perhaps it would be pertinent not to choose the lowest priced accommodation and to observe more closely the photographs provided by the accommodation provider.
8 Nov 2013
"Excellent peaceful location!!! Exceptional value for money."
We stayed here for 5 nights with 3 young children. This cottage is very warm and cosy and has everything you need for self catering and more. It is also only a few minutes drive from Stranraer town, w… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.
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